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A skier runs the course during the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, now celebrating its 25th season. (Snocountry photo)

Outdoor Adventures: Twenty-five years behind the gates

Saturday, February 14, 2015

There were two races at first, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine, and central Vermont’s Killington. Then, as time marched on and skiers shared the slopes with snowboarders, more ski areas chimed in. Now nearly 30 resorts from northern New England to Pennsylvania take part in the very popular, family-friendly series celebrating its 25th anniversary …

Outdoor Adventures: Woman of many hats, Torrey leads Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service, including working as a ranger and firefighter, and a University of Maine bachelor of science degree in national …

Outdoor Adventures: Get going in the gates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bragging rights are up for grabs. From National Standard Racing, better known as NASTAR, to weekly recreational beer league series and beyond, skiers are challenging themselves in a wealth of ways to cross the finish line. Whether super competitive or just in it to survive, ski racers will spend the next two and …

Outdoor Adventures: Try something new in 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Resolutions? Forget the gym cliché and head outside for something new this year. Buy a Hike Safe Card to support New Hampshire Fish and Game search and rescue efforts. New for 2015, the voluntary card is insurance against …

Outdoor Adventures: Holiday gifts for skiers and riders

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Whether you’re still in the shopping mood or waiting to spend some holiday cash, there are all sorts of gifts for skiers and riders. Last month’s visit to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo provided a glimpse of …

Outdoor Adventures: Traveling south for a taste of the North

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It is a tradition that is carved out before the turkey hits the table, and most skiers and riders have yet to schuss down paths of white man-made mountain gold. On the paved shores of Boston harbor, the …

Outdoor Adventures: Climbing peaks again

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The drab drape was quickly closing by Mount Chocorua’s rocky summit cone. The cloud and mist had its way above treeline, masking most of the landscape and cloaking the burnt oranges and browns during foliage’s last gasp. We …

Outdoor Adventures: North Country delight on a mountain bike

Monday, October 27, 2014

It was an odd sight to behold on a North Country bridge. On the sturdy span by the mighty Androscoggin River in the gritty town of Gorham, a Skittles-colored line of mountain bikers rode slowly and single file, …

Outdoor Adventures column on hold

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Because of space limitations, Marty Basch’s “Outdoor Adventures” column, which usually runs on Sundays, will appear in tomorrow’s Monitor this week. …

Outdoor Adventures: Think small in the fall

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs …

Outdoor Adventures: A journey curtained by fog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

They are craggy backwoods cliffs of granite towering hundreds of feet above the pine-needled grounds. To reach them, we scrambled steeply through a hodgepodge of crumbled boulders and trees swept down by the wind. The wild country was …

Outdoor Adventures: Traipsing impishly along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter is a cliff from where the northern Presidential Range stands in its glory. Called the Imp …

Outdoor Adventures: Lots of buzz by Unknown Pond

Sunday, August 31, 2014

They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing, complete with smart-looking vest, than hiking, they …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking the other, other, other Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf or Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf, the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford …

Outdoor Adventures: Bopping about the Bentons on Black and Blueberry

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sometimes big things come in small packages. The low-lying Benton Range is comprised of a half dozen mountains all less than 3,000 feet in elevation. The highest is Jeffers Mountain at 2,994 feet, with Owls Head being the …