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Outdoor Adventures

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 ledges – and not too close to … 0

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 humid promise a frustrating tag team. And the trio delivered, along with tenacious gnats that … 0

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 and Whitin Brook trails was an 8.6-mile circuit of frustration, complete with discombobulated markings, sinister … 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

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