The Men of I-90

Summit Shot
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Special Thanks to Guest Screenplay Writer ZeusDaddy:

OPENING SCENE – TRUCK TOWN, COUNTRY PRIDE RESTAURANT PARKING LOT
Scott is waiting for John to arrive. John pulls up next to him. Hand gestures work out who is going to drive. Scott throws his stuff in John’s trunk and hops in the passenger seat.
JOHN: “Sup.”
SCOTT: “Sup.”
They head up I-90 towards the pass.

ARRIVAL SCENE – ALPENTAL PARKING LOT
Scott and John arrive to find Andy, Josh, and Joseph getting ready.
JOSH: “Hey.”
JOHN: “Hey.”
ANDY: “Hey.”
SCOTT: “Hey.”
JOSEPH: “Hey.”
Larry and Dan arrive. Fist-bumps all around. The crew continues to get ready. Larry and Dan head out. A few minutes later, Josh and Joseph head out. John, Andy, and Scott wait around a few minutes to see if anyone else shows up, before they decide to head out. As they get about 100 yards up the trail, they see Steve’s van pull into the parking lot.

MEETUP SCENE – BEFORE THE TRAIL SPLIT TO GUYE
John is leading Scott and Andy as they catch up to Dan and Larry. John notices that Larry is breaking trail.
JOHN: “Wait, you’re breaking trail?”
LARRY: “Well, yeah…”
JOHN: “Joseph and Josh didn’t pass you?”
DAN: “No, were they supposed to?”
ANDY: “They started in front of us… where could they have gone?”
SCOTT: “Two missing in the first 10 minutes… that’s a good start.”
Shoulder shrugs all around and the five of them begin to take turns kicking steps.

<INSERT CUT SCENE OF JOSEPH AND JOSH BUSHWHACKING THE WRONG WAY>

ROUTE FINDING SCENE – JUST BELOW THE WATERFALL
John is leading up the steep snow-covered boulder field just below where the trail normally crosses the waterfall. With all of the snow, the group gets disoriented and wonders where the crossing is.
LARRY: “Isn’t the crossing down there?”
JOHN: “Uh, I think it is up higher.”
DAN: “Looks like a snowbridge down there.”
JOHN: “I’ll go check it out up higher.”
SCOTT: “I’m going to wait right here while you guys figure it out.”
Scott and Andy just stand there on the steep snow slope. Dan and Larry check out the snow bridge crossing and decide that the trail crossing must be higher. About that same time John makes his way up and spots the trail crossing.

POSTHOLE SCENE – JUST BEFORE THE SNOQUALMIE-CAVE RIDGE BASIN
Scott is traversing his way along the edge of a rock moat above a steep slope above the upper falls when he plunges one leg down to his crotch. With the other leg stuck on the surface he has an awkward task of wiggling out without tumbling backwards down the slope.
LARRY: “Need some help?”
SCOTT: “Yeah, just make sure I don’t fall down there.”
John grabs Scott’s poles as Larry acts as a downhill anchor so Scott is able to work his way out.

BASIN SCENE 1 – BOTTOM OF THE SNOQUALMIE-CAVE RIDGE BASIN, JUST ABOVE THE UPPER FALLS
Coming out of the trees, the crew enters the Snoqualmie-Cave Ridge basin. They pause for a brief moment.
JOHN: “Any sign of Joseph and Josh?”
DAN: “Nope.”
They angle left and head straight up the best snow slope to gain the ridgeline to Snoqualmie. The snow was steep but provides good steps. Larry leads for a section, then Andy takes over step duty. They top out on the ridge to what would be an impressive view of the Alpental valley if the weather was better.

RIDGE SCENE – PARTWAY UP THE SNOQUALMIE MOUNTAIN RIDGE
Andy and Scott take turns re-kicking some old boot steps as they climb into the clouds. What was the nice runout down to the Snoqualmie-Cave Ridge basin on their right gets steeper and turns into a series of progressively bigger cornices. John, Larry, and Dan follow as the group starts to spread out with everyone climbing the steep ridgeline at their own pace. They all eye some potential nice glissades for the way down.

