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Outdoor Adventures
Fog and cloud envelop Mount Chocorua.

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 that it, too, will pass – sooner …

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 column on hold

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Because of space limitations, Marty Basch’s “Outdoor Adventures” column, which usually runs on Sundays, will appear in tomorrow’s Monitor this week. …

Outdoor Adventures: A sweet spring skiing sampler

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ready to ride? Hold off on the bicycle just a little bit longer and head for the notches where hardcore snowboarders and skiers are downright giddy about the spring snow. A recent spring sampling of ski areas – …

Outdoor Adventures: Skiing the Jay way

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The snow kept falling on winter’s last day. Six inches of fresh powder waited for our skis to glide through as we eased into the wow in the pow gently and silently, save for our spurts of joyous …

Outdoor Adventures: Flying over Bartlett

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Air space over Bartlett was busy with certifiable sightings of old-school rocking horses and new-school 900s. There were also spread eagles, twisters, corks and grabs. Snowboarders and skiers, no-fear-knowing groms and grizzled dads grooving to Van Halen took …

Outdoor Adventures: Filling the void

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A few weeks ago, Shaun White and Kelly Clark won the Burton U.S. Open. But it wasn’t at Stratton. It was at the iconic event’s new home in Vail, Colo. So what’s going to fill the void for …

Outdoor Adventures: Skiers and snowshoers race to the clouds

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Olympian turned New Hampton School teacher Justin Freeman skis to victory for the fifth time in the Ski to the Clouds presented by Maxiglide up Mount Washington. While Justin Freeman crossed the finish line as the first skier …

Outdoor Adventures: Marching ahead with serious strides

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March is the noted month for wacky flings of spring. Though that’s certainly coming, New Hampshire and Vermont are loaded with lots of challenging events drawing skiers and riders to the slopes and trails. Not a race, the …

Outdoor Adventures: Ski areas on solid ground

Sunday, February 24, 2013

With March on the horizon, ski areas across the state are betting on a solid home stretch to put last year’s dismal season behind them. More natural snow and better snowmaking technology are what’s driving a winter that’s …

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 …

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, …

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. …

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 …

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 …