January 2010

Summer Olympics or Winter Olympics – which are better?

By BRO Admin | 05 Jan 10
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Nathan Blake Lynn: Bleeding Kentucky Blue

By Dave Stallard | 04 Jan 10
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The Buzz: Nathan Blake Lynn spent four years tearing up the road with jamgrass genre-benders Bawn in the Mash. Now traveling solo, Lynn’s songs are returning to a simpler fashion, built by just a man and his guitar. His latest writing reflects his recent residence on the banks of the Mississippi River, where the spirits…

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Super Bowl Ride

By Graham Averill | 04 Jan 10
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Get your chain greased for this Virginia mountain biking tradition on February 7. On the day of the big game, a pack of riders lead by mainstays of the Harrisonburg scene make the road ascent to the top of Flagpole Knob, pose for a picture, and then haul back down some steep singletrack. It’s a…

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New Park in Town

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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Georgians will soon have another state park for hiking, biking, and climbing. The new Chattahoochee Bend State Park occupies 2,900 acres of varied terrain in western Coweta County, south of Atlanta. The park was purchased several years ago, but the first phase of construction is just now underway. When it opens in July, it will…

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Presta Valves

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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Why do all nicer bikes use presta valves when shrader valves are easier to pump? The valve inside the presta has a better fit where it meets the tube, so your tube can actually handle more air pressure. You can run narrower rims, too, since the typical Schrader valve is bulkier. But schraders are also…

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Southern Theatre Rises from the Ashes

By Jedd Ferris | 04 Jan 10
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The Georgia Theatre will be rebuilt. Last summer the downtown Athens landmark and iconic independent music venue was gutted by a fire. The cause is still listed by authorities as “undetermined.” Built in the late 1800s, the historic space was once a YMCA and a movie theatre before being turned into a music venue in…

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National Recreational Trails Program

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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$30,000: The amount of grant money the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts recently received from the National Recreational Trails Program. 26 miles: The length of the existing Catoctin Trail, the single and doubletrack path that MORE will be rerouting with the grant funds. 7,000 acres: Size of the Frederick Municipal Forest, the tract of land that…

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Boone, N.C.

By Beau Beasley | 04 Jan 10
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Eric Crews is a Boone local who spends most of his free time exploring the beautiful forests of the High Country—documenting the area’s endless climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and hiking for his public television show High Country Adventures. This month’s Outside Insider lists his favorite play spots. SWEETEST SUMMIT Calloway Peak on Grandfather Mountain. Often…

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Legislation to Watch: S.2747

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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This bill, recently introduced to the Senate by Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 by permanently providing $900 million to the Land and Conservation Fund, the federal government’s main program to protect public land and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. The original 1965 bill…

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Bring the Heat

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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Worried about Jack Frost nipping at your nose? BRO found some of the hottest digs on the market, from next-generation portable heaters to old-school mittens. Columbia Bugathermo Your toes get cold first, so Columbia integrated a rechargeable “toe-heating element” into these burly winter boots. Plug the boots in overnight and you get several hours of…

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2010 Best of the Outdoors

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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FAVORITE TRAIL: ART LOEB This perennial champion is a 30.1-mile hiking highlight reel of Pisgah National Forest. With rhodo tunnels, rocky outcroppings, 360-degree views, and ridgeline traversing, some say it’s a condensed version of the A.T. Local Art Loeb expert and owner of Pura Vida Adventures Joe Moerschbacher has fastpacked the trail, backpacked the trail,…

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Should hunters and hikers share the same trails?

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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37% Yes I both hike and hunt and have done so for a number of years. The trails in the national parks are off-limits to hunters. In the national forests I have found they are shared with mutual respect. I have not had any problems or felt in danger. —Mark Wenger, Williamsburg, Va. Both sides…

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Race Ahead: New Events in the New Year

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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Start training now for these new runs and rides offering a fresh challenge for 2010. Oak Mountain State Park Trail Run March 14 // Pelham, Al XTerra recently launched a new trail running series in ‘Bama. Get in on the action with this 10K on the dirt paths of Oak Mountain State Park, just outside…

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Outdoor Person of the Year

By Beau Beasley | 04 Jan 10
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Appalachian Trail icon Warren Doyle attempts his 16th thru hike in 2010.  Speed record holder Jennifer Davis reflects on Doyle’s influence and inspiration. December 2004 Lees McRae College. Banner Elk, North Carolina I didn’t know who Warren Doyle was when I signed up for his four-day Appalachian Trail Institute. All I knew was that I…

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Freestyle Fanatic

By BRO Staff | 04 Jan 10
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Coastal Carolina Mom Wins Extreme Freeskiing Championships Ashley Woody is a 47-year old wife, mother, and current U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Masters Champion. Woody, a resident of the Charleston, S.C., lowcountry for 14 years, won her division of the championship competition in Crested Butte last February. Not many freeskiing champions live in Charleston, S.C. Do you…

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