Outdoor Journal

Walk like a Laplander: Local author Tim Arem will appear at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 23, at Malaprop’s in Asheville to discuss his new book, Nordic Walking: A Total Body Experience.

Arem, better known as “T-Bone,” has made youth fitness his cause and this year will travel to 20 schools in 20 states to teach kids about the importance of an active life and its payoffs in the way of discipline, coordination, self-esteem and fun. LEKI USA, a leading manufacturer of Nordic walking poles, is sponsoring Arem’s march across the American educational landscape.

Legend of the falls: Wilderness canoe guru Burt Kornegay will come ashore at Diamond Brand Outdoors next Wednesday, Feb. 27, to share his knowledge of the history of canoe travel.

Kornegay’s picture-heavy presentation is called “The Perfection of Traveling: A History of the Canoe from Birchbark to ABS.” The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free, so there’s absolutely no excuse for not going.

Diamond Brand Outdoors is located at 2623 Hendersonville Road in Arden. For more information, call 684-6262.

Stride ‘em cowboys: The nonprofit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will sponsor a scenic hike this Saturday, Feb. 24, along the Devil’s Britches Trail at Cataloochee Ranch. The hike will be led by ranch co-owner Judy Coker and will cover about four miles of trail deemed easy to moderate. Views will be to the Plott Balsam range, Hemphill Bald and Soco Gap.

Hikers will meet at the ranch, and the hike begins at 10 a.m. To RSVP and get more information about the hike and what to bring, call Emily Nuchols of SAHC at 253-0095 or e-mail her at emily@appalachian.org.

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