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Outdoor Adventures

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 on Mount Willard, and Pinkham Notch the flats of Square Ledge, Franconia Notch has Mount …

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 magnificent, as if the gods just swept fingers through the forest, letting all in the …

Outdoor Adventures: Spring skiing signals season’s swan song

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Loving the snow? Then enjoy true spring skiing with a few added twists as skiers and snowboarders should be able to ride chairlifts through much of April, and likely longer. Or, take to the woods. Like skiing at …

Outdoor Adventures: Grueling challenge, great cause

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe 15 runs into his ski day, Mark Holmes was riding the lift dressed in about seven layers of clothing making him more prepared for subzero chills than the temps flirting with 20. He had to stay warm …

Outdoor Adventures: Silver keeps Logan smiling

Sunday, March 2, 2014

She’s probably still smiling. “There is just this smile across my face and I don’t think it’s going away for a while,” Devin Logan said the other day during a phone interview from a New York City cab. …

Outdoor Adventures: Crossing paths with those on the stage

Saturday, February 15, 2014

These are the days when moms, dads, neighbors, classmates, teachers, that guy whose name you don’t know and others look up at the big screen and say something like, “He was always talented as a young skier. You …

Outdoor Adventures: Fat tire fun on snow

Saturday, February 1, 2014

They come ready to ride the snow. Dressed from head to toe against the elements, they could initially be mistaken for cross-country skiers. But once they don their helmets and get on their rigs, there is no mistaking …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …