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Huntington Ravine, Guided

Next floor, Huntington Ravine, going up — ding-ding. The doors rumble open and three ladies enter the elevator, two returning to us from previous Redline Guiding adventures. Redline Guide Ken Hodges at the controls, in the lead, taking this party up, up, and up some more. This is something we do here at Redline Guiding. It’s not so simple as the push of an elevator button, […]

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Earning Trail Names

[…] they heard a moose splashing around […] They went in with the names their parents gave them. Four days later they return to civilization as “Rollover,” “Footloose,” and “Trot” — the last one being the name that Redline Guide Ryan Mcguire earned. He led this White Mountains backpacking experience, and can apparently hike fast. But not fast enough, however, to out-hike the long-distance hikers’ tradition […]

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Nature Giving Back

[…] but nature performed the real magic. Nature takes, but nature gives back. Nature can do surprising things, destructive things. Nature can take away. One day all is right; the next day it is not. Nature can bear its weigh on us in the most unforgiving ways. Then just as suddenly nature can become completely restorative. What nature takes, it often gives back in another form. […]

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Presidential Backpack

Backpacking in the alpine zone of the Presidential Range is difficult. In winter you can camp anywhere outside of the Cutler River Drainage in that zone as long as there is two feet of snow under you so space is plentiful. In winter, however, there are cold temps and often high winds so camping is not necessarily easy or even fun on some days. This isn’t […]

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More Jungle Backpacking

They wandered along, indications for the trail were there but they had to look for them. Broken ferns, a treadway amidst hobblebush, a human-cut log end, a worn root, erosion, the hint of a trail corridor (a.k.a. a space between two trees). All are signs of a trail. It’s a wild area. As Axel Rose belted out: “Welcome to the jungle.” We joke about this, it’s […]

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Cannon Mountain Wedding

I can feel it, much like the wind, this blows me away. Cannon Mountain (elv. 4100′) is a New Hampshire “4000-footer” so it’s popular with hikers. It’s also a famed ski area so skiers likewise appreciate it. Do you know who else likes it? If you guessed young couples in love, you’d be right. They dig it because they can get married up there in the […]

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Jungle Warfare

As imperfect human beings we learn as we go. We make mistakes, adjust, correct, then carry on. Here at Redline Guiding we strive to provide exceptional outdoor adventures and in-depth wilderness education. We strive for perfection, even if that means that perfection will be defined differently by different people. When a recent private group told us they wanted compete immersion into the true wilderness — at […]

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Advanced Women’s Backpack

Exciting news, especially for Redline Guide Arlette Laan‘s former student-participants: We are super pleased to offer a more advanced, longer duration — 3 days, 2 nights — educational backpacking adventure for women only. We’re pleased to introduce our very first “Advanced Camp Like a Champ” women’s-only backpacking event. The Details This event is being led by Redline Guide Arlette Laan. If you don’t know of Arlette […]

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Crossing Rivers Safely

The title of this post is the premise of our River Crossing Skills course and we ran our first one of the season this past weekend. Thankfully we had great weather, nice water conditions, and the bugs along the river weren’t too terrible. We aren’t always blessed. We run this course any time and sometimes it’s not ideal — because we cross rivers year ’round — […]

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Backpacking Season Begins

It started this past weekend with the first of two women’s-only backpacks led by Redline Guide Arlette Laan. On this trip Arlette decided to take our returning guest into the Wild River Wilderness so as to provide a very authentic wilderness experience. As the Gilligan’s Island theme song went… No phone, no lights, no motor car not a single luxury like Robinson Crusoe, it’s primitive as […]

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We Gave Something Back

From the White Mountain National Forest we find pleasure and business, and for the White Mountain National Forest we give back by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. This is why we didn’t hesitate in the slightest when deciding to repeat last year’s successful Trails Day by hosting and organizing a Second Annual Event. That’s what we were up to on Sunday, June 23rd, […]

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More Vose Spur

A reliable hiking buddy is an awesome thing to have, and it is something we provide. Particularly for hikers working on their New England Hundred Highest and other lists. Scar Ridge, Peak Above the Nubble, the Rangley Six Pack, these and others have come up before. This time it’s the 3862′ Vose Spur again. A quick blog search shows how popular it is. With us this […]

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