May 2019

A.T. Ridge Runners: Not Your Trash Collector

By Ellen Kanzinger | 30 May 19
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Meet the RidgeRunners—guardians of the Appalachian Trail Hiking season has finally arrived, and Ridgerunners are already out along the Appalachian Trail. Those chosen for the seasonal position hike and camp along sections of trails, speaking with hundreds of visitors about the importance of maintaining the trail and minimizing human impact.  From Georgia to Maine, there…

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38,000 miles of trail: 18 Thru-Hikes

By Mason Adams | 29 May 19
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Warren Doyle hangs up his boots after 38,000 miles on the A.T. Warren Doyle knows how this story should begin. “A 46-year-old love affair ended last summer,” he says, staring at me across a hardwood table at his folk school in eastern Tennessee, midway between Mountain City and Damascus, Virginia. Doyle is celebrating the completion…

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Seth’s Bike Hacks: The Trail to YouTube Fame

By Michael Welch | 22 May 19
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Meet Seth Alvo, founder of Seth’s Bike Hacks – one of the most popular mountain bike channels in the world If you’ve ever searched for mountain biking videos on YouTube, you’ve seen the work of Seth Alvo. Today, the creator of Seth’s Bike Hacks has a following of more than 1.1 million subscribers, making his…

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Getting There: Maps vs. Apps

By Dan DeWitt | 16 May 19
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What role do print maps play for outdoor adventurers in the digital age?  Pisgah Map Company’s Pete Kennedy has a few ideas. Pete Kennedy has never worried about his ability to make good maps. When the first batch of his first product arrived from the printer a decade ago, he could see that, of course,…

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Indigenous Trails

By Ellen Kanzinger | 13 May 19
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The Unacknowledged History of the Land Beneath Our Boots  Whose land are we hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling on? When it comes to the history of public lands and conservation in this country, the Indigenous Peoples who once occupied those land are often left out of the conversation. Now, several mapping and preservation projects are…

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Earn Your Brew

By Graham Averill and Mason Adams | 10 May 19
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The Southern Appalachians have their share of trails: bike trails, hiking trails, paddle trails—and thanks to the craft brewery boom, an abundance of beer trails. Explore multiple breweries, wineries, and distilleries while also enjoying quick access to some of the South’s best adventures. BREWLY NOTED BEER TRAIL, Tennessee/Virginia—48 miles The Tri-Cities of Johnson City, Kingsport…

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Fast Bikes, Slow Food

By Noah Poulos | 07 May 19
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Meet the adventure farmers behind Pedal to Plate Outdoor adventure is often adrenaline-fueled and fast-paced. Sometimes, though, it is important to slow down, especially when it comes to our food. That’s what Sarah and Morgan Decker, the owners of Root Bottom Farm in Madison County, N.C., believe. Sarah and Morgan have biked over 3,000 miles…

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Fest Finds

By Jedd Ferris | 03 May 19
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Music Finds & Festival Gear Finds Part of the fun of festivals is finding new favorite bands. Check out these four acts playing music bashes in the region.   The Allman Betts Band Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should take notice of this family offshoot carrying the legacy forward of the Southern blues explorers.…

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May 2019: Festival Guide

By BRO Admin | 01 May 19
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Features Festival Guide 2019 Call your friends, grab your tickets, and get ready to go. Our 16th annual Festival Guide highlights the 100 best fests in the Blue Ridge—along with our favorite headliners and side stages, fest gear, and must-see acts.  Earn Your Brew Burn calories on beautiful trails, and then drink craft beer. We’ve…

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Festival Guide 2019: Do Your Fest

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Apr 19
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100+ Essential Blue Ridge Festivals Call your friends, grab tickets, and get ready to go. Within our yearly guide of more than 100 Blue Ridge festivals we’ve highlighted outdoor galas for all interests, bringing you the nitty gritty on the region’s best experiences in music, craft beer, art, and adventure. Virginia Creeper Fest  Abingdon, Va.…

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