. Gathered on an unpaved road, beside a never-bridged brook, in a forest that’s never been logged, the group itches to begin — to explore and experience, assist and learn, and join with the world outside. These are the Forest Keepers, and the wild slopes of wooded places are their workspace.
Asheville native Amalia Rowan doesn’t know the first thing about dog sledding, but if her crowdsourcing plan works, she’ll be flown overseas to participate in a guided 300-kilometer expedition through Norway and Sweden next April. “I have to try new things, test myself, get dirt (or snow) under my fingernails,” reads her event application profile. Rowan’s […]
On Friday, Nov. 14, the Asheville Bioneers kicked off their third annual “Taste of Bioneers” Conference at the Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. In the first of three events to be held this year, wilderness was at the fore. “The theme for tonight is how we can build better bridges to make our […]
Recently, Mountain Xpress sat down with Alexandra Guest, the AmeriCorps Forest Keeper who’s helping lead a new initiative in Western North Carolina.
Photographer Kate Durham sent Xpress photos and results from the Oct. 11 Red Bull Dreamline dirt-jumping event, including this shot.
Here’s your weekly dose of outdoors adventures — short and sweet this week. Save The Trails Challenge, hosted by the Pisgah Area SORBA, will be taking place at DuPont forest on Saturday. This is one of the best trail networks on the East coast. Join mountain bikers from around the region in a semi-competitive event with 25 […]
If you’re looking to get outside this weekend — and you should be, there are some killer events taking place. For the fun-loving, creative types the RiverLink “Anything that Floats” parade is launching from Hominy Creek Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Build a float out of some spare furniture and old baby strollers and […]
by Elspeth St. Paul Camping is wonderful. Except when it’s not. The stars in the night sky, the roar of the campfire, the birdsong at sunrise — all memorable. But then, too, there are the nagging mosquitoes, the potentially disease-bearing ticks, the ache of sleeping on the ground. For a novice, setting up the dreaded […]
Concerned or excited about the prospect of increased oil and gas development in Western North Carolina? The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 12 in Cullowhee and welcomes your feedback on proposed rules that could help pave the way for hydraulic fracturing – also known as ‘fracking’ – […]
A group of locals are mounting an effort to beat Portland for the world record of linked up tubers – and they’re hoping to do it in style: dressed as zombies. The event is set for Sept. 20 on the French Broad River, according to a new Facebook event page seeking participants. The “Tube-ocalypse: Zombie […]
Navitat Canopy Adventures reached new heights recently with the launch of an unprecedented mountaintop zipline tour. This video should give you an idea of what it’s like to participate.
Local author Will Harlan is winning national accolades for his outstanding new book, Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island. He’ll discuss his work May 1 at Malaprops before embarking on a book tour across the Southeast.
Over the last few months, I have observed an unsettling trend of people using the sides of trails as latrines. I, too, am an avid outdoors person and often spend hours in nature mountain biking and hiking and understand it may be necessary to attend to personal needs. But there really is no excuse for […]
The Environmental Quality Institute’s Stream Monitoring Information Exchange program is currently seeking volunteers to attend a volunteer training on Saturday, March 29th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at UNC Asheville. Once trained, volunteers work in small groups to sample a couple sites, two times per year (about 10 hours of annual service). Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone (11th grade and up) with any level of experience or identification skills.
There’s more to the Feb. 13 snowstorm than driving hazards and inconveniences: Many folks in Asheville are getting out and enjoying the winter weather. And they’re sharing photos and dispatches from their outdoor adventures via a variety of social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram.
This new video by Lloyd Hammarlund takes viewers on a bicycle tour of Asheville, from West Asheville neighborhoods to downtown and the surrounding hills along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for the Asheville area, warning that “heavy snow and strong winds” are possible throughout the day of Jan. 21 into the early morning hours of Jan. 22.
The new year came in like a lion today, Jan. 3, as Asheville residents woke up to bitter cold winds and snow. The winter weather was greeted on social media with a mix of trepidation and joy, as locals tried to drive on icy roads or sled down snowy hills.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is now under new management and big changes are in the works.
On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners voted to spend $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominy area.
As a massive fire continues to engulf parts of Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, photographer William Mauney posted a stunning video to YouTube documenting the flames.