June 2014

Fridays on the Fly: Tenkanyoneering

By Graham Averill | 31 Jul 15
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We’re carrying ultra light tenkara fly rods and wearing full canyoneering gear. The only way to access some of the pools we want to fish is by rappelling waterfalls. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to wear a helmet and a harness to fish.

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Swamped: Explore three of the largest bottomland hardwood communities of the Southeast

By Jess Daddio | 06 Mar 15
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Explore three of the largest bottomland hardwood communities and immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of swamps, all from the cockpit of your kayak.

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Legends of Ohiopyle

By Jess Daddio | 23 Jun 14
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Picture this: A two-mile class III loop on the Lower Yough in your front yard, the natural bend of the river making a shuttle unnecessary; a half-hour drive to the put-in of the Class IV Upper Yough; another 30-minute drive to any of the Yough’s steep Cass V tributaries; and, a killer Thursday night yoga class by Yogi Wade paired with brews, food, and tunes at the local Falls City Pub.

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Whitewater Swimmer Jay Young: Paddling Without a Boat

By Jess Daddio | 21 Jun 14
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“I still have my river board and shredder, but when the level is right and the stars are aligned, I’d rather be swimming.”

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Top Paddling Gear Picks for Summer

By Aaron Bible | 09 Jun 14
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An improving economy is driving innovation as manufacturers are able to invest more back into R & D. Nowhere is this revival more apparent than in the Southeast.

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Outdoor News from the June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine

By Jedd Ferris | 08 Jun 14
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The top outdoor news stories you need to know about in the Blue Ridge and beyond…

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Beneath the Shell: The Endangered Life of America’s Wildest Woman

By Will Harlan | 08 Jun 14
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Carol Ruckdeschel grew up on the banks of Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River where she liked to catch snakes, sleep in a cave, and cook road kill over a fire. She hopscotched her way through jobs and schools and even got married for a year. But nothing fit until she began working for Georgia’s Natural Areas Council with Coca-Cola heir Sam Candler. That led to a river trip with Governor Jimmy Carter, an article in The New Yorker, and selection as one of Mademoiselle magazine’s Women of the Year in 1973.

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Trail Mix: Big Daddy Love

By Jedd Ferris | 04 Jun 14
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Since forming in 2009, the group has been turning heads at festivals and underground music haunts in the Southeast. An energetic sound the band self-dubbed “Appalachian Rock” mingles gritty electric blues guitar licks with mountain-bred banjo rolls.

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A Riparian Landowner’s Claim to a King’s Grant Has Stalled the Removal of Virginia’s Monumental Mills Dam

By Beau Beasley | 03 Jun 14
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Paddlers in particular are adversely affected by the dam: They cannot portage on Mrs. Scott’s side of the river because of a sheer drop-off of about 20 feet. Meanwhile, the other side of the dam, which still houses part of the old gristmill, is clearly labeled “no trespassing” and references a King’s grant.

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The June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine is on stands now!

By BRO Staff | 01 Jun 14
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Pick up your free copy of the new issue Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine…the Paddling Issue.

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