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Looking for a group that does hiking and mountaineering in the Seattle Region. Want to meet hikers and mountaineering in the area. Have a strong desire to find unique areas that others don't know about?

If you are a novice or an experienced mountaineer this group for you. This group is led by well-known mountaineer and writer Greg LaSala (EastKing) who has summited over 500 mountains nationwide. Greg LaSala is a major writer and administrator for the website Summitpost and is constantly looking for new adventures. He will be bringing along some of his other mountaineering partners to help out with the group. If you desire of hiking and mountaineering that is not the usual Mount Si than this group is for you.

We will be doing a wide variety of hikes and climbs throughout the group. Some will be on the easier and some will make climb to the summit Rainier look like a walk in the park. For these hikes and climbs we have a classification system.

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Rating 1: Walk in the park or light hike up to 5 miles and less than 1000 feet of elevation gain. These hikes will not have any scrambles. An example of these type of hikes would be Coal Creek Falls, Lincoln Park, Holder Knob, and Cedar (Echo) Mountain. We will do these hikes from time to time and they will be noted as beginner. Anyone can sign up for these hikes.

Rating 2: This hike is up to 10 miles if it is under 1000 feet of gain (Cherry Creek Falls). The hike will also be between 1000 and 2000 feet of elevation gain provided it is under 7 miles. These hikes will have little or no scrambling. An example of these types of hikes would be Little Si, Rattlesnake Ledge, Poo Poo Point via Chirico, Cedar Butte, and Lake Twentytwo. If the trail has some difficulties or scrambles such as Stegosaurus Butte, we will up it a half grade to a 2+. Snowshoe trip will count for 1 grade up as well. Like a Grade 1 anyone can sign up for these hikes.

Rating 3: Hike between 5-12 miles and up to 3500 feet of elevation gain. Hike could require low level scrambling up to Class 2. An example of this kind of hike would be the true summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, East Tiger Mountain (low end), The Margaret Way trail to the Squak Mountain, Mount Washington and Mount Si without the Haystack scramble. Anyone can sign up for these hikes provided they have the items that are needed for the trip.

Rating 4: Hike from 3500 to 5500 feet of elevation gain or a hike or outing containing a Class 3 scramble, or snow travel. Any example of these types of hikes would be Mailbox, Vesper Peak or Granite Mountain. Mount Si being the gold standard of all hikes, is a borderline peak. If you include the Haystack it has a rating of 4, if not it is a 3. It will be the Organizer's choice if the hike should have a mandatory waitlist. This is to make sure that people on the hike/scramble have the experience and gear to be successful on the hike.

Rating 5: Hike/scramble/climb of over 5500 feet of elevation gain, overnight trip, scramble or Class 5 rock climb. An example of this kind of climb would be Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, The Tooth, and Dragontail Mountain. There will be a mandatory waitlist and active members will get preference. When a guest does sign up for a waitlist they must present a history of their hiking and climbing experience. It will be the organizer's decision to include them on the hike and climb.

Rating 6: Hike/scramble/climb of extreme difficulty. An example of this climb would be Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Eldorado or greater. There will be a mandatory waitlist and it will be required that the guest has joined us on at least 5 outings and 1 of the Grade 5 category. It will be the organizer's decision then to take climbers he thinks best would the team.

Attendance will be taken at every event and like most other major groups we will have a two no-shows and you are out of the group policy. You will be responsible for your own safety. Every Organizer and Event Planners are volunteers and are not professional guides.

We want you to join us as we explore the great outdoors right here in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully you will join us on many of our adventures.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Mount Adams South Spur - Difficulty Level 5+

Kent-Des Moines Park & Ride

• What we'll do CLIMB MOUNT ADAMS!! https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-adams-south-climb EDIT: Apparently you can use the climbing permit stub to sub in for a parking pass; thank you Jer for clearing that up. Please answer the questions when you sign up. NO ONE WILL BE APPROVED WITHOUT COMPLETE ANSWERS! Adams climb will be via the South Side. We are planning on camping at the Lunch Counter and ascending early the next day. You must be a strong hiker and have ice axe and snow travel experience to be considered for this hike. • What to bring Ice axe with experience, crampons, and alpine camping gear Essentially all gear you would bring up to Rainier minus the glacial gear. Mountaineering boots *strongly recommended*, but at the very least you must have sturdy, warm, waterproof boots that will accept crampons. I have linked the Alpine Ascents gear guide to Mount Adams below, I would recommend taking a look (you will also need to either bring a tent or secure a space with someone who is) https://www.alpineascents.com/climbs/mount-adams/gear-list/ • Important to know Rating 5: Hike/scramble/climb of extreme difficulty. An example of this climb would be Mount Hood or Saint Helens. There will be a mandatory waitlist. Preference is given to participants that are active in the group. It will be the organizer's decision then to take climbers he thinks best would the team. This is not a guided trip. All team members are expected to be capable of taking care of themselves. Attendance will be taken at every event and like most other major groups we will have a two no-shows and you are out of the group policy.

