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Learn to Rock Climb

That’s what two returning guests wanted to do — they wanted to take a quick break from hiking and learn how to do some rock climbing. Inasmuch, they booked a one-day Rock Intro course learning things like climber’s safety, crag etiquette, belaying, communication, relevant knots and hitches, and of course, the fundamentals of climbing itself. This was done while on top-rope for safety, naturally, making sure […]

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The Guide Makes the Trip

People will sometimes question the value of hiring a hiking guide. We’re asked on occasion. The answer for us is easy: a guide contributes a lot to the overall enhancement of the experience by way of myriad methods and practices. It makes sense. We know the mountains extremely well. Including how rough our trails can be but what rewards they bestow upon us. We’re well-rounded — […]

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Huntington. Must. Be. Dry.

This popular hiking tour took a while to put together for this group — ground conditions earlier on forcing a change — but it finally happened. A confident guide, a forecast of dry weather, and some predictably dry rock allowed our guests to feel good about giving this attempt the green light. And so, it finally happened. The team successfully climbing the “hiking trail” up Huntington […]

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Tried the Tris and Won

A returning guest who was with us just last week is on a roll as she steams through her New Hampshire 48 4000-footers. It makes sense, the weather’s been mostly good for hiking so one has to strike while the iron’s hot, so to speak. Her trusted companion through all this has been Redline Guide Phoebe Seltzer. Phoebe offered a few photos of their trip, some […]

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The Un-City Nights

Three days, two nights, a getaway for a mother and her 9 year-old son. Being from New York City, this adventure was quite the departure from their normal day-to-day routines, but then again that is the point. Both experienced hikers, the duo wanted to go all-in and have a backpacking experience. Knowing this traverse really well, we know it delivers, and we knew Redline Guide Will […]

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Southern Presidential Traverse

His June traverse of the Northern Presidential Range in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) was naturally followed up with a traverse of the Southern end of the same range. You can read about the prior tour here and also check out the video we made for that. This was a natural follow-up, particularly as many of our guests return for more fun times with us […]

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Mt Madison Isn’t Easy

The statement that “Mt Madison isn’t easy” will be the utter truth for some, but not all, this we acknowledge. For some it’d be an easy peasy breezy thing. But let’s tweak the circumstances a bit. Let’s add in winds that were at the time approaching 70 miles per hour on nearby Mt Washington (a place known for its extreme weather), just across the Great Gulf […]

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A Day on the Rock Pile

We often encourage our guides to write a few words about their trips, passing along the guide’s perspective, and in the guide’s own words — it offers a nice peek back for our guests. That is such the case with this post as most was penned by Redline Guide Phoebe Seltzer. This was a special Mt Washington summit for Phoebe being that it was her 30th […]

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Second Time’s the Charm

Ah, Mt Cabot (4170′), it’s one of those New Hampshire 4000-footers that can throw you a curve. Many get to the top of that mountain mere moments after inspecting the old fire warden’s cabin, enjoy some restricted views, then swing the party around and head home. Only later to realize another summit — the actual summit — is a few tenths of a mile from there […]

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Three Adventures in Maine

When he finally came back to New Hampshire, Redline Guide Ken Hodges wryly said “ayuh, you ken get theyah from heyah” — obvious to us his stay in Maine had been long enough. As it was he had three backpacking/hiking trips back-to-back-to-back so he got his Maine on. It wasn’t originally like that. Originally Ken was signed up for two trips with a nice rest period […]

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Zealand Exploration with Tom

We led a Michigan family of four into Zealand Notch to enjoy a legitimate New Hampshire backpacking experience, being mindful that they lacked mountains back home and that the youngest members were only 12 and 13. On lead for this trip was Redline Guide Pat Ferland and he’s the one that penned this excellent plan. Day one saw the family making their way toward the Notch […]

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