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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri May 04, 2007 3:53 pm 
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Mt Si via the Old Trail, 5/3/07

The benchmark hike for TNAB is Mt Si, via the old trail.  The old trail is quirky, direct, and much less crowded than the official trail.  Fourteen TNAB'ers and five canines showed up to give it a try under uncertain conditions:  the weather looked like it could dump rain at any minute!

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Tisha & Jeremy (Schmidt Altitude) + two whippets
Nikolai (twodogdad) w/Boon & Dock
Greg (EastKing)
Don (Malachai Constant)
Dave
Daniel
Chris S (CHR15)
Chris M (Omega)
Carla (dicey) w/Logan
Andrew (ADrewzki)
Anastasia (cosmickarrot)

Huge, billowing clouds piled up behind Mt Si as we headed east to North Bend.  Someone mentioned the possibility of a thunder shower - just great!  Undaunted, we parked at the old Lil Si lot and started hiking by 5:50 PM.  With so many people, the few other hikers we met along the way assumed we must belong to some larger, legitimate organization.  HA!

Despite the cool temps and overcast skies, the steep grade of the old trail quickly had us taking off extra layers.  About halfway up the hill, the temperature became noticeably cooler.  Fortunately, the wind did not pick up.

By the time we reached the summit area, 105 minutes later, we had effectively climbed into the clouds.  Small pellets of hail-like snow littered the ground.  The idea of climbing the Haystack was becoming increasingly remote.  We gathered at the bench near the scramble area, wolfed down some brownies, and decided to go for it.  Besides, CHR15 was already up there, and had rope if things got nasty (!!!).

At this point, the hike went to the dogs, literally.  Logan easily cleared the first 30 feet of the gully before I'd gone ten.  Then one of the whippets basically RAN up to Logan.  And somewhere below us, Boon was taking the scenic route down the new trail, without telling twodogdad (he was found later - whew!).  Back on the Haystack, several of us continued to make the scramble despite the poor conditions (it's much nicer when it's dry).  It was quite the circus!

On the summit, visibility was maybe 50 feet.  With no reason to stick around, there was nothing left to do but tag it and return to where we left our packs (and the brownies).  The down climb was painfully slow for us humanoids, much to the disgust of our canine companions.

We finally left the summit area around 8:30 PM, and exited shortly after 10:00 PM.  A visit to the NBB&G for grub was a partial success - chips and salsa was all they had left available to eat.  Our hungry team went through seven servings!

Next Hike:  MAILBOX!

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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri May 04, 2007 3:57 pm 
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Mesahchie Mark wrote:
.  A visit to the NBB&G for grub..

You went to an architecture firm to eat? confused.gif

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PostFri May 04, 2007 4:00 pm 
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Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

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PostFri May 04, 2007 4:03 pm 
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Haystack Fun
Haystack Fun
Scrambling Down
Scrambling Down
dicey & Chris
dicey & Chris

New Peeps:

Eastking
Eastking
Dave
Dave
dicey_smile
dicey_smile

Oh wait, that last one isn't a new peep.

But, he's semi-new:

Andrew Looks Pretty for the Ladies!
Andrew Looks Pretty for the Ladies!

And look who came all the way from Sequim!
Schmidt Altitude
Schmidt Altitude
Schmidt Altitude
Schmidt Altitude
They're Too Good At This
They're Too Good At This

Our Unjust Rewards

Nachos, It's What's For Dinner
Nachos, It's What's For Dinner

Poetic Justice

Malachai Constant Gets Carded
Malachai Constant Gets Carded

Did we have fun? A blast. up.gif

Represent, Yo!
Represent, Yo!
Mmm...corner piece
Mmm...corner piece
ADrewzki, Eastking, MC
ADrewzki, Eastking, MC

Link here.
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PostFri May 04, 2007 5:17 pm 
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dicey wrote:
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

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Jasper is jealous... embarassedlaugh.gif

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PostFri May 04, 2007 5:39 pm 
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Yet, your photos are great.  I'll never be a TNAB - way too late for an early bird - but dang you guys are having some great hiking times  up.gif
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PostFri May 04, 2007 6:13 pm 
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I swear, some of the people who were in our group last night are part billy goat. You guys climbed that trail like madmen and madwomen. See you all next week. I'll try and bring some victims. Mwahahahaha.
Nice View
Nice View
Another view
Another view
Another view
Another view
Up and up
Up and up
Tisha and Jeremy heading down
Tisha and Jeremy heading down
Chris and Daniel on el haystacko
Chris and Daniel on el haystacko
Ah, brownie conference
Ah, brownie conference
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PostFri May 04, 2007 6:46 pm 
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Yet wrote:
Mmm...corner piece
Mmm...corner piece

corner piece?

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PostFri May 04, 2007 7:15 pm 
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PostFri May 04, 2007 7:19 pm 
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PostFri May 04, 2007 7:41 pm 
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PostFri May 04, 2007 7:58 pm 
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Thanks for the trip report Mesahchie Mark. It's always a bummer when the weather doesn't cooperate. The only time I did Mount Si I couldn't see anything either... too foggy.

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PostFri May 04, 2007 8:04 pm 
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Yes, any brownie connoisseur know that the corners are the tastiest! Better crust to center ratio.
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PostFri May 04, 2007 8:05 pm 
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ADrewzki wrote:
John, where were you yesterday pretty boy?? At the gym? Hair appointment?  lol.gif

I was home being the attentive husband/father. With only a month to go left in the pregnancy (I'm not even showing, huh?) my wife is... um... shall we say "challenged" when it comes to chasing down our daughters. It had been a rough day at home so I opted to score brownie points rather than eat them.

It was a good night even if I didn't get out of the house. Someday I'll get up the Haystack...
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PostFri May 04, 2007 8:31 pm 
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you are such a good hubby!!  can't wait till the new little one comes and we see pics...  agree.gif   (end of thread drift  embarassedlaugh.gif )
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