Fifth Week Special - Hiking with Kids
March 31, 2020
Today's episode is a special one!!! To celebrate the 5th Tuesday of the month, we are doing a panel discussion about hiking with kids!!! If you ever wanted to take your little ones out on the trail, this is the discussion for you. Join us as we talk about boys and girls of all ages and the fun of getting...
Diohn Brancaleoni, Ph.D.
March 24, 2020
Dr. Diohn Brancaleoni, psychologist and life coach, joins us today to talk about the outdoors, walk-and-talk therapy, and using nature to achieve mind-body-spirit wellness. Dr. Diohn is the author of the Happy Life Toolkit and a lover of all things nature. When she isn't doing life coaching sessions outdoors, she...
Christine Gautreaux (a Trail Dames Story)
March 17, 2020
Christine Gautreaux shares her story of a late-night calling to honor the spirit of the forest.
Lagniappe - Trail Festivals
March 10, 2020
Join us on the Lagniappe episode as we celebrate all things Trail!! Today we are talking about Trail Festivals, so get out your calendar, throw your tent in your car and plan to join in the fun at one of the wonderful Festivals!!
Stacey Brazier (a Trail Dames Story)
March 3, 2020
Listen to Stacey's story about finding her bravery on the trail through solo hiking, and using hiking as an escape from the very real stresses of being a parent today.
February 25, 2020
"I was paralyzed on my left side in 2015. After relearning to walk, battling severe depression and anxiety, I was led to Trail Dames. I needed someone to walk with to help get me out of the house. I never really liked the outdoors, or so I thought, and Trail Dames was going to be my speed and get me out of my...
Shellie Hemphill (a Trail Dames Story)
February 18, 2020
Short and sweet.....a story of one girl's journey below. Shellie takes on caving despite her fears!
Shellie Hemphill is the Head Dame for our Kansas City Chapter. She was stricken with Lupus as a young adult and ended up paralyzed in a nursing home, before re-learning to walk. She has an amazing story that she will be...
Lagniappe - Hiking Award Programs
February 11, 2020
Today's Lagniappe is a collection of neat hiking awards programs. Programs where you can tick off the trail miles while earning pins, patches, other SWAG, and of course bragging rights!! For anyone wanting to do a little more than just a walk on a weekend, pick a challenge here and add it to your list of goals!!!
Cindy Denise (a Trail Dames Story)
February 4, 2020
Cindy Denise is the Head Dame for one of our New York Trail Dames chapters, and she is also an EMT and a life-long lover of the outdoors.
When she is not leading hikes and helping injured people in her community, she is acting in local professional theater productions in the Woodstock, NY area. Cindy is multi-talented...
January 28, 2020
Did you ever wonder what it was like to eat an elephant one bite at a time???
That is exactly what Debbie Wroten did with the Appalachian Trail. She was a day hiker who, in her own words 'never hiked far from a bathroom,' decided one day that she was going to hike the entire AT. Join us as we talk about watermelon...
Carla Robertson (a Trail Dames Story)
January 21, 2020
Carla Robertson shares a compilation of stories, with her first night in a shelter on the Appalachian Trail and other backpacking lessons learned.
Lagniappe - More of the 10 Essentials
January 14, 2020
Join Anna, aka Mud Butt, for a quick discussion of some of the things to throw in your backpack!! Being prepared is the name of the game, so you not only survive on the trail, but you thrive!!
Kim Weller (a Trail Dames Story)
January 7, 2020
Kim Weiler tells us of a funny encounter she had while on her first solo hike.
December 24, 2019
Margaret Webster grew up in Connecticut. She has had a lifelong love of science, the outdoors, travel, and exploration. As a child, she aspired to be a cross between Jacques Cousteau and Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
After raising her two sons, she decided to embark on a solo cross-country odyssey that...
Lagniappe: 2019 Gift Ideas
December 10, 2019
Gifts for $10-50
1. Give the Gift of Trees - (Global) Trees for the Future.org https://trees.org/
(US-based) American Forests.org https://www.americanforests.org/ways-to-give/gift-of-trees/
2. State Parks Pass
3. Hiking notebook/journal
4. Lightheart Gear Backpacking Dress -
November 26, 2019
Cheryl Suchors grew up in Southern, Eastern and Mid-Western US and is a proud graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
After getting an MBA from Harvard she began a career that spanned everything from management consultant to partner in a national accounting and consulting firm. After years in...
