January 2011

Bushwhacking: cool or not cool?

By BRO Admin | 17 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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Barefoot running: fading fad or running revolution?

By BRO Admin | 04 Jan 11
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Chime in and you could win a Apple iPad courtesy Blue Ridge Outdoors and Subaru!

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The Wood Chop

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Chopping fire wood burns 522 calories per hour, making it a dual cardio and strength training exercise. But you don’t need to be Paul Bunyan to feel the burn.  Try a simulated wood chop in the gym with a heavy medicine ball. Raise the ball over your head, then slam it into the floor while…

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How To: Survive a Polar Bear Plunge

By Graham Averill | 03 Jan 11
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Jumping into the ocean during the dead of winter may sound crazy, but every winter, some 3,000 nuts do that very thing at the Virginia Beach Polar Plunge, a charity event that benefits the Special Olympics. Smaller polar plunges can be found throughout the region all winter, but Virginia Beach draws the biggest, most interesting…

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Vertical Hiking

By Laura Purcell | 03 Jan 11
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Tree climbing gains foothold among adults Tree climbing? But isn’t that for kids? Once you reach the canopy, you understand. The world gets quiet, and the rustle of leaves drowns out any clamor below. “It’s a very Zen experience,” says Bob Wray, a veteran tree climbing guide. “Tree climbing is addictive,” he says. Wray is…

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Must Do: fabulous February adventures

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Ski the Parkway: This mountaintop highway is closed most of the winter. February is our snowiest month. Make it happen. Lynn Cove Viaduct, Skyline Drive, Balsam Mountain—pick a high elevation stretch of blacktop, and head there when the snow falls. Climb Ice: This is a life-list adventure most people don’t even realize you can do…

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A New Baby Slope

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Appalachian Ski Mountain in North Carolina’s High Country has a new beginner slope and teaching area for the 2010/2011 ski season. The gentle cruiser is paired with a new Sunkid conveyor belt, so newbies don’t even have to tackle the lift. Ski resorts make capital improvements each year, but this is the only entirely new…

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Nice Pipe

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania was selected as the number one terrain park and half pipe on the East Coast by Transworld Snowboarding. This is the second year the park and pipe have been mentioned on the coveted list. Last year, because of the record high snowfalls, Seven Springs’ pipe measured an astounding 600 feet…

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The Hot Twot

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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4 Number of laps you’d run on The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT) to complete The Wild Oak Trail 100, held each February in the George Washington National Forest in Augusta County. 0 Entry fee for this “race.” 19 Number of runners who entered  the Hot TWOT in 2010 0 Number of runners to finish the…

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When have you been a champion?

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Will Harlan I’m the five-time champion of the Fig Leaf Naked 5K. I go balls-out and run hard. Nick Noe Cornhole Tournament in 2006. My first and last day as a professional Cornhole Player. Charles Leonard Friends and I did a 12-hour MTB race this summer—without training. Champions of getting what we deserved. Christa Albano…

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Fake a conversation with a beer snob.

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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You’re a Bud Light guy living in a craft brew world. Don’t despair: we talked with James Gass, founder of the Southern Beer Review about how to fake a conversation with a beer snob. Here are Gass’ pointers. “Bitter” doesn’t mean the same thing as when you use it to describe your ex-girlfriend. Bitter is…

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Nine Year Old Climbs Everest

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Should a nine-year-old boy be allowed to climb Mount Everest? Yes: 32% Quit coddling today’s youth. Most readers of this generation grew up without umpteen airbags, knee and elbow guards, or helmets. If the tragic were to happen, at least he will go doing something that he truly enjoys. He wants to truly LIVE. —J.…

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Blowing Rock, N.C.

By Jedd Ferris | 03 Jan 11
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For Brian Baldwin, winter is the best time to be in Blowing Rock. The snowbirds have gone south for the season, and the quaint mountain village—perched at 4,000 feet just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina High Country—becomes the perfect kind of quiet small town. Particularly, it shrinks from somewhere around 8,000…

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The Underground Odyssey of Col. Bruce Hampton

By Jedd Ferris | 03 Jan 11
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It makes sense that Col. Bruce Hampton is a baseball fan, because the underground music legend is kind of like a minor league manager. During a recent phone conversation, he informs me that I share a birthday with Cal Ripken, Jr., and that retired all-star pitcher Virgil Trucks (uncle and great uncle of the Allman…

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Ski Vows

By Graham Averill | 03 Jan 11
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Only global warming can save this marriage. read somewhere that money squabbles and infidelity are the leading causes of divorce, but if my wife ever kicks me to the curb, it’s not going to be because of a lack of cash flow or an abundance of harlots. I’ll go on record right now and say…

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