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It was so F***ing Awesome!

We called in a follow-up, asked if the day was a satisfactory one — after all, the photos looked pretty nice (see below). The one guest we spoke with excitedly presented us with several sentences of joyous expletives describing not just the mountain, the views, the weather, and the pace, but also how f***ing awesome Redline Guide Pat Ferland was. They said he was “perfect.” (We […]

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Winter Wildcat Wedding

Dave and Karissa — Married March 3rd, 2021 A ski wedding… what a great idea! Due to some of their guests not having access to the summit, however, the couple chose a secluded spot in the woods above Wildcat Ski Area’s C-Lot for the actual ceremony. So, for the bride and groom, their day went something this: go skiing, stop to get married, then tailgate with […]

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Windy Mt Washington

They knew it’d be iffy. “Threading the eye of the needle,” Ryan mentioned. Could they make it? To navigate? To overcomes the winds? The lousy visibility? The cold? They tried but this shaken snow globe of a mountain turned them around, telling them to take it on on another day. It’s like that up there. It was sunny and nice everywhere else. Everywhere but there. The […]

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Skiing Crescent Ridge Glade

An experienced intermediate/advanced skier had long had backcountry ski touring on her bucket list so when she found us in the Vibe Magazine she was stoked. We were equally stoked — ski guiding is fun business. And with alpine touring (AT), Nordic, telemark, and split-boarding guides standing by, we’re ready. Our guest was looking for a relaxed, moderate day without too many surprises, and Redline Guide […]

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Gulf of Slides Ski Tour

The whole season has seen one change after another due to Covid-19 concerns, travel restrictions, and other related challenges. It’s just one of those years. Crazy. It’s been good for us so far, but we’ve had to work extra hard for it. So to have a sizable self-contained group come to us wanting to ski was great — even though they were dealing with their own […]

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Mt Madison, Ice, and More

What a great weekend. Lots going on. Redline Guide Mike Cherim was teaching navigation, Ryan McGuire was showing a Ridj-it group how to climb ice at “Lost in the Forest” in Crawford Notch, and Pat Ferland was training a group of four one day showing them the ins-and-out of winter hiking and mountaineering, then leading them up Mt Madison on snowshoes the next day. Pat even […]

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Hale’s B/C Ski Glades

Some awesome backcountry ski glades is what one will find if they look on the backside (west side) of the unbeloved 4000-footer called Mt Hale. “Unbeloved” because it is an easy, ordinary 4000-footer lacking views. Many deem it not special, and thus unbeloved. To certain humans, however, the ones willing to work for it, “earning their turns,” the mountain offers a treat, and least to backcountry […]

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So, You Want to be a Guide?

A thoroughly enjoyable piece penned by Redline Guide Mike Maciel. In 2019 I stepped away from a successful sixteen year career in the corporate world of insurance to pursue things that were more meaningful to me. For most of my tenure, the money I earned in exchange for my time had helped me to achieve my goals and build a great life. Eventually though, the ends […]

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Snowshoeing Hedgehog Mtn

The plan was to get some snowshoeing in, to have some fun, and to take in some of the sights showing our guest from southern New Hampshire what it’s all about. Sounds like a plan, right? Leading this hike was Redline Guide Ken Hodges and on tap for their day was to complete the UNH Trail Loop taking in Allen’s Ledge, the Hedgehog Mountain summit (2543′), […]

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Hit Snooze, It’s Okay

About an hour after the hike was over we got a text message from our first-time guest telling us how awesome the hike was, and how awesome Redline Guide Mike Maciel was. Oh, and that she’d be back. Being new to winter hiking, Mike decided the 4310-foot 4000-footer we call Mt Pierce would be a fine choice. We have to agree. And as it turned out, […]

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2021 Rockhopper-Redline WFA

We’re pleased to announce another cooperative effort between ourselves here at Redline Guiding and Rockhopper Races LLC. For those who don’t know Rockhopper Races, they’re the ones bringing professionally-organized mountain racing to the White Mountain National Forest. The owner, Kristina Folcik, has guided for us and remains a friend. So together, we’re back at it again offering a SOLO 2021 Wilderness First Aid course in April, […]

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Jess Kowalski Joins the Team

With Arlette being on “vacation” for a bit (she’ll be back eventually), we’ve brought in new team member and experienced guide Jess Kowalski to help out (along with Deb) with some of the women’s-only stuff that we like to offer now and then. And we may expand our offerings on that front, if Jess wants to help. She may have a group or three she would […]

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