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June 2014

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Legends of Ohiopyle

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.

Whitewater Swimmer Jay Young: Paddling Without a Boat

“I still have my river board and shredder, but when the level is right and the stars are aligned, I’d rather be swimming.”

Top Paddling Gear Picks for Summer

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.

Outdoor News from the June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine

The top outdoor news stories you need to know about in the Blue Ridge and beyond...

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

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.

Trail Mix: Big Daddy Love

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.