Introducing the Awesome Redline Guiding Team:
(To stay up-to-date with their latest and greatest exploits, be sure to check out the Guides and Trips Catagories on our Blog.) — Last updated: June 13th, 2021
Mike Cherim, Owner/Guide/Instructor/JP - Click to Open Profile
Mike Cherim, Owner/Guide/Instructor/JP
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, the RMC-100, and most recently completed the Belknap Range. 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 – 93 summits (over half in winter) out of 113 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, to include Mt Hotakadake and several others, 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,” Shakedown Committee, and past-member of the Board of Directors (VP), Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Trainer, USFS Axe Trained, and a Justice of the Peace in the State of New Hampshire (his commission expires June 2nd, 2026).
Ken Hodges, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Ken Hodges, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Ken, of Conway, NH, 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 Pico in Portugal, 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, a Deep Canyon Classic hike in the Grand Canyon, and 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), AIARE Avalanche Rescue, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, USFS Axe Trained, and Volunteer Conservation Easement Monitor for the SPNHF.
Arlette Laan, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Arlette Laan, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
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 (in winter, too), finished the New England 67, and has most recently completed the NE 100 highest list. The last few years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about three-quarters 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), Cohos Trail (2018), the New England Trail (2018), and all of the Pacific Northwest Trail in sections (2007, 2012, and in 2019). In 2014 she completed all 48 4000-footers in an 11 day unsupported backpacking trip called the White Mountain challenge or Direttissima. She did this again in 2019 in a fraction over nine days (and this earned Arlette the number one female FKT of the Year spot for 2019). Add to this the Potomac Heritage Trail (2020). She has also completed the 48 in winter. 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.
Ryan McGuire, Guide/Instructor/Caretaker - Click to Open Profile
Ryan McGuire, Guide/Instructor/Caretaker - Close Profile
Introduction: Originally from Connecticut, Ryan grew up hiking in the White Mountains and skiing in Vermont. Ryan was a varsity soccer and indoor track athlete in school, and a former competitive crossfit athlete. He has been partaken in four obstacle course races (OCRs) like “Tough Mudder.” Ryan has participated in trail work as well as giving back by way of SAR. Ryan decided to follow his passion and left the business world to pursue guiding instead. He mostly guides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire guiding his favorite mountain, Mt Washington, in the winter, and Presidential traverses. He has also guided in Washington leading mountaineering climbs/courses on Mount Baker and other peaks in the Pacific Northwest. His passion for travel and bigger mountains has led him to climb in other parts of the country and in South America, as well. Dedicated to continually improving his skills, Ryan is pursuing the AMGA alpine guide track.
Résumé: At the time of this writing, Ryan is well on his way to completing the 48 NH 4000-footers as well as the New England 67. Additionally Ryan has attained the winter summits of all the Presidentials (this is no easy feat). He has completed a Classic Presidential Traverse. More recently, guiding, Ryan has climbed/guided Mt Baker ten times by 2 routes, as well as guiding on Mount Rainier, and climbed Cotopaxi and Illiniza Norte. His favorite, Mt Washington, he’s hiked over seventy times and counting, over half in winter. Ryan has climbed various rock and ice routes leading up to 5:10 and WI3. As a runner Ryan earned a spot in the top 10 for his age group in the 2017 Killington Spartan Sprint. He also has 20 years experience skiing all over New England and Colorado, which includes one season in the backcountry.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), NOLS WFA, SOLO CPR/AED, EpiPen, AIARE Avalanche Level 1 and 2 (Avy 1 & 2), AIARE Avalanche Rescue, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Above Treeline Team,” Wildcat Ski Patrol, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness. Apprentice Alpine Guide, AMGA.
Mike Maciel, Guide/Photographer - Click to Open Profile
Mike Maciel, Guide/Photographer - Close Profile
Introduction: Mike grew up in the beautiful Lakes Region of central NH and currently splits his time between there and the southcoast of Massachusetts. With the exception of a few random hikes he mostly stuck to traditional sports and played baseball, basketball, and soccer throughout his childhood and high school. He made it outdoors a little more often while attending Keene State College and hiked Mt. Monadnock on several occasions, but did not truly fall in love with hiking until he found himself atop Franconia Ridge on a perfect fall day in his early 30s. He loves the mountains for the adventure, scenery, sense of accomplishment, exercise, snacks, and camaraderie. He continues to play organized sports recreationally, and can often be found hiking in basketball jerseys. In the spring of 2019 Mike resigned from his job of 17 years in corporate insurance to pursue things that were more meaningful to him, such as writing and spending more time in the mountains. Simply put, the mountains make him feel alive and he enjoys sharing that experience with others.
