Hiking & Outdoors Group - Since 1977
Berkshire Knapsackers
COVID 19 NOTICE: Since most COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted at the time of this printing, the committee is not imposing any of its own. The hike leader may determine any restrictions for the hike (such as the size of the group, pre-registration, masks, social distancing, etc.) with the restrictions being specified in the hike write-up. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask, of course, if desired. Hikers will be expected to comply with future state or federal COVID 19 regulations or mandates if enacted.
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FALL 2021 EVENTS

[IMPROMPTU HIKE] Friday November 26, 2021 - Hiking up Mt. Prospect Tr, AT to Money Brook Tr. 
Parking - Hopper Rd, leave at 10 am
7ish miles 
Conditions will probably be muddy, slippery, and steep climbing in parts
Leader: Deborah - If you want to join please text (413) 553-3118 or email memetreks@gmail.com

[UPDATED INFO - NEW STARTING POINT] 
Sunday, November 28, 2021 -  Bearpen Mountain State Forest, New York
Hike start changed to the end of County Rt 3, on the Fleishman's (South side of Bearpen)
or GPS 42.241278, -74.465028 OR 42°14'28.6"N 74°27'54.1"W
We can do both Bearpen and Vly, and still net ~1900ft. Or just do Bearpen for ~1200ft.
They are both 3500+. 
Please wear at least a high Viz hat, and preferably a vest if you have one. I have a couple extra vests and hats.
 It is a pretty easy road/trail hike to the summit of Bearpen with good views of the area from the summit.
Prehiking the area revealed insufficient parking on the area originally scheduled.
If anyone is interested in going, please contact me directly. Thank you for your cooperation.
 Dog friendly.
Leave: 10:00 AM 
Leader: Greg Shields, Greg.shields@protonmail.com; 518-248-2178 voice/txt

Saturday, December 4, 2021 -Section 7 of the NET (Seven Sisters) - Amherst to Hadley, MA
B-3-A: Section 7 of the NET (Seven Sisters) - Amherst, MA to Hadley, MA We will be spotting cars and hiking 5.2 miles from the Notch in Amherst, up Bare Mt. (which is a bear!) and along the ridge that has many ups and downs to Skinner Mt. and back to our cars. This hike has many beautiful views and is a great workout! (Just ask Sally & Gary about when we did it both directions ) Dog friendly.
Leave: 9:30 AM Meet off Route 47 in Hadley, on the Mountain Road trailhead, to spot cars. (42.29122, -72.59995). We will then drive to the Notch on Route 116 (Amherst Rd) 42.30499, -72.52852 where we will begin the climb up Bare Mt.
Leader: Julie Kraus - juliekraus77@gmail.com

Saturday, December 11, 2021 - Knox Trail Hike, Otis, MA
C-3-C: Hike the path of the cannons captured at Ft. Ticonderoga as they were transported through Otis by General Henry Knox to the revolutionary forces in Boston. This is a 2 way hike, set up to be an in-and-out of approximately 6 miles but for those wanting only a 3 mile hike, arrangements will be made to spot your car at the 3 mile mark of the hike. Dog friendly.
Leave: 9:30 AM Meet at pull off on left side of Rt. 8 just north of the foot bridge and 1 mile south of Otis Center. Contact leader to spot your vehicle at 8:40 AM for 3 mile hike.
Leader: Joe Doboszynski; dobojc@aol.com; 413 448-8359(home) or 339 222-7203(cell)

About Us​
Berkshire Knapsackers was founded in Sept 1977 by Kay Wood, Jack Murphy, Eric Teet, Stanley Wilk, Ann Fitz & Betty Conover. Kay Wood and Jack Murphy among others sent out requests to join and 60 members were signed up, many of whom are still members today. Activities the first year consisted of 21 hikes covering 132 miles. The original group celebrated their 10th anniversary in 1987 at the Audubon Society in Lenox, and their 25th anniversary at October Mountain Lake.

We currently have over 50 outings between September and June with more than 100 members, ranging in age from 20's to 80’s, who value healthy living and an appreciation of nature and the beauty of the Berkshires fostered by outdoor exercise in a social group setting. Outings consist of Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Kayaking & Biking as well as an annual New Years Day potluck.

We carry on their legacy with the original hiking club shaped into what it is today.

 In Memory of: 

Kay Wood, Tom Conry, Jack Murphy, Ted Thorne, Pat Plue 
Richard King, Bern Collins, Harry Oswain, Rudy Hoeltzel, Mike Monico
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