Outdoor Journal

Du the right thing: The nonprofit Friends of DuPont Forest are hosting their “Tour de Falls” on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, with visits to Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. Buses will depart for the falls every 15 minutes from a parking area adjacent to Buck Forest parking lot on Staton Road, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.  Pack a picnic lunch and prepare to take in all the natural beauty you can handle. A $10/person donation is suggested. Visit www.dupontforest.com or call (828) 692-2929 or (828) 884-2006.

Save the trails: Diamond Brand Outdoors will sponsor a free presentation on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Project by Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Director Morgan Sommerville on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the store’s Arden location.

Sommerville knows a thing or two about America’s favorite trail; he’s walked 2,000 miles of it and has 25 years of trail management under his fanny pack. To learn more, visit www.diamondbrand.com or dial 684-6262. Visit www.appalachiantrail.org to learn more about the conservancy’s good work.

There are walls between us: Climbmax Climbing Center in Asheville and Diamond Brand Outdoors will combine forces to host the 13th annual Fall Flash Fest on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the center’s Wall Street location. Climbers from around the Southeast are expected to show up with chalk on their hands and grimaces on their faces. The fest’s Red Point bouldering event is part of the American Bouldering Series, with climbers earning points toward their national rankings. Spectators are welcome. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Call 252-9996 to get the whole picture.


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