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Nepal Sailung Trek at Kathmandu, Nepal

October 3, 2016 at 8am to October 16, 2016 at 7pm
This is a trekking tour with views of the Himalayan range from Makalu to Dhaulagin, including views of Mt Everest. The tour is planned to occur during Dashian, the celebration of the Goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil.Begin and end in Kathmandu. Includes well-equipped tenting, support crew, portage of bags and all meals.This is a 12-day moderate level 2 camping trek. The…See More
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Nepal Shiva Puri Trek at Kathmandu, Nepal

October 22, 2016 at 8am to October 31, 2016 at 7pm
This is a sightseeing and trekking tour exploring Kathmandu and other areas in the Himalayan range, including views of Mt Everest. The tour is planned to occur during Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, which runs from October 28-Nov 1, 2016. celebration of the light over darkness. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communitiesBegin and end in Kathmandu. Includes well-equipped guides and…See More
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Speaker Series: Sydney Frymire - Trek Nepal, Discover Yourself at REI, NYC (Soho store)

June 2, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Our third speaker session has been scheduled for Jun 2, 2016 in NYC hosted at REI/Soho. Hear Sydney Frymire talk about the trips she organizes to Nepal for both the adventure and good works.Imagine walking in the extreme foothills in Nepal along native village paths, with breathtaking views of the tallest mountains in the world, and the opportunity to experience an exotic culture, and meet native villagers and monks. Our presenter will discuss what the country, culture, and people are like in…See More
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NJ2NY50 - The Big Walk - 2016 at Metropark, Iselin NJ to Penn Station New York

May 21, 2016 from 6am to 11pm
NOTE: Here's the 2016 Guide for the Big Walk 2016 Guide for the Big Walk This walk is from Metropark station, Iselin, NJ to Penn Station, NYC.This is our seventh annual super distance walk and our premier challenge event. We average about 50 participants with usually less than 10 going…See More
Apr 25
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EMS Club Days - Apr 29 - May 1 at Eastern Mountain Sports - Bridgewater

April 29, 2016 to May 1, 2016
Visit EMS for a special Spring Club Day event April 29th-May 1st! This "Club Sale" is EMS's way of celebrating those who are out there enjoying outdoor activities, providing outdoor recreational opportunities, and protecting our precious outdoor resources.Club Day: 10% off entire purchase. No exclusions. In store only. Exclusively for members of Outdoor Clubs/Meet-Up with proof of membership(web page printed), or handout'Click here for  …See More
Apr 22
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Stroll & Roll 2016 at Echo Lake Park

June 5, 2016 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Healthy Fun for Everyone!The FreeWalkers and Union County Parks have the perfect event for you and your family. It's a FREE Sunday stroll on June 5th along the beautiful trails that grace Echo Lake Park and extend to …See More
Apr 20
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Stroll & Roll 2016 at Echo Lake Park

June 5, 2016 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Healthy Fun for Everyone!The FreeWalkers and Union County Parks have the perfect event for you and your family. It's a FREE Sunday stroll on June 5th along the beautiful trails that grace Echo Lake Park and extend to …See More
Apr 20
Renee Scott commented on Paul Kiczek's event The beTween Walk - 2016
"Paul, Risa, Al or Dave...can you please check me in as attending today's walk. I asked Al, but just in case he didn't or can't if someone else takes care of it, that would be great.  Thank you!"
Apr 16
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NB2MP10 - The Tween Walk at New Brunswick Train Station to Metropark Train Station

April 16, 2011 from 8:30am to 1pm
Update Posted: 8:00 p.m. - 4/15 - This walk is on for tomorrow. Mid 40s to start, slight chance of passing showers. Dress accordingly. Join in on this easy, flat 10-mile walk (actually its 12.3-miles!) between New Brunswick and Metropark in Iselin along the East Coast Greenway. (Hence, the name "Tween Walk"). Its an urban/suburban walk on sidewalk along some fairly busy roads, through the interesting town of Highland Park and older neighborhoods in Edison. We walk down Woodbridge Avenue passing…See More
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Local Walking Group Partnerships

