Outdoors / Recreation

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 …

Former Game Warden: Lessons For Less Painful Launching

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Through trial and error as kids or adults, many of us learn skills that stick with us the rest of our lives. One of those skills that is quite useful this time of year and into the summer is backing a boat trailer down a ramp. While I …

Conn. River Celebration Scheduled for June 20

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Windsor — The Connecticut River Watershed Council will hold its annual River Celebration on June 20 at the Path of Life Garden along the Connecticut River from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The day will include a variety of river-themed activities. The celebration kicks off with a summer solstice paddle; …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Higgins Wins Pan Am Olympic Lifting Title

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Savannah, Ga. — Lebanon’s Jane Higgins took a trip to Georgia last Thursday and came home a regional champion, winning her age-group weight class at the Pan American Masters Olympic Lifting meet. Higgins, who competed at 114 pounds …

Amen Corner: Find the Right Ball Without Spinning Out of Control

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What golf ball should I be playing? This question is like when you’re staring at a menu and asking yourself, “Should I order a filet mignon or a flank steak?” You know you want the premium cut, but …

Naturally Curious: Plight of the Bumblebee, Endangered Pollinators Are as Essential as Honeybees

Monday, June 8, 2015

The honeybee’s plight gets a great deal of attention, as well it should; it plays a big part in the United States economy and food consumption, and its population is declining. However, the honeybee is not the only …

Elite Feet Fleet: Enfielders 1-2 at Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quechee — It was 39 degrees out when Rich Smith woke up on Sunday. So he put on his hat and gloves and took his place at the crowded starting line of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, at …

A Stairway to Stinson

Sunday, June 7, 2015

They looked like steps to nowhere. But that wasn’t right at all. At the least the steps were a stage to view the far-reaching hills, mountains and waterways. And perhaps with a stretch, they were a step back …

Pheasants In a Pinch

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Minnesota pheasants are in a hole. In 2013, only 62,000 ringneck hunters went afield, bagging only 169,000 roosters , the lowest numbers in both hunters and harvest in 27 years. Last year wasn’t much better. Yet pheasants can …

Outdoor Notes: UVTA Gives Site a Smart Makeover

Friday, June 5, 2015

Using the Upper Valley Trails Association’s Trail Finder website to plan hikes just got much easier. In partnership with Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the new trailfinder.info contains more improved features, content and functionality than the …

Recreation Briefs: Newport GC to Host Speed Golf

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Newport — Forget the golf spikes: Newport Golf Club will be in the market for folks with running shoes when it hosts a series of speed golf tournaments during the summer months. The competitions will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August, …