60 Successful Years!

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Photos by Cameron Gillie of ThePinHoleThing.com

The Ice Age Trail Alliance supporters, staff, and community members had lots to celebrate August 8-12 during our Ice Age Trail Days.

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Ice Age Trail Alliance founder, Ray Zillmer.

Beginning with the dream of a single individual, Ray Zillmer who, in 1958, envisioned the Ice Age Trail and established what would become the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Fast forward 60 years and the Ice Age Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States and the Alliance its strongest advocate.

We now count a dedicated membership base of 3,500 advocates and over 2,100 wildly enthusiastic volunteers who generate almost 80,000 hours of time and effort to create, support, and protect our thousand-mile footpath. Over 1.3 million people are able to use the Trail annually thanks to these folks.

And so we CELEBRATED!

By Building a Mile-Long Section of Trail…

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An appealing set of stone steps lead hikers up to new heights. Photo by Tim Malzhan.

Our mission is simple and singular: to create, support, and protect one of the premier outdoor experiences in the country – the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. To this end, 185 volunteers arrived from across the State to build a memorable 1-mile section of Trail as part of our signature Mobile Skills Crew program. Built by hand, and with 4,100 hours of labor, the Trail hosted its first hikers on Saturday afternoon. Through muggy conditions and a searing sun, volunteers constructed 14 stone steps, 260 feet of stone and timber retaining walls, installed 18 signage posts, cleared acres of brush, and prepared countless meals.

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A volunteer paints a fresh blaze on the Cross Plains Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

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Theresa Werner leads the volunteer roundup before the crews head out to work on a new portion of the Cross Plains Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

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Tim Malzhan gets volunteers pumped up and stretched for the upcoming work day on the Cross Plains Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

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Click on the photo and download a PDF of the new section of Ice Age Trail. (photo by Dave Caliebe)

With a Farm-to-Table Dinner, Cake, and Music…

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The Ice Age Trail Alliance celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

We celebrated the best way we know how, by bringing Trail enthusiasts together for good food, conversation, and music. We enjoyed a delicious farm-to-table dinner prepared by SixChips Catering with farm-fresh veggies from Vermont Valley Community Farm and locally-raised chicken from Stonehaus Farm. 608 Community Supported Kitchen handily prepared pounds and pounds of coho salmon from Sitka Salmon Shares. All the goodness was paired with Esser’s Best Beer. Perfection! Music by Paul Filipowicz and his band mates followed, sponsored by Crossroads Coffeehouse.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

Trail friends enjoy a fantastic meal at the community dinner in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

The Paul Filipowicz band plays for the 60th anniversary party in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

Volunteers find a new reserve of energy and dance to foot-stomping tunes. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

By Exploring Favorite Trails…

Young hikers take part in a Tyke Hike in Cross Plains put on by the Ice Age Trail Alliance as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Ice Age Trail. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

A Tyke Hike led by Luke Kramer, an Intro to Trail Running workshop hosted by Jonnah Mellenthin Perkins, a Cross Plains History hike by Doc and Char Esser, and a guided hike along the brand new mile-long section led by Director of Trail Operations, Tim Malzhan rounded out Saturday!

Young hikers take part in a Tyke Hike which began at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library and explored the Anderson Preserve in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

A crew of runners gather for an informative Intro to Trail Running workshop. (photo by Amy Lord)

Community members attend a History of Cross Plains hike. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

Tim Malzhan leads community members on hike on the newest section of the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

By Raising Money for the Trail…

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The PACK the PACKS Raffle. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

We raised over $2,000 in our PACK the PACKS raffle ticket sales thanks to Corporate Friends, Granite Gear and REI, and our Trail Communities of Cross Plains, Janesville, Lodi, Slinger, Verona, West Bend, and Whitewater.

The packs donated by Granite Gear were packed with outdoor gear from REI and goodies unique to our Trail Communities.

By Introducing Our Trail Friends to Our Friends of the Trail…

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The Ice Age Trail Alliance celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail in Cross Plains. (photo by Cameron Gillie)

Collaboration and partnership are key ingredients in our success during the past 60 years. These elements were evident in our community-wide celebration which opened with partner exhibits, highlighting the important work of organizations whose missions dovetail with and support our work.

We were honored to showcase the good work of these fine organizations:

Seeds planted 60 years ago with the creation of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and 50 years ago with the passage of the National Trail System Act, have germinated thanks to the enduring contributions of conservation-minded volunteers like YOU. Taking root, the vision of premier, continuous, and permanently protected Trail will continue to grow and strengthen over the next 60 years. We will continue to craft and protect a resilient footpath showcasing the best of Wisconsin’s outdoor landscape.

