Hiker Writer

March 26, 2015

What kind of shape are your legs in after the winter? Mine aren’t too bad — I’ve been skiing almost every day — probably about 75 days in total this winter. But skiing muscles aren’t necessarily the same as hiking muscles, so I have to get going on pre-hike training.

I’ve just signed a contact to write The World’s Great Hiking Trails for Rizzoli,. It’s  follow-up book to America’s Great Hiking Trails To choose the trails , I’ve relied on many years of my own experience around the world. But obviously, one person can’t know everything, so I also turned to experts from the long distance hiking community. I came up with a list, and between now and November, a lot of my time is going to be spent visiting some of the fantastic trails I haven’t yet hiked.

One of the trips I’m most excited about is the Via Ferrata (“iron ways”) of the Dolomites in northern italy. I’ve been hearing about this region since I was a little girl and my great aunts sent postcards back showing slyscrapnig mountains .

In  early September, I’ll be visiting the Alta Via 1 and 2 with the guide service, Holimites, which offers guided bicycling, trekking, trail running, and mountaineering trips in the Dolomites. .The Via Ferrata — “iron ways” — of the Dolomites are a series of mountaineering routes with cables, ladders, bridges and other aids built in to make these beautiful mountains accessible. The routes originated in World War I, when this region was not a peaceful recreation area, but a vertical  battlefield. The hike includes experiencing both the natural beauty of the region as well as its history.

I’ll be posting more about the hikes I’ll be doing and how I’m preparing for them.

March 22, 2015

Karen’s book America’s Great Hiking Trails, was featured in an article by Larry  Bleiberg in USA Today about 10 great hiking trails.  She recommends trails in California, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maine, Florida,  and Hawaii. Too bad there wasn’t room for a hundred trails but for more you can always check out the book!

March 16, 2015

Just back from a whirlwind trip to Peru. Check out what it’s like to hike the the muddy Amazon basin in the rainy season. It was a memorable hike, interwoven with a birdwatching canoe ride at Lake Sandoval. For more on Peru, please visit Buckettripper.com, where I’ve posted a photo essay about some of Peru’s iconic attractions

March, 2015

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