Brian Kline’s earliest
outdoor interest began at age 10 when he slipped away from home
with his dog “Wobbles” for daylong strolls into nearby
canyons and ravines. He's been enjoying the outdoors and camping
ever since -- more than 35 year. Good fortune presented excellent
camping opportunities in the Pacific Northwest where lakes, mountains,
and desert terrain are all within two hours travel from where he
His teen years were spent at
state parks hiking through the desserts, always attentive for the
sound of rattlesnakes. There were other days spent hiking the forest
trails of Mount Rainier National Park where glacier trails and ice
caves attracted experienced and novice hikers. The Pacific Northwest
has an abundance of excellent camping. Another of Brian’s
favorites is camping at Lake Cushman at the foot of the Olympic
Jennifer has been hiking and
backpacking for over 15 years. A native Vermonter, some of her favorite
haunts include Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington, the Long
Trail in the Green Mountains, and Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks.
Other trips have taken her to the Pacific Northwest, Britain, and
Australia. She’s recently taken up bike touring, which she
describes as “backpacking on a bike.” She took her Fuji
touring bike to the San Juan Islands last summer, and is planning
a trip to Scotland next year. In the meantime, she’ll be sticking
close to home in Central Pennsylvania, where you can still find
limestone streams full of native brook trout—if you know where
Marshall Krueger has camped annually
for the last 28 years. Over the years, he’s combined camping
with other outdoor such activities as hunting, fishing, hiking,
kayaking and canoeing. He’s also camped in every province
west of Quebec, in the Yukon Territory, and in eleven States including
Indiana, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. His preferred form of camping
is long trips by car and tent. Although the arrival of his two children
has affected his camping habit, he found new interest after borrowing
his parent’s RV units.
Miranda Miller is an avid all-season
camper from Owen Sound, Ontario. She credits her love of the outdoors
largely to the beautiful Georgian Bay and Niagara Escarpment area
in which she was raised. In her early twenties, Miranda was able
to travel and work in hunting and fishing camps throughout Central,
Western, and Northern Canada, including remote outposts and fly-in
locations. On days off, she enjoyed hiking and camping in the Alberta
Rockies or BC interior. She now takes great pride in introducing
her growing family to the pleasures of truly roughing it by planning
vacations around canoe trips and bush camping throughout North America.
Stacey & John Doyle
Stacey started camping
with the Girl Scouts, who taught her survival skills and how to
safely appreciate wildlife, and have been going ever since. Here
camping experiences over the past thirty years range from backpacking
alone with a pup tent to relaxing in an RV throughout the Northeastern
When she and her husband
were courting and started to get “serious”, he took
her on a bare bones winter camping and fishing trip to see what
she was made of. After she caught more fish, helped pitch the tent
and pan-fried some delicious flounder, Jack decided she was “a
Here husband also started
camping in his youth and honed his survival skills as a Marine in
the Vietnam War. They now enjoy camp trips with their two beautiful
children, who love it as much as they do.
Their favorite excursion
is to grab a big Coleman tent, a generator and an inflatable rowboat
and head out to Cedar Point in East Hampton, Long Island, New York.
The private grounds, historical lighthouse, piping plover (an endangered
bird species that's everywhere here), fruitful bay and attentive
service staff make this an ideal nook for our family trips.
At the age of 25, Taras has camped
for over fifteen years, and has been mountaineering for ten. Over
the past four years, he’s ascended difficult alpine peaks
(ranging in the 2a to 3a difficulty category for those familiar
with alpine climbing).
Taras started hiking and camping
in the rocky mountains of Crimean Peninsula (Ukraine). Then he climbed
most of the peaks in Carpathians. A couple years back, he explored
the Alps, but his major achievement was reaching the summits of
the Kavkaz mountains (bordering Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey
and Azerbaijan). He stood on the peaks of the highest European mountain
- Elbrus, and the second highest – Kazbek.
Among his favorite hiking activities
are “thru trails” with elements of cliff climbing. He
likes to be on the “edge” all the time.
Through his years camping, hiking
and climbing, he’s faced the challenge of nature many times
during his adventures: hunger, illness, broken bones - but nothing
in the world will stop him from going to the mountains while he’s
alive and able.
Today, Taras lives in Kiev, Ukraine,
and has graduated as a Master of Arts.