The three-day backpacking event begins Friday, October 22nd and ends Sunday, October 24th for a total distance of 24 miles. There is a Thursday night camping option if needed. Specific itinerary and additional details will be sent to all attendees upon attendance confirmation in late summer.
This will be a unique opportunity to hike the Ice Age National Scenic Trail with one of our notable hikers, Sharon Dziengel, one of the first female thru-hikers, ardent outdoor enthusiast, and volunteer extraordinaire. Her familiarity with hiking extends past the Ice Age Trail to having over 14,000 long distance trail miles under her feet including thru-hikes of 4 other National Scenic Trails.
To learn more about the backpacking trip leaders (bios coming soon).
Be a Newbie. This trip is geared toward first time backpackers who have not participated in previous Trailtessa backpacking events. To make this experience the most enjoyable as possible please note the following requirements:
Mandatory pre-trip virtual (Zoom) planning meeting that will be scheduled in August 2021. Details will be made available to all registered hikers.
Women ages 21 and older.
Able to walk 12 miles a day (2-mile an hour pace), 3 days in a row.
Must have gear or access to gear: tent, backpack, hiking boots, stove, etc.
Must sign waiver [PDF]
No whining, and there will be wine!
Safety is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the health and safety regulations that are in place regarding COVID-19 and decisions will be made accordingly. More information about hiking responsibly during the pandemic can be found here.
Please read and familiarize yourself with these documents:
- National Park Service Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent
- IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool
- Volunteer Services Agreement Form
Limit: 10 women ages 21 and above (with 2 guides)
Investment: $100.00 (Non-refundable)
Registration is FULL.
Gear list and itinerary received after registration.
Questions: email Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager, [email protected]