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  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Skiing: Ready for a bigger, better Dumont Cup?

    At 23, Simon Dumont of Bethel has skied and competed all over the world. His trophy shelf of big air and halfpipe medals is as vast as his passport stamps. Just this winter he’s traveled all over the Rockies, New Zealand, South America, Scandinavia, Austria and France – where I spoke with him last week […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Birding: Smart imagery, conception make new guides stand out

    A couple of new books have crossed my desk that I think will be interest to birders. The first is a new field guide to the birds of the eastern part of our continent. Published by Princeton University Press, this guide is titled “Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide,” written by Paul Sterry […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Snowmobiling: We all can help improve reports on conditions

    Snowmobilers are out on trails often for long periods of time in some of the most remote and rugged areas of Maine, in always-changing weather conditions. That is why what they see and hear is so important to the National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou. “This is the first year that our offices […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    ShoutOut

    Bradbury the spot for hawkwatching

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Ask an Outdoorsman: Blisters 101: Don’t get off on the wrong foot

    Q: How do I deal with blisters while hiking?   A: First, let’s take a few steps to prevent the blister – which is actually a burn. The heat comes from friction between your boot and skin. So you need to keep your boot from rubbing against the foot. As Goldilocks will tell you, that […]

  • Published
    March 7, 2010

    Snowmobiling: Lack of snow has hurt, but several races are still on

    Many festivals and events were canceled this season due to a lack of snow – most notably Cain’s Quest, scheduled for the week of March 13 in Labrador City, Newfoundland, and now rescheduled for March 12, 2011. Many events in Maine were cancelled as well, but, remember that March can produce sizeable snowstorms, and “April […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Ask an Outdoorsman: Get educated about avalanches

    Q: What causes avalanches? A: Basically, it happens when a lot of snow breaks away from a weak layer of snow. And this has to be on terrain of a sufficient angle. “Basically avalanches are a whole lot of bad luck,” says Jeremy Kupferman, a Professional Climbing Instructors Association certified climbing instructor and assistant winter […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Allen Afield: Yes, weasels can provide fun learning experience

    Recently, on a sun-splashed day on the Bartlett Road in Belgrade, a short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) in its winter white caught my eye, darting furtively along the top of a dirty snowbank right beside my vehicle. I stopped and so did the little predator. He eyed me suspiciously before retreating to the woods. My passing […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Recumbent bikers ignore the smirks, lean back and enjoy the ride

    At first glance it looks comical, like a clown bike or a novelty ride to rent to tourists at the beach. For Shari Bernhard, her recumbent bike is the only reason she is still a serious cyclist. The hunched-forward position in riding a conventional bike aggravated an old neck injury. The pain became unbearable on […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Shout Out: Fly fishing film tour

    BRUNSWICK — Love fly fishing? Fly Fishing in Maine, FliesandFins.com, Coastal Fly Angler and Maine River Guides are bringing the acclaimed “Fly Fishing Film Tour” to Maine. The tour is a collection of short films that represent the pinnacle of fly fishing experiences. Inspirational and breathtaking, the scenery, angling,and interesting stories pack more than 90 […]

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