Be FIERCE – 201 Advanced Backpacking Trip – September 2019

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Be Strong and Self-sufficient. You’ll carry your own pack and gear on this 3-day backpacking trip in the Northwoods. Photo by Lynn Beatty.

The three-day backpacking event begins Friday, September 13th and ends Sunday, September 15th for a total distance of almost 30 miles. There is a Thursday night camping option for those who choose to travel on Thursday (recommended) to the start of the hike (TBD, either Langlade, Taylor, or Lincoln counties). Specific itinerary and additional details will be sent to all attendees upon attendance confirmation by March 30.

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Be Immersed. Rugged beauty abounds in the Northwoods. Hike along glittering kettle lakes, through mesic forests, and across winding boardwalks. Photo by Stephanie Herington.

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.

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Be Mentored. You won’t want to miss the chance to experience the Trail with individuals as passionate, experienced, and knowledgeable these three women.

To learn more about the backpacking trip leaders, here are their bios.

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

Photo by Stephanie Herington.

Be Safe. To make this experience the most enjoyable as possible please note the following requirements:

  • Mandatory attendance at the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) Annual Conference, Saturday, April 13 for the Long-Distance Hiking Seminar* 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Ho Chunk Hotel and Convention Center, Baraboo. (*$50 conference fee will be waived)
  • Mandatory pre-trip planning meeting Saturday, August 17 at the IATA office in Cross Plains 8:30 a.m. – noon (teleconferencing option available).
  • Women ages 21 and older.
  • Able to walk 15 miles a day (2-mile an hour pace), 3 days in a row.
  • Must have gear: tent, backpack, hiking boots, stove, etc.
  • Must sign waiver [PDF]
  • No whining, and there will be wine!

Limit: 12 women ages 21 and above

Investment: $75.00 (Non-refundable)





Gear list and itinerary received after registration and after March 30th.

Questions: email Sharon Dziengel: [email protected]