November 12, 2019
This week's lagniappe has Anna chatting with her friend, Pam. They are talking about glamping and the art of comfort in the woods.
Anna hasn't been too well so I've revived an episode that has marginal sound quality. However, the subject was so much fun that I've put it together to share with you.
Melissa Zimmerman (Choquequirao Trek)
October 22, 2019
Melissa Zimmerman is an architectural consultant who stumbled into hiking three years ago. (Literally. She really needs to watch for those troublesome tree roots.) From the first time she saw a picture of Machu Picchu, she knew she needed to see it in person. Then she heard about Choquequirao, which is only accessed...
Lagniappe: The Joy of Hiking Poles
October 8, 2019
Marina LeGree: Ascend
September 24, 2019
Marina LeGree is the founding director of Ascend and brings over a decade of experience working in Afghanistan and other unstable environments. In 2014 she founded Ascend, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop young Afghani women into leaders through community service and the sport of...
Lagniappe: The 10 Essentials-Hydration
September 10, 2019
Staying hydrated while hiking is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and one of the simplest ways you can make your hike a successful one!
Check out these articles for more information on hydrating yourself properly while hiking. And keep an eye (and ear) out for other Lagniappe episodes where...
Cheryl Torain: Climbing Mount Kili
August 26, 2019
This month’s podcast features world traveler, marathoner, climber and adventurer Cheryl Torain.
Cheryl began to travel in her 20’s, going to Germany, Denmark, France and Sweden. That was only her first trip, but she fell in love with travel and she has been on the road ever since. In addition to...
Lagniappe - Cheryl Suchors, 48 Peaks-Hiking and Healing in the Mountains
August 13, 2019
At forty-eight years old, Cheryl Suchors―hoping to find concrete successes and a feeling of control as she changes careers and fifty stares at her from the horizon―vows to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s grueling White...
Sarah Williams - Tough Girl Challenges
July 24, 2019
Sarah Williams as an award-winning athlete, podcast creator and motivational speaker. She created Tough Girl Challenges in 2014 as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls.
She is the creator and host of the Tough Girl Podcast where she interviews inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and...
Lagniappe - Hiking Etiquette
July 16, 2019
Did you ever wonder just what Hiking Etiquette was? What are considered to be good trail manners?
In this Lagniappe episode of the Trail Dames podcast, we dig into the best and worst hiking practices in hopes that we can all learn to be a little more knowledgeable and considerate on the trail.
Special thanks to the...
July 2, 2019
When Jacqui first agreed to do the Trail Dames podcast, I thought that we would spend our time talking about the obstacles she has overcome in her life. Hit with bacterial meningitis twice, and later diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease, Jacqui went from being an accomplished athlete to being confined to...
Lagniappe - Hiking the Inca Trail
June 10, 2019
So what happens when your awesome podcast producer goes on his very own thru-hike?? You realize that you forgot to release May's Lagniappe podcast!!!! So, with my apologies for the lateness....here you have it!!
Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail? Does the very name conjure up daydreams of condors...
May 14, 2019
Marcia Paul has lived in Georgia for most of her life. She is the proud mother of three children–Candice, Caylen, and John–and completely in love with her grandson, Beau. She spends her summers living on the lake, camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. She notes that being outdoors is where she finds her escape...
Lagniappe - Hiking Food for Day Hikers
April 23, 2019
Make sure to fuel your body when you hike!! This Lagniappe episode will give you great ideas of what to eat and how to pack it. We will share some sources for great hiking snacks, as well as telling you what might not make the best food to throw in your backpack. And finally, we also make the case for fueling yourself...
April 9, 2019
Steve was born in the U.K. and moved to the United States in 2005. His work in the insurance industry took him all over the world, from London to Bermuda to New York before finally landing him in Sarasota Florida.
In 2014, newly retired, he decided that the time had come to hike the Appalachian Trail. The fact that...
