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Sugarloaf Mountain’s summit ledges contain both distant views and an old stove.

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 that stands tall above the stark wonder of the Nash Stream Forest and beyond. Getting to the 3,701-foot rough-and-tumble mountain takes some … 0

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 lowest at 1,967 feet. In between are Black Mountain (2,830 feet), Sugarloaf (2,609 feet), the … 0

From Mount Israel, such a view

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Such a view. Sure, we shlepped and shvitzed, and those low-elevation bugs made us mashugana enough to wear mosquito netting for a spell, but soon enough we felt overheated and claustrophobic so we took off the head nets and let the mosquitoes have their way with us. Oy vey. But once on the … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Masters on snow

Sunday, January 19, 2014

As a little girl, Nadine Price dreamed about ski racing. But she never got around to it until a divorce at age 40, when she found herself in a Masters ski racing starting gate for the first time. … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Progression rules the parks

Sunday, January 5, 2014

If there’s a buzzword echoing through terrain parks, it’s progression. Resorts are spending more time creating environments where skiers and riders can ease into the park scene, and once there, move ahead safely. So, what’s progression? “At its … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Taking those test drives

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Try before you buy. That’s the mantra for demonstration days, a time when skiers and snowboarders can test drive the latest in gear from rocker skis to goggles. It can be a day when tents and flags fly … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Sampling ski specials

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Looking for lift tickets deals? Read on. In the Lakes Region, Gunstock’s value offerings include a Sunday Family 4-pack for two adults and two youths for $199, 2-for-1 non-holiday Mondays and $25 Belknap County Club Tuesdays. Ski at … 0

Outdoor adventures: Moultonborough’s Red Hill a place of landmarks and vistas

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The land was filled with autumn’s fading color. Shimmering blues came courtesy of lakes like Squam and Winnipesaukee. The steady conifers held their green well while denuded birches stood white, tall and perhaps even a bit menacing announcing … 0

Outdoor Adventures: New trail network opens along popular Kanc

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The meandering Kancamagus Highway is a wiggling slice of outdoor heaven with its myriad hiking trails, campgrounds, vistas and even a surprise like a high school ski jump. But now there’s a new network of multi-use trails on … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking in the steps of skiing history

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The North Country morning symphony featuring a section of buzzing chainsaws and a collection of punctuating shotgun blasts resonated through the hardwoods as we walked up the hill in the steps of skiing history. The footing was anything … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking Mount Cube an impressive experience

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mount Cube is a captivating and commanding mountain. The Orford peak’s gray, pink and white quartzite summit stones provide outstanding platforms for some of the finest views to the two states of the Upper Valley. Thought it stands … 0

Outdoor Adventures: A successful northern N.H. hike

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The grizzled Appalachian Trail hiker with a big fat letter “I” on his baseball cap stood on the glorious broad open North Country summit and said, “I smell laundry.” Fair enough. We, deodorant-scented day hikers, smelled thru-hiker. Odors … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking a 4Ker known for winter

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We traipsed across the beastly mountain, darting through the glades, up the wide slopes and out across its vast expanses with extensive views of central Vermont. We weren’t on skis or snowboards, but poles were in hand as … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Finding a rhythm for the hills

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The hills are alive with grimaces. A climb can be looming and glooming, a big landmark of intimidation for cyclists. But there are ways to prepare. Welcome them. “I know this is going to sound like a hippie, … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Baxter’s glorious side shows

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The pond is a crown jewel in the far reaches of Maine’s Baxter State Park. Not only do hikers venture to its pristine shores under towering 5,268-foot Mount Katahdin and South Turner Mountain, but so do moose. Earlier … 0