December 2018: Winter Adventures – On and Off the Slopes

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Ski Racing in the SouthBikes for RefugeesQ&A with paddling phenom Rashid CliftonShut-In and Green Race champs crownedAndrew Skurka’s winter gear advice • No PipelinesNewswire

Flashpoint

Groups file suit over a proposed spaceport beside a beloved national park.

The Goods

Ski coach Chris Shepard’s favorite gear for Southern Appalachian slopes.

Trail Mix

Top Southern Spins: Best albums of 2018.

Features

The South’s Best Kept Secrets
The most spectacular ice climbing crags and frozen falls are known to only a trusted few.

Super Plunge

Polar Plunges are too chill for these cold-hearted masochists who wade into the frigid Chesapeake 24 times in 24 hours.

Out Cold: Winter Survival

Cold and wet conditions are the biggest killers, especially in Southern Appalachia. Backcountry Search and Rescue leader and winter survivalist Andrew Herrington can help you save yourself.

Where Are They Now?

Catch up with three of the Blue Ridge’s best athletes from yesteryear: mountain biker Sue Haywood, ultra runner Anne Riddle, and paddler Lecky Haller.

The Other John Muir Trail

Most imagine California’s High Sierra, but Southern Appalachia also boasts a John Muir Trail that retraces the legendary conservationist’s epic journey through Appalachia. Our JMT is not quite as well-known (or well-groomed).

Neko’s Big Comeback

How did downhill biking phenom Neko Mullaly rediscover his mountain biking mojo? He built a bike park.

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