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Rock Climbing: College Rock, Hopkinton, MA

I got an irresistible invitation from a friend this month. My friend Tina called and asked if I wanted to go outdoor rock climbing with some of her climbing friends. She said they had an extra harness and all the gear I

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World Cup Biathlon 2004: Fort Kent, Maine

Combining cross-country race skiing and rifle marksmanship, Biathlon originated in Scandinavia where primitive hunters traveled on skis to pursue game in the winter months. In the late 1700s, Swedish and Norwegian border patrol ski troops held the first Biathlon competition. It became an Olympic sport in 1960 in Squaw Valley and has grown into the most popular winter sport in Europe.

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First Tracks

Skiing never made much sense to me. Every winter growing up in Milwaukee, a healthy chunk of classmates would be bussed up to a ski resort called Sunburst, leaving a few dozen of us pasty, fragile children behind. Not that I minded much; to me, a skier was placed in the same category as someone who would drive a car without a seatbelt on. A lunatic. I grew up in a conservative Jewish household-not conservative in the religious sense; we enjoyed a nice piece of shellfish every now and again. I mean conservative in the neurotic, overly cautious sense. I might not have been allowed to experience football, skiing, snowboarding, wrestling, hockey, or lacrosse. But I did turn out to be quite a fine yahtzee player.

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Summer Ends on The Saco

To bookend the summer, we usually take two camping trips, one around Memorial Day for a weekend on Cape Cod, the other near Labor Day where we canoe down the Saco River up in Maine. This year, due to everyone

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Glide Goes Gliding

Our flight began as we were towed up to about 2,500 feet before being detached. The pilot asked me to pull the red knob to my left towards me, slowly and all the way

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Freefall At 11,000 Feet

There are all sorts of ways to get the adrenaline pumping – rafting, climbing, downhill single track, but there

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Cooking in the Woods

Over the course of my Boy Scout experiences and subsequent wilderness trips, I have found that campfire cooking can really be quite exceptional. Following are a few great ideas, and some tips for cooking on a camping trip that are simple and very satisfying.

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Mount Monadnock

Mount Monadnock is the most frequently climbed mountain in the world. That distinction previously belonged to mount Fuji in Japan, but since Mt. Fuji built an auto road it’s no longer able to claim most frequently climbed.

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