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Wild East Women Interview Series

Wild East Women Interview Series

By Kentucky Costellow
Wild East Women is an affinity group working under the umbrella of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to support women in engaging with the trail in meaningful ways. We are excited to feature interviews with women who are involved with the AT in a multitude of ways, provide tips and strategies for outdoor adventures, and most of all help YOU to get involved with hikes and trail days along the AT corridor. Follow us @wildeastwomen on Facebook and Instagram - we can't wait to be a part of this community with you! (Photo by: Camden Aguilar)
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Episode 1b - Julia "Pigtails" Hipp & Charissa Hipp
In this episode, Kentucky Costellow picks up on episode two of a two-part series featuring avid mother-daughter section hikers, Julia "Pigtails" Hipp and her mom, Charissa Hipp. Charissa talks about her experience getting Pigtails out on the trail as an infant and toddler, how the pandemic offered quality time for them to explore beyond their normal hiking routes, and how hiking with kids helps adults slow down and experience nature through their five senses.
December 02, 2021
Episode 1a - Julia "Pigtails" Hipp: A.T. Section Hiker and Lover of Ferns
Welcome to Season 2 of the Wild East Women podcast series! In this episode, Kentucky Costellow interviews Julia "Pigtails" Hipp and her mom, Charissa, about section hiking the Appalachian Trail as a kid, exciting plant and animals, and what Pigtails loves about the outdoors. This is episode one in a two-part series featuring Julia and Charissa. 
October 17, 2021
Wild East Women - Interview with Alexa Harris
In our final episode of Season 1, Kentucky Costellow interviews Alexa Harris about growing up in an outdoorsy, world-traveling family, BUGS, and what the outdoors mean to her. 
August 02, 2021
Wild East Women - Interview with Kat Stasova
In our Pride Month episode, Kentucky Costellow interviews Kat Stasova, a long-time Florida Trail section hiker and Internet Technology goddess, about ways women and LGBTQ+ folks can support each other in the outdoors, what to pack (or not pack) as a newbie hiker, and starting a Florida LGBTQ+ hiking alliance inspired by The Venture Out Project.
June 27, 2021
Wild East Women - Interview with Vân Trần
Kentucky Costellow interviews Vân Trần, Education Network Coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and AT section hiker, on the anniversary of Vân's first time on the AT as an 18-year old newbie hiker.
May 24, 2021
Wild East Women - International Women's Day Special Interview with Debbie Dunkle
In our third episode, Kentucky Costellow interviews Debbie Dunkle about her experiences long section hiking the Appalachian Trail, how women can support each other on the trail, and surprise moose!
March 08, 2021
Wild East Women - Interview with Valerie Justis
In our second episode, Kentucky Costellow interviews Valerie Justis about her work with REI Co-op, ultramarathon running, and the comfort nature brings. Check out Wild East Women on Facebook and Instagram and on our website:
February 17, 2021
Wild East Women - Interview with Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, PhD
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In our first episode, Kentucky Costellow interviews Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, PhD about her work in microbiology and as Chair of the Appalachian Mountain Club Board of Directors. Check out Wild East Women on Facebook and Instagram and on our website:
January 26, 2021