Introducing the Awesome Redline Guiding Team:
(To stay up-to-date with their latest and greatest exploits, be sure to check out the Guides Category on our blog.)
Mike Cherim, Owner/Guide/Instructor/JP
Introduction: Mike, a.k.a. NH Tramper, lives in North Conway, NH, and began his hiking career at four-years-old on Mt Washington (Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit). He has since hiked the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire several times (winter list, too), finished the New England 67, the 52-With-A-View list, the Terrifying 25 list, and the RMC-100. Mike is also over 95-percent complete “redlining” — hiking all of the trails — the entire 29th edition of the AMC’s White Mountain Guide. Mike has also hiked and climbed in several mountains/ranges outside of New Hampshire (see Résumé below). He is also into other outdoor pursuits such as skiing, backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing, fishing, and more. Mike has been guiding professionally in the Mt Washington Valley since 2013 and loving each and every minute of it.
Résumé: Mike hiked and guided Mt Washington – 90 summits (over half in winter) out of 109 attempts, completed the NE67 list, hiked all of the 4000-footers in NH several times (winter list, too), Long Trail Thru Hiker in 2015 (northbound/NoBo), Wasatch Range (Utah), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) multiple times, Dolomites (Italy), Minami Alps and Mt. Fuji (Japan), Yosemite (Calif.), Mt. Rainier (Wash.) – 2 ascents/summits (Mike guided), Mt. Shuksan (Wash. Northern Cascades) (Mike guided), Mt. Hood (Oregon) – 2 ascents/summits (Mike guided), Lassen Peak (Calif.), Pike’s Peak (Colo.).
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AMC Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), AMC Class 1 Leader, USFS Trail Adopter, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Above Treeline Team” and member of the Board of Directors, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Trainer, and a Justice of the Peace in the State of New Hampshire (his commission expires July 13th, 2021).
Ken Hodges, Guide/Instructor
Introduction: Ken, of Amesbury MA, began hiking with the Boy Scouts, summitting Mt.Washington at age twelve. He has since hiked the New Hampshire 48 4000-footers a few times, the 52-With-A-View, the Terrifying 25, the Vermont 4000-footers as well as the Adirondack’s 46 4000-footers. He is currently looking forward to finishing up the Northeast 113. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the US and internationally (see Résumé below). Ken also enjoys off trail bushwhacking. During the early 1980s he worked as a forester throughout the Northeast and now donates his time as a land steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF). Ken has been organizing and leading Meetup hikes for several years. When not hiking he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and a good craft beer.
Résumé: Hiked the NH 4000-footers several times in all seasons. Climbed Mt. Whitney in Calif, twice, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Adams in Washington, as well as an extended backpack up through Rainy Pass, Sisters Wilderness in Oregon, Wind River Range in Wyoming, Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone as well as many hikes in major National Parks. Internationally Ken has trekked the Haute Route in the Swiss Alps, the GR 20 in Corsica, the Northern Alps Kamikohchi in Japan, and the Inca and Santa Cruz Trails in Peru. Additionally, he has climbed above 19,000 feet on several glaciated peaks including Mt. Pisco in Peru and Mts. Chimbarazo and Cayumbe in Ecuador.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, Volunteer Conservation Easement Monitor for the SPNHF.
Álvaro Marques, Guide/Instructor/Photographer
Introduction: Born in Portugal, Álvaro, at age 28, started to dedicate more of his time to the outdoors. Since then he has not only explored his own country but has traveled to others looking for new challenges. While living in Spain, he had the opportunity to discover the joy of being above tree line — his favorite landscape. The mountains in Romania and French Alps are still among his best memories. The opportunity to travel west to the United States opened the doors to new horizons. Living currently in Hudson, Massachusetts, he has put many miles in his car to hike all over New England — completing the New England 67. He is also an avid advocate for Portuguese food, and likes to bring it to the mountains.
