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Author Archives: Mike Cherim

It’s All About the Guides

It’s hard to keep up with all the cool things our guides do, but some things do stand out… Arlette Laan Awarded #1 Fastest Known Time of the Year (FKTOY), Female Hiking a diettissima, at least here in the White Mountain National Forest, refers to hiking all 48 of the 4000-footers in one continuous hike. This can be done supported (people can help), self-supported (you stash […]

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Sabbaday Snowstorm Wedding

Billy Idol would have said that it was a nice day for a white wedding and we would have to wholeheartedly agree. And so would the bride and groom. You see, this snowy day wedding was requested. The couple, from Florida, wanted to have a wedding in the woods, snowy and beautiful. This was her wish, in particular. To walk into the snow laden forest and […]

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The 13th Essential

For a long time we have embraced and promoted the Hiker’s Thirteen Essentials as the recommended hiker carry list for use in the White Mountains. This, for those who weren’t aware, goes above and beyond the well-known “Ten Essentials” by adding sheltering material like a bivy or tarp, a partial or full size foam sleeping pad, and sun protection to the list. We felt the latter […]

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Undercast Sunrise on Adams

We have been helping a peakbagger with now only 23 peaks remaining finish his GRID (that means hiking all 48 4000-footers in every month of the year — 48×12=576 peaks). We have been assisting with some of the winter mountains. Obviously this guest is extremely experienced. He hires us because having a knowing companion in the less forgiving winter months is just plain smart. That knowledge […]

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2020 Couples’ Choice Award

We’re excited to be the recipient of our second Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award. This one for 2020. This is being given, of course, for our very cool and pretty much unbeatable mountain top and wilderness wedding services (and vows renewals). Didn’t know we did that?! Well, are you’re ready for some real adventure? Maybe marriage is the thing for you. And if that’s how you […]

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Three Tours

We had three hiking tours out there in the White Mountains over the past two days and decided to consolidate them in one brief overview. The first was assisting a peakbagger with getting Madison and Adams in winter. On task for this was Redline Guide Ryan Mcguire. They were able to summit both mountains. The second tour was to assist another winter peakbagger with two peaks […]

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Nighttime Snowshoe Hikes

Our recent Starlight Snowshoe hike was such a success, we decided to offer six (6) more dates… Join us for a fun time on one or more of six nighttime snowshoe hikes planned for this winter. These will not be high intensity, or high speed hikes. These will be more socially-oriented. We will, in fact, keep them simple marking the 2800′ Mt Willard summit ledges as […]

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The Best of 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! As we’ve done in years past, we’re offering our readers a condensed list of our best articles of the year — a quick overview of our most popular educational or special interest blog posts. Since we have produced less of this type on content, however (to avoid redundancy), we are first going to offer links to previous lists for your convenience: The […]

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A Number of Mt Washingtons

After a while the snow, rocks, and ice no longer look all the same. After a while every minor nuance on the mountain is a known thing, an old friend we recognize by their shape. We become very, very familiar. This is good, during a whiteout this familiarity can be super useful. The recognition of a lowly ice-encrusted mass of talus can keep us on the […]

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