April 2015

Top Trout Hikes

By Beau Beasley | 29 Apr 16
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What are some of the top hike-and-fish destinations available to readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors? We break down some of the best in VA, TN, and NC for you.

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20 Bands to Watch

By Jedd Ferris | 19 May 15
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Looking ahead in 2015 and beyond, Jedd lays out 20 bands to keep on your radar that hail from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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West Virginia’s River Surfing

By Jess Daddio | 28 Apr 15
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Oceans aren’t the only place you can catch those waves. Meet two badass chicas at the helm of the river surfing movement in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

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Then and Now: The Evolution of Kayaking

By Jess Daddio | 27 Apr 15
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As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re taking a look at “then and now.” In this installment, follow the evolution of kayaking as we trace 20 years of bootie beers and paddle porn.

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Pro Kayaker Pat Keller’s Top Gear Picks

By Graham Averill | 21 Apr 15
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When you huck class V, you better have gear you can depend on. Pat Keller provides his top paddling gear picks for the season.

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Pro Kayaker Faces Long Road Back

By Chris Gragtmans | 20 Apr 15
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Dagger paddler Chris Gragtmans reflects on his long road back to recovery from a shoulder injury and the lessons he learned from that forced time off.

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Cherokee Trails

By Lamar Marshall | 17 Apr 15
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Walk in the footsteps of the Cherokee through the forests and mountains of Appalachia.

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LWCF: The Biggest Four Letters in Conservation

By Pat Byington | 14 Apr 15
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Six months from now, the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s authorization from the U.S. Congress will either expire or be re-authorized.

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Brand New Old Time: The Rise of the Lumbersexual

By Wiley Cash | 13 Apr 15
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New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash takes a look back at the rise of the lumbersexual and the allure of the past.

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Gender Gap

By Jennifer Pharr Davis | 07 Apr 15
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A.T. thru-hiking record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis talks on the challenges of being a female athlete and business professional in the outdoor industry.

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Editor’s Letter: I Like Big Butt

By Will Harlan | 01 Apr 15
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Big Butt Mountain is home to one of the most ancient forests in Appalachia—and also one of the most threatened.

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Unbridled Kentucky Taylor County Getaway!

By BRO Admin | 31 Mar 15
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This contest is over. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on May 15, 2015. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous…

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The Ragged Edge

By Jess Daddio | 27 Mar 15
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Whitewater kayaking has made leaps and bounds since the early ’70s, but will the sport ever reach its ragged edge? Pioneers of the sport provide their insights on life, death, and the delicate balance between.

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