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Lectures and Slide Shows

Karen has given multi-media slide shows and lectures to groups ranging from local elementary school students to Smithsonian Institution members.

Upcoming events will be posted on this page.

Shows Available


* A celebration of hiking worldwide. Check out some of the world's most eye-popping scenery: France, England, Scotland, Nepal, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and New Zealand.
* Hiking the Triple Crown. Hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails.
* Europe Afoot.
* Trekking New Zealand.
* Where the Waters Divide Hiking the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada.
* The Arizona Trail.
* Getting High. What you need to Know to Go Above Treeline. (includes mountains like Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Whitney, and high passes in Nepal)
* Trekking in Nepal.
* Walking Across France.
* Climbing East Africa's Volcanoes.
* Long Distance Hiking Basics. How-to Information, Gear, Resupplying, and Planning a multi-month dream trip.
* Hiking the Appalachian Trail
* The PCT: Everest of Backpacking
* Gearing Up. How to Visit an Outdoor Store, Get What You Need, and Not Go Broke.

Childrens' Presentations

* Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Slides and Stories about America's most popular trail.
* Introduction to the Outdoors. Includes Hands-on Interactive Gear Demonstrations.

Presentations available in several formats

* One hour slide-show lecture (some with music).
* 20 minute quickies.
* Presentations can be adapted for teens.
* Gear demonstrations available.
* Question-and-answer time always included.
* Custom presentations available.

Karen is available for bookings at schools, outdoor clubs, environmental organizations, museums, outdoor conferences, civc groups, and libraries.

Schools: Karen has been an outdoor education instructor and a program director at sumemr camps. She offers instructional presentations on outdoor skills and minimum-impact hiking techniques for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Karen has been a keynote speaker and major presenter at many meetings, speaking to audiences of up to 500 people. Whether it's a group of hikers staying at an above-treeline hut in the White Mountains, members of a local MENSA chapter, or policy-makers meeting to discuss the management of a national scenic trail, she has the right words, pictures, and music to inspire, inform, and delight lovers of the outdoors. References available.

Please send an e-mail if you'd like to have Karen come talk to your group. Because of travel expenses, rates are lowest for organizations based in the Northeast. 

Karen's Outdoors Books

Author Appearances
Learning to Hike
Backpacking basics about hiking worldwide, with 1000 color illustrations
Safe, Sane Stratgies for Enoying the WIlderness with Less on Your Back
Hundreds of Questions and Answers about Hiking.
Field improvisations and creative tips, published in cooperation with Backpacker magazine
Companion to the Trailside Television series. New edition of the best-selling How-to-Hike text.
Companion to the PBS-TV show Trailside
Hiking Guides
Hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails
A narrative field guide to the PCT.
Journeys
A coffee table book and a trail narrative
Scuba Diving
Used in YMCA certification classes for SCUBA, this is a complete introduction to the sport.