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It's Christmas Tree season on the White and Green Mountain National Forests and searching out a wild rtree is a perfect excuse for a day outdoors. All you need is a $5 permit. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

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 we are lucky enough to have a generator that will power the core systems of the house, we run it just enough …

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) in Connecticut vie to be the first to make snow and turn their lifts. Then …

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 few warm days in a row, but, gradually, the cold will win out. Hooray! I …

Active Outdoors: While we live, we live!

Friday, April 19, 2013

While many of the images coming out of Boston recently have been utterly horrifying, others have been equally heroic and uplifting. That pendulum swings wide in both directions. But one image I saw among the thousands that have …

Active Outdoors: One night vacation at Black Mountain Cabin

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spending a day outdoors is good. Stretching that to two days with an overnight is even better. I’m a big believer in one-night getaways. Once you have a little practice at it, you’ll be surprised how easy and …

Active Outdoors: Marcy Madness

Friday, April 5, 2013

Imagine, some people actually spend March watching basketball instead of getting outside and doing fun things. No wonder they call it “March Madness”! I hereby offer an improved, Active Outdoors version: Marcy Madness. Back in December, I (foolishly) …

Active Outdoors: Perfect Pinkham afternoon

Friday, March 29, 2013

WOW!!!! Is there a lot of snow in Tuckerman Ravine right now! If you ever thought about coming up to enjoy some fabulous late-season skiing or snowshoeing, this is the year. Marilyn and I are spending one night …

Active Outdooors: Spring X-sta-C

Friday, March 22, 2013

My neighbor asked me why I was smiling and whistling as I shoveled out from this last snowstorm. Actually, I wasn’t as happy as I might have seemed. We only got a foot of snow and I would …

Active Outdoors: Challenging Mount Marcy on Alpine Touring skis

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back in December, I wrote about my dream of standing on the highest peaks of the New England states and New York in winter. On Jan. 3, I checked Mount Greylock in Massachusetts off the list. Since then, …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …