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Mike Cherim, Guide/Instructor/JP/Owner - Click to Open Profile

Mike winter guiding on Mt Washington (circa 2013) just one of many, many trips.

Mike, wearing his JP hat. If you want to marry in the forest or on a mountain, this is your guy.

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 day.

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/Advisor - 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.



Pat Ferland, Guide/Instructor/Caretaker - Click to Open Profile

Pat loves guiding and has been at it a while.

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 reaching over 100 summits on a winter Mt Washington while guiding. 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).



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 (and this earned Arlette the number one female FKT of the Year spot for 2019). Add to this the Potomac Heritage Trail (2020) and the enormous North Country Trail (2021-2022). It doesn’t end there, in 2022 she also completed the Natchez Trace. Leaving only the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin… and you’ll never guess. Yep, she has finished that trail too so let it be known that as of 2022, Arlette is the first woman to hike all 11 of the National Scenic Trails in the United States and has since that time, added the Ouachita Trail (2022). 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.



Mike Maciel, Guide/Instructor/Photographer - 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, NH 52WAV, Belknap Range Peaks, the Ossipee 10, and Castle in the Clouds/LRCT Redline, as well as a one-day Classic Presidential Traverse, a one-day and 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., AIARE Avalanche Rescue, Volunteer SAR for the Lakes Region SAR team. Mountain Leadership Skill Training, Grad. Coming soon: Further Leave No Trace Master training.



Will Murphy, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Primed and ready to share his passion.

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) – “Winter Above Treeline Team,” current AVSAR President, 5th class technical rescue training (PEAK). More certifications coming soon.



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.



Phoebe Seltzer, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Phoebe belaying a student climber.

Introduction: Phoebe grew up in Massachusetts and developed a love of the outdoors from an early age. She grew up Nordic skiing, hiking and backpacking in New England. Yearly hut trips were a highlight of the summer. As an adult, she discovered the beauty of the White Mountains in the winter and developed a passion for backcountry skiing and rock climbing. She worked as a researcher in a neuroscience lab right out of college but soon discovered she wanted to pursue a career in guiding. She spent time honing her skills in the mountains of NH and participated in guided trips and courses both in New England and across the country. She also has a passion for ultrarunning and trail running and you will find her running through the White Mountains during the summer season. She has completed races from 5k to 100 miles over various terrain and conditions in running. During the winter, she races in ski mountaineering during days off. Her strong suit is a good memory of the trails she has hiked or run and can name most of the trails in the White Mountains and knows the distances between intersections in areas she is most familiar with. Phoebe is working towards certifications in Rock, Alpine and Ski with the AMGA and is hoping to pursue her single pitch instructor certification during the upcoming summer.

Résumé: Phoebe has completed all the NH 48 4,000 footers and two of the Adirondack 46ers in the winter time. She has completed 93% of the trails in the White Mountains of NH. She has summited all the Northern Presidential Peaks in the winter time and has summited Mountains Baker and Shuksan. She shared the lead rock climbing on Castle Rock and Mount Vesper in the Cascades. Phoebe has taken the first two parts of the American Alpine Institutes Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership series. She completed a 7-day mountaineering and Backpacking course with the Adirondack Mountain Club Winter School.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR), SOLO CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, AIARE Avalanche Level 1, Androscoggin Valley Search And Rescue (AVSAR) – “Three-Season Team”



Dominic Torro, Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Jacket earned fast.

Introduction: Dominic is from Epsom, New Hampshire, and has lived in the state his entire life. He learned to ski when he was two years old at Mt Sunapee. As a kid he also skied while vacationing with his family in Colorado, California, Nevada, and of course throughout the Granite State. Dominic was part of an alpine race team for 18 years, racing competitively throughout New England in slalom, GS and speed events. His passion for skiing brought him to the backcountry in his early twenties where he developed a “mountain-sense” and unique skill set. The outdoors have always been a big part of his life from hikes up Mt. Kearsarge as a kid to family camping outings in the White Mountains. He was an alpine race coach for 4 years during college and also a volunteer ski patroller. He also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and backpacking.

Résumé: Dominic has hiked all of the 48 NH 4000-footers, and has made ski descents of Dodge’s Drop, Diagonal Gully, and many other lines in the Presidential range. He has explored all the ravines of the Presidentials on skis including multiple overnight trips into more remote zones. He has also climbed Mt. Shuksan via Shannon Ridge, Black Peak, Eldorado, and participated in backpacking trips in the North Cascades, Olympic National Park, and in Mt Rainier National Park. Dominic also made the Rainier summit in 2022 via the Kautz Glacier and skied the mountain down via the Kautz Ice Chute and “Turtle.” Moreover, 2022 being a good year for Dominic, Mt Adams (Washington) and Mt Hood (Oregon) was also sent and skied. Dominic has over 30 winter ascents of Mount Washington (NH), most of which were with skis. Dominic has enjoyed ice and rock climbing throughout the state. He has also made backcountry descents in Utah’s Central Wasatch Range, and in Colorado, California, and Nevada.

