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Outdoor Adventures

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 ledges – and not too close to … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Mount Shaw trumps hazy, hot and humid

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The haze hid much of the landscape. But that’s what happens when you decide to shun air conditioning and creature comforts like a couch with a clicker for an early-morning hike on a day when hazy, hot and humid promise a frustrating tag team. And the trio delivered, along with tenacious gnats that … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Best to pause on Mount Paugus … or else

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Every so often a hike comes along and schools you with a swift butt kick to leave you bloodied, muddied, ragged and worn. Hiking rough and tough low-lying, 3,198-foot Mount Paugus using the Bolles, Old Paugus, Lawrence, Cabin and Whitin Brook trails was an 8.6-mile circuit of frustration, complete with discombobulated markings, sinister … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Memorable highs in mountain huts

Saturday, July 27, 2013

They are mountain way stations in some of New Hampshire’s most dramatic lands. They contain much-appreciated sustenance, insightful information often presented with a playful twist, barebones bunking and embracing camaraderie with like-minded souls. What started 125 years ago … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Waterfall spells relief

Sunday, July 21, 2013

On a sweltering tropical day, the towering falls spelled a bit of relief from the heat and humidity of southern Vermont. Though a rainy summer dampens many planned outdoor adventures, the forecasted isolated showers never found us. But … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Pack it up

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Whether cycling or hiking, you’ve got to carry your stuff. With all those straps, zippers and compartments, there can be some dizzying pack choices. But sometimes there are packs that just ease everything in. Here are a few … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Spanning the neighborhood for outdoor athletic drama

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sometimes the thrill of victory and agony of defeat can be found fairly close to your backyard. What with the dismantling of the beloved Celtics and of course the Aaron Hernandez circus, it’s a bit tough to get … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Burst out with the Bubbles

Saturday, June 29, 2013

You know the hike’s popular when there is a tour bus at the trailhead. Still, while that may deter many an outdoor lover from making the trek, there are also reasons why some hikes draw those of all … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Making first strides in trail running

Sunday, June 23, 2013

They adeptly thread their way along roots and rocks. The uneven terrain is a challenge, often filled with brook and stream crossings, log bridges and even stone steps. Moving swiftly, they venture into mountainous areas usually the domain … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Where the mountains meet the sea

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cadillac Mountain isn’t the highest mountain in Maine, but it has to be the most visited. Standing at a mere 1,532 feet, Cadillac is located in a most stunning piece of the Pine Tree State – Acadia National … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Biking for the planet

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Philip Keyes has some basic advice for all trail users, not just the mountain bikers he represents, but everyone who uses the woods. It is this: Play nice with others. “Conflict is based on relationships and all trail … 0

Outdoor Adventures: C’est bon for Mount Crawford

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The word of the day was bienvenue. My hiking honey, Jan, and I weren’t the only Americans on the trail during the recent long Victoria Day weekend when intrepid Canadians dip down south of the friendly border to … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Paying to play in the outdoors

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Leave it to a mostly flat paved path through a well-manicured canyon in the rolling Ozarks leading from Missouri to Arkansas to remind my why people pay to play in the outdoors. From the seat of a one-speed … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Wandering by the Wolf Den

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The rock formations are outstanding. Sit in the stillness of the woods on a stone throne called Indian Chair. Stop for a rest and nosh on a huge slab named Table Rock. And wonder at the torch-carrying, musket-shooting … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Lots happening by Mount Hayes

Sunday, May 5, 2013

We returned to the woods with pep in our steps and were rewarded with the rush of chilled spring run-off cascading down the mountain, the distant drumming of ruffed grouse and a stellar horizon dominated by the northern … 0