Zipline tours are officially underway at Pipestem Resort State Park, and just in time for summer. West Virginia State Parks unveiled the state’s newest aerial adventure Thursday with the first trips on a series of ziplines that let riders soar for more than a mile above the breathtaking Bluestone National Scenic River. “This is truly…

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Man accused of threatening hikers along the Appalachian Trail A man accused of threatening hikers along the Appalachian Trail has been arrested. Thirty-year-old James Jordan of Massachusetts, who goes by the name of “Sovereign,” was arrested in Unicoi County, Tennessee. He was carrying a large knife and is charged with possession of schedule six drugs,…

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WalletHub releases its annual list of the greenest states The personal-finance website WalletHub has released it’s 2019 report on the Greenest States. The website compared all 50 states in 27 key metrics such as air, water, and soil quality, green building, consumption of renewable energy, recycling and others. The analysis found that the greenest state…

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Thawing on Alaska’s Denali could soon reveal decades of poop In the decades since people began summiting Denali, climbers have left behind 66 tons of feces on the tallest mountain in North America. Thanks to climate change, that feces is expected to begin melting out of the Kahiltna glacier that contains much of it, possibly…

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A parent starts letting go (but still holds onto the rope) I’m not convinced my son is actually going to walk off the cliff until I can’t see him anymore. There are so many opportunities for him to back out between the point where he gets clipped into the rope and the point where he…

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88 pounds of plastic found in stomach of dead whale A young Cuvier’s beaked whale was found on the coast of the Philippines last week weak and vomiting blood. When it died a short time later, a necropsy revealed the whale had 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach, including 16 rice sacks and plastic…

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Scientists just noticed a gigantic meteor exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere last December Unbeknownst to us, while we were going about our lives last December 18, a meteor exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere with 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. NASA calls the event a “fireball,” and the fireball in…

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Cancer causing pellets are being dropped along the Mountain Valley Pipeline path in WV Pellets used to prevent erosion and provide soil stabilization have been dropped near the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Greenville, WV. The pellets were dropped from a helicopter and have been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide.…

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Seven Destinations To Get In On The Action There’s a brutish undercurrent gaining momentum in fly fishing. Across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, anglers are taking the delicate tools and techniques traditionally associated with surface-sipping trout, and they’re adapting them to pursue warmwater fish. While fly fishing for bass and bream is not new, this evolution…

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A new study has found that rock climbers are a major economic force for the New River Gorge, a renowned rock climbing destination in West Virginia. The study found that climbers contributed $12.1 million in tourism dollars annually across a three-county region in WV. Climber spending also supports 168 jobs in the region and contributes…

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The town with no wi-fi or cell phones, Green Bank, W.Va.,  is home to one of the world’s largest radio telescopes searching for alien signals Lodged in the valley of the misty Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, the Green Bank Telescope sits royally in the middle of a field, its giant dish pointed towards the sky…

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For nearly twenty years, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports has been providing outdoor sports and recreational adventures for the disabled. This year, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) celebrated their 15th Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend. Beginning in 2004, members wanted a way to use their knowledge, skills and equipment they have acquired over the years to give back to…

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Male camper and dog cook dinner at camp at sunset along the Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days.

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WV Supreme Court hears argument that families living near gas drilling operations are disproportionately burdened In one of a number of disputes between landowners and energy companies in West Virginia, a nuisance lawsuit by four Harrison County families claiming that they are disproportionatelyburdened by Antero Resource Corp.’s Marcellus Shale drilling is being heardby the state’s…

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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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