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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 11/27-30

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, November 27

Friday, November 28

Saturday, November 29

Sunday, November 30

Monday, December 1

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Wednesday, December 3

Thursday, December 4

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Post-Thanksgiving Work, Ride, Social Event

Trough Trail Carvins CoveThanksgiving can be hard on the body. The calories pile up higher than your third plate of stuffing, and the post-meal hangover can last days, but there is a solution.

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30), the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (RIMBA) will be hosting a Work-Ride-Social event to help you burn off those extra pounds. It's going to be a big day, here's the breakdown:

Work 

Getting the work out of the way first is always the way to go. Join Blue Ridge Gravity, Pathfinders, RIMBA, and the City of Roanoke for some needed maintenance on Trough Trail in Carvins Cove. There is a lot to do, and organizers are hoping to knock it out in one day of work, so grab a friend and head to the Bennett Springs parking lot at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. If you are planning to attend, shoot Brian Batteiger an email

Ride

Here's the fun part. RIMBA's Post-Thanksgiving 4500+ Calorie Vaporization Ride will kick off from the Bennett Springs lot at 1 p.m. This no-drop ride will have three ride levels, and everyone is encouraged to join. The 4500 from the title stand for the amount of calories the typical American consumes during Thanksgiving dinner. This ride will help you burn them off.

Social

Here's the really fun part. Gather at Parkway Brewing for a post-ride, post-work social. You do not have to participate in the trail work or ride to socialize, but it is highly encouraged. RIMBA will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverage options. 

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Cool Gear: Lightspeed Sleep Pad with Pillow

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It had been a while since we were in the market for a camping sleeping pad, in fact I got my current sleeping pad in the 90s. The stars must have aligned in my favor because I had barely started my research into a new pad when we were asked to review the Lightspeed Sleep Pad with built-in pillow. Of course we said we'd gladly review it, and the timing was perfect as we'd been thinking about a fall backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail.

The Route:Roanoke-appalachian-trail-triple-crown

With limited time we opted to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail we were familiar with known as the Triple Crown. This section gets its name from the three distinct areas you pass – McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs, and Dragons Tooth.  There are a few shelters along the route so we opted to leave the tent behind and play the odds that the shelters wouldn’t be too crowded.  It took us 2.5 days to hike the 32 mile loop.  The weather couldn’t have been better, 45 degrees during the day and 20 degrees at night.  We stayed in the Lamberts Meadow and Pickle Branch shelters.

The Gear:

  • Lightspeed Sleep Padlightspeed-sleeping-pad
  • Osprey Volt 60
  • Petzl Tikka Plus headlamp
  • Enlightened Enigma sleeping bag
  • Keen Marshall boots
  • super.natural base layers
  • Outdoor Research Floodlight down jacket (waterproof too)
  • Jetboil Zip stove
  • Counter Culture Coffee from Sweet Donkey Coffee House
  • Leftover Mountain House food

The Review:

Five Stars!lightspeed-sleep-pad-elevated-sides

We were more than impressed with the Lightspeed pad.  In reading through the product literature – self inflating, built-in pillow, elevated side-rails to keep you centered, only 3.8lbs, insulation factor of R 5.68, etc. – We were a little skeptical. I mean, a pad is a pad right? Wrong. We slept on a wood floor with plenty of space between the boards for the cold air to envelop our bodies, but the insulation the pad provided (2” thick) was more than enough to keep us warm all night long.  Typically when I sleep on a pad I wake up off to the side or at the bottom of the tent, but I’ll give Lightspeed props, the elevated sides made a big difference and actually kept me on the pad through the night. The only thing I wished was to have the built-in pillow be a little more raised that it is.

All in all, the Lightspeed Sleep Pad is a great value, and at only $69.99 it’s more affordable than the other well-known brands.  So the next time you need a sleeping pad (or tent or shelter) make it a Lightspeed.


DISCLOSURE: Roanoke Outside received a complimentary sleep pad for this review. The opinions stated above are our own and Roanoke Outside was not compensated for the review.

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 11/20-23

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, November 20

Friday, November 21

Saturday, November 22

Sunday, November 23

Monday, November 24

Tuesday, November 25

Wednesday, November 26

Thursday, November 27

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Pete's Pick: A Thanksgiving Drumstick Dash

Drumstick DashWhere does the time go?!?! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week, or that the holiday season is around the corner, or that 2015 is within sight. But these are the facts, and the facts don't lie. 

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what we have, celebrate with friends and family and to eat a lot of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry. But also a time to reflect on those less fortunate, and possibly a time to think about renewing that New Year's resolution about trying to eat less, and stay more active. 

This Thanksgiving, take the time to help yourself and those less fortunate by running in the Union Bank Drumstick Dash 5k on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. Not only will you work up a sweat before chowing down, you will also be helping the Rescue Mission feed more than 300,000 meals a year to hungry families. The race motto says it all: "Move your feet so others can eat."

