August 2019

Tour de Le Conte Challenge

By Kristi Parsons | 29 Aug 19
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the three Adams summitted mount Le Conte three times in 24 hours, setting a new trail record.  Trio of hikers conquer Le Conte Challenge—44 miles and 3 summits in 24 hours This is a tale of three Adams— Adam Gravett, Adam Ozment and Adam Williamson. These three hikers had been exploring Great Smoky Mountains National…

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Gyms vs. Rock

By Natalie Stickel | 28 Aug 19
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Photo: Izzy Gifford climbs at the Riverrock Climbing Comp in Richmond, VA Have climbing gyms ruined rock climbing—or opened it to new audiences? Climbing’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years, thanks in part to both its induction into the Olympics beginning in Tokyo next year and recent films like The Dawn Wall and Free…

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Your Beatering is Not Cool

By Golder Goldstein | 22 Aug 19
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The rise of beatering – frankly some of y’all are starting to sketch me out. Whitewater is enjoyed best by doing it well.

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How Gorges was Saved

By Dan DeWitt | 19 Aug 19
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Lead photo by Brenda J. Wiley 20 years ago, Gorges became a state park instead of a hydroelectric dam, thanks to the efforts of one inspiring leader. Today, it’s still one of the most beautiful and best-kept secrets in Southern Appalachia. Bill Thomas, taking in the views at Gorges State Park, thought about what this…

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Leading the Charge

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 14 Aug 19
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Photo of Lauren Hughes by Tyler Allen Meet 16 Young Athletes and Outdoor Entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Adventure  In a time where our environment faces threats from every angle, it is encouraging to learn that not all hope is lost. We searched high and low for young environmentalists, athletes, musicians, and outdoors…

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Tennessee’s Wildest State Park Deserves an Eco-Approach

By Frances Figart | 12 Aug 19
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The 10,000-acre Rocky Fork watershed in Northeast Tennessee is Appalachia at its very best. Surrounded by wilderness, national forest, and the Appalachian Trail—and with the cleanest water, the rarest species, the most secluded hiking and biking trails in the region—Rocky Fork is a mecca for trail users, anglers and wildlife watchers with almost limitless options.…

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The Age of Eco-Anxiety

By Ryan Link | 05 Aug 19
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Parents and experts offer ways to stay positive and maintain hope in an age of climate uncertainty On the night of January 20, my son and I stood outside for two hours monitoring the Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse through his telescope. As we stared up at the stars and the moon, we had some deep…

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August 2019: The Parks Issue

By BRO Admin | 02 Aug 19
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FEATURES Do You Have Eco-Anxiety? Parents and experts share ways to stay positive and maintain hope in an age of climate uncertainty. Parks Guide 2019 From Mount Mitchell to Blackwater Falls, our state parks host world-class adventure. Here are 12 favorites, along with the behind-the-scenes stories of the visionaries who helped create them. Tennessee’s Wildest…

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Don’t Let Them Silence You

By Will Harlan | 01 Aug 19
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A proposed Forest Service rule change will eliminate public comment and transparent scientific review from most forest decisions If you have hiked, biked, or explored the outdoors in Appalachia, it’s likely taken place in a national forest. National Forests in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic comprise over 14 million acres—ten times more than all the national…

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