January 2016

Winter Bucket List: 38 Must-Do Appalachian Adventures

By Jess Daddio | 16 Nov 17
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The outdoors in winter offers clearer skies, better views, and quieter trails. We’ve sourced 38 of the best winter adventures across nine different states to keep your outdoor mojo intact till spring.

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4 Star Gazing Hot Spots in the Appalachian Mountains

By Danielle Taylor | 19 Jan 17
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Dark sky parks throughout Appalachia offer some of the best stargazing conditions on Earth.

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On Thin Ice

By Jess Daddio | 14 Dec 16
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An in-depth look at the small but dedicated North Carolina ice climbing scene.

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Best in Snow: Top Winter Gear Picks Revealed

By Graham Averill | 13 Dec 16
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Very few people get more days on the snow than Phillip Yates, the terrain park manager for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Here are his picks for the best winter gear.

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Looking Back on Looking Glass

By Mike Reardon | 12 Dec 16
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This December marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Looking Glass Rock’s The Nose, a route that laid the groundwork for rock climbing in the granite enriched Southeast.

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Ignite the Night | Adventures After Dark

By Jess Daddio | 14 Nov 16
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Explore new adventures after dark by moonlight (or headlamp). Night rides, runs, and paddling trips transform the outdoor experience.

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King Coal Dethroned | Mining Baron Don Blankenship Convicted

By Mason Adams | 07 Jan 16
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Perhaps you’ve heard of Don Blankenship—he’s Appalachian coal’s apex predator, who was dubbed the “Dark Lord of Coal Country” by Rolling Stone.

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A River Runs Through It | Cancer Survivors Tackle Whitewater

By Chris Gragtmans | 06 Jan 16
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This year, 590,000 Americans will die from cancer, and another 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed. Even scarier is that these numbers are going nowhere but up.

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The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

By BRO Staff | 31 Dec 15
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The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is live and hitting news stands soon. Pick up your copy or read online today to find out about this year’s Best of the Blue Ridge winners, the starriest skies in the South, the dethroning of King Coal, and much more!

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Best of the Blue Ridge 2016

By Jess Daddio | 31 Dec 15
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With 10 states in our coverage, we know there are hole-in-the-wall restaurants, off-the-beaten path views, and treasured local events that slide under our radar. That’s why we asked you, the reader, to help us in finding the best destinations, personalities, events, outdoor businesses, and après-adventure fuel in the Blue Ridge! Here are the 87 bests…

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