August 2014

Kentucky’s Pine Mountain and the Cloudsplitter Ultra

By BRO Staff | 25 Aug 14
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Pine Mountain’s fortress-like rock face was once considered to be an impediment to early exploration. Today, its challenging terrain is becoming an asset to local communities.

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Meet 16 Outdoor Alumni from the South’s Best Adventure Colleges

By Jess Daddio | 21 Aug 14
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Experiential education is the foundation for academic majors in outdoor adventure. Combining theory with experience gives students the opportunity to apply classroom principles to real-life scenarios. They learn hands-on skills in leadership, communication, conflict management, and conservation. Degrees in outdoor recreation aren’t just for hippies; they’re for the leaders of tomorrow and the future of adventure.

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Best Gear for Back to School

By Aaron Bible | 19 Aug 14
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These stylin’ and functional gear picks will get you through the rest of summer and well on your way back to campus to boot.

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The Real Paleo Diet: Less Hunter, More Gatherer

By Travis Hall | 18 Aug 14
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With more than one-third of our citizens overweight, we lead the world in obesity levels, and we shell out more money to treat preventable ailments — diabetes and heart disease just to name a few — than any other nation on earth.

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Kayak Fishing: The Best of Both Worlds

By BRO Staff | 11 Aug 14
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The nature of kayaks, which can maneuver in very little water, can put them in places that bigger boats could never access. Navigating shallow tidal tributaries with vegetation growing to just below the surface without a kayak is virtually impossible.

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Trail Mix: The Hillbilly Gypsies Revive Old Mountain Sounds

By Jedd Ferris | 11 Aug 14
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After more than a decade together, the Hillbilly Gypsies remain one of the hardest working bands on the underground regional mountain music scene—traveling to festivals and small music haunts with a high-energy live show that blends a traditional aesthetic with some progressive edge. The five-piece group formed out of a regular Wednesday-night old-time jam in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

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Top 12 Swimming Holes in the Blue Ridge

By Jess Daddio | 05 Aug 14
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These 12 summer swimming spots are found beneath some of the most iconic waterfalls in the South. Round out your summer and try and hit them all!

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August 2014 Letter from the Editor: A Wild Summer Reading List

By Will Harlan | 03 Aug 14
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Here are a few of editor Will Harlan’s favorite classic outdoor voices and books that should be on everyone’s must-read list. Instead of preachy diatribes or flowery descriptions, they inspire with gritty, gutsy characters—some legendary, some overlooked—who stand their ground and speak for the wild.

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The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live and On Stands Now

By BRO Staff | 31 Jul 14
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Top Adventure Colleges? We’ve got ’em. Best Swimming Holes in the Blue Ridge? Yep, got that too? Back-to-school gear? It’s all here — the August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is hitting door steps today…

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