Rainier Day 1: Meeting Dave Hahn

Before I get in to the details of my climb of Mt Rainier, I won’t keep you in suspense of how I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the summit. Words can’t even describe my disappointment at not succeeding a second time, however I did get to 12,300ft, the top of the Disappointment Cleaver…

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Rainier Training Hike: Mailbox Peak

Holy smokes it’s time. We’ve reached the climax of our training. The crux of our hikes. The hardest one of them all. At least until we get to Rainier. Mailbox Peak is practically legend in these parts. Hikers mention it with awe and fear. People speak of it in hushed tones. Ok, maybe not that extreme. But…

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Rainier Training Hike: Granite Mountain

As I mentioned last week, I climbed Mt Rainier this past weekend. And I’ll have photos to share with you soon, but I have a two more training hikes to tell you about first. Our second to last hike is Granite Mountain. I did this hike for the first time I tried to climb Rainier…

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Rainier Training Hike: McClellan Butte

Last year during my training for Kilimanjaro, I climbed McClellan Butte a couple times. If you read that post, you’ll know I didn’t make it all the way to the top due to the heat and a rather bothersome pain in my hip. The time before that, the view was blocked at the top and…

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5 Tips for Climbing Mt Rainier

Those of you who know me, probably know I did a summit attempt of Mt Rainier back in 2009. For many reasons, including not knowing that I had (and still have) exercise induced asthma, I made it to 11,200 ft, the Ingraham Flats, before I had to turn around. I have since gone on to…

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Rainier Training Hike: Dirty Harry’s Peak

After last weeks ridiculously hot hike, I’m so glad today is much cooler and cloudy. At 8.2 miles round trip and 3326ft of elevation gain, Dirty Harry’s Peak has similar stats as Mt Washington, but it’s a much rougher trail. Not many people know of this hike, so let’s keep it between us friends, shall…

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Rainier Training Hike: Mount Washington

Not the Mt Washington in New Hampshire. This Mt Washington is about an hour east of Seattle and offers some of my favorite views from the summit. At 8.5 miles round trip and 3250ft of elevation gain, this is our hardest hike yet and definitely well into the difficult range. Plus, I’m carrying about 50lbs…

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Ballard Farmer’s Market

A few weeks ago, my friends Adrienne, Suzie, Amy (who I climbed Kilimanjaro with last year) and I got together to celebrate Amy’s recent engagement. We had brunch at the always delicious Volterra in Ballard, followed by a walk through the Ballard Farmer’s Market. It’s a perfect morning without a cloud in the sky. People…

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Rainier Training Hike – Lake Serene 2nd and 3rd Attempts

In my last post, I told you about my first attempt at hiking Lake Serene. Now, this isn’t a super challenging hike, and the reasons we didn’t make it weren’t because we weren’t strong enough. On that first try, we were turned around by the snow. Not wanting either of us to slip and break…

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Rainier Training Hike – Lake Serene 1st Attempt

As many of you know, my friend Lori and I are currently training to climb Mt Rainier at the end of July. I workout 4 days during the week doing a mix of TRX, yoga, spin class and HIIT training. On the weekends, I try to get one good hike in, progressively getting more and more…

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Sports, Sunsets and Other Miscellany

Today I’m wrapping up my time in L.A. I have some random photos of both the Kings and Galaxy games I went to, and of course sunset photos from Malibu. And this one picture I took of the Women in Travel summit I attended, of closing speaker Nadine Sykora of Hey Nadine. She makes great videos…

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Beach Hopping in SoCal – El Matador

At Jenny’s coworkers BBQ the night before, we talked about our upcoming drive through Malibu the next day (now today). I asked them if they had any recommendations for restaurants and/or beaches and two places were unanimously suggested: Neptune’s Net and El Matador Beach. Done and done. Neptune’s Net is actually located just on the other side…

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