Week 1 Leaders

In advance of camp, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to our amazing volunteer leader contingent.  Read on to learn more about each of these dedicated individuals and look forward to meeting them (or re-meeting them) at camp this summer.

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CAMP DIRECTOR

Barbara Beckerman

Your first year at August Camp: 2008

Favorite camp lunch: Lettuce Wraps with hummus, cheese, tomato and pickles

Farthest you've ever been from home: Israel

Favorite read in the last five years: Really don't have one, yet "Thousand White Women", Letters of Mary Dodd was a good read.

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: X Skiing down ungroomed trails.

HEAD HIKE LEADER

Sam Jamke

Your first year at August Camp:  2005; started leading in 2006.

Favorite camp lunch: Roast beef and provolone sandwich on that great marbled bread!

Farthest you've ever been from home: Probably Antarctica...

Favorite read in the last five years: Too many to choose from! Like Jody Picoult's work.

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Hut to hut trekking in Patagonia or New Zealand

HIKE LEADER

Tom Grasso

Your first year at August Camp: 2006

Favorite camp lunch: ham and pepperjack cheese with lettuce and tomato

Farthest you've ever been from home: Singapore

Favorite read in the last five years: The Emerald Mile that I'm reading now is pretty good

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Backpacking

Mark Kern

HIKE LEADER

Mark Kern

Your first year at August Camp: 2002 Sawtooths

Favorite camp lunch: Hummus sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Nepal

Favorite read in the last five years: A Walk in the Woods

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Biking

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HIKE LEADER

Éva Borsody Das

Your first year at August Camp: 1998

Favorite camp lunch: hummus with pickles, olives and lettuce, on whole grain bread, every day!

Farthest you've ever been from home: Antarctic peninsula or Singapore, or maybe Australia & New Zealand, not sure which is the furthest !!

Favorite read in the last five years: Sapiens, by Yuval Noel Harari

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Scrambling

HIKE LEADER

Tim Loftus

Your first year at August Camp: 2010

Favorite camp lunch: Humus and veggies on grain bread.

Farthest you've ever been from home: Ireland

Favorite read in the last five years: The Lost City of the Monkey God

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Sharing the wonders of nature.

Beth Zimmer

HIKE LEADER

Beth Zimmer

Your first year at August Camp: 2019 will be my first year

Favorite camp lunch: Summer: Cashew butter sandwiches, frozen diced peaches, M&M peanuts & something salty

Farthest you've ever been from home: Switzerland and Hawaii; lived in Panama for six years

Favorite read in the last five years: Oh... too many: Red Sparrow series; Underground Girls of Kabal; Twelve Years a Slave

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Wildflower ID; Navigation of all sorts, map & compass, GPS, phone apps

Week 2 Leaders

In advance of camp, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to our amazing volunteer leader contingent.  Read on to learn more about each of these dedicated individuals and look forward to meeting them (or re-meeting them) at camp this summer.

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CAMP DIRECTOR

Barbara Beckerman

Your first year at August Camp: 2008

Favorite camp lunch: Lettuce Wraps with hummus, cheese, tomato and pickles

Farthest you've ever been from home: Israel

Favorite read in the last five years: Really don't have one, yet "Thousand White Women", Letters of Mary Dodd was a good read.

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: X Skiing down ungroomed trails.

HEAD HIKE LEADER

Sam Jamke

Your first year at August Camp:  2005; started leading in 2006.

Favorite camp lunch: Roast beef and provolone sandwich on that great marbled bread!

Farthest you've ever been from home: Probably Antarctica...

Favorite read in the last five years: Too many to choose from! Like Jody Picoult's work.

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Hut to hut trekking in Patagonia or New Zealand

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HIKE LEADER & AC CHAIR

Lennie Steinmetz

Your first year at August Camp: 1986

Favorite camp lunch: Turkey & cheese sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Nepal

Favorite read in the last five years: Spark – The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Winter hiking

Mark Kern

HIKE LEADER

Mark Kern

Your first year at August Camp: 2002 Sawtooths

Favorite camp lunch: Hummus sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Nepal

Favorite read in the last five years: A Walk in the Woods

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Biking

Marilyn Tsolomitis

HIKE LEADER

Marilyn Tsolomitis

Your first year at August Camp:  2014

Favorite camp lunch: Salad in an ice cream cup - best with our cook's homemade hummus, sliced Kalamata Olives and some Pepperoncini ... oh - and COOKIES!

