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What you don't see in this early-morning overview of Saddleback is all the hidden, winding open lines that snake through the trees on this big, burley mountain. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Enjoying winter while it lasts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This column could also be titled: “Why I’ll still be writing about skiing in mid-April.” The winter of 2014-15 got a late start. Except for the Thanksgiving storm (which was really too early to count, since all the snow eventually melted), winter didn’t arrive in all its glory until late January. Fortunately, it seems to be in no particular hurry …

Active Outdoors: Great skiing! More ahead!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The main reason I ski in December, January and even early February is so my legs will be in shape for March and April. The best of New England skiing starts after Presidents’ Week and lasts until the last lift stops turning. Across northern New England, March is typically the month with the …

Active Outdoors: For outdoors lovers, it could be the best winter ever

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sure, we all feel sorry for the poor commuters in Boston and other coastal cities. Almost everyone wishes all that snow had fallen on the northern hills instead of the coast. But spring will come too soon and the cities will be their normal rat-race before you know it. Meanwhile, the rest of …

Active Outdoors: Is bike touring right for you?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It’s one thing to drive somewhere nice and ride your bike for the day, and quite something else to park your car and leave it behind for several days as you tour the countryside by bike. Even if …

Active Outdoors: Memorable Memorial Day paddling on Great Bay

Friday, May 31, 2013

After two solid days of rain and cold and doing stuff around the house (sound familiar?), we were eager to get out into the sunshine. Watching the weather forecasts, we had planned to meet our friends David and …

Active Outdoors: It’s bike season (finally!)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Some people are much more hard-core pedal fanatics than we are, but my sweetheart Marilyn and I really enjoy riding together on our fat-tire tandem bicycle. Next to downhill skiing, it’s probably our favorite outdoor thing to do …

Active Outdoors: Why go to a paddlesports demo?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Why go to a paddlesports demo? Three good reasons: 1) it’s fun; 2) you’ll learn a lot; 3) you may just find the right boat or paddleboard for you. Back in the olden days, the Inuits, who invented …

Active Outdoors: Roadside Camping 101

Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Cutlines: Roadside Crawford Notch. Our home away from home for one night in the Dry River Campground in Crawford Notch State Park. Our room with a view cost just $25 for the night. Flush toilets and showers …

Active Outdoors: Try a huts or lodge experience this summer

Friday, May 3, 2013

I get emails from readers at this time of year asking about places for an Active Outdoors summer getaway. I’m happy to help. But I always try to get people to think beyond their past experiences and step …

Active Outdoors: Gearing up for a safe kayaking season

Friday, April 26, 2013

The real whitewater aficionados, who have been paddling for a month or more on the rush of melting snow, are going to laugh at this, but for most of us, kayaking season is almost here. It’s time to …

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 …