See you out on the Trail!

 

 

 

 

Executive Director                                                                   President

 

Ice Age Trail Days

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Date: Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, August 12

Location: Village of Cross Plains

Activities:

  • Trailbuilding, August 8 – 12
  • Live music, exhibits, and farm-to-table dinner, August 10
  • Hikes and Workshops, August 11

Download a complete Schedule of Events [PDF]

Ice Age Trail Days event details HERE; grab your ticket for the dinner, hurry…limited seating

Summer Party T-Shirts

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Perfect for festivals and back yard barbecues this line of summer Ts will help you survive a muggy Wisconsin heat wave. They’re also good for showing off your Ice Age Trail Pride. Change into one after a productive Trail Improvement day – know you clean up good. Slip one on before you head out to a summer party. Save the Date – see the list below. 

The Ice Age Trail Alliance partnered with Seek Dry Goods, an up and coming outdoor apparel company who caters to Seekers; people who are passionate and obsessive about the outdoors.

Seek is celebrating one full year in business. We’re celebrating 60 years as an organization. Seems like a good time to host a couple of parties – you’re invited, by-the-way. Continue reading

Wigwam Swag – Socks!

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wigwam, Corporate FriendsWigwam regularly engages with enthusiast fans of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail by giving away socks at Alliance events like the Be FREE Trailtessa trail running workshop, the Annual Conference, National Public Lands Day stewardship event, and by offering a multitude of coupons for Mobile Skills Crew volunteers.

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Ice Age Trail socks by Wigwam can be found here along with an assortment of color options.

Trail Friends support Friends of the Trail; checkout Wigwam and get yourself a pair of socks.

Friend of the Ice Age Trail Award 2017

Fontana Sports Specialties was the 2017 recipient of the Friends of the Ice Age Trail award. As Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Philanthropy wrote in his nomination of Fontana:

“One fine example of Fontana Sports Specialties’ dedication to being a Friend of the Trail is this: Since 2014 Fontana Sports has hosted two fundraising events annually for the Alliance which focus on putting people directly on the Trail. The first event is an evening trail run called the Headlamp Hustle. The second event is a fall trail run titled Fall Colors Run. While these events benefit the Alliance financially (with a total contribution of well over $10,000), they represent the purest form of engagement found in Alliance work, putting people directly into contact with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Each event hosts over 100 participants as they enjoy some of the most challenging sections of the Trail to run. Despite the grueling nature of the routes, every participant arrives at the finish line with a sense of appreciation for what the Trail brings to the lives of people and communities across the state.”

Check out all the fun had at this year’s Headlamp Hustle [Facebook album] and at an outstanding Fall Colors Run [Facebook album].

*This award recognizes individuals, foundations, businesses and other organizations for their strong support of the Ice Age Trail through sizable monetary contributions, enabling new capacity within the IATA; partnering with the IATA or promoted the Ice Age Trail in a unique or significant way; or built coalitions, partnerships or other forms of local support that has contributed significantly to the ongoing success of the Ice Age Trail.

National Trails Day Hikes!

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The Plover River Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (Photo by Cameron Gillie)

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 and there is plenty to celebrate along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Hikes That Go the Distance:

Explore new territory.

Waushara County, All Waushara County Segments: “Walk the Waush” Challenge 

Beginning June 1 through August 19th, challenge yourself, family, friends, and co-workers to lace up their walking shoes and walk as many miles as you can in 80 days and explore Waushara County’s beautiful parks and trails. (Bonus: become eligible for awards and prizes!) (Waushara County Chapter) Continue reading

New Ice Age Trail Gear Available!

The Ice Age Trail Alliance did something different this year.  We partnered with local outdoor brand, Seek Dry Goods, to offer new products and designs that celebrate and support the Trail. Today, we are thrilled to announce the arrival the first official Ice Age Trail tee shirts and stickers!

All tee shirts from Seek Dry Goods display hand-drawn graphics, are USA made and are responsibly sourced (50% organic cotton / 50% recycled polyester).  The use of responsibly sourced materials requires almost 70% less water and energy to produce than conventional fabric. This means your tee shirt purchases not only support the Trail, but the Earth as well. Continue reading

Celebrate Spring with a Hike!

