TRAIL DAMES RESOURCES
- Backcountry Outlet – discounted hiking gear and clothing
- Campmor – All kinds of women’s hiking clothing at reasonable prices.
- Lightheart Gear – amazing ultralight tents for long-distance hikes made by Judy Lightheart Gross, friend of Trail Dames.
- Hennessey Hammocks – many Trail Dames backpackers are fans of hammock-hanging as opposed to tent camping. Hennessey Hammocks offers a variety of options that are sturdy enough for plus-size campers.
- Inner Mountain Outfitters – specializes in ropes and riggings as well as lights, headlamps and packs
- Junonia – quality athletic wear in plus sizes
- Leki – Poles, gloves and other hiking accessories
- Mountain Crossing – The only part of the Appalachian Trail that is man-made. Great source for all kinds of gear needs in North Georgia. They also have a restaurant and hostel.
- REI – the outdoor outfitter superstore has always been a friend to Trail Dames.
- Sierra Trading Post – deals on hiking gear and clothing
- Trail Note - a free online alert program for individuals or groups that helps to keep you safe when you travel
- Warbonnet Hammocks – Another ultralight camping hammock company beloved by Trail Dames.
If you are interested in doing a long hike, like the AT or the Pacific Crest Trail – we strongly recommend reading some trail journals as part of your preparation.
- Trail Dames Blog – This is a great place for inspiration and bits of practical information offered by various TD guest bloggers.
- White Blaze – A community of Appalachian Trail Enthusiasts
- Certain’s 2008 Appalachian Trail Journal – Our own Michele Zehr shares her experience and insight hiking the AT.
- LiteShoe - The Long Trail – a dear friend of Trail Dames hiked the Long Trail in 2002.
- Rambling Hemlock’s PCT 2014 – Joan West, an early member of Trail Dames, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014.
- Art of the trail – Ready and Spur’s travel journals – Sanne Larsen Bagby, Ready, was the 2013 Trail Dames Summit keynote speaker. She and her husband – Spur – have traveled most of the major trails in the US and beyond.
- Mud Butt AT – Illustrious leader and founder of Trail Dames, Anna Huthmaker has trail journals of her Appalachain Trail Experience as well as her trip to Peru for the Inca Trail and her adventures in Africa.
- Sandra Friend’s Blog – 2014 Trail Dames Summit Keynote speaker – Sandra is a champion of trails in Florida and has written a number of travel guides.
- Big Red – This gentleman’s trail journal is inspirational and full of encouragement for plus-size long-distance hikers.
- Fat Girls Hiking – "We are called Fat Girls because that’s who we are, two fat queer women, who love hiking. We want to take the shame & stigma out of the word FAT & empower it instead. Visibility matters!"
Have a trail journal or favorite blog you would like to post here? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Researching hikes in your area? Here are some great resources for trail information.
- AllTrails/National Geographic – loads of trail maps and information, registration is free.
- Backpacker.com – the website for Backpacker Magazine – trails organized by park, city, state etc. and helpful information about gear and life on the trail.
- National Parks Service – a wealth of information is available if you don’t mind digging. Choose your park first and look for information on area conservation projects, trail maps and camping information.
- TrailGroove.com – online hiking and backpacking magazine with special emphasis on the environment.
- Also, Google regional resources. Trail Dames’ roots are in Georgia, so many are familiar with Georgia Trails but look for similar sites in your area.
Other Good Trail Reference Material:
- Leave No Trace – these guidelines are the subject of much discussion and are meant to be subject to interpretation. Read about it to draw your own conclusions.
- The Ten Essentials – The 10 or so things you should always have on the trail, not including the very first thing, which is common sense.
A number of Trail Dames have their own businesses and we want to support our sisters. We are also giving a shout out to businesses that have supported or helped us in one way or another over the years.
- Divine Time Retreats – Meditation hike leader, Stephanie Wright, offers weekend retreats and workshops for women in North Georgia.
- Forgiveness Walks – Regina Reiter, Trail Dame and Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner, offers hikes employing Radical Forgiveness techniques to move through grief and pain in communion with nature.
- JoYus Groove – Trail Dame Leanna Joyner teaches dance and movement in Asheville, North Carolina.
- Living Wild & Precious – Carla Robertson, friend of Trail Dames, offers Appalachian Trail preparation and coaching.
- Roam the Woods – Rosie Enos and Todd Soprych take small groups of hikers through some or all of the Appalachian Trail. If you are worried about going it alone, these friends of the Trail Dames will guide you through it.
- WE2 – Women’s Experiental Empowerment - Central Virginia Head Dame, Michele Zehr, offers transformational retreats, workshops and self-defense education to help women feel confident and powerful in any environment.
Are you a Trail Dame with a business that you’d like to share? Let us know! email@example.com