This group is formed to help create a liaison with local or special interest walking groups.Our intention is to collaborate and cross-support each other in terms of FreeWalkers promoting local activities and sharing information, while advocating for Freewalker events.SoMa On Foot - South Orange and Maplewood walking group organized by Risa Olinsky.See More
Apr 6
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GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …See More
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GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …See More
Apr 6
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Discover the East Coast Greenway at REI Soho - Community Room

April 18, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Did you know that New York City’s spectacular Hudson River Greenway is part of a longer route of mostly trails and quiet roads that extends from the Canadian border in Mane to Key West in Florida?Whether you are a touring cyclist or aspire to be, are seeking an alternative to riding cross-country, or enjoy discovering regional and local greenway and trails, the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway can be the route for you.Come learn about this route connecting major cities along the Eastern Seaboard…See More
Apr 5

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How did you learn about the FreeWalkers
Other
What is the farthest distance (in miles) you have ever walked?
62
What is your interest in joining the FreeWalkers?
Exercise/Fitness, Social Networking, Pro-Pedestrian Issues, Personal Challenge
What events might you be interested in participating?
NJ2NY50 (50 mile walk), LENAPE34 (34 mile walk), TR2NB40 (40 mile walk), Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge (100 miles/1 yr), Walking Tours (under 10 miles - historical/cultural/etc.), Practice Walks (shorter preview segments of longer walks)
Do you have any suggestions for walks?
keep them coming

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GirlTrek: Walking Together for Health and Spirit

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

GirlTrek (http://www.girltrek.org/) is a program that not only motivates over 58,000 people to be active on a significant scale, but mostly benefits the sedentary subset of the population: black women, who have the …

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The Liberty Bridge: Pipedream or Future Reality?

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 3:37pm 0 Comments

Kevin Shane, a Jersey City resident has devoted much of his free time over the past year to researching and developing a fanciful plan for a span that would enable commuters and tourists to bike or walk between downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. It would be more than a mile long and would rise more than 200 feet above the river.…

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On the Longest Hiking Trails, a Woman Finds Equal Footing

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 4:09pm 0 Comments

Women can compete on an equal footing with men on walking long distances. So says the ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek "The gender gap diminishes and disappears over distance. When you’re traveling over 2,000 miles, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Superhuman powers are superhuman powers; they know no gender, no…

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It's Not Hiking: The Patient Practice of Long Distance Walking

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

Check out the FreeWalkers in a national article on Long Distance Walking. The author provides a great story and photos of our experience, and background information. It includes information on another association with similar methods and goals called the LDWA based in England. We're getting nice…

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At 5:03pm on November 12, 2015, Chesna Closs said…

Thank you. It's great to be a member.

At 9:12am on September 16, 2015, Amy Hebard said…

Paul,  Got your email and one from David Ascher as well.  Yes, Jim and I moved to Rhinebeck in May and it's a hiker's paradise.  We'd love to help organize an event in 2016!

At 10:07pm on September 10, 2015, Rasika Athawale said…
Thanks!
At 1:58pm on July 17, 2015, Brian Coan said…

Paul,

Thank you.  I had a great time on the Philadelphia hike last weekend and I plan to

go to the Bronx hike tomorrow.

Brian

At 10:31pm on June 7, 2015, Dana M Erwin said…

I had a great time.  I look forward to walking with you more often.

At 7:12pm on May 12, 2015, Tamara Mishiyeva said…

Paul, Thank you very much. I've heard great things about Freewalkers and am looking forward to the wonderful walks. Tamara

At 3:43pm on April 14, 2015, Maryann said…
Thanks for the warm welcome. Some great walks have been planned and look forward to participating.
At 2:38pm on March 23, 2015, Penelope Rowlands said…

Hi Paul --

The Hamilton walk was just fine.  Easy and about 1.5 miles, as you had said.  It was a good distance for me; next time I'll double it (or more!)  Working my way up slowly.

Very nice group and experience!

cheers, Penelope

At 11:20pm on January 12, 2015, Gina Harrison said…

Thanks for the welcome. Heard great things about Free walker from Shorewalkers. Looking forward to some fun walks!

