Outdoors / Recreation

‘A Different Mud Season’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants “muck it up” while going over wooden walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate various other daunting obstacles. It’s also a chance for inspiration and support. The fourth annual Mountain Mucker 2015 at Mount Sunapee, a 5-kilometer obstacle course, takes place Saturday …

No Waiting Required

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With one foot on the pedal of his bow-trolling motor, Bob Turgeon eased his boat quietly into a narrow bay of this lake recently. Viewed by any of the many Canada geese that traded back and forth over the lake, the waterway Turgeon traveled probably resembled a long finger, with its water shallow …

Recreation Briefs: Windsor Comets Heading to Ohio for AAU Nationals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Riding big games from Olivia Rockwood and Hayley Fortin along with solid team shooting from the free-throw line, the Windsor Comets U13 girls basketball team swept through five foes to win its Vermont AAU state championship on May 2-3 at Essex High School. Windsor started with a 51-21 win over the Thunder, getting 34 points from Rockwood to go …

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 …

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, …