Be FIERCE – 101 Beginners Backpacking Trip – September 25 – 27, 2020

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, September 25th and ends Sunday, September 27th 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 in last summer.

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 who have not participated in previous Trailtessa backpacking events. 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 (bios coming soon).

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

Photo by Jessica Featherstone.

Be a Newbie. This trip is geared toward first time backpackers who have not participated in previous Trailtessa backpacking events. To make this experience the most enjoyable as possible please note the following requirements:

Mandatory pre-trip planning meeting that will be schedule in August 2020 at the IATA office in Cross Plains 8:30 a.m. – noon (teleconferencing option available). Details coming soon.

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 or access to 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: $100.00 (Non-refundable)

Registration opens June 1, 2020 at 6:00 am. 

 

 

 

Resources:

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

Questions: email Sharon Dziengel, [email protected]