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Quiet Paddle: This is exactly what we are hoping to get for weather on our upcoming visit to Flagstaff Lake. Plan B is to hike instead of kayak. (JohnOrcutt/Maine Huts and Trails photo)

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 many schools, so lots of families are back home and into that routine. The days are usually warm, often sunny, but the … 0

Active Outdoors: Three short summer outings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was a beautiful summer Saturday morning, with sunny blue skies, low humidity, temperatures in the 50s and headed for the high 70s. If July were always this nice, I’d be a big fan. Over breakfast, my sweetheart Marilyn and I decided we had to get out and enjoy it. We rarely plan … 0

Paddling cures for the common July

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are you are among the significant minority (personally, I think we’re a silent majority!) of New Englanders who, when faced with the relentless sun, heat and humidity of July strive to accept with good grace the things we cannot change? The question is: Other than hiding in air conditioning, what can you do … 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

Tim Jones: Whither winter cabin adventures?

Friday, December 14, 2012

The question came in addressed to the editors of from Fran, who reads this column in the Berkshire Eagle newspaper each week: “ My three buddies and I – all about 50 years old – would like … 0

Active outdoors: Hitting the high points this winter

Saturday, December 8, 2012

There’s this dream I’ve put off for too many years, claiming that I’ve been too busy with work or family, or not in good enough shape. (Do any of these excuses sound familiar to you?). I want to … 0

Follow these tips when enjoying the outdoors in case of bad weather

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Depending on exactly where you live in the Northeast, “Superstorm Sandy” was either a dangerous, prolonged nightmare (still ongoing for some as I write this), just a minor rain/wind event, or something in between. But with memories of … 0