The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live and On Stands Now

first_imgThe August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine is one near and dear to our hearts. It’s also one of the annual favorites with you, our loyal readers. By the time August rolls around we are, to put it simply, hot. And that’s partly why our 12 Favorite Swimming Holes feature was so important to this issue.And, we’ve got our look at Blue Ridge region’s Top Adventure Colleges. Ah, college days. Don’t miss our contributors’ most memorable college experiences in the front of the mag when you pick it up on a newsstand near you.You’ll also find stories on the latest paddling trend, kayak fishing; the Paleo Diet; a summer reading list by editor Will Harlan; we take a trip up to West Virginia to see the Hillbilly Gypsies; and more news and features from around the South and Mid-Atlantic.And we’ve got the beta on new gear for summer and what you’ll likely want to have before you head back to school. Because just like the 16 alumni featured in our top outdoor colleges roundup, we are all lifelong students. Here’s to enjoying the last month of summer.featuresGET SCHOOLED Meet 16 alumni from the South’s top outdoor colleges, including the reader-selected winners of this year’s Adventure College Bracket.LOST A sea kayaker discovers new waters—and a surprising new appreciation for technology.12 SWIMMING HOLES OF SUMMER Our dozen favorite swimming spots are nestled beneath some of the most scenic and spectacular waterfalls in the South.BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Kayak fishing provides stealth and easier access to new water. Here are nine favorite spots for kayak anglers to wet a line.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTE A wild summer reading listFLASHPOINT The real Paleo diet — less hunter, more gatherer?QUICK HITS BMX in Brevard / Warrior hike marches on / Gauley land protection / Share the road lawTHE DIRT A fish-eye-view of wild Appalachia / Kentucky’s first ultra is more than a raceTHE GOODS Back to school gearTRAIL MIX Hillbilly Gypsies revive old mountain soundslast_img read more

Demel: Carroll could be our guy

first_imgWest Ham defender Guy Demel remains hopeful that on-loan forward Andy Carroll will remain at the club next season. Carroll is currently on a season-long deal at Upton Park from parent club Liverpool, and has scored only five times since moving to east London last summer. But Demel wants the England international to extend his stay at West Ham, and said: “Andy is a really good player and beyond that he is a really good man.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “I didn’t know him before he signed for West Ham but to see a young player with the amount of pressure he had and the way he has behaved, I’m really happy to be his team-mate and I’d be really pleased if he stayed and played for West Ham.” Liverpool splashed out £35million on Carroll to take him from hometown club Newcastle in January 2011 as they looked to re-establish themselves in the top four of the Premier League. Despite signing the likes of Carroll, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing the Reds have struggled to fight the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea but Demel is still expecting a tough task at Anfield on Sunday. “It is still Anfield, it is still Liverpool,” he added. “They won’t be easy to beat and it won’t be easy to play there even if they aren’t the great Liverpool. “They still have really good players in the squad who are capable of making a difference so we just have to focus on the basics and play our best.” last_img read more