Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Two Announcements

I've been tremendously busy this month and was unable to post despite the fact that there are quite a few pieces of gear I wanted to mention and even a couple MYOG projects. Nonetheless, below are two announcements I promised the owners I would distribute. I am not affiliated with either and cannot offer any insight to them. To be clear, I don't want to be the sounding board for most announcements other than my own, but both of these had merits and I elected to pass them along.


  • Trail Dames Annual Trail Summit Conference
  • June 24-26, 2011
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA (USA)
  • Register at (PayPal is accepted for the $89 conference costs and rooms can be reserved through university housing which range from $89 to $110)

Trail Dames is a group of colorful women backpackers with a wide range of skills and experience in both backpacking and life. This conference, however, is open to everyone (males/females/married/singles, etc.).

The conference will include a presentation featuring Jan Benshop (aka: Dutch Treat) who is well known in hiking circles for his intelligent lyrics and tuneful, finger-style guitar. There will also be workshop lectures regarding: wildflowers on the trail, trailside cooking, lightweight backpacking, wilderness first aid, and slide shows on hiking the Incan Trail, hiking in New Zealand, and Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. There will also be sunrise Yoga each morning and an Awards Banquet. The only activity where guys will be off limits is a belly dancing class.


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The idea behind the site is to create a community atmosphere where real users of gear can give their honest opinion so people like you and I don't need to waste endless amounts of time and money trying to find gear that suits our needs. Like any other endeavor where a rating system is utilized, the more people who participate the more likely the ratings will be accurate.


Kathryn said...

The second announcement you posted isn't that enlightening. There are much better review sites out there for gear without looking at Backpacker magazine or BPL (which is a pay site). Sectionhiker does a pretty darn good job on what he reviews. OceanMountainSky has video along with in depth reviews. does have multiple reviews of the same item.

I'm a little disappointed with this link as I thought it was going to be worth looking at as most things you post on your site, but I was quite disappointed.

Jolly Green Giant said...

@ Kathryn - Sorry to disappoint. It may very well turn out to be a bust, but it's only been up for about 2 weeks now so. Like anything new, it wiill take some time to grow a following. If no one visits, then no doubt it will waste the time of many.

ahuthmaker said...

I just wanted to say thank you for posting the info on this summer's Trail Dames Summit!! I cannot tell you how much we appreciate it! :) And I love your blog! Would it be ok to link to it from the Trail Dames website? Thanks!!
Anna aka Mud Butt

Jolly Green Giant said...

@ Mud Butt - No sweat. I told Limo I would. Backpacking is a great thing which fosters the right relationships and makes the world a better place. Spreading the word can't hurt. Feel free to post my little blog as you see fit. Best of luck.