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Active Outdoors
The kayaks are loaded with camping gear and we won't see our car again for a couple of days as we head out on the Maine Island Trail with H2Oufitters. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Planning a park-and-go getaway

Friday, April 4, 2014

As longtime readers probably know, my sweetheart Marilyn and I really enjoy “Active Outdoors” vacations where we park our car and travel from place to place – by skis or snowshoes in winter, by foot, bike or kayak in the summer, not returning to our car until it’s time to come home. These can be camping trips, hut-to-hut adventures, or … 0

Active Outdoors: Letting go of winter … reluctantly

Friday, March 21, 2014

This has been pretty close to the best winter ever, with more than two feet of snow falling up north last week and the cold hanging on nicely! We’re all going to be able to keep enjoying snowsports until at least mid-April, maybe longer. By the time we’re done with fun in the … 0

Active Outdoors: How to really enjoy a cold snap

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Everybody’s calling this the winter that won’t quit. I think they’re deluding themselves. Here in New England, at least, March is always winter. People who hope for something different are simply being unrealistic. It’s tough to get out and enjoy the outdoors when the weather isn’t to your liking. In the heat and … 0

Active Outdoors: Adventure in the Maine huts and trails

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Newton’s Revenge. That’s the apt name of the trail you take to reach the Stratton Brook Hut, the newest gem in the Maine Huts and Trails system (mainehuts.org). Stratton Brook is spectacularly sited on the top of a … 0

Active Outdoors: Off to a Maine backcountry adventure

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Greetings from Maine, where my sweetheart Marilyn and I are transitioning from several days of absolutely splendid Alpine skiing at Saddleback and Sugarloaf to what should be several days of exceptional backcountry Nordic skiing. Tomorrow morning, we get … 0

Active Outdoors: What are sliding snowshoes?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Imagine you are playing the TV game show Jeopardy and this answer came up: “Pure, silly fun and great exercise in the snow.” Your question would be: “What are sliding snowshoes?” Sliding snowshoes bridge the gap between snowshoes, … 0

Active Outdoors: Winter Doe Camp a learning experience – but only women allowed

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Okay, guys, most of the time I’m writing for everyone. But this week, pass this column along to some woman in your life, and I’ll see you next week. Now, ladies ... first of all, I know most … 0

ACTIVE OUTDOORS: Breakthrough experience

Friday, February 8, 2013

It was 14 degrees when the ice gave way under my skis and I suddenly found myself in the water. Trust me, that wasn’t where I wanted to be. Five experienced backcountry skiers had left the Garnet Hill … 0

Active Outdoors: Who pays for search, rescue and recovery?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pressure cookers that have been simmering slowly in Vermont and New Hampshire are beginning to boil over, and a real explosion may be on the way. The question at hand is how to pay for the increasing number … 0

Active Outdoors: Playing in the freezer

Friday, January 25, 2013

No sooner had the weather wonks started intoning phrases like “Arctic Blast,” “Deep Freeze,” “Coldest Weather of the Winter” and “Dangerous Wind Chills” than the emails started flying as my buddy David and I eagerly began planning an … 0

Active Outdoors: Staying warm by keeping cool

Friday, January 18, 2013

This question came in from Chris, in the middle of the last cold snap. With another cold spell upon us, it seemed particularly timely: “What would you recommend for the ideal, close-to-skin-layer clothing for winter hiking and running? … 0

Active Outdoors: Going up Greylock

Friday, January 11, 2013

It was 9 below zero as I drove through North Adams, Mass., 4 below when I parked my car at Greylock Glen just west of Adams and met my new friends from Pittsfield, “Sweep” Voll and Steve McDermott. … 0

Tim Jones column: First cross country day at Gunstock

Friday, January 4, 2013

I don’t know about you, but last year’s non-winter left me craving cross-country skiing. There was enough snow at Alpine ski areas for some decent turns (at least until the mid-March meltdown), and the mountains were still there … 0

Active Outdoors: Kicking winter into gear

Friday, December 28, 2012

My Christmas was great, thanks for asking. How was yours? Lots of family stuff? Yup, me, too. Good people, warm feelings, too much tasty food and good wine – ho, ho, ho – but I’m glad it’s about … 0

Active Outdoors: Dreaming of a white Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2012

I’ve been writing this Active Outdoors column weekly for almost eight years, and a ski column every week all winter long since 1992. Looking back on past Decembers, I can tell you that however much we want them, … 0