October 2014

Tips from the Pros for Shooting Fall Foliage

By Jess Daddio | 06 Sep 17
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Take a look at these top tips from four regional photographers on things to consider when heading out to shoot fall foliage.

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Wilderness at 50: 24 Hours in the Cranberry Wilderness

By Jess Daddio | 09 Nov 14
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The magic of the wilderness opened up. The outlines of shoulder-high ferns and dense stands of spruce came into focus. Wildflowers and blooming rhododendron popped against lush shades of green. The forest smelled sweetly of pinesap. Birds of unknown origin chirped and twitted above.

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The Need to Play

By Jess Daddio | 07 Nov 14
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Free play, or unrestricted play, allows kids the chance to be unsupervised and choose how they wish to spend their free time, be it through a game of hide-and-seek, playing house, or even reading for pleasure. Anything in which the child is self-directed and is not doing the activity for any ulterior motive (except for the sake of the activity itself) is considered free play.

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Trail Mix: Judah and the Lion, Kids These Days

By Jedd Ferris | 27 Oct 14
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Despite the well-known competitive music landscape in its home city, Judah & the Lion has quickly become a Nashville breakout act, earning fans with an uplifting acoustic sound that blends high-paced strumming and huge hooks. Potential anthems pile up on the band’s debut full-length album, Kids These Days, which just came out in September.

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Essential Paddling Tips from Pros

By Charli Kerns | 21 Oct 14
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Five pros weigh in with their essential paddling tips. Don’t boat again until you read them!

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Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

By BRO Staff | 20 Oct 14
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The Challenge? Hike 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast. Presented by The Wilderness Society & Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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What’s In Your Pack: AT Thru-Hike Record Holder Jennifer Pharr Davis

By Aaron Bible | 20 Oct 14
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Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the speed record for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and is the founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Company in Asheville, N.C. Here she dumps out the contents of her pack for both day hikes and overnights.

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Hidden Treasures: Ten Favorite State Parks

By Jeff Kinney | 18 Oct 14
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If you’re planning a late summer or fall vacation, how about visiting a state park? These ecological treasures often have the same vistas, bomber bike trails, epic hikes, and other outdoor creds as their more famous NPS brethren, but without the hordes.

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The Magic Kingdom of Wilderness

By BRO Staff | 16 Oct 14
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We hiked into the Citico Creek Wilderness ending up at Falls Branch Falls, a spectacular roaring 70-foot waterfall. Nurse logs, moss, mushrooms and wildflowers abound.

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Flashpoint: Solar Could Power Half of Appalachia

By Jeff Kinney | 12 Oct 14
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Jeff Deal, senior project manager at the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy, says we already have the technology to power up to half of Appalachia with solar alone—and we can do it affordably, if we get our policies and priorities straight.

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Quick Hits: News from the October Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors

By Jedd Ferris | 08 Oct 14
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Timely news from around the Blue Ridge and beyond!

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Hot off the Press: The October Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors

By BRO Staff | 01 Oct 14
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Colors begin spilling down the mountains this month and Blue Ridge Outdoors talks with four photography pros who share their favorite fall foliage spots and secrets with readers. Pick up the issue for free at newsstands and tune in here for all our Fall content!

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