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Bring your tribe hiking on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.                                                         Photos by: Luke Kloberdanz, James Mills, Cameron Gillie

As the snow melts, trees bud out, and wildflowers begin adding a glimmer of color to the Trail, chapter-led hikes begin populating the Ice Age Trail Alliance calendar in earnest.

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Be ENOUGH – Trailtessa – Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Be Rejuvenated. Breathe in the beautiful view and exhale stress. Recharge with a guided hike and a sea of green along the Kewaskum Segment. Photo by Kathy Kehl.

Be Equal. Women, who spend at least an hour a day outside, on average, are more likely to feel equal to men in academia, in the outdoors, at work, in the boardroom, politics and on the sports field. Continue reading

We are hiring!

Photo Credit: Jo EllarsonThe Ice Age Trail Alliance is pleased to announce we are hiring an intern position for 2018.  This opportunity is based in our Outreach & Education Program. The length of employment ranges from 6 – 8 months. Please read the position description linked below.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance seeks an intern to work side by side IATA staff and volunteers to promote, lead, and report on our Saunters program. Our intern will perform youth-based outreach across Wisconsin to a diverse population engaging them through hikes and service learning events. This position will include a mix of field work, presentations, and administrative duties, such as collecting/sharing data and stories, grant reporting, and updating various marketing platforms. We ask qualified applicants to apply by Friday, March 16.

Photo Credit: Jo Ellarson

Beware of Icy Hiking Conditions!

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Icy trail conditions like these along the popular Straight Lake Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail call for winter traction devices! Photo by Dave Caliebe.

Don’t put summer fun in jeopardy by taking an otherwise preventable fall on an icy trail.

Many favorite, well-loved, and well-used segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail become extremely icy during the late winter and early spring.

Snowy trails, packed down by many feet, turn to ice and become even more dangerous as balmy daytime temperatures lead to thawing and evening temperatures dip back into freezing range.

To be prepared for potentially hazardous hiking, the use of ice cleats and hiking poles (with rubber tip removed) is strongly recommended for safe spring hiking (which in some areas extends well into “Muddy March” and even mid-April). Continue reading

Backpacking Workshop Series

A weekend backpacker pauses to catch his breath and take in the views along the IAT. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Deepen your backpacking know-how with plenty of advice from backpacking experts. If you’re carefully considering a thru-hike on the Ice Age Trail as your next big adventure, or if you’re dreaming and scheming about how to section-hike the Trail in weekend jaunts, then these sessions are for you!

Join us on Saturday, April 14th at the Blue Harbor Resort in beautiful Sheboygan!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Trip Planning, Logistics, and Navigation.
Do you wonder how, exactly, to start planning your thousand-mile journey? If you feel a little confused, you’re not alone. The good news is there is a wealth of resources and IATA staff is eager to demystify them. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the interactive map including Trail conditions, as well as, the helpful details embedded in the Mammoth Tracks app. You’ll get the inside scoop about how to connect with chapter leaders; how to use the Thousand-Miler spreadsheet; the nitty-gritty of resupply, shuttles, and trail angels; and how to use social media to network with other hikers. Continue reading

Interactive Hiker Resource Map

Clicking on a feature in the map will bring up more information, such as the name and length of an IAT segment.

The NEW interactive Hiker Resource Map shows all official Ice Age National Scenic Trail segments and (unsigned) connecting routes, and additional features such as camping, parking, water, ColdCache sites, and Ice Age Trail Communities.  The map works on computers and mobile devices.

We like how intuitive it is. Hover over an icon to gain more information. Click on the options offered on the toolbar (see above example) to expand the information available. Continue reading

First Day Hikes on the IAT

Snow on thistles. Verona Segment, Dane County. Photo by T. Knaack

The crunch of snow underfoot breaks the silence of a stark, white winter landscape. Cold air enters lungs and puffs of warm breath rise like smoke. A First Day Hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a good way to test your resolve to get outside in the New Year.

Blue Spring Lake Segment, Walworth County. Photo by Chris Munz.

The good news is you can ease into your resolutions by joining like-minded folks who are also choosing to celebrate a new day and a new start with a blood-pumping, welcome-to-2018-hike!

Three First Day Hikes Near You:

Gibraltar Rock Segment, Columbia County, hosted by the Lodi Valley Chapter

Pike Lake Segment, Washington County, hosted by the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter

Lapham Peak Segment, Waukesha County, hosted by the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter

There are 17 First Day Hikes hosted by Wisconsin State Parks.

First Day Hikes is an initiative begun by America’s State Parks as an effort to get more people outdoors and enjoying their state land for exercise and recreation.

