May 2009

Is organic food elitist?

By BRO Staff | 01 May 09
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Tell us what you think in the comments field below. [poll id=”10″]

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Shelter from the Storm

By BRO Staff | 01 May 09
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Shelter: It’s one of life’s essentials. These four tents fulfill other needs, too—like comfy sleep, easy set-up, and eco-friendly construction. THE GREEN TENT Nemo Equipment Nano Oz [4 lbs. 8 oz.] [36 square feet] If you’re planning to commune with nature, why sleep in a tent made of toxic petrochemicals? Most tents are still made…

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Crowders Mountain, N.C.

By BRO Staff | 01 May 09
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Crowders Mountain State Park is a fast escape for Charlotte’s outdoor-craving urbanites. The 2,000-acre foothills park is a quick getaway—located just 25 miles west of the Queen City—for hikers, trail runners, and climbers. The park’s namesake peak, the 1,625-foot Crowders Mountain, is geologically known as a monadnock, an isolated rocky mountain with an abundance of…

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The Adventure Stimulus Package

By BRO Staff | 01 May 09
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10 Big Adventures for Small Budgets   You can’t afford to fly to Tanzania to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. The ski trip to Switzerland is out this year too. I know, it sucks, but times are lean and plane fares, overpriced guides, and fruity umbrella drinks have been cut from your budget. Here’s the bright side:…

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Quote of Note

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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“Finishing the Barkley was not at all what I expected. I didn’t well up. My heart didn’t pound uncontrollably. All the emotion and hoopla had been worn down to nubs. I was sick, cold, and happy to be done.” —Andrew Thompson, who became only the eighth person in 28 years to finish the Barkley 100-Mile…

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Fresh Dirt

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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A lot is happening in the trail building world. From Georgia to Virginia, trail crews are planning new paths through our forests. Here’s a quick glance at this trail renaissance. Spearhead Trails, Southwest Virginia An entire system of multi-use trails is in the works for several counties in Southwest Virginia in an attempt to attract…

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Adventure Races

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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Pack a summer’s worth of adventure into a short time with these races.

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Four Questions for Adventure Racer Avril Copeland

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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  The Irish-born Copeland has spent several years living in Nashville pursuing a country music career and ticking off some of the biggest adventure races in the country, including the Eco Primal Quest. In 2008, her team Hunky Dory finished 11th at Primal Quest Montana, traversing Montana’s rugged wilderness for seven straight days. What does…

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Rowing Machines

By BRO Admin | 27 Apr 09
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What ever happened to rowing machines? Several years ago, everybody said rowing was the single best exercise you could do. Now you can’t find a rowing machine anywhere. What gives? Contrary to what the media would have you believe, there is no single best exercise. When someone tells me they have a “best exercise,” I…

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TRENT WAGLER AND JAY LAPP: ADRIENNA VALENTINE

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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While fine songwriters and guitar pickers abound in Appalachian music, it is Trent Wagler’s voice that distinguishes him from his peers. Possessed with a gospel-tinged soulfulness not often found in traditional string music, Wagler’s vocal dexterity allows him and Jay Lapp to cover tremendous territory on the duo’s latest release, Adrienna Valentine. While Wagler and…

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DIXIE LULLABY

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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DIXIE LULLABY — MARK KEMP Mark Kemp’s cultural memoir Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South deals with the feelings and experiences from Kemp’s own coming-of-age in the rural South. It was a time of desegregation in public life but not in the attitudes and feelings held by…

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Underground Sound

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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Top Musicians play guitars made in a Central Virginia basement.

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Opening the Door

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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Audrey Peterman is an avid environmentalist and backpacker who, along with her husband Frank, has devoted her adult life to increasing the cultural diversity in the outdoors. Living in Atlanta, Audrey is on the Board of Trustees for the National Parks Conservation Association, and her husband Frank is the Southeast Regional Director of the Wilderness…

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The Most Horrible Thing Ever

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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The Most Horrible Thing Ever In February, bikers attempted The Most Horrible Thing Ever, widely believed to be the hardest mountain bike race in the region. The race calls for over 36 straight hours of pedaling in six stages through North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. For the second year in a row, no one was…

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Wonder Women

By BRO Admin | 23 Apr 09
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Next month, three world-class female ultra runners—Virginia’s Rebekah Trittipoe, North Carolina’s Anne Lundblad, and Jenny Anderson—will attempt South Beyond 6,000, a challenge that requires summiting the 40 peaks in North Carolina above 6,000 feet. The runners will connect the 40 peaks together in a 273-mile journey; they’ll run at least 40 miles of trail per…

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