We WENT BIG for the August issue and we hope you do too!

We are proud to present another fun-filled, action-packed issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. This month we are focused on Epic Appalachian Adventures, and we have a bunch for you to choose from. Everything from cascading in the Dolly Sods, to mountain biking through Pisgah National Forest is on the table, so strap on a helmet and get outside. We even give you a chance to get in on the action for free with our great adventure giveaways to West Virginia’s Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center, the Roanoke Valley, and even a bluegrass vacation to Strings & Sol in Mexico. Graham lists the six best guided trips on the South including climbing in Linville Gorge, riding Douthat State Park, and canyoneering in the Green River Gamelands with the best in the business. Plus Chris Gragtmans sets the record straight with the ultimate southern paddlers bucket list.

In addition, we welcome the first feature from the latest addition to our edit team, Travel Editor Jess Daddio, and the results of our Best Outdoor Schools Reader Poll. It was a hotly contested bracket that saw Brevard College and Appalachian State University meet in the finals, with ASU taking the 2013 title. Jess traveled the Southeast to examine all the outdoor clubs and organizations prevalent at colleges and universities in the region and gives you the best they have to offer. Going along with our “Go Big” theme, Jess also went skydiving for the first time, which turned out to be a thrilling and hilarious endeavor, and also profiles three of the top athletes who reside in the Blue Ridge: mountain biker Chris Scott, kayaker Emily Jackson, and long-distance hiker Bill “Skywalker” Walker.

We hope you like this month’s issue that also features a rundown of the inaugural Green River Games, the East’s answer the GoPro Mountain Games, the best Girl Gear for 2013, Trail Mix, and more!

Features

The Best Athletes in the Blue Ridge

Top Adventure Schools

Best Guided Trips in the South

Essays

Jumping From Airplanes

Paddler’s Bucket List

Departments

Green Mountain Games

Debate: Man vs. Mussel and the Southeastern Water Supply

The Goods: What Women Want

Trail Mix: James Justin and Company

Rick Gaskins is Saving the Catawba River