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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 9:48 pm 
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Hey, my name is Tim, and I'm new to the PNW. Just moved to Olympia area in April. I love hiking, rock climbing, camping, and mountaineering - I just don't know anyone up here yet. I have a doggo, Strider, who is a beautiful and friendly blue heeler that joins me frequently on dog-friendly trails.

I have a family, wife and kids, that I love to camp and hike with. But I'm hoping to find a new partner(s) in longer treks like a Rainier summit, some 20+ mile backpacking trips over the weekend, or rock climbing trips to BC/Oregon.

Hope to see some of y'all out on the trails soon!
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 5:28 pm 
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Timbo wrote:
Hey, my name is Tim, and I'm new to the PNW. Just moved to Olympia area in April. I love hiking, rock climbing, camping, and mountaineering - I just don't know anyone up here yet. I have a doggo, Strider, who is a beautiful and friendly blue heeler that joins me frequently on dog-friendly trails.

I have a family, wife and kids, that I love to camp and hike with. But I'm hoping to find a new partner(s) in longer treks like a Rainier summit, some 20+ mile backpacking trips over the weekend, or rock climbing trips to BC/Oregon.

Hope to see some of y'all out on the trails soon!

Hey, welcome Tim! I may be able to connect with you, I'm out visiting the kids in the Olympia area occasionally. I'll watch for reports from you.

C ya,

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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 6:06 pm 
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Hello and welcome to the site. wink.gif

Close in - short drives, low elevation, relatively flat terrain, easy peasy for kids:

Capitol State Forest
Millersylvania State Park
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Scatter Creek Wildlife Area
Mima Mounds! (fascinating for kids)

(NO idea what regulations are concerning dogs at any of those areas.)

I just learned about this one but have not visited there yet.
Dogs are allowed off-leash:
https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/wildlife-areas/west-rocky-prairie-wildlife-area-unit

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PostWed Sep 11, 2019 9:17 am 
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Ski wrote:
Mima Mounds! (fascinating for kids)

And interesting for us "older kids" also.

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PostWed Sep 11, 2019 1:32 pm 
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... forgot to mention:

Per my phone conversation with a WDFW staff member, there are Mima mounds at the West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area as well - which is east of I-5.

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PostSun Sep 22, 2019 9:50 pm 
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Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I took off the morning after making this post and have been in the mountains ever since. I'm sorry I didn't get to respond to any of you sooner, but these mountains know which of my buttons to push.

To Ski: We have hit up Capitol State Forest - we live 10 minutes from there - for virtually every trail they have. Good hiking and well maintained trails. Haven't tried the Mima Mounds yet, waiting to hear how the hornets nest, that is lighting everyone up, gets handled! Reading the trip reports has been a blast, haha. Nisqually is really nice! I have been going fishing up around that area a lot. I'm interested to try the other two as well. We hadn't heard anything good about them until now, so now we have a reason to check them out.

To Moonspots: Hope to hear from you. I will be making regular posts once I get organized with my trip report writing again. I should have a Mt. St. Helens post and a Mount Adams post up shortly in the next few weeks.

For anyone still swinging by and wondering, I'm really looking for someone to start tackling some peaks with. I have completed 37 of the 53 14ers in Colorado in younger life. Now that I live in Washington, it seems that the list I keep hearing about is the Bulgers list. I have only ever been on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. And I have only summited Mt. Rainier. I have a fair amount of mountaineering experience and sure would enjoy the company of a friend and fellow climber on some of these journeys. I am open to anything; if you have tons of experience  - great!, you have no experience - great! Just looking for someone with that same yearning to get out in the mountains and have fun.
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PostWed Nov 13, 2019 9:40 pm 
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Timbo,

I'm also new to the Olympia area and mountaineering in general. I've done a decent amount of backpacking and some long distance trail running, but not much as far as climbing goes. I'd be very interested in linking up sometime and bagging a peak or two! I'm also looking to learn some skills and knowledge from someone with more experience. Thanks!
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PostSun Nov 17, 2019 10:32 pm 
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Dogs?

Not at Mima Mounds or Billy Frank jr Wildlife Refuge.

Best.
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