FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The Philippines has taken first steps into the offshore wind sector with plans to develop 1.2GW, according to an international consortium that said it’s been given the go-ahead to advance projects there.Triconti ECC, an alliance between Swiss, German and local players, claimed the Philippines department of energy gave it “exclusive rights to studying and developing” two projects, Aparri Bay in the north of the country and Guimaras Strait in central Philippines.“Guimaras Strait and Aparri Bay showcase excellent, consistent wind speeds and are very accessible from the foreshore in terms of grid connectivity and maintenance,” said a statement. No further details were given about the projects, the government concessions or a potential timescale.The joint venture is already advancing 500MW of onshore wind projects and plans to bring the first of those online by 2022.If the projects do advance, [they] would join a fast-growing Asian and Asia-Pacific offshore wind market that already includes China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and India.[Andrew Lee]More: Philippines makes first move into offshore wind ‘with plans for 1.2GW’ First offshore wind project planned for the Philippines
The sign at the top of Rocky Knob warns: “Caution: Major Drops and Features Ahead! This Trail is Remote. Ride Within Your Ability.” It’s big, yellow, impossible to miss, and totally ineffective. The warning sign is at the very peak of Rocky Knob at the beginning of Ol’ Hoss Trail, which contains more than a mile of berms, drops, wooden features and jumps.If you’re reading this sign, you’ve humped your bike up several miles of singletrack, testing your lungs and legs up steep climbs and your handling skills over chunky boulder gardens. There are roughly 100 switchbacks during the climb (I counted), most of which are so steep and so tight you’ll need a spotter to clear them all. If you biked through all of that, you’re not going to turn around, no matter what that sign says. If you’re like me, you pedal forward, past the sign, riding beyond your abilities, and you have the time of your life in a sketchy, dear-God-what-was-I-thinking sort of way. Ol’ Hoss is fast and furious with optional pedaling, and it’s not even the best trail at Boone’s new Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, which has eight miles of singletrack and imaginative skills areas that are unlike anything else in North Carolina. Rocky Knob Bike Park is the cherry on the top of a fury of bike trail development around Boone, which now boasts three new and unique bike parks. Almost overnight, North Carolina’s High Country has gone from having a conspicuous lack of bike-friendly singletrack to becoming a legitimate mountain biking destination.“People would show up to Boone expecting great mountain biking, and we’d have to send them down to Wilkesboro,” says Shaw Brown, owner of Boone Bikes and board member of the Boone Area Cyclists. “That’s not the case anymore.”Rocky Knob Bike Park celebrated its grand opening in May, followed quickly by the grand opening of lift-served downhill terrain at Beech Mountain in June. And the expansion of Emerald Outback, a cross-country system on the backside of Beech, is set to almost double that system’s mileage. That’s almost 30 miles of singletrack within 30 minutes of one of the coolest college towns in North Carolina.“It’s kind of random that it all came together at the same time,” says Ryan Costin, operations manager at Beech Mountain Resort. “These are three distinct venues that will help Boone and the High Country develop the brand as a place to ride.”And the trails are good. Beech’s downhill terrain hosted the Gravity National Championships the past two years. The Emerald Outback system sits at 5,400 feet, offering bikers a slice of high alpine riding like nothing else in the South. And Rocky Knob has a bomber blend of cross country and free ride technical terrain.“This park is a game changer for the South,” Brown says. “The terrain is so unique, and the quality of trails can’t be overstated.”Here’s a look at the South’s newest fat tire hub.Beech Mountain Downhill Currently, there are three downhill trails to choose from (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), but the resort will unveil new trails as the summer progresses, building the entire system out to eight to 10 trails. There are some man-made features, but expect lots of dirt and rock through open, mossy woods and trails with multiple line options. The resort invested in bike-specific lifts, and Magic Cycles has opened a full-operation bike shop with rentals on the mountain. Look for the Monster Energy Race Series throughout summer and fall. A single lift ride is $10; all day lift rides are $30.Emerald Outback The Town of Beech Mountain has built cross-country trails on the back side of Beech Mountain, with 10 miles of single and doubletrack sitting at over a mile high in elevation. Hare Turns is the highlight, with a mile of berms, rock gardens, and creek crossings. Also make time for the quarter mile Overlook Loop, which offers long range views of the High Country. Ditch the bike for a quick side hike at the Elk River Overlook sign for views of Grandfather Mountain, Hanging Rock, and Linville Gorge. The Emerald Outback connects with the lift-served downhill terrain on the front side of Beech, so you can kill two birds with one stone. More trails are in the works, including a connector trail to the West Bowl, where a beginner loop is already on the ground. emeraldoutback.comRocky Knob Bike Park The crown jewel of the High Country’s fresh terrain, Rocky Knob offers eight miles of intestine-like singletrack that climbs the face of a mountain on the outskirts of downtown Boone. To say the tread is rocky is an understatement. Expect quarter-mile rock garden climbs followed by short stints of flowy downhill. Repeat until you’re at the top of the mountain. The system also has three skills parks mixed into the trails—a skinny park, a dirt jump park, and the intimidatingly cool Stone Binge, a collection of wooden bridges and boulder drops for a bit of Whistler right here in North Carolina. Next up for Rocky Knob is a pump track at the parking lot.Before and AfterBoone Bikes has gear and local knowledge, just outside of downtown Boone on US 321. boonebike.comAppalachian Mountain Brewery opened its doors in early 2013 and has already won over locals. Show up on weekends when food trucks are parked outside and the bay doors are flung open. Try the Kilt Lifter Scottish ale.
