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 …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance …

Butcher Your Own Deer? He’ll Show You How

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dennis Anderson (Minneapolis) Star Tribune Kerry Swendsen is evangelistic in his message to deer hunters: You can butcher your own deer. And save money in the process. And be assured the venison you and your family eat came from the deer you shot. Swendsen, who has decades …

Early Taste of the Season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It is a tradition that is carved out before the turkey hits the table, and most skiers and riders have yet to schuss down paths of man-made mountain gold. On …

Two Chances to Run Off the Thanksgiving Calories

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runners and walkers will have two chances to burn off the calories before and after sitting down to a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner next Thursday. The Hanover Recreation Department will host its 22nd Turkey Trot 10K road race on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 6.2-mile race will meander …

Robust Ottauquechee Section Keeps Green Mountain Club Busy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wilder — With a membership base more than 300 strong, the Ottauquechee section of the Green Mountain Club is the GMC’s third-largest of 14 regional chapters. It also may be its most active. Responsible for the maintenance of …

GMA’s Gavell Races to Eight Wins at UVAC Meet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

White River Junction — Fourteen-year-old Catherine Gavell won eight events and set a pair of personal bests to highlight Green Mountain Aquatics’ performances at last weekend’s November Classic swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Normally strong …

Bradford, Vt., Names Its First Rec Director

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Numerous organizations in Bradford, Vt., have expressed a desire to implement more programs related to nature and the outdoors. The town may have found the right person to work in those activities. Bonna Wieler recently became the town’s …

On the Stick: Dartmouth Freshman Carves Niche With Lacrosse Company

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hanover — Stick-to-it-tiveness resonates as a phrase differently with Cortland Begor than it might with someone else. The combination of his love of lacrosse and his affinity for woodworking led Begor to start his own company, TimberStix Lacrosse, …

Climbing Those Favorite Peaks Over and Over Again

Sunday, November 9, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News The drab drape was quickly closing by Mount Chocorua’s rocky summit cone. The cloud and mist had its way above treeline, masking most of the landscape and cloaking the burnt …

Recreation Briefs: Dream Result for Nightmare With TVFFL Playoff Spot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Claremont — The Twin Valley Nightmare won the B Division championship of the Twin Valley Flag Football League on Sunday with a 30-14 win over the Springfield Moose at River Valley Community College. Quarterback Adam Ruggles ran for …