We know. It’s still January. But we couldn’t wait any longer to get you the February 2015 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors! That’s why we’re sharing it live online before the first of the month!

For our athletic readers out there, this issue’s for you. Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner, a paddler, or a climber, we’re sure you’ll find some helpful tips for upping your game this year. If training insights aren’t what you’re looking for, take away at least a little inspiration from interviews with five up-and-coming athletes who have already accomplished more than we have in their less-than-20 years of adventures.

Also this month, we break down the George Washington Forest Plan, the nuts and bolts of six different energy bars, the evolution of guidebooks, and a peak at the debut of Bill Bryson’s novel-turned-movie, A Walk in the Woods.

So grab your gear, your running shoes and chalk bags, your helmets and dry tops and that pretty new set of wheels, because after you leaf through this issue, you’re gonna want to go outside and play hard.

Features

DIRTY SECRETS

Six top trail runners share their favorite footpaths, training tips, and most memorable moments.

ELEVATE YOUR GAME

Take your training to the next level with expert insights from the Southeast’s best coaches and athletes.

THE FUTURE OF ADVENTURE

These fab five young adults are pushing the outer limits of boarding and paddling.

Swamp to shore

Canoeists paddle the St. Marys River from its headwaters to the sea.

Departments

EDITOR’S NOTE

Dare ya to hike the Dirty Dozen in 2015.

FLASHPOINT

The GW Forest Plan is not all bad. But that doesn’t make it good.

QUICK HITS

New Tennessee trail closed to runners / Laird’s new obstacle race series / Walk in the Woods’ film debut

THE DIRT

Two top teleskiers tell all.

THE GOODS

Six of the best energy bars to stoke the fire within.

THEN + NOW

Guidebooks were big in the 90s. Are they still useful today?

TRAIL MIX

The best Medicine: Drew Holcombe’s musical remedy.