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 Southern 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 over 30 miles. There is a Thursday night camping option if needed. Specific itinerary and additional details will be sent to all attendees upon attendance confirmation in late summer.

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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).

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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 scheduled in August 2020. Details will be made available to all registered hikers.

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!

Safety is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the health and safety regulations that are in place regarding COVID-19 and decisions will be made accordingly. More information about hiking responsibly during the pandemic can be found here.

Please read and familiarize yourself with these documents:

  1. National Park Service Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool
  3. Covid19JHA
  4. Volunteer Services Agreement Form 

Limit: 8 women ages 21 and above (with 2 guides)

Investment: $100.00 (Non-refundable)

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

 

 

 

Resources:

Gear list and itinerary received after registration.

Questions: email Sharon Dziengel, [email protected]