With the radio off, I try to take deep breathes and chill out as I get on the entrance ramp. It had been a rather hectic week of bike building, tubular gluing, car appointments, packing, and getting in extra hours at work to take off early Friday afternoon. Not that pre-race weeks aren usually this hectic, this week just happens to be. And I didn’t mind it all that much, I just needed to consciously make an effort to quiet the mind a bit, which there was plenty of time to do. I had two and half hours of driving before I met up with my mom and brother (fellow BRO athlete) Eli and another seven and half to Rochester ahead. It was finally time to let it just flow. The weekend was finally here, and with it, so was the start of Cyclocross season.I wouldn’t have normally considered driving 10 hours to race, especially for the first one of the year, and a pro race at that. That being said, in the weeks leading up, I had started feeling good on the bike, but more importantly, most of my mom’s family lived in the area, and a race provided a great opportunity to visit with family. So despite another seven to eight hours of driving ahead of us the day before a race, when I met up with my mom and brother, we were all excited. Shoot, I was even excited about the time in the car just to catch up with them.When we finally pulled in to my Grandma’s driveway, I awoke to a time past midnight on the dash. We tried to sneak in, but it was to no avail as we woke up my Aunt Amy’s Bull Massif, Ruby, and not knowing who I was, she had a bit of a barking fit until we made friendship over some dog biscuits, graham crackers, and Cheetos. With the dog calmed down, we each found a couch, and passed out.Despite the late arrival and really wanting some more sleep, I got up at six on Saturday morning to finish building Eli’s bike. I had been working on Eli’s bike all week, which meant that his first time on it would be a mere 2 hours before race time. Not ideal by any means, but at least he opted for an eleven o’clock race and not the nine o’clock he could have done. As I finished up, I handed it to Eli to ride and make fit adjustments, and then headed inside for much anticipated coffee and oatmeal. Grandma, Aunt Amy, and my mom were all up, and my younger cousins, Brooks and Elias, were slowly getting up to cartoons. Brooks and Elias had caught the mountain bike bug from Eli over the summer when he was up there, and they were both excited to go see a race. Hello hugs were had with coffee mug in hand, and we figured out the logistics of the day.With Eli’s bike at least rideable, I say goodbye to Grandpa and we set off for Ellison Park, a short fifteen minutes from my Grandma’s place. We both checked into registration, grabbed numbers and checked out the course. One look and I knew I was in for a heck of a weekend. It was essentially up a hillside, down a hillside, and then some flowy sandy sections with steep kickers. Not exactly single speed friendly. Oh well, it would be ridiculously hard regardless of course.I checked in with Eli, caught up with some friends from Cincinnati that had made the trip up, and after watching Eli’s start, rolled over to the pit. With a bike that I had literally just finished putting together, I wasn’t exactly confident he would go the whole race without needing some kind of adjustment, and certain he’d need water in the already 80 degree heat. Sure enough, halfway through, he stopped in the pit to have me look at anything that might be dragging. He looked like he was working harder than he should be, but I couldn’t find the immediate problem. His race ended, the junior road champion taking the win, and Eli just glad to have gotten through. We switched wheels, quick, and I did a warm-up lap to check out the course and my single speed gearing. My hunch was confirmed. I needed at least a tooth lighter.With my race not for another four hours, we decided to head back to Grandma’s. Air conditioning sounded great over hours in the now 90 degree heat. Once back, I changed my rear cog out from a 16 tooth to a 17 tooth, did a quick once over on the bike, ate some couscous, and pinned numbers. I had forgotten how much of a pain shoulder numbers are. It took me a solid five tries to get them right.With numbers pinned, I took some time to just take some deep breathes before leaving, trying to clear my head. I’m on a single speed, on a hilly course, in 90 degree heat that I don’t usually do well in. But I didn’t care about any of that. It was finally time to go race some Cyclocross. After a few minutes, my mom arrived back from a coffee run with Dunkin Doughnuts, and we piled back into the car, Pumpkin Spice iced coffees in hand.After finding the lost pit pass (I swear, it’s always something), and getting on the same page as Eli, who was going to be in the pit, just in case I needed anything, I rolled off to get warm. Which didn’t take long with such heat and humidity.3:45 finally rolled around, and I once again found myself at the back of the start grid. Names such as Powers, Page, Driscoll, Berden and Dodge were at the front. I can’t say no one knew my name, though. My grandma, aunt, cousins, and of course my mom, were all there, cowbells in hand and ready to cheer me on.1 minute till start…30 seconds….Anytime within 15….The anticipation is always killer. The whistle goes, and we’re off…No matter how hard you push yourself in training, there’s nothing that quite replicates the start of an actual cross race. By the time the pack rolls through the end of the start chute and dismounts for the stairs, I’m already cross-eyed. As the beginning of the race rolls out, I slowly make up positions. But it’s short lived, and at the pace we’re going, I’m quickly alone. Half way through the race, I see the leaders. But I’m not catching up to them. They’re behind me, and I’m about to get lapped. I descend down the hill for the last time, and get pulled just before they catch me. Race over. I get off my bike and roll over into the grass next to Eli in the pit. As bummed as I am, I look on the bright side. I lasted longer than in the last UCI race I did, and in conditions I usually don’t do well in.The race ends with Jeremy Powers taking a commanding win, and then came the highlight of the weekend. After the last racer finishes up, Eli and I take Brooks and Elias, on a lap of the course. Just like the pros, we start out of the start chute, and through the many curves and hills of the course. I give pointers on how to dismount and remount, help hike their bikes up the pro run-up and watch as they skid their way around corners. Watching them, it’s easy to remember why I love racing in the first place.We pack up and head back to the Grandma’s place, not without a Wegman’s stop first. On the list: Razors for Eli’s still hairy legs, mojito mix, and Gatorade. Back at the house, I promptly open my first Devil Backbone’s Pumpkin Hunter of the season, and fill the bathtub with cold water to cool the legs off. A homemade dinner, a leg shaving lesson, and a few too many ice cream sandwiches later, it’s time to crash on the couch for the night.Sunday brings much the same schedule, and results. After switching out to an even lighter gear on my bike and tuning up Brooks’ and Elias’ bikes, we head out for the course. Eli’s race goes similarly to yesterday. With more time on the bike, he makes riding up the stairs look easy and is one of the few all day to do so. Throwing a whip on the fastest descent of the weekend, he has more than a bit of technical skill. That doesn’t mean he never finds himself on the ground though. Halfway through the race, a mistimed hop up the stairs finds him over the bars, just to try the same thing successfully next lap. With two to go, he casually rolls into the pit to take a water feed from me. As he rolls in he asks casually, “Hey, can you put my crank arm back on?” Apparently not all the kinks were worked out from yesterday. It takes me 30 seconds to get his crank arm back on. As he takes a last sip of water and hops back on his bike, he says, in as chill of a voice as you can possible have in a middle of a race, “Thanks! You’re the best mechanic ever.” I chuckle, knowing even in the middle of a race, he means it. Riding and going on race weekends with my younger brother is one of, if not my favorite parts of racing. It’s a huge part of who we each are, and being able to stoke each other’s stoke is such a cool thing.After his race ends, I take a lap of the course, and head back to Grandma’s, grab some food, pin numbers, and chill out.My race Sunday is almost the same story as Saturday. All the family is there to cheer me on again, including my Uncle Andy, who raced at the elite level on the road when he was my age, and a big reason I got into it. Back row call-up, I start hard but blow up quickly, and get pulled 35 minutes in. Whether it’s the run-around of the week leading up, or too many ice cream sandwiches the night before, my legs and confidence definitely aren’t where they have been. I’m slightly consoled when Belgian Vincent Baestaens takes the win. Sure, it may not have been a great race, but hey, this is international!After another lap with the boys, its back to Grandma’s for some burgers, mojitos, and a good ol’ night of storytelling with my Mom, Aunt Amy, Uncle Andy, and Grandma. It’s a perfect end to a great weekend of hot dusty racing, car tripping, leg shaving and quality family time.
