I am always amazed at people who thru hike. I cannot imaging hiking a long-distance trail from one end to another, but it is something that I would like to do someday. There are many more long-distant other than the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail. You can learn about the Ice Age Trail in this book, Thousand Miler – Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail. Below is Ambassador Tina‘s thoughts on the book.
I love reading books on thru-hiking because secretly I’ve always wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail but never drummed up the courage to make it happen.
So when I had the opportunity to review this book, Thousand Miler by Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, a book about her adventures hiking the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, I got right into it.
My hope was to be transported to the trail living vicariously through the author imagining myself hiking the Ice Age Trail with her.
But once I started reading this book I realized, the author and I described thru hiking very differently.
She was a supported thru hiker which means she was picked up every night and taken to a warm comfy place to sleep, was able to take a hot shower and eat really good food.
My idea of thru hiking has been you carry a backpack with your living essentials inside – tent, sleeping bag, food, water etc. and you re-supplied at the nearest post office, picking up the packages you sent ahead of time.
My first thought was “Is this really thru hiking?” I asked my husband if he considered this thru hiking and his answer was “Yes, she finished the trail right? Doesn’t matter that she didn’t sleep on the trail?”
OK, every thru hike book I’ve ever read and the people I know who thru hiked the AT didn’t do this.
But the more I read about her adventures, the history of the trail and all the colorful people she meets along the trail I started to realize that yeah she did thru hike eleven hundred miles in an astounding record time of 36 days.
I certainly couldn’t do that, supported or unsupported.
She also experienced the same problems all thru hikers face and that’s wildlife encounters, blustered feet, injuries and coming up with a really cool trail name. You’ll have to read the book to see what her trail name is.
It got me thinking of how cool it would be to do a supported hike on the AT in my home state of PA. I’ve wanted to finish all of the AT in PA for years now so why couldn’t I do something like this? Hmmmm, the wheels in my head are turning ☺
I now have a different prospective about thru hiking; I no longer believe that you have to sleep on the trail in order for it to be considered a thru hike.
I’m sure there’s a few who may disagree but that’s OK, read the book anyways for a unique way of thru hiking and learn about a National Scenic Trail you probably never heard of. As she references in the book “Most Wisconsinites don’t know about this trail”.
I really enjoyed this book, loved learning the history of this still developing trail (some people may find this part boring) and her storytelling is humorous and very detailed.
You can find the book here.