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Introducing the Awesome Redline Guiding Team:
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Mike Cherim, Owner/Guide/Instructor/JP - Click to Open Profile

Mike winter guiding on Mt Washington, 2013

Mike, wearing his JP hat.

Introduction: Mike, a.k.a. NH Tramper, lives in North Conway, NH, and began his hiking career at four-years-old on Mt Washington (Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit). He has since hiked the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire several times (winter list, too), finished the New England 67, the 52-With-A-View list, the Terrifying 25 list, and the RMC-100. Mike has also completed 100-percent of “redlining” — hiking all of the trails — the entire 29th edition of the AMC’s White Mountain Guide. Mike has also hiked and climbed in several mountains/ranges outside of New Hampshire (see Résumé below). He is also into other outdoor pursuits such as skiing, backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing, fishing, and more. Mike has been guiding professionally in the Mt Washington Valley since 2013 and loving each and every minute of it.

Résumé: Mike hiked and guided Mt Washington – 90 summits (over half in winter) out of 109 attempts, completed the NE67 list, hiked all of the 4000-footers in NH several times (winter list, too), redlined the 29th edition of the White Mountain Guide, Long Trail Thru Hiker in 2015 (northbound/NoBo), Wasatch Range (Utah), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) multiple times, Dolomites (Italy), Minami Alps and Mt. Fuji (Japan), Yosemite (Calif.), Mt. Rainier (Wash.) – 2 ascents/summits (Mike guided), Mt. Shuksan (Wash. Northern Cascades) (Mike guided), Mt. Hood (Oregon) – 2 ascents/summits (Mike guided), Lassen Peak (Calif.), Pike’s Peak (Colo.).

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AMC Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), AMC Class 1 Leader, USFS Trail Adopter, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Above Treeline Team” and member of the Board of Directors, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Trainer, and a Justice of the Peace in the State of New Hampshire (his commission expires July 13th, 2021).

Ken Hodges, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Ken leading a group to Eagle Cliff.

Introduction: Ken, of Amesbury MA, began hiking with the Boy Scouts, summitting Mt.Washington at age twelve. He has since hiked the New Hampshire 48 4000-footers a few times, the 52-With-A-View, the Terrifying 25, the New England 67, the New England Hundred Highest, even the New England 115, as well as the Adirondack’s 46 4000-footers. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the US and internationally (see Résumé below). Ken also enjoys off trail bushwhacking. During the early 1980s he worked as a forester throughout the Northeast and now donates his time as a land steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF). Ken has been organizing and leading Meetup hikes for several years. When not hiking he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and a good craft beer.

Résumé: Hiked the NH 4000-footers several times in all seasons. NE67 and the NEHH. Climbed Mt. Whitney in Calif, twice, Mt. Rainier, also twice, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Adams in Washington, as well as an extended backpack up through Rainy Pass, Sisters Wilderness in Oregon (including South Sister), Mount St Helens, Wind River Range in Wyoming, Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone as well as many hikes in major National Parks. Internationally Ken has trekked the Haute Route in the Swiss Alps, the GR 20 in Corsica, the Northern Alps Kamikohchi in Japan, and the Inca and Santa Cruz Trails in Peru. Additionally, he has climbed above 19,000 feet on several glaciated peaks including Mt. Pisco in Peru and Mts. Chimbarazo and Cayumbe in Ecuador.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, Volunteer Conservation Easement Monitor for the SPNHF.

Álvaro Marques, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - Click to Open Profile

Álvaro enjoying winter on Pierce.

Introduction: Born in Portugal, Álvaro, at age 28, started to dedicate more of his time to the outdoors. Since then he has not only explored his own country but has traveled to others looking for new challenges. While living in Spain, he had the opportunity to discover the joy of being above tree line — his favorite landscape. The mountains in Romania and French Alps are still among his best memories. The opportunity to travel west to the United States opened the doors to new horizons. Living currently in Hudson, Massachusetts, he has put many miles in his car to hike all over New England — completing the New England 67. He is also an avid advocate for Portuguese food, and likes to bring it to the mountains.

Résumé: Walked The Camino de Santiago in 2004, the Portuguese route to Santigo de Compostela in Spain. Backpacked in Retezat National Park in Romania. Climbed Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps. Had two successful climbs in the Spanish Pyrinees. Climbed Almanzor in Gredos, the highest peak in central Spain. While living in Europe took on many other mountains in Spain and Portugal, and completed summiting all of New England’s 67 4000-footers while here in the US. Álvaro also guided a 9-day trip in 2016 to two mountain ranges in Portugal (Estrela and Gardunha), which also included exploring historical sites and local gastronomy. Recent stateside achievements including summiting South Sister in Oregon and Mt Raininer in Washington.

