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Active Outdoors
The way to learn whitewater paddling is to practice basic maneuvers like this eddy peel in a safe and manageable place. Bigger waves and stronger currents come later. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: How did your summer go?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Back in late June, I warned you that summer was almost over and that you needed to get out right then and start doing all the stuff you wanted to do while it was warm. Otherwise, you ran a real risk of having the summer fly by without having done anything really fun and memorable. I suggested trying an aerial …

Active Outdoors: Learn how to ride a (mountain) bike

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Most of us learned how to ride a bike without training wheels before we were 10. Amazingly, this skill is just like, well, riding a bike – once you learn how, you never really forget. If you take someone who hasn’t ridden a bike in 30 years, put them on a bike seat, …

Active Outdoors: Quebec’s Eastern Townships offer perfect late summer vacationing

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My profound apologies to those folks who revel in the heat and humidity of a summer day and love basking in the sun, but hooray! Summer’s almost over! Autumn’s arriving, and I, for one, can’t wait. Autumn, with its warm days, cool nights and lower humidity is the absolute best time of the …

Active Outdoors: “Uphilling” at ski areas

Friday, January 9, 2015

Climbing the hill under your own steam before skiing or riding down is one of the hottest trends in winter sports these day. Advances in equipment have made “uphilling” more accessible than ever, and more and more and …

Active Outdoors: First-day hikes start the new year right

Thursday, December 25, 2014

So … would you rather start the New Year off with a hangover or a dose of fresh air, exercise and fun? I think it’s safe to say that most Active Outdoors aficionados would choose the latter. It’s …

Active Outdoors: Camping at home

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Thanksgiving storm left our home without electricity (and cable) for three days. Other people were without power much longer than we were. Fortunately, we were already planning to have dinner with friends and they had power. While …

Active Outdoors: Determining your own opening weekend makes for a good time on the slopes

Friday, November 28, 2014

These days, there are really three sort-of-semi-official starts to the ski season in New England. There’s the “We’re open first!” start, usually in October or early November, when Sunday River (sundayriver.com), Killington (killington.com) and, sometimes, tiny Woodbury (woodburyskiarea.com) …

Active Outdoors: What are your plans for winter?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mid-November to mid- or late-December is the season I call “Almost Winter.” The leaves have fallen but snow hasn’t – or, if it has, it’s reluctant to stick. A stretch of cold weather will be followed by a …

Active Outdoors: Have you ever experienced wilderness?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, while our wives were enjoying a weekend of what they call “retail therapy” (which I refer to as “shoot me, now”), my buddy David and I threw packs on our backpacks and headed …

Active Outdoors: Snow’s coming! Are you ready?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Has anyone else gotten excited by the first hints of snow this season? It started back in mid-September, when it was still technically summer. We got a frosty night or two and Sunday River (sundayriver.com) up in Bethel, …

Active Outdoors: How did you use the gift of a beautiful weekend?

Friday, October 3, 2014

No doubt about it, we were given a gift: two days of warm temperatures and sunshine, on a weekend, in late September, with fall foliage coming on strong across northern New England. The question is: Did you appreciate …

Active Outdoors: Fall biking begins

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall is absolutely the best time for biking in New England. There’s no better way to view fall foliage than from the seat of a bike (and no, I don’t mean one with a motor – that’s cheating). …

Active Outdoors: Paddling and hiking at three wilderness luxury lodgings in Maine

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My sweetheart Marilyn and I are rarely (well, actually, never) disappointed by our adventures, but it’s also rare to have an outing turn out far, far better than expected. Our Great Maine Wilderness Late Summer Getaway … was …

Active Outdoors: Paddling the Housatonic in Connecticut

Friday, August 22, 2014

People from Connecticut come north to play all the time, but people from New Hampshire rarely travel to Connecticut for outdoor fun. But it’s my contention that there’s always something worthwhile to do outdoors wherever you are, and …

Active Outdoors: Planning ahead pays off in late summer

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Barring a hurricane, late August and early September are typically a wonderful time for a New England getaway focused on the outdoors. Weekends can still be pretty busy in many tourist areas, but summer vacations are over for …