Résumé: Mike has completed the NH48, NE67, NH 52WAV, Belknap Range Peaks, and Castle in the Clouds/LRCT Redline, as well as a two-day Presidential Traverse, a three-day Pemi Loop, and the Massachusetts Mid-state trail. He is currently working on finishing up the Terrifying 25 and a longer term goal of completing the ADK46. Mike and his wife Katie enjoy traveling both inside and outside the country, he has hiked in Ireland, Iceland, Alaska, Arizona, and Washington.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR/AED, LNT Awareness Trainer. Volunteer SAR for the Lakes Region SAR team. Mountain Leadership Skill Training, Grad. Coming soon: Further Leave No Trace Master training.
Pat Ferland, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Pat Ferland, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Originally from Woodstock, CT, Pat grow up hiking and climbing in the White Mountains while visiting with his family on vacation. He began learning how to rock climb when he was 13, and ice climb when he was 15, and soon began making trips up with his father to rock and ice climb all across the Mount Washington Valley. He has been guiding with the International Mountain Climbing School (IMCS) since moving up to NH in 2005. He has also hiked extensively outside of the White Mountains, spending time in the Santa Teresa mountain range in southern Arizona, backpacking, mountaineering, and sea kayaking through the Chilean Patagonia ice caps for several months, and hiking and exploring the woods and mountains of Maine, including Mount Katahdin’s Knife Edge ridge. His first 4000-footer was an ascent of Cannon Mountain via the High Cannon trail in ’91, and over the next few years, he reached the rest of the AMC huts, as well as many of the other 4000 footers. When not guiding, hiking, rock or ice climbing, Pat enjoys mountain biking, road biking, split boarding or paddle boarding.
Résumé: Pat has guided 92 successful winter Mount Washington summits out of 140 attempts (and counting), along with multiple five-night mountaineering courses and three-day winter Presidential range traverses. He started guiding in Summer 1999 for the Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester, CT, leading rock climbing daytrips around Connecticut, and has been guiding in North Conway since 2005 for IMCS. He has also completed the first ascents of peak 2222 and peak 2223 in Chile, and summited Longs Peak in CO via the Diamond Casual Route. Pat has been working on completing the 4000 footers of NH.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), plus CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 2 (Avy 2), Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Trainer, PCGI Lead Rock Guide and Rescue Course Completed (Taking Exam Fall 2020), AMGA Alpine Level 1 Completed, AASI Level 1 Snowboard Instructor, Eagle Scout, Winter Above Treeline member of Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR).
Nico Dubois, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - Click to Open Profile
Nico Dubois, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - Close Profile
Introduction: Nico, trail name Trail Spice, grew up hiking in the Adirondacks with his family, who finished the ADK46 together in 2004 on Whiteface Mountain. After this first experience with mountains in the Northeast of the US, his passion grew to include bushwhacking many of the ADK 100 Highest, ADK winter ascents, and some exploration in British Columbia and Washington. Since 2011, when Nico started leading trips for his college’s Outing Club, he has lived in a number of places guiding programs that include backpacking, canoeing, sailing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, white water rafting, dog sledding, and skiing. Arriving in New Hampshire in 2017, and taking some time to get his bearings straight, he has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the White Mountains as he explores them more and more. Many of his off days are spent trail running on obscure trails for Red-lining the guide book, and overall just tackling big days in the mountains to see whats out there. He also spends a lot of his time with his camera and co-founded “Of The Woods Photography” with his wife, Shannon. They live happily in the small mountain town of Jackson, NH with their Alaskan Husky “Adirondack” – Mohawk Translation: “Bark Eater.”
Résumé: Has hiked the Adirondack 46ers twice, once with his family from 1999-2004, and second in 2017 leading a group of 6 high schoolers on a 5-week backpacking trip. He has hiked over 50 trailless peaks in the Northeast, and has spent over 400 nights in the field professionally, leading a variety of multi-day outdoor adventures for both teens and adults. He has also managed several teen backpacking programs, as well as volunteer search and rescue, and professional ski patrol. Places that Nico has hiked and backpacked include the Adirondacks, Catskills, Green Mountains, White Mountains, Maine, the Everglades, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, British Columbia, Canada, Quebec, Glacier National Park, Mt Rainier (attempt), Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico, Yosemite National Park, and Idaho’s Sawtooth Range.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.