Résumé: Walked The Camino de Santiago in 2004, the Portuguese route to Santigo de Compostela in Spain. Backpacked in Retezat National Park in Romania. Climbed Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps. Had two successful climbs in the Spanish Pyrinees. Climbed Almanzor in Gredos, the highest peak in central Spain. While living in Europe took on many other mountains in Spain and Portugal, and completed summiting all of New England’s 67 4000-footers. Álvaro also guided a 9-day trip in 2016 to two mountain ranges in Portugal (Estrela and Gardunha), which also included exploring historical sites and local gastronomy.
Certifications: Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, more coming soon…
Arlette Laan, Guide/Instructor
Introduction: Arlette, trail name Apple Pie, grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking when she was eighteen on vacation in Switzerland. She has since hiked many of the long distance trails in the U.S. and traveled and hiked abroad. She’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire, finished the New England 67, and has most recently completed the NE 100 highest list. The last two years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about halfway done. She loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but most of all long distance backpacking. Arlette is also a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, as of June 2017.
Résumé: Arlette has completed the John Muir Trail (2002), the Pacific Crest Trail (2003), the Continental Divide Trail, (2004), the Appalachian Trail (2005), the Arizona Trail (2009), The Grand Enchantment Trail (2012), The Te Araroa in New Zealand (2015), The Long Trail (2015), the Florida Trail (2017), and the Hayduke Trail (2017). She has hiked most of the Highline Trail in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah twice (2006, 2009), and 2/3 of the Pacific Northwest Trail in sections (2007, 2012). In 2014 she completed all 48 4000-footers in an 11 day unsupported backpacking trip called the White Mountain challenge or Direttissima. She was a volunteer backcountry ranger in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah (2006). She has travelled and hiked independently in Switzerland, Nepal (Annapurna Circuit and Langtang 2005, Three Passes Trek, Everest region 2010), Japan (Mt Yari Ga Take), Patagonia, Nicaragua and Jordan. She has backpacked in the Netherlands once. She’s led beginner backpacking trips and introduced her mother to backpacking when she was 66. She loves teaching others how to be confident in the outdoors.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED
Liz Wyman, Guide/Instructor/Naturalist
Introduction: Liz has lived, worked, and played in the White Mountains for the past decade. As a teacher, writer, and naturalist she leads hikes and educational programs for all ages. She has taught environmental science and natural resources to students in middle school, high school, and college. Liz is passionate about the natural and cultural history of New England. Show her a tree or flower and she can tell you what it is. She is an active volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail adopter, volunteer naturalist, and Conservation-Education Co-Chair for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter.
Résumé: Liz has completed multiple rounds of the 48 New Hampshire 4000-footers, including all the peaks in winter. She went on to discover that Vermont and Maine have great mountains too, and completed the 67 New England 4000-footers, as well, twice, including in winter. That required some multi-day expeditions to Baxter State Park, one of her favorite places. She then started exploring off-trail and has completed the New England Hundred Highest. Liz is an alum of the AMC-NH Chapter’s Winter Hiking Series and the AMC Winter School and is currently pursuing her Class 1 Leadership certification. She also enjoys running, bicycling, paddling, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. The Appalachian Trail is her second home, where she answers to “Teach.” Liz has section-hiked 450 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New Hampshire and Maine and is always looking to share some trail magic.
Certifications: Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED; AMC Avalanche Awareness, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide; Project WET/WILD & Aquatic WILD; Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Trainer, AMC Trail Adopter; AMC Volunteer Naturalist; AMC-NH Chapter Executive Committee; AMC Class 1 Leader.
