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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Needed Jefferson

“Of the seventeen peaks I have left, only the hard ones remain,” she said as she booked our services for a guided ascent of the 5712-foot Mount Jefferson (third tallest of the 4000-footers). This trip, however, would be atypical. Instead of hiking with our guest from trailhead to summit then coming back down as we normally would, this time our guest would be headed up on […]

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My Maine Companion

Having a close friend or family member who is a strong, skilled hiker with myriad related outdoor skills and specialized gear at the ready just in case things don’t go as planned is awesome. Literally a would-be life-saver. But if you don’t, you still have us. More and more we find ourselves being that close friend. Obviously we do this professionally so we can’t settle for […]

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Conquer the Beast

That’s the title we came up with. We tossed around other ideas with our guest but ultimately the one above is the one she liked best while still being rated PG. Other PG titles that were considered: “One Last Hurrah” and “Why I Hated Ryan.” The rest can’t be printed here without marring our reputation for posting family-friendly content. So, with that said, now on to […]

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Laughing All The Way

A marriage ceremony is a solemn event, a serious thing… so please refrain from laughter. Unless, that is, you’re the bride and groom who even on your wedding day spark lively with your irreverence. To you, dear couple, you may carry on. For you, dear couple, you will be unstoppable. That’s what we saw at Frank and Jennifer’s wedding atop Square Ledge in Pinkham’s Grant (Pinkham […]

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Nevertheless She Persisted

This is a very simple story with a very happy ending. Our recent guest who hiked with us to Owl’s Head had come back to us for one more peak (for now). Owl’s Head, you see, was her 47th mountain toward the completion of the NH 48 4000-footers list. Thus, she had one more: Mount Isolation. Like Owl’s Head, Isolation is as its name implies, out […]

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Cathedral Ledge Wedding

The sky began to get lighter in the east, then colors started to reveal themselves as the low sun crept closer to the horizon forcing its brilliance through our atmosphere. This created an otherworldly, Martian-like alpenglow. Before long the sun rose over Hurricane Mountain and kissed the ledge with its sunlight. It was stunningly beautiful — shaping up to be a fantastic day. A great one […]

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Skirting the Northerns

When going over isn’t an option, going around surely is. This was the choice Redline Guide Ryan Mcguire was presented with on his most recent Presidential Traverse attempt leading a single guest. Attempt, yes, because as much as we would love to complete all our quests, weather and other factors will sometimes get in the way. In this case it was the weather. Specifically, the winds. […]

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Guides Do Good

They’re a tough crowd to keep up with, but we try. We love to write about some of the cool things our guides do when they’re not guiding or teaching. We also love to tout their certifications and technical accomplishments. For example, this summer Redline Guide Arlette Laan finished hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail. She then went on to complete a Direttissima (hiking all 48 4000-footers […]

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Company for Owl’s Head

She had two more peaks to go to complete her New Hampshire 48 4000-footers list: Owl’s Head and Isolation. Due to the distance and general remoteness of these peaks, combined with a minor mishap on Adams, she decided hiring a guide as a companion to be a sound idea. We begin with Owl’s Head. On point for this hike was Redline Guide Arlette Laan (whom we’re […]

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South Twin Wedding

Although she’s a dedicated hiker in the Whites, the bride-to-be had never hiked either of the Twins, but the groom had and thought of South Twin Mountain — at least so far — as his favorite 4000-footer in New Hampshire. We added “at least so far” because he has six mountains still to go. That said, now that he and his bride have married atop the […]

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Middle Sugarloaf Marriage

It was inevitable. We knew that eventually we’d have a couple pick one of the Sugarloaves for their mountain wedding ceremony. It’s a terrific sunrise option, if nature offers up a sunrise, that is. In any case, there are numerous grand vistas in most directions on these well-loved 52WAV peaks. The sunrise on Middle Sugarloaf was less than spectacular on this particular morning. But that’s okay, […]

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Scar Ridge and PATN

Scar Ridge (3775′) and Peak Above The Nubble (PATN, 3813′) are two of the New Hampshire mountains that make up the hundred highest peaks in New England (NEHH). Neither of these have a proper trail to their summits requiring hikers to bushwhack. Inasmuch, we are occasionally asked to guide on these mountains. That’s what happened this past weekend with a returning single guest who prefers a […]

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