Farthest you've ever been from home: Not so far that I can't be called back home for dinner and fine company ... and time around the fire pit.

Favorite read in the last five years: Hmmm ... no favorites - but have begun to enjoy memorizing poems on the trail ...

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Skills :: asking silly questions, listening to learn, mountaintop yoga, lunch meditations, poetry in the trees ...

HIKE LEADER

Barb Bloomberg

Your first year at August Camp: 2004

Favorite camp lunch: Awesome homemade hummus with veggies or lettuce and tomato with bacon saved from breakfast

Farthest you've ever been from home: New Zealand and Australia

Favorite read in the last five years: "Nothing Venture, Nothing Win" autobiography of Edmund Hillary

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Rock scrambling above treeline

HIKE LEADER

Annemarie Langhan

Your first year at August Camp: 2008

Favorite camp lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Farthest you've ever been from home: India or China

Favorite read in the last five years: Following Atticus

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Interpersonal Skills

Week 3 Leaders

In advance of camp, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to our amazing volunteer leader contingent.  Read on to learn more about each of these dedicated individuals and look forward to meeting them (or re-meeting them) at camp this summer.

CAMP DIRECTOR

Gina Carmody

Your first year at August Camp: 1995

Favorite camp lunch: I like the ‘same food every day’ approach touted by one mountaineer. I’m a lettuce and cheese girl.

Farthest you've ever been from home: Madagascar

Favorite read in the last five years: All of Anne Lamott’s recent books - Help, Thanks, Wow!, , Stitches, ...

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Sewing with dental floss.

Cindy Campbell

HEAD HIKE LEADER

Cindy Campbell

Your first year at August Camp: Sometime in the 90s

Favorite camp lunch: Hummus carrot and pickle sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: The Canadian Rockies

Favorite read in the last five years: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Backcountry skiing. It’s mud and black fly season so I’m missing it now

HIKE LEADER

Leslie Carson

Your first year at August Camp: 2013

Favorite camp lunch: BLT sandwich (using bacon from breakfast)

Farthest you've ever been from home: New Zealand

Favorite read in the last five years: Beneath the Scarlet Sky

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Researching places to hike, map reading

HIKE LEADER

Ken Carson

Your first year at August Camp: 2013

Favorite camp lunch: Peanut butter and pickle sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Nepal

Favorite read in the last five years: Inspector Gamach

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Photography

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HIKE LEADER

Dave Mitchell

Your first year at August Camp:  2016

Favorite camp lunch: Loaded meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoe, pickels, mustard, onion on rye sandwich.

Farthest you've ever been from home: Japan

Favorite read in the last five years: Desert Solitaire

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Endurance

HIKE LEADER

Mary Innis

Your first year at August Camp: 1985

Favorite camp lunch: Tuna w Swiss on rye w pickles and tomatoes on the side

Farthest you've ever been from home: Thailand

Favorite read in the last five years: A Wolf Called Romeo

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Scrambling up to the view, then taking it all in

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HIKE LEADER

Dirgny Perdigon

Your first year at August Camp: 2015

Favorite camp lunch: Lunch cookies

Farthest you've ever been from home: New Zealand

Favorite read in the last five years: Finances/ stocks

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Love backpacking

HIKE LEADER

Cynthia Tollo Falls

Your first year at August Camp: 2004 Keene Valley NY. It was cold and rainy with some ice.

Favorite camp lunch: A Cuban-Turkey, Ham, Swiss, Pickles with mayo and mustard

Farthest you've ever been from home: Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Favorite read in the last five years: I just read The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah about a homesteading family in Alaska

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: I like to look for bears and other wildlife using trail cameras.

