Hike Longer Distances and Panhandle Gap Overload

In this 40 minute video I talk about techniques, equipment, training and attitude that I use to cover longer distances, essentially more than 20 miles per day. I reference Mt. Rainier's Wonderland Trail, specifically 3 and 4 day trips. With an aging body but many lessons learned over the years thru fastpacking and ultrarunning, I share my thoughts on tackling long distances without spending an inordinate amount of time in the gym. For my latest equipment choices please reference the Willis Wall Blog. Of note to Wonderland Trail hikers is the last section, devoted to Wonderland specifics.

Lots of snow lingered in 2011. My daughter and I were halted at Panhandle Gap at 11 PM due to frozen snow and no appreciable boot track, necessitating an unplanned bivy. This was the first time in over 25 years that I couldn't cross the Gap in running shoes and trekking poles. The next morning I scouted out a bypass so we could proceed without crossing the Panhandle Gap proper. This video covers not only a real time scout of the bypass, doable by anyone with very basic scrambling skills, but is loaded with lots of info on the Gap. Take the fear and mystery out of the Gap.