Outdoor Journal

Baddle royal: Paddlers will again flock to the Green River Narrows near Saluda next month to compete in Jerry’s Baddle, an outdoor event honoring the life of the late Green paddler Jerry Beckwith, who died of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2006.

The Baddle includes individual and team biathlons that consist of running the treacherous Narrows and a 26-mile bike race, as well as The Green Monster Challenge, a grueling 78-mile bike race.

The accompanying festival will include live music, hearty eats and a silent auction, all taking place at Wilderness Cove Campground. All proceeds from the event benefit research towards a cure for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Visit the Web site (www.jerrysbaddle.org) to learn more. The whole story will appear in a forthcoming edition of Xpress.

They’ll have homes from Christmas: Earlier this month, members of the Pigeon Valley Bassmasters, along with employees of Progress Energy and Buncombe County, sunk hundreds of discarded Christmas trees—relieved of their tinsel and strings of lights—to the bottom of Lake Julian, with the expectation that the trees will provide new habitat for largemouth bass, bream, crappie and other species of fish who call the lake home.

For more information about the “reef” habitat project, contact club Conservation Chairman J.R. Blanton (middlefork@citcom.net).

They’re baaaack: Spring is nearly here, and with it the flutters, cheeps and stern looks that attend nesting peregrine falcons, not to mention the laws that help protect these endangered raptors. To learn more about which climbing sites are closed until Aug. 15 due to falcon nesting, visit the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition Web site (www.carolinaclimbers.org).

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