Outdoors / Recreation

With his muzzle loader in hand and snowshoes on his boots, Stan Spencer practices in an open field at his home in Weathersfield, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged in locales throughout the Northeast — there aren’t any in the Upper Valley yet — primitive biathlons attract 19th-century period enthusiasts and …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

Strong on the Mountain

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At first there were only two races, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine and central Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort. As time marched on and skiers began sharing the slopes with snowboarders, more ski …

The Urban Wild

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Madison, Wis. — There’s no shortage of foot traffic on the University of Wisconsin campus. Just after sunrise on a midwinter Saturday, though, most students and other area residents are ensconced indoors. No matter — the snowy landscape tells the story. A path along University Bay Drive is …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Pelletier Climbs to Hoop Shoot Summit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — Forget out the third time being the charm. Lebanon’s Kyle Pelletier made his second chance count, winning his age-group title at the New Hampshire Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on Feb. 1. Pelletier, 13, reached the …

The Wax Factor: Ex-U.S. Tech Helps Skiers to Glide

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lebanon — To help get the most from the base of their cross country skis, users from the Upper Valley sought advice from someone with a deep base of knowledge. Drew Gelinas, the director of sports at Stowe, …

Buffalo Hunt Gives Idaho Man Glimpse of History

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like many hunters, Rick Irvin of Eagle, Idaho had a dream hunt, but unlike many others, he got to fulfill his earlier this month. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to shoot a wild buffalo …

One Cool Feeling

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ice fishing is most comfortably undertaken by people who are prepared to meet their maker at a moment’s notice. However unlikely, the possibility of entombing oneself beneath lake or river ice always exists, and is a disquieting footnote …

Preserving Florida’s Rivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The five-foot alligator posed agreeably as tourists shot photos of it lounging in the canal that runs parallel to Turner River Road, north of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gator’s hangout that Friday afternoon may have been no accident: It was floating at the …

They’re California Dreamin’: White River Residents Head West for National Tennis Tourney

Thursday, February 5, 2015

White River Junction — Kathy Schellong and Laurie Selby have a trip to California planned for next month. And when they get there, they’re intent on making a racket. Longtime doubles tennis partners, Schellong and Selby are part …

A Lift From Lifting

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Lebanon Elks Club’s Tom Toner, left, presents a check to Jill Veehy, executive director of the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon, from funds generated by a weightlifting and throwing competition staged at the club last summer. …

Canaan Group Hosting Winter Golf

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Canaan — As if to provide proof that it’s always golf season somewhere, the Friends of Canaan Village are all set to host their annual David O. Cushman Memorial winter golf tournament on Sunday. The tournament is open to everyone and will begin at noon on Williams Field, …