Deb Dunn, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Deb Dunn, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Deb’s love of the outdoors began as a child with family camping trips near the Pine Barrens in NJ. She has been hiking in the White Mountains since the early 1990s and is thrilled to be spending the winter here for the first time. After leading backpacking trips in Montana and training to be a hiking leader through the AMC, Deb took her leadership learning to the next level with the month-long NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Outdoor Educator course. Subsequently, she taught outdoor education to gifted children with dyslexia for two of her 25+ year teaching career. Deb has been an assistant rock climbing instructor with the AMC and was a volunteer climbing instructor and hiking guide with Outdoor Explorations, a non-profit that shared the great outdoors with adults of all abilities, including people who are blind and deaf. One of her most exciting climbing adventures was up 10,000- foot Symmetry Spire in Grand Teton National Park. She loves to travel solo (including a month in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana) and with her family. In 2014 they spent 2 1/2 months driving around the perimeter of the US. Being outdoors and in the mountains is where Deb is most alive and happiest, and any day she can share that with others is a great day.
Résumé: Deb has hiked all of the NH 4,000-footers (helping her son complete them before he turned 13) and is halfway through NH’s 52-with-a -view. She also backpacked for a month in the Absaroka Range of WY, hiked extensively in 15 national parks including Yosemite and Arches, Loveland Pass Colorado, trekked in the Sierra Nevada of Venezuela, and the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Deb has led backpacking trips in the White Mountains and in Montana. She is an avid nordic and telemark skier, and snowshoes many of the trails in the White Mountains and VT. She will be teaching alpine skiing in winter 2020 at a local ski mountain. Deb has rock climbed all over the East and Southwest USA as well as in South Africa, Spain, and Mexico.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED, AMC hiking leader, Leave No Trace Awareness, MA teaching license… more coming soon!
Howard Aronson, Guide - Click to Open Profile
Howard Aronson, Guide - Close Profile
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.
Will Murphy, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Will Murphy, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Will, of Whitefield, NH, grew up hiking and generally being outdoors at an early age. His first substantial hike was done at the age of eight, completing the fifty-mile Connecticut segment of the Appalachian Trail with his family. Other “early age” hikes followed including after graduating 8th grade, completing a 26 mile hike solo in two days. Will has regarded a healthy outlook and active, daily participation in life as vital to taking on new challenges and being “ready.” To that end, he has run regularly for many years and maintains a regular fitness schedule. Will has participated in Spartan Beast races since 2013, several running races (5k to Half-Marathon) and impromptu trail runs. When not doing these things, Will can be found backcountry skiing, ice climbing or rock climbing, or enjoying espresso!
Résumé: Will began Mountaineering activities in 1995 while on assignment in California. A visit to Yosemite and Mt Shasta invited a desire for higher summits and unique and beautiful landscapes. Yosemite Rim hike, Half Dome and other experiences in the area. Four trips to Mt Shasta (14,160′) with two successful summit from the Hotlum-Bolam route. One trip to Mt Whitney (14495′) with a successful summit on the standard route. Three trips to Mt Rainier (14,410′) on the Disappointment Clever route with one successful summit. Ascent of Mt Adams (12,276′ in Washington) in one day. Several successful Canadian Rockies summits: Athabasca (11453′) on Standard route; Andromeda (11318′) on Skyladder route; Haddo Peak (10073′) on Aberdeen Glacier/Southwest Ridge route; and Stanley Peak (10351′) on the Stanley Couloir. Also, Will has hiked all 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire, has 25+ years experience backcountry skiing in VT, NH and NY, and he extensively rock and ice climbed in NH.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) plus CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR), BoD Member and Winter Below Treeline Team. 5th class technical rescue training (PEAK). More certifications coming soon.
Jess Kowalski, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Jess Kowalski, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Jess (they/them preferred, she/her okay) grew up on the Seacoast of NH and currently lives out of a lil van around the Whites! They began hiking around NH as a child and in AZ with their family as they got older. In college Jess conducted frog surveys in the backcountry of New Zealand, climbed with the UNH climbing team, and led hiking and backpacking trips for the UNH Outing Club. While thru-hiking the Long Trail in VT, Jess was dubbed two trail names: Adventure Time and Crazy Legs. After thru-hiking they moved out West in their Subaru Outback to work, hike, and climb around California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. They then did a bike tour through the Pacific Northwest with Bike & Build to build affordable housing for a month and moved to Moab, UT until COVID hit. Jess loves hiking, long-distance backpacking, ice climbing, rock climbing, and exploring. Jess dreams of becoming a mountaineer and of creating inclusive spaces in the outdoor industry for the LGBTQIA+, chronic pain, and sober communities because we all belong here!
Résumé: Jess has cycled through the PNW (2019), thru-hiked The Long Trail (2016 northbound/NoBo), and hiked the Belknap Range (2021), 1/2 of the NH 48 4000-footers, 1/3 of NE 4000-footers, and throughout NH, ME, VT, HI, CA: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Santa Cruz, Sierras, UT: Wasatch, Arches, La Sals, NV: Rubies, Red Rock, AZ: Santa Catalina, Tucson, Santa Rita, and Ricon Mountains, WA, CO, TX, and ID. While studying at UNH (2012-2016) they took a navigation course and led hiking, backpacking, and leadership training courses for the UNH student body. In 2017 they did a 6 month seasonal field work job that required navigating via map, compass, and GPS on BLM land via foot and truck.
