Final team: Tauros, Ariados, Mawile, Spoink, Lileep, Chinchou
Got my starter from Birch, and traded it for a spoink asap, boxed Mudkip.
Caught a spinarak just before 2nd town, and proceeded to the first gym, after some grinding.
Beat Roxanne, after a close call Spinarak saved me.
Continued on through the next routes grinding as I traveled.
After lots of grinding I made my way to Mr Brinely's house and hopped on the boat.
Arrived on the island and began grinding in the darkness of the cave there.