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A photo of the book Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A new book documents the stories of a husband-and-wife hiking team and others who tackled the 2,653-mile long Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S. The author is Barney Scout Mann. Having also trekked the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, he has completed what’s known in the hiking world as America’s Triple Crown. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Mann about his experiences and how he approached the hike that turned into Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail.

It's hiking and biking today! Mary Glynn, Outdoor Skills Coordinator for the Adirondack Mountain Club, and Samantha Moranville, co-owner of Revolution Bicycles in Kingston, New York, are ready to tell you where all the best trails and routes are! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Luna Pleton at the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower
Jason Pelton

One New Yorker recently became the youngest member of the Catskill 3500 Club. And while that is a notable accomplishment no matter how old you are, it's even more impressive when you become a club member before attending a kindergarten class. Brett Barry has the story of 5-year-old Luna Pelton. 

August hikers in the Adirondacks crowd a trailhead (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Environmental advocates in the Adirondacks are calling on New York’s governor to commit $10 million to address overuse of the most popular sections of the six million acre park.

Jim Levulis, WAMC News

An important access point for hikers in New York’s Adirondack Mountains will be closed after this weekend.

A group of winter adventurers enjoy a First Day hike in a Vermont State Park.
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

While many people plan to burn the midnight oil to ring in 2019, others are aiming to get out of bed and into nature on the first day of the New Year.

On July 31, 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set the FKT (fastest known time) record on the Appalachian Trail, completing the trail in just 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, a feat that takes most hikers six months. Hiking an average of 47 miles per day, Davis was the first woman to claim the overall title on the Appalachian Trail.

Since her thru-hike record, which she held for four years, Davis has set out on a new quest: the quest to find out what exactly defines endurance, where it comes from, if gender plays a role, and how we can we harness it to achieve our dreams.

Her new book, "The Pursuit Of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience," aims to answer those questions, and more, through interviews with renowned endurance athletes, fellow record setters, an exercise physiology expert, and through her own accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running.

Vroman's Nose
Kristen Leffel

The state of New York has acquired a 139-acre mountain in the Schoharie Valley known as Vroman's Nose.

The summit of Mt. Moosilauke in New Hampshire
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Many people in our region spend their free time on the area's hiking and biking trails. We have two hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.

Beaver Meadow Falls
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Adirondack 46 are staples of hiking in upstate New York. WAMC’s Jim Levulis summited one of the 4,000-footers and sent this report.

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The White Mountains live up to their name well into spring. WAMC’s Jim Levulis hiked one of the range’s southern peaks and sent this report.

On January 14, 2015, rock climber Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history - Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall.

After an arduous nineteen-day ascent, Caldwell and Jorgeson were the first to summit it without the assistance of ropes, other than to catch their falls. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. In his new memoir The Push, he shares his story.

The trail marker near the summit of Bald Mountain
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The warmer temperatures and the calendar indicate spring has arrived, which for many in the region means hiking season is right around the bend. But, as I recently found out, the last vestiges of winter on are the mountaintops.

Ordinary bicycle
Agnieszka Kwiecień / Wikimedia Commons

With most of the snow melted and temperatures rising around the region, many people are looking to enjoy the outdoors. We have a panel of hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Imagine hiking from one end of the Berkshires to the other without having to pitch a tent, boil water or go days without a shower. WAMC is on the trail of an organization looking to make that a reality.

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety is reminding fall hikers to be prepared for wintry conditions at higher elevations.

Lauren Stevens holding his book "50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills"
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For some people, hiking is all about discovering new places, but you need know where you’re going. Step-by-step, one hiker-turned-author has taken it upon himself to make sure those looking to escape in the Berkshires know where to go. And I went with him.

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The city of North Adams is calling attention to the fact that it lies along the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail by becoming an official A.T. community.

  It started as a far-fetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline—eventually became a plan. In September 2012, inspired not only to draw attention to global warming but also to explore his personal limits, Ken Ilgunas strapped on his backpack, stuck out his thumb on the interstate just north of Denver, and hitchhiked 1,500 miles north to the Alberta, Canada oil sands.

Then he turned around and began a 1,700 mile trek, hiking—nearly entirely on foot—to the XL pipeline's endpoint in Port Arthur, Texas. And this wasn’t a manicured trail: he walked almost exclusively on private property, mostly on the wide-open, half-wild pasture and farming fields of Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The resulting book, Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before, and Sort of Illegal Hike Across the Heartland, is a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the physical and mental extremes to which we can push ourselves.

  In 2008, on her second night of college, Aspen Matis was raped by a fellow student. Shattered and alone, she fled to the Mexican border to begin the 2,650 mile walk along the Pacific Crest Trail, through the unforgiving desert and mountains to Canada.

Reminiscent of Alice Sebold’s - Lucky and Cheryl Strayed’s - Wild, Matis has written a searing, yet hopeful story of survival in the wake of a horrific trauma and finding acceptance, hope, and healing in nature.

Girl In The Woods is a memoir of how Aspen’s horror became her salvation…and, yes, she found her future husband by the 2,000 mile mark.

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Winter’s grip on the Northeast is slowly loosening even in places far less traveled. In part two of our spring series, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis found spring is running nature’s course...just at a slower pace this year.

Authorities in the Hudson Valley have identified a 19-year-old man who died after suffering an electric shock from utility wires at a site in Dutchess County.


Following the New Year’s Eve ball drop, thousands of people will ditch their party hats for a pair of hiking books to hit the trails in state parks across the country. It’s a tradition that started more than two decades ago in Massachusetts and for the fourth straight year First Day Hikes are being hosted in all 50 states. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Mass Parks Director Priscilla Geigis about the commonwealth’s trailblazing idea.