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Interviews, profiles and discussion with the leaders and experts of the outdoor industry and those making an impact on the outdoors.

The Smoky Mountain Jedi

By Kristi Parsons and Denise Cameron | 22 Mar 19
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Mike Maples: The Man, The Jedi, The Legend An article written in memoriam of Mike Maples, a simple man from Tennessee that became known to the world as the Smoky Mountain Jedi. The Man… Mike Maples will forever be known to the world as the Smoky Mountain Jedi, but as those that spent time with…

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Healing a Broken Spirit: The Running Addict

By Mirna Valerio | 21 Mar 19
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How Kristopher Cargile turned his life around, one step at a time We met on a cold, rainy day in a bustling, upbeat coffeehouse. Amid the hectic clanging, pain darkened his face. It was a stark change from the bubbly, funny, seemingly carefree trail runner who had been one of my constant companions at a…

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Wheel Life: Steve Yocom

By Shannon McGowan | 22 Feb 19
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When chasing your dreams, Steve Yocom figured out that you can catch them with a set of wheels. Professional photographer Steve Yocom lives a life of passion and adventure across the country. Living by his life motto, “Collect memories not stuff,” and with not much more than his camera and truck, he travels to some…

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He’s the Youngest Inductee Ever to the Southern Trout Hall of Fame

By Shannon McGowan | 12 Feb 19
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Meet Eugene Shuler— a true native to the Smoky Mountains and third-generation fly fishing guide who’s taken his love for both his home and sport and turned it into his full-time gig. Shuler is the Lead Guide of Fly Fishing in the Smokies and was recently inducted into the Southern Trout Legends of the Fly…

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First Descent Paddler: Chasing Waterfalls

By Phil Morgan | 06 Feb 19
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Michael John Ferraro bags a first descent of Bearwallow Falls and becomes the fifth paddler to plunge down Looking Glass Falls. If you dig WHITEWATER, you best remember the name Michael John Ferraro. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for this 22-year-old North Carolina boater. He’s making a name for himself as…

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Back to the Track: 70 Year Old Runner Beats World Records

By Shannon McGowan | 25 Jan 19
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He beat the record fair and square. He just can’t hold it. Seventy-year-old Pennsylvania resident Gene Dykes beat the world record for his age group when he crossed the finish line of the Jacksonville marathon in 2:54:23 (averaging a 6:39 pace) on December 15, but due to a technicality, it doesn’t count. The Jacksonville marathon…

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Unleashed: Josh and Zoey the Dog

By Shannon McGowan | 23 Jan 19
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When most people come home on a Friday after work, they’ll grab a remote or maybe a drink with some pals. Josh Elder grabs his paddle and a dog leash that will most likely not get used at all that weekend. Elder has the strongest GO GO GO and GET OUT THERE AND SEND IT…

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Rally to support the “Green New Deal” happening in Richmond, VA today

By Kim Dinan | 22 Jan 19
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Lloyd Clayton, a champion of southern forests, has died Lloyd Clayton, environmental activist, champion of southern forests, and hero to many working in the environmental movement, has died. In 1996, forest protection activists gathered in Bankhead National Forest in Alabama to discuss the destruction of southern forests. At that time, chip mills were appearing across…

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Quick Hits | Outdoor News January 2019

By BRO Admin | 17 Jan 19
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Woman completes Triple Crown of hiking in a single year When Heather “Anish” Anderson’s boots touched the ground in Grants, New Mexico this November, it marked the first time a woman had completed the triple crown of hiking in a year. In just over 8 months and nearly 8,000 miles, Anderson walked the Appalachian Trail,…

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The Incident: What’s Your Positive?

By Shannon McGowan | 15 Jan 19
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The Todericos make it a point to refer to the event as an incident and not an accident.  “We are survivors, not victims.” As Denise Gorondy-Toderico and Ben Toderico decorate their living room for the holidays, the doors leading to the back yard are left open as their two boys, Gavin (6 at the time) and Cormac (4…

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30 Under 30

By Ellen Kanzinger | 12 Nov 18
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Blue Ridge Outdoors spoke with 30 people from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, 30 years and younger, who are driving the next generation of outdoor leaders. They are athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and weekend warriors. Alleigh Raymond, 15 Fly fisher, N.C. In the five years since a family friend took her fly fishing for the first…

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My Year On The Streets

By Mark Smith | 05 Nov 18
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The Hard Truths of Homelessness I came to Asheville for the mountain biking. I had a communications degree and worked in advertising as a commercial photographer. It paid well, but the work was seasonal and intermittent. So when I was asked by a sales manager to join an aerial photography start-up for high-end clients’ real…

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Why Am I Up Here?

By Lauren Bowman Clontz | 02 Nov 18
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A Tree-Sitter’s Perspective From 50 Feet Above the Mountain Valley Pipeline. I’ve lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains for most of my life, often taking for granted the hiking trails, swimming holes, trout streams, and breathtaking beauty. Growing up, I never paused to consider the fragility of our forest ecosystem. I also didn’t know much about…

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Chasing Mitchell

By Tom Flynn | 20 Aug 18
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Who was Elisha Mitchell—the man who first summited the highest mountain in the East—beyond the short, terrible span of his final moments? In April, I walked up the ramp from the parking lot at North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell State Park to the mountain’s summit, as have countless visitors before me. I wanted to find out…

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End Of The Line: LeConte Lodge Manager descends the mountain one last time

By Morgan Simmons | 30 Apr 18
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Tim Line Leconte Lodge

The rustic cabins and dining hall that make up LeConte Lodge are perched on a windswept opening in the spruce-fir forest along the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a remnant of the last Ice Age, complete with ravens and red squirrels, a place that never gets much warmer than 80 degrees…

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