December 2009

Mayday! Hiking to Plane Crash Sites in the Southern Appalachians

By Graham Averill | 09 Aug 17
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Some people hike for exercise; others are looking for views or waterfalls. Jeff Wadley hikes for plane crashes.

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Virginias vs. Carolinas: Which offers superior outdoor adventure?

By BRO Admin | 14 Dec 09
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Slopes vs. Terrain Parks

By BRO Staff | 01 Dec 09
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Which do you like better? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Canaan Valley, W.Va.

By Jedd Ferris | 19 Nov 09
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Despite roaming Canaan Valley for decades, Chip Chase learns something new with each adventure. “I still find daily discoveries in my backyard,” says Chase, who owns the Whitegrass Ski Touring Center. Beyond Whitegrass’ 45 groomed trails covering over 30 miles, the outdoor exploration is endless, extending into Canaan Valley State Park, the secluded Dolly Sods…

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Best of 2009: Stocking Stuffers from the Southeast

By Dave Stallard | 19 Nov 09
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The Avett Brothers I & Love & You The Avett Brothers took a jet plane to Malibu and cut their major-label debut with powerhouse producer Rick Rubin. The influence is immediately apparent. The band’s delicately ragged Appalachian-hued punk pop has been polished even further. With all of the hype behind their energetic, foot-stomping live shows,…

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Winter Cycle

By Jedd Ferris | 19 Nov 09
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Beat the Off-Season Slump with Cyclocross It’s been called the most fun you can have on two wheels—that is when you actually get to stay on your bike. Every winter a growing number of road cyclists and mountain bikers are trying cyclocross—lung-busting short track races that include fast sprints on a mix of terrain and…

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Owl-Truism

By William Harwood | 19 Nov 09
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An Owl Attack Opens the Mind of a Trail Runner

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Fight for the Chattooga Headwaters

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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Paddlers, Anglers, and Conservationists Fight for the Chattooga Headwaters For three decades, paddlers have yearned to paddle the pristine waters of the Upper Chattooga River. Earlier this year, the U.S. Forest Service finally granted limited access of the Upper Chattooga to paddlers, but a flurry of legal threats—including a legal challenge from the paddling community—prompted…

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Big Air

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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Small-resort terrain parks in the Southeast are shredding the competition. Can terrain parks save the Southern snowsports scene? Drew Stanley is obsessed. The snow hasn’t even begun to fall and he’s already contemplating off axis 900s, rail grinds, butters, and tail rolls. He gets excited about all kinds of freestyle tricks, but right now, he’s…

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The Best Ski Lesson Ever

By Jedd Ferris | 19 Nov 09
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Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Founder Michael Zuckerman In 1982 Michael Zuckerman—a Virginia schoolteacher who taught skiing at Wintergreen Resort on the side—had a random lesson that would change his life. With no training in adaptive instruction, Zuckerman was asked if he’d be willing to teach amputee Vince Fiore how to ski. The experience of that single…

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Holiday Lights

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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Daylight runs thin this time of year, but with a new breed of lighter, brighter LED headlamps on the market, the dark night is no reason to stay out of the woods. Here are four headlamps that turn night into day. Petzl Zippka Plus2 headlamp The single high output LED sheds 50 lumens of light,…

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Snowshoe’s Siren Call

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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A West Virginia couple has filed a lawsuit against Snowshoe Mountain Resort for “severe physical injuries and emotional distress” sustained while skiing Snowshoe’s Western Territory, home to black diamond slopes Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge. The couple alleges that Snowshoe lured them into the difficult terrain by a savvy marketing ploy. In its marketing materials,…

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Breathtaking Feat

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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This fall Iraq war veteran Jeremy Soles set a world record by running the half-marathon at the U.S. Army X-Country Festival at Maymont in Richmond, Va., wearing a gas mask. The feat—recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records—was done to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Splashdown Runs

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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Looking to give meaning to your miles? The Splashdown 15K and 6K Trail Runs raise funds for the World Olympiad of Water, an educational festival about world water issues. The race takes place Saturday, February 6, near Black Mountain, N.C. on some of the most scenic trails in Southern Appalachia.

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Ask the Expert

By Graham Averill | 19 Nov 09
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Q: Is it okay to run on the school track with my jogging stroller? A: It is okay, but only if you jog in the outside lanes. Those strollers take up some room and you typically don’t run as fast with them, so it’s important to stay out of the way. Some tracks don’t allow…

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