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PostFri May 29, 2009 4:34 pm 
The Angry Hiker wrote:
I don't know why anyone even bothers doing a trip report for Mount Si. Nothing ever changes. The parking lot still smells like they haven't pumped the crapper since the Eisenhower administration. The trail is still full of REI fashion plates and their ankle-biting dogs. And you're still met at the top with the dull, bovine stares of a thousand slack-jawed morons. Other than that, the trail is dry and clear, with the exception of a few bags of fresh poop scattered around, some ammo cans full of moldy bits of paper, and a small patch of snow near the summit.

I did a quick sketch of the route for those who might need help finding their way. Feel free to print it out and take it along on your next hike.

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well - effing - put.

i did this a few weekends back for the first and last time.  stopped counting at 30 people and 6 dogs 10 minutes into it.  guys made sure their girlfriends' and my eyes didn't meet, and dudes in hats rand down the trail without abandon.

i will never do that again.  was good for training, but boe-ring!  and was basically a prep for the sasquatch festival.  i'll take the latter.

pvvvvvvvt

but, on my own horn's account, did the top in 95 min and found a quite place past up and past haystack to have a sangwitch and brew.

screw that hill.

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PostFri May 29, 2009 4:36 pm 
Oh, and another thing: People who strap on a full backpack and haul a ton of gear up Mount Si in order to "train for Mt. Rainier" should be banned for life from ever climbing Mt. Rainier.

I've never been up Rainier myself, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have nice easy switchbacks with steps and railings built right into the side of the mountain. And you sure don't have to cross any crevasses on a rusty ladder while you're schlepping around $1800 worth of shiny, brand new REI gear. Nor do your fingers freeze off and your retinas burn out if you forgot to bring a couple items of clothing.

It's my firm belief that people who do the whole "trainin' for Mt. Rainier" song and dance on Mount Si only want people to think that's what they're doing. The closest they'll ever get to the summit of Rainier is some Paradise dayhike where they'll no doubt be hauling around a backpack full of rocks and telling chicks they're "trainin' for Everest".

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PostFri May 29, 2009 4:41 pm 
strongly agree

screw that hill and the people on it.

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PostFri May 29, 2009 4:53 pm 
I trained for Rainier by making sure my couch didn't float into the air, and eating plenty of food so I didn't faint in the months leading up to the auspicious event. Of course, wearing the latest in nice gear.

Hmmm... maybe it's time to think about climbing Rainier again. What a hassle, more trips to REI and the grocery store...

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PostFri May 29, 2009 5:10 pm 
A.H. How did you get the Disney gig confused.gif

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PostFri May 29, 2009 5:55 pm 
up.gif That sketch/trail map is comedy gold!  rotf.gif

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PostFri May 29, 2009 10:20 pm 
Calendar quality?

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PostFri May 29, 2009 10:21 pm 
up.gif  good idea puzzlr!

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PostFri May 29, 2009 10:39 pm 
A blacked out Snoqualmie Tunnel picture may not be calendar worthy, but the sketch most certainly is.

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PostFri May 29, 2009 11:16 pm 
puzzlr wrote:
Calendar quality?

That is Calendar Quality!

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PostSat May 30, 2009 12:40 am 
Hating on Si - so popular right now.

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PostSat May 30, 2009 6:52 am 
I can appreciate the humor, but the only time I did Si (on a Tuesday morning in August) it was pretty enjoyable.  It was very quiet.

Now, I'll never press my luck again.

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PostSat May 30, 2009 7:41 am 
outstanding report!  fashion hikers, pubes, fat chicks, and jog-hikers.  And I did eat egg salad up there last time on the summit!

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PostSat May 30, 2009 9:12 am 
Angry,

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It's my firm belief that people who do the whole "trainin' for Mt. Rainier" song and dance on Mount Si only want people to think that's what they're doing. The closest they'll ever get to the summit of Rainier is some Paradise dayhike where they'll no doubt be hauling around a backpack full of rocks and telling chicks they're "trainin' for Everest".

This is just too fcking funny.

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PostSat May 30, 2009 9:34 am 
The map is also missing the following:

1) Someone changing a diaper in front of the interpretive signs.
2) People plundering the few remaining wildflowers near the trail.

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