Outdoors / Recreation

 Breanne Torrey, of Jackson, N.H., cross country skies at Jackson Cross Country earlier this winter. Torrey, 32, is executive director of the non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.?Bill Lee photo

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as a ranger and firefighter — and a bachelor of science degree in national parks, outdoor recreation and tourism management from the University …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. Not only does winter camping defy the norm, this event — the 18th annual Quesnell …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as the bow of his boat crushed a path through a half-inch of ice that coated …

Outdoor Ice Kings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Left: The House captain Mike Pepe, center, curls away from a Barrett’s Bruisers skater during action on Sunday at the Sharon Outdoor Hockey Tournament in Sharon. The House took the title with a 7-4 win over the Bruisers. …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Taylor Races to Skinner Cup Victory

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Ski Council skiers set the stage for their upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state qualifiers by skiing to fop finishes on Sunday at the Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom at Mount Sunapee. …

White River Access May Increase in Royalton, Bethel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Residents of Royalton and Bethel might soon have better public access to the White River and one of its tributaries. Both towns are working with the nonprofit White River Partnership to convert properties along the White River and …

Snowbound Solitude

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bennett Freidberg, of Canaan, left, takes advantage of untouched powder and falling snow to ski under the chair lift at the Whaleback Ski Area in Enfield on Tuesday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Minnesota’s bald eagles head south for the winter, they don’t go far. Like the hardy Northerners they are, they’re content to bask in the less-than-balmy breezes along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, which on the day …

TV Host Explores Watersports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She’s an IBM engineer on weekdays, a champion free-dive spearfisher on weekends and, for six years, the host of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Now she’s developing her Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry …

Thompson, Felix Top Seniors

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hanover — Organizers of the Granite State Senior Games took time during the Dartmouth Relays at Leverone Field House on Jan. 11 to honor two Upper Valley athletes for excellence in track and field. The GSSG presented awards to Lebanon’s Valerie Thompson and Grantham’s Paul Felix for their …

Recreation Briefs: SCaD’s Skating Spectacular to Be CHaD Fundraiser

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hanover — The Skating Club at Dartmouth will host its annual Skating Spectacular on Feb. 1 at Thompson Arena, using the program as a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth as well. The show traditionally welcomes prominent athletes from beyond the Upper Valley, and this year’s program …

AMC Proposes Shutting Down Cardigan Trail

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cardigan Mountain’s trail network could soon be left with a gap. Due to extensive erosion and drainage issues, the Appalachian Mountain Club has proposed closing the 0.4-mile Hurricane Gap Trail in Orange and replacing it with a shorter …