Save the Red Wolves: Move Them to Shenandoah and Cull the Coyotes

Gunshot mortality has been the primary cause of the most recent decline of the endangered red wolf. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has issued permits to landowners to kill red wolves on their property. 30 out of 65 recent red wolf deaths in the wild have been by gunshot, including breeding females preparing to give birth. There is a debate on whether the…

Returning to Katahdin

After a 44-year wait, Bruce Matson began the 2,189-mile journey that has long been awaiting him. On February 25, Matson set out from Springer Mountain in Georgia to begin a northbound thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail (AT). Back in 1974, before a long climb to the top of corporate success, Matson was inspired to look beyond the hustle of city life. At a camp in Connecticut, Bruce first became introduced to the almighty challenge of the Appalachian Trail by the legendary Warren Doyle. Doyle, now a major advocate and teacher so to speak of the …

Mountain Mama: Resolve

I rode my bike for the first time this year today, barely managing to get my seat in the saddle before January ends. When I cut images of women on bikes from magazines and pasted them onto my vision board, I vowed to make a few solid changes to my daily routines. Riding bikes feels like play and I get that giddy …

The Road Team Calls In Sick: Tips For Staying Healthy In The Van

Yesterday was a first (and hopefully a last) for us. We had to call in sick to an event that we were looking forward to for a long time. We were forced to miss our Group Ride and Potluck at Big Bear Lake Trail Center. Big thanks to the crew at Big Bear Lake for being so understanding and putting on the event even though we…

The Next Great Mountain Towns

Have you ever discovered a band before it hit the big time? It can be a conflicting find. Should you tell all and spread the word, or tuck the artist away in the recesses of your playlist, your own little secret? Stumbling upon the next Asheville is kinda the same. Lucky for you, we’re not in the business of keeping secrets. Steer away from the throngs of tourists this summer and discover the adventure in…

Cycle Urban This Summer with ‘Asheville on Bikes’

“Summer Cycle ’17” is an annual event for Asheville locals to join together for cycling in the heart of the city’s greenways along the French Broad River. The event will be held July 29 for people of all skill levels and the course can be tailored based on each individual’s desired mileage and elevation gain. Hosted by Asheville on Bikes …

Fridays on the Fly: Trout Fishing Heats Up as Delayed Harvest Comes to an End

Tomorrow marks the end of the Delayed Harvest (DH) season in Western North Carolina as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as DH to regulated harvest. Delayed Harvest streams are marked with with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. In North Carolina, Delayed Harvest will begin to come back into effect on Sep. 30, 2017. Catch and release is usually the mantra espoused by fly fisherman in these parts, but the end of Delayed Harvest season offers a rare opportunity …

Live Outside and Play: April Pit Stops

Hello past Live Outside and Play readers, new LOAP fans, and friends of Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors! We are your new road team for the 2017 season, and we couldn’t be more ready to get rubber to pavement and start the adventure. Excited isn’t even close to how we feel about starting this journey. Ecstatic, euphoric? Fired up! We can’t wait to sleep with the doors open, see every sunrise, meet a thousand new people, and share their (and our) stories. Roxy loves surfing snow, cast iron campfire dinners…

Shoulder Season

Whiskey Wednesday is getting a little weird. We’re in this awkward shoulder season between sports and we’re kind of floundering. Breckenwolf has shut down for the season due to an act of God (no kidding), but it’s too cold to start mountain biking after work. I know there are plenty of bikers out there who are riding when it’s 20 degrees and crusty, but that’s not us. We’re too delicate. So we’ve been wandering from activity to activity without purpose. Sometimes we climb, sometimes we play ping pong, sometimes we just go straight to the whiskey. It’s fine, but …

Instagram Takeover: Olivia Williams

This month’s Instagram Takeover features Western North Carolina native and fly fishing enthusiast Olivia Williams. Olivia, who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Brevard, North Carolina, has been fly fishing for a little over a year now. During that time—a period she describes as a long—strenuous learning process, she has documented her journey as a budding …

MerleFest is Turning 30!

MerleFest – the 30th Celebration – features one of the festival’s most diverse lineups in its history. “We designed this year’s lineup to feature artists who have graced the stages at MerleFest over the past 29 festivals. We felt the 30th festival gave us an opportunity to put a spotlight on many of the artists who have made MerleFest one of the most esteemed festivals in the world,” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “However, as in years past, the lineup introduces some outstanding talent …

Trails Closed in Pisgah National Forest in Wake of Cold Mountain Wildfire

The United States Forest Service has closed multiple trails in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest due to a forest fire that was first reported last Friday afternoon. “At this point, it is human caused, but the exact cause is under investigation,” USFS Public Information Officer Bob Beanblossom told the Asheville Citizen Times. The Cold…

5 U.S. Presidents With Ties to the Outdoors

As you’ve probably noticed, today is Presidents Day, that highly anticipated yearly event when banks and post offices shut down while your place of employment always seems to remain open. If you’re stuck in the office wishing you could be out in the streets whooping it up for George Washington, or whatever it is one does to celebrate Presidents Day, take a second to read about 5 U.S. Presidents who have made their mark on the world of outdoor recreation. Theodore Roosevelt: The Cowboy Conservationist No discussion of outdoor-loving presidents …

The Cheesiest Race Ever

Every spring, hundreds partake in the cheese rolling race at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, as they have for decades. Competitors chase a large wheel of cheese down an incredibly steep hill. The winner wins the roll of cheese and bragging rights. Due to the steep incline, injuries are quite common. But not to worry: the local rugby team stands guard at …