Outdoor Journal

Pedal to the medal: Mountain-bikers Kylie Krauss, Patrick Hurley, Ashlee Robison and Lexy Lewis helped propel Warren Wilson College to a fifth consecutive second-place finish in the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, held in Banner Elk Oct. 26 to 28.

The Owls, as they’re called, took a close second to the somewhat menacingly named Colorado School of Mines in the Divison II championship, led by coach Art Shuster.

Master baiters: The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education has announced plans for its inaugural Pisgah Fly Masters fishing tourney, scheduled for March 29 and 30 on the Davidson River.

The event is limited to 125 competitors, with an entry deadline of Feb. 15 and a fee of $50. Proceeds will go to build classrooms at the center, located in Brevard.

The forest revealed: The North Carolina Arboretum will host Forest Trails Walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays next month. The guided tours take visitors through a number of forest environments with an eye on the natural history of the area. Wear layers and bring sturdy shoes. The tours leave the Baker Exhibit Center lobby at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 29.

We take our thrills sitting down: Last summer, local filmmaker Chris Brunt debuted his new skateboarding movie, Blood Money. It’s too late to bask in the initial buzz, but Push Skateshop on Asheville’s Patton Avenue still has copies to sell at a very affordable $10.

Blood Money features skating from Eric Hunt, Mike Belleme, Matt Mercer, Ty Rohde, Baxter Harrill and Mike Swett. Visit www.pushtoyproject.com to view the trailer.


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