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Writer Karen Berger
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

From the writer

  • Healthy Feet

    Take care of blisters when you travel by putting together a fit feet kit.