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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures: Competitors find fun, camaraderie and challenges in the mud

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants muck it up while going over wood walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate other daunting obstacles. But, it’s also a chance for inspiration and support. The fourth annual Mountain Mucker 2015 at Mount Sunapee, a 5-kilometer obstacle course, takes place Saturday …

Outdoor Adventures: Winter’s grip is never far away on Washington

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Looking up, the snow lingers on its high reaches. But eventually the snow melts and succumbs to spring’s moods – bubbly babbling, ghoulish, gurgling and ominous oozing. The snow is a draw on Mount Washington, always. Omnipresent in winter, it becomes a curiosity in July or August when stumbled upon sometimes near giant, …

Outdoor Adventures: Odds and ends over the frost heaves

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New Hampshire State Parks. There are new lean-to’s and tent platforms at Mollidgewock, Milan Hill and …

Outdoor adventures: Moultonborough’s Red Hill a place of landmarks and vistas

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The land was filled with autumn’s fading color. Shimmering blues came courtesy of lakes like Squam and Winnipesaukee. The steady conifers held their green well while denuded birches stood white, tall and perhaps even a bit menacing announcing …

Outdoor Adventures: New trail network opens along popular Kanc

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The meandering Kancamagus Highway is a wiggling slice of outdoor heaven with its myriad hiking trails, campgrounds, vistas and even a surprise like a high school ski jump. But now there’s a new network of multi-use trails on …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking in the steps of skiing history

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The North Country morning symphony featuring a section of buzzing chainsaws and a collection of punctuating shotgun blasts resonated through the hardwoods as we walked up the hill in the steps of skiing history. The footing was anything …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking Mount Cube an impressive experience

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mount Cube is a captivating and commanding mountain. The Orford peak’s gray, pink and white quartzite summit stones provide outstanding platforms for some of the finest views to the two states of the Upper Valley. Thought it stands …

Outdoor Adventures: A successful northern N.H. hike

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The grizzled Appalachian Trail hiker with a big fat letter “I” on his baseball cap stood on the glorious broad open North Country summit and said, “I smell laundry.” Fair enough. We, deodorant-scented day hikers, smelled thru-hiker. Odors …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking a 4Ker known for winter

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We traipsed across the beastly mountain, darting through the glades, up the wide slopes and out across its vast expanses with extensive views of central Vermont. We weren’t on skis or snowboards, but poles were in hand as …

Outdoor Adventures: Finding a rhythm for the hills

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The hills are alive with grimaces. A climb can be looming and glooming, a big landmark of intimidation for cyclists. But there are ways to prepare. Welcome them. “I know this is going to sound like a hippie, …

Outdoor Adventures: Baxter’s glorious side shows

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The pond is a crown jewel in the far reaches of Maine’s Baxter State Park. Not only do hikers venture to its pristine shores under towering 5,268-foot Mount Katahdin and South Turner Mountain, but so do moose. Earlier …

Outdoor Adventures: Eastman Mountain serves up sweet surprise

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mountaintops are the goals of hikers. Oft-visited, they are, oddly, places hikers don’t stay for long as the true aim is to return home safely. With an eye to the sky, the time and life’s daily duties, trampers …

Outdoor Adventures: Establish base camp at Moose Brook State Park

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jigs, reels, or maybe it was hornpipes, wafted from a fiddle played in the next site. Across the large field dotted with tents, children ran around the large apple tree because it’s summer and they can. Northern mountains …

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 …

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 …