News : Will Lange Defies Age on Windows to the Wild

Mar 17, 2015

Originally published on Portsmouth Patch.com

By Mike Bizier

DURHAM – For many New Englanders, there is no greater joy than being in the outdoors. People of all ages from around the region feel an unbridled sense of freedom and inspiration while on the many mountains, trails, and waters scattered across the Northeast.

One man who enjoys sharing New England’s natural wonders with others is 80-year-old outdoor adventurer Willem Lange. As the host of the New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) program “Windows to the Wild,” Lange is a guide for viewers as he hikes, paddles, and climbs his way across this distinct region. With a gray beard, years of experience, and friendly demeanor, Lange is the embodiment of the classic American folk hero.

Born in Albany, New York in 1935, Lange was instilled with a strong sense of exploration and discovery from an early age.

“When I was eight, we moved to Syracuse, right on the edge of town,” Lange recalls. “In those days, beyond us was just green and woods and abandoned quarries; it was a young kid’s paradise. So I got outdoors a little bit, and then the neighbor across the street asked if I wanted to go to a Boy Scout meeting. I didn’t really much want to go, but he had a Model A Ford roadster, so I went,” Lange says.

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