An interview with Beth Bershader

What outdoor activity is your passion?
Hiking – Whether it be on a local trail I’ve explored many times or a new trail in another state or country. I love that when I’m hiking I can take my time to look around to really soak in the beauty of nature. It is my soul food. It is where I find solace. It is my dirt church.


How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
It probably all started as a child growing up with 100 acres of nature preserve with woods and creeks right in my backyard. I really began hiking when I lived in Jackson Hole in the early ‘90s, I just had to see the beauty on my own two feet, away from the roads and the people.


What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
Hiking the multi-day Alta Via 1 & Alta Via 2 routes in the Dolomites of Italy staying at high mountain rifugios along the way.


What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
My MontBell ultralight down jacket with a hood.


Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
More multi-day trips like the Tahoe Rim Trail, Provence Inn to Inn in France, Cottswold Way in the UK.