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I’m too greedy to actually buy a full day pass for just mediocre snow and clouds, besides I’m too impatient to get in waiting lines to ski on weekends.
To up the ante a bit, I picked Mt Si. Nice and balmy February hike (no wonder there’s not much snow). For teasers, the last half mile had some snow/ice cover. View was soso, high cloud ceiling with some sun spots. Warmed up on good hot Assam tea (complete with sugar and milk) before heading down. Enjoyed the company and chat with Jim (a local hiker I met on the way up) for most of the descent.
Sorry, no pics, light wasn’t great, plus the camera battery was almost discharged.

Besides the overdue physical excercise, I now realize how therapeutical those hikes can be, a welcome stress relief from helping Lisa with her battle with cancer.

Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 2:05 up, 1:20 down
Weather: mostly cloudy, 40 at TH

Hikers:
David

Snow is getting rare again, I’ve been getting lazy: time to restart my hiking again to get some much needed exercise again. No big effort to get going, that’s what Tiger mountain is really good for. And for a Sunday, the trail was not as crowded that I was afraid it would be.

Stats:

Distance: 6mi / 9.6km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  2170ft / 650m
High point: 2522ft / 757m
Hiking time: 65min up, 45min down
Weather: cloudy, 40 at TH

Hikers:
David

Three Fingers view from Tin Can Gap Siew Moi, Norm and I volunteered for a reconnaissance tour up to Three Fingers Lookout to assess snow damage it has sustained from last winter. This September, Everett Mountaineers will organize a work party to repair and maintain the lookout.
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Sunset on Mt. Pilchuck
Yet another Pilchuck work party, this time to scrape, prime and paint catwalk railings, shutters and shutter supports. Lisa and I joined Norm from the Everett Mountaineers. Plan was to hike in early Wed morning, work all day and stay overnight and for Lisa and me to hike out in early Thu morning.
The previous work party had already primed some of the supports and shutters. We lowered the east and west shutters and then scraped the railing, with the spontaneous and friendly help of another hiking couple.
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On the Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier
Fellow trail maniac Marjan and I joined a group of Microsoft hikers to raise money for WNPF and to backpack ~1/3 of the Wonderland trail, from Mowich Lake to Sunrise.

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This is the final practice hike before the Wonderland Trail hike. I decide to go for speed instead of weight: packed with just a light daypack I try speeding up the cable line trail, the diretissima to West #3.

Stats:

Distance: 5mi / 8.1km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  2170ft / 650m
High point: 2522ft / 757m
Hiking time: 45min up, 30min down
Weather: cloudy, 60 at TH

Hikers:
David

Everett Mountaineers maintain the Pilchuck Lookout and together with Craig from MSClimb, they organized a work party to carry up material and do some emergency repair on the lookout’s cat walk, railing and cable stays.
Sat had a great turnout of hikers (more than 20 people) carrying tools and materials up to the lookout (thank god the National Guard already flew up the lumber, would have been clumsy to carry 2x8s on a pack…). Got to the TH by ~8:30, hiked up with Arthur from the Everett Mountaineers, with ~25lbs of tools. Trail was in much better shape than 3 weeks ago, but still large snowfields above ~4500ft. Arthur and I spent some time creating cairns to guide the following hikers across the snow fields.
I stayed up at the lookout for 6-7 hours to repair the currently closed catwalk around the lookout: first I ripped up a good part of the porch decking and replaced some of the rotten 2×8 joists, placed fresh vertical posts so that the porch won’t bounce anymore and rebuilt the broken railing (it got crushed by the snow load). Fun to balance out on the rock, above some nice verticals, and swing saw and hammer. It was a pleasure to remove the “emergency closure” sign at the end of the day!
On Sat the group was a bit short of crafty people, the other 3-4 “worker bees” redid the steel cables that anchor the lookout to the rock and started replacing some of the broken glass.

Stats:

Distance: 6mi / 9.6km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  2224ft / 667m
High point: 5324ft / 1597m
Hiking time: 1:30 in up, 50min down
Weather: sunny, 70 at TH

Hikers:
David