Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Adventure Stimulus Package

As the folks at Blue Ridge Outdoors recently stated; just because it’s fiscally irresponsible to travel halfway across the world to climb a mountain doesn’t mean you can’t partake in big adventure.

So, with that said, the online magazine recently published a list of the top 10 adventures in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Topping the list is none other than a backpacking trip across the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains.

As you go through the list you might think that some of these adventures are just a little out of your league. Fortunately the staff at Blue Ridge Outdoors had the foresight to offer what they call an “Attainable Alternative”. This so-called “Attainable Alternative” is the scaled-down version of each adventure for those of us that are just mere adventure mortals.

Here’s what made the list:

1. Hike the A.T. through the Smokies
2. Bike the Blue Ridge Parkway
3. Run Mountain Masochist
4. Climb Looking Glass Rock
5. Jump off the New River Bridge on Bridge Day
6. Kayak the Green River Narrows
7. Hang Glide Lookout Mountain
8. Run a Southeastern Marathon
9. Bike the Shenandoah Mountain 100
10. Trek the Linville Gorge

A lot of these sound very intriguing. I’ve done parts of 1 and 2, but I guess I have a few new ones to add to my to-do list.

Here’s the full article.

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