October 2019

Cutting the Public Out of Public Lands?

By Will Harlan | 17 Oct 19
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Photo by Steven McBride The Forest Service is proposing to eliminate public comment from most logging projects in Appalachia   The Forest Service is proposing to gut the most important conservation law on the books.  You’ve probably heard of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act—all of which are also under…

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The New Gender Rules in Sports

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 15 Oct 19
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Are testosterone levels the best way to categorize male and female athletes? When an east coast-based cisgender ultrarunner—who asked to remain anonymous—saw the entrant’s pool for a recent competition, she was conflicted. The veteran saw that she would be racing against several familiar names, including Grace Fisher. Fisher had finished ahead of her in several…

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The Fight over Free Soloing

By Hart Fowler | 14 Oct 19
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Has Alex Honnold’s free solo climb of El Capitan sparked more daredevils? At least one free soloist has fallen to his death since the film was released. In 2017, the day after Alex Honnold completed his free-solo ascent of El-Capitan, climbing journalist and author Daniel Duane wrote in The New York Times: “I believe that…

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Best in Backpacking

By Ian Dzilenski | 09 Oct 19
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Outdoor guide Corinna Mokotoff picks her go-to gear Corinna Mokotoff, a 21-year-old student at Appalachian State University, knows a thing or two about backpacking. From participating in multiple NOLS courses to guiding trips for the Outdoor Programs Department at ASU to countless overnight hikes with friends on the weekends, Mokotoff has spent her fair share…

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Clearing the Path: Behind the Scenes with the Trail Maintainers

By Ellen Kanzinger | 08 Oct 19
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Photo by Ellen Kanzinger Whether a trail is one mile or 1,000 miles, in a city or in the middle of a forest, someone has to take care of it. Someone has to clear the fallen trees after a storm or put in a water bar to mitigate erosion so you and I can get…

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Trail Mix: Brittany Howard

By Jedd Ferris | 07 Oct 19
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Shake It Up Brittany Howard Pauses Popular Band to Release New Solo Record For Brittany Howard, the safest bet would’ve been to make another Alabama Shakes record. As the frontwoman and guitarist of the soul-driven Southern garage-roots outfit, Howard found fast success earlier in the decade. The group’s 2012 debut Boys & Girls was a…

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The 2019 Hiking Guide: Hike the Southeast

By BRO Admin | 04 Oct 19
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Photo by: Sam Dean Photography FROM CITY GREENWAYS TO REMOTE STRETCHES OF FOREST, GET OUTSIDE THIS FALL ON THE TRAILS OF THESE ICONIC SOUTHEAST HIKING DESTINATIONS. Hike miles of trails in one of Virginia’s state parks, including Shenandoah River State Park and Pocahontas State Park. Virginia State Parks Virginia is home to a variety of…

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Mountain Getaway Guide: Unique Lodging of the Blue Ridge

By Ellen Kanzinger | 01 Oct 19
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The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca Rocks State Forest, W.VA., offers accommodations 65 feet off the ground. Whether you’re looking to make one last trip this fall or starting to make plans for next year, BRO set out to find getaways like no other in the region. Seneca State Forest (W.Va.) Built-in 1935 by…

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Return of the Giants

By Dan DeWitt | 30 Sep 19
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A closeup of a leaf on a potentially blight-resistant American chestnut hybrid showing the leaf’s distinctive canoe shape and curved teeth. Photo Courtesy of The American Chestnut Foundation.  Scientists are Restoring Appalachia’s Most Important Tree: The Chestnut.  The small mound of pollen that Paul Sisco pours from a pill vial comes from an American chestnut…

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October 2019: Mountain Getaways

By BRO Admin | 27 Sep 19
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Features Secrets of the World’s Greatest Runners How did Arnulfo Quimare, a Tarahumara goat herder, beat the world’s most elite and highly trained runners? Secret number one: don’t train. The Life and Death of Free Soloing Has Alex Honnold’s Yosemite climb sparked more daredevils? North Carolina soloist Austin Howell fell to his death this summer…

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