August 2004

Purcellville, VA

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Despite a location just 45 miles northwest of the nation’s capital, Purcellville feels personably removed from D.C.’s urban sprawl. It’s got an old soul—quaint and historical in appearance with a colorfully diverse populace of around 6,000.

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Why is the Blue Ridge Blue?

By William Cocke | 01 Aug 04
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The famous blue haze suffusing the Blue Ridge Mountains is not an actual mist but rather a combination of physics, chemistry, and biology.

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Partners in Grime: Multisport Marriages

By Graham Averill | 01 Aug 04
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The same could be said for those rare athletes who balance a passion for their chosen sport with the responsibilities of a normal life. These superheroes are athletes like Jay and Monica Curwen, two of the top adventure racers in the Southeast who also happen to be full time parents, spouses, and owners of Black Dome, one of the most successful outfitters in Western North Carolina.

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Family Funsports

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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You’ve turned off the cell phone, put the home renovations on hold, and are ready to head into the woods. The snacks are packed, the kids are loaded in the car, but where are you gonna go? From the best car camping spots to easy-going hiking and whitewater, we’ve got you covered with beta on the best kid-friendly destinations in the Southeast.

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Trips for Outdoor Parents

By Graham Averill | 01 Aug 04
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Maybe you just had your first child and you want to maintain your adventurous lifestyle, or maybe you’re on kid number six and think it’s time to get back into the outdoors. Either way, our panel of expert adventure mommies and daddies dish their secrets to outdoor success with the kids.

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Meet the Neighbors

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Aug 04
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In a time when immigration is a hot button issue, BRO has decided to blur the border lines. Sure, we regularly give you the dirt on outdoor adventure in the Carolinas, Virginias, Georgia, and Tennessee, but now we’re ready to jump the fence and dig into the playgrounds of our neighboring states.

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The PR Chase

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Runners are numbers people. Ask any runner about her personal records ("PRs") and chances are, she’ll be able to rattle off her best times for distances ranging from 5K to marathon—as well as records for a particular trail or neighborhood loop.

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Best of the Blue Ridge

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Six years ago when I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains from Buffalo, New York, I never would have thought it was such an incredible place to live, train, and experience the outdoors. More often than not raves are about places like Boulder or other such destinations out West. What I discovered when I arrived here was a gem…

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Re-Joyce in Kilmer Wilderness Solitude

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Afraid of crowds at Joyce Kilmer Forest? Fear not. Most of Kilmer is remote, remarkable, and relatively unused.

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Mailbox

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Reader responses and letters to the editor

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Conquering Fear of Open Water Swims

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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The open water swim—we’ve all been afraid of it at some point. You worry about what’s in the brown murky water. You’re spooked about completing the distance without a wall to hang on. You also imagine folks kicking or hitting you… Here are five helpful hints to help you face your fears and improve your open water swimming:

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Is it okay to bushwhack off-trail when hiking?

By BRO Staff | 01 Aug 04
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Reader Forum

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Zen

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Aug 04
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Zen delivers folkie jam rock from the West Virginia Mountains. The groove-based sound holds a reverence to the best of various acoustic Americana traditions while fusing in elements of modern electric psychedelia.

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Peak Baggers Cheat Sheet

By Graham Averill | 01 Aug 04
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Alan Kent Wilson remembers the toughest mountain he’s ever climbed in the South. “It was Reinhardt Knob. We didn’t have a good map, we started at the wrong place, it’s in a wilderness area so the routes aren’t marked, and it’s one of the most difficult bushwhacks around. There just isn’t a good way up that mountain.”

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Chatham County Line: Speed of the Whippoorwill

By Dave Stallard | 01 Aug 04
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In a countryside crowded by young bluegrass bands with impressive chops, Chatham County Line, a quartet from Raleigh, N.C., is poised to become the standard bearer.

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