Mike Kaminski, Guide
Introduction: Originally from Middlefield CT, Mike currently resides along the Atlantic Ocean in North Hampton, NH. He began to ski at the age of three, before switching over to snowboarding at the age of seven. His love for snow and the outdoors has been an addiction since those early years. Naturally, his hiking career really took off once he completed college and found residence in the beautiful State of New Hampshire. Since then, he’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire; almost 2 complete rounds. The second round has mostly consisted of rugged and less traveled trails. When he’s not in the mountains, Mike can be found paddleboarding, fishing, and biking the NH Seacoast with his dog Zealand and fiancé Nicole.
Résumé: Hiked Mtn Washington 20+ times with summits in every season, (over half during winter months), submitted all 48 4000-footers in NH, nearly twice and counting, and is nearing competition of the winter 48 4000-footer list for NH. Mike has also taken on numerous mountains in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/AED certified. Mike is working on obtaining other relevant certifications over time while enjoying his time building hands-on experience assisting and doing some guiding.
Bill Robichaud, Guide/Instructor/Photgrapher
Introduction: Bill, trail name Science Guy, is from Portland, ME, and currently resides in North Conway, NH. While having few outdoors experiences in his youth, and little knowledge of the mountains (except riding ski lifts), he found himself with friends in Baxter State Park climbing Maine’s highest peak, Mt Katahdin. That was in 2000, and 10 years would pass before he would return. Upon finally quitting smoking in 2010, he needed a healthy outlet, and upon hearing about the 4000-footers, decided to go for it. From that first summit of Lafayette on a cloudy, windy August day, he was hooked. Bill now hikes (for beer) in all seasons, on peaks high and low, and has taken to bushwhacking, backcountry skiing, and most recently, trail running. His crowning achievement came in 2015, when he became the 29th person to “redline” – hiking all the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide. He has too many spreadsheets, and isn’t presently “working” on anything… just keeping track.
Résumé: New Hampshire 4000-footers (2011), in winter (2014), somewhere under 50% on the White Mountains Grid (all NH 4k’s in each month of the year), New England 4000-footers (2015), 52 With A View (2015), White Mountain Guide Redlining (2015), northbound thru-hike of the Long Trail (2015), a two week excursion in the U.K. checking off some of the most challenging scrambling/walking routes in the country (2016), numerous Pemi Loops, Presidential traverses, and backcountry ski descents throughout the Presidential Range and surrounding ranges.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), SOLO CPR/AED, AIARE Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Below Treeline Team,” working on obtaining his WFR.
Howard Aronson, Guide
Introduction: Howard grew up in RI, and has lived in Amesbury, Mass., for the last decade. Ever since he was a kid, he loved being outdoors, playing sports, sledding in the winter, and just staying fit. But, he didn’t start hiking until 2012, when he was 52. Before that, he was “gym rat,” natural bodybuilder, and triathlete. He rowed Crew in college, and was a 3 sport athlete in High School. Needless to say, Howard was fit enough to handle the rigors of hiking, but he had a lot to learn but has gained a lot of experience in the last four-plus years. Howard has been in sales for over 30 years, so we know that he can provide a very special, fun, upbeat, and positive experience, to whoever he guides or works with. Howard had no idea, that walking thru the woods and climbing to the tops of mountains would change his life, but it did.
Résumé: Since August 2012, Howard has completed the NH 48k footers, the New England 67 4k footers, 80 of the NE 100 highest peaks, and “redlined” over 50% of all the trails in the 29th edition of the AMC White Mountain Guide. Howard also has done over 100 winter hikes, climbing 33 of the NH 48 in Winter. He also has completed the Belknap Range Peaks, solo hiked in all 4 seasons, learned navigation skills, bushwhacked, and has become very proficient when it comes to talking about what to wear on your body, and feet. Howard is a bit of a clothing, footwear, and gear “nut.” Howard is also a member of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Three-Season Team, and a Trailhead and Backcountry Steward Volunteer in the White Mountains for the US Forest Service.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), CPR/AED certified. Howard is working on obtaining relevant certifications over time while enjoying his time building hands-on experience assisting.
