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Author Archives: Mike Cherim

Run Ryan, Run

We’re pleased to announce the newest member of the Redline Guiding Team: Ryan Welts. If that name sounds familiar, you must be into White Mountain legends because Ryan is pretty well known in some circles for his amazing feats and, further, for the source of inspiration that he is. Ryan — once his certifications are complete — will be adding a new angle to our hiking […]

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Jefferson, Their First President

The First President (and first 4000-footer) for returning guests Rene and Corina, that is. They had trained with us at an earlier date and decided they wanted to put some of those new skills to use. They requested Mt Jefferson, specifically, and in consideration of their ability, fitness, and amazing weather, we were eager to deliver the goods. We put Redline Guide Ken Hodges on this […]

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The Tallest President

Brian came back to us quickly — he told us he would. His last attempt of Mt Washington was thwarted by dangerous high water crossings, some open, others bridged by deteriorating snow. This time the ground conditions where much firmer, and the water levels more normal, so the mission was a success. The leader of this mission, both times, was Redline Guide Álvaro Marques. Here’s what […]

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Spring Dangers in the Mountains

It’s not spring yet, and surely we’ll have more winter weather before spring becomes our official season… right?! Moreover, we love winter here at Redline Guiding and dislike having to even talk about spring yet. That said, looking outside, feeling the temperatures, seeing the damage rains have done, and listening to the drip-drip-drip of meltwater, forces us to consider it. And with this consideration, here is […]

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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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