Be FIERCE – 101 Beginners Backpacking Trip – October 2019

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

Be Strong and Self-sufficient. You’ll carry your own pack and gear on this 3-day backpacking trip in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Photo by Jessica Featherstone.

The three-day backpacking event begins Friday, October 18th and ends Sunday, October 20th for a total distance of almost 24 miles. There is a Thursday night camping option at the Mauthe Lake campground. Specific itinerary and additional details will be sent to all attendees upon attendance confirmation by March 30.

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

Be a Newbie. No previous backpacking experience necessary. This trip is geared toward first time backpackers.Photo by Jessica Featherstone.

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.

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

Photo by Jessica Featherstone.

Be a Newbie. 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 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 [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]