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Interviews with Jim Kern
by Paula Guerrein, April 2016 & March 2017

The first seven videos were filmed in Florida, April 2016, with Jim Kern, a pioneer, trail blazer, visionary leader and organizer for nearly 50 years in the backpacking and hiking community. His accomplishments are many and he's still at work advocating for trails in America with Hiking Trails for America and other organizations when he's not hiking.

HikaNation is grateful for his leadership in their 1980-1981 cross-country journey of 4,300 miles that eventually lead to the development of the American Discovery Trail.

(Note: The photos and "Jim Kern #" link to videos stored on the hikanation.com website. If they do not play when clicked onto, try reloading 1-2 times; otherwise you may have to resort to: "mouse: right click" and then "download linked file to your computer". Links to "duplicate" youtube videos are also provided.)

Jim Kern #1 -- 10:55 -- April 2016
"Where visions become reality - a peak in Jim Kern's office":
discussing HikaNation, the American Discovery Trail,
The Florida Trail, world hikes, etc.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #2 -- 5:18 -- April 2016
Discussing the origins of HikaNation and
"finding" Monty Montgomery.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #3 -- 5:09 -- April 2016
Discussing HikaNation participants, including llamas, dogs,
Glenn Seaborg, the Pyles, and John Stout.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #4 -- 5:14 -- April 2016
Communicating with Monty Montgomery
during and after HikaNation.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #5 -- 6:32 -- April 2016
Hiking around his Florida property and discussing
favorite hiking equipment & food, the property, birding, etc.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #6 -- 3:58 -- April 2016
Hiking around his Florida property and discussing
favorite trails and travels around the world.
(also on youtube)
 

Jim Kern #7 -- 5:34 -- April 2016
Discussing current projects including the National Scenic Trails Act, The Florida Trail, Hiking Trails for America, etc.
(also on youtube)
 

HikaNation - A Handshake Across America -- 5:45
March 21, 2017 -- published by Hiking Trails for America

Paula Guerrein and Jim Kern discuss Marce Guerrein and HikaNation, the American Discovery Trail, and promoting the needs for more hiking trails.

 
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Interviews with William Kemsley, Jr.
by Paula Guerrein, October 2017

These videos were filmed in New Mexico, October 2017, with William Kemsley, Jr., founding editor of Backpacker magazine and co-founder of the American Hiking Society. William Kemsley, Jr., promoted HikaNation in its development and covered HikaNation across the country with various articles and editorials.

(Note: The photos and "Bill Kemsley #" link to videos stored on the hikanation.com website. If they do not play when clicked onto, try reloading 1-2 times; otherwise you may have to resort to: "mouse: right click" and then "download linked file to your computer". Links to "duplicate" youtube videos are also provided.)

Bill Kemsley #1 -- 0:53 -- October 2017
Discussing the biggest surprise of HikaNation.
(also on youtube)
 

Bill Kemsley #2 -- 0:44 -- October 2017
Discussing what HikaNation accomplished.
(also on youtube)
 

Bill Kemsley #3 -- 1:22 -- October 2017
Discussing current projects, including closing the gaps in
ten of the eleven National Scenic Trails; the Appalachian Trail
is the only one that has a continuous, protected right-of-way.
(also on youtube)
 

Bill Kemsley #4 -- 0:50 -- October 2017
Discussing ways to help "close the gaps" in the National Scenic Trails, including signing the petition at Hiking Trails for America.
(also on youtube)

 
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2015 HikaNation Reunion videos

These videos were filmed at the 35th Anniversary HikaNation Reunion in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 19, 2015, and include discussions of HikaNation's inception and implementation with Jim Kern, Paul Pritchard, Gudy Gaskill, Stan Adamson, Al Schneider and many of the HikaNation hikers.

Janet's intro to the Roundtable Discussion -- 0:46
September 19, 2015
Video recorded with Paula Guerrein's camera,
by Mike Collins.
 

HikaNation Roundtable Discussion -- 1:19:09
September 19, 2015
Video recorded with Paula Guerrein's camera,
by Mike Collins.
 

HikaNation Roundtable Discussion -- 1:00:29
September 19, 2015
Video recorded by Scott Davis.
 

2015 HikaNation Reunion Photo Session -- 2:42
September 19, 2015
Gathering the hikers.

 
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2011 HikaNation Reunion videos

These videos were filmed at the 30th Anniversary HikaNation Reunion in Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas, in May 2011, by Paula Guerrein.

2011 HikaNation Reunion Lodge Dinner -- 2:51
May 2011
 

2011 HikaNation Reunion Photo Session -- 1:48
May 2011
Gathering the hikers.
 

2011 HikaNation Jeopardy -- 36:35
May 2011
 

2011 HikaNation Reunion snippets -- 6:21
May 2011
On the porch, in the cabin, breakfast,
with Marce

 
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HikaNation Memorial Tribute, Slideshows and Films

Scott's HikaNation Memorial Video Tribute
Kurt's HikaNation SlideshowMarce's HikaNation Slideshow
Kelty Mike's HikaNation SlideshowReese's HikaNation Slideshow
Susan "Butch" Henley's Slideshow "Butch" Henley's Trek Across America

Hik-a-nation 1980 Cross-Country Trip by John Olmsted
with music by Jiamie Pyles    (the youngest HikaNation participant)
HikaNation Films by John Olmsted

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