Hiking & Outdoors Group - Since 1977
Spring Events 2020 - SUSPENDED
***From the Knapsacker Committee***
Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and New York, the committee has decided to suspend the Spring schedule until further notice. We will communicate resuming the schedule when the medical experts say it is safe. We will try to reschedule all hikes that have to be cancelled if possible. We want all members and their families to remain safe during this unfortunate time. Thank you.
- Harold, Kathy, Vicky, Joe, Charlie, Kate
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
Distance Pace Terrain
AA >10 miles 1 – Very fast A – Very Strenuous
A 8 to10 miles 2 – Fast B – Strenuous
B 5 to 8 mil 3 – Moderate C – Average
C <5 miles 4 – Leisurely D - Easy