May 2010

Does your personal carbon footprint really matter?

By BRO Admin | 17 May 10
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Vote and tell us what you think and you’ve got a shot at winning a Gary Fisher Disc Bike from Subaru!

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Harrisonburg, Va.

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 10
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For the past decade, Chris Scott has been leading trips in Harrisonburg’s backcountry backyard—the George Washington National Forest—through his outfitter Shenandoah Mountain Touring (mtntouring.com). Scott was willing to share some of his hometown’s sweetest outdoor escapes. Quick Fix Day Hike Hike into Shenandoah National Park from Port Republic and head up Austin Mountain. If you…

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Festival Essentials

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 10
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Whether you’re heading to Bonnaroo or a backyard crafts fair, having the right gear can make or break your festival experience. Alite Designs Monarch Chair Take this chair from tent city to the main stage with no hassle. The Monarch has an extremely innovative two-leg design that weighs only a pound and packs down to…

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Should locals keep some trails a secret?

By BRO Admin | 03 May 10
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Free to Roam

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 10
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Middle Tennessee Sanctuary Returns Elephants to the Wild On an unsuspecting swath of land in Middle Tennessee, 15 elephants roam freely through lush green hill country. Most people wouldn’t guess that the South holds the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed for endangered elephants: the 2,700-acre Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, 85 miles southwest of Nashville. The…

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Dog Gear

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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Trail hounds are more than just a sniffing sidekick; they’re your adventure companions, and they should be outfitted accordingly. 1. Planet Dog Shammy Forget the stinky dog towels piled in the trunk of your car. After a swim, the super-absorbent Shammy sucks up the river water, then wrings free. And it’s made from recycled wood…

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HIT THE ROAD: EIGHT SONIC ADVENTURES

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 10
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Pack your gear, load the iPod with summer anthems, and don’t forget the tickets. It’s time to head for the region’s best fests—and top outdoor adventure spots along the way. DelFest May 27-30, Cumberland, Md. delfest.com It’s become the East Coast’s answer to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and despite last year’s massive storm that sent…

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My girlfriend and I are going to spend a month hiking the A.T. together. Our friends think we’re going to break up. Are we getting in over our heads?

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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The trail is not really the place to see if a relationship will survive, but it’s a great place for a relationship to become stronger and deeper. Here are some thoughts that may make your hike together a memorable and enjoyable one. 1) Both of you must be totally committed to the hike. There will…

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White Nose Syndrome in Tennessee

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has reported the first cases of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee caves. White Nose Syndrome is a fungus that has killed thousands of bats in the Eastern U.S. Two bats found hibernating in the popular Worley’s Cave in Sullivan County have tested positive for the disease. Once a colony…

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Climbers Go for Olympic Gold?

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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In February, the International Olympic Committee formally recognized the International Federation of Sport Climbing. That’s the first step in getting a new sport into the games. Climbers will have to wait until 2013 when the next host city is unveiled to find out if their sport makes the cut.

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Toughest 5K Ever

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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A fire pit and mud bog are just a few of the challenges at the Warrior Dash, a nationwide race series that combines 5K trail runs with 11 insanely fun obstacles. It blends athleticism with bravado (and maybe a little stupidity). “Imagine a 5K, but with more badassery,” says Lauren Shield, media coordinator for the…

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Blind Hiker Attempts A.T. Thru-Hike

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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Mike Hanson, a 44-year-old hiker from Minnesota, is attempting to become just the third blind person to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Unlike previous blind hikers, Hanson is relying on technology to guide him. Hanson—who has been blind since birth—has loaded his GPS-equipped cell phone with software that provides electronic voice guided directions…

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TOPS IN THE MOUNTAINS

By Graham Averill | 03 May 10
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These ten summits are the pinnacle of outdoor adventure in Appalachia. Shenandoah Mountain, Virginia Is there any Virginia mountain more famous than Shenandoah? This 73-mile long ridge helps form the border between West Virginia and Virgina while also defining the western end of the Shenandoah Valley. And all of it sits inside the George Washington…

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Favorite mountain?

By BRO Staff | 03 May 10
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Blue Ridge Outdoors asks our staff, what’s your favorite mountain? What’s yours?

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Now Hiring: Turbine Techs

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 10
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Surge in Wind Energy Gives Climbers a New Career It sounds too good to be true—getting paid to climb. For the past two years Matt Touchette has been living the dream. But he’s not working on craggy cliffs. Instead he uses his rope skills on rural wind farms, rappelling down turbine blades 200 feet high.…

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