Be LUCKY – Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Be Lucky. You’ll feel like the luckiest woman on earth as you snowshoe through a blanket of sparkling snow (fingers crossed!) along the Straight Lake Segment in Polk County. Photo by Cheryl Whitman.

Be Community. Warm your heart and bring your tribe. Come ready to meet new friends and deepen friendship with those you’ve known a long time. Winter hiking keeps you connected to the simple things in life: health and vigor; home and tribe.

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Be Curious. Local botanist and Ice Age Trail enthusiast, Barbara Delaney, will highlight the intricacies of winter ecology. Discover more about the world below the layer of snow. Photo by Rachel Roberts.

Be Delighted. You’ll be enchanted by the gregarious beauty old-growth oak trees with their gnarled and elegant limbs stretched wide, welcoming. The Straight Lake State Park is an absolute Wisconsin gem, you won’t want to miss seeing it in winter, too!

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Be Awed. You’ll appreciate the hush of frozen Straight Lake. You’ll marvel at the inviting curve of a boardwalk as it winds through the woods. Photo by Rachel Roberts.

Be Resilient. A winter’s day hike encourages health and resilience as you take care of your body with fresh-air time outdoors, even during the cold days of the year.

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Be Inspired. A guided hike (snowshoes if weather accommodates) will be led by Stephanie Lundeen, owner of Café Wren, and members of the Indianhead Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Be Lucky Schedule:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, Polk County, Straight Lake Segment

10:00 a.m. Meet at the Straight Lake State Park parking lot at 120th St./270th Ave. (adjacent Rainbow Lake).

10:15 a.m. Board bus to the start of the hike (280th Ave.) for a 2-mile hike. (The opportunity to extend this distance exists at the end of the hike.) Hike at a leisurely pace and enjoy the wisdom of a local botanist, Barbara Delaney.

11:30 a.m. Arrive back to parking lot at Rainbow Lake. (You may extend your hike at this point.) Enjoy a bonfire, warm yourself from your heart to your toes with Swedish Glogg, a strong mulled wine best enjoyed outdoors, and refuel with homemade soup and bread.

1:00 p.m. Depart.

Snowshoes provided for anyone who needs a pair. The hike will happen with or without sufficient snow for snowshoeing.

Limit: 40 women ages 15 and above.

Investment: $10.00 non-refundable fee

Resources:

Straight Lake State Park, 2017-2019 Ice Age Trail Guidebook description

Straight Lake State Park, 2017-2019 Ice Age Trail Atlas Map

We APPRECIATE the support of our GENEROUS sponsor for this Be LUCKY event – Thank You!

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Outdoor co-op REI today launched a comprehensive effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field.

A Celebration of Life!

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Jane and David Le Count stopped by the Ice Age Trail Alliance headquarters to turn in their Thousand-Miler application and celebrate the completion of their amazing adventure. Photo by Lysianne Unruh.

It’s a dark 3:30 a.m., and we are heading down the road toward a designated Ice Age Trail (IAT) segment, one of 37 such trips. For four-plus hours, filling our senses with staticky radio noise, speeding traffic, and rushing sights and sounds. Later, ten minutes into the woods, we encounter another world entirely, one of blissful natural marvels, soft hums and twitters, and being on nature’s relaxed timeline. Continue reading

Be EMPOWERED – Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Be Adventurous. Pick up a set of clippers and wrestle buckthorn to the ground. Here, Jo – one of the most enthusiastic volunteers you’ll ever meet – drills holes to assemble a boardwalk. Photo by David Lonsdorf.

Be Giving. Give back to Mother Nature who nurtures you. We’ll arm you with handsaws and clippers for removing invasive buckthorn. Permanent protection of the Ice Age Trail also involves the responsible management of Alliance owned land. There is a season for everything and winter is a great time to tackle invasive species and burn piles of brush.

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Be Brave. Step out on a bright, cold winter’s day. Truth – confronting days forge badassery. Winter shimmers in hillside hike up to the Steenbock Preserve. Photo by Lysianne Unruh.

Be Crucial. Help unveil the beauty of the Steenbock Preserve. Volunteers are faithfully restoring the land to a mix of oak and prairie savanna. Mother Nature won’t disappoint. Here, the Trail winds its way up, over 200 feet above Lake Wisconsin, and provides majestic views of the lower Wisconsin Riverway and beyond to the Baraboo range.

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Winter bonfires burn brush collected during summer season Trail stewardship days. Photo by Lysianne Unruh.

