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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: Rides offer challenges and scenery

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cycling events, whether a charity century, hardcore race, epic mountain bike ride or fun recreational spin, offer opportunities for personal goals, exercise and camaraderie. Though many are Northern New England stalwarts, there are also some new entries on … 0

Outdoor Adventures: An unusual guy and black bears

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Hampshire isn’t the only state with black bears. During a recent visit to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., I had the chance to hear their wildlife specialist speak. He’s a character. “I don’t want to alarm you, but there … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Greylock tops the Bay State

Saturday, April 13, 2013

At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest peak in southern New England and Massachusetts. Plus, it’s also a large mountain, running more than 10 miles in length from north to south. So put it on your hiking … 0

Outdoor Adventures: A sweet spring skiing sampler

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ready to ride? Hold off on the bicycle just a little bit longer and head for the notches where hardcore snowboarders and skiers are downright giddy about the spring snow. A recent spring sampling of ski areas – … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Skiing the Jay way

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The snow kept falling on winter’s last day. Six inches of fresh powder waited for our skis to glide through as we eased into the wow in the pow gently and silently, save for our spurts of joyous … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Flying over Bartlett

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Air space over Bartlett was busy with certifiable sightings of old-school rocking horses and new-school 900s. There were also spread eagles, twisters, corks and grabs. Snowboarders and skiers, no-fear-knowing groms and grizzled dads grooving to Van Halen took … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Filling the void

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A few weeks ago, Shaun White and Kelly Clark won the Burton U.S. Open. But it wasn’t at Stratton. It was at the iconic event’s new home in Vail, Colo. So what’s going to fill the void for … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Skiers and snowshoers race to the clouds

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Olympian turned New Hampton School teacher Justin Freeman skis to victory for the fifth time in the Ski to the Clouds presented by Maxiglide up Mount Washington. While Justin Freeman crossed the finish line as the first skier … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Marching ahead with serious strides

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March is the noted month for wacky flings of spring. Though that’s certainly coming, New Hampshire and Vermont are loaded with lots of challenging events drawing skiers and riders to the slopes and trails. Not a race, the … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Ski areas on solid ground

Sunday, February 24, 2013

With March on the horizon, ski areas across the state are betting on a solid home stretch to put last year’s dismal season behind them. More natural snow and better snowmaking technology are what’s driving a winter that’s … 0

Outdoor Adventures: The Big K is the way

Sunday, February 17, 2013

As a young skier raised in the flatlands east of the Big Apple, I often heard tales of a ski area far, far away with massive peaks, never-ending trails and an aprés ski scene that didn’t quit. It … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Pico’s a pleasing pick

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pico Mountain in Killington, Vt., began operating on Thanksgiving day in 1937. Marty Basch photo. Count Patty and Murray McGrath among the Pico faithful. Owners of the Inn at Long Trail and McGrath’s Irish Pub near the Killington, … 0