October 2010

Bears – do they need more hunts or more habitat?

By BRO Admin | 12 Oct 10
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Chattanooga, Tennessee

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 10
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Randy Whorton always intended to move back to Boulder, but plans changed six years ago when he landed in Chattanooga. “Now you couldn’t pay me enough to move back west,” says Whorton, the founder of Wild Trails, a trail advocacy group that hosts a series of running races in Chattanooga. “We are Trail City, USA.…

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Bluegrass Boot Camp

By Dave Stallard | 01 Oct 10
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A Novice Picker Gets a Fast Lesson in Mountain Music It sounded like a good idea at the time—Mountain Music School in Big Stone Gap, Va. As a long-time fan of the high lonesome sound, I figured nothing could be better than a week of intensive study in old-time music, coupled with jam sessions, performances,…

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Scout’s Honor

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 10
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In the last 30 years, the Boy Scouts has lost nearly half of its membership. Can the country’s largest outdoor organization evolve and explore new territory? In July, 45,000 Boy Scouts converged on the Blue Ridge to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary. The centennial celebration included paratrooper demonstrations, a speech from Miss America, a parade…

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Is Barefoot Better? Two Running Docs Debate

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Oct 10
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YES Chris McDougall’s bestseller Born to Run is about dealing with foot pain.  It starts with the usual trips to the doctor, shoe stores, and orthotic makers. With more care, there was always more pain. So he chose a different route and journeyed to Mexico’s Copper Canyon, where Tarahumara Indians run hundreds of miles in…

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Haunted Hikes

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 10
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Spooky Cemetery Strolls in Southern National Parks What better way to celebrate Halloween than hiking deep into the forest…at night…to a cemetery? Think about all of the things that have happened in the Southern Appalachians: Cherokee history, the frontiersmen history, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War. You also have two predominant cultures—Cherokee and the Scotch-Irish—with…

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Marathon Milestones

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 10
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Two Big Marathons Celebrate Big Anniversaries A paratrooper jumping from the Baltimore sky, a torch carried all the way from Marathon, Greece, to Arlington, Virginia, and over 30,000 runners hitting the streets. This is all happening in October when two nationally recognized marathons celebrate their anniversaries. The Baltimore Marathon—part of the Baltimore Running Festival—is ringing…

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Red Light, Green Light

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 10
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Washington D.C. has introduced bicycle-only traffic signals at a handful of intersections within the District along a very popular route for bike commuters. In addition to the signals, the District has also created bike boxes at the intersections where cyclists can wait in front of cars for the lights to change. Department of Transportation officials…

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Border Patrol

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 10
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Trail endangers orchids along Virginia-West Virginia border In 1996, a Virginia schoolteacher found a new species of orchid along an abandoned railroad bed on national forestland near the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Even though the Forest Service knew about the orchid, earlier this year they allowed a new multipurpose trail to be built through the orchids…

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Outward Hounds

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 10
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Looking for the ideal running partner? Visit the dog pound. Axel and I were running effortlessly along the trail together, bounding from rock to rock across streams, moving stride for stride on uphills and downhills alike, both of us with smiles on our faces. After years of running with annoying chatterboxes or overly competitive show-offs,…

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Rain Check

By Graham Averill | 30 Sep 10
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Wet-Weather Gear for Autumn Excursions Two things are certain in life: death and taxes. For those of us who live in the Southern Appalachians, there’s a third certainty: rain. But with the right gear, you can stay dry even during the heaviest of storms. Rab Momentum The perfect rain jacket? Possibly. The Momentum packs into…

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Colorful Races

By Jedd Ferris | 30 Sep 10
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Whether you’re riding or running, competition is better in a kaleidoscope of color. Cumberland Trail 50K October 16 • Cove Lake State Park, Tennessee It takes a true Tennessee stud to tackle the rocky and rugged terrain at the Cumberland Trail 50K. Don’t come to this race looking for a PR, as the tough out-and-back…

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Gorge-ous Fall Foliage

By Graham Averill | 30 Sep 10
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You can see the leaves change color just about anywhere in the Southern Appalachians, but if you want true drama—and let’s face it, that’s what fall foliage is all about—head to one of our gorges. Over millions of years, the rivers and creeks of the Southern Appalachians have carved deep canyons, some of which are…

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Barefoot Across the Tarheel State

By Graham Averill | 28 Sep 10
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Matt Jenkins Runs Shoeless Across North Carolina to Save Youth Program North Carolina is a ridiculously long state. Just ask Matt Jenkins, a veteran marathoner from Boone who recently ran 760 miles across the state to raise money for a local non-profit. Even more amazing is that he ran the entire 760 miles barefoot. Jenkins…

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Run Like a Kid Again

By Jedd Ferris | 28 Sep 10
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Danny Dreyer Reveals the Simplicity and Fun of Chi Running Plagued by injuries? Danny Dreyer believes the child in you already knows how to run injury-free. Dreyer developed his Chi Running practice 11 years ago to bring back natural, relaxed, and efficient running form through mental discipline and proper physical alignment. His book, Chi Running:…

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