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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures: Competitors find fun, camaraderie and challenges in the mud

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants muck it up while going over wood walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate other daunting obstacles. But, it’s also a chance for inspiration and support. The fourth annual Mountain Mucker 2015 at Mount Sunapee, a 5-kilometer obstacle course, takes place Saturday …

Outdoor Adventures: Winter’s grip is never far away on Washington

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Looking up, the snow lingers on its high reaches. But eventually the snow melts and succumbs to spring’s moods – bubbly babbling, ghoulish, gurgling and ominous oozing. The snow is a draw on Mount Washington, always. Omnipresent in winter, it becomes a curiosity in July or August when stumbled upon sometimes near giant, …

Outdoor Adventures: Odds and ends over the frost heaves

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New Hampshire State Parks. There are new lean-to’s and tent platforms at Mollidgewock, Milan Hill and …

Outdoor Adventures: Lost and found on the slopes

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard just …

Outdoor adventures: Spring is here, but skiing is far from over

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards-needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that …

End-of-season skiing and snowboarding festivities abound throughout New England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let the goggle tans begin. Sure, it’s time to work on growing alpine freckles, go pond skimming, break out the loud Hawaiian shirts and use rolls of duct tape on those cardboard derby entrees. But there are some …

Outdoor Adventures: Let the value season begin

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With vacation weeks soon fading, spring skiing and value season are on the horizon. It’s a time when ski areas begin to unveil next year’s season pass deals, often with enticing incentives like using it this March and …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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, …