April 2014

Five Ways to Embrace Your Inner Boater Chick

By Charli Kerns | 14 Apr 15
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Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Charli Kerns has some advice on the realities of being a lady kayaker – why it’s awesome, some of the challenges, and how to embrace it.

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Guardians of the White Blaze

By Jess Daddio | 05 Dec 14
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The stories behind the not-so-glamorous, yet incredibly influential, lives our Appalachian Trail heroes, the guardians of the white blaze, lead.

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Running in Gitmo

By BRO Staff | 24 Apr 14
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For attorney Gary Thompson, a normal jog involves watch towers and armed soldiers. Here, through his eyes, what it’s like to work and run on the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base.

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Fear: The Whitewater Grand Prix

By Chris Gragtmans | 21 Apr 14
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The Whitewater Grand Prix is not an event for the faint of heart. Take 25 of the best paddlers in the world and challenge them to compete for two weeks against each other in some of the biggest whitewater they have ever faced.

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The Only Roof Over The A.T.: Mountain Crossings, Winton Porter, and the next chapter

By Eric Wallace | 13 Apr 14
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Over the course of its 2,178 winding miles, the Appalachian Trail passes only once under a manmade structure: a five-foot long, roofed breezeway belonging to what is now the Mountain Crossings store and hostel.

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Jay Alley: A Man on a Mission

By Jess Daddio | 06 Apr 14
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After a 2,000-mile paddling trip from New York to New Orleans, Jay Alley began his non-profit Canoeing For Kids. 20 years later, CFK has put over 20,000 kids on the water.

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The Goods: Best New Trail Tested Bike Gear

By Chris Gragtmans | 05 Apr 14
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Get ready to ride into spring with the best new mountain bike gear, trail tested by BRO contributor Chris Gragtmans.

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Cycle To Farm Spins Across the South

By Jess Daddio | 03 Apr 14
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Supporting local food has soared to new heights in Southern Appalachia, thanks in part to a relatively young event organized by Velo Girl Rides founder Jennifer Billstrom.

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Bike Racing’s Secret Handshake

By Curtis Winsor | 03 Apr 14
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How pro cyclist Curtis Winsor struck out at baseball but found his groove in bike racing. The best part? It’s not too late for you to find your two-wheeled groove, too.

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Editor’s Note: Getting There – From the City Limits of Asheville to the Mountains

By Will Harlan | 01 Apr 14
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But there’s more to Asheville—and every other mountain town in the South—than just its outdoor offerings. In the shadows of the beer pubs and bike shops are housing projects like Hillcrest with spectacular vistas of the mountains but no way to get there.

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The Future of Two National Forests

By Jeff Kinney | 01 Apr 14
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The U.S. Forest Service is undertaking an ambitious four-year effort to revise the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan.

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Debate: Should you shave your body hair for better athletic performance?

By Devan Boyle | 31 Mar 14
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In this month’s debate, we lay out the arguments for whether or not you should shave your body hair for better athletic performance. We’ll let you decide.

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The April 2014 Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

By BRO Staff | 28 Mar 14
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The April 2014 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is hot off the press. A.T. guardians, bike gear reviews, fear and fun on the water, and much, much more!

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