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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 8/14-17

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, August 14

Friday, August 15

Saturday, August 16

Sunday, August 17

Monday, August 18

Tuesday, August 19

Wednesday, August 20

Thursday, August 21

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Radical Reels Less Than a Month Away!

The Radical Reels Film Festival & Expo is less than one month from landing in Roanoke, so get mentally prepared to watch the most outrageous, adventurous, and awe inspiring mountain sport films from the 38th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. The film fest will be at the Jefferson Center on September 10th, with the expo starting at 5:00 pm.

Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, and ski steep slopes. The Radical Reels Tour runs every spring & winter and spans North America bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors. Grab your your seats and hang on as we present the world’s best action films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking and more – all brought to life on the big screen. Check out the trailer below.

More information on attending the film fest, as well as the expo and vendor information >>>

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Farm to Feet Releases Roanoke Sock

Farm to Feet SocksIf "Made in the USA" is great, then "Made, Sourced, and Packaged in the USA" is even better. That's the recipe for the 100% American socks from Farm to Feet, and they are partnering with Roanoke Outside on a cool new project.  

In their factory in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Farm to Feet manufacture the highest quality wool socks from wool sourced in the Rocky Mountains while limiting their environmental impact. These socks may be made from merino wool, but they are not just built for hiking, and their new line of product proves it. 

Farm to Feet recently announced their newest line of socks called the Blue Ridge Run Series. The series features Farms to Feet's new "Friction-Free" technology which cuts down on blisters through reduced abrasion. The Blue Ridge Line also features heat managment features like airflow channels and venting panels, while keeping wool's wicking and odor resistance properties. 

The series is highlighted by the the Roanoke and the Blue Ridge. The Roanoke is an ultra lightweight running sock in both a quarter and low cut, while the Blue Ridge is an over-the-calf style sock featuring compression to assist in blood flow and reduce muscle vibration. 

Roanoke Outside and the Blue Ridge Marathon have teamed up with Farm to Feet and made the Roanoke the official sock of the Blue Ridge Marathon. The Blue Ridge series is not yet released and will be available in Spring 2015. Contact your local outfitter to see if they carry Farm to Feet, and if they don't, encourage them to check out the company.  

More on the socks and Farm to Feet >>>

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Pete's Pick: Trail TLC

Trail WorkWe are blessed with more than 600 miles of trails in the Roanoke, Virginia, Region (more than 1,000 miles within an hour’s drive) and the above-normal amount of rain we’ve experienced these past few days will have taken a serious toll on our trails.

During normal weather and use our trails require thousands of volunteer hours each year just to maintain them, let alone build new ones. More than 47,000 hours of volunteer trail work have been logged since 2003. When it rains for days the trails become muddy and eroded which makes travel extremely difficult. And when people travel over the muddy trails they’re making them worse and leading to future trail issues (i.e. time spent fixing these trails that could be better spent building new trails).

How can you help? 

Check out even more activities in the Get Outside Weekend Update.

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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The Best New Gear for 2015

Gear Junkie OR Summer Market Best in Show If you love to play in the outdoors, you most likely think about gear. Some people think about it a lot, in their spare time, always on the lookout for the latest, greatest, lightest, most breathable new thing. We call these people "Gearheads." Some people think about gear only when it wears out or breaks. We call these people "Oldschool," or in some cases, "Screwed."

Joking aside, the right gear has the ability to make or break an outdoor excursion, no matter the discipline. The top brands in the industry recently gathered at the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, where they showcased their new innovations for 2015. OR is the largest gathering of the outdoor industry and the expo is the place to bring your new gear to the influencers. Most of this equipment is yet to hit the market, but you can get a sneak peak at the coolest stuff the pros are working on for next year. 

One of the internet authorities when it comes to gear, is Roanoke Outside friend GearJunkie.com. They have a full review of the coolest stuff they saw at this year's OR. They saw so much, they had to split it into two parts. Check them out below.

Gear Junkie Greatest Gear for 2015 Part I >>>

Gear Junkie Greatest Gear for 2015 Part II >>>

Many of these same brands will be featured at October's Go Outside Festival. Stay tuned for more information on how you can enter to win a huge gear prize pack in the festival's "Wild Gear Hunt."

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 8/7-10

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, August 7

Friday, August 8

Saturday, August 9

Sunday, August 10

Monday, August 11

Tuesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 13

Thursday, August 14

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Program Unites Bikers & Foodies

Le Tour de Roanoke Hands InBack in April, we wrote about the new season of le Tour de Roanoke, the City Parks and Rec program that tours Roanoke by bike, stopping at various restaurants for a bite along the way. It's a very cool way to tour the city, get a little exercise, and enjoy some great food. 

