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Andrea Ambros, of Hartland, Vt., runs down the Brownsville Trail after her second summit of Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vt., on June 27, 2015. Several years ago when training for several long-distance trail running events, Ambros teamed up with Raina White to develop what they call the Ascutney Mountain Triple Ascent, a route that covers over 21 miles, summits the mountain three times and utilizes all trails on the mountain. (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>

Three Times Is the Charm: Run, Run, Run to the Top of Mt. Ascutney

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Not everyone would call running 21 miles up and down a mountain “fun,” “stimulating” or “really nice.” Yet that’s how the handful of people who summited Mount Ascutney three times in a row last weekend described the experience. Which is not to say it was easy, even for those accomplished athletes. “Halfway up every time I was thinking to myself, …

AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut Turning 100

Sunday, July 5, 2015

When does the ferry leave for the Lakes of the Clouds? How do they keep the Lakes of the Clouds filled? Are the Lakes of the Clouds above or below us? Those are a trio of true questions asked of Mount Washington State Park employees stationed at the summit information desk in the …

A Star-Spangled Race: Runners Kick Off the Fourth With Lebanon 10K

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lebanon — So, how was your Fourth? For some, it started and ended with a bang. A bunch of runners began the chilly morning with the Red, White & Blue 6.2, a 10-kilometer race that led them along the Northern Rail Trail and Mascoma River and left at least a few looking forward …

Prime Season for Bogging

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wet and spongy bogs are the little feeder ski hills of hiking. They’re an easy entryway into the world of trekking for young people and forgiving footpaths for those who’ve tallied a lifetime of miles. Teeming with plants …

The Worms’ Turn

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kansas fishing guide Mike Harris unhooks one of about 30 wipers he and a guest caught fishing with worms June 7.Wichita Eagle Photograph …

Volley Across the Border

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Left: With playing partner George Wachtel, of Woodstock, waiting for the return, Whitey Joslin, of Newbury, N.H., serves to their Canadian opposition during the Friendship Cup tennis matches on Saturday at the Quechee Club. The Friendship Cup, which …

Defying Death (Valley): Blistering Runs No Sweat for Pike Resident

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pike — What’s crazier than running through Death Valley during the height of summer? Doing it twice, of course, yet that’s precisely the plan for Will Laughlin. Laughlin and his friend, Seattle resident Ray Zahab, are preparing for …

Local Roundup: Central Supply Takes Soccer Opener

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Meriden — Four different players found the back of the net on Friday night as Lebanon Central Supply opened the NHSC summer season with a 5-0 blanking of Connecticut River Valley North in a Division IV matchup at the Plainfield School. Nate Gariepy opened the scoring in the …

Recreation Briefs: Lightning U13 Girls Yield Nothing, Return With a Lot

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Burlington — Apparently not content with being Nordic Cup champions once, the Lightning Soccer Club U13 Storm girls stormed to a second straight tournament title last weekend, going 4-0-1 and not allowing a goal through the tourney. LSC …

Amen Corner: Sand Trap Etiquette Shares Importance With Sand Trap Shot Technique

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bunker etiquette and bunker play are equally important. I was playing golf recently and hit a wayward shot into a greenside bunker. I arrived at my ball and couldn’t believe it. Someone had trampled down the face of …

Local Roundup: Friendship Cup Tennis Event Comes to Region

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Quechee Club and Woodstock Sports Club are hosting the Friendship Cup on Saturday and Sunday. The Event brings senior players from Canada and the U.S. together to compete in a team event, with age groups running from 45 to 80-plus. The annual event has been going on …

Mom, Son in Class On the Cross Rivendell Trail

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orford — Since it was built about a decade ago, sections of the Cross Rivendell Trail have been used as outdoor classrooms by the Rivendell Interstate School District. Home school teacher and mother Liss Gilbert went ahead and …

In Wis., Big Focus on Big Fish

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The heaviest fish in Wisconsin are lake sturgeon, with some exceeding 200 pounds. The species occupying the top trophy status is arguably the muskellunge, also designated as the state fish. But when it comes to matters of catching, of keeping, and of availability, one class of fish outdoes …