Joined: 30 Sep 2007
Posts: 1745 | TRs
Location: Bellevue, WA
|Many of my Wonderland Trail transits have been over 3 days, especially in the 90's. In 2009 I chronicled my journey and did a 3 part video series, one for each day. I was not in good shape that year and there was a certain amount of suffering. I finished on day 3 at 2:20 AM, basically stumbling at the end. For those unfamiliar, the Wonderland entails 93 miles and 22,000 feet of climb and descent. This year I recorded my 32nd Wonderland using a shoulder mounted GoPro and authored a single video for the entire trip. Although I averaged 17 hour hiking days this year, the difference, both physically and mentally, was acute. Much easier with a minimal amount of pain, due mostly to some miles and elevation under my belt coming into it. Yes, there is hope for us oldsters; barring physical damage that hinders walking, at age 65 I had one of my most enjoyable transits of this trail. This year's video was authored as one, although it is 50 minutes long. If you'd like to follow these journeys......
2009 transit: https://www.williswall.com/pain-and-suffering-wonderland
2020 transit: https://www.williswall.com/wonderland-trail-in-3-days-2020-32
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