April 2011

8 Perfect Weekend Trails

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 19
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Male camper and dog cook dinner at camp at sunset along the Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days.

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5 Favorite Waterfalls of the New River Gorge

By Ed Rehbein | 12 Sep 17
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When exploring the New River Gorge, both adventure and discovery come standard with every foray off the beaten path.

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Best way to travel downriver?

By BRO Admin | 08 Apr 11
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Take part in our Switchback question and you’ll be entered to win a camping setup from Blue Ridge Mountain Sports!

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Weight Watchers

By Graham Averill | 04 Apr 11
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Lightweight backpacking gear

Ultralight gear for backpackers who aren’t ready to sacrifice comfort.

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Can CrossFit Make You a Better Runner?

By Graham Averill | 04 Apr 11
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Crossfitter Adam Eidson performs an overhead squat after running an ultra.

A growing number of runners are turning to CrossFit Endurance (which combines CrossFit with some running) to get faster and run farther while avoiding injuries associated with over-training.

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Ask the Experts: Backpacking

By Graham Averill | 04 Apr 11
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From the proper footwear, to packing a tent, to shelter etiquette, all your backpacking questions answered by the people who know what they’re doing.

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Trailhead: The A.T. grows, bikes get tough, and people get lost

By Graham Averill | 04 Apr 11
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The Appalachian Trail by the Numbers 2,181 miles – Official length of the Appalachian Trail according to the recently released 2011 Appalachian Trail Data Book. 1.9 miles – Distance added to the trail in 2010 through relocations in various states. 0.9 miles – The largest reported addition to the trail, along the N.C./Tenn. border. Big…

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Bluegrass Boater: Paddling Champ Haley Mills

By Graham Averill | 04 Apr 11
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Haley Mills shared the ups and downs of pro kayaking while she prepares for the World Freestyle Championships to be held in Germany this June.

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Switchback Reader Poll Results

By BRO Staff | 04 Apr 11
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Readers respond to two questions concerning energy and the safety of our environment.

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Flash Farming: Crop Mob provides an innovative way to help local farmers

By BRO Staff | 04 Apr 11
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Volunteers from Crop Mob Atlanta weed a row of beets at Truly Living Well Natural Urban Farms in East Point, Ga.

Crop mobs provide a fun and innovative way to get dirty and help local farms.

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Knoxville, Tenn.

By Jedd Ferris | 04 Apr 11
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Knoxville has always boasted a perfect location, along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Lately, it has focused on welcoming new trail systems within the city limits.

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Brotherly Love: G. Love Heads to the Mountains with the Avett Brothers

By Jedd Ferris | 04 Apr 11
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On his new album, Fixin’ to Die, the Philadelphia-based G. Love (real name Garrett Dutton) has peeled back a few layers, put the freestyle rapping aside, and delivered a spirited yet reverent homage to old school blues.

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Must-Do April Adventures

By Jedd Ferris | 04 Apr 11
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Paddle the Tallulah, practice trail magic and party in a van, down by the river this April.

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Keepers of the Flame: Reigniting the Cherokee Language and Culture

By Coleman Wood | 04 Apr 11
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Out of roughly 12,000 Cherokee living in Western North Carolina, only about 270 of them still speak Kituwah and the average age of native speakers is 57. The Kituwah language is literally dying out.

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