Certifications: Adventure Med Wilderness First Responder (WFR), SOLO WFR, SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Adventure Med AED/CPR, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.
Samantha Fairfield, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Samantha Fairfield, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Samantha grew up in Southern Maine and has been the adventurous outdoorsy type since birth. Growing up on a farm in rural Maine she spent every moment she could outdoors riding her horses, hiking, cycling and exploring every trail from her house for miles. This passion for the outdoors only grew larger as she got older leading to many road trip adventures which eventually led her to Santa Cruz, CA in 2007 where she landed a job as an Equestrian guide in Pescadaro. Samantha led hundreds of guests through redwood forests, along the beautiful beaches of central California, and in the backcountry. She eventually settled in Bend, Or, and for 11 years enjoyed hiking and riding many of the wilderness areas and also training international endurance race horses while running her own equestrian business. This job brought her deeper into the backcountry going as far as the Canadian Rockies. When not riding horses she and her husband explored and hiked in numerous National Parks some of her favorites being Joshua Tree, Bryce, Zion, Crater Lake, Olympic, Hoh Rainforest, Big Bend, and many more. Samantha moved back to her home state of Maine in 2016 and has since rekindled her childhood love of the WMNF. With her family she spends time weekly checking off mountains off of multiple lists When not working, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Résumé: Samantha has hiked most of the 48 4,000 footers (to be completed by the end of June 2021) and many of them multiple times as simultaneously works towards completing the Grid. Also checked off: the Belknap Range, more than half of the 52 With a View peaks, and many of the Terrifying 25 trails, and will hopefully be completing the New England 67 by summer… with more in the works. Spring, 2021, she started her goal of section hiking the Appalachian Trail and has completed her first section from Springer Mtn to Hot Springs, NC.
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness. Additionally: Masters in Complimentary Alternative Medicine and Sports Nutrition, NASM certified personal trainer and sports nutrition, 500 hr. yoga instructor. Licensed massage therapist.
Erik Samia, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile
Erik Samia, Guide/Instructor - Close Profile
Introduction: Erik lives in the Mount Washington Valley, where he was born and raised, beginning his love for adventure for the outdoors when he was still in diapers. He has been an avid hiker, backpacker, skier, paddler, and climber for many years. Being from the White Mountains his curiosity for the outdoors has only grown through the years. He has lived in tents, yurts, and wigwams for a least six months per year for the last six years in order to fully immerse himself in the mountains and woods. He studied Recreation, Adventure Education/Travel and Ecotourism while at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains and has led backpacking trips, LNT courses, and helps lead and coordinate the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Volunteer for Trails Program for the past five years. Erik hikes, backcountry skis, and climbs all around the country.
Résumé: Hiked, backpacked, backcountry skied, and climbed all across the northeast and numerous other spots across the western part of the united states. Erik has completed hiking the three-season 48 4000-footers’ list. He has studied primitive living skills, while living in a yurt community. He has led backpacking trips and trail crews all throughout the White Mountains, 100 Mile Wilderness, Baxter State Park, Acadia, Berkshires, Green Mountains, Adirondacks, Costa Rica, and the Virgin Islands. In the past year he has worked on building partnerships through trails and conservation with local groups as well as an international trails internships with the Sendero Pacifico down in Costa Rica.
Certifications: Degree in Recreation, Adventure Education/Travel, and Ecotourism (PSC), SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), AHA CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Avy 1), Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator, and White Mountain Outfitter Guide (USFS/AMC).
Jeffrey Shutak, Guide/Instructor/JP - Click to Open Profile
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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. Jeffrey is also a Justice of the Peace in the State of New Hampshire.
Álvaro Marques, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - Click to Open Profile
Álvaro Marques, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - Close Profile
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: Climbed Mt Pico in Portugal, 2018, 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, completed summiting all of New England’s 67 4000-footers, and completed the Terrifying 25 list 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.
Bill Robichaud, Guide/Photographer - Click to Open Profile
Bill Robichaud, Guide/Photographer - Close Profile
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, unless you consider his 2018 northbound Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike. He has too many spreadsheets, and isn’t presently “working” on anything… just keeping track. Well, except him being almost done with redlining again!
Résumé: New Hampshire 4000-footers (2011), in winter (2014), somewhere over 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, and again in 2020), 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.
To be continued as we grow and develop…
(Last updated: June 13th, 2021)