We are pretty darn sure you’ll love the Smoky Mountain Relay. It’s 214 miles of running with your friends – each of you taking three turns of running between 3 and 8 miles at a time. It’s like a Ragnar relay, except that it’s put on by a race director who grew up in the area and who was driven to start this race by his passion to share his love for this land with his fellow runners. Here are the only reasons we can think why you might not like it:You don’t like a challenge.The relay is tough, so tough that they have a special name for it: #smrtough. With over 26,000 feet of climbing and about 15 miles of running per person, this relay may be the toughest in the US. When you cross the finish line, you know you’ve accomplished something epic.You hate beautiful views.The race begins outside of Brevard, NC in the Pink Beds State Park. It runs past Shining Rock and climbs to the Blue Ridge Parkway, back down to Cullowhee, passing from the Pisgah Forest to the Nantahala Forest on quiet country roads. From there it heads north, over the Tellico Gap and along the Little Tennessee River to finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. You’ll be treated to views of the surrounding mountains, picturesque creeks, and stunning countryside – a journey you won’t forget.You don’t like running off the beaten path.One thing that makes the Smoky Mountain Relay unique is its course. Almost thirty miles of this race are on trail, including the Mountain to Sea Trail. Stream crossings, swinging bridges, and dirt roads are part of the adventure. No wonder the tagline for this race is “Get Off Your Asphalt.”You have no interest in the cultural and historical significance of WNC.From the start near the Cradle of Forestry to a leg that runs on the historic Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Smoky Mountain Relay is rich in cultural and historical interest. You’ll cross the Appalachian Trail, pass moonshine distilleries, and even have a chance to visit the petroglyphs on Judaculla Rock. End your weekend with a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee casino or exploring the outdoors in Bryson City.You don’t enjoy meeting great people.The Smoky Mountain Relay has a great group of teams who run year after year. Their race spirit is part of what makes the relay such a fun experience. You’ll meet cool people like Liz, who took a break from the AT to run the relay. Runners participate in costume contests, decorate their vans, and have dance parties along the way. You won’t find a more fun bunch anywhere.You don’t like good race perks.After eight years, race director Jim Brendle has the race dialed in, and you’ll find route signs, porta-potties and course markings along the way. Teams receive printed race bibles with maps, and every runner receives cue cards to carry to help them avoid getting lost. Everyone gets a race shirt, medal, and complimentary beer at the finish. A pre-race party at Oskar Blues, food options on the course, and music at the finish are also benefits. The race crew works hard to make sure you have a great time.It actually sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? The Smoky Mountain Relay will be April 22-23, 2016. Think about putting together a team or jumping on one that has already been formed. For more information, please visit www.smokymountainrelay.com or find them on Facebook.[divider]More from BlueridgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
Embed Gloria May Ky Burt There Goes My Love Caleb Klauder Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Slingin’ Rhythm Wayne Hancock 2:59 All The Rage In Paris Jim Lauderdale Hanging Out On The Line Paul Cauthen The Monster From Indian Lakes Moolah Earphunk Peace My Soul Dead Horses Chevrolet Zach Deputy 3:57 Anybody Else The Ballroom Thieves 5:19 3:07 4:00 Stone Cold Yesterday The Connells 4:17 Audio PlayerHayley ReardonGoodUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:11 Good Hayley Reardon Driveway Dan Layus Horizon Tauk 3:39 My Heart Tells Me Yes This Frontier Needs Heroes 3:11 3:35 5:40 I’d Rather Be The Devil Red Tail Ring Tidal Wave Jeremy Garrett 5:05 4:17 Insects Avers Little Movies Aaron Lee Tasjan 4:21 4:32 Tenement Song Pixies 3:52 3:57 2:59 Umbrella Chicago Farmer 4:00 4:03 In most cases, instigating a conversation with, “Hey, I found this on Facebook . . . ” puts one on, at best, shaky ground for any forthcoming discussion.But this is not one of those times.I found Paul Cauthen on Facebook, and he pretty much kicks ass.Two weeks ago, a video of Cauthen’s crossed my feed. I clicked. I dug. What the Texan was doing resonated with me and you need to hear him. Take a listen to “Hanging Out On The Line” from Cauthen’s solo record My Gospel. This sonic gem might restore some small kernel of faith in the giant time suck that is social media.A band that I am especially excited to have on this month’s mix is Avers, a quintet from Richmond, Virginia. At a festival in Bristol recently, I was walking past a stage and heard a particularly catchy chorus. I didn’t know the song. I didn’t know the band. But I knew I had instantly fallen for both. Trail Mix is lucky to feature “Insects,” the song that so easily caught my ear, this month, which comes from the band’s debut release, Omega/Whatever.Jeremy Garrett, long time fiddler for The Infamous Stringdusters, returns with the second installment in his RV Sessions series. As the name implies, Garrett has taken to recording in his forty foot motorhome while on the road between shows. “Tidal Wave,” from this collection of instrumental tunes, shines on this month’s mix.There are some tremendous songwriters included in this month’s mix. Check out the new tunes from Chicago Farmer, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Wayne Hancock, and Jim Lauderdale.And, from time to time, Trail Mix hits a homerun. This month, the mix is lucky to include a tune from legendary rockers The Pixies. Be sure to check out Tenement Song, a new cut from Head Carrier, which released late last month.Also featured are brand new tracks from Ky Burt, Dead Horses, From Indian Lakes, Red Tail Ring, Tauk, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Ballroom Thieves, and Earphunk.Keep your eyes peeled for chats with Zach Deputy, Dan Layus, and The Connells on the Trail Mix blog, along with a song premiere from Hayley Reardon and a ticket giveaway for the Brett Dennen and Lily & Madeleine show on October 16th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.And, of course, do the right thing and spread the word about the artists you discover here on Trail Mix. Get out and buy some records. Check them out when they hit a stage near you. Support these musicians who are so willing to share their music with you each month via Trail Mix.Photo by Jody Domingue. 3:46 4:25
The chef from The Muppet Show. Bjorn Bjorg and Stefan Edberg. Volvos and Saabs. Labyrinthine, panic inducing IKEA stores. ABBA. As far as Sweden culture goes, that’s about all I got.Until now. Add to that list Kristoffer & The Harbour Heads, a Swedish trio whose latest album, EX/EX, recently crossed my radar.EX/EX has proven to be both a fascinating record and an interesting recording project. The songs, recorded chronologically, were recorded live to tape, via sixteen channels. The record was recorded in Sweden, with producer James Salter (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The B-52s) at the helm, and then taken to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for mixing.One of the highlights on EX/EX is the edgy, synth driven “When You Say Stay.” Check out the video here.The band, already having gained a sizable following in Europe, is poised to gain some attention in the U.S., with EX/EX being the first record they have released here.I recently caught up with Kristoffer Ragnstam to chat about the new record, Swedish cuisine, and bringing the band to America.BRO – We are featuring “Nervous in Berlin” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?KR – Thank you for spinning that song. The whole album is written and performed, lyrically, as a downward spiral. With the first song, there is a feeling of, “OK, I think we can fix this relationship if I just put some extra energy into it.” By the last song, it is more, “Hey! I’ve had it with you! We should split now!” “Nervous in Berlin” is the second song on the album, so there is still some air left, but the vibe of a split is more or less everywhere. I came up with the lines, and partly the title, with “I’m out of money, far from home, with nothing to wear and my phone died/But I’d rather be nervous in Berlin than home with you.” Those lines pretty much say everything.BRO – How important to the project was it to have James Salter behind the board?KR – When it comes to the American release, there are a few people on this project that I owe big time. I could not have done it without Michele Chapman, Cary Brothers, and an old friend, Evan Smith. Evan introduced me to James a couple years ago. He figured we would match and Evan probably needed a break from my constant talking and sucky school English. Both James and I love to talk about vintage gear. After our first hour talking, I felt I wanted to hang more and should try to work with him. He’s full of experience but still wants to learn more. Having him come over to Sweden to co-produce the album and then going with him to Muscle Shoals was a dream come true. I’ve learned so much from working with James and, as a producer, I see him as a mentor. Without him, we wouldn’t have had the guts to jump off the cliff and record straight to tape with just sixteen channels, a lot of bleed in all the microphones, with no edits