October 2009

Survival Guide: 10 Essential Skills for the Blue Ridge Backcountry

By Graham Averill | 16 Jan 18
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Stay safe out there with this essential knowledge for surviving in the Blue Ridge backcountry.

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Car Camping

By BRO Staff | 28 Oct 09
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Explore trail maps of the rarely hiked Citico Creek Wilderness and the popular Red River Gorge.

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Talking with Tour de Revs

By BRO Staff | 28 Oct 09
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See three West Virginia reverends speak about their 13,000-mile bike ride.

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Stride Right

By BRO Staff | 28 Oct 09
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See the science behind Newtown Running shoes with this web exclusive video

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Meet Roscoe

By BRO Staff | 28 Oct 09
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Watch a trailer of Anthony Famiglietti’s new movie, Run Reckless

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Should Hikers and Hunters share the same trail?

By BRO Staff | 27 Oct 09
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[poll id=”19″] Vote and tell us what you think in the comment field below.

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James River Face Wilderness, Va.

By Jedd Ferris | 26 Oct 09
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While other Virginia Appalachian Trail hikers are flocking to Grayson Highlands or Shenandoah loops, you can find just as much scenic eye candy and a lot more solitude exploring the James River Face Wilderness. As the Commonwealth’s officially designated wilderness, the 9,000-acre area sits where the mighty James cuts through the Blue Ridge Mountains, creating…

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Fall Hiking

By Jedd Ferris | 23 Oct 09
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November is the best time to hike in the Appalachians. The fair-weather foliage tourists have gone home, but the temperatures are still relatively mild, making it just the right time to cover a lot of miles in the mountains. Here’s a rundown of quintessential hikes being offered in the region. CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE PARK, KY.…

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Fat Tire Favorites

By Jedd Ferris | 23 Oct 09
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Ride strong all winter long with the best bikes, accessories, and apparel. ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELEMENT 50: An XC Speedster The Element wants to go fast. The simple frame design and finely tuned four-inch suspension system are designed specifically for racing. You’re going to feel some bumps beneath you and probably get a little saddle sore—the…

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Runaway Favorites

By Jedd Ferris | 22 Oct 09
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These running shoes and gear will take you higher, faster, and farther. Inov-8 Roclite 305 The lightweight 305 is super-fast and springy while still providing outstanding underfoot cushioning. The sturdy sole can handle the toughest of trails without weighing down the feet, and the flexible last and mesh upper make it run-ready out of the…

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Snow Day

By Jedd Ferris | 21 Oct 09
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All the toys your inner child wants for wintry fun. 1. Blizzard G-Force Pro IQ An expert ski built for precision, the G-Force Pro uses wider-placed rails to increase the stability of this on-piste ski, along with a full wood core and a sandwich of two sheets of carbon to keep the load light under…

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A Leaf Falls: Capturing the Moment—and Staying In It.

By Bruce Wiley | 21 Oct 09
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For the past week I’ve succumbed to capturing one small but significant moment in the natural history of deciduous trees: that is, when a leaf severs its attachment to the tree, strikes out on its own, and floats down to earth. Maybe it’s the economy and my severe underemployment that has provided me such rapport…

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Hiker’s Delight

By Jedd Ferris | 20 Oct 09
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Elevate your next adventure with the latest and greatest in packs, sacks, boots, and tents. BOOTS 1. La Sportiva FC 2.0 GTX La Sportiva has found the way to keep the rock scrambler nimble while not forgetting about stability. According to our tester, this versatile, low-cut, multi-sport/hiking shoe had enough flex for freedom on quick…

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Men on a Mission

By Jedd Ferris | 20 Oct 09
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Three West Virginia Pastors Pedal Cross Country on a Bamboo Triplet Last summer three Lutheran pastors from West Virginia decided to take their message out of the house of worship and on the road. Fred Soltow of Shepherdstown, David Twedt of Wardensville, and Ron Schlak of Charleston saddled up on a custom triple tandem Calfee…

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Jeffrey Shaerschmidt

By BRO Staff | 20 Oct 09
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“To allow Stringer’s Ridge to be developed would be the same as bulldozing Central Park in New York.” —Jeffrey Shaerschmidt, president of SORBA Chattanooga, in support of efforts to protect a 97-acre slope on the edge of downtown Chattanooga. If the Trust for Public Land can raise the remaining $400,000 of the $2.5 million asking…

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