Outdoors / Recreation

A muture bald eagle cruises the skies Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Minnesota’s bald eagles head south for the winter, they don’t go far. Like the hardy Northerners they are, they’re content to bask in the less-than-balmy breezes along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, which on the day these photos were taken had cooled the air, already struggling to reach zero degrees, to a 20-below windchill. Birds don’t migrate for warmth but for food, said Scott Mehus, education director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. And eagles from northern Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin and even Canada, head toward stretches of open water on the river to enjoy what Mehus calls a “floating …

TV Host Explores Watersports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She’s an IBM engineer on weekdays, a champion free-dive spearfisher on weekends and, for six years, the host of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Now she’s developing her Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo into a major consumer watersports show, expected to attract 5,000 people in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. …

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 …

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 …

Maine Voters Dealing With Bear Issues

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Nov. 4, the residents of Maine will vote on whether to outlaw two controversial bear hunting techniques that are legal in New Hampshire — baiting and hounding. Baiting is exactly what the name implies — hunters use food like jelly doughnuts, granola bars or lobster bodies to …

Hall, Novello Lead Big Field at CHaD Half Marathon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hanover — Upper Valley runners led their respective genders across the finish line for victories in Sunday’s CHaD Hero Half Marathon through Hanover and Norwich. Hanover’s Alex Hall represented the Upper Valley Running Club in taking the overall …

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wetlands are crucial — roughly 85 percent of all native North American wildlife relies on them — and throughout most of North America wetlands are highly correlated with beavers. Before the European settlement of North America, beavers numbered …

Heroes, Just for One Day: Claremont Family Gets in Step for Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hanover — It was a time for heroes, super heroes and football heroes. Heroes of all genders, shapes and sizes. But one hero stood out above the rest at Sunday’s ninth CHaD Hero Half Marathon. One hero, wheeled …

Fall Delights on a Mountain Bike

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It was an odd sight to behold on a North Country bridge. On the sturdy span by the mighty Androscoggin River in the gritty town of Gorham, N.H., a Skittles-colored line of mountain bikers rode slowly and single file while …

Vermont Hoop Referee Certification Classes Offered

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — The Vermont IAABO Board 105 will be running its high school basketball referee certification classes in the Upper Valley area, starting on Oct. 27. Classes will run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. Classes will run through Nov. …

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a …