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December 17, 2018

On Little White Oak Mountain, A Would-Be Neighborhood is Now a Public Park

The Polk County Recreation Complex with Little White Oak Mountain in the background

A mountain once slated for development is now being turned into a public park. The town of Columbus, North Carolina, originally approved the construction of 687 homes on a 1,068-acre parcel on the south side of Little White Oak Mountain, 40 miles southeast of Asheville, near Lake Lure. The development stalled after the economic slump […]

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December 17, 2018

Mountain Biking: A Glossary of Terms

Mountain bikers can be difficult to understand. They use a coded lexicon that sounds like some combination of jargon and birds of paradise mating calls. I’ve been hanging around mountain bikers for the past decade and I’m still adding permutations to the endless inventory of synonyms for “stoked.” This is not a comprehensive guide. But […]

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December 15, 2018

5: Hold Fast

There’s a remarkable beauty of relative perspective. I mean, it’s kind of amazing …
December 14, 2018

How the $867 Billion Farm Bill Will Impact Outdoor Recreation

A Pennsylvania field with the sun shining on it in the morning

This week, Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with new language that supports land and water conservation, and creates opportunities for the outdoor recreation industry in government-led forestry, conservation and rural development programs. The bill passed overwhelmingly in both the Senate and the House, which approved the legislation on Dec. 12, 2018, and is now […]

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December 14, 2018

Meet the First Openly Gay Woman to Complete the Seven Summits

On June 23, 2018 Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, age 43, stood on the summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She was the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Her first words atop the peak, captured via video, were “Nature doesn’t discriminate. […]

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December 13, 2018

Gear Review: Deuter SL Line

I couldn’t be more excited that Deuter has a women-specific line of backpacks. …
December 13, 2018

6 Tips for Being on Trail in the Dark This Winter

It’s happening. Winter is coming, which brings along with it shorter daylight hours. For those of us who love to get on trail year-round, no matter the temperature, this will mean being on trail in the dark.   A few years ago I was attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in less than […]

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December 12, 2018

Missing Link in the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Completed

Beautiful mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the morning light

A key eight-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) was recently completed, offering backpackers a 350-mile-long trail experience in and near North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the Tarheel State’s longest trail, spanning 1,175 miles from the state’s mountainous western border to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail boasts some of […]

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December 12, 2018

Recipe: Dutch Oven Apple Pie

Dutch Oven Apple Pie

Making an apple pie from scratch is impressive, but making one on a camping trip is borderline legendary. If you want to really impress your camping mates this fall, then Dutch Oven Apple Pie recipe is your golden ticket. We’ll start by stating the obvious: baking an apple pie at a campsite is a big […]

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