Ryan Welts, Guide/Instructor
Intoduction: Ryan grew up spending loads of time hiking and skiing in the White Mountains, mostly in the Waterville Valley area. After finishing high school he was more interested in hot rods and Burger King than staying active so he ballooned to an unhealthy 240lbs by age 20. Before the birth of his first daughter, he decided it was time to get back to his roots and make some huge life changes. He began by starting to hike the NH48 in the fall of ’07. By spring ’09 he was down 90lbs, hiking and running as much as he could in preparation for his first trail race. Since then he’s completed numerous rounds of the “48” in winter and summer, holds the “Fastest Known Time” (FKT) for the winter 48 — 7 days, 7 hours, 7 minutes — and has held FKTs on the Presidential Traverse, The Pemi Loop, Franconia Ridge Loop, Mahoosucs Traverse, The 100 mile wilderness (ME, Appalachian Trail) as well as competing in trail races up to 100 miles all across the country. Moving fast, light and long in the mountains is what he lives for, and he loves sharing “his” world with others. When the rocks are buried by winter snows you’ll find him XC skiing, snowshoeing, or running the well packed mountain trails. Ryan, now lives a stone’s throw from the southern flanks of the Whites, in Tamworth, NH.
Résumé: Countless ascents of the NH48 and 95% of all other trailed peaks in the Whites. Massive amounts of logistical and navigational knowledge. Gear knowledge for runs and speed hikes from half day to multi-day. FKTs previously and currently held. Fastpacking the GR2 in the French Alps. Ascents of Colorado 14,000-footer peaks. Single day ascent of Kings Peak, UT. Runs and hikes in the mountains in ME, VT and other parts of the country.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, and Ryan is working on obtaining other relevant certifications.
Rich Page, Guide/Instructor
Introduction: Having enjoyed the views from the highest peaks in North America, Rich has hiked with grizzlies, kayaked with orcas, and witnessed child birth. His passion was ignited early on as he began camping and backpacking with the Boy Scouts of America in the Late 60s. Then to further this fire, on his 16th birthday, Rich, along with a friend on a 1973 Wyoming-bound road trip, climbed the Middle Teton (12,804’), unguided. With a final Kiss to the Midwest in 1977, Rich headed further west to pursue climbing and skiing. He quickly landed a job with Banana Equipment — a small pioneer sewing company — making climbing and ski gear in Estes Park, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain National Park. Business brought Rich to North Conway in 1990 where he settled. His “homestead” is with his other half, Rene Dumas. They have two grown daughters, as well as goats, chickens, dogs, a cat, a ferret, a good size garden, and a view nice of Mt Washington. Recently earning his 40-year pin the outdoor industry, Rich is a freelance softgoods designer for the mountaineering and military industries and he owns and operates The Gear Doc, a local gear repair service.
Résumé: From rock climbing and snorkeling from Cabo, Mexico, to the granite walls of Yosemite and Colorado, then to the top of Denali and sea kayak trip, Rich has racked up some adventures over the last 50 years. He summited his first 4000-footer in December 1975 and simply cannot remember how many he has hiked since. Early trips were backpacking in Michigan to places like Isle Royale (1970), the Shore-to-Shore Trail and a NH winter Presidential traverse attempt (1973), and the Porkies (1974). The 70s and 80s saw lots of climbing in the California, the Rockies, and in Alaska. El Cap, the Diamond, NF Athabasca. First trip to Alaska (1979). First Ascents in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho (1980). First Denali trip as an assistant mountain guide: Fantasy Ridge Alpinism. Then later in the 80s, Rich took on more in Alaska, regularly guiding on Denali, climbing in Ruth Gorge, Mooses Tooth, Peak 11,300, Dan Beard, and three spectacular failures on the Rooster Comb. In the 90s Rich turned his attention back to New Hampshire, business, and raising a family, complete with hiking and skiing adventures in the White Mountain National Forest, Baxter State Park, and Acadia National Park. Over the past few years Rich has spent his time close to home, hiking with Rene just about every weekend.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with more to come over time.
