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Winter Camping seminar: On December 13, the staff of EasternSlopes.com will be teaching an overnight Lightweight Winter Camping seminar at Merck Forest in Rupert, VT. Come join us! (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

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 really enjoy this time of year. It’s …

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 into the wilderness. Literally. “Wilderness” is a term that’s thrown about easily and often. Someone …

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, Maine, started “testing” their snowmaking system by blasting a coating of white on one trail. …

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 …

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 …

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? …