Berkshire Trails Staff 2014


This season is shaping up to be a great one, no doubt in part to the spectacular bunch of folks we have with us for the season. Our trails staff will begin training on Monday and our Ridge Runners are already on the trail. Everyone's very excited to have such a great group for 2014!



Berkshire Trails Staff


Benjamin Barry
Field Coordinator

This is my first season working for AMC in the great Northeast and I don’t think I could be more excited about the fast-approaching season. Originally hailing from far northern California, within the heart of the redwoods, I’ve traveled to Massachusetts after working trails throughout the west for the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Boots-on-the-ground stewardship has always appealed to me; I have such an appreciation for America’s remaining wildlands as well as the sweat that goes into maintaining our access to them. When not on the trail, you can find me untangling my fly–fishing line or trail running along the AT.


Faren MacDonald
Ridge Runner Coordinator


Faren MacDonald is the ridgerunner coordinator this year.  In 2010 and 2011 she worked for the PATC in Maryland as a ridgerunner there.  When not working for a trail club she is long distance hiking.  In the past she has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, and hopes to hike the Long Trail this fall. 





Katie Cox
Field Support Staff

I have spent the past year pursuing my masters degree at Humboldt State University in my home-state, California. If not on campus you would find me on the beach hunting for agates or hiking and fishing along one of the 6 rivers that run through Humboldt County. I spent last summer working in the Sierra Nevada range in California and am very excited to spend this summer exploring the east coast. I can't wait to meet all of you and have you make fun of my accent!




Trail Crew Leaders

Molly Higgins

Hi everyone! My name is Molly, I'm from little 'ol Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. I moved to Boston almost 6 years ago, and I graduated from Suffolk University with a B.S. in Business Management in 2012. Since then I've been working at a local college as a professional tutor and adjunct professor, and at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), helping people get ready for their adventures! I am working towards in a career in outdoor education.

When I'm not at work I'm most often hiking the 4,000 footers of the White Mountains to check peaks off my list. You can also find me dodging Boston motorists atop Shadowfax (my noble steed/road bike), climbing, reading, cooking and baking, finding something new to do outdoors, and spending time with my family. This is my first summer working with the AMC and I'm looking forward to getting out there!


Ben Swanson

I'm Ben Swanson, and I'm from Lexington, Kentucky (right by the Red River Gorge, for you climbers). Next fall, I'll be starting out at Columbia University (probably studying something like economics, international affairs, or African affairs), and I'm committed to finding as much nature as I can in New York City! I started trail work in the stunning Denali National Park, Alaska,  began managing a nature preserve in my native Kentucky, and am excited to learn lots more this summer with the AMC.

David Delcourt

I'm Dave.  I spent my childhood playing hockey or inside in front of the TV and computer.  After I graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2010 with a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems with a concentration in Environmental Science I finally got my feet outside and started hiking.  I explored around my home town of Queensbury, NY and around Lake George, NY.  I got my first outdoor job with the SCA in Idaho back in 2011 and have been bouncing around ever since.  I've worked in NY, MA, ID, MI, and AK.  For the last two years I have been a dog musher, spending my winters in the UP of Michigan and 1 summer in Juneau, AK.  I absolutely loved it and bought my lead dog Greed, who is front right in the photo.  Now I plan to enjoy my first season here with AMC in the Northeast.  See you on the trail.


Jesse Samdahl

Greetings! This summer will be my fifth season doing trail work with the AMC in the Berkshires. I hail from Central Massachusetts and consider the Berkshires part of my own backyard. Currently I am an Adventure Based Environmental Education and Adventure Therapy double major at Unity College located in Unity, Maine. There I am lucky enough to work on their trail crew and will be stepping in as Chief of Trail Crew in the fall! I can't wait to get back on the trails and get dirty, hope to see you out there!


Rosalie Sharp

My name is Rosalie (also Rosie, Rozo, and/or Jobin). I just finished my sophomore year at Wellesley College where I'm an environmental studies major, geoscience minor.
I grew up on the Vermont side of the Connecticut river valley, just north of where the AT crosses into New Hampshire. My friends and I (self proclaimed Mountain Rats) spend a lot of time adventuring in the green and white mountains by foot and ski, and I can't wait to explore the Berkshires this summer. This is my first season with the AMC and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!




Ridge Runners

Audra Devoto

Hello! My name is Audra and I'm studying to be a Biology major at Haverford College near Philadelphia, PA. I've missed the woods during my first year of college, and I'm excited to be heading back to my home state to spend some time on the AT! I've been backpacking for a long time but I love the New England section of the Appalachian Trail especially. I can't wait to talk to hikers and learn more about leave no trace. 




Gage Brogan

Salutations! My name’s Gage and I’m thrilled to be back on the trail this summer. I was born and raised in Milwaukee WI but have spent the last six years in the upper peninsula of Michigan. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor in environmental science I spent my summer hiking over 700 miles on the AT. I spent this winter building sustainable geodesic yurts and greenhouses for off the grid life styles. Beside my passion for the outdoors I enjoy playing drums and guitar and catching as much live music as I can. I look forward to giving back to the AT community and meeting so many wonderful people. Happy trails!



Lily Friend

Lily Friend worked for the AMC Maine Woods Trail Crew back in 2006, and has returned this year as a Ridge-Runner for the Berkshires Trails program.  In addition to her outdoor adventures in the U.S. she has done bicycle tours and hiking trips in Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand.  After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2013, she is exited and ready to help improve and enhance others’ outdoor experience.


Brian Fredricks

Brian leads a life full of many facts; it being so that these facts do not define him, but merely help him define himself, he needn't share very many of them. He was born with feet bare for the soil, and has sought the outside since. He has hiked parts of the AT in eight different states, a fact he remembers, but oftentimes has forgotten which eight. Brian attends school, and uses this opportunity as a forum to study philosophy, 'the environment', 'humanity', anthropology, geopolitical conflict and cooperation, heterodox economics, history, public art and communication, the existential condition of American youth, and campaigns for social justice. He is interested in backpacking, foraging, community-based organizing, simplicity, books, writing, words, hand-written letters, environmental justice, the contradiction of democracy, organic gardening, and establishing a dynamic short circuit between radical epistemological theory and radical political movements. Perhaps most of all, Brian likes to listen-- please talk to him.

Alex Hinkle

My name is Alex Hinkle and I grew up in Federal Way, WA but have been living in Seattle, WA for the past several years. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Earth and Space Sciences. I then long distance hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and enjoyed every second of it. I hope to one day work as a guide or outdoor educator to share my passion for natural sciences with anyone who will listen!