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Backpacking, marathon keep Gig Harbor octogenarian active

Dave Pine loves a challenge, especially if it’s cardio focused.

The 88-year-old is more active than many. He turns 89 in October.

Most of his days start with walking his four-year-old miniature goldendoodle, Scooter.

Dave Pine, 88, and Scooter at home, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Gig Harbor, Wash. Pine recently finished a seven-day trek through the Cascades and walks Scooter every day to try to stay active.
Dave Pine, 88, and Scooter at home, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Gig Harbor, Wash. Pine recently finished a seven-day trek through the Cascades and walks Scooter every day to try to stay active. Brian Hayes [email protected]

Pine lives at the Heron’s Key retirement community in Gig Harbor with his wife, Barbara. The complex has a fenced dog park that Pine and Scooter walk to.

Others days they’ll walk the path around the facility, the Cushman Trail, or Peacock Hill.

Walks with Scooter are not the only way Pine pushes himself physically.

A fellow resident at Heron’s Key told Pine about a backpacking trip in the mountains he’d be leaving for in July. The seven-day trip in the Cascades was about 30 miles.

Pine jumped at the opportunity to go when the man offered him a spot.

A group of men and women from across the state just returned from a seven-day backpacking trip in the Cascades. Dave Pine, 88 from Gig Harbor, was one of the oldest.
A group of men and women from across the state just returned from a seven-day backpacking trip in the Cascades. Dave Pine, 88 from Gig Harbor, was one of the oldest. Dave Pine

The group was a mixture of men and women, age 70 and up, from across the state. Pine was one of the oldest.

There were also a few cowboys on horses that came along to help with navigation. Mules helped transport camp equipment.

“I probably wouldn’t have been able to carry my own pack of 50-plus pounds,” Pine said. “It was beautiful, rugged, cross country.”

A group of men and women from across the state just returned from a seven-day backpacking trip in the Cascades. Dave Pine from Gig Harbor was one of the oldest.
A group of men and women from across the state just returned from a seven-day backpacking trip in the Cascades. Dave Pine from Gig Harbor was one of the oldest. Dave
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