Welcome to Hikerweb!
My name is John Cammerota (some hikers might know me by my trail name “Calmwater”. I created this site to showcase some of the amazingly beautiful places that I have had the privilege to explore. It is my hope that you might find something here that will inspire you to do the same.
I enjoy all types of hiking from day excursions to weekend trips and long distance journeys. I grew up in the Pocono region of northeast Pennsylvania exploring the hardwood forests and cool hemlock ravines. From as far back as I can remember, I had felt a special connection with the natural world.
In 2007, I thru-hiked (completed in a calender year) the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail. The long distance hike started in April in Georgia and ended almost six months later in Maine. The summers of 2010 and 2011 were also spent on the “AT” working for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as a Ridgerunner in northeastern Pennsylvania. While working as a ridge runner I hiked another 1,000 miles of the trail while assisting other hikers and performing various trail related work.
In addition to ridge running, some of my other outdoor related experience has included work for the National Park Service , a hiking/river guide, outfitter and teaching long distance hiking workshops.
In addition to hiking, I also love music. I spent several years playing in bands – writing, recording and performing. If you would like to take a listen click on the link below:
A note about the photos:
The photo gallery contains many photos most of which are listed by the trail or area where they were taken. I am not a professional photographer so the intent here is to give a “feel” for the trail on the day that I hiked it rather than a collection of technically correct photographs. Many of them are far from perfect. If you wish to use any of them, please contact me.
Thank you for your interest!