Kristina Folcik, Guide/Instructor
Introduction: Kristina a.k.a. Dangergirl, used to sit on the couch and eat donuts. Around the age of 19 she was introduced to mountain biking and it changed her life! She started competing and found herself racing downhill at the professional level by 2006. After a broken back, several concussions, and other serious injuries, she had to walk away from the sport. It was then she found mountaineering. She fell in love with the challenge of learning to climb rock and ice. When she discovered mountaineering she fell in love with climbing big mountains! After climbing Denali she came home single and was going to move to Colorado. She used to run an annual 50-mile trail race without training for it and thought of it as her yearly “stupid human feat.” In 2010, she ran the Virgil Crest 50-miler. At the at the finish line met Ryan Welts (also on this page) who would someday be her husband, though she didn’t know it then. Instead of moving out west she took a chance at love. Ryan was a mountain runner and it really clicked with her because she was always looking for ways to move lighter and faster in the mountains. After chasing Ryan around the mountains for a few years she eventually found that she could move quickly in the mountains. Very quickly. She was offered a spot on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. Her heart is in the mountains, whether she is running through them light and fast or roped up with a big pack and an ice axe in her hand.
Résumé: A US High Pointer (climbing the highest point in each state) with 20 complete, she is starting with the harder ones and finishing with the easier ones. She has climbed Denali (guided) as well as taken many climbing and mountaineering courses around the country. She has successfully climbed many peaks unguided including Mt Rainier, Mt Hood, Granite Peak, Gannett Peak, The Grand Teton, Mount Washington in winter, a single day Kings Peak in Utah, the Trapdike in winter and summer, and many more! She’s the current women’s FKT (Fastest Known Time) holder for the Presidential Traverse in 5 hours and 32 minutes. She also holds the FKT for the Mahoosucs Traverse, Carrigan via Desolation/Signal Ridge loop, and Squam Range Traverse. She has held and currently holds many women’s course records at several official trail races around the country in distances ranging from 20 to 100 miles. She has been on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team since 2013 and also represents Julbo USA, Choucas Hats, and Boom Nutrition.
Certifications: AHA Healthcare Provider BLS, CPR/AED, 22 years in healthcare (taking SOLO WFR in December 2017), AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1)
Barb Cherim, Assistant/Guide
Introduction: Barb, a.k.a. Lady (and the Tramper), was born and raised in Vermont then later moved to Lebanon, NH where she would regularly climb the beautiful Mt Cardigan (innumerable summits) and develop a love for the sport as well as make the drive to the White Mountains while she was working on her 48 4000-footers. It’s only been in the past year that she has joined forces with Redline Guiding owner Mike Cherim as his wife, best friend, and partner.
Résumé: Barb has hiked in Vermont, in Maine, and extensively in New Hampshire completing New Hampshire’s 48 4000-footers and helping Mike with his redlining (and is probably approaching 50% herself). She hopes to complete her New England 67 4000-footers and winter 48 in NH at some point, and is also working on her Belknap Range patch. Though she’s not keeping track, Barb has completed large sections of the National Forest, the entire trail system in the Pemigewasset Wilderness including the bushwhacks to Vose Spur and Mt Nancy as well as significant chunks of the Squam and Sandwich Ranges, Kinsman and Franconia area, Chocorua area, and the Speckled-Caribou and Wild River Wilderness areas. She has also hiked many of the 52-With-A-View and hundred highest peaks though hasn’t kept track of those either. When Barb isn’t hiking, skiing (alpine and Nordic), or snorkeling, she likes to go shopping and get her nails done.
Certifications: AHA CPR/AED, USFS Trail Co-Adopter (unofficial). Barb is slowly working on obtaining other relevant certifications over time while enjoying her time building hands-on experience assisting.
To be continued as we grow and develop…