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  • Beer, Backpacking and the Importance of Sunshine

    Taylor Boyd Willoughby/Mountain Orenda Photography

    Beer, Backpacking, and the Importance of Sunshine

    Like many great ideas, this one was born over beer. “You know what we should do?” said my friend Taylor at the end of our weekly bar trivia night. “We should go backpacking.” Read more

    Apr 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • Sights, Smells, and Sounds in Our Spring Forests

    Bruce Ingram photo

    Sights, Smells, and Sounds in Our Spring Forests

    In the Southern Appalachians, spring sends our senses into an ethereal otherworld as so many sights, sounds, and smells unique to the season greet us. Here are some of the sensory delights that folks in our region treasure the most. Read more

    Apr 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • A conversation with a Smokies hiking expert

    Lenny Bernstein photo

    On the Move

    Danny Bernstein has been a lot of things in her life. Originally from New York, she began her career in computer science “way before computing was cool,” working as a software developer and then as a college professor before moving to Asheville. Read more

    Apr 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • Savoring Spring Tonics

    Savoring Spring Tonics

    When it comes to a traditional mountain rite of spring from yesteryear, it’s tempting to claim, decades after the fact, that I was the victim of child abuse. If so, however, child abuse was once near-universal in my highland homeland. Read more

    Apr 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • The Channels Natural Area Preserve

    Eric Middlemas photo

    Virginia’s Hidden Labyrinth

    Our guide is Eric Middlemas of The Mid-Appalachian Highlands Club, a hiking and outdoor activity club in the Tri-Cities area that was founded in 1976 and is one of the oldest organized hiking clubs in the region. Read more

    Feb 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • Searching for Winter

    Holly Kays photo

    Searching for Winter

    As someone who loves snow and warm hats and the orderly changing of seasons, it had been a disappointing winter. I’d seen barely a flake of snow, and daytime temperatures often felt more on par with what you’d expect from a typical April. Read more

    Feb 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • Young Riders

    Photo courtesy of Kate Rudd

    Young Riders

    Snowboarders under age 17 make up 34.3 percent of modern slope riders, according to winter sports authorities. To support this trend, slopes have developed classes, programs and events for child and youth boarders. Read more

    Feb 1, 2019

    Outdoors

  • A Conversation With A Smokies Architect

    A Conversation With A Smokies Architect

    Billie Faircloth is an architect, but not of the blueprint-and-build variety. She’s spent her career asking why people build the way that they do, and how those decisions affect the ecosystems where materials are harvested and buildings built. Read more

    Feb 1, 2019

    Outdoors

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