Lagniappe - My Favorite Hiking Documentaries
March 26, 2019
We are living in the golden age of dreaming!! What do I mean by that? I mean that you can sit in your armchair, pull up Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon and dream your way onto the trail...doesn't matter what the weather is like, or if you have to be at work the next morning. Join me as I share some of my favorite...
The Pooping, Peeing, and Periods Show
March 12, 2019
This episode of the Trail Dames Podcast features guests Victoria Heckler from Maryland, Kathy Rioux from Maryland and host, Anna Huthmaker in an in-depth discussion of all thing’s bathroom on the trail! Join us as we discuss the in’s and outs of going to the bathroom and dealing with female issues on the trail. ...
Lagniappe - Hiking Heroines
February 26, 2019
Come meet three women who have inspired so many of us. Once you get to know Jan Leitschuh, Sanne Larsen Bagby, and Carla Robertson, you will be moved to enjoy the trail with a heightened sense of joy and wonder.
Liteshoe's AT Journal- http://www.trailjournals.com/journal/1076
February 12, 2019
Have you ever tromped down the trail in the snow and ice? There is a special kind of peace and beauty that awaits those who are brave enough to go out in the winter. Join our host Anna Huthmaker as she welcomes guests Cindy Denise and Laura Donovan, accomplished winter hikers, and Head Dames for two of the New York...
Lagniappe - Hiking Uphill
January 22, 2019
Tips for going uphill!! Here are some links to help you in your quest to love, love going uphill!
January 8, 2019
When asked about herself, Laura Donovan says “two things run in my blood–hiking and teaching.” Several years ago, after moving up to New York, Laura found herself teaching music in the schools during the week and traversing the hiking trails of the Adirondacks during her weekends.
For years, she had done lots and...
2018 Ten Gift Ideas
December 22, 2018
1. A membership to an organization that is truly meaningful and helpful to the Trails. ATC, AHS, Florida Trail Association, your local trail association ($45 and up)
2. Judy Gross new Under Shorts ($30)
November 13, 2018
Regina Reiter is an incredible woman who shows us all what it is like to take an unhappy event and use it to completely change her life. Through the loss of a job, Regina found herself at somewhat of a crossroads in her life. She had heard of the Appalachian Trail, and this tiny little seed of an idea began to take...
October 9, 2018
Judy Gross, aka Lightheart, spent her whole life in the outdoors, hiking and enjoying the trail. She raised a couple of Eagle Scouts, putting in trail miles right alongside them, and throughout her adulthood, while she became a nurse and simultaneously studied sewing and design, she was hitting the trails.
September 11, 2018
Christine Gautreaux is a hiker, mother, author, artist and life coach. She centers her work around both art and the outdoors and has a special passion for helping what she calls 'the helper.'
Whether you are a caregiver, therapist, social worker, author or healer, Christine has made it her life's work to help make...
August 24, 2018
Karen Lord Rutter is a woman of many, many talents!! She is a retired teacher and administrator with a career littered with awards and accolades. With a self-professed love of all things learning, it is no surprise that she has traveled the world and experienced everything she possibly could!
However, it was her son...
May 29, 2018
Summer did not grow up hiking....in fact, it was pretty near the top of things she 'would just rather not do!' The mosquitoes and cold of Minnesota, combined with her speed and discomfort kept her off the trails and safely ensconced in the world of writing and photography. However, one day she moved to Portland and...
May 11, 2018
When Sue Williams got into backpacking, she noticed that there was very little aimed at the over-50s hiker and even less at the female over-50s hiker. She decided to do something about it and, with her husband John, started FiftySense.com. The site is aimed at encouraging Baby Boomers that there is plenty to do out of...
April 16, 2018
Today's guest has made a name for herself for not only loving the trail and the outdoors but for creating connections between women so that they can find and share that same love.
Bunny Kramer has spent years in online communities helping women learn about the logistics of hiking. If you need to know what clothes to...
March 20, 2018
Welcome to the new Trail Dames Podcast. The aim of the podcast is to inspire women to get out into nature and to realize that there are many like-minded, suportive women just like them.
I'm Anna Huthmaker, the founder of Trail Dames. In 2003, I hiked over 700 miles on the Appalachian Trail and discovered that...