Certifications: Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.

Arlette Laan, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Arlette in her happy place.

Introduction: Arlette, trail name Apple Pie, grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking when she was eighteen on vacation in Switzerland. She has since hiked many of the long distance trails in the U.S. and traveled and hiked abroad. She’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire, finished the New England 67, and has most recently completed the NE 100 highest list. The last two years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about halfway done. She loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but most of all long distance backpacking. Arlette is also a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, as of June 2017.

Résumé: Arlette has completed the John Muir Trail (2002), the Pacific Crest Trail (2003), the Continental Divide Trail, (2004), the Appalachian Trail (2005), the Arizona Trail (2009), The Grand Enchantment Trail (2012), The Te Araroa in New Zealand (2015), The Long Trail (2015), the Florida Trail (2017), the Hayduke Trail (2017), the Colorado Trail (2017), Benton-MacKay Trail (2018), Pinhoti Trail (2018). She has hiked most of the Highline Trail in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah twice (2006, 2009), and 2/3 of the Pacific Northwest Trail in sections (2007, 2012). In 2014 she completed all 48 4000-footers in an 11 day unsupported backpacking trip called the White Mountain challenge or Direttissima. She was a volunteer backcountry ranger in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah (2006). She has travelled and hiked independently in Switzerland, Nepal (Annapurna Circuit and Langtang 2005, Three Passes Trek, Everest region 2010), Japan (Mt Yari Ga Take), Patagonia, Nicaragua and Jordan. She has backpacked in the Netherlands once. She’s led beginner backpacking trips and introduced her mother to backpacking when she was 66. She loves teaching others how to be confident in the outdoors.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.

Liz Wyman, Guide/Instructor/Naturalist - Click to Open Profile

Maine Bigelows at -25°F with 50mph winds

Introduction: Liz has lived, worked, and played in the White Mountains for the past decade. As a teacher, writer, and naturalist she leads hikes and educational programs for all ages. She has taught environmental science and natural resources to students in middle school, high school, and college. Liz is passionate about the natural and cultural history of New England. Show her a tree or flower and she can tell you what it is. She is an active volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail adopter, volunteer naturalist, and Conservation-Education Co-Chair for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter.

Résumé: Liz has completed multiple rounds of the 48 New Hampshire 4000-footers, including all the peaks in winter. She went on to discover that Vermont and Maine have great mountains too, and completed the 67 New England 4000-footers, as well, twice, including in winter. That required some multi-day expeditions to Baxter State Park, one of her favorite places. She then started exploring off-trail and has completed the New England Hundred Highest (also in winter, as well). Liz is an alum of the AMC-NH Chapter’s Winter Hiking Series and the AMC Winter School and is currently pursuing her Class 1 Leadership certification. She also enjoys running, bicycling, paddling, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. The Appalachian Trail is her second home, where she answers to “Teach.” Liz has section-hiked 450 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New Hampshire and Maine and is always looking to share some trail magic.

Certifications: Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED; AMC Avalanche Awareness, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide; Project WET/WILD & Aquatic WILD; Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Trainer, AMC Trail Adopter; AMC Volunteer Naturalist; AMC-NH Chapter Executive Committee; AMC Class 1 Leader.

Bill Robichaud, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Bill loving life on his Long Trail hike.

Introduction: Bill, trail name Science Guy, is from Portland, ME, and currently resides in North Conway, NH. While having few outdoors experiences in his youth, and little knowledge of the mountains (except riding ski lifts), he found himself with friends in Baxter State Park climbing Maine’s highest peak, Mt Katahdin. That was in 2000, and 10 years would pass before he would return. Upon finally quitting smoking in 2010, he needed a healthy outlet, and upon hearing about the 4000-footers, decided to go for it. From that first summit of Lafayette on a cloudy, windy August day, he was hooked. Bill now hikes (for beer) in all seasons, on peaks high and low, and has taken to bushwhacking, backcountry skiing, and most recently, trail running. His crowning achievement came in 2015, when he became the 29th person to “redline” – hiking all the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide. He has too many spreadsheets, and isn’t presently “working” on anything… just keeping track.

Résumé: New Hampshire 4000-footers (2011), in winter (2014), somewhere under 50% on the White Mountains Grid (all NH 4k’s in each month of the year), New England 4000-footers (2015), 52 With A View (2015), White Mountain Guide Redlining (2015), northbound thru-hike of the Long Trail (2015), a two week excursion in the U.K. checking off some of the most challenging scrambling/walking routes in the country (2016), numerous Pemi Loops, Presidential traverses, and backcountry ski descents throughout the Presidential Range and surrounding ranges.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), AHA CPR/AED, AIARE Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Below Treeline Team,” working on obtaining his WFR.

