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Wild Earth Adventures
P.O. Box 88
Suffern, NY 10901
Founder and Director of Wild Earth Adventures
A well-known and seasoned hiking/wilderness expert who has founded several outdoor organizations, Charles is a licensed guide who has led more than
trips over the past 33 years.
His personal trips have included a 5-month, 2,100-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Known for his warmth, gentleness, humor, and responsiveness to participants' needs, Charlie has led all of our trips since the 1980's. He's available to answer your questions over the phone.
Charles Cook is also the author of five highly-praised books, including Awakening to Nature: Renewing Your Life by Connecting with the Natural World (Contemporary Books, 2001). His other books are: The Essential Guide to Hiking in the United States (Michael Kesend Publishing, 1992), The Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking in the United States (Michael Kesend Publishing, 1994), The Essential Guide to Nature Walking in the United States (Henry Holt, 1997) and The Essential Guide to Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the United States (Henry Holt, 1997). You'll find more information about these books below. They can be ordered using the form on the "Reserve for a Trip" page.
Charlie and his trips have been the subject of articles in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Success magazine, New York magazine, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday and USA Today--and he's been interviewed on the national NBC Nightly News.
The Essential Guide to Hiking in the United States
"A book that the hiking community has long been waiting for. ...[It's] earned a prominent spot on my bookshelf, where I anticipate I'll refer to it often." -- American Hiker magazine
"You need two copies, one for your library, another for your car, for [it's] as important and indispensible as your road atlas." -- Cindy Ross, Contributing Editor of Backpacker Magazine.
One of the best selling hiking books in the country and now in a 5th printing, this book has everything you need to know about hiking, including the best areas and trails in all 50 states. It was recommended in USA Today.
The Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking
in the United States
A selection of three book clubs, this big and ambitious book is for all outdoor recreationists who are interested in camping out in the wilder places. The book covers everything you might want to know about wilderness camping, whether you're a seasoned outdoorsperson, a beginner, or someone who just wants to learn more about what's involved. It features a comprehensive introduction to wilderness camping and backpacking, with lots of useful information and valuable resources, including the first state-by-state listing and description of all parks, forests, and wilderness areas throughout the country where primitive camping is permitted. Camping regulations are included.
The Essential Guide to Nature Walking in the United States
This recent book is all about walking in nature, including the many varieties of walking other than hiking--from "meandering" to aerobic fitness walking--as well as how and where to find outstanding trails and places to walk in every state and region. The book is for everyone who loves walking, especially those who are interested in taking at least an occasional non-strenuous walk in the natural world. In addition to eight general chapters on the subject of nature walking, the book has a wealth of information about where to walk: 500 of the best places and over 2,500 of the finest trails in the U.S. for such walks. It's a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.
The Essential Guide to Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
in the United States
This book is must reading for anyone who has an active or potential interest in winter outdoor activities; it's the first to offer a comprehensive look at both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and includes plenty of advice for beginners and others with limited experience. Part I of the book, titled "Warming Up to Winter", includes six chapters on the subject of preparing for winter and learning to enjoy oneself outdoors in the coldest season. Part IV features a state-by-state guide to recommended destinations throughout the United States where these activities are available, along with additional information and advice.
Awakening to Nature; Renewing Your Life by Connecting
with the Natural World
Published in 2001, this book addresses the subject of connecting with nature, and how we can learn to commune with the wild in deeper and more meaning ways-- as well as the challenge of maintaining a relationship with nature in a hectic and complex world. If you're drawn to nature and want to better integrate the natural into your life, this book may be for you.