|Wild Earth Adventures|
|Wild Earth Adventures|
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 2200 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, including The Essential Guide to Hiking in the United States and The Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking in the United States. His most recent book is Awakening To Nature: Renewing Your Life by Connecting with the Natural World (McGraw Hill, 2001).
Charlie and his hiking trips have been the subject of articles in numerous publications over the past 36 years, including the New York Times Magazine, Success magazine,
New York magazine, the Daily News, Time Out New York, the Bergen Record, 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 hiking trips 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 a number of little-known areas of usual scenic interest. We offer over 80 different one-day hiking itineraries in NY, 30 such itineraries in NJ, and more than 20 different hikes in CT (and new hiking trips are added to the schedule each year). The trips range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.
Many participants say they find our hiking trips and other outings and adventures to be special and memorable. We've received considerable media recognition over the years, and journalists who have hiked with us have repeatedly sung our praises in print. 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 walking 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 hiking 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 membership 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 welcome to join us on hikes as well. Over the years we've had close to 20,000 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, 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 hiking or other trips today!