The atmosphere at last month's Tour was great. Meeting at UnderDog Bikes, the group was an eclectic mix of food lovers, bicycling lovers, beginners, and experts. It was very cool to see such a diverse group of people all participating in the same outdoor activity. It was truly a uniting experience, and something the parks and rec department has been emphasizing recently. 

"We have been using programs like Hiking and the Homeplace, SUP Yoga, and le Tour de Roanoke as a marketing tool to get people exposed to something new and unique, and then the other programs offered by the Outdoor Section," explained Parks & Rec Outdoor Education Coordinator Patrick Boas, who started the program last year. "The thought process behind this was, we promote what Roanoke has to offer as 'the procuct' and put our programs in the mix." 

Each stop was an opportunity to mingle and get a different perspective on both the outdoor and food scenes in the Roanoke Region. It's also a great opportunity to explore new restaurants and foods.

"Something that has shocked me the most about this event is that after each tour I will have one or two people come up to me and say in many different ways, 'I've lived here in Roanoke for X amount of years and never knew this restaurant existed. What a great way to explore and see a new side of Roanoke,'" Boas said. "I take this as a huge compliment and hope to continue getting this reaction from my new friends on the tour." 

The tour is held monthly; pre-registration is required and spots fill up fast. The August tour will take place on August 19, and will include stops at 1906 Ale House, Blue 5, and Sweet Donkey Coffee.

Register >>>

Le Tour de Roanoke Tacos

Le Tour de Roanoke Carnage

le Tour de Roanoke Riding

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Celebrate Open Space With Weekend for Wilderness

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and there will be a celebration of open spaces in Roanoke in September. The group VaWild50 is a team of organizations working together to celebrate the anniversary and Roanoke's connection to wild places. 

The group will be holding a Weekend for Wilderness from September 25-27, which is also National Public Lands day and Family Hiking Day. Events included in the festivities include the Epic Wilderness Hike Series" in the days leading up to the weekend in places like Mountain Lake, Thunder Ridge, and Peters Mountain. 

Thursday will feature a screening of "Green Fire" at the Taubman Theater with special guest Ed Zahniser. The film describes the life and impact of conservation activist Aldo Leopold. 

Head to Parkway Brewing on Friday to raise a glass and toast to Wilderness. The main portion of the event is Saturday with guided family hikes and a panel discussion on the future of land conservation, environmentalism, and environmental politics. 

If you enjoy open space, show your support by attending these very cool, informative events. 

More information and event schedule >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 7/31-8/3

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, July 31

Friday, August 1

Saturday, August 2

Sunday, August 3

Monday, August 4

Tuesday, August 5

Wednesday, August 6

Thursday, August 7

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Pete's Pick: Greenway Etiquette

Roanoke Greenway EtiquetteThe ever-growing greenway system throughout the Roanoke Region is arguably one of the better things to happen to our community. More and more people are getting outside and we’re becoming a more healthy, active community. Visit one of the region’s many greenways and you’ll see people from all walks of life walking, running, cycling, skating, and even fishing.

We refer to greenways as a “gateway” resource, as they make it easy for anyone to engage with the outdoors - it’s easy, it makes sense, and it doesn’t cost anything to get started. One day you’re going for a walk, then you’re meeting friends on a weekly basis for a group walk, and that leads to more engagement with the outdoors. Perhaps you start riding a bicycle again, and then the next thing you know you’re hiking all the way to McAfee Knob.

But the popularity of the greenways comes with a price. Hundreds, if not thousands, of daily users trying to share a narrow trail is challenging and that often leads to conflict. Dog leashes strewn across the path, groups of walkers taking up the entire width of the trail, and cyclists whizzing by too fast are just a few of the more common problems. These conflicts happen in all communities and with time we’ll all learn how to share this community asset. 

How can you help? The Greenways Commission put together a greenway etiquette video a few years ago that contains great tips. And more recently Roanoke Parks and Recreation launched a creative Side by Side for Better Greenways Rhyme initiative as a way to engage greenway users. Take a look at a few recent submissions, then submit your own rhyme.

  • You’re wearing cycling shoes | You’re wearing cycling pants | But remember as you cruise | This ain’t the Tour de France.
  • He who runs with no music to play | Will live to run another day | Wearing earbuds makes you deaf | You cannot hear me | I’m “ON YOUR LEFT!”
  • There once was a puppy named Fletch | Who’s leash was exceedingly stretched | His overlong tether wrapped two bikes together | And bandages had to be fetched.
  • Down the greenway eight friends progressed | In a cluster that grew uncompressed | They off-roaded two bikers and detoured a hiker | And congested the path for the rest.

Get Outside!

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

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you need to keep your eye on!

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