New Trails Map Gives Back To Tsali

New Trails Map Gives Back to Tsali

  • February 29, 2016

Western North Carolina's Tsali Recreation Area is such a classic outdoor destination that anyone familiar with the trails of the Southeast likely knows of it, and countless outdoor adventurers have been introduced to mountain biking, hiking, or running on the trails there. That's why we're so…

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Jim Parham Named To 100 Outdoor Pioneers List

Jim Parham Named to 100 Outdoor Pioneers List

  • February 15, 2016

It's been nearly 25 years since Jim Parham began his career as an outdoor guidebook author with the publication of his first book, Off the Beaten Track: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina. This month, Parham was…

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Backcountry Skiing In The Smokies

Backcountry Skiing in the Smokies

  • January 29, 2016

If the prolonged power outage is rarer in western North Carolina than it used to be, perhaps it's because in the last decade the winters have been bringing us less snow. But last weekend we had a nearly perfect storm—for…

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Riding Out The Storm

Riding Out the Storm

  • January 22, 2016

Long power outages aren’t as common as they used to be in the Smokies, but when they happen, we’re ready. Here in rural western North Carolina just four or five inches of heavy wet snow can be enough to cause the lights to…

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Happy Rainy New Year

Happy Rainy New Year

  • December 30, 2015

In this very wet ending to 2015, we went in search of the silver lining in all the rain we've had: rushing, gushing waterfalls. Our hike took us to Snowbird Creek in Graham County, NC,  where we chose a shorter version of…

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How To Cross A Creek

How to Cross a Creek

  • December 15, 2015

There's more than one way to cross a creek. We're talking about  a "wet crossing" here—one without a bridge, a log, or stepping stones to rock-hop over. Regardless of the stream depth, it always means getting your feet immersed in the…

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The View From A Pluton: Vermont’s Mount Ascutney

The View from a Pluton: Vermont’s Mount Ascutney

  • November 30, 2015

At about 3,130 feet, Mount Ascutney is not the highest mountain in Vermont or even in Windsor County, but it does stand out as a prominent landmark,  a solitary pluton sitting outside the Appalachian chain—a monadnock, in fact. What's a monadnock? What's a pluton?…

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The Southeast’s Newest Mountain Biking Guidebook

The Southeast’s Newest Mountain Biking Guidebook

  • November 11, 2015

  Nearly 25 years after the publication of his first mountain bike trail guidebooks, Jim Parham is replacing them—with the most comprehensive and current off-road cycling guides yet for the Southeast. Here's a quick preview of his latest project, due…

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