Thou­sand-miler: Ad­ven­tures Hik­ing the Ice Age Trail

Melanie Radz­icki Mcmanus

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Wis­con­sin His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Press Soft­cover $20 (240pp) 978-0-87020-790-7

Radz­icki Mcmanus’s is a con­ge­nial, ad­ven­tur­ous, and in­spir­ing trek through Amer­ica’s wilder­ness.

Melanie Radz­icki Mcmanus’s Thou­sand-miler is an ab­sorb­ing and en­light­en­ing first-per­son ac­count of a thru-trekking adventure.

The book opens at the be­gin­ning of the au­thor’s eleven-hun­dred-mile walk across Wis­con­sin. It pauses just long enough to in­tro­duce the rar­efied world of thru-trekking, a form of hik­ing whose devo­tees at­tempt to walk one of the coun­try’s eleven Na­tional Scenic Trails in one go, paus­ing only for sleep and re­cov­ery.

Se­ri­ous trekkers aim to cover about thirty miles a day across wild ter­rain, mak­ing it nec­es­sary to travel light. In prepa­ra­tion, trekkers as­sem­ble a team to de­liver food and take them to a sleep­ing place at the end of each day’s route.

Sea­soned trekker Mcmanus was out to set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for a woman on the Ice Age Trail, trac­ing the south­ern­most reach of glaciers into Wis­con­sin, a path that even the ex­tremely fit don’t fly along with ease. Noth­ing can ward off the blis­ters, mos­qui­toes, and stress in­juries that are part of thru-trekking. Yet the nar­ra­tive never loses buoy­ancy, even when hik­ing time is lost to in­juries and the goal of set­ting a record seems un­likely.

The au­thor’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture and her knowl­edge of the ter­rain make for in­formed and in­ter­est­ing arm­chair travel. The book is well paced, skip­ping over un­event­ful legs of the jour­ney and lay­er­ing high­lights of the nat­u­ral world with glimpses of trekking cul­ture.

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