Mount Rainier Emmons Route - Difficulty Level 6

South Renton Park & Ride

Some notes: 1. Time may vary based on what camping permit we are able to secure. 2. Most people here will be pre-planned. 3. I am not a guide. I also don't have the skill and experience of Elijah or Lei and I don't claim to do so!!! I have summited Rainier already, possess glacier travel experience and have strong crevasse rescue practice but it is critical that you are comfortable with your own skills before signing up on this trip. If I haven't seen you on a Baker or Rainier trip or similar style trip than your chances for getting on this trip are extremely slim. By signing up you are signing a waiver that you know this is an unguided trip and that you are comfortable with your skills to climb this peak. • What we'll do Difficulty: 6 Length: 15.0 mi Elevation Gain: 10,050 ft High Point: 14,411 ft Mount Rainier is the goal peak of any climber in the Northwest. There is usually a separation between those who have climbed Rainier and those who have not. Though it is popular it is very far from easy. Crevasses, surprise storms, avalanches and other dangers lurk on this mountain. One must be very experienced to try this peak. We will be going with 1 team of 5 people!! • What to bring Full alpine climbing gear!!! THAT INCLUDES AT LEAST 1 PICKET AND 1 ICE SCREW PER PERSON!!! Refer to this list to help you!! https://www.rei.com/blog/travel/mount-rainier-climbing-gear-list. • Important to know Rating 6: Hike/scramble/climb of extreme difficulty. An example of this climb would be Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Eldorado or greater. There will be a mandatory waitlist and it will be required that the guest has joined us on at least 10 outings and 1 of the Grade 5 category. Preference is given to participants that I have summited Baker with. It will be the organizer's decision then to take climbers he thinks best would the team. This is not a guided trip. All team members are expected to be capable of taking care of themselves. Attendance will be taken at every event and like most other major groups we will have a two no-shows and you are out of the group policy. BUT FOR THIS EVENT IT IS AN AUTOMATIC EXPULSION OF GROUP IF YOU NO SHOW ON THIS MAJOR EVENT!!!

Mount Pilchuck - Difficulty 3

Ash Way Park & Ride

Mount Pilchuck is a classic and home to incredible views with only a little effort. The hike is only 5.5 miles and 2300 feet in elevation gain but the trail is rocky and it is steep. There is a small scramble on the end. Heads up to all though in that I still have to be at work at 3 pm so on the way there will not be much time for breaks. Please plan for the schedule below and if you are not the driver please pitch in with gas. Bring extra clothing and a towel in order to keep your or another persons car dry. Also bring lots of water. Here is the time schedule: Leave Lynnwood Transit Center at 6:30 am Be at the trailhead at 8 am Summit or turn around time will be 10:30 am Off mountain by 12 pm Back to Lynnwood at 1:30 pm Mount Pilchuck All trails Report (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/mount-pilchuck-trail)

Scramble Kaleetan - Difficulty 4 - Helmet required

Eastgate Park and Ride

Resembling an arrow (of sorts), local natives call it Kaleetan which stands a little off the trail, but is still close enough for a day outing. Upon leaving the Denny Creek trailhead, we'll follow the trail to Melakwa Lake and go beyond into the valley between Kaleetan and Chair to ascend a rocky chute to Kaleetan's ridge and on to the summit (6,259 ft). 12 miles and 4000ft gained You must bring a climbing helmet for this trip as well as your ten essentials. I tend to keep a moderate pace and would prefer us to stick together most of the time especially on the scramble portion. If you are prone to peak bagging and a quick pace, this might not be the best trip for you. I'll plan to bring a water pump/purifier for water refills at the lake. A portion of the route is on class 3 terrain where you can expect to use both hands and feet during ascending and descending. There will be some loose rock and exposure. National Forest regulations limit group size to 12, so I will limit our numbers to that. The summit can't handle much more anyway. All interested in RSVPs will go to the waitlist and I'll add you from there. If you have questions, please contact me. If your Meet-up account doesn't allow to Meet-up messaging, you will not be considered for the trip roster. NW forest pass needed at the trailhead.

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East Tiger Mountain - Difficulty 3

Issaquah Transit Center

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