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The ledges of Mount Pemigewasset showcase the glory of autumn. (MARTY BASCH)

Outdoor Adventures: Think small in the fall

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs on Mount Willard, and Pinkham Notch the flats of Square Ledge, Franconia Notch has Mount Pemigewasset. Busting out of the trees and …

Outdoor Adventures: A journey curtained by fog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

They are craggy backwoods cliffs of granite towering hundreds of feet above the pine-needled grounds. To reach them, we scrambled steeply through a hodgepodge of crumbled boulders and trees swept down by the wind. The wild country was magnificent, as if the gods just swept fingers through the forest, letting all in the …

Outdoor Adventures: Traipsing impishly along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter is a cliff from where the northern Presidential Range stands in its glory. Called the Imp Profile, the ledgy viewpoint at around 3,165 feet is a supreme vantage point to take …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …