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Ready Packs

When we formed Redline Guiding we wanted to be different, and to go above-and-beyond when it comes to caring for our guests. That’s why we came up the “Ready Pack” concept. Which, by our definition, is a complete day hiking pack to include high quality, seasonally-rated outer- and mid-layer-wear, emergency items, traction and other seasonal essentials, even food and water, all put into a comfortable well fitted, appropriately-sized pack — and all at a very low price point to encourage use.

Standard Ready Pack (Three Season)

In the spring, summer, and fall, we offer our standard Ready Pack which contains some or all of the following items:

  • BD Hot Forge hybrid midlayer.
  • Ragged Mountain fleece.
  • Poncho or Mountain Hardware hardshell set.
  • Light hiking gloves.
  • Wool watch cap.
  • BD headlamp.
  • Stuffsacks (organized).
  • Whistle (attached to pack strap).
  • Emergency pad.
  • 50′ paracord.
  • 5’x7′ soft-lined tarp.
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, plus extra.
  • BD trekking poles with full grips.
  • All in a compactor-bag-lined appropriately-sized pack.

Note: The Ready Pack does NOT include footwear such as that used for hiking, approach, climbing, or mountaineering, etc.

Pricing and Weight

Including food and water the cost of our normal Ready Pack is $55/person/day. Without our food and water rations the cost drops to $40/person/day. This is a great deal considering the hundreds of dollars worth of quality gear contained within. The combined weight of this gear, including the pack itself, food, and water, is only 14 pounds (between 9-10 pounds without food and water). The weight is calculated based on the XL-sized kit.


Alpine Ready Pack (Winter Conditions)

It is really worrisome when we see people on Mt Washington and they lack proper clothing, especially if they’re in a guided group. We wanted to make sure we’re never that group and have gone to great lengths to protect our guests from the sometimes unimaginable cold that grips that mountain in the winter and the winds that scour its barren tundra. It’s a small but mighty wasteland and it commands respect. People love that, and we want them to be safe seeing it firsthand. This pack is also used for other mountaineering and climbing activities.

In the winter, we offer our Alpine Ready Pack which contains the some or all following items, valued at well over $1200:

  • Black Diamond Cold Forge parka.
  • BD Hot Forge hybrid midlayer.
  • Ragged Mountain fleece.
  • Mountain Hardware hardshell pants and jacket.
  • Outdoor Research overmitts with liners.
  • Light hiking gloves, too, for five useful combinations.
  • N-ferno balaclava.
  • OuterU FaceGlove Classic.
  • Wool watch cap.
  • Bolle goggles.
  • BD headlamp.
  • Stuffsacks (organized).
  • Hot packs (some like them).
  • Whistle (attached to pack strap).
  • Emergency pad.
  • 50′ paracord.
  • 5’x7′ soft-lined tarp.
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, plus extra.
  • Microspikes.
  • BD mountaineering crampons.
  • MSR mountaineering snowshoes, if needed.
  • Camp snow/ice axe/ice tools.
  • BD Couloir mountaineering harness w/ locking ‘biner.
  • BD Couloir climbing harness.
  • BD climbing helmet.
  • OR mountaineering gaiters.
  • BD trekking poles with full grips.
  • All in a compactor-bag-lined appropriately-sized pack.

Note: The Alpine Ready Pack does NOT include footwear such as that used for hiking, approach, climbing, or mountaineering, etc.

Pricing and Weight

Including food and water the cost of our Alpine Ready Pack is $75/person/day. Without our food and water rations the cost drops to $60/person/day. This is a great deal considering the value of quality gear contained within is over $1200. The combined weight of this gear, including the pack itself, food, and water, is less than 24 pounds (between 18-19 pounds without food and water). The weight is calculated based on the XL-sized kit.


Backpacking Ready Pack

For use during backpacks we offer this specialized pack containing all of the needed seasonal items shown in the lists above, plus gear necessary for backpacking such as:

  • Tent or tent components.
  • Rated sleeping bag.
  • Foam or inflatable sleeping pad.
  • Stove and fuel (may be furnished by guide).
  • Water filtration (will be furnished by guide).

