2017 Speaking Schedule, Book Now

Blissful Hiking Speaking Events for 2017
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August 10 - 10:30 AM - An Appalachian Trail Adventure for Kids - Oswayo Valley Library  103 North Pleasant Street, Shinglehouse, PA  

August 10 - 6 PM - Wonders of the Appalachian Trail In Pennsylvania - Blossburg Memorial Library

August 11 - 10:00 AM - An Appalachian Trail Adventure for Kids - Blossburg Memorial Library

August 12 - 11:00 AM - An Appalachian Trail Adventure for Kids - Coudersport Library

August 12 - 1 PM - Wonders of the Appalachian Trail In Pennsylvania - Coudersport Library 

Motivating Talks and Demonstrations for your Group! 

Leading an All Day Backpacking Workshop

Speaking on the Hiker Panel at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's  Hiking Kick-Off Event

Recommendations from Past Presentations

From the Outdoor Specialists at REI, Richmond -

"Lauralee’s presentations on AT Thru-Hiking and Long Distance Hiking for Women have consistently been full to capacity because of the wealth of knowledge she provides and how she consistently presents it. Her presentations leave hikers with a longing for the thru-hike and the lifelong rewards it provides."

Northampton Township Free Library, Richboro, PA

"We are so happy to hear of your experiences on the trail. For many who will never be able to di it, you provide the virtual Thru Hike!"

Coudersport Public Library, Coudersport, PA -

"Lauralee Bliss's presentation was engaging and delightful. Based on the abundant positive feedback we've received since the program, Lauralee's talk was interesting and inspirational - well worth listening to!" 

Conducting workshops and demonstrations at the ATC Flip Flop Event 2015

What I Offer to Your Group!

Lauralee Bliss (trail name Blissful) is a noted 4,000 miler through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, completing the Appalachian Trail as a middle aged woman both north with her teen son and south as  a solo hiker. Other hiking credits include the Long Trail, the Foothills Trail, the Massanutten trail system of VA, all 500 miles of side trails of Shenandoah National Park, and she thru hiked the Allegheny Trail in 2015, one of only a few to do it. She is also the PATC ridgerunner for Shenandoah National Park. Lauralee is the founder and administrator of popular Facebook Groups Appalachian Trail Section Hikers and Shenandoah National Park Hikers. 

Talking to a High School English Class

Lauralee will speak to kids, school assemblies, outdoor groups,outfitters, women's groups, school groups, Scouting groups, church groups, professional outdoor sales groups, and libraries (of which she is schedule for a nine library book tour in PA in the Fall of 2016).  Her presentations include PowerPoint, sample gear, and an information station. Her desire is that everyone fulfills their hiking dream, large or small. She has also published a book about her adventures and the lessons learned in 4000 trail miles Mountains, Madness and Miracles, 4,000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail (the only book to cover the AT both north and south) . She is also a published fiction author .

Rates for speaking engagements depend on the group size, needs, travel expenses, etc (Blissful Hiking is based in Virginia).  

Blissful Hiking also conducts all or half day backpacking seminars to get down to the nitty-gritty of backpacking and thru hiking, including multiple demonstrations (see our workshop schedule for more information). 

Individual Speaking topics can include but not limited to:
At the REI Women's Backpacking Presentation - Gear Ideas
  • NEW - An Appalachian Trail Adventure for Kids - perfect for libraries and school assemblies! 
  • “I Dream of the Appalachian Trail” – what it takes to accomplish your dream hike of the AT
  • Mountains, Madness, Miracles - 4000 Miles of Appalachian Trail Stories - Lauralee shares her epic 4000 Mile Journey
  • Ridgerunning and the AT - Lauralee shares about ridgerunning in Shenandoah National Park and also stories of her own AT adventure
  •          “Women's Backpacking” – tactics for the woman hiker including the mental, physical, and emotional challenges. This can be expanded to include basics on up to in depth talks on gear and women specific issues, shake down of participants' packs, etc
  •          “General Backpacking and Hiking”  tips for successful ventures in the woods - great for Venture Scouts, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Outdoor Groups - Also available for ALL Day Workshops - E mail for rates
  •          "Successful Section and / or Thru hiking of the Appalachian Trail" - make it happen! *Available for all day workshops for a reasonable fee*
  •          “A 4,000 Mile Spiritual Journey” – using scripture, testimonies from her hikes, and pictures, Blissful will paint a hike that brings one closer to God (great for church outdoor groups, teen challenge groups, etc)
  • Other trails and topics include The Long Trail, Hiking Shenandoah National Park, Foothills Trail of SC, Allegheny Trail in West Virginia, Leave No Trace Principles, First Aid
Feedback from class attendees:
(I Dream of an Appalachian Trail Hike)
- "pictures were beautiful, very inspiring talk"
- "a lot of information"
- "inspiring to me at age 46"

(Women's Backpacking Class)
- "laid everything out about female issues and safety"
- "knows all subject matter and well presented with photos"
- "straight talk about female issues"

 For information on how "Blissful"can help inspire
your group to reach for their dreams, for library events or other speaking engagements,  e-mail:

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Need a guest blogger for your outdoor / hiking blog? Please e-mail me at: blissfulhiking(at)gmail(dot)com to discuss topics, rates, etc.
I can cover a variety of topics having to do with hiking the Appalachian Trail and general backpacking. I also cover gear and other backpacking topics.