February 2011

Do you support more nuclear power plants in the Southeast?

By BRO Admin | 14 Feb 11
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Submit your answers to be eligible to win a snowboard setup from Peter Glenn Ski & Sports.

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Should commercial logging be banned in national forests?

By BRO Admin | 31 Jan 11
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Submit your answers and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a snowboard setup from Peter Glenn Ski & Sports.

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Common Sense Survival Gear

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 11
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Lightweight and practical gear that could save your life The most common mishap to befall hikers in the Southern Appalachians is getting lost, which isn’t necessarily life-threatening if you’re prepared. Here are five common sense items—that weigh less than a pound combined—to keep in your pack on every outing. 1. Princeton Tec Byte Lamp This…

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Cold Commuting

By Will Harlan | 31 Jan 11
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Winter Bike Gear Commuting by bicycle is easy for three seasons, but winter inevitably brings most bikes to a screeching halt. But with the proper gear and apparel, you can keep your wheels spinning all winter long. 1. Craft Split Finger Thermal Glove This lobster mitt is essential for winter bike commuters. The split-finger design…

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Frozen in Time

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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“Dammit! I’m lost.” Not a wonderful thought at any time, especially when you are leading a backcountry wilderness race—and you were the one who designed the course. In 1998, I was five miles into the inaugural Mount Mitchell Challenge, a trail race which took runners to the highest point east of the Mississippi in the…

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Old Skier, New Tricks

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 11
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Can an aging skier survive terrain park lessons?

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Social Animal

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 11
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Welcome to the world of party racing— costumes highly recommended Somewhere outside of our nation’s capital, there is a man in running shorts trying his best to hula-hoop for one minute. He might be required to chug a beer at the next checkpoint five miles away. This man, and 120 more runners just like him,…

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Frostbite

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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Literally the freezing of your skin, frostbite occurs when the body is exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures. The areas most commonly affected by frostbite are the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Superficial frostbite isn’t permanent, but deep frostbite can permanently damage the affected areas, and severe cases can lead to amputation. Three Warning…

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Crampons

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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I love hiking to waterfalls in the winter, but a lot of the trails get icy. Is it necessary to use crampons while hiking during the winter in the Southern Appalachians? We lead winter hikes into Swallow Falls State Park quite a bit during the winter. That park has three major waterfalls, including Maryland’s tallest,…

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How To: Introduce your significant other to mountain biking

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 11
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You want to share sweet singletrack with your sweetie, but you’ve got to be careful not to get your better half in over his/her head. Here are tips from pro biker Namrita Odea, who teaches women’s mountain bike clinics at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in Ellijay, Ga. Make sure your new riding partner has…

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Ski Pioneers

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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A handful of hooligans brought skiing to the South and inadvertently started the biggest ski club in the country. This year, the Ski Club of Washington D.C. is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of discovering snow in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Between 1936 and 1960, the group of pioneering Yankees introduced skiing…

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West Virginia’s Underground Energy

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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The largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States was recently discovered in West Virginia.  According to the Google-funded study, West Virginia could produce more energy from its renewable geothermal sources than from all of its existing coal-fired facilities.

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No Receipt, Please?

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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Bisphenol-A (BPA), the endocrine-disrupting toxin found in polycarbonate water bottles and tin cans, also coats most receipts in the United States. Animal tests have linked BPA exposure to a range of health problems, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and early puberty. Washing your hands after handling receipts is recommended.

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Coyote: By the Numbers

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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1984: First sustainable populations of coyote recognized in the Southeast. Before 1800, coyotes were typically found only in the Great Plains, but the widespread eradication of wolves allowed the coyotes’ range to spread. Today, coyote can be found in all 50 states. It’s hard for wildlife biologists to track coyote populations, but Virginia wildlife officials…

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Two New Epics

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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The International Mountain Bike Association recently released the newest additions to its coveted list of 52 epic trails worldwide: the 22-mile Double Oak Trail near Birmingham, Ala., and the 40-mile MoCo Loop in Maryland.

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