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Remembering Skip on the St. George

Skip and Jo Pendleton were members of the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society (PPCS) for a couple of decades. After a 65 year marriage, they both passed away last year, just a few days apart. I didn’t know Jo very well as she was not active in club adventures. What I did know was that […]

Chowderheads in Transition

Early spring is a time of transition for chowderheads in the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society (PPCS). Ice and snow are melting on the whitewater rivers; yet vestiges of winter remain at many preferred cross country ski areas. We often find ourselves in conflict about what choices to make. Since the coastal streams and rivers […]

Peak Bagging can be Addictive

A confession, I’m a recovering peak bagger. Defined as an attempt to reach the summit of a list of mountains, peak bagging is a great sport…if you can handle it responsibly. In New England, there are several popular mountain lists. Probably the most coveted goals are four thousand footers and the New England One Hundred […]

Skiing Mount Blue

Just a couple of weeks ago, much of the snow had melted and it appeared an early spring was imminent. Two blockbuster storms later, we have excellent conditions for late winter cross country skiing throughout most of Maine. Mount Blue State Park offers one of the finest cross country skiing opportunities in western Maine. Located […]

The Other Sunday River

When Sunday River is mentioned, I suspect most people think of the ski resort. Not me. Instead, the mountain Sunday River Whitecap immediately comes to mind. Sunday River Whitecap is not part of the collection of mountains that constitute the ski resort. Rather, it is located on the opposite side of Sunday River Valley about […]

To Ski or Not to Ski

Recent warm rainy weather has dramatically worsened ski conditions along the Maine coastal plain. Most of the quality snow is gone and ski areas like Pineland and Harris Farms have struggled to stay open. Enthusiastic about the Nordic ski workout and reluctant to let winter go, a dilemma for me has become to ski or […]

Spring was in the Air on Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain is perhaps the best short mountain hike in central and mid-coast Maine. One of several Bald Mountains in the state, this one is located between Ragged Mountain and Mount Megunticook in the Camden Hills Range. Not as well-known as its slightly taller counterparts, Bald is something of a well-kept secret. From the trailhead […]

A Peak Too Far

Nine of us slowly ascended snow and ice covered Hamlin Ridge in one of Maine’s most remote and rugged regions, Mount Katahdin massif in Baxter State Park. Probably the only realistic opportunity to achieve our collective goal to summit the two highest points in Maine, Baxter and Hamlin Peaks, the high elevation forecast was marginal […]

Winter in Baxter State Park

The most exciting and challenging winter mountaineering in Maine can be found in Baxter State Park. Baxter and Hamlin Peaks on the Mount Katahdin massif are the two highest points in the state. Imposing Knife Edge connects Baxter and Pamola Peaks. Arguably the state’s most exceptional ice climbing and backcountry skiing are found in the […]

Parlez-vous Anglais?

Quebec is a winter wonderland where outdoor sports flourish. Skiing, skating, mountaineering and other activities abound. However, a visit has challenges. My French is not very good. Actually, that’s not true. It’s pathetic. As a defense, I’ve perfected one French phrase, “Parlez-vous Anglais?” When unaccompanied by French speaking escorts in Quebec, I just ask that […]