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Outdoor Adventures
Skiers take to the course during the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s White Mountain Classic 30K on Jan. 23. (Photo by Marty Basch)

Outdoor Adventures: Peeling away the layers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Before stepping into the set tracks, Andrew Norkin figured he logged about six kilometers this season. Yet he was in the starting line last Saturday (Jan. 23) for the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s White Mountain Classic 30K, about to cross-country ski five times that distance in a few hours. Why? Like any good parent, he drove his 16-year-old daughter Irina, …

Outdoor Adventures: Making the best of it

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Across ski country it’s beginning to look – and feel – a lot like winter. Snowmaking is still king while Mother Nature’s in a giving mood of late dropping snow across the region. That lets trail counts increase and allows a handful of ski areas to open or re-open. Like Mad River Glen …

Outdoor Adventures: Meet winter full on in 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Looking to recharge your body and mind this new year? Head outside this winter. Try something new. Rise out of your comfort zone. Do the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. Sure, there are lots of recreational skier series, but the family-friendly Challenge (skiverticalchallenge.com) is more than a ski race. It’s about relationships and youthful …

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 …

Outdoor Adventures: ‘Honey, I don’t do goat paths’

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Travel not only nurtures the soul, but it also gives you altered and often appreciative perspectives on the routine of home. The basics as simple as language, food, driving, hygiene, greetings, purchasing and more no longer are ordinary. …

Outdoor Adventures: Pedal for a cause

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The reasons people ride a bicycle are as numerous as the shades of color on cycling jerseys. Physical health, competition, sanity, lifestyle, politics, camaraderie and, of course, a cause – giving back and making a difference. All of …

Outdoor Adventures: What’s on that mountain?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mountaintops are special places. Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins and more attract visitors to New England’s lofty peaks. Summits are spectacular no matter the season. Depending on the weather, they can be as moody as a teenager or as …

Outdoor Adventures: Rookies take to the river in the Rockies

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The sage stood still as the cry echoed by the bend in the Provo River. “Fish on,” I screamed. Ken and Jen Mihal swiftly sprung into action as I quickly forgot nearly everything the husband and wife guides …

Outdoor Adventures: Spring skiing signals season’s swan song

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Loving the snow? Then enjoy true spring skiing with a few added twists as skiers and snowboarders should be able to ride chairlifts through much of April, and likely longer. Or, take to the woods. Like skiing at …

Outdoor Adventures: Grueling challenge, great cause

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe 15 runs into his ski day, Mark Holmes was riding the lift dressed in about seven layers of clothing making him more prepared for subzero chills than the temps flirting with 20. He had to stay warm …

Outdoor Adventures: Silver keeps Logan smiling

Sunday, March 2, 2014

She’s probably still smiling. “There is just this smile across my face and I don’t think it’s going away for a while,” Devin Logan said the other day during a phone interview from a New York City cab. …