and just a few overdubs. I’m very happy we did it that way.BRO – When might we see you Stateside and catch you live?KR – Pretty soon, hopefully. We have a lot of stuff happening in the USA right now. I hope you still want us to come. It is such a huge country, and I have heard that we will start touring in California, but that could change overnight. I do have to say that we are extremely happy and excited that people in America like the album. It’s a huge bonus in our lives right now.BRO – Can you point me towards some other Swedish bands that I should check out?KR – When it comes to Swedish music, I really like an artist called ALF. He’s one of my favorites. You should definitely check him out. But Bent Staf. This is my all time Swedish favorite. Typical 70s Swedish prog rock, but 100 times better than everything else in that genre. Also, Jan Johansson might be one of our greatest here.BRO – This week, we celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday. Suggest a Swedish dish I could bring to the table next year?KR – Yesterday, I met up with a Canadian friend who lives in New York. She’s on tour in Europe. She spoke very highly about traditional Swedish meatballs. I take that dish for granted. But if I would visit your Thanksgiving dinner, I would probably bring those, along with some mashed potatoes and pickled cucumber. And this brings up a wonderful tour memory. When we had a day off in Cleveland, our tour manager, Nate Walker, bribed the chef of our hotel. Nate and the chef made us a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and we ate in the room of some friends who were staying at the hotel. I remember that and tons of Shiner Bock beers. When I see a Shiner Bock now, I smile and think about Cleveland and a wonderful dinner with friends.Kristoffer & The Harhour Heads have a run of dates in Europe to celebrate the release of the new record. Here’s hoping, though, that the band heads this way soon. There are always new memories to make.To find out more about the band and how you can get a copy of EX/EX, check out their website.Also, be sure to check out “Nervous in Berlin” on this month’s Trail Mix.
When looking back at all the stories I have written for this magazine, perhaps the most memorable, and most powerful, was the one I wrote about Leo Welch. 3:34 3:02 2:57 3:50 4:34 And be sure to spread the word about these great artists. Get out and buy some records and concert tickets. Trail Mix keeps posting up each month because these fine artists are willing to share their music with you. Give a little back when you can. There’s A Shark in the Boat The Black Drumset Audio PlayerAllison de Groot & Tatiana HargreavesEighth of JanuaryUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:48 Rainy Windows The Honey Dewdrops 2:48 3:52 Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog for chat with Zaq Suarez, Jane Kramer, and Kevin Daniel. Rocking Chair Over The Rhine 3:29 4:00 3:00 Meteor Mélissa Ruth Vacation Matthew Logan Vasquez Embed Your Father’s Frown Uncle Walt’s Band Check out new tunes from guitar maestro Julian Lage, songwriter Steve Poltz, bluegrass duo The Honey Dewdrops, and Cave Twins, the latest project from David Mayfield.Lots of exciting new stuff from artists like Matthew Logan Vasquez, Over The Rhine, Haint Blue, Michael McDermott, The Black Drumset, Joey McGee, Brad Armstrong, The Moth & The Flame, Bobby Long, Melissa Ruth, Uncle Walt’s Band, A Picture Made, and Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves round out this month’s mix. 3:37 3:48 Tomorrow Is The Question Julian Lage Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 6:52 Ballin’ On A Wednesday Steve Poltz 3:58 3:37 4:07 God Loves A Hell Of A Man A Picture Made Nautical Bobby Long Wasted My Day Haint Blue Tell Tale Heart Michael McDermott I Come To Praise His Name Leo Bud Welch He died in December of 2017, one of the last great Mississippi blues men, and his story was chronicled in the award winning documentary Late Blossom Blues. Desperate Man Zaq Suarez This month, Welch will be releasing his final record posthumously. The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, drops on March 8th, and Trail Mix is honored to shine the spotlight yet again on the legacy of Leo Welch by featuring “I Come To Praise His Name” on this month’s mix. Eighth of January Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves Hymn Jane Kramer 3:05 In 2014, the octogenarian Welch released his debut record, Sabougla Voices. Interest in Welch exploded, a second record followed in 2015, and he booked gigs around the world. The March mix features the return of some old friends. Only Just Begun The Moth & The Flame Pour Me A Drink Kevin Daniel 4:36 3:38 5:01 Stuck Joey McGee Brother Ford Brad Armstrong Welch managed to pack a lifetime of a musical career into just three years.
