Outdoors / Recreation

Bruce Hathorn, of White River Junction, Vt., rides his fat tire bike along the icy trails off Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road in Lebanon, N.H. on Jan. 21, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to utilize trails otherwise off-limits for most cyclists …

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 results in the 50-meter dash. The organization determined the award winners by using an age-graded …

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 will be no different. The schedule will include world-competitive ice dancing duo Kim Navarro and …

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 …

Mothers’ Day Atop the Mountain: Hanover’s Blum, Buddy Climb to Honor Moms’ Cancer Battles

Monday, January 19, 2015

Anyone who’s dealt with a serious illness in the family is well aware of the importance of treatment and support. Jackson Blum and Alex Roth were willing to travel to great heights to give back. Bearing the slogan, …

Rec Briefs: Quechee Club Seeks Creative Types for Box Derby

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quechee — The Quechee Club is seeking creativity in large doses to fill the field for its 19th Cardboard Box Derby, scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Quechee Ski Area. The event is open to the public and promises a fun time for participants of all ages. The …

Rocking the Rink: Sharon Hockey Tournament Keeps It Loose

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sharon — The Sharon Hockey Tournament trophy displays a plaque listing players from last year’s winning team, Barrett’s Bruisers. The squad was named for Sharon Elementary School Principal Barrett Williams, who sponsored the team. If third-grade teacher Keenan …

Popular Norwich Trail Blocked

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Norwich — The use of a popular “unofficial” trail in Norwich has suddenly become restricted. Users of an approximately 3-mile trail connecting Beaver Meadow Road with Gile Mountain’s summit have been surprised recently to find “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs at both ends of one of the …

Whaleback Overcomes Obstacles, Set to Open

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Enfield — If a warmer-than-desired holiday period wasn’t enough to slow Whaleback’s efforts at getting its ski season going, the Enfield mountain still has a snowmaking system that isn’t state of the art. One problem at a time, please: With Mother Nature finally cooperating enough for crews to …

Seltzer Win Highlights Ford Sayre Effort at Proctor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Despite warm and rainy conditions, Brian Seltzer skied his way to a seventh-place finish overall and a win in the under-16 boys division at Sunday’s Technica Cup slalom held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. …

Lights! Camera! Racing! Colby-Sawyer Grads Chronicle Grueling Endurance Race

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Growing up in Middlebury, Vt., Michael Mooney had never heard of the Vermont 100 endurance race. Once he got there, he couldn’t get away. Fascinated after joining his good friend, Zak Wieluns, for support during Wieluns’ running of …

14-Year-Old Doesn’t Let Blindness Keep Him Out of the Hunt

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Brittany Cheng The Baltimore Sun Cody Mulligan was listening. The 14-year-old heard the crack of the gunshot firing at the closest target, seven yards away. He caught the sound of the bullet as it sliced through the air and lodged into the side of the low ridge, …

For New Year, Try Something New

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Resolutions? Forget the gym cliche and head outside for something new this year: ∎ Buy a Hike Safe Card to support New Hampshire Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. New for 2015, the voluntary card is insurance against being …