Who was Frank Cook? That’s like asking who first swam the entire Amazon (Martin Strel, of course.) Quite likely, many of the 150 who attended the April 7 Herb Symposium at Warren Wilson College in memory of Cook didn’t know him. In ethnobotany and herbalist circles, Cook was legendary for his global knowledge of plants and their uses. (photo by Jonathan Poston)
The N.C. Arboretum’s Natural Garden Trail has its secrets. No, it’s not a hidden message on the bottom of a hiker’s shoe. (photo by Michael Oppenheim)
Brotherhug Barlow, Robbie Sweetser and Jim Hornaday look up at vines in the trees along the Hominy Creek Greenway.
One Sunday morning in mid-August, I left Asheville for the one-hour drive to my friend Doug Elliott’s wooded homestead in Union Mills, N.C. During my last visit, around the exact same time of year, he showed me how to harvest and prepare elderberry for tincturing. I didn’t know what lay in store this time, other than he said we would be “working elm,” but I knew it would involve swatting mosquitoes and flies, dodging briars, poison ivy and random angry yellow jackets. Why drive 50 mountain miles to play victim to nature’s sadistic instruments? Doug is one of America’s preeminent herbalists, natural history authors, and folklore storytellers. As an elder living in organic union with the land He is celebrated among new age wild crafters, ethnobotanists, and urban foragers.
The “Smokies Wildnerness Elite Appalachian Trail” Crew is the “Delta Force” of trail maintenance on the AT. Operating strictly in the backcountry, they perform trail maintenance in areas that are beyond the range and ability of trail clubs. Here are few of the photos Jerry Nelson took, documenting the team’s latest work.
Photos by Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
Less than two weeks ago, long-distance hiker and Appalachian Trail veteran Heather Housekeeper, 28, began walking. Twelve days later, on May 28, she made some time to share her goals with this reporter, just before reaching camp, off Ox Creek Road near Asheville. Outside of the occasional friend tagging along for a few miles here and there, she’s doing it all alone, and not counting the random “trail magic” (assistance like snacks, shoes, a bed, etc.) that strangers have given her along the way, she’s doing the trip totally unsupported.
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On Sunday, May 15, Daphne Kirkwood, one of Asheville’s most promising athletes, took first place in her age group, leaving her Rev3 Knoxville Half Ironman competition in the rust. She placed ninth in the overall competition.
When the rivers run full and the trees and flowers blossom,
when the world wakes up to the sounds of birds singing,
That’s the feeling of the new season springing.
photo by Eric Crews
Last Saturday, March 19, a “supermoon” rose over the mountains of WNC. The next day, the spring equinox occurred at 7:21 p.m. EST, marking the start of the new season. These videos capture beautiful imagery of the full moon at its closest point to Earth in nearly 18 years, as well as the dawn of new spring flowers around Beaver Lake in north Asheville.
Beech Mountain Resort celebrated the end of its ski season last weekend with a March 12 “pond skimming” contest. The festive event drew a legion of fearless skiers and snowboarders who tried to speed down the slopes with enough momentum to skim across a small man-made pond built in to the middle of the hill.
After weeks of warm weather, winter reminded us it isn’t gone yet. In this video by Richard D. Zerbe, a rain-filled, rushing creek melds with a snowy scene near Lake Logan in Haywood County.
WEBSTER –– For the past year and a half, Jackson County fly fishing guide Alex Bell has been taking returning combat veterans out on the water for free. But Bell has a larger aim than looking for fish…
In a scene suggestive of the start of the Daytona 500, hundreds of boaters gathered at the Cheoah River for the first big water of the year this past Saturday, according to the Tuckasegee Reader.
As the snow melted in Asheville this weekend, the higher mountain ranges outside of town remained winter wonderlands. On Saturday, Jan. 15, a group of friends and I packed up our snowboards and sleds and trekked to the Roan Highlands in search of adventure. Here’s a slide show of some of our photos from the day.
Local ski areas are reporting great conditions and it looks like more snow is on the way, with Ray’s Weather Center predicting another 6 to12 inches for the highest peaks over the next couple of days. On January, 10, we went up to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Madison County and encountered powder that’s more typical of the Rockies than the Southern Appalachians. Here’s a short video of what we found.
Last winter was heaven for local winter sports enthusiasts. And this season has been off to a great start, with unusually cold and snowy conditions providing ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowball fights, snowmen and assorted backcountry adventures. We’re celebrating today, Dec. 21 – the first official day of winter – by culling together some of our favorite photos and videos from the last couple years of snowy escapades.
Brevard College will host a community outdoor gear swap on Saturday, March 20, as part of the Banff Film Festival Weekend. There will also be paddling and cycling clinics. The swap, which will offer an excellent chance to get good prices on used outdoor gear, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at […]