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Category Archives: Guides

Train Station in the Sky

One of the nice things about the 6288′ Mt Washington, despite its crazy weather, is the very infrastructure we love to hate. Cursing right now are the die-hard hikers that, for good reason, feel that planes, trains, and automobiles have no place on the summit of one of their beloved mountains. We won’t argue the point, but we will also play devil’s advocate for a moment. […]

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Guide Spotlight: Ryan McGuire

Busy guiding on Mt Baker (and other mountains in that region like Rainier) this summer Redline Guide Ryan McGuire is pretty busy. But we were able to catch up to him and asked the same questions we asked Arlette last month. Here’s what Ryan had to say: What do you like most about the mountains? I love the alpine environment. Getting above the trees where you […]

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Guide Spotlight: Arlette Laan

Our guides are a big deal. They’re cool, smart, good looking, and really good at what they do. As such, we like to spend some time sharing information about them so that you, dear reader, will appreciate them as much as we do. In this entry we will cast our guide spotlight on Redline Guide Arlette Laan — who’s currently hiking the massive 4700-mile North Country […]

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Trails Day Success, #4

We just finished our Fourth Annual Trails Day and it was again a huge success. This year, under the leadership of the US Forest Service, Saco District, we preformed what was probably our heaviest workout as volunteers. Organizers and supporters for this event, besides us and the USFS, were the NH Trail Workers Group, Rockhopper Races, and Tuckerman Brewing. Redline Guides present were Mike Cherim, Ken […]

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Samantha Joins the Team

We’re pleased to announce we have taken on yet another guide. Redline Guide Samantha Fairfield is new to guiding as a career but has long maintained a strong desire to guide and to do so with Redline Guiding in particular. Her applying twice, the second time with a wilderness first responder (WFR) certifications added to her credentials, was a sure testament to her ambition and enthusiasm. […]

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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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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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Ryan Earns his Avy 2

Furthering his education, Redline Guide Ryan McGuire just attended an “Avy Two” course from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). This course is part of a progression Ryan began with “Avy One” followed by an “Avy Rescue” course. In a nod to old friends, the course was taught by David Lottmann, Northeast Alpine Start, and hosted by Corey Fitzgerald and company at Northeast […]

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Will Earns his WFR

Our newest Redline Guide Will Murphy will finally be able to really get out there in a big way as a member of the team. We were just waiting on him to earn a wilderness medical certification. And now he has. Over the past eight days Will has been thrown into the world of wilderness medicine at SOLO‘s Tasker Hill campus in Madison, NH. There he […]

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Will Murphy Joins the Team

We’re pleased to announce that Will Murphy has joined Redline Guiding’s family of guides. We’ve known Will for a while through our volunteer association in Search and Rescue and we know he has the right temperament and personality: a great mix of hard and soft skills. And a love of the mountains. Will just needs to get his medical certifications in order, earning his WFR — […]

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Guides Do Marry

It’s happened before. One minute they’re guiding, living a bachelor’s dream life out of their van, the next minute they getting swept off their feet. It stands to reason, though, when you have a sharp looking crew like our team of guides. This time at the altar was Redline Guide Álvaro Marques, and with him his lovely now-wife, Suzy. Like many couples this year, 2020 has […]

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Ryan Goes Alpine

Redline Guide Ryan Mcguire has been busy this fall with his professional development becoming an Apprentice Alpine Guide under the auspices of the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). For Ryan’s personal and professional aspirations in the area of high altitude mountaineering, this is an ideal route for him to take. This certification, once received, will assure anyone that he is held against an incredibly thorough international […]

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