My Wonderland Trail Thru-Hike Gear List
This week, I, along with a pair of friends, will hopefully set out to thru-hike the Wonderland Trail. I say hopefully because this year’s permit system is a bit of a dumpster fire. Typically, 70% of Mt. Rainier National Park’s permits are reserved in advance, but this year, a storm caused “a critical failure of the park’s existing reservation system“. As a result, permits are available only a first come, first serve basis. We’ve heard stories of aspiring Wonderland Trail hikers being turned away due to no availability. But I digress…
Whether we end up hiking the Wonderland Trail or resort to our plan B (as it turns out Washington is a state full of plan B’s), my gear list will be unchanged- aside for the slight possibility of needing a bear canister, which we’d like to avoid.
Without further ado, here’s…
Badger’s Wonderland Trail Gear List
(Notes: a handful of the smaller items aren’t pictured above. Also, we’re planning on hiking the trail in 8-days, which is a bit slower than I’d hike it solo. This lower mileage allows me to carry a few items I’d otherwise leave at home.)
Sleeping Bag: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20-degree (treated with DownTek)
Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite
Pack: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 2400 (40L)
Shoes: Altra Lone Peak 3.0
Active layer: AppTrials Classic Blaze Shirt synthetic version not available in stores because the logo didn’t turn out that well but I still like it anyways because imperfection is beauty.
Base layer / camp shirt: Kora Shola 230
Bottoms: Patagonia Baggies 5″ inseam
Insulating layer: Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Hooded
Underwear: ExOfficio Give-n-Go (2 pairs)
Rain / wind jacket: Patagonia Alpine Houdini
Rain pants: Montbell Convertible Rain Pants
Camp shoe: Bedrock Sandals Gabbros
Shades: Smith Guides Choice ChromaPop
Stove: Jetboil Flash Lite
Spoon: MSR Folding Spoon
Bladder: CamelBak 100 oz. Reservoir
Water bottle: Will pick up a SmartWater bottle
Water treatment: Sawyer Squeeze
Trekking Poles: Leki Corklite
Sun Umbrella: Montbell Sun Block Umbrella
Stuff sac: One for clothes, one for electronics
Headlamp: Black Diamond Gizmo
Phone: iPhone 6s+ with Guthook Wonderland Trail App (part of PCT App)
(Worth noting: the other two dudes in our group will have the Mt. Rainier NP Map, which I would carry if not absurdly redundant)
External Battery: Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus
Watch: Garmin Fenix 3
Health / Hygiene / First Aid
Toothbrush (I finally crossed the sanity threshold and cut this in half)
Single serving of imodium and benadryl
Hiking with an ER doctor
Base weight: 15.1 lbs
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