Mobile Skills Crew Season Finale

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mobile Skills Crew Season Finale

Photo credit: Dave Caliebe

What to do when the best laid plans hit a snag? As all seasoned volunteers know…with eyes forward, you shift on a dime and give it all you’ve got!

The planned Storrs Lake project in Rock County is on hold for 2016, regrettably. This change of plans, therefore, enables us to finish what we’ve started, which we strive to do. This mindset led us to organize two Mobile Skills Crew events which will run concurrently from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23.

The Sauk County event (Merrimac Segment) will build 3,600 feet of tread that was corridor cleared at the August event. The Taylor County event (Rib Lake Segment) will focus on finishing up work began in May on the Timm’s Hill Trail Connector. (The Sauk County project will be the larger of the two events.)

We invite you to help celebrate the MSC season finale with camaraderie, friendship and craftsmanship at whichever event you choose and end the “Stones and Ripples Tour” on a high note:

yellow-flag-leftThe Merrimac Segment: “B&B” aka Bread and Butter – three quarters of a mile of sustainable tread to bring to fruition a vision launched in August.


Rib Lake Taylor CountyThe Rib Lake Segment: “TNT” aka Tight and Technical – Stonework and side hill tread to snug up the yellow-blazed connection to Rustic Road.


Project support at the Rib Lake event will be reminiscent of how the MSC program started, when small teams of folk worked on all aspects of a project – from moving stone in the morning to washing dishes in the evening.

For either project, your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Work begins on Thursday, Oct. 20, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 23. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.