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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Lovely Little La Conner

After our colorful morning admiring all the pretty tulips, Lori and I head over to the small town of La Conner. As a kid, Lori would often spend summers up here with her friends and family, playing on the beach. She has great memories and enjoys showing me around. There are two major streets in…

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Get ready for a blast of color right in your face! A few weeks ago, Lori and I took a day off from our Mt Rainier training to check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Located about an hour and a half north of Seattle, the tulip festival is easily accessible and incredibly popular with…

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Tree Lighting in Leavenworth

I’m going to take a break from Dubai to tell you about my trip this past weekend to a little town about 2.5 hours east of Seattle called Leavenworth. Washington has a weird thing for theme towns. Growing up, we would go camping near the town of Winthrop, an old west styled town with false…

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Ferndale 4th of July 2015

This year for the 4th of July, my friends Keith, Lara and I went up to my uncles condo in Ferndale on our way to Vancouver for the Women’s World Cup Final. We spend most of the day hanging out on the deck in the sun, listening to the massive booms going off every hour….

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Looking Back At Summer 2015

Now that I’ve finished telling you everything I can about¬†Tanzania and the summer is coming to an end, it seems like a good time to share the rest of my summer adventures. It’s been a busy few months and I can’t believe it’s almost fall already. To be honest, I’m really glad. It’s been the…

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