The basics of Fly Fishing

This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten Fly fishing is immensely popular in western North Carolina. According to The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Jackson County alone has more than 4,000 miles of trout streams and is the home of the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught. Living in an area that has such... Continue Reading →


The mountains are calling.

By Caleb Peek   There’s just something about these mountains.   In Western North Carolina, mountains mean life. From Murphy to Boone and all the hills and hollows in between, the Appalachians feed us. They quench our thirst. They’re a barrier between the slow pace of mountain life and the high speed of modern society,... Continue Reading →

Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker

"Hiker Trash" is a term many within the long-term hiking community take on with pride. According to The Trek, a website dedicated to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, this phrase is used affectionately to refer to a hikers that have sunken down to a lower standard of living than the standard they lived at before embarking... Continue Reading →

Blackrock Outdoor Company settles in at WCU

Blackrock Outdoor Company is a locally owned and operated outdoor gear shop well-known for it's location in downtown Sylva. The thriving business opened its second location in WCU's Noble Hall on Feb. 27 and it has sparked the interest of many students and faculty. The addition of the store along with Subway, Chili's, Bob's Mini Mart and... Continue Reading →

Forget the gym, go backpacking!

Many students need a break from their studies as the semester comes to an end. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle is to take a weekend break to explore and experience new things in the area. Being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park, WCU offers different recreational opportunities for students, including... Continue Reading →

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