New YorkNew York - Capital District

Dames in the New York area have three chapters to choose from!!! We suggest you join them all and take advantage of all of the fun activities the Dames have to offer!

Laura Donovan
Head Dame
NY - Capital District Chapter

Greetings Trail Dames and Future Trail Dames of NY!!! Two things run in my blood: hiking and teaching. I am a music teacher by day and a hiker on the weekends. So, naturally I wanted to combine the two. I couldn’t be happier to combine brainpower with the fabulous Rebecca to provide safe and inclusive hiking and outdoor adventures for the women of NY.
I have explored many trails in the southeastern part of the Adirondacks and the Capital Region of NY, often solo. I have also done quite a bit of hiking down in Georgia and South Carolina. I have done very small sections of the AT. Right now focusing on completing Georgia and Vermont.
Originally, I came across the Trail Dames when I lived in Georgia near Atlanta. Unfortunately, I discovered them a bit too late in my life adventure down there. I soon moved back to my home state of New York. So, I decided I would check out the Trail Dames once I got my life a bit more settled up here. I went to go find the NY chapter and it didn’t exist. So, I debated for a good while about applying to get the chapter going (again). Finally, I decided to go for it! I am honored the board chose me as one of your fearless leaders to undertake the NY chapter.
I cannot wait to share laughs, encouragement, stories, and new memories with the amazing Trail Dames of NY. Let hike together, fall on our butts together, learn together, eat bugs (maybe some dirt, too!) together and most importantly accomplish together! See you on the trail.

To join the New York - Capital District Trail Dames Meetup, click here.

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