Patrick Gleissner

Field Operations Coordinator

Patrick works with IATA’s Trail Program Manager to plan trailbuilding events, coordinate volunteers, and carry out trail layout, design, construction, and maintenance. His efforts ensure that the Ice Age National Scenic Trail remains a prime hiking destination for all.

Patrick dove headfirst into all-things Ice Age Trail when planning a thru-hike in the summer of 2017. After living out of a backpack for 51 days and experiencing nearly every segment, he returned home with a deep appreciation for the Trail and the people who build it. He became a volunteer shortly after and joined the Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) in 2019.

In his capacity as Field Operations Coordinator, he will draw on his own experience as a volunteer to help coordinate and supervise volunteers at future MSC events and provide support to local chapters.

Patrick previously worked as a seasonal guide and program director for Riverwest Outdoor Educational Adventures in Milwaukee, as well as a climbing guide with Milwaukee Turners Climbing Gym. His passion for adventure and affinity for outdoor spaces is an integral part of his personal and professional life. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys backpacking and traveling in his van, accompanied by his girlfriend Lisa and canine pal, Piton.

Favorite Ice Age Trail Segment:

Patrick’s favorite segment is the Blue Hills Segment. He says, “I remember hiking for days and seeing no one else, camping at large and feeling like I was really deep in nature.”