Outdoors / Recreation

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin personnel build a bridge as part of a new multi-use trail on Mount Ascutney last summer. The organization has put in about 700 volunteer hours per year designing, building and maintaining trails since 2006, according to co-founder Jim Lyall. (courtesy photograph)

Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin Now Has Miles of Trails

Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Windsor — The closing of Mount Ascutney Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the town of West Windsor, the area has once again become a destination. The western base of Ascutney now features approximately 34 miles …

Recreation Briefs: Lady Mountaineers Undefeated in AAU Tournament

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Lady Mountaineers, a U13 girls AAU basketball squad consisting of sixth- and seventh-grade players from Newport, Sunapee and Claremont, ran the table with four victories in as many games to win its division of the Vipers Spring Breakout Tournament last weekend. Coached by Greg Pickering, the Lady Mountaineers opened …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game of floor hockey. More and more people trickled in, until almost 20 fencers were ramming …

Wait! You Forgot Your Phone!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush Resort and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard …

In S.D., a Need to Curtail Geese

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yankton, s.d. — Our group of 10 Wisconsinites took a break, stretching legs and talking amid a mosaic of South Dakota corn. The late March day had warmed to 50 degrees and signs were all around that winter was rapidly changing to spring. Green sprigs of grass pushed …

Swimming to Save Victim of Water Crisis in Calif.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concluding that the situation had become more dire, the Interior Department declared the smelt endangered, meaning it faced extinction, in an order that took effect five years ago last Tuesday: April 7, 2010. The Endangered Species Act signed …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …

Trio of Martial Artists Earns Black Belts in Newport

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newport — Three area youths earned black belt rankings upon completion of an examination of their knowledge of karate during a Rising Sun Martial Arts test on Saturday. Tim Cunningham, 16, of New London, advanced from fourth-degree junior black belt to the rank of third-degree adult black belt …

Hanover Grads Take On 4,000-Footers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For part of a Middlebury College course called “Writing the Journey,” Christian Johansen is exploring the link between the rush of extreme sports participation and the heightened awareness of the athletes. As part of that research, he rushed …

Fore Thought

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Michael Follensbee, of Hartland, hits golf balls with his high school friend, Zach Temple, at Temple’s home in North Hartland last Tuesday. The former Hartford High golf teammates — Follensbee is a Cornell freshman, Temple a Castleton State …

Why Did the Ducks Cross the Road?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ted Austin was walking toward the Lebanon green on a work errand Tuesday afternoon when he spotted a duck trying to cross the road. “I felt like the policeman at the Boston Commons ushering one across so it …

In Wash., Babies Got Boots

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tacoma, Wash. — The leaders are distracted less than half a mile into a morning hike at Point Defiance. Again. First it was a puddle, next it was an interesting rock, then a pile of damp sand. Now, …

Let’s Go (Paddle) Fishing

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Even though Andy Belobraydic III had never been paddlefish snagging before, he knew monsters lurked below the murky surface of Missouri reservoirs. “I had seen pictures and had watched videos of some of the huge paddlefish people catch,” …