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 3 gatherings after hikes in October, New Years Day, and June for a Pot Luck Dinner and other activities. Recent outings were held again at the Audubon Society and October Mountain Lake.
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
Richard King Bern Collins
Harry Oswain Rudy Hoeltzel
** Hike Ratings **
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