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A summer kayak camp on the Connecticut River. (Tim Jones/ photo)

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 to survive until the weather improves? How … 0

Active Outdoors: State parks mean inexpensive outdoor getaways

Saturday, June 28, 2014

‘With three school-age kids in sports leagues and summer activities, we don’t have the time or energy or money for more than our traditional vacation week away.” “My wife and I work too many hours, we’re saving every penny we can for retirement and can barely afford to go out for dinner and … 0

Active Outdoors: Maine’s mid-coast by bike

Friday, June 13, 2014

Leaving your car behind and traveling by bike is a wonderful way to really experience an area. You cover fewer miles, but you feel more. We did a four-day, three-night bike tour along Maine’s coast on the fingers of land that jut down between Muscongas and Penobscot bays. The lull between Memorial Day … 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

Active Outdoors: Rain got your trip down? Tipis are great in bad weather

Friday, October 26, 2012

My buddy David and I were out for an overnight getaway recently, checking the firewood situation at one of the two “hunting camp” sites we use often in November. This was a quick trip and we were already … 0

Test driving the trails

Monday, September 3, 2012

‘ Hiking around this summer, I've had a chance to try out a few new pieces of gear. The Appalachian Mountain Club unveiled two of the latest editions of its pre-eminent guidebooks in April - White Mountain Guide ($24.95) and Maine Mountain Guide ($23.95). The books have been … 0