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 2016 Summit was like, click here.
Carla Robertson, founder of Living Wild and Precious, and Wild and White Blazing will be our key note speaker this year, and every day we add new speakers and clinicians to the list. As plans for the 2018 Summit come together, we will post lists of clinicians and guest speakers here.
For a list of last Summit's speakers and clinicians, click here.
Since Western Carolina University is located in the Appalachian Mountains, there is no direct way of traveling to Cullowhee. The public transportation system is not well-developed in the mountaints, so you need to travel by air or Gryhound Bus to Asheville, NC. You can take a taxi or shuttle to Western Carolina University. Cost is approximately $28 per person for Jackson County transit shuttle. Cost for taxi is $100-$150.
The closest airport to Cullowhee is the Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina. From this airport, Western Carolina University is 45 miles (70 km) away.
There is no ground transportation to the university from here. You can take a taxi or shuttle from the airport to Cullowhee.
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The Summit is being sponsored by the Trail Dames, a hiking club for women, and falls under the direction of the Trail Dames Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, service and trail maintenance.
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, click here.
For additional questions or comments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.traildames.com.
Any and all women are welcome at the Summit! We have women who have never set foot on a trail and women who are Triple Crowners. Hikers, backpackers, and dreamers alike will find a community at The Summit. Any age, fitness level, experience level.....the beauty of The Summit is that we all share our experiences and learn from each other. All that we ask is that you love the outdoors.
While we love our men, The Summit is for women only. The exception to this are the awards ceremony and key note speaker Saturday night. You are welcome to bring fathers, sons, significant others or friends that evening. *Note: Our wonderful sponsors who are men are invited to take part in the hiker fair and Saturday night events.*
Your Summit fee includes attendance to all classes, seminars, and special events scheduled during The Summit. Also included are your Summit packet and Summit tee shirt. *Note: If you chose to stay off campus, you may opt to have your meals on campus for $45 for the duration of the Summit.*
Can I request a single room? A particular room-mate?
Participants room requests will be honored pending availability, as will room-mate requests. Due to the number of rooms available, rooms and room-mates cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our very best!
The Courtyard dining hall is an all-you-care-to-eat facility offering a variety of stations from home cooking, to a Mongolian grill, full salad bar, pizza and pasta, deli, desserts, and grilled food. Make the meal that suits you by mixing and matching from stations to get the best of everything.
Do I need to bring any hiking/backpacking equipment?
While you do not need to bring anything to the Summit itself, if you have something neat to show others, feel free! New hammocks or light-weight gear can be great to share with your fellow participants. If you are planning on attending the hike or backpacking trip afterwards, you will need to bring equipment for that.
What if I have no hiking experience? What if I have loads of hiking experience?
The beauty of The Summit is that there is something for everyone. From the woman that has only walked around her block to the triple-crowner, there is a place at The Summit. Not only will you meet other women just like you, but you will all share and learn from each other, making great friends and meeting future hiking partners in the process.
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.