Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People

Celebrating the National Trails System

This webinar is based on Bob and Martha Manning's books, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World.

Presented by:

  • Robert Manning
  • Martha Manning

Event Details

June 22, 2017

10:30 AM to 00:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)

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Webinar Outline

History can be read as a millennia-long struggle to free ourselves from the need to walk; it’s easier to ride than walk. But things are changing, as an increasing number of people are now choosing to walk.

Walking can improve our health, stimulate our thinking, contribute to conservation, celebrate our evolutionary heritage, slow our frantic lives, experience the world at a human-pace and scale, and make us happier in the process. Walking is simple, but it can be profound.

In this webinar, Bob and Martha Manning will 1) encourage us to walk more in our everyday lives and consider long-distance walking, 2) outline the history and philosophy of walking, 3) offer guidance on how to prepare for walking, and 4) celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Trails System.

The webinar is based on Bob and Martha’s books, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People and Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes from Around the World. These books offer first-hand descriptions of 60 long-distance and multi-day hikes they’ve walked and present a series of short essays on multiple dimensions of walking. They’ll conclude their presentation with some slides from their walks on a number of US national trails.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the history of walking.
  • Appreciate the multiple benefits of walking.
  • Learn how to prepare for long-distance walking.
  • Learn about the National Trails System Act of 1968 and the current system of national trails.
  • Appreciate the size and diversity of the national trails system.
  • Appreciate the diversity of walking/hiking opportunities on the national trails system.
  • Appreciate the diversity of walking/hiking opportunities around the world.

Presenters

Robert Manning

Robert Manning is Professor Emeritus in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy and management of national parks and wilderness. He is the founding Director of the Park Studies Laboratory which conducts a long-term program of research for the U.S. National Park Service and other agencies, and is the author of several books about the national parks.

 

Martha Manning

Martha Manning is an artist specializing is fiber, clay, and printmaking. Her work has been featured in national shows and publications.

 

Webinar Resources

Visit Bob and Martha Manning at www.extraordinaryhikes.com

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