Daryl Warren, from Wellsboro, PA, will turn 78 years old on July 20, 2012. A hiker since the early 1960's, Daryl began hiking in earnest in 2005, and joined Keystone Trails Association in 2009. Since then, he's completed the Black Forest, Golden Eagle, Mid State, Pinchot, Susquehannock, and West Rim trails. He says, "The Lord played a trick on me. He kept an 18 year old attitude in an aging body. Seems like I just graduated high school, but that was in 1952."
His day job at the Nationwide Insurance, Germino Agency, keeps him busy - but not busy enough to keep him off the trails! This summer and fall, Daryl plans to complete about 190 more miles of Pennsylvania's trails, including some or all of the Thunder Swamp, Donut Hole, Chuck Keiper, Loyalsock, West Rim (see photo below), and Mid state trails. In his free time, Daryl leads local treks regularly for the Asaph Trail Club
, and led guided hikes during KTA's Spring Meeting and Hiking Weekend in Wellsboro, PA, the week of April 27-29, 2012.
One of Daryl's favorite trails is the Mid State Trail
: "It is 327 miles (loop, linear, slack-pack, back-pack, end-to-end, day hikes or camp outs; you name it) of a well-blazed and maintained footpath, bisecting Pennsylvania in some of the wildest and most remote sections of the Commonwealth."
Daryl took the Keystone Trails Association 100-Mile Trail Challenge
because he loves "to hike, and why not support a worthy cause in doing so? It's a goal; one that's realistic, measureable, and attainable." He also registered for the Hyner Challenge and the KTA Susquehanna Super Hike
, and is working towards completing the requirements for the State Forest Hiking Award
(448 miles down, 350 miles to go!).
Thank you, Daryl, for your commitment to Pennsylvania's hiking trails!