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Frequently Asked Questions

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When is The Summit?

Where is the next Summit?

What is the schedule of events?

Who are the guest speakers and clinicians?

What kind of special events will happen at The Summit?

How much does The Summit cost?

What kind of housing can I expect at The Summit?

What about travel arrangements?

Who is responsible for The Summit?

Who are the Trail Dames?

Where did all of these beautiful photos come from?

How can I stay up to date on the latest Summit happenings?

Who can come to The Summit?

Are men allowed?

Can I bring my dog?

What is included in the Summit fee?

Can I request a single room? A particular room-mate?

Can you cater to special dietary requirements?

What is the dress for The Summit?

Do I need to bring any hiking/backpacking equipment?

What if I have no hiking experience? What if I have loads of hiking experience?

Do I have to be a Trail Dame to come to The Summit?

Who are the Summit Sponsors?


When is The Summit?

July 15-17, 2016

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Where is the next Summit?

The Summit is taking place at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
For more information about the University, go here.
For more information about Cullowhee, go here.

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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 2014 Summit was like, click here.

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Who are the guest speakers and clinicians?

Michele Zehr, founder of WE2 will be our key note speaker this year, and every day we add new speakers and clinicians to the list. As plans for the 2016 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.

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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 hiker fair, documentary screening, awards ceremony and more. Keep an eye here as we post more information.

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How much does The Summit cost?

The Summit Registration is $169 (Early bird registration is $129 until February 28th)
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.
  • $78 Double Occupancy
  • $88 Single Occupancy
Meal plans for those staying off campus can be purchased for $26.

What kind of housing can I expect at The Summit?

We will be staying in the dormitories at the University. Rooms are connected by a bathroom, and linens will be provided.

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What about travel arrangements?

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.
Hotels near Western Carolina University:

The Comfort Inn
1235 E. Main Street
Cullowhee, NC
828.477.4950

Blue Ridge Inn
756 W. Main Street
Cullowhee, NC
828.586.2123

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Who is responsible for The Summit?

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 info@traildames.com.

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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 www.traildames.com.

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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.

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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.

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Who can come to The Summit?

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.

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Are men allowed?

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.*

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Can I bring my dog?

Due to university regulations, dogs, and other pets, are not allowed at the Summit. Fully trained, properly trained guide dogs in the service of an attendee, of course, are allowed.

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What is included in the Summit fee?

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.*

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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!

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Can you cater to special dietary requirements?

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.

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What is the dress for The Summit?

All Summit events are casual. Come prepared to be comfortable inside and out.

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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.

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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.

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Do I have to be a Trail Dame to come to The Summit?

Of course not! The Summit is a celebration of all women that love the outdoors. While the Trail Dames are hosting the conference, The Summit is for everyone.

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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.

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SPONSORS