Despite the fact that I couldn’t embark on multi-day training treks to train for my upcoming climb of Mount Rainier, my location (Seattle) helped out quite a bit. Seattle’s hilly terrain helped out in a couple of ways and its proximity to decent hikes was great. My one-month training regimen for Mt. Rainier ended up consisting of three main components.
Mount Si has a bit of a bad reputation in some circles of the Seattle outdoors community, mostly for its crowded trails, so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I stood in the trailhead parking lot in May 2008. It was pretty early – maybe 5:30 am – so the notorious crowds were not present and, from what I read, the hike seemed like it would be an interesting one in dense forest with good views once at the summit basin.
There are more than a few prominent hills in the Seattle region, but, for some reason, Dravus Street is not one that is frequently mentioned. From time to time while I lived in Seattle, I would notice people training – running, hiking, cycling – on one of these other hills. But I would rarely see people training on Dravus St., which happened to be close to where I lived.