The Live Outside and Play Team Tackles Clean-Ups, Hikes and #VanLife Rallies in North Carolina

It’s been a busy week for the three of us. After getting the run around from Hurricane Florence we turned our van south towards Western North Carolina. In the last five days, we’ve been a part of three separate events. Two of which were slightly affected by the recent hurricane. And we topped it all off with the 4th annual Asheville Van Life Rally.

On Wednesday we joined forces with Pisgah’s favorite bike shop, The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, in Brevard, North Carolina. This was our second time helping out with a clean-up in the area. We didn’t actually enter Pisgah National Forest due to closures caused by the hurricane, but there are several heavily used day use areas right off the road that needed some extra love. Once again we had a great group show up who were eager to get down and give back to one of the most beloved mountain biking destinations in the country.

The following day we led a group hike just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. We were originally set to lead a litter flotilla to clean up trash on the Frech Broad River by canoe. But once again, we were skunked by the storm. The water was too high but we enjoyed a wonderful late afternoon hike right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Then finally, on Friday we made our way to the 4th annual Asheville Van Life Rally at the June Bug Resort. This year, the rally expanded to a two-night campout welcoming over 250 vans and adventure rigs from all over the country. The Van Life Rally was complete with live music on a stage made from a vintage truck, yoga, demos, #vanlife talks and more. It’s always fun to hang with the #vanlife community. It was almost overwhelming to see all of the different build-outs.

We decided to give back to the community by providing s’mores and comfortable Crazy Creek chairs by the campfire on Saturday evening. Honestly, it was the place to be.

Keep an eye out for our next post, where you can virtually tour many of the vans that showed up for the rally.

There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy CreekNational GeographicSea to SummitMountain HouseLowe AlpineOld TownLekiHydraPakUCO Gear and WenzelIf you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win

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