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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Waumbek in the Weather

It’s not exactly winter yet (though there’s less than a month to go), but more and more the change of seasons is becoming apparent, particularly in the mountains. That’s what the team saw on our latest hike. A returning guest working on her 48 4000-footers asked for a guide to accompany her on 4006-foot Mt Waumbek. This would be peak number twelve for our guest. The […]

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13.1 in the Mountains

Leading this trip was Redline Guide Mike Maciel. The objective was North and Middle Tripyramid — two of our famed 4000-footers. The route was Livermore Trail, to Scaur Ridge Trail, to Pine Bend Brook Trail, to the Mt Tripyramid Trail, then back the way they came doing the whole thing in reverse. The guest has been with us previously. This time, however, we learned something new. […]

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Backpacking 101

It’s rare we write about our educational classes. In a way, unlike our adventures, there’s little to tell. Aside from our guests, and perhaps our locations, there is little unique about the classes, one seemingly just like the one before it. That said, because this is naturally a slower, shoulder-season time for us, we wanted to at least post a few photos of today’s Camp Craft […]

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Guides Do Marry

It’s happened before. One minute they’re guiding, living a bachelor’s dream life out of their van, the next minute they getting swept off their feet. It stands to reason, though, when you have a sharp looking crew like our team of guides. This time at the altar was Redline Guide Álvaro Marques, and with him his lovely now-wife, Suzy. Like many couples this year, 2020 has […]

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More Maine Peaks

A returning guest working on this New England Hundred Highest (NE100, NEHH) came to us this past week hoping to get in one more trip to Maine, his last adventure getting him tantalizingly close to his end goal. It’s late season for bagging peaks in that part of Maine — trailhead access starts to become more of a problem than usual — but Redline Guide Ken […]

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Pine Mountain Exploration

The team expected some crowds — at least a few other hikers, anyway. As one of the new 52 With A View peaks in New Hampshire, the 2404′ Pine Mountain has become more popular than ever so the team’s expectations weren’t unwarranted. So, it was fortuitous when the team encountered literally nobody else all day. A pleasant surprise, to be sure. They had the mountain to […]

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Giving Safety as a Gift

Offering one of our gift certificates to someone special has always been a great gift idea. It’s even more so, nowadays, during a time when concerns about the coronavirus are prominent. Today it’s a gift of safety. Think about it: we lead outdoor adventures with a strong emphasis on safety already, where distancing can exist with ease. We also offer educational courses. These are either conducted […]

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Forest History Hike

Hike-and-a-walk, actually. A returning guest wanted to do another bushwhack with us as she has a developed a fondness for them. She also possesses a keen interest in all things from way back when. She was hoping to find evidence of the Dundee Ski Area (late 1960s-1973, approximately) located in South Conway, combining the two interests: bushwhacking in the name of anthropology. Being that that would […]

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Continuing the Quest

Our returning guest had attempted the 6288′ Mt Washington years ago — back in 1986 — ascending the mountain via the notorious Huntington Ravine Trail with some friends. She made it that day, but she was quite shaken by the experience, at least as much as she was exhilarated. Unfortunately, having gotten a ride down the mountain that day, that trial by fire didn’t officially count […]

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How Hikers Stay Warm

They would come up to us guides, trying to stay composed, but their eyes would be wild with mild terror edging toward panic. “My hands/feet/whatever are so effing cold… please help me.” Experience with this sort of thing as guides meant we understood precisely what was going on and how to solve it. But it was never done in the way our guests would think we […]

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Cardigan Mountain Swedding

We called mother nature (even though normally nature calls us) and the conversation went like this: “Hi, we’d like to order up an amazing 60- to 70-degree day topped off by a jaw-dropping sunset.” We added: “For a wedding.” Nature replied: “Sure, when would you like this, and do you want rain with that?” “November 7th, 2020,” we replied, “and, um, NO on the rain.” There […]

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Baseline Established

A family approached us hoping to do some mountaineering skills training then apply what they learn on a mountaineering trip on Mt Washington with us later this winter. First thing, though, they needed to establish their baseline conditioning. The family was fit, runners, so their cardio was good, but hiking on our rugged trails is different. It uses different muscle groups. This they found out. The […]

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