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We were asked by the Trail Dames to post this information on their annual summit, to be held this year in Maryville, TN. This group has helped in past years on trail maintenance projects in the Cherokee National Forest. They are a great group.

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Women gather to celebrate hiking, backpacking and the love of the outdoors Come join women for the third annual Summit: A Hiking and Backpacking Conference for Women!

One of the wonderful things about hiking these days is the abundance of women in the outdoors. Of course, women on the trail are nothing new. For decades now, we have been out enjoying the beauty, energy and camaraderie of the trail. However, it seems that the last few years have brought about a surge in the number of ladies out there. And we aren’t the only ones that have noticed it. Outdoor retailers have gone out of their way to create equipment just for us and clubs, organizations and outlets for women’s hiking are springing up everywhere.

One of the most exciting aspects of this trend is the upcoming Summit-a hiking and backpacking conference for women. Or the last two years, the Trail Dames have hosted the Summit, billing it as the nation’s first hiking and backpacking conference for women. It has been a grand success and this year the Summit is coming to Maryville, Tennessee.

The Summit is an opportunity for all women to come together and learn, dream and share the beauty of the outdoors. For three days, Maryville 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 workshops. A Hikers Fair with gear demonstrations will be open for the duration of the Summit, as well.

“Meditation Hikes”, “Lightweight Backpacking”, “Outdoor Photography”, “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 Maryville area offers a myriad of fabulous things to do from hiking and backpacking to river rafting. It is the gateway to the Great Smoky National Park and you won’t find better views anywhere!

For more information or to register for the Summit, go to www.traildamessummit.com

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