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A couple of unidentified bicyclists ride by the covered wooden footbridge in West Danville, Vt. along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. (MARTY BASCH photo)

Outdoor Adventures: Country comfort found on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Monday, September 28, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep, dark, ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon with rippling hills. See the swampy side of a popular kidney-shaped pond loaded with camps and cottages – not far from a …

Outdoor Adventures: No rush on Shelburne Moriah

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If there is a mountain top that exudes lingering, it is Shelburne Moriah on the edge of the Wild River Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. East of Gorham near the border between New Hampshire and Maine, the 3,735-foot peak in the glory of the Carter-Moriah Range offers outstanding views of both …

Outdoor Adventures: Sampling slices of Pondicherry pie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges, they didn’t move as the pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But there must …

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, …

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 …