|Pretrip||Ship empty stoves & fuel bottles to motel. Ship food and gear to both cache points.|
|Saturday||July 20||Fly from BWI to Seattle, pick up rental cars, drive to park, check into motel, buy fuel for stoves|
|Sunday||July 21||Start the backpack|
|Friday||July 23||Resupply at the first cache: food, and gear only no fuel. Ship special gear from first cache to second cache if desired.|
|Saturday||July 25||Layover day|
|Sunday||July 28||Resupply at the second cache: food, fuel, gear. Ship excess gear, dirty clothes home|
|Thursday||August 1||Complete trip, drive to San Juan Islands|
|Friday||August 2||Open tourist day, ship stoves home|
|Saturday||August 3||Open tourist day|
|Sunday||August 4||Fly home|
We need to be prepared for everything from hot, sunny days above tree line, to heavy rain, and snow, including snow camping for at least a few nights. As of 7/2 the trail is still at least 80% covered with snow.
typical summer daytime temperatures are: 60 to 80 degrees F
typical summer nighttime temperatures are: 32 degrees F and up
Some Necessary Gear
If people want to share: tents, stoves & fuel, water purifiers/filters, first aid kits, or meals, you can work that out for yourselves from the trip roster. At a minimum we need one stove, extra fuel, purifier/filter, and first aid kit for every two to three people. I will try to coordinate this somewhat.
In addition to the above items there will be some other common gear that we will have to split up. This includes: plastic collapsible bucket, collapsible bladders (?), and possibly other things. Some common gear that I will carry myself includes a GPS receiver, altimeter, large detailed topographic map, and an amateur radio transceiver.
Food & Gear Cache
Food and gear for the two caches must be shipped in time to get there before the necessary date. Must use UPS or Fedex with delivery confirmation. Everybody is responsible for shipping their own stoves and food/gear caches. The cache containers must be rodent and raccoon proof. Something like a heavy plastic 3-5 gallon bucket with a tightly sealing lid will work fine. You can probably get something from Home Depot. All your food, gear, clothing, etc goes into the bucket which must have a label on it. This bucket then goes into a shipping carton with its own label. Make the carton big enough to contain anything you want to ship home - we will use the same carton for return shipping.
I will provide the three addresses later along with very detailed instructions about how the cache bucket must be prepared. There is a very small margin for error on cache preparation - they must be at the right place at the right time with the right stuff in it or the entire group has a problem.
We should plan on shipping the cache 10 - 14 days prior to needing it - although 2nd day or even overnight shipping would work as well and doesn't require the food to sit for such a long time.
Guidebook & Map
Discovering the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail Encircling Mount Rainier, Bette Filley, Dunamis House, Issaquah, WA, 98027.
Mount Rainier National Park - Centennial Edition Topo Map, Stanley Maps, POB 880, Mercer Island, WA 98040. This is a beautiful map with lots of detail but is somewhat large.
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier Map, a smaller map with a little less detail, would be easier to handle in wind and rain. Also has one minute tick marks which makes it easier to setup for GPS use.
The Adventurous Traveler Bookstore (and other places)
carries both the book and map.
Everyone is responsible for providing their own backpacking food for meals and snacks. This is not a commissary based trip. Bring more food than you would normally eat. As a backpacker, you will appreciate the concept of food as fuel. Bring things that are lightweight, tasty, and nutritious but easy to prepare, cook, and clean up after. Also bring or cache foods that will not spoil in the heat. Plan three menus, one for the first 3 days, another for the second 5 days, and another for the final 4 days. We will be camping on the trail during the layover day which is in the second section (Sunrise to Longmire). We will have to buy fuel and can also buy some fresh food out there. Don't plan on buying much backpacking food out there, it's too time consuming and we really won't have time to do that. Just a few optional items that you might see out there that look good.
First section: 3 days total - Mowich Lake to Sunrise -
first day's lunch to last day's dinner including snacks
Second section: 5 days total - includes layover day -
Sunrise to Longmire - cache 2
first day's breakfast to last day's dinner including snacks- we are actually staying at Cougar Rock camp, not Longmire - we may decide to wait till the next morning to get our cache since its about 3.0+ miles extra round trip from Cougar Rock camp to Longmire
Third section: 4 days total - Longmire to Mowich Lake
first day's breakfast to last day's lunch including snacks
We will have to treat all drinking water either with a
purifier, filter, or iodine tablets. I would strongly recommend using a purifier
but the choice is yours. We will carry at least one plastic fabric collapsible bucket
to simplify bringing water from streams or lakes to the campsite and allow silt
to settle out of the water before filtering.
Leave No Trace
We will practice "Leave No Trace" backcountry ethics.
This means that we pack out all of our trash and garbage. It also means that we
do not use soap or shampoo to wash in mountain lakes or streams. Just swimming
in the water without using soap works pretty well all by itself. Use a folding
basin and soap a reasonable distance away from lakes or streams to wash more
thoroughly. It's okay to use a tiny amount of biodegradable soap in the
lake or stream just to wash your hands and face.
We will be shipping our empty stoves and empty fuel bottles to
the hotel. We cannot carry our stoves or fuel bottles with us on the airplane
unless they are brand new and have NEVER been used. Once used they will contain fuel
residue and cannot be taken onboard the plane. Although this policy varies from
airline to airline. NO AIRLINE WILL ALLOW FUEL OF ANY KIND ON THE AIRPLANE. We
will ship the stoves via Parcel Plus, or Mail
Boxes Etc. We will have to buy
fuel out there before the trip, and ship the empty stoves and empty fuel bottles back the same way.
We need to ship the stoves about 10 days prior to our trip departure to ensure
that they are there as we must use regular ground transportation.
The trip cost includes: shuttle to BWI, round trip airfare from the Baltimore Washington area to Seattle, WA, your share of a rental car, four nights total in a motel before and after our backpack, possibly a shuttle if we use one, and the required NPS fees. Not included: everything else, such as: any motel meals, necessary backpacking food and gear, rental car gas, tips, personal expenses, and any other necessary but excluded expenses.
The cost of the trip is influenced by the airfare, which of course varies with the number of available seats at a certain price. It is to our advantage to book the airline as soon as possible to take advantage of lower priced seats. Also rental car fees are notoriously hard to estimate due to additional charges that are tacked onto the final amount. Because MWROP is not significantly financially underwriting this trip the air fare, and other necessary, upfront deposits, must be paid from trip participant deposits. This is why the deposit is a little high and we need to get deposits as soon as possible.
It is important that each participant bring sufficient cash/credit cards for incidental personal expenses.
Make checks payable to: Sierra Club MWROP and mail to the leader.
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