February 2019: 8 Toughest Ultras in the South


Big Bad Beasts of the Blue Ridge

Looking for the toughest running challenges in the South? These eight ultras will take you to the edge.

The Biggest Conservation Success of the Decade

It took ten years of dedication and backbreaking work, but the Tennessee Wilderness Act finally passed in December. How did conservationists pull it off—especially in this political climate?

Ski Kids

Two nine-year-olds and their parents spend a weekend on the slopes with a professional guide from Snowshoe. The biggest lesson of all: keep it fun.

Summer Camps for Everyone

New programs in the South are making the camps more accessible, affordable, and adventurous for kids of all ages.

Saving Rocky Fork—Again

In one of its newest state park, Tennessee plans to build a large road on a steep mountainside in Rocky Fork, home to some of the wildest and most pristine lands in Appalachia.

Last Woman Standing

Courtney Dauwalter RAN 279 Miles in Big Backyard Ultra and outlasted all but one competitor.

Jason Schlarb: Born to Crush

The ultra-motivated Hardrock champ, Iraq vet and adventurer discusses the sources of his inspiration.

The Pipeline vs. The Trail: How the A.T. Saved the South – For Now

What happens when a massive $6 billion pipeline tries to cross an iconic footpath? In a modern-day David vs. Goliath showdown, the trail wins.


Quick Hits

Newswire: Southerners (Heart) WildernessFerrero’s first descentsAdult adventure campThe town with no wi-fi and the search for aliens • The Forgotten Trail 


Overexposed: Is social media spoiling the best outdoor secrets?

The Goods

Shut-In champs reveal their favorite trail running gear


Rhiannon Giddens returns + 5 favorite upcoming albums

Events Guide

Festivals, marathons, mud runs, expos, concerts, and more!

Last word

Awesome: What is behind the feeling we experience in the outdoors?

On the Cover

Canyon Woodward runs the Appalachian Trail across frosty Max Patch, N.C.

Photo by Justin Costner




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