Name: Mikella Rutter
Trail Name: N/A
Where Do You Live: Crandall, GA (near Dalton)
What is the Title of Your Session and What Can We Expect?
Tortoise Tracks - Attendees can expect to learn about the 500 mile Camino De Santiago through the eyes of a true beginner. Gain further insight into the world of international adventure travel such as navigating 'farmacias' abroad and safety/unique considerations for women. I will also discuss my personal experiences on building friendships, staying motivated, and all the lessons I learned the hard way. I am an open book about my time on the Camino- the good, the bad, the sweaty! I hope to answer questions and motivate other beginner females to hike solo internationally.
What is Your Favorite Thing About Being Outdoors?
The outdoors can quickly dissolve your troubles. I like that when camping or hiking, each problem that arises has a clear and immediate solution that can almost always be quickly resolved. The problems aren’t huge, interpersonal, and complicated. They are usually just “I am hungry. I am getting tired. I am cold.” It helps you to focus on your immediate surroundings and circumstances rather than the big day to day problems created by the “real world”.
Do You Have a Favorite Trail or Adventure?
Obviously, THE CAMINO! That’s why I want to talk about it! :) This specific adventure consumed my life from Dec 2018 when planning began to July 2019 when I finished walking.
After that, I’d say an overnight spelunking trip during which I lost my pants trying to squeeze through a hole much smaller than me.
What is your Never-Leave-Home-Without-It Piece of Gear?
I am obsessed with my Gregory Jade 38 pack. It is truly a bag that does it all and it fits like a glove. I also love Wright Coolmesh Socks--- NO blisters!
What Advice Would You Give to a Woman Who is New to Hiking and Backpacking?
Trust yourself, be kind to yourself, listen to your body, but most importantly… TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET!
Anything Else You Would Like to Add?
I think that covers it!
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