February 2009

Winter Gear Guide 2009: Running

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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If there’s one season when you need the right gear for your adventure, it’s winter. Don’t believe us? Try backpacking through Shenandoah National Park in February with a three-season tent and a 40-degree sleeping bag. Or go cross-country skiing wearing all cotton. Hitting the mountains during the winter with the wrong gear is a recipe for misery and potential disaster. But don’t fret. BRO’s 2009 Winter Gear Guide covers the full spectrum of winter goodies, from 0 degree sleeping bags to running tights to snowboards designed for terrain parks.

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Winter Gear Guide 2009: Skiing and Snowboarding

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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If there’s one season when you need the right gear for your adventure, it’s winter. Don’t believe us? Try backpacking through Shenandoah National Park in February with a three-season tent and a 40-degree sleeping bag. Or go cross-country skiing wearing all cotton. Hitting the mountains during the winter with the wrong gear is a recipe for misery and potential disaster. But don’t fret. BRO’s 2009 Winter Gear Guide covers the full spectrum of winter goodies, from 0 degree sleeping bags to running tights to snowboards designed for terrain parks.

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Allen De Hart

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Mountains-to-sea trail founder Allen De Hart.

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Children of Winter

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Ski film legend Warren Miller’s latest flick, Children of Winter, features much of the expected big air action. But this one jumps around the world with a diverse cast of characters to not only show off chops but also expose the fun side of playing on the mountain in winter. Former World Cup speedster Daron…

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Powered By Kudzu

By Jedd Ferris | 31 Jan 09
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An invasive weed may be our next great fuel.

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The Old Ceremony – Walk on Thin Air

By Dave Stallard | 31 Jan 09
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The Old Ceremony is the rare band that can write contemplative, artsy rock ‘n’ roll while not coming across as holier than thou. Walk on Thin Air, the Chapel Hill quintet’s third album, is sometimes bold and brash, often sparse and ethereal, but at all times introspective. Django Haskins, principal poet and songwriter for The…

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Winter Gear Guide 2009: Winter Camping

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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If there’s one season when you need the right gear for your adventure, it’s winter. Don’t believe us? Try backpacking through Shenandoah National Park in February with a three-season tent and a 40-degree sleeping bag. Or go cross-country skiing wearing all cotton. Hitting the mountains during the winter with the wrong gear is a recipe for misery and potential disaster. But don’t fret. BRO’s 2009 Winter Gear Guide covers the full spectrum of winter goodies, from 0 degree sleeping bags to running tights to snowboards designed for terrain parks.

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Breaks Interstate Park

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Known as the “Grand Canyon of the South,” the scenic centerpiece of Breaks Interstate Park is the steep gorge that’s cut by the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River. It’s not easy to reach the deepest gorge this side of the Mississippi River. There’s only one entrance, which is on the Virginia side of…

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SERENA: Blue Ridge Forests Provide Backdrop for Ron Rash’s New Novel

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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On October 18, 1929, just days before the stock market crash, Thomas Wolfe published his monumental novel, Look Homeward, Angel, unveiling the machinations behind small town life in western North Carolina. It took Wolfe several years to return to his Asheville hometown, and when he finally took his first glimpse of the Blue Ridge in…

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Movies Made in the Mountains

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Deliverance (1972) Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga. The 1972 adaptation of the James Dickey novel has scarred the South forever with backwoods cultural stereotypes, but it also yielded one of the region’s most successful films. The thrilling adventure that was filmed in Georgia on the Chattooga River—where paddlers and rafters still pass the movie-instilled landmark Deliverance…

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Famous Faces and Places

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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In the mid 70s JOhnny Cash was riding an unprecedented wave of country music stardom. In June of 1974 his performance at Grandfather Mountain…

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Road Rage

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Can cyclists overcome the obstacles of pedaling to work? Road rage can strike anywhere—even Portland, Oregon, continuously rated the most bike-friendly city in America. Last summer, Portland bicycle commuter Jason Rehnberg chided a reckless driver passing him. Suddenly he found himself splayed across the hood of a moving Ford Escort, holding on for dear life.…

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Supersized South

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Outdoor Programs Fight the Battle of the Bulge Maybe it was the invention of country-fried steak. Or possibly it’s because there’s a Cracker Barrel every third interstate exit. Whatever the reason, the South is tipping the scales more than any other region in the United States.     Nine of the top 10 most obese…

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Something in the Air

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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Maintaining personal health is about more than just diet and exercise While most of us spend time, money, and energy keeping ourselves healthy, the society we live in doesn’t always aid in that endeavor. Unfortunately, many Americans believe that they are doing a good job of taking care of their bodies and keeping detrimental substances…

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River Rescue

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 09
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The Resource The Potomac River is the water lifeline for over five million Americans. It runs 383 miles from the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay; it drains 12,878 miles of tributaries; and it supplies almost 90 percent of the drinking water to the sprawling metro D.C. area. The Threat When it…

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