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Jewell Up, Cog Down

This isn’t the first time we’ve done this: guided a one-way trip up the infamous Mt Washington. And, honestly, it’s a grand idea if you’re not counting mountains for some peak bagging list and don’t need to follow rules which would prohibit such activities. You hike up the mountain with a guide, then grab the Cog Railroad train for a ride down the mountain gaining both […]

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White Mountain Variety Show

They came to us from lands to the south and to the west that are flatter. They weren’t unfamiliar with our offerings, but they knew what they knew only scratched the surface of what there is to know. They hired us to fill in some of the blanks. One-point-five days, they indicated, is what they had in their time budget. For now (they have promised to […]

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Extreme Navigation Class

Our guests wanted a trial by fire. To be thrown to the wolves, so to speak. Left to fend for themselves or to perish while trying… okay, okay, we’re exaggerating. They, did, however, mention the word “extreme.” But by this they really meant to make it real — to not hold back and offer a legitimate experience they could take to the bank for years to […]

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More Time in Maine

White Cap/Kennebago and Cupsuptic Snow — parts of the Rangely “Six Pack” — were needed by this frequently returning guest so he once again called on us to lend a hand, to serve as companion. On lead with him, as on previous trips, was Redline Guide Ken Hodges. The whole trip was fairly standard, no headlines so to speak, but it should be noted, the colors […]

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The Northern Presidentials

Our guest needed two of our taller 4000-footers — Mts Adams and Jefferson — for her list. We were there to help. Being that she already hiked Mt Madison on another excursion, this Northern Presidential traverse could be abbreviated at the start so Redline Guide Arlette Laan lead her up Valley Way. Perfect. So that’s what they did. Adams fell, and so did Jefferson. There was […]

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What is Your Why

Redline Guide Mike Maciel led these trips — a Bonds-Zealand Traverse and a day on the southern end of Franconia Ridge to summit two more 4000-footers, Liberty and Flume — and Mike also provided a nice summary of their time together in the wild. (Thank you, Mike.) So, without further ado, let’s embark on their journey together. A story of gain fueled by loss in the […]

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Classic Turned Full

When Redline Guide Nico Dubois “checked out” using our safety-focused online system early that morning, the email we received said he was going to lead the typical “Classic” north-to-south Presidential Traverse to Mt Pierce covering several “4000-footers.” And his “Plan B” was to tack on Jackson and maybe even Webster if our guest was feeling good. As it turns out, he was feeling great, so the […]

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Her First 4000-Footer

We have long recommended Mt Pierce as a New Hampshire hiker’s first 4000-footer, this was time to put that to the test. Would it be enough? Too much? Too little. Based on what knew about this returning guest, this should be just right. Let’s check it out. The day started cloudy but the sun worked its magic and eventually came out. The wind was blowing so […]

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Huntington Ravine, Again

We will often guide folks on the Huntington Ravine Trail. Thanks to a few exposed and awkward sections, this Terrifying 25 trail really is terrifying in the eyes of many. It is a rather specific climb demanding precision routing — something that many get wrong. Redline Guides Ken Hodges and Howard Aronson, both guiding up there, noticed a number of folks getting themselves stuck in the […]

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