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Sep 15, 2014

DINKY Weekends: Hiking Advice from my Dad

There is something about living in the Pacific Northwest and being a DINK that has made me more outdoorsy in the last few years.

 Hiking is a pretty fantastic DINKY activity for multiple reasons:
 
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  •  It's (typically) dog friendly.
  • It makes good adult water cooler chat.  When a coworker asks you what you did over the weekend, getting wasted at the bar and then being a hungover slug is no longer acceptable. But how interesting does hiking sound, right? 
  • It feels like you went on a trip, even if you're just miles away (one of the reasons I love Seattle).
  • It's a great excuse to skip a weekend workout and after the hike eat pizza like you did in college. 
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 When a friend planned an event for us to hike to Camp Muir, base camp at Mount Rainier, I was ready to take on the challenge. My dad, an avid  backpacker, on the other hand was a tad worried about me going on this hike, named one of America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes. His email, with advice on how to avoid becoming the next Donnor Party, definitely makes my Shit My Dad Says list. Enjoy!
My dad's advice was pretty spot on. With my spin styled legs, a toast to the mountain, two liters of water, and a pack full of carbs, I made it up the mountain! In his email, my dad mentions that we might take longer going down hill, lucky for us we got to slide down the snow!

I recommend that everyone in Seattle take my dad's tips and try this hike. It was an incredible day.

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7 comments :

  1. Hi, what month of the year did you go? How was the weather? We're planning on going tomorrow :)

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  2. We went earlier this month. It was sunny and warm. My jacket and gloves were mostly to protect myself from the sun (reflecting on the snow). Have an amazing trip!

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  3. I like your dad's advice. I've been to Camp Muir before during March, and will be doing it again this July. Next year we plan on summitting.

    All the best.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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  4. We are planning to do this hike at the end of July. Please give more detail and advice about the snowfield. We have limited experience snow hiking. Will the trail be obvious if the weather is good?
    Thanks,
    Canyon Cathy

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    2. Hi Cathy, the trail was very obvious on the day we hiked. Visibility was good and there were many other people ahead of us on the trail (it looked like a trail of ants leading the way). I found that many people do this hike annually so they knew where to go (and could help answer "are we there yet?"). I hope you have a great time!

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