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Monthly Archives: August 2023

Linking the High Huts

Chase was dealt a tough hand today and he handled it exceptionally well. On the northern Presidential Range, nestled in the col between Mt Adams and Madison, one will find the AMC’s Madison Spring Hut. This is an overnight option for some who want to position themselves amid the clouds, most notably for a “Presidential Traverse” the following day. It’s a tempting option for some, glamping […]

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Mt Clay… the Bonus Peak

A New York City couple looking for a private tour (hence no guest images) wanted the 6288′ Mt Washington. Assigned to lead them was Redline Guide Pat Ferland and lead them he did. Not only did they summit the Rock Pile, but expanding their loop (since they were feelin’ it) he also took them onto the 5531′ Mt Clay. Interestingly, even though the lovely and very […]

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Two for Four

Two days, that’s what four people from the mid-Atlantic wanted. A day of hiking, a down day with more hiking (but on their own), then a final guided hike day to cap it off — after taking an unforeseen rain day. These two leads were handled by Redline Guides Chase Hall and Pat Ferland. Chase took lead on their first day (filling in for Ken), then […]

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Two Sisters Meet The Owl

To our regular readers, you may recall the blog post about two sisters. Doing crazy stuff in the Northern Presidentials, they were. Well, they’re back. This time the objective isn’t quite as exposed as it was on that last trip, but a gnarly water crossing takes center stage in this program of concerns, and rightfully so. We’re talking about Owls Head, the lowly 4029-foot hump in […]

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A Semi Pemi

The “Pemi Loop” roughly encircles the Pemigewasset Wilderness encompassing a number of our beloved 4000-footers along the rim — 8 to 12 of them depending on what electives are sought after. Hiking this loop is a bit of a rite of passage. How it’s hiked is somewhat subjective and determined by someone’s desire, ability, and endurance, and coupled probably to their list needs. The rough distance […]

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That Was The Best

The best mountain for our guest, the best weather for hard hiking, and the best time possible with her Redline Guide, Chase Hall. Up the Ammo, to Lakes, to Monroe (1/48), across the desolate wastelands to a partially obscured pile of rocks (2/48… boom). After a stop at the top, back they went across the desolate wastelands to a partially obscured exit. They winds up there […]

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Tough Huntington Conditions

Whenever we’re tasked with leading someone on Huntington Ravine Trail, a question or three about iffy ground conditions will often be brought up. Asking what we do if it rains is common. In most cases, especially if the rain will be steady and/or heavy — nobody likes those conditions — we will usually reschedule. But if it’s light, scattered, and doable based on the opinion of […]

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It’s Right There

Sometimes we head into the mountains to hike without a summit in mind. Sometimes we just want to take on some trail, visit some feature, or take in some view. Nothing wrong with this but, but, but… what is that calling? Is it calling to us? What on earth is that? Is that a mountain? Is that mountain calling to us?! Damn that John Muir. You […]

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Playing Catch-Up

More will post in the morning, and some have already been published. We’ve been a little busy and we’re playing catch-up. Redline Guides Mike Cherim and Ken Hodges were teaching a two-day Wilderness Navigation course, for example. Then there was the history- and geology-focused Nature Tour Mike led in Crawford Notch (done mostly in his Jeep since it was pouring buckets). This was all while Ken […]

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Sisters on a Quest

Sometimes we struggle with our writing. We search for the perfect words that perfectly describe what we want them to. And usually we succeed (or we hope so, anyway). And sometimes we don’t have to. Sometimes we don’t have to find the best words to describe the task at hand or the struggle experienced up to that point because sometimes, just sometimes, one of our awesome […]

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The Wedding Cathedral

Cathedral Ledge, co-located in both North Conway and Bartlett, NH — depending on where you’re standing (or hanging on for dear life) — is the site of many weddings. It’s very popular and sometimes crowded but if you get there in the early morning hours hardly anyone is around. This couple, Eduardo and Khrystine, took advantage of that fact and showed up early for their August […]

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The Wild Franconia Alpine

There was more than one party up in our mountains today. Redline Guide Pat Ferland was likewise up there leading two ladies from Canada along the Franconia Ridge taking them on what has become a classic and very popular loop. With support from home (thanks Julie), they were able to bypass the parking challenges associated with that trailhead. For our guests, this gained them two of […]

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