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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast is the ultimate guide to local outdoor recreation, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and so much more. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Lets Go!

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast is the ultimate guide to local outdoor recreation, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and so much more. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Lets Go!

    36. Caverns and Caving in Virginia's Karst Regions with Dave Socky, Blue Ridge Grotto

    36. Caverns and Caving in Virginia's Karst Regions with Dave Socky, Blue Ridge Grotto

    “Caves are otherworldly. You have the experience of exploration where you don't know what's around the next corner. One of the prime draws to caving is that you get to explore places that nobody's ever been before.” – Dave Socky, Blue Ridge Grotto

    Imagine a hidden, underground world of stunning geologic wonders that few others have experienced before. Stalagmites and stalactites, streams and waterfalls, and beautiful stone and crystal formations are beneath our feet. Dave Socky, an experienced caver with the Blue Ridge Grotto, describes the otherworldly experience of caving, safety precautions to take in the subterranean landscape, important conservation considerations, and how to appropriately gain access to some of Virginia’s 4,000 wild caves. Dave also shares an incredible recent discovery of an ice age-era Cheetah skeleton from a cave in Southwest Virginia. Let’s Go!

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    Connect with Dave Socky: YouTube I Blue Ridge Grotto I Facebook I Website
    Find Your Local Caving Community
    Guide to Responsible Caving
    The Virginia Cave and Karst Trail
    Virginia Natural Heritage Karst Program
    Ten Questions About Caves and the Virginia Cave Board
    Cave Conservancy of the Virginias
    Recovery of Petra – Video by Dave Socky
    Caving team discovers, retrieves rare ice age-era cat skeleton from Southwest Virginia cave, Cardinal News
    Petra - Virginia Museum of Natural History 
    Commercial Caverns in Virginia
    Butler Cave Conservation Society
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    35. Whitewater Paddling with Jen Jimenez and Berkley Nestler, James River Women

    35. Whitewater Paddling with Jen Jimenez and Berkley Nestler, James River Women

    “I've never experienced anything in my life that gets me so connected to nature and earth. You're feeling the way that the water is pushing you, you are going with it, you are looking for it, and it's such an amazing feeling of connection and presence.” -Berkley Nestler, James River Women

    Nicknamed “River City,” Richmond is situated on the mighty James where the hard bedrock of the Piedmont Region gives way to the sandy sediments of the Coastal Plain. This geographic feature, known as the Fall Line, drops 100 feet in 7 miles, creating rushing rapids that attract whitewater adventure seekers to the capital city. Jen Jimenez and Berkley Nestler of James River Women are on a mission to make whitewater paddling sports accessible by providing a safe community for beginners to learn and grow. Jen and Berkely describe the experience of whitewater paddling, tips on safety and gear, why Richmond is an ideal location for paddlers of any ability level, and how to get your adrenaline rush without leaving the big city. Let’s Go!

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    Episode 14. Empowering the 'Wiser Female Adventurer' with Linda and Mandi, She Opts Out
    Riverside Outfitters
    Virginia DWR Grant Program
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    • 41 min
    34. Foraging for Wild Edible Plants with Tim MacWelch, Advanced Survival Training

    34. Foraging for Wild Edible Plants with Tim MacWelch, Advanced Survival Training

    “We all have ancestors who lived really close to nature, who found their food in the wild. This is our birthright and I get really excited when I can lead people back to that heritage.” -Tim MacWelch, Advanced Survival Training

    Once used by our ancestors as a means of survival, foraging for wild edible plants is surging in popularity among outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s to collect food, maintain a healthy lifestyle, learn about native plants, or just spend more time outside, foraging is a way to connect with the landscape and carry on a tradition that dates to the beginning of human existence. Tim MacWelch, owner of Advanced Survival Training, covers the basics of foraging, including how to safely identify plants, examples of common wild edibles, where and when to forage, conservation techniques, and precautions to take before consuming your finds. You’ll want to have your notepad ready because this episode is chock-full of information to get you started in the world of foraging. Let’s Go!

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    Advanced Survival Training
    Seasonal Wild Edible Plants Course Description
    Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
    Article by Virginia DWR: Storing Up for Winter with Forageables
    Morakniv



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    33. Hiking Old Rag Mountain with Gabby Dreyfus, Old Rag Mountain Stewards

    33. Hiking Old Rag Mountain with Gabby Dreyfus, Old Rag Mountain Stewards

    “Old Rag is a particularly memorable and rewarding hike. We’re there to help protect this cherished natural and cultural resource, and protect people at the same time, because we want everyone to enjoy the park.” – Gabby Dreyfus, Old Rag Mountain Stewards

    Often referred to as one of the best hikes on the east coast, Old Rag Mountain is the most popular hike in Shenandoah National Park. Highlights of this hike include boulder scrambling and spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley. But this hike is no casual walk in the park. Old Rag is a challenging hike that requires preparation and planning to enjoy safely. Old Rag Mountain Stewards is a volunteer organization that helps hikers understand how to protect themselves and the resources on Old Rag Mountain. Vice President, Gabby Dreyfus, shares her expertise in preparedness, safety, and stewardship, so you can make the most of this epic Virginia adventure. Let’s Go!

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    Email: info@oldragmountainstewards.org
    Old Rag Mountain Hike, Shenandoah National Park




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    • 42 min
    Season 3 Trailer with RVA Hiker Girl

    Season 3 Trailer with RVA Hiker Girl

    In this Season 3 Trailer, my friend, Jacqueline, better known as RVA Hiker Girl, joins me for a sneak peek into upcoming episodes. Jacqueline and I discuss the diversity of outdoor recreation activities in Virginia, the connectedness of the outdoor community, and the listener input I received that led to the selection of new content for Season 3, which launches one week from today on October 18.

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    Episode 8 of VAOA Podcast with RVA Hiker Girl
    Blue Ridge Tunnel Video
    Virginia’s Covered Bridges
    Virginia’s Fire Towers
    Virginia State Parks’ International Dark Sky Parks
    Virginia State Parks Trail Quest


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    • 34 min
    Bonus Episode: How to Recreate in Virginia, VML Voice Podcast

    Bonus Episode: How to Recreate in Virginia, VML Voice Podcast

    In this Bonus Episode, I’m sharing a guest appearance I made on The VML Voice, the official podcast of the Virginia Municipal League. I speak with the Host, Rob Bullington, about simple things you can do to make the most of your Virgina getaways. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to read the featured article I authored in this month’s edition of Virginia Town & City Magazine, entitled, How to Recreate in Viriginia.

    Virgnia Town & City Magazine Article

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51 Ratings

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Quality Stuff

Great content, very approachable for any interest levels, and great guests. Episodes are thorough but fun and full if info.

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Chincoteague va

Cool podcast

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Great podcast!

Great podcast to listen and learn from especially when on the road or during our hikes!!

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