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Many ski areas, like Bretton Woods which was the first New Hampshire ski area to open for the season on Nov. 18, have enhanced snowmaking for the upcoming season. (Photo courtesy of DAN HOUDE / Wiseguy Creative Photography)

Outdoor Adventures: Playing the waiting game

Sunday, November 22, 2015

As skiers and riders prepare to hit the slopes, know there are plenty of worthwhile upgrades and additions out there. Along the I-93 corridor, Waterville Valley thinned the Sugar Shack glades and will feature a natural terrain park. Look for the Fun Run, a series of man-made and natural obstacles, by Valley Run. Plans call for a new banked slalom …

Outdoor Adventures: Season abounds for jibbers and joggers

Monday, November 9, 2015

Twig season means one last hurrah for many cyclists, hikers and paddlers before hanging up those pursuits to start skiing and snowboarding. As resorts bust out the guns and hoses in advance of the month-long opening day rollouts, there is also plenty of opportunity to get psyched for the season. Jibbers and joggers …

Outdoor Adventures: Stay resolute on Mount Resolution

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nathaniel T.P. Davis must have been as hardened as the granite surrounding him. The son-in-law of Abel and Hannah Crawford, members of the pioneering family that brought trails, hotels and visitors to the rugged northern New Hampshire notch that bears their name, had an itch to construct a bridle path in the 1800s …

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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Traipsing impishly along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter is a cliff from where the northern Presidential Range stands in its glory. Called the Imp …

Outdoor Adventures: Lots of buzz by Unknown Pond

Sunday, August 31, 2014

They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing, complete with smart-looking vest, than hiking, they …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Much is found at Lost Pond

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Save for the dabbling blue-winged teal leaving a small wake behind it, I had the small pond with mighty views to myself. It was early on a recent Sunday and from the well-used trailhead at the Appalachian Mountain …