Lake Champlain, stretching 121 miles in length, is the sixth largest lake in the U.S. The rugged shoreline, rocky outcroppings and ever changing winds challenge sailors of all abilities. One of the oldest sailing clubs in the country, Lake Champlain Yacht Club in Shelburne, Vermont, has offered sailing instruction and hosted weekly races on Lake Champlain for 118 years. Join host Marianne Eaton as she "gets her sea legs" and experiences why sailing has captivated people for centuries.
In today's world of high technology, we don't often dream up images of perilous treasure hunts leading to buried riches. But in fact, it is the availability of computer technology that has led to a new breed of treasure seekers, geocachers. With only a personal computer, anyone can retrieve clues and the global positioning coordinates to millions of "treasure" sites all over the world. Curious? Join us as we set off on this adventure of geocaching and discover its real value is not just the treasure hidden at the end of the trail.
Imagine you are an Olympic athlete, standing at the starting line. All the coaching and training have culminated in this final, glorious race...
Well, fantasy can become reality at Mt. Van Hovenburg in Lake Placid, New York. There, thrill seekers are invited to experience the twists, turns and exhilaration as they enjoy their Olympic moment flying down one of the fastest tracks in the world, the Bobsled run.
Discover the sport of snowkiting! Skiers and snowboarders no longer need to wait in lift lines. With a little wind to fill their kites, they can cruise a frozen lake or field. Snowkiters can reach speeds of 60 mph, jump and land gently back on the ground. Host Marianne Eaton takes a lesson from Rachael Miller, a certified instructor from Stormboarding, a Vermont business that specializes in wind sports. Then we visit Sand Bar State Park, and the frozen surface of Lake Champlain for the 3rd Annual Stormboarding Kitestorm.
The Green Mountain Curling Club is a group of curling players and fans looking to bring the sport of curling into the state of Vermont. Curling is a very strategic sport often referred to as "chess on ice." To learn more about the game, host Marianne Eaton joins up with a group of Vermonters from the Green Mountain Curling Club for a lesson at the Border Curling Club, located just north of the border in Stanstead, Quebec.
Imagine the freedom to ski “off-piste” in the wild snows of Vermont. Skiers are lured to the back country to escape the crowds and in search of that deep powder. Alpine Touring skis with releasable heel binding equip these skiers to tackle that steep, rougher terrain. But knowledge of inherent risks and survival skills becomes paramount as one ventures into remote areas. Well. We’re going to tell you about those survival techniques as we venture into the backcountry on AT gear.
The Atlatl and dart, is an ancient weapon used for centuries by native cultures around the globe prior to the use of the bow and arrow. While bow hunting became more widespread, the atlatl still maintained a distinct advantage in certain circumstances. For example, once loaded, the atlatl became a one handed weapon, allowing the other hand free to guide the boat. This made it extremely useful in hunting waterfowl. In fact, the name atlatl is derived from the Aztec word meaning “water thrower”. Today, there is a growing interest in atlatls for both sport and hunting. Some local enthusiasts are keeping the tradition of both crafting these unique weapons, and perfecting their unique throwing technique alive.
What Baby Boomer doesn’t remember the childhood game of Wiffleball? This baseball variation still features the hard plastic bat, lightweight enough for even the very young. And who could forget the signature perforated hollow ball, which is capable of delivering a wide assortment of curveballs. Wiffleball is moving out of the backyard and into the competitive sports arena. And in Today’s game the fields and the rules are as varied as the players themselves.
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