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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, 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 – 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, 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 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 July 13th, 2021).

Ken Hodges, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Ken leading a group to Eagle Cliff.

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.

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: 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.

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 (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. 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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Erik Samia, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

One of Erik’s favorite pastimes!

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).

Ryan Mcguire, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Ryan wisely picked his day.

Introduction: Ryan grew up in southern Connecticut and is currently located in Litchfield, CT (he will be relocating to this area soon). His love for hiking and the White Mountains started at a young age while hiking with his sisters and his dad. He has a business degree and years of retail management experience. Ryan also works as a herdsman on dairy farm. He has a strong desire, however, for continuing his education in the mountains and expanding those skills. Ryan was also a varsity soccer and indoor track athlete in school, and a former competitive crossfit athlete. He has been partaking in obstacle course races (OCRs) like “Tough Mudder” for four years at the time of this writing. Ryan is also proudly a longtime AMC member and has participated in trail work. He looks forward to doing more and adopting a trail in the future. Ryan is also a winter, above treeline team member of AVSAR (Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue).

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 he completed a single-day ascent of Mt. Baker (10,781′). 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 (Avy 1), AIARE Avalanche Rescue, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Winter Above Treeline Team,” Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness.

Rachel Ryan, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Rachel happy on her AT thru-hike.

Introduction: Rachel is proudly born and raised in Ohio. As a lifelong Ohioian, Rachel first moved to New Hampshire in 2010 upon graduation from Allegheny College to do trail work with the SCA (Student Conservation Association). Although Rachel has always loved hiking and camping, New Hampshire was her first experience with mountains. Rachel’s first mountain hike was Franconia Ridge in January of 2010 and the beauty captivated her. After finishing her 10 months with the SCA, Rachel moved to Montana to work for Montana Conservation Corps to continue trail work. After leading high school students on trips to do trail work for a year, Rachel decided to remain in Montana for two more years in attempt to get to know different areas of the state. Looking for a new oppurtunity, Rachel moved to England for 10 months to voluneeter at a charity. Rachel took full advantage of traveling while abroad, including hiking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Once completing the hike, Rachel returned to Ohio to work with students awaiting foster care, followed shortly by moving back to New Hampshire to begin guiding at a Wilderness Therapy program for troubled teens. At this time, Rachel learned about the 48 4000 footers and decided to accept the challenge. Although she is still five mountains short, Rachel has thoroughly enjoyed exploring the White Mountains. After living in New Hampshire for two years, Rachel flew to Georgia in spring 2018 to hike the Appalachain Trail to Maine. Although Rachel found the thru hike to be emotionally trying, there is nothing she would trade for the opportunity or knowledge that she gained from this experience.

Résumé: Rachel has hiked the Appalachian Trail AT (2018) and is working on her 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire and New England 67.

Certifications: SOLO WFR (pending), CPR/AED (pending). Summit Achievement Leadership Trained. LNT Awareness Level. More coming soon.

Katie Vaughan, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Finishing her 48 on Mt Jefferson.

Introduction: Katie lived in the Boston area growing up and moved to southern New Hampshire to pursue her first career after college. A decade later, she decided to move back to Boston where she currently lives and works in the finance industry. Katie has always been active in sports and the outdoors. She was a high school and college athlete and today continues to focus on her fitness. She also inspires young athletes as she is a high school boys’ volleyball coach. As for the outdoors, if there is an activity to pursue Katie either does it or at least will try it. Hiking for Katie, however, has grown to be her passion. She was fortunate enough to grow up with the Blue Hills in her backyard with this leading to the discovery of the White Mountains to the north in 2009.

Résumé: Katie has completed the NH 48, Belknap Range Peaks, two-day Pemi Loop and one day Presidential Traverse. She is currently working on her Winter 48, New England 67, 52 WAV, and section hiking the AT. In addition, Katie has backpacked a section of the John Muir trail, summited Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and has hiked in many of the National Parks. In August, she is planning a trip to hike Mt Whitney (tallest peak in the lower 48). For the past several years, Katie has been a Class 2 volunteer hike leader and instructor for the AMC. She focuses her teachings on navigation skills, backpacking, and winter hiking. She is also a Trailhead Steward for the US Forest Service in the White Mountain National Forest.

Certifications: WMA Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR/AED, and LNT Awareness Trainer. More coming soon as Katie is currently working towards obtaining her AIARE Level 1 certification… and more.

Mike Maciel, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Mike enjoying winter on his way to Mt Tom.

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 and the Belknap Range Peaks as well as a two-day Presidential Traverse and a three-day Pemi Loop. He is currently working on finishing up the NH 52WAV, The Terrifying 25, and redlining the LRCT Castle in the Clouds Peaks/Trails. In 2018, he also started on a longer term goal of hiking 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: Coming soon! Scheduled for Wilderness First Responder training late 2019 to be followed by LNT Awareness training. Planning for Outdoor Leadership and further Leave No Trace training in 2020.

To be continued as we grow and develop…
(Last updated: September 14th, 2019)

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