One of the wonderful things about hiking these days is the abundance of
women in the outdoors. To celebrate this, the Trail Dames have created
The Summit-a hiking and backpacking conference for women. Last year,
the Trail Dames hosted the first Summit, billing it as the nation's
only hiking and backpacking conference for women. It was a grand
success and this year the Summit is coming to Durango, Colorado.
The Summit is an opportunity for all women to come together and learn,
dream and share the beauty of the outdoors. For three days, Fort Lewis
College will play home to seminars, demonstrations, classes and special
guest speakers, all designed to celebrate women on the trails.
The conference will feature guest speaker Sanne Larsen Bagby, aka
`Ready", a triple crowner with more than 10,000 miles of
backpacking to her name. The conference will also include an extensive
list of seminars, classes and a special screening of "Beauty beneath
the Dirt", a newly released documentary about three intrepid hikers
attempting one of the most challenging outdoor adventures in the
country. A Hikers Fair with gear demonstrations will be open for the
duration of the Summit, as well.
"Campfire Yoga", "Lightweight Backpacking", "In a
Woman's Voice-writing for the outdoor woman", "Hiking the El
Camino" and "Women's Nutrition for Hiking" are some of
the clinics that will be offered. In addition to the conference, the
Durango area offers a myriad of fabulous things to do from hiking and
backpacking to river rafting. The city it a short drive from the Four
Corners area and is adjacent to the San Juan National Forest and the
Animas River Valley. To cap off a fun holiday, our friends at Step
Outdoors Colorado are offering multi-day backpacking trips for Summit
attendees both before and after the Summit.
For more information or to register for the Summit, go towww.traildamessummit.com
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