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Outdoor Adventures
Jen Mihal gets ready for fly fishing.

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 had taught me earlier in the day as my rod squirreled furiously from the hit at the end of the line. “Let … 0

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 Jackson Ski Touring Foundation after it officially closes March 30. Executive Director Thom Perkins says … 0

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 because that’s where he’d be all day, riding that lift maybe 50 times and taking … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Finding those bargain lift tickets

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Every year I’m cornered in a ski lodge or two by curious minds itching to know where to unearth the ultimate lift ticket deal. So here are some. There are more out there. Scour the web to find … 0

OutdoorAdventures: Ski clubs help making skiing affordable, more fun

Sunday, December 2, 2012

They’re hidden around the Mount Washington Valley in plain sight. Pass through the doors and enter a world of ski culture, fueled by skiers and snowboarders passionate about their sports. Ski clubs are social spots, providing sleeping quarters, … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Gift ideas for the outdoor minded

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The gift-giving season is under way. From the slopes to the trails, there are a lot of choices for the outdoor-loving enthusiast. Here are some goodies that may be of interest. Some are local. Other’s aren’t. Reading a … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Optimism fuels the ski season

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Squirrels gathering an inordinate number of acorns. Spiders spinning larger webs. The early departure of geese and ducks overhead migrating south. They may or may not be harbingers of a snowy season to please skiers and snowboarders. Ski … 0

Outdoor Adventures: In the mood to bounce around a bit? Try slacklining

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The first look most of America got was when a wild-haired Andy Lewis wore a toga and bounced on a slackline while Madonna sang and danced. Though most watchers of February’s Super Bowl halftime show may have been … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Straddling the precarious line between hikers and hunters

Sunday, November 4, 2012

They are two traditions as passionate as the Hatfields and McCoys, Democrats and Republicans, Red Sox and Yankees. There is suspicion and a degree of cluelessness about each other. They literally share common ground, particularly this time of … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Gilford ski jumps hoping to get a facelift

Sunday, October 28, 2012

About 10 years before she won two Olympic silver medals for the women’s downhill and giant slalom in 1960, a young teenage Penny Pitou practiced ski jumping at Gunstock on dark, cold nights. Turning the lights on meant … 1

Standing above it all

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wachusett is a mountain for everyone. A popular central-Massachusetts landmark fairly close to the New Hampshire border, the 2,006-foot mountain in Princeton is the highest Bay State peak east of the Berkshires. Located in the 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, the summit yields outstanding views on those clear … 0