Month: July 2013

Rattlesnake Mountain: Rattlesnake Ledge and East Peak

Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge to East Peak and back
Where: Rattlesnake Lake
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 3 hours and 58 minutes roundtrip
Length: 1.9 miles up to Rattlesnake Ledge, 2.4 miles from Rattlesnake Ledge to East Peak, one way.
Fitbit Steps: Approximately 27,000
Gear:
CamelBak Aventura Hydration Pack
,
REI Sahara Convertible Pants
,
Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot
,
ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat
, UNIQLO Airism men’s v-neck (check out my review of this here)
Cost of Parking: Free!

Rattlesnake Ledge is a fun, short little hike with an elevation gain of 1,175 feet in a short 1.9 miles. The huffing and puffing all the way to the top is worth it though. The views of Rattlesnake Lake, Mt. Si, and the surrounding greenery is unbeatable.

The trail consists of steep switchbacks under the shady cover of tall evergreens. Even on hot days, the hike is not unbearable.

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UNIQLO Airism Men’s V-Neck

UNIQLO Airism Men's V-Neck Review

UNIQLO Airism is UNIQLO’s new lightweight, moisture wicking, anti-odor, odor controlling “innerwear” line, designed to trap all that is bad before it ever reaches your current outfit (whoops, did not know that before starting this review). The line consists of underwear, camisoles, tanks and t-shirts.

The men’s v-neck is ridiculously lightweight and compact-able. It’s great for traveling and hiking. It feels like you are wearing almost nothing. Hiking in 90+ degree weather tested its ability to wick away moisture and dry quickly. This thing does not soak up sweat and retain it. After halting movement, the shirt was dry to the touch in about 10 minutes.

The fabric also lived up to its anti-odor and odor controlling claims. Careful sniffing (and I have a super sensitive nose) yielded faint traces of deodorant and slight body odor, mostly overpowered by the smell of new, synthetic shirt.

If you’re looking for a cheap and lightweight shirt for outdoor activities, this shirt gives you a ton of bang for your buck. Oh, and did I mention it’s cheap? It’s available at UNIQLO for $12.50. Not too shabby!

The UNIQLO Airism Men’s V-Neck is pictured with
ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat
, Proof Provo sunglasses, REI Sahara Convertible Pants, and Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot. Photo taken at Rattlesnake Ledge south of North Bend, WA.