VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Karen Berger


Karen Berger has walked more than 17,000 miles on 6 continents—and managed to hike the entire Appalachian Trail without a single blister. With such well-worn credentials, it’s probably no surprise that she’s written 10 books on the subject of hiking and is a contributing editor to Backpacker. A classically trained pianist, Karen is also the author of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Piano Chords. Visit her online at and