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Monthly Archives: February 2017

February Springs Eternal

What does a person do when they can jump four feet but the crossing is five feet across? In the case of today’s attempt on Mt Washington, Redline Guide Álvaro Marques decided turning around was the best choice, so that’s what he and our guest, Brian, did. Apparently, they weren’t the only ones foiled today by the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, even though, considering the wind forecast, […]

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Persistent Layers of Knowledge

We’re proud to announce that Redline Guides Ken Hodges and Liz Wyman have just earned their AIARE Level One and AMC Avalanche Awareness certifications, respectively. This is all part of their progression here at Redline Guiding, and professionally as guides, and it’s all done in an effort to keep themselves and everyone they lead into the backcountry safe. Minimizing risk is their first responsibility as outdoor […]

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Two Days on Mt Adams

Redline Guides Carl and Mike had a mission: ascend Mt Adams with guests William and Caitlin as far as Gray Knob — a treeline-situated cabin owned and operated by the Randolph Mountain Club. Once there they would partake in some varied training. (Due to the prior experiences of the guests, Mike felt some basic awareness level avalanche training would be fun and interesting.) The following day […]

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Ice Axe Versus Trekking Poles

There is a time and a place for both an ice axe and trekking poles in the White Mountain National Forest. That said, if ever there were a default tool to rely on, surely trekking poles would earn that distinction. The ice axe’s role in the northeast, in general, is pretty limited. In fact, with very few exceptions, a hiker wouldn’t even consider carrying an ice […]

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Mt Monroe in Extreme Conditions

The winds above treeline weren’t crazy by the AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut — blowing 30-40 miles-per-hour or so at that location. The temperatures, on the other hand, were an attention-grabbing -20°F, or really close to that, anyway. We could have gone on, and maybe we could have made it if the winds on Mornoe’s summit were manageable. And we were going to try. We […]

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