About Charles Cook,
A well-known hiking and wilderness expert who has founded several outdoor organizations, Charles Cook is a licensed hiking and camping guide who has led more than 2400 trips over the years. His personal hiking trips have included a 5-month, 2,100-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail end-to-end from Georgia to Maine.
Known for his warmth, gentleness, humor, and responsiveness to participants' needs, Charlie has led all of our hikes and other trips since the 1980s. He's available on the majority of weekdays to answer your questions over the phone or via e-mail.
Charles Cook is also the author of five highly-praised books published between the years of 1990 and 2001 which have sold tens of thousands of copies, including The Essential Guide to Hiking in the United States, The Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking in the United States, and Awakening To Nature: Renewing Your Life by Connecting with the Natural World.
Charlie and his hiking trips have been the subject of articles in numerous publications over the past 38 years, including the New York Times Magazine, Success magazine,
New York magazine, the Daily News, Time Out New York, Newsday, Washington Post, and USA Today -- and he's been interviewed on the national NBC Nightly News.
About Wild Earth Adventures
We've been organizing and leading hiking & walking trips, backpacking & wilderness camping trips, snowshoeing & cross country ski trips, and other nature-oriented and wilderness-based adventures since 1980.
We're here to help you enjoy the extraordinary rewards and benefits of hiking and other wilderness activities, and to make it easier for you to fully connect with the natural world. We're willing to wager that these pursuits will enrich your life immeasurably.
On our hikes we visit the wildest, most beautiful, and most spectacular natural areas in New York, northern New Jersey, western & central Connecticut, southwestern Massachusetts, and eastern Pennsylvania -- including little-known areas of usual scenic interest.
We offer over 85 different day hikes in NY, at least 35 hikes in NJ, more than 20 different hikes in CT, and 10-12 hikes in eastern PA and southwestern MA (and new hiking trips are added to our schedule each year). The trips range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.
Many participants say they find our trips and adventures to be special and memorable. As you may (or may not) already know, we've acquired the reputation of offering some of the best organized, most professionally run, and most enjoyable hiking and other trips available anywhere.
Trip and membership fees reflect the large amount of time, energy, and expense we invest in development and preparation of new hiking itineraries and new wilderness camping locations, offering ample assistance via phone and e-mail to less experienced participants prior to trips, and doing everything possible to make our hikes and other trips the best they can be.
Our trips attract an interesting, friendly, and congenial
group of people from the New York City metropolitan
area, upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and far
beyond (including other parts of the United States and abroad), people with all levels of hiking and other experience in outdoor activities.
Beginners are welcome on many of the trips. Instruction and other assistance are available when needed. On most trips we become a little traveling community, with lots of positive feeling generated.
We have a membership system, with around 300 members (see our Become a Member page) from NYC, NY State, NJ, CT, and other states and countries. Some members are 'regulars' and come on our hiking trips virtually every week (hiking is rewardingly addictive, after all), others hike with us once or twice a month, and still others come less often.
Non-members are very welcome to join us on hikes as well. Over the years we've had an estimated 25,000 participants, and virtually every week we receive e-mails or letters thanking us for "a wonderful (or lovely/terrific/ memorable) trip."
If you're attracted to nature, and interested in outdoor activities like hiking, walking in nature, backpacking, wilderness camping, snowshoeing, and/or cross country skiing -- and like the idea of sharing an exhilarating and memorable day in a gorgeous natural setting with some friendly fellow-travelers -- we're willing to bet that you'd enjoy being a member of Wild Earth Adventures.
Consider joining and reserving for some hikes or other trips as early as today! And please call or e-mail us if you have questions.