SUMMIT SCENE – TRAVERSING OVER TO THE TRUE SUMMIT
Andy and Scott work their way over to the true summit and find that the old boot path winds much to close to the North edge. What seems like a nice pile of snow is really a 8 to 10 foot high cornice. It is hard to tell how far out it goes. The snow is too deep. They get a few glimpses of the magnitude of the snow overhang and decide to move a little further away from the edge.
ANDY: “Wow, that cornice is huge!”
SCOTT: “Yeah, I’m staying away from that!”
They reach the true summit rock pile, only to find that the snow piled up to the North is about 4 feet higher than the rocks. Knowing the terrain, they knew this must be a giant cornice, but they don’t bother to find out how big. They stay near the rocks. They start pulling out warmer gear as John arrives. Not long after, they get a glimpse of Astro and Sara heading their way. Steve is next to arrive.
JOHN: “Any sign of Joseph and Josh?”
STEVE: “Yeah, I ran into them near the waterfall, they aren’t far behind.”
SCOTT: “Oh, good.”
STEVE: “Damon should be back there too, he started out with me.”
Digger, Larry, and Dan arrive and the group jokes around while adding warmer layers. Josh and Joseph arrive just before the 8pm turn around time to make the summit shot. High fives all around. Shortly after that, the crew starts back down the mountain.

<INSERT GLISSADE/BOOT SKI MONTAGE>

BASIN SCENE 2 – BOTTOM OF THE SNOQUALMIE-CAVE RIDGE BASIN, JUST ABOVE THE UPPER FALLS
The crew pulls snow out of pant legs and pockets after some good glissades.
SCOTT: “You think Damon turned around?”
STEVE: “Looks like I missed a call from him. He left a message and he wasn’t sure where to cross the waterfall.”
JOHN: “Yeah, we had the same issue.”

<INSERT FOOTAGE OF DESCENDING HIKERS, WITH A FEW SLIPS AND FALLS>

PARKING LOT SCENE – ALPENTAL PARKING LOT
The crew stumbles into the parking lot, one by one.
STEVE: “Looks like Damon made it out ok. His car is gone.”
SCOTT: “That’s great! No need for a search party.”
LARRY: “To the Pour House!”

<ROLLING CREDITS WITH FOOTAGE OF THE CREW AT THE POUR HOUSE>

Trail details, NOAA weather, driving directions, maps and past trip reports can be found here: Snoqualmie Mt Info

7 Responses to “The Men of I-90”

  1. ewb says on :

    Work is holding me hostage this week, so I won’t be able to make it. Have fun up there, be safe! I’ll try to swing by the PH afterwards.

  2. zephyr says on :

    Hey, Everyone,

    Have a great time on Snoqualmie. I’ve been eyeing that summit route from Webb’s Restaurant down in Snoqualmie Pass these past couple of weekends after trips. Looks pretty snowy still.

    Tomorrow morning early our BWCC team heads up Mt. Baker via Schreiber’s Meadow. We will probably be in our base camp at Crag View (6513′) just below the Squak Glacier by the time you all get started. We aim for the summit on Saturday.

    TNAB has been a big help to me getting this far.

    ~z

  3. Unnu says on :

    Hmm early start?

  4. Ingunn says on :

    Zephyr: good luck, have fun, stay safe!

  5. Nature Man says on :

    Anyone game for carpooling from Seattle or the Eastside? Give me a ring at 206 933-9302 (prior to 3PM) or 206 427-8460 (between 3-5PM or if can’t reach me on first number).

  6. ewb says on :

    Best. Trip report. EVAH! I can’t wait to see this on the big screen! Can I play Larry? :)

  7. Ingunn says on :

    Excellent report, Men! Wellie wants to audition for the role of Digger.