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Mt Si Time Qualifier

Mt Si Time Qualifier

The group I am going to hike up to Mt. Rainer requires that you prove physical fitness by hiking up Mt. Si in 2 hours and 30 minutes with a backpack weighing 30 pounds. Vas is Das?! I asked because Mt. Si is 4 miles up and has a grade of about 25 degrees the entire way. Not only that, but there was slushy snow starting about a quarter of the way in. On the way out the door, Bill

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Nothing Works!

Nothing Works!

I mean the word, “nothing”. Yesterday, nothing was going to stop me as I hiked up ran 8 miles and hiked up Mt. Si. Today, I want to do nothing. There was a moment passing, I believe in the dark while I slept, when my body parked itself into the garage of muscle pains and my mind turned on a soundtrack of dark metal music when I woke. What has surprised me was how slow my body is taking to

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Snow on the New Trail @ Mt. Si

When Bill and I looked at the window on Sunday morning, we saw that it was raining. Redmond sits quietly at an elevation where it wasn’t quite cold enough to be snow, and yet it wasn’t warm enough to be just plain rain. Luckily, Bill purchases a new pair of OR ski pants for me that could double as a pair of rain paints, and so I wore those, over my black, long underwear. I had on a long sleeve

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GCC Navigation, Pruskik, and Rapelling pt 2

GCC Navigation, Pruskik, and Rapelling pt 2

After the Navigation class, Bill and I stopped at a Starbucks to get some coffee and warm up. Turns out the Starbucks was a walk up and a drive through only, and it was the first time I’ve ever seen a Starbucks like that! Luckily, there was a Taco Time just behind it. Omg, I hadn’t had Taco Time since I was in high school and I used to get the TatorTot Nachos, or whatever they were called. I ordered

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