Getting There Is Half The Fun: Must Do Hikes In Our National Parks

We live in one of the most photogenic regions of North America, probably the world. Photographers travel here to shoot from all over. They are born here, raised here, and fall in love with taking pictures here. They spend hours climbing thousands of feet in elevation to capture sunsets. They camp …

Outdoor Personality Quiz: Which one are you?

Take our outdoor personality quiz! Dirtbag or drifter? Endurance geek or yogi? Urbanite or survivalist? Our 17-question outdoor personality quiz will reveal which personality you most resemble. Brought to you by: It’s Saturday and you’re headed out to [{“title”:”The Dirtbag”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”The Endurance Geek”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”The Yogi”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”The Urbanite”,”points”:”…

Clear Lake, Wapiti Trail, Yellowstone

Undoubtedly the most action-packed adventure Will and I have achieved to date, the 10-mile hike along the Clear Lake, Point Sublime and Ribbon Lake…

5 Fall Must Do’s In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Fall is my favorite season – it’s like nature has thrown in a huge box of crayons everywhere. And the best place to witness this riot of colors is Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. If you are planning on a weekend trip, here’s a list of things to do in Cape Breton during the fall: •    Drive the Cabot Trail: The Cabot Trail is one of the…

Expanding Our Horizons: Exploring Ecotourism Opportunities Outside Canada

It has been almost ten years since we started offering ecotourism-oriented Nova Scotia vacations. And what a momentous journey it has been! Over the years, we have helped thousands of tourists from across the world appreciate nature’s bounty in this beautiful province of ours. We’ve also done our bit to conserve the ecosystem by educating visitors about their environmental responsibility. It is now time to set forth on a journey exploring wild habitats outside Canada. We are currently working with our industry partners across the globe and planning…

Trekking And Hiking In Iceland

Eco –tourism is a fun way to preserving the environment. And after ten years of providing eco-friendly Nova Scotia vacations, we have decided to expand our tour offerings to places outside Canada. The secret to success, as someone said, is taking a road that’s less traveled. With a little over seven people per square kilometer, Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. But it is a geological and environmental wonder. A giant fault line has…

5 Great Hikes for Blueberry Picking in the Blue Ridge

Under the heat of the summer sun, finding wild fruit on a hiking trip is like finding a fiver in the sofa. Little known to many, the Blue Ridge has an abundance of wild blueberries, ripe for the taking in the right season. Blueberries grow in sunny areas with acidic soil, often in high …

Instagram Takeover | Robert Stephens

This month’s Instagram Takeover features Georgia native and avid hiker Robert Stephens. “Photography is my passion and nature is my refuge,” Robert says. “Combine the two, and that is where I am most at peace.” Robert is a self taught photographer and writer. Over the past seven years he has traveled the Southeast extensively, all the while chronicling his adventures in two self-published books. With the final stages of winter finally here, we asked Robert to submit his favorite winter landscapes, and the results were amazing. See them for yourself below and follow …

48 Hours in Greenville, South Carolina

Nestled in the northwest corner of South Carolina at the base of the Blue Ridge Escapement, the city of Greenville has become a popular destination with tourists of all stripes. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie, an obsessed cycler, a craft beer enthusiast, or just a casual hiker, this mid-sized southern city will leave your thirst quenched, your palate happy, and your hunger for outdoor adventure satisfied and…

Should grizzlies be delisted?

Since 1975 the grizzlies have been considered endangered everywhere outside of Alaska. Only 1,500 grizzlies call the lower 48 states home, 600 living in Montana, 700 hundred in the Yellowstone area, and the rest dispersed through Idaho and Washington. There are no grizzlies in the East; only black bears live here. Last year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed delisting grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. Grizzly populations have rebounded, and some argue that the Endangered Species Act protections …

BRO Ambassador Alexis Eliot Says “Thanks”

I became a hiker on June 9, 2011. Maybe you remember that day—it was overcast, and a strong wind was pushing the clouds over the mountains of New York. The air had a different kind of feel, like it was alive and had something it needed to say. It was the fifth day of my first backpacking trip and I was wearing that new pair of socks you bought me in Columbus. I remember being embarrassed because I almost lost one and you found it …

The 16 Most Popular Stories of 2016

2016 was another banner year for the outdoors. Here at BRO we covered topics that ran the gamut from record-setting Appalachian Trail thru-hikes and in-depth profiles of some of the Blue Ridge’s biggest outdoor character to pressing news stories about wildfires in Southeast, human-black bears encounters, and crime along the Blue …

Ultimate Gear Guide #1: Lightweight Backpacks

Looking For A New Lightweight Backpack For Your Next Hiking Adventure? Here is a list of every backpack I know of that weighs 4 lbs or less. I’ve organized them into three categories (large, medium and small) and ranked them in descending order by weight. Each entry includes: a picture of the backpack, its total weight, volume, retail price (msrp), gender and a link to online retailers where you can find more information and order it online. If …

How Karl Meltzer Beat the Appalachian Trail Record

When Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer sauntered onto Springer Mountain, Ga., at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail this past Sunday, it was 3:32 a.m. He’d covered 83 miles straight in the past 24 hours. He hadn’t showered since Shenandoah National Park, 18 days prior. He was spent, starving, and in need of a beer, but he was smiling. That’s because Meltzer just set the new supported speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail at 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, just under 10 hours faster than Scott…