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AMERICAN TRAILS WEBINAR:

 

"Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People: Celebrating the National Trails System"

American Trails presented this Webinar on June 22, 2017 with authors Bob and Martha’s Manning. This webinar is based on their books, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World. Read more and learn about the presenters...

 

 

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WEBINAR OUTLINE

History can be read as a millennia-long struggle to free ourselves from the need to walk; it’s easier to ride than walk.  But things are changing, as an increasing number of people are now choosing to walk. 

 

Walking can improve our health, stimulate our thinking, contribute to conservation, celebrate our evolutionary heritage, slow our frantic lives, experience the world at a human-pace and scale, and make us happier in the process.  Walking is simple, but it can be profound. 

 

In this webinar, Bob and Martha Manning will 1) encourage us to walk more in our everyday lives and consider long-distance walking, 2) outline the history and philosophy of walking, 3) offer guidance on how to prepare for walking, and 4) celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Trails System. 

 

The webinar is based on Bob and Martha’s books, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World.  These books offer first-hand descriptions of 60 long-distance and multi-day hikes they’ve walked and present a series of short essays on multiple dimensions of walking.  They’ll conclude their presentation with some slides from their walks on a number of US national trails.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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Resources

 

Visit Bob and Martha Manning at www.extraordinaryhikes.com

     

    www.americantrails.org
    www.nps.gov/nts/
    www.lnt.org
    www.americanhiking.org
    www.americanhiking.org/blog/ahs-welcomes-bob-and-martha-manning-as-ambassadors
    www.appalachiantrail.org
    www.greenmountainclub.org
    www.floridatrail.org
    www.shta.org
    www.tahoerimtrail.org
    www.coloradotrail.org
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Appalachian_Trail
    http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pembrokeshire-coast-path
    http://www.west-highland-way.co.uk/
    https://www.nps.gov/alka/index.htm
    https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/pct/
    https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/southkaibabtrail.pdf
    http://www.aztrail.org/
    http://continentaldividetrail.org/
    https://www.nps.gov/noco/index.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/pohe/
    http://floridahikes.com/floridatrail/ocala/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Traverse

 

Presenters for the Webinar:

Robert Manning is Professor Emeritus in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.  He teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy and management of national parks and wilderness.  He is the founding Director of the Park Studies Laboratory which conducts a long-term program of research for the U.S. National Park Service and other agencies, and is the author of several books about the national parks. 

 

Martha Manning is an artist specializing is fiber, clay, and printmaking.  Her work has been featured in national shows and publications.

 

Robert and Martha have hiked dozens of long-distance trails and multi-day walks on six continents and write books to encourage others to walk more in their everyday lives and to try long-distance walking.  Their books, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World, have been called “beautiful” and “inspiring” and are endorsed by the Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, and American Hiking Society.

 

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