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Outdoor Adventures
Heading south to Boston for the ski show before motoring north to the slopes is a tradition followed by many regional skiers and riders. (MARK BUTTERFIELD / Bretton Woods)

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 disciples of snow congregate inside the Seaport World Trade Center for the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, scoring discounts to last 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 stood still by a trail marking on the smooth rock, weathering this windswept pattern, hoping …

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, while on the other side were pokey mostly-headlights-on Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle enthusiasts with some drivers …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …