Be FIERCE – Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Trailtessa, Force of Nature, Be Fierce, women's backpacking trip

Be Strong and Self-sufficient. You’ll carry your own pack and gear on this 3-day backpacking trip in the Chippewa County Forest. You’ll travel across the Chippewa Moraine Segment, Harwood Lakes Segment, and the Firth Lake Segment. Photo by MacKenzie McDermit.

The three-day backpacking event begins Friday morning from the start of the Chippewa Moraine Segment (267th Avenue) and ends near Cornell, WI on Sunday. Specific itinerary here

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Trailtessa, Force of Nature, Be Fierce, REI Corporate Sponsor

Be Immersed. The rugged beauty of the Chippewa County Forest will challenge, inspire, and rejuvenate you. Hike along glittering kettle lakes, through mesic forests, and across winding boardwalks. Photo by Dave Caliebe.

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.

Ice Age Trail Alliance

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.

Be a Newbie. You do not need previous backpacking experience; newbies welcome. However, to make this experience the most enjoyable as possible, Sharon recommends you plan to attend the day-long backpacking seminar hosted at the IATA Annual Conference, Saturday, April 14th, 2018 for 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ($40.00 Conference Fee).

Please note the following requirements:

  • Mandatory pre-trip planning meeting Saturday, March 3 at Cross Plains IATA office 8:30 a.m. – noon (teleconferencing option available).
  • 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: tent, backpack, hiking boots, stove, etc.
  • Must sign waiver
  • No whining, and there will be wine!


Limit: 10 women ages 21 and above

Investment: $60.00





Waiver [PDF]

Gear List

Chippewa County Segments for Backpacking, IAT Guidebook 2017-2019