Reconnect: Ringle Segment Trailbuilding Event
October 4 - October 9
The stage has been set – five years and nine trailbuilding events – to bring the re-imagined Ringle Segment reroute to reality. In the waning light of the year, we will endeavor to complete the final portion of this showcase segment. Through the years and efforts of many hands, boardwalks materialized, threading through the woods and across bogs where peepers sing. Boulders, wrestled from their beds, found new purpose as stepping stones, retaining walls, and elegant staircases. Sustainable tread now weaves its way through the forest’s golden light. With no small amount of elbow grease (and a little luck) we will end this event with a celebratory toast!
We’ll make the final push to complete the nearly seven-mile reimagining of the Ringle Segment. In the plans: tread construction, stonework, and plenty of signage.
What We’re Doing:
This event will entail plenty of tread construction as we make the final push towards the completion of the reimagined Ringle Segment. Expect a good deal of stonework as we construct monowalls and stone staircases to prevent erosion on the steeper sections of the trail. We may even throw in a wildcard boardwalk! Finally, heaps of signage will be added to welcome hikers to the (hopefully) newly completed Ringle Segment.
Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.
The event begins Monday 12:00 p.m., October 4, and concludes Saturday, October 9. On Monday, trail construction activities will be from 12 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, work will begin around 8:00 a.m. and wrap up by 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, work ends by noon.
Base Camp & Meals:
Camping space will be provided at the Duncan Road base camp site (R7400 Duncan Road, Hatley, WI 54440) for those wishing to volunteer multiple days (additional information will be available soon).
All meals will be the responsibility of each participant, including bringing your own lunch to the field. More information on camping, meeting and parking locations will be supplied via the confirmation email sent prior to the event.
What to Bring:
- Bring your mask and work gloves.
- Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work; mud boots if you have them, may come in handy.
- Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
- Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
- Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, a hat and gaiters.
- Please bring your own food and beverages for the days you plan to attend.
- A change of clothes for comfort around the fire afterwards.
- If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear, and toiletries.
- Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.
We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.
Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:
No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome, provided youth attend with an adult chaperone. If you are new to volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please submit the volunteer agreement before the event, see below for more details.
- We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decision. Go there now.
- Please complete this Volunteer Agreement, OF-301A Fillable Form.
- The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
- Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
- Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.
Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines: