I was thinking about my trip on the Wonderland trail tonight, and thought I might get on to post some of the pictures that I took along the way. I completed the 92+ miles in 6 full days, starting out fairly slow and then testing my ability as time went on. Due to the difficulty of the trail (more than 20,000 feet of elevation gain over the course of the trail), my longest day consisted of 23 miles in 13 hours. Let me tell you....I hobbled into camp that night, but had hiked in such stunning terrain that my spirits were still high. The trail in its totality actually exceeded my expectations, which says something, considering how much its been hyped in the past. The weather was perfect, with crystal clear skies every single day, and I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. This was my first long distance backpacking trip and the first time I'd ever carried my ultralight gear.
Anyway, my base weight was around 7.5-8 pounds, and I typically had around 7 additional pounds for food and water. With the exception of Wade Heninger and his friends (who I met along the trail on my 4th night), I was the only other ultralighter on the trail. Everyone seemed to think that I was a day-hiker, and needless to say....I took pride in that :) So, here are the pictures, and feel free to post any comments or questions that you might have. If you haven't been on the Wonderland Trail, you'd be doing yourself a great injustice not to get out there and see it for yourself. Enjoy, and thanks for looking.