At 10:48am on January 7, 2015, tom stock said…

125 miles east west

 
 
 

Recent Events

Live from the trail:
Hartford-Providence Expedition

Columbia to Putnam July 29 - Loredana, Ken and Nancy are on a 110 mile week-long expedition on the ECGA. This day they have company. Read Reporter's Notes for the latest news from our explorers.


Hudson Loop Walk 2015

About 65 FreeWalkers got past the morning rain and were rewarded with a great day for walking the Hudson. Always a treat this time of year and a fan favorite.

See survey results here.

Boston Greenbelt Walk 2015

About 35 walkers made their way through the towns, parks and lands surrounding Boston from Newton to Malden on May 30 for our annual journey marking a great new trail to enjoy. There's a vibrant walking community here for FreeWalkers!

See survey results here.

The Big Walk 2015

Our 6th annual "Big Walk" was held on May 16th with a small tough group of 18 challenging the elements and the extreme distance. The rains finally came but it didn't dampen the spirits!
Survey results
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Camino Portuguese Walking Tour

From 4/18 to 4/25 22 FreeWalkers traveled to Spain to walk the ancient pilgrim trails from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Part of the famed Camino de Santiago. We walked 75 miles north to Santiago seeing the province of Galicia through villages, cities and farmlands. A most memorable European adventure. See survey results here.

The BeTween Walk

On 4/18, 19 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 12-mile easy walk through Middlesex County. Group pic? Always an interesting detour in the heart of NJ.

Great Canal Walk

On 4/11, 30 FreeWalkers participated in our 5th annual 40-mile tough walk along the D&R Canal. Survey show 5 of 13 respondents made it to the end.

See survey results here.


EMS Private Club Sale & Camino Meeting

James Gallagher, mgr of EMS Bridgwater opened his store up for a private sale - 20% off everything, free prizes, pizza & discussion of prepping for the Camino. Great event for 15 FreeWalker guests.

Spring Ahead Walk

25 walked the D&R Canal from Trenton to Princeton 3/22/15. See photos here.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail #2 Walk

19 walkers trekked along the icy trail from Tarrytown to Van Cortland on March 15. See photos here.

Summary by Jack Shi.

Kennedy 50-Mile Walk

On February 7, 2015 about 40 walkers braved the cold and re-lived the 50-mile walk along the C&O Canal that Bobby Kennedy made famous.

See Kennedy50.org for details.

Hudson Waterfront South Walk

On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, over 60 walkers from four walking groups joined together to walk 20-miles from Liberty State Park to the Bayonne Bridge. This was our first "UnitedWalking Event" a successful one to kick off our new big event program.

Click here for details.

Past Events

Tour of Brooklyn 2014 & Year End Party

On November 16, 2014 about 35 FreeWalkers followed our native Brooklynite, Renata Luisi and walked from Penn Station to Willaimsburg topping off the 2014 season with a rousing visit to the Radegast Beer Hall.

The Battle of Short Hills Walk

On October 18, 2014 about 29 FreeWalkers followed a Revolutionary War historic battle march into the Watchung mountains as well as experience other historical sites along the way.

The Origins Walk: Lenape34

On Monday, October 13, 2014,our 5th annual 34-mile trek through the wilds of Essex County will took place - a tough event to finish.

The Endless Summer Walk

Over 32 FreeWalkers extended their 2014 summer by walking our 4th annual Jersey shore event on September 27th.

In Their Footsteps

These FreeWalkers have demonstrated our spirit of determination, adventure and community and help set the standard for the rest of us. Awards were presented at the June 22nd Celebration Event. Click here to learn their personal story and what it means to be a FreeWalker.

Words to Walk By

Why We Walk

Why choose this as our goal? Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

-From President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University

Why We Don't (Walk)

Why choose doing as little as possible as our goal? Why take a long nap? Why, 35 days ago, insist on flying first class across the Atlantic? Why does Texas play Rice?

We choose to look at the moon. We choose to utter platitudes in this decade and do few other things, not because they are hard, but because they are easy, because that goal will serve to attract votes, because true challenges are those that we are unwilling to address, ones which we are willing to pass onto others, and ones which we intend to ignore.

From FreeWalker, Art McDonald, Rock Hill, SC

Read Art's inspiring essay "On Walking RFK's 50"

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