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Outdoor News Archives

6½ Helpful Hints When You’re Learning To Whitewater Kayak

Editors note: Home page photo credit Rich Young If you have the opportunity to ask a veteran whitewater kayaker, “How did you learn to paddle whitewater?” there is a good …

By Karl Schmidt | September 13, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling

Bike Walk RVA Launches First ‘Bike Restaurant Week’

Like bikes and good food? Next week, Bike Walk RVA has cooked up something special for you. September 17-21 will be Richmond’s first Bike Restaurant Week, a five-day promotion with …

By Andy Thompson | September 12, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Friends of the JRP is Looking for a Few Good ‘Heroes’

In 2011, the Friends of the James River Park launched the River Heroes Award to acknowledge and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the James River …

By Andy Thompson | September 11, 2017 | Posted In: James River

Video: Bikepacking the Wilds of Western Virginia

Our good friend Hunter Davis moved to Charlottesville back in the spring, but if that makes it easier for him to create masterpieces like this one, we’ll grudgingly deal with …

By Andy Thompson | September 11, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking

Friends of Dragon Run Add Fall Paddle Season

If you caught Bob Flynn’s piece in July about paddling the Dragon Run, one of Virginia’s most pristine and overlooked watershed, here’s some good news. You won’t have to wait …

By Andy Thompson | September 9, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Northam, Gillespie Sound Off at Clean Water Forum

On Wednesday, the James River Association and Chesapeake Bay Foundation co-hosted a Clean Water Forum with the candidates in the race to be Virginia’s next governor. Ed Gillespie and Lt. …

By Andy Thompson | September 8, 2017 | Posted In: Environment

FOLAR to Host the 10th Annual ‘Paddle-or-Battle’

Registration is now open for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River’s 10th Annual Paddle-or-Battle, an opportunity for a recreational paddle or a competitive race in a canoe, kayak, or SUP …

By Andy Thompson | September 7, 2017 | Posted In: Paddling

A Brief History of the Manchester Wall

If you’re among the tens of thousands of people who have ventured across the newly constructed T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge over the past few months, you’ve likely seen a “Mayan …

By Rick DeJarnette | September 4, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing

3rd Annual Films on the Floodwall Hits the River

The James River Association, James River Outdoor Coalition, and James River Advisory Council are organizing the third annual Films on the Floodwall. The free community film screening is scheduled for Wednesday, …

By Andy Thompson | September 1, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Urban Wildlife on Display in Richmond

I was poking around the Friends of the James River Park’s Facebook page the other day and found something I’d forgotten about for months. A couple of years ago, the …

By Andy Thompson | September 1, 2017 | Posted In: Environment

Take 5! to Remember Virginia’s Hidden History

While the nation debates the future of Richmond’s 60 foot monuments to Confederate soldiers, a small historic marker east of town recalls the African American soldiers of the Army of …

By Nicole Anderson Ellis | August 27, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Focus On Friction, Footwork This Fall

Author Rick DeJarnette is an experienced climber, the owner of CapRock Venture Guides and an athlete ambassador for Vasen Brewing Company. This piece is part of an occasional series by …

By Rick DeJarnette | August 25, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing

BridgePark Completes First Phase of Planning, Looks to RVA’s Future

Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series by BridgePark Executive Director Ted Elmore on the past, present and future of the Richmond non-profit’s effort to build a …

By Ted Elmore | August 24, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

‘RVA Bike Share’ to Roll Out Next Week

I’ve got some friends that are in the process of moving to Richmond from New York City, and one of the first questions they asked me when they began looking …

By Andy Thompson | August 23, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Register Now to Ride Tour de Fall Line IV

It’s downright amazing that you can hold a 50-mile, mostly-mountain bike ride almost entirely within a city’s boundaries, but that’s exactly what RVA MORE has been doing for going on …

By Andy Thompson | August 18, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

The I, the We and the Soreness – Experiment at the Homestead

Today, I love the feeling of sore muscles.  Sore muscles today means heavily used muscles yesterday. Something so physiologically heavy happened that my body continues to tell the story. I …

By Scott Turner | August 17, 2017 | Posted In: Environment

Not an Eclipse Road Warrior? Head to Brown’s Island on Aug. 21

On Sunday, I’ll be packing up the family and joining others to go eclipse chasing in South Carolina. Our plan is less than fully fleshed out, is possibly harebrained, and …

By Andy Thompson | August 16, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Va. Craft Brewers Fest Ticket Winners Announced!

The road back to normalcy probably feels like a long one if you live in Charlottesville right now. And maybe “normal” will never be quite the same after the events …

By Andy Thompson | August 15, 2017 | Posted In: Upcoming Events

Vintage-style RVA Art at the Watermelon Fest

Hey outdoorsy friends, will be set up at the Watermelon Festival today in Carytown selling our sweet, vintage-style posters, pint glasses, and more at the Walkabout Outfitter tent. We’ll …

By Andy Thompson | August 13, 2017 | Posted In: Upcoming Events

Osprey Cam Goes Dark For 2017

Well, folks, it was a fun ride. The first season of the RVAOspreyCam is now in the books. Our adults returned in March, mated, and laid three eggs (two of …

By Andy Thompson | August 9, 2017 | Posted In: Birding
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