I have been keeping my eyes out for gear lately though. Trying to find the best deals on good equipment. I do feel lucky for finding some crampons for half off online. Since I'm not really familiar with this stuff, I'm having to rely on reviews. Someone mentioned that they found these worked well on Mt. Rainier so hopefully that will be the case for me as well.
I'll likely look into doing some sort of hike this weekend. Probably another one close to Seattle, so not likely anything major. I would like to get over to Mt. Si soon since it's continually one that people recommend to train on.