Biography

Karen Berger has earned her reputation as a hiking expert with footsteps—literally millions of them. Seventeen thousand miles. Six continents. And hundreds of stories. She has hiked America's "Triple Crown" of hiking trails: the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails, and has walked across England, Scotland, France, Holland, Beligum, and the Netherlands, as well as trekked in New Zealand, Nepal, and East Africa. As a contributing editor for Backpacker, the outdoors expert for GORP.com, and the "Outdoor Smarts" columnist for Scouting, she has written about world-wide travels, developed a comprehensive on-line resource of hiking skills, and answered hundreds of reader questions. She's the author of 11 books on outdoors topics, including DK's Backpacking and Hiking: An Eyewitness Guide.

Karen's articles have been published in print and on the web, including Backpacker, Islands, Family Circle, National Geographic Traveler, Westways, New Mexico Journey, Alabama Journey, Texas Journey, The New York Times, New England Travel and Life, Weight Watchers, Child, AMC Outdoors, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Virtuoso's Travel+Life, France Guide, Scouting, Out Here, GORP.com, Away.com, Epic.com, Vox Hamptons, and TravelClassics.com.

Check out Karen's books and adventures at www.hikerwriter.com.

Karen Berger's Articles

Away Article, November 2006
Deep Freeze
Go beyond the Rockies this winter. Alaska has something for everyone.
Gorp Article, June 2006
Best Base Camps
The top locales in the United States for blissful, unfettered retreats into the wilderness, where a good book and days of leisure accompany your backcountry wanderlust.
Gorp Article, January 2005
Gear for Newbies
GORP Hiking Know-How
Gorp Article, March 2003
Lightweight Hiking Goes High-Tech
Introduction
Gorp Article, March 2003
Lightweight Hiking: Shedding Weight
Introduction
Gorp Article, March 2003
Lightweight Hiking: Inventing a Better Mousetrap
Introduction
Gorp Article, March 2003
Lightweight Hiking
Getting Started
Gorp Article, April 2002
Honeymoon on the Rocks
Backpacking for Couples
Gorp Article, April 2002
Snowshoeing 101
Gorp Article, April 2002
How to Stay Alive Up High
Gorp Article, April 2002
Packing a Resupply Box
Gorp Article, April 2002
Transportation Logistics
Gorp Article, April 2002
Accessories for Winter Warmth
Gorp Article, April 2002
Chill Out!
Gorp Article, April 2002
Ramble On
An AT Veteran Reflects on the Thru-Hike Experience
Gorp Article, April 2002
Luxembourg: European Hiking Hideaway
Introduction
Gorp Article, April 2002
Beating the Bugs
Gorp Article, April 2002
Staying Found and Getting Unlost
Gorp Article, April 2002
Take a Hike with a Tyke
How to Make Family Time Outdoor Time
Gorp Article, April 2002
Ask the Expert
Gorp Article, April 2002
Holding It Together
Gorp Article, April 2002
Ten Ways to Lighten Your Load
Gorp Article, April 2002
Diving 101
Getting Past Scary
Gorp Article, April 2002
Calling for Help
Gorp Article, April 2002
Living the High Life
Leave the Trees Behind on These High Country Hikes
Gorp Article, April 2002
Conquering Blisters
Gorp Article, April 2002
Treating Water
Gorp Article, April 2002
No-Snow Zones
Leaving the Cold Behind
Gorp Article, April 2002
Sea Kayaking 101
A Hiker Learns to Kayak
Gorp Article, April 2002
Ground-to-Air Signals
Gorp Article, April 2002
Sand, Snow and Solitude
Traversing the Arizona Trail
Gorp Article, April 2002
Need Heat?
How to Build a Winter Fire
Gorp Article, April 2002
Hiking the Highcountry
Gorp Article, April 2002
Small Critters
Animal-Proofing a Campsite
Gorp Article, April 2002
The Ten Essentials
Gorp Article, April 2002
River Crossings
Gorp Article, April 2002
Choosing a Campsite
Part 1
Gorp Article, April 2002
Camp Cuisine
Part 1
Gorp Article, April 2002
Cold-Weather Food
Gorp Article, April 2002
America's Triple Crown
Appalachian Trail: Something Unique
Gorp Article, April 2002
Boomerang Backpacking
Circuit Hiking Trails in the U.S.
Gorp Article, April 2002
America's Triple Crown
Pacific Coast Trail: Up Mt. Whitney
Gorp Article, April 2002
Breaking In
Gorp Article, April 2002
Coast-to-Coast England
Hiking from Sea to Shining Sea
Gorp Article, April 2002
France's Grandes Randonnies
Hiking Old Country
Gorp Article, April 2002
Winter Water
Melting snow
Gorp Article, April 2002
Packing a Backpack
Gorp Article, April 2002
America's Triple Crown
Hiking on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails
Gorp Article, April 2002
Giving Back to the Trails
Introduction
Gorp Article, April 2002
Hiking Sticks
Gorp Article, April 2002
Fall Foliage Walks
Introduction
Gorp Article, April 2002
Hiking High in the Pyrenees
Euro-style Backpacking
Gorp Article, April 2002
Southern Upland Way
Hiking Scotland
Gorp Article, April 2002
On the Path of the Ancients: A Walking Trip in Greece
Introduction
Gorp Article, April 2002
America's Triple Crown
The Continental Divide Trail: Steeped in History
Gorp Article, April 2002
Walking Lightly on the Land
Gorp Article, April 2002
Hiking in Hiker Paradise: Tramping Kiwi-Style
Introduction
Gorp Article, April 2002
Trail Safe
Karen's Take on Trail Safe
Gorp Article, April 2002
High Country Backpacking
Hiking Uphill
Gorp Article, April 2002
Hiking in Hiker Paradise
New Zealand's Great Walks
Gorp Article, April 2002
Using a Compass
Why You Should Learn
Gorp Article, April 2002
Scuba Skills
Descending and Ascending
Gorp Article, April 2002
Trekking in Nepal
The Low-down on the High Life
Gorp Article, April 2002
Underwater Archaeology
Reefs and Ruins on Mafia Island
Gorp Article, April 2002
Senior Hikers Scale the Heights
How to keep hiking through your golden years? Just do it.
Gorp Article, April 2002
Africa's Other Mountains
Introduction: Kili and Company
Gorp Article, April 2002
Northeast Backcountry Ski Getaways

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