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Name: Susan “Hammock Hanger” Turner


Where do you live? I technically live in Jacksonville, FL. At least that is what it says on my driver’s license. It is where my mail goes and my husband dwells. However, we have a small cabin in the North Georgia mountains. If you count the days in a year my butt is there much more then Jacksonville.


What is the title of your session? Fun Down-Under. — Trekking and playing in Australia and New Zealand. (2017)

                                                     
What is your favorite part about being outdoors? I enjoy being outside in nature as it is a very peaceful and natural environment. I find that it replenishes my soul and brings out the best in me. While I can spend hours out tending a garden, my favorite activity would be “living on the trail”. No expectations other then one foot in front of the other. Just allowing God and the the trail to provide.


Do you have a favorite hike or adventure? Trying to narrow down a favorite hike or adventure is hard, as each one has brought me joy and memories. I suppose it would still be my AT hikes of 2001-2002. I grew a lot after completing that trail. I was pushed to my limits and persevered. I was forced to leave the trail due to injury and illness. I dealt with the pain, the anger and the disappointment. I continued until the goal was achieved. I stretched, I grew, I became addicted (to the trail that is). I made many lifelong friends. Best part was finding that the “child” inside of me is still there and loves to come out to play; in the dirt, the rain...


What is your never-leave-home-without piece of gear? Hmmmm, beyond the Big 4, I would say I never (even in summer) go in the backcountry with out my long-sleeved Merino wool top and long johns. At higher elevations or where it can get damp you never know when that layer can be a life saver. Helps a bit with mosquitoes and gnats as well. 

                                                                  
What encouragement would you give to a woman that is new to the outdoors or nervous about getting out there?  Stop thinking about it. Stop dreaming about it. “Just Do It”, as the saying goes. It does not have to be a huge trip. Just start, one night, one weekend, one week, perhaps 6 months. If you have concerns, reservations or fears address them. Master them. I love to solo hike, if that is out of your comfort zone than join a hiking group or community. (Oh, you have. The Trail Dames you say. Excellent!). You will find over time with practice and support you can conquer all fears.

Any other thoughts? Whether you are a day hiker, weekend camper or a long haul adventure dreamer, go out and live. It has been proven that being in the out-of-doors is good for your health as well as your soul. See if you can locate your inner child. Have her come out and “Dance Upon This Earth”!
                                                                

Do you have a website, social media links or blogs that you would like to share? Trailjournals.com/hammockhanger


                                                                          
 
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What else can you expect at the 2018 Summit??

We already have a wonderful line-up of classes, seminars and guest speakers!!!!  Some cool things in the works are:
Sewing Your Own Gear, Map Reading 
Creative Knot Tying, Slackpacking the AT and other awesome classes!

In the months to come, we will be adding more, and will be focusing on them in the Summit Newsletter!!!  So keep an eye out for future posts!!!


Also, keep an eye out here for Sponsors of the 2018 Summit!!!  These businesses go out of their way to support the Summit and women on the trail everywhere!!!  So please visit their sites and take a moment to thank them!!


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