Category: On The Trails & Summits

Mowglis and Oregon Mountains Cardigan Mountain Area

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Not far from the north shore of Newfound Lake is Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, a glorious geological site carved out of rock by the Cockermouth River. This area has been a favorite place to sightsee and swim for generations. Nearby are hiking trails that were established and once maintained by

A Good Day Bushwhacking

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer There are a lot of mountains in New Hampshire. Mount Washington’s summit is 6,289 feet above sea level. There are hundreds more that are at least 2000 feet high. Well, actually there are as many as 471 peaks that are 2000 feet or higher in New Hampshire (and meet the

Double the Fun -Skiing & Hiking

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The breezeway is full of gear–skis, bicycles, hiking shoes, boots and winter clothing are sharing the same space. My golf clubs are still in the attic but not for long. I drove past Angus Lea and Crotched Mountain yesterday and saw people on the fairways and the pins in the

Snow & Mud

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We have been enjoying a mix of beautiful spring and wild winter weather this March. Sap buckets are hanging on the Maple trees. Bicycles have come out of storage. Skiers and snowboarders are still having fun at the ski areas. I used my snowshoes last weekend again—just north of Errol.

Not Spring Yet And Leap Day Hike

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Still pining for snow. Skiers to snowmobilers and snowshoers to snowman builders—our hearts ache for snow and cold temperatures like Mother Nature gave us last winter. We want it easy. We want our backyard full of snow so we can stomp a snowshoe track between our own trees, ride on

Night Skiing At Gunstock

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Too cold, too windy, too wet, too warm and wondering where’s the snow are some of the bad thoughts many skiers and snowboarders have had this winter. BUT don’t let Mother Nature fool you into not getting out to play on the snow! Snow makers have made tons of snow

Austria – Cross Country Skiing In The Seefeld Olympic Region

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The direct flight to Munich takes just under 7 hours and Germany is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time. I knew I must sleep or I would suffer head-hurting jet lag when we landed. Charlie and I donned the eye masks, pushed in earplugs and cuddled our neck with the

Ski and Ride with Friends At Crotched Mountain

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The cold and snowy weather didn’t keep us from getting together last week to ski and snowboard. In fact it made us want to hit the slopes even more knowing that super snow conditions would be there waiting for us. The cold weather has been perfect for making snow and

Whoohooo January!

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer New Year’s Eve is a distant memory and here we are already in the middle of January—time flies when you’re having fun. With some help from Mother Nature and great thanks to man-made snow, most of the trails are now covered knee deep with snow! The resorts are open, including

Snow Is (Finally) Here – Make It A Fun Year

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer As another year nears its end I am gearing up to wish all my friends Happy New Year! In just a few more days I will be struggling to remember that it is now 2016. But I will easily remember my annual New Year’s resolution. I make the same one

Good Times Skiing Waterville Valley’s High Country

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Last Friday morning I jumped in the car at 8am and drove straight to Waterville Valley to meet a friend for just a couple of hours of skiing. I was clicking my ski boots into my bindings at 9:15.  Waterville Valley Resort is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest

Hit the Slopes! New Hampshire Ski Areas Open for the Season

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Many of the New Hampshire ski areas have opened or are opening very soon. Thanks to super snow making systems Bretton Woods, Loon and Wildcat were able to open before Thanksgiving Day and the day after the holiday a few more dropped their ropes and opened their slopes for the

Maine Man Hikes Appalachian Trail For Second Time – 38 Years Later

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Hooray for Beerman! Hooray for Carey Kish! My friend Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island, Maine followed the Appalachian Trail’s white blazes from Springer Mountain, Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a great accomplishment. This finish was indeed a

Nash Stream State Forest – Sugarloaf and South Percy

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Nash Stream State Forest became into existence in 1998 when the State of New Hampshire purchased 46,679 acres for $12.75 million. This deal was made possible by loans from conservation groups and the sale of a conservation easement to the United States government (White Mountain National Forest). The Nash Stream

Northern New Hampshire Hiking

The trailhead parking areas in far Northern New Hampshire, even on this busy holiday weekend, only had a car or two. The roads were empty and the leaves were more bright and colorful than they were a few hours south back home. Bryan and I met in the Gorham Wal-Mart parking lot and I drove