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Sugarloaf Mountain’s summit ledges contain both distant views and an old stove.

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking the other, other, other Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf or Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf, the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford that stands tall above the stark wonder of the Nash Stream Forest and beyond. Getting to the 3,701-foot rough-and-tumble mountain takes some … 0

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 lowest at 1,967 feet. In between are Black Mountain (2,830 feet), Sugarloaf (2,609 feet), the … 0

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 … 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

Outdoor Adventures: Ponds to ponder in the snow

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Many hikers see winter as a chance to ski and snowboard. Don’t blame them. Taking on towering peaks in the heart of winter is an entirely different skill set than climbing them when it’s hot, rainy and buggy. … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Skiing it like a local

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Local knowledge is good. Pick the brain of a season pass holder on the slopes and chances are insight will be shared, at least some. Better yet, find one before you’ve even turned down the ski area access … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Loon reaches out to young riders with Burton Riglet Park

Sunday, January 13, 2013

They jump up and down grabbing the board’s nose or tail in a game called “Popcorn” while learning balance. Edging skills are applied when they apply pressure to the toe-side and their “little piggies” and then heel side … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Skiing that’s skin deep

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Skinning is a sticky subject. Often it puts skinners and ski areas in different camps. Uphillers like the exercise, convenience, challenge and chance to break in new gear on ski area trails while profit-seeking operators are concerned about … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Step outside in 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Start the new year off with a ski or hike, and then change it while getting outside. The best morning to ski is New Year’s Day, a time when the early bird gets the corduroy as revelers snore … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Focused on family at Pats Peak

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Though its slopes have been a launching point for Olympians from another era, like Holly Flanders and Pam Fletcher, the compact ski area on a shoulder of Craney Hill in Henniker is all about creating the next generation … 0

Outdoor Adventures: Uplifting experience at Bretton Woods

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Usually the hoopla is for a space age-looking, multi-passenger, high-speed detachable lift that transports skiers and snowboarders to an enchanting summit in record time. But not this time. It about a retro staple associated with skiing – the … 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