first_imgThe January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live! Pick up your copy on newsstands or read online today! QUICK HITSThe dark lord rises in West Virginia • Red wolves and their defenderFLASHPOINTA hiker comes to terms with increasingly crowded trailheads.TRAIL MIXSteep Canyon Rangers’ New Sound • Drew Holcomb’s Handpicked VinylTHE GOODSIditarod runner Peter Ripmaster’s gear picksBEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE AWARDSWho are the top raft guides and most inspiring thru-hikers? What’s the best bike shop in the Blue Ridge? Thousands of readers from across the region voted in our seventh annual Best of the Blue Ridge Awards, which include 75 categories from the A.T. to zip lines.BLOOD ON THE ROADCollisions and clashes between motorists and cyclists are on the rise. How can our roads be safer for everyone?NATURAL ASSETSCan outdoor recreation replace the extractive industries that have dominated the mountains for more than a century? Meet the outdoor entrepreneurs and leaders rebuilding regional economies and transforming Appalachia.RIDING THE IDITARODAppalachia’s John Logar won the 1,000-mile footrace in 2014. He’s headed back to the Alaskan race in 2018—this time, on his bike.last_img