Pricing and Weight

Including food (three meals per day) and water the cost of our Backpacking Ready Pack is $120/person/night. Without our food and water rations the cost drops to $75/person/night. The combined weight of this gear, including the pack itself, food, and water, will likely be between 30-50 pounds with a wide variance due to length of trip, time of year, and other factors. The weight is estimated.


Other Important Information

When considering the use of our Ready Packs, please also consider the following:

Personal Items

Please note that the kits above do not contain personal items such as those shown in the following list:

  • Glacier or sunglasses.
  • Sunblock.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Lip balm.
  • Cell phone (protected!).
  • Camera.

Clothing Layers

Please note that the kits above do not contain clothing layers such as those shown in the following list:

  • Non-cotton underwear.
  • Wool hiking socks.
  • Wool or poly baselayers (winter).
  • Hiking pants (shells in winter).
  • Wool hiking shirt.
  • Ball cap or Buff.

Footwear

Please note that the kits above do not contain footwear. Based on activity, you will need one of the following:

  • Trail runners.
  • Climbing shoes.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Approach boots.
  • Backapacking boots.
  • Mountaineering/ice climbing boots.
  • NNN-BC Nordic ski boots.
  • Alpine Touring (AT) ski boots.
  • Three-pin and telemark ski boots.
  • Snowboarding boots.

Also note that the mountaineering boots, ski boots, and climbing shoes shown on the list above may be rented locally as “outsourced gear” if we don’t have your size. We can even rent them on your behalf (though not recommended due to sizing), but this option does carry an up-charge of $40 added to the price of the gear being rented.

À La Carte Gear Pricing

Please see the following list to price out individual items should you choose the built your own, method.

Rental Gear Pricing Master List - Click to Open

General Rental Gear Pricing
  • Empty Backpack: $15/person/day.
  • Headlamp w/ Batteries: $5/person/day.
  • Trekking Pole Set: $5/person/day.
  • Bushwhack Kit (Compass/Glasses): $5/person/day.
  • Food and Water (Lunch Kit): $15/person/day.

Summer Clothing/Layers Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Fleece (Midlayer): $5/person/day.
  • Puffy Jacket (Midweight): $20/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day.
  • Light Gloves: $5/person/day.
  • Climbing Gloves: $10/person/day.

Winter Clothing/Layers Pricing – Add to List Above
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Puffy/Parka (Heavyweight/Winter): $25/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day (Gaiters Req. w/ Crampon Use).
  • Mitts/Overmitts: $10/person/day.
  • Watchman’s Hat: $5/person/day.
  • Balaclava: $5/person/day.
  • Face Protection (Faceglove/Mask): $5/person/day.
  • Ski Goggles: $5/person/day.
  • Gaiters (Winter): $10/person/day.

Winter Rental Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Light Traction: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Snowshoes: $15/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Ice/Snow Axe: $10/person/day.
  • Whippet: $10/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.

Winter Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Ice Climbing Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Technical Ice Tools: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Boots: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Beacon: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Probe: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Shovel: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Kit: $40/person/day.

Summer Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Rock Climbing Shoes: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Chalk Bag w/ Chalk): $5/person/day.

Backpacking Gear Pricing
  • Sleeping Bag (Rated): $20/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Foam): $5/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Inflatabe): $15/person/night.
  • Tent (1-2 People): $20/person/night.
  • Tent (3-4 People): $30/person/night.
  • Stove w/ Fuel: $15/person/night.

Other Gear-Related Pricing
  • Gear Insurance (Regular/Hiking): $10/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Alpine/Winter): $20/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Backpacking): $30/person/day.
  • Outsourced Gear (Pick Up Fee): $40/person/day.

Gear Insurance

To protect the gear that protects you, Gear Insurance is also available. For the Ready Pack and all its contents, the insurance for the standard “Ready Pack” is $10/person/day. The insurance amount for the “Alpine Ready Pack” is $20/person/day. And the gear insurance for the “Backpacking Ready Pack” is $30/person/day. To learn more about how our gear insurance works, please review our policies.

Alpine Ready Packs — including snowshoes and trekking poles — shown in use on South Moat Mountain.

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