Outdoor Journal

Paddy go lightly: Bicycling has never been a more virtuous act, what with the news of global warming and all. So why not get together with some of your two-wheeled friends and raise a glass to a greener future? This St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Asheville on Bikes will team up with the French Broad Brewery and Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. to sponsor “The Bike of the Irish.” The event starts at 6 p.m. at the brewery with a performance by Eclecticana. Brave riders can then pedal from the brewery to Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Coxe Avenue, where Pierce Edens will entertain the sweaty crowd. There is no charge for the event, but Asheville on Bikes will be accepting donations for its Bike Locker Project.

Our bad, dude: In Xpress’ Outdoors coverage of the Banff Mountain Film Festival last week, we forgot to mention that the festival is also coming this weekend to Brevard College. The festival starts Friday, March 16, and continues the next day. On Friday at the school’s Porter Center, doors open at 5 p.m. and the film showing begins at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 17, doors open at 3 p.m. and the showing starts at 5 p.m.

The event will include screenings of First Ascent: Didier vs. The Cobra, about Swiss climber Didier Berthod’s ascent of the granite Cobra crack in Squamish, British Columbia; Mission: Epicocity, which follows world-class kayakers to waterfalls and rapids in South America and Africa; and Roam, a mountain-bike film centered on singletrack in the Southwest and Canada. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call Jenna Bales, Brevard College’s assistant director of student life, at 884-8242.


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