Time: June 21, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: REI SoHo
Street: 303 Lafayette St
City/Town: New York, NY 10012
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Event Type: book, talk, speaker, walking, rei
Organized By: Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Apr 13
Silas Chamberlin’s On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press, 2016) is the first national history of the American hiking community. From urban walking clubs in the 1800s, to tens of millions of Americans hiking on trails blazed in every region of the country, learn the full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.
Delving into unexplored archives, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and others, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, built trails, and advocated for environmental protection. He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities. Chamberlin explores the implications for hiking groups, future club leaders, and the millions of others who find happiness, inspiration, and better health on America’s trails.
Praise for On the Trail:
“A highly detailed and engaging look at the foundational role hiking clubs have played both trail building and the conservation movement – and a reminder of the need to engage a new generation in this mission.”—John Judge, President and CEO, Appalachian Mountain Club
“A must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of hiking. The kind of hikers we are has roots in a winding historical path that Silas Chamberlin unravels with insider's knowledge and scholarship.”—Laura Waterman, author of Forest and Crag and The Green Guide to Low Impact Hiking and Camping
Following his talk, please join the author for a book signing. Copies of On the Trail will be available for purchase. Presented in coordination with FreeWalkers’s Speaker Series.