“Ridgerunners get paid for eight hours but they’re out for 24 hours,” Bliss said. “During the day, you’re out patrolling on the trail and being that info person for hikers. And then at night, you’re at the shelter. You’re sharing about Leave No Trace and you’re doing some cleanup. A lot of people think I’m getting paid to hike the trail. That’s not true at all. You’re not out there to hike, you’re there to help.” “Hiking the trail, meeting the wonderful people, and seeing the trail for myself, I really wanted to do something with that,” Bliss said. “I wanted to give back.” “Ridgerunners patrols this section precisely because of the sheer volume of hikers,” Youmans said. “Being a resident, and already a volunteer maintainer, the opportunity to educate hikers here around Roanoke was exciting, as well as a natural fit.” From Georgia to Maine, there are about 50 Ridgerunners employed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, local trail clubs, or agency partners. The season varies depending on location but generally runs sometime between March and October. But concentrating on that one section, she noticed the up and down, up and down. “You have to be assertive,” she said. “You need to be an advocate. You don’t want to be sitting there as a ridgerunner, saying nothing, as you’re seeing somebody polluting a stream. You don’t want to yell at them, but you want to do it as an authoritative resource. We’re not out there to be mean, we’re not out there to be the law. We want to help you, we want to help the trail, and we want everyone to enjoy it together.” That’s when she decided to apply for the Ridgerunner program. Bliss started in Maryland her first year, covering all 41 miles in the state, before working in Shenandoah for five seasons. For years, Dave Youmans has been involved with trail maintenance in some form or another. He has worked as a volunteer maintainer of the Andy Layne Trail for several years and as a crew leader for the ATC’s Konnarock Volunteer Trail Crew. “A lot of times you’ll find piles of crap near the trail,” she said. “People will leave their toilet paper. That’s not okay. Then I’m having to bury someone else’s crap and pack out their toilet paper.” For others interested in the program, Bliss recommended lots of hiking experience and familiarity handling a variety of situations, from bad weather to knowledge of the side trails in the area. However, she cautioned that the ridgerunning program isn’t for every hiker. Hiking season has finally arrived, and Ridgerunners are already out along the Appalachian Trail. Those chosen for the seasonal position hike and camp along sections of trails, speaking with hundreds of visitors about the importance of maintaining the trail and minimizing human impact. Youmans received Wilderness First Responder training and attained a Master Educator certification in the Leave No Trace principles before the season started. When Sara Leibold found out she would be a Ridgerunner for the “rollercoaster” section of the A.T. from the end of Shenandoah National Park to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., she didn’t remember that section being all that difficult from her 2011 thru hike. “I actually began my love of the Appalachian Trail back when I was a teenager,” Lauralee Bliss said. “My family would go down to Shenandoah National Park and I had a ranger tell me about this trail that ran from Georgia to Maine. I said, ‘I want to do that one day.’” After her first run, Leibold knew what to expect each day and spent her time documenting areas that needed maintenance or problematic campsites. In April, he started his third season as the Ridgerunner for the Catawba Mountain section of the trail, encompassing the Virginia Triple Crown. Sara Leibold saws a small blowdown on the Appalachian Trail. photo courtesy of Leibold. The Trail Maintainer “When you thru hike, you’re just making miles,” she said. “You kind of take it for granted how nice it is and how clear it is because of all the volunteers and maintainers do. When I was a Ridgerunner, I could really see the impact and appreciate a lot more than when I was just hustling right through an area.” In all of those interactions, Youmans said there is some confusion from other hikers as to what his role is on the trail. BRO spoke with several experienced Ridgerunners about what drove them to this job and how hikers can minimize their impact on the trail. The Thru-Hiker More than Miles “Most days are spent hiking in all weather conditions, speaking to, in some cases a hundred people or more,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not speaking to every soul on the section that day, but I greet the vast majority.” “One major misconception is that we are somehow law enforcement,” he said. “My primary job is to teach people how to enjoy the trail while realizing the cumulative effect/damage caused by large numbers of users. My dream is that folks, more often than not, take the simple steps that reduce the negative human impact on our valuable public resource. The so-called rules were only put into effect as a desperate attempt to curb some of the more unfortunate effects of overuse.” “I felt really confined to my area at times. But also I was able to really learn that area. So, I had favorite spots that I would get to every day and look forward to.” Depending on how far from home she was, Bliss either worked five days on and two days off or 10 days on and four days off. When she wasn’t on the trail, she was back home cleaning her gear, figuring out her food, and preparing to go back out on the trail. Bliss completed a northbound thru-hike in 2007 with her son, who was 16 at the time. Then from 2008 to 2011, she worked on completing a solo southbound section hike. Meet the RidgeRunners—guardians of the Appalachian Trail Maury Hudson, who just started her third season as a Ridgerunner in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said being able to properly take care of trash and waste is one of the biggest ways a hiker can help the trail. “Now that I have a trowel, have used a trowel, and have buried left behind poop from a lot of other people, I know that it makes a major difference. It’s an easy thing that everyone should have. We’re not out there to be trash collectors.”
