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Plan C: Tastes Like Sugar

When plans A and B aren’t so sweet… Despite our best efforts, planning, and imagination, sometimes, as they say, you just can’t get there from here. Our guides typically have a backup plan in mind when leading our guests into the White Mountain National Forest. This is recorded in our guides’ online checkout/checkin safety system — yes, we are backwoods hightech. Even something so simple as […]

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Walk on the Wild Slide

The Latest Adventure: People Love Slide and Gully Hikes Social media is to blame. Record numbers of people are taking to the backcountry to enjoy the out-of-the-ordinary experiences their friends and peers are sharing on Facebook and Instagram. And in doing so, they expose themselves to a different set of challenges and dangers. Some obvious, others not so much. One situation we’d like to single out, […]

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Toughest Mile of the AT

A little more than a week ago a few of the guides were hiking in Mahoosuc Notch just east of the Maine-New Hampshire border. That one of us would be guiding this section of the Appalachian Trail soon was purely coincidental — the fellahs were simply helping owner Mike Cherim “work” on his personal “redlining” mission. Assigned to lead today’s for-hire companion hike was Redline Guide […]

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Franconia Ridge Traverse

There’s a chance we’re doing something right since a number of our guests keep returning to us to do or learn more. It’s getting to be a thing. And because of this we’re ecstatic. Welcome back, we say. Let’s have some fun. That’s what happened August 2nd: a day of fun for a returning guest, Tom, who went out with Redline Guide Arlette Laan recently on […]

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Orange Canister Hike

Or to more properly quote our returning guest and New England Hundred Highest pursuer, Bob, “Orange [F-expletive] Canister Hike.” We’ll credit Bob for coming up with an original name, but we know many have given this tight, gnarly bushwhack to New Hampshire’s infamous Scar Ridge very similar monikers. Of which at least half include the same sensored word to describe the ascent of this 3775-foot Mountain […]

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Peak Above The Nubble

Also known as PATN, Peak Above The Nubble is another of the New Hampshire-based New England Hundred Highest peaks that lacks an official trail. At 3813-feet, it is the 88th tallest. Today’s mission — assigned to Redline Guide Ken Hodges — was to lead returning guest, Bob, to the peak’s peak. If you haven’t been following, Bob’s wife insisted he hire a guide to be his […]

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Redline Guides Go West

Taking some time off from the rigors of guiding, Redline Guides Ken Hodges and Álvaro Marques, along with eight others, recently enjoyed a little mountaineering climbing not one, but two iconic Pacific Northwest mountains. First in Oregon, they cut their teeth on the 10,358′ South Sister. This climb helped them acclimate. They then headed to Washington and took on and summited the 14,410′ Mt Rainier where […]

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Hut-to-Hut “Presi”

Another one in the books, a custom hike our guest, Tom, will remember for years to come: an amazing, incredible-weather “classic” — meaning from Madison to Pierce — Presidential Range Traverse. This tour was led by Redline Guide Arlette Laan. To manage this feat, we opted to offer a “Hut-to-Hut” Traverse utilizing the AMC’s Madison Spring Hut for the first night, then the AMC’s Lakes of […]

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A One-Day “Pemi Loop”

We enjoy reading the profiles on our Guides page. Seriously. They’re impressive reads by and large. If ever lacking inspiration, reading a few of those reminds us of what’s possible. In the hiker world, some of these people are rock stars. Even the humble beings who think otherwise, compared to most ordinary non-hiking mortals, they stand extraordinary. We’re proud they chose us and to be associated […]

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NEHH Help: Vose Spur

Situated just a stone’s throw from the 4700′ Mt Carrigain — one of the New Hampshire 4000-footers — 3862′ Vose Spur is connected to the north and east is like a little sibling. It’s also one of the trailless New England Hundred Highest mountains requiring some bushwhacking to get there. Not everyone is okay with doing this solo (like Mainer Bob), especially with a loved one […]

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Mt Washington Ascended

Seems like it was just yesterday (it was) when Redline Guide Ken Hodges brought a returning couple on a guided hike of Mt Washington. To maximize the hike by decreasing crowds and getting them above treeline more quickly — giving them a fuller, richer experience — Ken chose the Boott Spur Trail with the descent being via the Lion Head Trail later. It was warm and […]

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Tackling Nancy

In May of this year Redline Guide Ken Hodges guided a single guest, a fellow from Maine named Bob, on an attempt of Mt Nancy: a 3926-foot tall New Hampshire Peak found on the New England Hundred Highest list. A list Bob is working on, with our help. During that attempt the pair were slowed to a crawl thanks to spring conditions. Due to the constant […]

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