We promise bonfires and you’ll work side-by-side with one of the most dedicated Trail enthusiasts you’ll ever meet, chainsaw certified, Joanne Ellarson and a formidable crew of female volunteers from the Dane County Chapter and the Lodi Valley Chapter.

Be EMPOWERED Event Details:

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Arrive by 9:45 a.m. for signing in and getting equipment registered to you. You’ll hike in as a group to the work site.)

No experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities…bring the family! Training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders.

Your participation is welcome for any amount of time you can give. Come for some portion or stay all day, whatever suits you best.

Lunch provided on site. Expect a baked potato bar and veggie/vegan/GF chili.

Park at Merrimac Ferry and hike up to Steenbock Preserve.

Dress warmly and in layers. Even in winter, trail stewardship efforts can have you breaking a sweat.

NOTE: The Gibraltar Rock Segment for the Be EMPOWERED event is located in COLUMBIA COUNTY.

Limit: 50 women ages 14 and above.

Resources:
Gibraltar Rock Segment description from 2017-2019 Guidebook [PDF]
Gibraltar Rock Segment map from 2017-2019 Atlas [PDF]

Our GENEROUS sponsors for this Be EMPOWERED event – Thank You!

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A Match Made in…Wisconsin

Seek Dry Goods founders Larry & Amanda McMahon with Kingsley on the Ice Age Trail

Seek Dry Goods and the Ice Age Trail Alliance are proud to announce an official three-year partnership. Beginning in Spring 2018, Seek Dry Goods will design and produce clothing and accessories for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, donating a portion of all proceeds directly back to support the Trail.  The collaborative products will celebrate both the history and character of the iconic 1,000+ mile Ice Age Trail.  “We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership” said Seek Dry Goods Co-Founder Larry McMahon “Both of our organizations are based right here in Wisconsin, share a passion for the outdoors and are committed to protecting our public lands for future generations to enjoy.” In addition to collaborative products, Seek Dry Goods will attend and support several Ice Age Trail Alliance events throughout the year, from trail maintenance to the Alliance’s annual conference. “The Ice Age Trail is built through partnerships. As a corporate sponsor, Seek Dry Goods is helping advance the Trail and the Alliance. We couldn’t be happier to have a Wisconsin company, the quality of Seek Dry Goods, supporting our work.” shared Luke Kloberdanz, IATA Director of Philanthropy. “We are regulars on the trail, so it’s a great feeling to be able to give back to something that has given so much to us (and our dog, Kingsley),” said Seek Dry Goods Co-Founder Amanda McMahon.

Sign up for our mailing list at www.seekdrygoods.com or follow @seekdrygoods on Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know when our collaborative products become available and where you can find them!

About the Ice Age Trail 

Sculpted by retreating glacial ice, The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,000-mile footpath that features an amazingly diverse landscape through the heart of Wisconsin. More than 1 million people use this trail every year as they hike, ski, snowshoe and backpack along the route.

The Ice Age Trail is one of 11 recognized National Scenic Trails, which is supported and maintained by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and is funded through a cadre of supporters including foundations, corporations and governmental partners. The Alliance has attracted a vibrant community of over 2,700 volunteers across the state, who volunteer their time and resources to improve and maintain the trail network.

About Seek Dry Goods

Seek Dry Goods is a Wisconsin-based outdoor lifestyle brand, committed to developing responsibly sourced clothing and accessories.  Partnering with artists from around the world, who share a passion for the outdoors, Seek Dry Goods creates authentic and inspiring outdoor adventure designs.

The name Seek was derived from the company’s core customer, known as “Seekers.”  A Seeker is someone who is passionate and obsessive about the outdoors.  Seekers are never satisfied and are always seeking the next adventure.

Holiday Shopping Supports the Trail!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Corporate Parnters, shop local Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.

The days following Thanksgiving kick off a spree of themed days aimed at encouraging you to buy, buy, buy during the holiday season.

You’ll be pleased to know, your holiday spending can support the Ice Age Trail whether you shop at brick and mortar stores or with a click of your mouse. Continue reading

Be LUCKY – Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Be Lucky. You’ll feel like the luckiest woman on earth as you snowshoe through a blanket of sparkling snow (fingers crossed!) along the Straight Lake Segment in Polk County. Photo by Cheryl Whitman.

