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Enchantments Traverse Preparation Guide


Enchantments in-a-day Guide

Avoid the permit lottery frenzy.  Cross the spectacular Enchantments in a day.  Here are some pointers on how to have the best experience on the “ET” Enchantments Traverse.

Weather Forecast –


Weather from NOAA web site marking elevation top of Aasgard pass.


Bivy the night before at Eightmile or Johnny Creek campgrounds.

Bring a sleeping bag and ground pad, jet boil stove and Starbucks Via coffee packs for the morning.


The trick packing for a trip like this is sometimes what not to bring. A bunch of extra weight of things flopping around is not ideal.

Use a light pack that is comfortable to run in and can carry these items.


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We will be moving most of the time at a moderate pace while on-route with the exception for a bio break (seems to work out at the pit toilet at Colechuck Lake) and for a lunch break in the upper Enchantments.

The beginning of the trip is a steady to a steep climb reaching the top of Aasgard Pass. While it will be dark and cold (39 degrees is the forecast low) we will be exerting a fair amount of energy. I tend to be most comfortable starting in light tights, long sleeve shirt, light hat and thin gloves.

I will also pack a pair of running shorts and remove my sleeves for a short sleeve shirt for the afternoon/decent (forecast high 51 degrees).

Carrying a light wind/rain shell and insulation layer is also important to put on during stops, have for emergencies etc…

  • short-sleeve shirt
  • running shorts
  • tights or light weight long pants
  • long sleeve shirt-or sleeves
  • crew socks and light weight wool socks (like darn tough or smart wool)
  • light wind/rain shell
  • light weight insulation layer, down puffy or fleece
  • cap with a sun visor
  • wool or synthetic insulation hat
  • sunglasses
  • light-weight gloves
  • buff or bandana


  • hiking or z-poles
  • yak tracks, talus gators (don’t think we will need if it doesn’t snow, knock on wood…)


Trail Fuel

Bars, Gels and Trail Ready Packaged Calories

Hiking all day (8-12 hours) at a moderate exertion level I find it best to eat 100-200 calories an hour. What ever you can get down while moving. Granola bars, cliff bars, snickers are great, energy gells. Plan on packing one for each hour of movement. Other snacks like an apple, cheese stick, jerky, raisins and nuts are great for breaks etc.


I keep a full gallon of water at the car for the return trip and like to down a full Gatorade bottle (1 liter) and a cup of coffee before leaving in the morning if possible. During the trip having water accessible without removing your pack is preferable. Water bottles in pouches or camelbacks work well. I use a 2-liter Camelback with some electrolyte mix in it like NUUN or Mio water.

I am packing a steripen for water purification. With 2 liters we typically refill in the lake basin below Prusik Peak.

First Aid:

In the spirit of fast and light I have a few pared down items.

  • Non-chafing cream
  • Neosporin
  • Pocket knife
  • Water proof matches
  • Ibuprofin
  • Allergy meds
  • Nylon chord
  • Buff doubles as bandage
  • Athletic tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp


  • Camera (I am bringing a small SLR and Go Pro to film for BOTNW).
  • Heart rate monitor, watch with altimeter (I am bringing)
  • Map, compass and gps app on iPhone (I am bringing)
  • Dry clothes and towel for the second car shuttle

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