Descending the rock-strewn trail from our brief visit to the summit of McAfee’s Knob, the light from my headlamp is waning big-time; it’s fading fast and the sky remains, well, black. There’s no moon. Ok, so I had been wrong when I thought the batteries still held plenty of juice. Josh is running behind me,…

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How Charlie Ledford raced his way to recovery and a better life. It was a cold day in the mountains in November of 2012, when I gathered up all of the drugs and alcohol I had grown dependent on, and literally threw them in the trash. I was so mad that I couldn’t seem to…

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Locals reveal their favorite spots for in-town adventure It’s five o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. You want to get outside after a long day of work or classes, but you don’t have the time to drive two hours to your favorite hike or crag. Athletes and adventurers from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast show us…

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Meet the RidgeRunners—guardians of the Appalachian Trail Hiking season has finally arrived, and Ridgerunners are already out along the Appalachian Trail. Those chosen for the seasonal position hike and camp along sections of trails, speaking with hundreds of visitors about the importance of maintaining the trail and minimizing human impact.  From Georgia to Maine, there…

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The BRO Team took on the Richmond Ragnar Relay at Pocahontas State Park April 26-27. It’s 8:30 at night and I’m in the middle of the woods, picking myself up after falling for the fifth time. I let out a frustrated cry into the night, words my mother would not be happy if I repeated…

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Trail reviews for you by Jack the Trail Dog Bur Mil Park and the Lake Brandt marina are great starting locations, but limited parking lot access along the routes. Not huge climbs, but rolling. We run on these trails a lot for training. They are easy to get to from our house with plenty of…

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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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Indian Trail and Hanging Rock Trail Hanging Rock is one of my favorites!! There are plenty of trails, and I have run almost all of them.  Here is one that we do fairly often because it has all the great highlights: creeks, waterfalls, climbing, views, and post-run beer. The Trailhead for this one is Flinchum…

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Jack’s Trail Review February 18, 2019 Rock Castle Gorge Loop; elevation ranges from 3572 at the top of the gorge to 1700 at the parking area off CC Camp Road (VA Rte 605) Blue Ridge Parkway; Rocky Knob National Recreation Area. Hi! My name is Jack and I am a 9 ½ year old border…

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Shut-In Champs Reveal Their Go-To Gear The beauty of living in the Southern Appalachians is that it’s always trail running season. Aside from a few rogue storms, trail conditions are amicable year-round. Still, it’s safe to say that spring is prime time for hitting the dirt. You’re coming off of winter and looking to get…

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Top 5 Outdoor Sports for Beginners and Amateurs Outdoor sports for beginners and amateurs include some of the activities we did engage in while growing up. They are easy to do, not much training is required, and the sporting gear isn’t costly – you can get it in your local store or online. Are you…

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Next Thursday, April 19, join the Asheville Running Collective and Blue Ridge Outdoors at the Wedge At Foundation for a screening of El Chivo, a documentary film. As you may already know, Will Harlan is a badass. He’s an accomplished ultimate runner, dad, husband, homesteader, and Editor In Chief of our magazine. He’s incredibly humble, super…

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Of Artists And Athletes

Have you ever felt inspired from a postcard-perfect sunset or the final steps to a summit you never thought you’d reach? These 10 regional artist-athletes have. We sat down with them to talk about how adventure nurtures the muse within, and what makes pursuing a creative life the hardest, most rewarding way to live. Josh…

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El Chivo Documentary on Amazon

Long before Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book Born to Run was published, Blue Ridge Outdoors Editor in Chief Will Harlan was running with the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico’s Copper Canyons. A feature-length documentary about Harlan’s adventures with the Tarahumara is now available on Amazon Prime.

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