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Summit Information

For more information on The Summit, click on the questions below.

When is The Summit?

June 20-22, 2014

Where is the next Summit?

The Summit is taking place in the Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

The Town of Boone is a university town in Watauga County, atop the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and serves as the county seat and market town. Boone acquires its name from the famous pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone, who on several occasions camped at a site generally agreed to be within the present city limits.

The Town of Boone was incorporated in 1872 and its current population is 17,751. Boone has the highest elevation (3,300 feet) of any town of its size (over 10,000 population) east of the Mississippi River. During summer, high temperatures in Boone are typically 76°F or below, noticeably cooler than the lowland areas to the east and south. Summers are also considerably cooler than most parts of the Carolinas. Winters are colder with sleet and snowfall common.

For more about Boone, click here, and for more about Appalachian State University, click here.

What is the schedule of events?

During the next few months, the schedule will be coming together. What will you be able to expect during The Summit? Classes, workshops, seminars, guest speakers, gear demonstrations and more. Keep an eye on the site for upcoming changes.

For an idea of what the 2013 Summit was like, click here.

Who are the guest speakers and clinicians?

As plans for the 2014 Summit come together, we will post lists of clinicians and guest speakers here.

For a list of last year's speakers and clinicians, click here.

What kind of special events will happen at The Summit?
While plans are still being made, some of the things we are working toward are a campfire circle, documentary screening, awards ceremony and more. Keep an eye here as we post more information.

How much does The Summit cost?

The Summit Registration is $129 Includes:

  • Attendance to all Summit Events
  • Summit Packet
  • a Summit T-Shirt
The room in the dormitory on campus is for two nights and includes parking and five meals.
  • $149 Double Occupancy
  • $169 Single Occupancy
If you choose to stay off campus there is a $79 University Admin fee which includes your parking and five meals.

What kind of housing can I expect at The Summit?

We will be staying the Newland Hall Dorms. For details click here.

What about travel arrangements?

We encourage everyone to attempt to make their own arrangements to and from the airport. Also please feel free to post in the comments section of the Trail Dames Meet-ups, or join the Trail Dames Facebook and the Summit Facebook Page then post a comment requesting to ride/car rental share. If you find a service not listed below please send us their information so we can add them and help everyone out. June is High Season for Shuttle, Taxi and Car Rental Services so please book early!

If you need a ride, or are willing to give a ride please send an e-mail to and we will try to connect you with someone, but this isn’t a guarantee.

The closest airport to Boone is the Tri Cities Regional Airport, approximately 65 miles away from Boone, NC.

F&L Taxi Service (423) 245-0856
Approximately $195 or more one way

High County Transport: Thomas Farah (828) 260-1146 or (828) 783-0462 Email:
$150 One Way – Also stated if we can get 2-3 ladies to a trip he would offer a discount as long as the driver was taken care of.

Then the next Airport is the Charlotte Airport, approximately 95 miles away from Boone, NC.

Hickory Hop  (828)327-2340
One way Shuttle $70, Round Trip $120

Click here for the Charlotte Airport transportation page with a list of several services in the area; if you find one with a great price let us know so we can put their name up here.

The University also has some information on Shuttle Service here.

(Please let us know if you find anything else we can add to the list)

Comfort Suites
1184 SR 105, Boone, NC 28607
Ph: (828) 268-0099
Fax: (828) 268-0023

Sleep Inn
163 Hwy 105 Extension, Boone, NC 28607
Ph: (828) 262-0020


Honey Bear Campground
229 Honey Bear Campground Road
Boone, NC 28607
PH: (828) 963-4586

Flintlock Campground
171 Flintlock Campground Drive
Boone, NC 28607
Ph: (828) 963-5325
Toll Free (888) 850-9997

Who is responsible for The Summit?

The Summit is being sponsored by the Trail Dames, a hiking club for women.
A dedicated group of women have come together to form the Summit Committee and they are working hard to make next years Summit a huge success. To meet the Summit Committee, visit our Summit Committee page.
For additional questions or comments, email us at

Who are the Summit Sponsors?

The Summit is unbelievably grateful to the following sponsors. These people own businesses that are willing to step forward and say, “We believe”. They believe in the importance of women in the outdoors and they believe in the importance of having a conference to bring those women together.

Please take the time to meet these people and thank them.

2013 Sponsors

Who are the Trail Dames?
Trail Dames is the first nation-wide hiking club for women. As of 2011, we have eleven chapters spread across the country and are growing quickly.

Trail Dames calls itself a ‘hiking club for women of a curvy nature’, meaning that we are a place where all women are welcome. Our goal is to inspire women of every shape, size, age and fitness level to get out and see the beauty this world has to offer.

In 2011, we were proud to host the first-ever women’s hiking and backpacking conference. It was an idea that is long overdue and in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the first Summit took place. We are very excited to see where the next few years takes us, and can’t wait to see the growth of not only Trail Dames, but of the Summit. For more information, or to join Trail Dames, go to

Where did all of these beautiful photos come from?

The majority of photos on this site were taken by Tina Tasso, Sandi Adams and Rena Cantrell. We are so grateful to them for both their talent and generosity.

How can I stay up to date on the latest Summit happenings?
To be added to our email update for the Trail Dames Summit, visit our contact page. We will be happy to keep you aware of all of the updates to Summit speakers, events and happenings.

Trail Dames Huthmaker Fine Violins Blue Ridge Outdoors Acorn Trail Guide

The Trail Dames Charitable Foundation is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Code. IRS regulations require that you retain a written acknowledgement from the Foundation to support your claim of a tax deduction. A receipt of your gift will be mailed to you shortly. The Foundation confirms that you received no goods or services in return for your gift.