December 2014

Javan Lapp Anchors Winning Team in Blue Ridge Relay

By Ky Delaney | 31 Dec 14
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Twenty-six-year-old Javan Lapp runs with every chance that’s come his way: from becoming the first member of his family to finish college to being the first runner to cross the finish line of this year’s Blue Ridge Relay. “I went to college to run,” said Lapp, whose lanky frame makes him easily identifiable as a…

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Wander the Kitchens and Fields of Barbara Kingsolver

By Eric Wallace | 28 Dec 14
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On the outskirts of Abingdon, Va., lies the most dedicated farm-to-table restaurant in the South, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and her husband Steven Hopp, Harvest Table sources its food less than two miles from its sister farm

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Can the Upper Bald River Gorge Finally Be Protected?

By BRO Staff | 28 Dec 14
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Can Tennessee’s Upper Bald River Gorge Finally Be Protected? It’s now or never.

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Road Life 101

By Jess Daddio | 22 Dec 14
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You can follow Travel Editor Jess Daddio at LiveOutsideAndPlay.com.

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Jackson Buchman Finds Healing in Wild Waters of Appalachia

By BRO Staff | 21 Dec 14
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Law enforcement closed in on me, and I realized that this was the end of my life as I knew it. There was no looking forward to a picnic, a visit with my family, a date with a pretty girl. There was no tomorrow.

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Karen Kicks Cancer Resolution Run and Walk on January 1 in Asheville, N.C.

By Will Harlan | 18 Dec 14
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Proceeds from the four-mile run and two-mile walk will benefit Hope Chest for Women.

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Hard Work Fuels The Mantras Endless Jam Quest

By Jedd Ferris | 16 Dec 14
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To make their last album, the tongue-in-cheek titled Jambands Ruined My Life, the band members traveled to Michigan to record with Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger. The group has also collaborated with members of the String Cheese Incident and Tea Leaf Green.

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Four Inspiring Adventure Families Who Push Their Limits Together

By Jess Daddio | 15 Dec 14
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From rippers-in-training to sponsored athletes, see what these four families have to say about passing the torch, the lessons they’ve learned, and what a little playtime can do for a family.

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Singlespeed Mountain Biker Josh Taylor Rides the Divide

By Bettina Freese | 12 Dec 14
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Josh Taylor completes the 2,700 mile Ride The Divide from Canada to New Mexico on a single speed.

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A Handicapped Hiker Crawls Through Bear Country to Discover a Life Lesson

By Jeff Kinney | 10 Dec 14
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Moments before, our torturously slow slog ground to a halt when I planted one of my crutches in the wrong spot and leaned on it, hard. The smooth metal shaft promptly sank two feet into the state’s infamous “suck mud,” and my heart sank with it.

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Quick Hits: December’s News from the Blue Ridge and Beyond

By Jedd Ferris | 09 Dec 14
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The best roundup of outdoor news you’ll find on the web, covering the Blue Ridge region and beyond.

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Virginia Native Ashley Caldwell Overcomes the Odds to Compete in Olympic Freestyle Aerials

By Jess Daddio | 07 Dec 14
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So what’s it like to be an Olympic superstar? What does it take to launch your body over 60 feet in the air, throw a few flips and twists for good measure, and then smoothly land back on terra firma? Though Herculean in feat, Caldwell is, at the end of the day, just like any 21-year-old girl—charming, goofy, and a sucker for cookie dough.

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December’s Letter from the Editor: Speak for the Trails

By Will Harlan | 03 Dec 14
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If you want to protect the places where you play, now is the time to step up. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect your public lands from commercial logging, mining, and fracking. Ask the Forest Service to designate more wilderness, permanently protect roadless areas, build and maintain more trails, and safeguard the health of our rivers and headwaters.

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December’s Trail Mix is Live to Get You Through the Rest of the Year

By Dave Stallard | 02 Dec 14
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This month’s mix sees the return of some longtime favorites. Drive-By Truckers are here again with a live version of “Grand Canyon” off of Black Ice Verite, the deluxe edition release of the band’s recent record, English Oceans. Our favorite South Carolina surf folksters, Dangermuffin, are also back with a new record, from which Trail Mix pulled “Little Douglas,” which features Keller Williams on bass.

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On Stands Now: The December Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors

By BRO Staff | 01 Dec 14
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Our December issue with special SNOWBOUND insert is on a newsstand near you now!

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