The Drumstick Dash is the largest 5k race in the Roanoke Region, drawing over 15,000 to the starting line, and is open to everyone from elite runners to kids to strollers and dogs. And as you can see from last year's race in this gallery, the race gets festive with costumes of all kinds. 

Register online or sign up on race day. The race starts in downtown Roanoke, and winds its way through the city before finishing at the historic City Market. There will be water and music stations throughout the course as well as a medal ceremony and continental breakfast following the race.

Find more details and registration >>>

Take part in one of the region's biggest races while helping to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.

Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Check out the Outdoor Calendar for upcoming events
you need to keep your eye on!

 

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Eat a Burger, Win a Snowboard at Block Party

Jack Brown's Block Party with Never SummerWhen is a block party more than just a block party? When Jack Brown's is hosting!

This Friday, November 21, Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint will be shutting down Market Street to host a block party featuring beer, burgers, Breckenridge Brewery, and boards...snowboards that is. 

Not only will Breckenridge be on hand supplying their award winning beers, Jack Brown's will also be raffling off a Never Summer snowboard valued at over $600. Never Summer boards are bomber and manufactured right here in the U.S. Reps from both Colorado companies - Never Summer and Breckenridge Brewery are both based in Breckenridge, CO - will be on hand with swag, as well. 

All you have to do to enter the raffle is spend at least $5 at Jack Brown's before 9 p.m. on Friday. That's it: buy a burger or a couple of beers and you're in. 

Along with the Breckenridge brew on draft and a cash bar outside, and the raffle, Shorefire will be playing until 2 a.m.

This is a downtown beer bash not to be missed. 

Stay updated on the event and find more details >>>

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You've Never Seen Riding Like This

If you attended this year's Anthem Go Outside Festival, you more than likely caught Jeff Lenosky showcasing his skills on a bike. Lenosky specializes in what's known as trials riding, which is basically using your bike to hop across obstacles, balance on super skinny peices of metal, and basically use the world as your own personal bike playground. 

Lenosky is a great trials rider, and an amazing showman during his live show, but the undisputed king of trials riding is Danny Macaskill. The things this guy can do with a bike are simply amazing. The term "mind blowing" has lost a lot of its punch in this era of internet click bait, but is fitting when watching his latest video, The Ridge. 

Actions speak louder than words, so take it away Danny:

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Winter Clinics Take the Paddle to the Pool

SUP Yoga with Play RoanokeJust because winter is moving in does not mean you have to ditch paddling until Old Man Winter retires. The Roanoke Parks and Recreation department is opening the pool and hosting clinics, classes, and workshops all winter long. 

If you have a kayak and want to work on your roll technique in the comfort of a pool, sign up for Open Kayak Roll Sessions. The latest session is taking place on Sunday, November 23 from 6-8 p.m. No formal instruction or equipment will be provided, but professional staff will be on hand to assist, and there will be others from the kayaking community in the pool as well.

Prepare to hit the SUP scene next summer by enrolling in a Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard clinic on December 7. You'll learn the fundamentals of SUP, basic river safety, and other techniques to make the most of your time on the water in this beginner clinic. 

Once you have the basics down, take a shot at SUP yoga, one of the most popular activities utilizing a stand up paddleboard. Combine the health benefits of yoga with the unique experience of SUP. Prior yoga experience is not necessary. The Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Series has five sessions: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 22. 

All the above activities take place at the Gator Aquatic Center. 

Find out more and register >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 11/13-16

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, November 13

Friday, November 14

Saturday, November 15

Sunday, November 16

Monday, November 17

Tuesday, November 18

Wednesday, November 19

Thursday, November 20

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Pete's Pick: Help Improve GO Fest, Win Gear

This year's Anthem GO Outside Festival was a huge success with more attendees, vendors, activities, and smiling faces than ever. GO Fest has grown every year since the inaugural event four years ago, and we expect the trend to continue for 2015 and beyond.

With GO Fest expanding every year, we are constantly striving to keep the pace and continue to make the festival the best it can be. That's where you come in. We want to hear from you, the people who attend, on what works, what doesn't work, and what we can improve to make each GO Fest as awesome as possible. 

Please help us by filling out this quick survey. Not only will you be assisting in improving GO Fest, you'll also have the chance to win some sweet gear.

Anyone who fills out the survey before November 21 will be eligible to win one of two great prizes. The first is a Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Tent & Footprint valued at $450, and the second is a $100 gift card to Walkabout Outfitters

So that's it. Take a couple of minutes to let us know how we can improve GO Fest in the future and you'll get a shot at winning some awesome prizes. 

Here's the survey link again >>>

Thanks and good luck!

P.S. We'll be getting our first real taste of winter temperatures this weekend so make sure your bundle up when you head out for your adventures. 

Get outside!

Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Check out the Outdoor Calendar for upcoming events
you need to keep your eye on!

 

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