Howard Aronson, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Howard as a USFS Trailhead Steward.

Introduction: Howard grew up in RI, and has lived in Amesbury, Mass., for the last decade. Ever since he was a kid, he loved being outdoors, playing sports, sledding in the winter, and just staying fit. But, he didn’t start hiking until 2012, when he was 52. Before that, he was “gym rat,” natural bodybuilder, and triathlete. He rowed Crew in college, and was a 3 sport athlete in High School. Needless to say, Howard was fit enough to handle the rigors of hiking, but he had a lot to learn but has gained a lot of experience in the last four-plus years. Howard has been in sales for over 30 years, so we know that he can provide a very special, fun, upbeat, and positive experience, to whoever he guides or works with. Howard had no idea, that walking thru the woods and climbing to the tops of mountains would change his life, but it did.

Résumé: Since August 2012, Howard has completed the NH 48k footers, the New England 67 4k footers, 80 of the NE 100 highest peaks, and “redlined” over 50% of all the trails in the 29th edition of the AMC White Mountain Guide. Howard also has done over 100 winter hikes, climbing 33 of the NH 48 in Winter. He also has completed the Belknap Range Peaks, solo hiked in all 4 seasons, learned navigation skills, bushwhacked, and has become very proficient when it comes to talking about what to wear on your body, and feet. Howard is a bit of a clothing, footwear, and gear “nut.” Howard is also a member of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Three-Season Team, and a Trailhead and Backcountry Steward Volunteer in the White Mountains for the US Forest Service.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), AHA CPR/AED. Howard is working on obtaining relevant certifications over time while enjoying his time building hands-on experience assisting.

Ryan Welts, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Ryan powering through the White Mountains

Intoduction: Ryan grew up spending loads of time hiking and skiing in the White Mountains, mostly in the Waterville Valley area. After finishing high school he was more interested in hot rods and Burger King than staying active so he ballooned to an unhealthy 240lbs by age 20. Before the birth of his first daughter, he decided it was time to get back to his roots and make some huge life changes. He began by starting to hike the NH48 in the fall of ’07. By spring ’09 he was down 90lbs, hiking and running as much as he could in preparation for his first trail race. Since then he’s completed numerous rounds of the “48” in winter and summer, holds the “Fastest Known Time” (FKT) for the winter 48 — 7 days, 7 hours, 7 minutes — and has held FKTs on the Presidential Traverse, The Pemi Loop, Franconia Ridge Loop, Mahoosucs Traverse, The 100 mile wilderness (ME, Appalachian Trail) as well as competing in trail races up to 100 miles all across the country. Moving fast, light and long in the mountains is what he lives for, and he loves sharing “his” world with others. When the rocks are buried by winter snows you’ll find him XC skiing, snowshoeing, or running the well packed mountain trails. Ryan, now lives a stone’s throw from the southern flanks of the Whites, in Tamworth, NH.

Résumé: Countless ascents of the NH48 and 95% of all other trailed peaks in the Whites. Massive amounts of logistical and navigational knowledge. Gear knowledge for runs and speed hikes from half day to multi-day. FKTs previously and currently held. Fastpacking the GR2 in the French Alps. Ascents of Colorado 14,000-footer peaks. Single day ascent of Kings Peak, UT. Runs and hikes in the mountains in ME, VT and other parts of the country.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, and Ryan is working on obtaining other relevant certifications.

Kristina Folcik, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

A.k.a. “DangerGirl”

Introduction: Kristina a.k.a. Dangergirl, used to sit on the couch and eat donuts. Around the age of 19 she was introduced to mountain biking and it changed her life! She started competing and found herself racing downhill at the professional level by 2006. After a broken back, several concussions, and other serious injuries, she had to walk away from the sport. It was then she found mountaineering. She fell in love with the challenge of learning to climb rock and ice. When she discovered mountaineering she fell in love with climbing big mountains! After climbing Denali she came home single and was going to move to Colorado. She used to run an annual 50-mile trail race without training for it and thought of it as her yearly “stupid human feat.” In 2010, she ran the Virgil Crest 50-miler. At the at the finish line met Ryan Welts (also on this page) who would someday be her husband, though she didn’t know it then. Instead of moving out west she took a chance at love. Ryan was a mountain runner and it really clicked with her because she was always looking for ways to move lighter and faster in the mountains. After chasing Ryan around the mountains for a few years she eventually found that she could move quickly in the mountains. Very quickly. She was offered a spot on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. Her heart is in the mountains, whether she is running through them light and fast or roped up with a big pack and an ice axe in her hand.