Certifications: WMA Wilderness First Responder (WFR), WMA CPR/AED, AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Level 2, Avy Rescue, USSA Alpine Race Coach, AIARE Pro 1 and AMGA Alpine and Ski Guide Aspirant, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness, more on the way.



Michael Scire, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Michael’s stoked to be a Redline Guide.

Introduction: Michael grew up just north of Boston where he lives today. He has always had a passion for the outdoors, this has always been part of Michael’s DNA. His focus is on hiking, road cycling, and mountain biking. In 2017, Michael decided that hiking was his overwhelming passion and took up hiking in a serious manner. When not working his full-time job, you will find Michael hiking in the Whites or at the ski club he joined as he uses this as his base camp when up north. In 2018 Michael began his quest to complete the NH48s and completed the list in just under twelve months. He then went on to the NE67s, and has but two summits to complete that list. Since 2017 Michael has had the opportunity to hike in the mountains of Banff and Lake Louise in Western Canada, and peaks in the Las Vegas area. In 2018 Michael headed to Chamonix, France, to trek around Mont Blanc that included trekking through the Alps of France, Italy, and Switzerland. In 2021, Michael headed to Yosemite to hike Half Dome which required reaching the summit by way of the aid of cables secured to the mountain.

Résumé: As noted Michael has completed his NH48 in just under twelve months in 2018. Also as noted, Michael is nearly complete with his NE67, has hike a one-day Pemi Loop, trekked around Mont Blanc, hiked Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and is proud to be a member of Randolph Mountain Club (RMC).

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), AHA CPR/AED, Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness. More coming soon.



Tim Jones, Guide - Click to Open Profile

Tim’s also stoked to be a Redline Guide.

Introduction: Tim Jones retired to the Mount Washington Valley in 2016 to take advantage of the local hiking/snowshoeing, mountain biking and ski trails, and to kayak the whitewater rivers that flow from the mountains. Tim’s career was as an outdoor/travel journalist and equipment consultant. He was also a ski instructor for over 40 years, helping to train his identical twin sons who skied for the Atomic National Freeride Team throughout high school. It was often hard to tell when he was working and when he was playing. He climbed his first mountain (Monadnock) at age 9 and hasn’t stopped since. Tim is in a “smell the alpine azaleas” phase of his hiking career, enjoying guiding hikers who measure challenges by their own abilities and want to hike safely.

Résumé: Tim has hiked over 600 miles of the AT, has explored every corner of the White Mountain National Forest, and much of the Greens and Adirondacks, too, and has probably summited most of the “48” at some point (he’s never kept a list). He’s a certified volunteer kayaking trip leader and whitewater kayaking instructor for the NH Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), and has taught Winter Camping, Backpacking Skills, Advanced Snowshoe Skills, and Backcountry Skiing for Vermont Doe Camp. In winter, he is a Trail Steward for the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Association.

Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA), AHA CPR/AED, Paddlers First Aid, AAIRE Level 1 Avalanche certification, ACA Level 3 kayaking instructor, Level 1 Swiftwater Rescue, PMTS Ski instructor (Training with Harald Harb), 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).



Michael Cohn, Probational Guide - Click to Open Profile

Introduction: Michael is from Natick, MA, but also has a place in Bartlett, NH, and is new to guiding.

Résumé: Impressive, yet pending.

Certifications: Several, to be listed.



Steph Gould, Probational Guide - Click to Open Profile

Introduction: Steph is from Bethlehem, NH, and a very experienced trip leader.

Résumé: Impressive, yet pending.

Certifications: Several, to be listed.



Brian Wasiewski, Probational Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Introduction: Brian is from North Conway, NH, and is somewhat new to guiding.

Résumé: Impressive, yet pending.

Certifications: Several, to be listed.



John Bergman, Probational Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Introduction: John is from Durham, NH, and a very experienced trip leader.

Résumé: Impressive, yet pending.

Certifications: Several, to be listed.



Jamie Leahy, Probational Guide/Instructor - Click to Open Profile

Introduction: Jamie is from Bethlehem, NH, and a very experienced climbing guide.

Résumé: Impressive, yet pending.

Certifications: Several, to be listed.



To be continued as we grow and develop…
(Last updated: November 18th, 2022)

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