HIKE LEADER

John English

Your first year at August Camp: 2019

Favorite camp lunch: Trail mix

Farthest you've ever been from home: Singapore

Favorite read in the last five years: Not Without Peril

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Jumping off rocks into water

Week 4 Leaders

In advance of camp, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to our amazing volunteer leader contingent.  Read on to learn more about each of these dedicated individuals and look forward to meeting them (or re-meeting them) at camp this summer.

CAMP DIRECTOR

Gina Carmody

Your first year at August Camp: 1995

Favorite camp lunch: I like the ‘same food every day’ approach touted by one mountaineer. I’m a lettuce and cheese girl.

Farthest you've ever been from home: Madagascar

Favorite read in the last five years: All of Anne Lamott’s recent books - Help, Thanks, Wow!, , Stitches, ...

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Sewing with dental floss.

Cindy Campbell

HEAD HIKE LEADER

Cindy Campbell

Your first year at August Camp: Sometime in the 90s

Favorite camp lunch: Hummus carrot and pickle sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: The Canadian Rockies

Favorite read in the last five years: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Backcountry skiing. It’s mud and black fly season so I’m missing it now

HIKE LEADER

Leslie Carson

Your first year at August Camp: 2013

Favorite camp lunch: BLT sandwich (using bacon from breakfast)

Farthest you've ever been from home: New Zealand

Favorite read in the last five years: Beneath the Scarlet Sky

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Researching places to hike, map reading

HIKE LEADER

Ken Carson

Your first year at August Camp: 2013

Favorite camp lunch: Peanut butter and pickle sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Nepal

Favorite read in the last five years: Inspector Gamach

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Photography

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HIKE LEADER

Dave Mitchell

Your first year at August Camp:  2016

Favorite camp lunch: Loaded meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoe, pickels, mustard, onion on rye sandwich.

Farthest you've ever been from home: Japan

Favorite read in the last five years: Desert Solitaire

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Endurance

HIKE LEADER

Debi Garlick

Your first year at August Camp: 2019

Favorite camp lunch: My favorite food snack on the trail is a sweet potato

Farthest you've ever been from home: Traveled to Tanzania in 2017 to climb Kilimanjaro

Favorite read in the last five years: I enjoyed the Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Its a mystery within a mystery

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: I enjoy hanging a bear bag. When group hiking, it becomes a way to "break the ice" and help the group bond

HIKE LEADER

Renee Pittelli

Your first year at August Camp: 2018

Favorite camp lunch: I loved adding the big pickle slices to my sandwich

Farthest you've ever been from home: Iceland

Favorite read in the last five years: Losing the Garden, by Laura Waterman

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Finding beautiful stealth camping spots

HIKE LEADER

John Rowen

Your first year at August Camp:  2015

Favorite camp lunch: Assorted cold cuts on whole grain bread

Farthest you've ever been from home: Hawaii

Favorite read in the last five years: Ancillary Justice

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Crafting new, interesting hikes

HIKE LEADER

Michael Wainer

Your first year at August Camp: 2019

Favorite camp lunch: Kind bars or trail mix

Farthest you've ever been from home: Shanghai, China

Favorite read in the last five years: The Impossible Climb (about Alex Hannold’s El Capitan solo climb

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Navigation

HIKE LEADER

Mary Innis

Your first year at August Camp: 1985

Favorite camp lunch: Tuna w Swiss on rye w pickles and tomatoes on the side

Farthest you've ever been from home: Thailand

Favorite read in the last five years: A Wolf Called Romeo

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Scrambling up to the view, then taking it all in

Marilyn Tsolomitis

HIKE LEADER

Marilyn Tsolomitis

Your first year at August Camp:  2014

Favorite camp lunch: Salad in an ice cream cup - best with our cook's homemade hummus, sliced Kalamata Olives and some Pepperoncini ... oh - and COOKIES!

Farthest you've ever been from home: Not so far that I can't be called back home for dinner and fine company ... and time around the fire pit.

Favorite read in the last five years: Hmmm ... no favorites - but have begun to enjoy memorizing poems on the trail ...

Favorite hiking skill or outdoors skill: Skills :: asking silly questions, listening to learn, mountaintop yoga, lunch meditations, poetry in the trees ...