Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail

Thousand Miler Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail In thirty six thrilling days Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked miles around Wisconsin landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru hikers known as the Thousand Milers In prose that s alte

  • Title: Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail
  • Author: Melanie Radzicki McManus
  • ISBN: 9780870207907
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • In thirty six thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru hikers known as the Thousand Milers In prose that s alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin s forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long ago glaIn thirty six thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru hikers known as the Thousand Milers In prose that s alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin s forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far flung small towns Follow along as she worries about wildlife encounters, wonders if her injured feet will ever recover, and searches for an elusive fellow hiker known as Papa Bear Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still developing Ice Age Trail one of just eleven National Scenic Trails and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru hike.In addition to chronicling McManus s hike, Thousand Miler also includes the little told story of the Ice Age Trail s first ever thru hiker Jim Staudacher, an account of the record breaking thru run of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan, the experiences of a young combat veteran who embarked on her thru hike as a way to ease back into civilian life, and other fascinating tales from the trail Their collective experiences shed light on the motivations of thru hikers and the different ways hikers accomplish this impressive feat, providing an entertaining and informative read for outdoors enthusiasts of all levels.

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    1. I've hiked here and there on the IAT and did once think I could section-hike it all, but discovered it's not for me. I therefore enjoy hiking vicariously through books like this one. McManus kept me reading (and I can be finicky with regard to how a book engages me). While there was plenty of information and insight, I still wanted more. I wanted more about the trail itself (as there are so few who know anything at all about the IAT); what the conditions are like/the terrain/etc. I wanted photos [...]

    2. I enjoy reading books about thru hikers and ultramarathoning, so I was excited when I won a copy of this book through a giveaway. This is not a backpacking book, as the author is crewed in her attempt to set a speed record on the Ice Age Trail, and spends her nights lodging with friends or in motels. However, it does have interesting trail stories, logistics of how she attempts her speed record, and lots of Wisconsin history in relation to the trail. Interspersed are tales of other hikers she e [...]

    3. In 2013, Melanie Radzicki McManus set out to challenge the fastest known time record for a woman to complete a thru-hike on Wisconsin's 1,100 mile Ice Age Trail. The Ice Age Trail, along with the famed Appalachian Trail, is one of just 11 National Scenic Trails. The book chronicles McManus's attempt and her adventures along the Ice Age Trail. It is fun to follow her adventure, and the geological and historical descriptions of the Trail are very interesting. The book is well written, and McManus [...]

    4. I've hiked sections of the IAT and hope to do a lot more. I really enjoyed reading about the different areas of the trail that the author highlighted and reading about the other hikers she talked about. Learning some of the early history of the trail was also interesting.

    5. This book is about a woman's thru-hike on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. I met the author at a presentation at our local library and bought the book there. I am so glad I did! I have seen Ice Age Trail signs here and there during our travels in Wisconsin, but I never knew that it is an elite trail--only one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. (The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail being two others). The author details how the trail got its start and how the route was selected t [...]

    6. Maps. Maps would have helped those not familiar with the areas because she seemed to skip around (she was in Wausau, then she wasn't, then she was again, I don't know) I enjoyed the side stories of some of the people she met, but sometimes even those rambled on. She was extremely assisted more than just the usual slack packing so I would like to have more emphasis on people who do this without the help. People who take the time to do things like this fascinates me and I just want to get inside t [...]

    7. I thought this was a really good book, but I might be biased because I have hiked over half of the Ice Age Trail and plan to finish next summer. It was fun to read about the segments I had already finished and get an idea of what was coming in segments I had yet to do. One of my favorite quotes from the book is the following: "He probably thinks the Ice Age Trail is this 3.1 mile La Budde Creek segment in his hometown. He doesn't get it. No one does." Many people in Wisconsin have no idea what t [...]

    8. For me this book started off bland but as I continued it changed into something more generous. The sidebar chapters or portions of chapters on the history of the Trail or other's experiences regarding the Trail made it more fulfilling and satisfying. Towards the end, I didn't want the book to end!

    9. The blurb for this book makes it sound WAY more exciting than it actually is, but it's still a good read IF you are an outdoor lover and can fathom doing something like through-hiking (I'm sorry, I refuse to write "thru-hiking" even if that is somehow an established convention) or even section-hiking a national scenic trail. If covering great distances on foot in the wilderness is not appealing, this ain't the book for you--there are no great personal epiphanies or anything like that to draw you [...]

    10. I really enjoyed reading about Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail, and Melanie McManus's 1,100 mile thru-hike. I wasn't aware of the trail's existence, one of three National Sceanic Trails that fits inside a single state, but McManus does a wonderful job of describing the trail's origins, its creators, and those who hike and maintain it. Her inclusion of other thru-hikers and their stories within her narrative was entertaining and set a comfortable pace. Overall, I think the author did two things really [...]

    11. Not what I expected. I thought it would be more of a commentary on interesting sights seen during a leisurely walk along the trail with emphasis on natural features. Instead it was an account of the author's attempt to break a speed record covering the trail and her account of other people attempting to break records of various kinds. The overall story was that of the author trying to "defeat" the trail, overcome various physical difficulties, and cover distance fast instead of enjoying the expe [...]

    12. Great book about long distance hiking the ice age trail that winds thru Wisconsin. I am familiar with the Appalachian Trail and Ohio's own Buckeye Trail but i had never heard of this one or other mentioned in the book. The story revolves around the authors Fat through hike adventure of over a thousand miles across all sorts of rough territory and forest. She intersperses her story with others stories and history of the trail as well as the Geographical history that created the trail.After readin [...]

    13. I tend to love true life adventure books (canoeing, hiking, etc.) but this one didn't do it for me. There was quality writing and some nice backstories were presented along with information about the trail. However, I never felt drawn into the journey. The author's effort was fixated on the conquering goal. Her through-hike, in my opinion, neglected to enjoy the journey. It felt to me more of a litany of physical maladies than the shared experience of crossing Wisconsin on foot.

    14. This was an inspirational book about a woman trying to set a speed record doing a thru-hike through the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail. It was recommended to me by friend after a workmate attempted to beat the record this spring. I really didn't know much about the Ice Age Trail before this year. This was an entertaining and enjoyable read. Makes you want to put on your Keens, don your trekking poles and hit the trail!

    15. Since reading Wild, I've had the itch to do a major hiking trip. Since I live in Wisconsin, I figured the Ice Age Trail would be a good fit for me. When doing some research on the trail, I came across this book. While it wasn't exactly what I expected, there was a lot of good information in it and I'm adding some of the places that she mentioned to my list of places to stop.

    16. Since I'm from Wisconsin, this book was interesting as I knew many of the places she hiked through. If you are a hiker you will appreciate it, but if you don't understand why people do something so extreme then it is not for you.

    17. This is a nice easy adventure read, especially if you are familiar with Wisconsin's natural features. I like how the author was able to weave in the history of the trail along with her own thru-hike. I would recommend this to any other adventure seekers!

    18. I want to do a long hike for the simplicity of hike, eat, sleep, repeat. How can I get my life more simplified like that on a regular basis?

    19. I love these hiking/journey/odyssey type of books. The fact that this is about a 1000 mile plus record setting hike in Wisconsin makes it all the better. Time to hit the trail.

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