It was during the prolonged excessive heat of June and early July this year when I realized how much I hate running on treadmills.
GEAR with Lou Dzierzak
There are more options than ever to carry water with you on your adventures. Once limited to heavy plastic bottles stored in hip belt holsters, athletes can now choose from handhelds, belts with multiple bottles and lightweight technical vests.
Stepping foot on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail (IAT) can take one in many directions. My earliest involvement was hiking this National Scenic Trail in its entirety.
Chris Hillier, 45, of Taylor, Michigan, planned to start hiking the 924 miles of a proposed trail across his state, from Detroit north, across the Upper Peninsula, to Ironwood, Wisconsin, starting April 26.
The Ice Age Trail National Scenic Trail, all 1,200 miles of which are in Wisconsin, draws more than 1.2 million visitors who contribute $113 million to the local and state economies every year, according to a new report by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and partners.
I first met Jim McDonell at one of the Midwest regional snowshoe racing series events last season. I was excited to see a series of over 20 racing events scheduled that McDonell was instrumental in organizing. But I was also pleased to see the spirit in which he himself raced in that event.
Sand Point is an aptly named stretch of beach and one of the initial west-end attractions of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Its bars and sandy spits creep out from the mainland in the direction of Grand Island. It seems to designate the dividing point between a quieter Munising Bay and a more rambunctious Lake Superior, the giant that deposits sand on the point at will. It is where hikers and kayakers gear up before they start their wilderness jaunts. It is peaceful and wild and intriguing all in one. It is where rapture sneaks up and overpowers you.
The peninsula was covered nicely in white, but the snow was shallow and the trails had only a half inch to three inches of snow cover. Switching from snowshoeing to hiking, we would not be disappointed. I still got a feel for the snowshoe trails we traversed in boots.
SNOWSHOEING with Jim Joque
I scheduled an overnight winter camping adventure for students taking my university camping and backpacking course. It happened to fall on the same night as the first major storm of the season to hit central Wisconsin on December 8, 2009. I had to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed or cancel. My top concern is always safety.