Cleveland Hiking Club

This series of interviews with members of the Cleveland Hiking Club, conducted in 2017, covers a number of topics relating to the history of the club, outdoor recreation and the natural environment, and members' recollections of hikes in the Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as other parks and natural landscapes in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and nationally and internationally. The Cleveland Hiking Club is one of the nation's oldest and largest organizations of its kind, dating to 1919 and now counting more than 1,000 members.


Bob joined the CHC in 2014 and became very active very quickly. He discusses his work as camp chair and his hopes for what camp should become.

Bob McLaughlin recounts how he joined the Cleveland Hiking Club, his years as camp chair, trips to Niagara Falls, Kentucky, Redwoods, and day trips in Ohio, how he led Hobo Hikes for many years, and changes in the club over the years.

Sharon Horvath, a self-described tomboy in her youth, felt that rediscovered her childhood when she joined the Cleveland Hiking Club. She describes some of the more challenging hikes, her wedding to a fellow member at camp, the steak roast that they…

Dave and Denise Tobiasz joined the Cleveland Hiking Club in 1994. They discuss a number of trips that they led, some of the funny things that happened on those trips, and some of the special people they met in the club including Emily Gregor and Jim…

Cleveland Hiking Club member Chris Rettig describes her memories of hiking, social events, and personalities in the club starting in 1986.

Marilyn and Dave Richards, 20-year members, of the Cleveland Hiking Club, talk about local, national, and international hiking experiences.