Wonderland Trail 2009
Ron Moak was recovering from a CDT adventure, Brian Frankle broke his leg a couple of days before the trip, and Ron Bell couldn’t get away. So that left Glen and Henry Shires, who, come to think of it, were the only two to finish the epic Lake Tahoe thru-hike that comprised the 2007 Brain Trust hike. So, Glen was at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, and then flew to Seattle. Henry flew in within a few minutes, a car was rented, and we headed to Mount Rainier. The plan: hike the Wonderland Trail, a trail of 93 miles that goes around Mt. Rainier. The Mt. Rainier website recommends taking 14 days to complete the trip, with multiple food resupplies. And we saw plenty of people doing exactly this, lumbering along with huge packs. We did it in 4.5 days, averaging 22 miles a day, with our longest being the last day at 27 miles. The trail is a good workout, with over 20,000 feet of vertical elevation gain. Of course, anytime you go out with Henry, you are guaranteed a good cardio session.