Be Community. Warm your heart and bring your tribe. Come ready to meet new friends and deepen friendship with those you’ve known a long time. Winter hiking keeps you connected to the simple things in life: health and vigor; home and tribe. Continue reading

Be Free – Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Be Free. Stride out the door – no looking back. Be Determined. Put yourself first, for a morning, a day, and maybe forever. And that’s a good thing. Photo by Carrie Highman-Dream Lens Media.

Be Strong. Crisp fall mornings – blue sky, sparkly frost – are made for trail running. Run away and come home to yourself. Immerse yourself in the beauty of restored prairies as you bound along the Trail. Expanded lungs, expanding possibilities.

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Be Self-Care. Running is great for that. Jonnah Perkins, a busy mom of two, makes time to run in her happy place, the foot hills of the Baraboo Bluffs. Photo by Jesse Perkins.

Ultrarunner, Jonnah Perkins, a podium regular who competes in 50K, 50-Mile, and 100K races in Wisconsin and the West Coast, will introduce you to a hidden gem: The Verona Segment in Dane County. This suburban segment makes good use of three county parks and links up to a variety of additional hiking and biking trails.

She’ll be joined by seasoned trail runner and Yogi, Brenda Bland (currently teaching yoga with the YMCA), who has fourteen 100-mile races under her belt, including Leadville Trail 100. Nora Bird, running coach behind Team Bird Training will also add to the available expertise. She competes in ultramarathons in the Midwest and around the country including Leadville 100 and Wasatch 100. Nora loves helping women find their passion on the trail.

Runners Kelly Tyrrell and Lysianne Unruh will round out the support so no one is left behind and we all have fun.

Kelly is a science writer and has competed in several 50K and 50-mile races in Wisconsin, including finishing 3rd female at the Ice Age 50 in 2017. Her first 50-mile race was in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Lysianne, IATA staff member and life coach, is a happy, mid-pack runner who accidentally signs up for 50K races while sipping chardonnay and paging through Trail Runner magazine.

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Be Delighted. Kelly Tyrrell, surrounded by a sea of green, hits the trail on an early season run.

Welcoming both beginners and seasoned trail runners, a 3.5-mile loop or a 6.5-mile distance is available. An easy pace will be set and no one will be left behind.

Jonnah, Brenda, Nora, Kelly, and Lysianne will share stories about why they love running, why the Ice Age Trail inspires them, and answer questions about trail running, once we’re all back at the shelter.

Celebratory refueling snacks available at the end of the run provided in part by Organic Valley, especially their Mighty products made with 100% organic beef. Yumbutter will also be on the premises with their mouth-rockin’, world-changing nut butters.  One Barrel Brewing Company will have beer on hand for you too, and Wigwam will be giving away a pair of free socks to each participant!

NOTE: Runners, please wear Blaze Orange and bring a change of warm clothes for post-run yoga/stories/celebration.

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Be a Leader. Brenda Bland leads the pack out of the woods at the Voyager 50 Mile Trail Race.

Be FREE Schedule:

6.5-Mile Distance

9:00 a.m. check-in at Holiday Inn Express, 515 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI

9:45 a.m. bus ride to the Start (PD – Ice Age Junction Area) for runners running 6.5 miles.

10:00 a.m. Start

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. arrive at end point (Wesner Road) where the bus will take 6.5-mile distance runners back to Badger Prairie Park.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. everyone back for mini-celebration

3.5-Mile Distance

9:00 a.m. check-in at Holiday Inn Express, 515 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI

9:45 a.m. Start (leave from the shelter to run the 3.5 mile loop)

10:15 a.m. – 10: 45 a.m.  arrive back at Shelter 1, Badger Prairie Park board bus back to hotel

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Yoga for Runners yoga session led by Brenda Bland

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. everyone back for mini-celebration

NOTE: The Verona Segment for the Be FREE event is located in DANE COUNTY.

Limit 80 women ages 16 and above!

Resources:

Verona Segment description from 2017-2019 Guidebook pages [PDF]

Verona Segment map from 2017-2019 Atlas [PDF]

 

 Our GENEROUS corporate partners – Thank YOU!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017
 Yumbutter, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Trailtessa, Force of Nature

Be a Nature Princess … At Any Age!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Force of Nature, Trailtessa Retreats

Be Fanciful. Be a Force of Nature. Be a Nature Princess…at any age! Make a crown, dust off your boots, and come explore the wild kingdom on the Dunes Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Woodland Dunes Nature Center staff.

Be Adventurous. Do Princesses climb trees and get dirty? Absolutely. This program, inspired by the children’s book, “Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?”, is designed to be a royally good time, packed with opportunities to get out and get messy. Continue reading