Résumé: A US High Pointer (climbing the highest point in each state) with 21 complete, she is starting with the harder ones and finishing with the easier ones. She has climbed Denali (guided) as well as taken many climbing and mountaineering courses around the country. She has successfully climbed many peaks unguided including Mt Rainier, Mt Hood, Granite Peak, Gannett Peak, The Grand Teton, Mount Washington in winter, a single day Kings Peak in Utah, the Trapdike in winter and summer, and many more! She’s the current women’s FKT (Fastest Known Time) holder for the Presidential Traverse in 5 hours and 32 minutes. She also holds the FKT for the Mahoosucs Traverse, Carrigan via Desolation/Signal Ridge loop, and Squam Range Traverse. She has held and currently holds many women’s course records at several official trail races around the country in distances ranging from 20 to 100 miles. She has been on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team since 2013 and also represents Julbo USA, Choucas Hats, and Boom Nutrition.

Certifications: AHA Healthcare Provider BLS, CPR/AED, 22 years in healthcare (taking SOLO WFR in December 2017), AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1)

Jeffrey Shutak, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Jeffrey conquering Mt Washington. Again.

Introduction: Jeff resides in North Conway and began his active outdoor career as a recreational runner and moved up to complete in road races, marathons, and triathlons in Vermont. After moving to New Hampshire he discovered the beauty of the White Mountains and turned his attention to hiking, Nordic skiing, mountaineering, and rock and ice climbing. He has completed the summer and winter 48 4000-footers numerous times. He also enjoys kayaking, Nordic skiing both track and backcountry, and biking. He has summited Mount Washington nearly seventy times with a goal of reaching one hundred summits of the mountain. His most memorable experiences include being robbed by eleven bandits with AK-47s high in the Andes Mountains of Peru and left with no tent, equipment, or food, facing a three day trek without supplies, back to civilization. On another memorable trip coming face-to-face with a five hundred pound lion while backpacking in Kenya, Africa. Thankfully living to tell both experiences.

Résumé: Completed fourteen marathons including Boston twice, numerous triathlons. Have hiked, backpacked, ice and rock climbed all over the world. Those destinations include: The Swiss, French, and Italian Alps. Aiguille du Midi traverse from France to Italy, a traverse of Matagalls Les Agudes via Castellets, Mountaineering in Chamonix including the Tour du Mt Blanc. Backpacked in the Dolomites and summited the Breithorn Mountain in Switzerland while training for a summit of the Matterhorn. Hiked and backpacked the countries of Botswana and Kenya in South Africa. Backpacked Patagonia, Cordillera Blanca in Peru and the remote area of Choquequirao (where he was robbed in the high mountains by bandits). Hiked Massif des Calanques, in Marseille, France. Backpacked the Grand Canyon twice and rafted the entire length of the Grand Canyon (two-hundred seventy miles) in 2016. Hiked the Sierra Nevadas in CA. Backpacked the Coyote Gulch area of Utah, Superstition Mountain in Arizona, plus the Big Five National Parks in Utah as well as Mt Rainier… twice. He is also an adaptive Nordic and hiking guide for New England Regional Ski for Light for the Blind. He had also volunteered his time for the Lakes Region Conservation.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AMC Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), and Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.

Barb Cherim, Assistant/Guide - Click to Open Profile

Barb assisting on Mt Washington.

Introduction: Barb, a.k.a. Lady (and the Tramper), was born and raised in Vermont then later moved to Lebanon, NH where she would regularly climb the beautiful Mt Cardigan (innumerable summits) and develop a love for the sport as well as make the drive to the White Mountains while she was working on her 48 4000-footers. It’s only been in the past year that she has joined forces with Redline Guiding owner Mike Cherim as his wife, best friend, and partner.

Résumé: Barb has hiked in Vermont, in Maine, and extensively in New Hampshire completing New Hampshire’s 48 4000-footers and helping Mike with his redlining (and is probably approaching 50% herself). She hopes to complete her New England 67 4000-footers and winter 48 in NH at some point, and is also working on her Belknap Range patch. Though she’s not keeping track, Barb has completed large sections of the National Forest, the entire trail system in the Pemigewasset Wilderness including the bushwhacks to Vose Spur and Mt Nancy as well as significant chunks of the Squam and Sandwich Ranges, Kinsman and Franconia area, Chocorua area, and the Speckled-Caribou and Wild River Wilderness areas. She has also hiked many of the 52-With-A-View and hundred highest peaks though hasn’t kept track of those either. When Barb isn’t hiking, skiing (alpine and Nordic), or snorkeling, she likes to go shopping and get her nails done.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), AHA CPR/AED, USFS Trail Co-Adopter (unofficial). Barb is slowly working on obtaining other relevant certifications over time while enjoying her time building hands-on experience assisting.

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