Hiker Introduction: Wheezy Rabbit & The Wonderland Trail 2024

Hiker Introduction: 

Wheezy Rabbit:

My name is Shannon (aka Wheezy Rabbit). I am a Colorado Trail thru-hiker, AT section hiker, rock climber, trail runner, artist, outdoor professional, and most importantly a mom. Heading out to solo the Wonderland Trail this snowy 2024 season in 5 days. I am looking forward to sharing gear choices, logistics, and my experience in the backcountry with friends, family, and whoever it may inspire.

The Wonderland Trail:

The Wonderland Trail is 93-ish miles long, encircling Mount Rainier (Tahoma). It is a strenuous hike with 22,000 ft of elevation gain and 22,000 ft of loss. This trail flows through lowland forests and valleys, glaciers, waterfalls, and into high alpine and sub-alpine areas.


As a firm believer in balancing motherhood with my passions, I’ve embraced the idea that having a child doesn’t mean giving up what I love. I choose to share my deepest passions and achievements with my son. While my goals have shifted since becoming a mother, I haven’t let them go. There is an unwavering desire to teach our son the importance of being resilient and pursuing what truly ignites his spirit, leading by example.

Not so recently, I made the decision to hike The Wonderland Trail. After scoring an early access permit, as well as taking into account, careful consideration of factors like if it would be fair to our son, the time of year, the trail’s location, total distance, difficulty, and access to resupply points. This journey isn’t just about physical challenges—it’s about mental and emotional regulation, risk management, and sharing experiences with loved ones and anyone curious about my successes, setbacks, and the adjustments made along the way. 

I’m thrilled to embark on this adventure, knowing it will not only reinvigorate my sense of self, but also inspire others who are navigating their own paths through parenthood and passion pursuit. 



Follow along here, or on my instagram:

Shannon Gleespen (Wheezy Rabbit) (@americasfavoriteginger) • Instagram photos and videos

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Comments 2

  • Yam : Jul 6th

    Ok I am taken by your write up. I will be pleased to follow along vicariously.
    Thanks, in adavance.

  • Alex : Jul 8th


    As a 72 yr old grandparent, aka Grandpa Bear, I am looking forward to following your adventure. I think it is great that your family spends time in the great outdoors building memories that will last a lifetime.

    Safe travels and keep on trucking



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