October 2004

Diaries

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 04
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Letters Home from an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

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The Guide to Continuous Running Improvement

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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8 ways to improve your running…

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The Ultimate Camping Cookbook

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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Food. It may be the most important item you carry in your backpack, for without it you won’t have the energy to get over the next rise and make use of all the other gear you’ve brought along.

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Bearly Breathing; Cyclist Collides with Bear on Downhill Ride

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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“NO, BEAR!!” is what Bob Johnson demanded while cycling down a mountain road last fall as he slammed into a 350-pound bear, who in turn slapped him, pounced on him in the ditch and left him for dead.

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Here’s Johnnie: Q&A with World-Class Expedition Kayaker Johnnie Kern

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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Although he’s been portrayed as bigger than life, Johnnie Kern exudes a quiet confidence in his laid-back style and good nature. Unless you asked him, you’d never know he’s run some of the most dangerous rivers on planet Earth, and experienced life in a way that most of us are afraid of, let alone aspire to.

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Michael Houser; Sandbox

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 04
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Michael Houser’s lingering leads were the foundation of 20-year southern jam kings Widespread Panic. But things suddenly changed when the guitarist succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2002.

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Next Month’s Switchback

By BRO Admin | 01 Oct 04
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Reader Forum

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The Everybody Fields; Plague of Dreams

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 04
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This Johnson City, Tenn.,-trio brings an interesting dynamic to the growing world modern Appalachian folk, relying on the effective back-and-forth leadership roles of Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews, who seamlessly swap vocals, guitar, and bass.

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Chattooga River

By Andrew Jenner | 01 Oct 04
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A kayaker rides "the bull"—the class-IV rapid Bull Sluice—on the Chattooga River. The 57-mile, free-flowing Chattooga River plunges south from the Nantahala Mountains.

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Keller Williams

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 04
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Quirky Virginia tunesmith Keller Williams never seems to satiate his musical quest, which is fortunate for his loyal following of fans that pack large theatres across the country to see what he’ll do next.

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Should wildfires be allowed to burn in national forests?

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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Home Grown Music Network: An Outlet for Independent Music

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 04
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In an age when many independent bands are struggling to survive, the Home Grown Music Network is a refreshing outlet for music that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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Outdoor Disneyland; New Charlotte Whitewater Park Offers More Than World-Class Paddling

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 04
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If getting a new boat is like getting a new toy, then getting a world-class whitewater park is like your dad building a replica of Disney World in your backyard. Paddlers across the Southeast are excited about Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), which is scheduled to open in June.

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Daniel DeLaVergne: 1977-2006; Remembering a Paddling Pioneer

By Beau Beasley | 01 Oct 04
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On March 8 the whitewater paddling community mourned the loss of Asheville’s Daniel DeLaVergne, one of the world’s most adventurous boaters and one of the industry’s most innovative multi-media creators.

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Wind Energy

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 04
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The Facts • Coal-fired power plants are the region’s main source of air pollution. Skyrocketing asthma rates, acid deposition, mercury-poisoned fish and waterways, and smog-smothered scenic vistas are a few of the direct effects of pollution coal-fired power plants. • Because of strong prevailing wind patterns along mountain ridgelines, the Southern Appalachians offer a promising…

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