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Author Archives: Mike Cherim

The Backpacker’s Fire

In The Beginning: Where We Have Fire Sometimes it’s nice to have a fire. It can be a source of comfort while keeping the night at bay and warming the soul. And it’ll warm us in other ways, too, from toes to fingers, from gathering the wood to sidling up to the blaze, just watch that you don’t burn your socks or melt the rand or […]

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Hiking the Cohos Trail

We love hearing about what our guides do off the clock as well as what they do when working, and we figure you might, too. We try to post their most significant accomplishments here for that reason. Because of this, and being that there are so many significant accomplishments happening in any given year, we stay busy documenting it all. And here we are again. This […]

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Camp Craft in the Wilds

We had two women’s-only “Camp Like a Champ” backpacking/camp craft events scheduled for this season with the next one coming up the weekend of July 21-22 (sorry, sold out). The first one, however, just happened this past weekend and while it wasn’t full, it was very much a success. This one was led/taught by Redline Guide Jean Lee and it took place in the Wild River […]

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Some of Our Best

A returning guest, Suzanne, asked us to create a memorable experience that would inspire her to continue her recuperation progress after an old injury. After her last tour with us, of South Moat (unrecorded), she was ready for more but to take it easy on her. She is, after all, not a spring chicken. She wanted to ramp things up, getting stronger as she goes. To […]

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The Battle of Dartmouth

It should say The Battle of Millen Hill even though the larger Mt Dartmouth was the main objective, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start at the beginning. A week ago Redline Guide Mike Cherim began teaching a single, young student — 13-year-old Sage — on the first of two days of private, intense Wilderness Navigation training. This training was very similar, in fact, to […]

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‘ello Wilderness

A father and son from London, England, wanted a wilderness backpacking experience and one as true to the real thing as possible here in New Hampshire. While wilderness tentsites were okay, we opted to avoid platforms and shelters to help deliver the experience they requested. After some discussion, we decided to take them to the Wild River Wilderness. Its qualities are a wilder wilderness with fewer […]

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Spreading the JAM

In longhand that refers to the traversing the three mountains — Mts Jefferson, Adams, and Madison (5716′, 5799′, and 5366′, respectively) — that qualify as NH 4000-footers on the northern end of New Hampshire’s hopelessly rugged Presidential Range. And that’s what returning guest Linda did under the watchful eye of Redline Guide Jean Lee during a one-day crossing. As per our plan the duo started on […]

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Wild Exploration Adventures

We are creating a series of hiking adventures that will take participants off the beaten track to explore areas of the White Mountain National Forest that few ever visit. We will be bushwhacking, using old trails, following terrain features like slides, navigating by map and compass, and more. If you’ve ever taken one of our Wilderness Navigation courses this may be a perfect opportunity to put […]

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Guiding in the Wilds

Yet another guest working on the AMC’s New England Hundred Highest list came to us looking for knowledgeable companionship and guidance. We happily obliged. On the job was Redline Guide Ken Hodges. Shadowing Ken was the newest member of our team, Ryan Mcguire. On the agenda for the day was the 3862-foot Vose Spur — one we’ve guided before. And like the last trip, it sounded […]

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Successful Trails Day

We cleared seventy waterbars! We recently announced our First Annual Volunteer Trails Day. Our thinking was, as a company, to organize a way for folks to give back to the White Mountain National Forest. For hikers, a great way to do this is to maintain the hiking trails. Doing so preserves and protects them. And it’s sorely needed. Hikers may not realize how much impact they […]

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Overnight Alpine Tour

A returning guest and amateur photographer, Linda, made a request to basically be in the alpine zone from sun-up to sundown, to make use of those golden hours shutterbugs love so much, summit Mt Monroe, and summit Mt Washington. And, during it all be informed about the alpine flora she wanted to photograph. Not just a hike, but a nature tour as well. It was suggested […]

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They Meant Every Word

Teaching someone the art of navigation or some other backcountry craft is immensely satisfying. So is introducing someone to our incredible mountains for their very first time. But both of these pale in comparison to the incredible feeling of satisfaction we derive from performing weddings, uniting two souls for a future of togetherness that continues on ’til death do you part. It’s special. And special describes […]

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