Outdoor Journal

Stalkin’ trash: Riverlink and Diamond Brand Outdoors will partner later this month to lead a cleanup of the French Broad River’s Section 6. Volunteers are needed for the trash-picking extravaganza, which will commence at noon on Sunday, April 13, at the Ledge Whitewater Park parking lot, at the intersection of Riverside Drive (N.C. 251) and Goldview Road. Bags, tools and gloves will be provided. To learn more, call Diamond Brand’s Asheville location at 251-4668 and ask for James.

Blaze a sustainable trail: The Asheville-based nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Warren Wilson College and Trail Dynamics LLC will team up next month to present a two-day workshop covering the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Topics covered will include trail planning, construction of steps, switchbacks and trail structures, sustainable design and trail system management. The event is free of charge, and tools and training equipment will be provided. However, participants should plan on bringing their own food, along with plenty of water.

The workshop begins on Saturday, May 3, and continues through the next day at the Warren Wilson College campus in Swannanoa. For more information, email the ATC’s Andrew Downs (adowns@appalachiantrial.org) or call him at 254-3708.

Think globally, win locally: Congrats to Asheville paddler Austin Kieffer, who took third place in the K1 division during the Bank of America U.S. Open, hosted by Nantahala Outdoor Center last month.

More than 60 competitors from around the world sweated and strained their way down the Nantahala for the event, which served as a qualifier for the Olympic Team Trials, scheduled for Charlotte later this month.


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