By Dialogo May 08, 2009 UNITAS Gold, the 50th iteration of the longest running multinational exercise in the world, came to a close following more than two weeks of realistic training scenarios by the United States and partner maritime forces and observers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. A parade of ships entered Mayport harbor as friends, families, dignitaries and spectators watched sailors dressed in their whites manning the rails of more than a dozen warships representing their respective navies. During the 16-day exercise, more than 25 ships, 4 submarines, 50 aircraft, and 7,000 Sailors and Marines took part in training tailored to address a variety of mission specific areas including live-fire exercises, undersea warfare, shipboard operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense and surface warfare, amphibious operations, electronic warfare, and special warfare. The ongoing annual exercise is designed to train the participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios, with each operating as a component of a multinational force, and providing the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. Capt. Rudy Laco, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 40, emphasized the importance of UNITAS Gold and other multinational exercises. “All of the navies are learning from the multi-mission exercise. We’re establishing a command and control infrastructure to run scenarios which we may encounter in a real-time environment,” he said. “We have been able to get underway from day one — sorting 18 ships, establishing a command and control network and accomplishing multiple taskings including a photo exercise and an MIO (Maritime Interdiction Operations) boarding.” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead has emphasized strengthening and cultivating relationships while continuing to operate as a joint and combined force. “The Navy will remain a powerful component of joint warfare by exploiting cutting-edge technology and cooperating closely with the other services, the interagency community, allies and international partners,” Roughead said. Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and U.S. Fourth Fleet, is looking forward to future exercises. “As we move forward together, I am confident that future opportunities to work with our partners will not only strengthen our ability to operate together and provide for our nations security but will also build personal and professional respect and friendships,” he said. Capt. Orlando Romero, commanding officer of the Colombian Navy auxiliary ship ARC Cartegena de Indias agreed. “I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the tactics of our partner navies, as well as the chance to share in their rich customs and cultures,” Romero said. UNITAS 2010 will encompass both an Atlantic and a Pacific phase. The host nation for next year’s Atlantic phase is Argentina and the host nation for the Pacific phase is Colombia.
By Dialogo August 17, 2010 Only weeks after Venezuela severed relations with former Colombian administration, both countries announced on Aug. 10 that they have reestablished diplomatic relations. Announcing, “We’re here seeking the re-establishment of relations between two sister countries,” newly inaugurated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in Santa Marta, Colombia to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, who arrived with red roses in hand and a tight security detail. The meeting took place at a colonial estate where 19th-century independence hero – and Chavez’s inspiration for his socialist movement – Simon Bolivar died in 1830. Expressing optimism that they will “rebuild what was broken to pieces” Chavez said it was appropriate to make amends at a place he considers sacred, according to reports from the Associated Press (AP). Both Santos and Chavez have common interests, including rebuilding trade, which reached six billion dollars a year in 2008 and has fallen dramatically since 2009, after Chavez froze relations between the two to protest Colombia’s decision to grant the U.S. military expanded access to its military bases in Colombian territory, according to AP. The decision hurt the economies on both sides of their 2,000-kilometer border.