September 2010

TBT: The Mushroom Man

By Will Harlan | 22 Oct 15
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Most of us buy our food from the grocery store. Alan Muskat gathers his food from the forest.

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The Forgotten Summits

By Jesse Boyd | 27 Aug 10
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Why does the South Beyond 6,000 Challenge exclude dozens of qualified peaks? South Beyond 6,000 (SB6K) is a unique peakbagging quest that, upon completion, offers a certificate of recognition and a nice little patch.  Sponsored by the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC), the challenge involves climbing 40 peaks in the Southern Appalachians that exceed 6,000 feet…

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Street Cred

By Graham Averill | 27 Aug 10
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Bike Commuter Gear Commuting by bike isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. And these products will make that bike commute a little more comfortable and a lot safer. Light and Motion Vis 360: What’s the number one way to prevent a collision with a car while commuting by bike? Visibility. The Vis 360 addresses this…

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Red River Gorge Adventures

By Jedd Ferris | 23 Aug 10
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The Gorge’s high sandstone cliffs have made the stunning eastern canyon a world-renowned climbing mecca. The unique geological area, which lies mostly within the massive Daniel Boone National Forest, has over 1,400 routes with enough variety to satisfy the tastes of any climber. But the area isn’t just about the epic crags. “The Red” holds…

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Appalachian Renaissance Man

By Jedd Ferris | 23 Aug 10
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Ed Snodderly’s resume includes songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, college teacher, and proprietor of a storied bluegrass club. A native of northeast Tennessee, Snodderly released his first solo album back in 1977. As a songwriter, he’s known for his vivid musings about Appalachia’s lush landscape and rich old-time music culture. Dobro king Jerry Douglas once said Snodderly…

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Seven Natural Wonders of the South

By Graham Averill | 23 Aug 10
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The South has its own suite of natural wonders—locations and phenomenon that will beguile even the most experienced adventure traveler.

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Quest For Quiet

By Graham Averill | 23 Aug 10
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The Search for One Square Inch of Silence Man-made noise is everywhere. Close your eyes and listen right now: cars, airplanes, lawn mowers, computers. We buy earplugs and noise-canceling headphones. But what about finding places where there is no human noise—where the sound of silence is wind, coyotes, the drip-drip of melting snow? Sound ecologist…

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Is it offensive for guys to run shirtless or women to run only in sports bras?

By BRO Admin | 23 Aug 10
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Chime in and you could win a Apple iPad courtesy of Subaru!

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Whoop-de-do: The Stimulus Trail Controversy

By Graham Averill | 20 Aug 10
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Will millions in new funds make trails more sustainable—or more sanitized? Southern Appalachian trails are getting a much-needed facelift. Almost $9 million will be spent by the U.S. Forest over the next several months to clear brush, remove blowdowns, restore tread, decommission unsustainable trails, and in some cases, build brand new trail systems. It’s the…

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The Return of Gravity

By Graham Averill | 20 Aug 10
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The Surprising Rise of Downhill Mountain Biking in the South Ever wonder what those first mountain bikers were thinking? We’re talking about a small group of road bikers in the mid-1970s, who, for whatever reason, decided to ditch the pavement and push their beefy cruiser bikes up Mount Tamalpais in Northern California. From the top…

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Wild Night

By BRO Staff | 20 Aug 10
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Paddling by moonlight turns a quiet river into a wild adventure. I had paddled the Three Rivers Area many times, but paddling at night transformed it into an entirely new experience. Every paddle stroke was an adrenaline rush. The howl of a distant coyote charged the night air.  And the sudden splashes of beavers and…

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Must-Do Mountain Bike Races

By Jedd Ferris | 20 Aug 10
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Don’t miss these fall fat tire favorites—from hundred-mile epics to white-knuckle downhill screamers. SHENANDOAH MOUNTAIN 100 September 5 • Stokesville, Va. Epic yet attainable. That’s how this race is often described—a great option for aspiring 100-milers to conquer the distance. The loop course through the George Washington National Forest has some hardcore climbs, including a…

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Oil and Water Don’t Mix

By Graham Averill | 20 Aug 10
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Southeast Moves to Block Offshore Oil Drilling in the Atlantic If there is any silver lining to the Gulf oil spill—the worst environmental disaster in American history—it is that Americans are finally taking a closer look at the dangers of offshore drilling. While the Gulf of Mexico is currently home to all of America’s offshore…

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Back to Basics

By Jedd Ferris | 20 Aug 10
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Natural Running Center Opens in West Virginia Two Rivers Treads is not your average running store. You probably won’t recognize most of the shoes on the wall, but owner Dr. Mark Cucuzzella insists they will make you a healthier, injury-free runner. He opened the small outpost in downtown Shepherdstown, W.Va., in May as a center…

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Meat-Free Mosh Pit

By Jedd Ferris | 20 Aug 10
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Punk Rock Ironman Delivers a Veggie Beatdown If you think wolfing down a rare steak makes you macho, you don’t know John Joseph. The author of Meat is for Pussies: A how-to guide for dudes who want to get fit, kick ass and take names is hardly the typical outspoken advocate for vegetarianism. Joseph is…

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