November 2021 Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

November 2021


 Our Chapter’s Annual Meeting will be held online this year on Monday, November 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We hope everyone can attend and take part in hearing about the chapter activities, plans for the next year, approve a budget, and elect new officers.

If you plan to attend the chapter meeting, please contact me at and I will send you the Zoom link for the meeting.  The annual meeting is open to all, but voting requires current IATA membership.

The day of the meeting, we will provide the reports to those who have registered.  Please watch your email ahead of the meeting for these documents.  We hope to see you there.

Parade of Colors Hike - October 2

We had a great turn-out for our Parade of Colors Hike on October 2.  Mother Nature cooperated and sent the predicted rain to some other part of the area.  42 participants took advantage of the shuttles to explore the Chippewa Moraine segment.  A big THANK YOU to our nine volunteers who got groups registered and shuttled them to their starting points.


MAMMOTH 41 EVENT:   Hike & Meet Monty! - October 9

We had a full house on our Mammoth 41 Hike on the Chippewa River Segment on Oct. 9th.  Fifty Four participants came to enjoy our beautiful Chippewa River Segment for the first time!  For most of our hikers, it was their first time hiking on the Ice Age Trail.  Several Girl Scout troops came for our hike, and many Cornell Scouts came with their families.  Everyone had a great time, and we are hoping that many of these families will join us again on future hikes.  Now that they have hiked this segment, maybe they will be inspired to try our other segments.  

Kids were encouraged to find a walking stick along the way, and by the end, they all had one.  After the hike, families and scouts were invited to the Cornell Visitor Center to meet Monty.   Craft materials were supplied and children decorated their walking sticks.  Thanks to our chapter volunteers for assisting on the hike and back at the Visitor’s Center.

Over 6,500 hikers participated in the Mammoth 41 Event statewide.  Their challenge was to hike 41 miles and visit 3 trail communities.  We had many hikers visiting Cornell and hiking our segments during the month.  Plans are already underway for Mammoth 42.  Many of our members participated.  Congratulations to all who completed the challenge.  Be sure you fill in your completion form and get it sent in by November 15th.  

Congratulations to Thousand Miler #315 - Serena Stipek

A crowd of friends and family were there to greet Serena Stipek as she finished the Ice Age Trail on October 23 on the Timberland Wilderness Segment.  Serena completed the trail in 15 months.  

A number of our chapter members have completed the trail.  I’d love to have a list of  Thousand Milers from our chapter.  If you are a member of this elite group, please drop me an email to let me know.  Congratulations to all of you.  Some day soon, I hope to join the club.  Email me at:

Get your Volunteer Agreement and join the trail crew on work projects!

You need to have a completed Volunteer Agreement from the National Park Service in order to volunteer for the Ice Age Trail.  It is important for trail maintenance and trail building, but you should have the agreement for any volunteer work you do for the chapter.    Consider joining our group of volunteers in 2022!

If you do not have a signed Volunteer Agreement, here is the link:   Scroll down to the Volunteer Resource Center heading and click on “Become a Volunteer”.   Please fill out the fillable form and email it to

When you send in the Volunteer Agreement to Dan Watson, he will sign it and return it to you.  Please print a copy for yourself or save it in your files.  Email me at to let me know that you have received your signed Volunteer Agreement.

Upcoming Events:

November 15:  Annual Meeting for the Chippewa Moraine Chapter  6:30 Zoom   Please register to attend.

April 21-24, 2022:  It’s Back!  The Ice Age Trail Annual Conference - in person!!!  Location:  Stevens Point, WI

See you on the trail, 

Vicki Christianson
Chippewa Moraine Chapter Coordinator


The Ice Age Trail
A Walk Through Time