first_imgDEPARTMENTSCHATTERChatter is a Monthly collection of Reader Reactions to previous BRO IssuesCONTRIBUTORSWorst road trip moment?EDITOR’S NOTEA river goes to courtFLASHPOINTDoes nature have rights?QUICK HITSThe A.T.’s bionic woman • Running doc saves second life during race • Blue Ridge tops list of national conservation prioritiesTHE GOODSRecord-breaking runner Michael Wardian selects his go-to gearTRAIL MIXWest Virginia’s 20-year-old tunesmith Christian LopezFEATURESTOP ADVENTURE DOG PHOTO CONTESTWe received over 365 photos (and nearly 15,400 votes) for our third annual contest! Our winner this year is a bit of tear jerker.WOLF WARSThe last 100 red wolves live in a North Carolina wildlife sanctuary. Hunters and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission want to shut it down.TURN IT OFFSocial media is changing the way we play. Does Strava enhance or erode the outdoor experience? Does paddling porn amplify adventure or push danger too far?THE BARN THAT LOVE BUILTA Gay Married Couple In W.Va. Open a World-Class B&BMYSTERY MOVESSquirt Boating World Championships Celebrate Underwater Boat DancingLOOK OUT BELOWMake a big splash at one of these nine sweet Southern Appalachian swimming holes.THE QUINTESSENTIAL ROAD TRIPDitch the hotels and tourist traps for an authentic experience along the Blue Ridge Mountains from northern Georgia to Pennsylvania. An affinity for bluegrass, a tolerance for camping, and a sense of adventure required.WHAT’S THE POINT?New research indicates that the best way to improve your performance is to think less about yourself and more about others. Just ask A.T. record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis.WHY I STILL WATCHHas the Tour de France lost its luster? Devon O’Neil describes the peaks and valleys of being a cycling sports fan in an age of fallen heroes.last_img