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Schmidt Altitude
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PostFri May 16, 2008 2:50 am 
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We were almost to the last bend in the trail before the the final stretch to the vehicles.  Alti-Babe decided she wanted to trail run the rest of the way so she took off at a jog.  Just as she disappeared out of the sight of the headlamps we heard a blood curdling scream that made our hearts stop.  We started running full sprint, Dude screaming, "Tisha! Tisha!"  We saw her sprawled on the ground, ice axe raised, as a shadow loomed out of the darkness . . .

Too tired to finish, maybe we'll get to it tomorrow.

Edit: Continued on bottom of first page


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PostFri May 16, 2008 2:59 am 
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Yikes! Can't wait to hear the conclusion. Hope Tish is okay... agree.gif

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PostFri May 16, 2008 3:08 am 
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Yes YIKES! I hope all is well with Miss. Tisha....

What are you guys doing up at 3am?

Im working, what's your excuse? hockeygrin.gif

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PostFri May 16, 2008 7:47 am 
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So hopefully you all pulled out your concealed .41 magnums and shot whatever it was, thus causing a happy ending to this cliffhanger...
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PostFri May 16, 2008 7:54 am 
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Whoa!  eek.gif Way to leave us hanging!  confused.gif

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PostFri May 16, 2008 8:17 am 
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Schmidt Altitude wrote:
We were almost to the last bend in the trail before the the final stretch to the vehicles.  Alti-Babe decided she wanted to trail run the rest of the way so she took off at a jog.  Just as she disappeared out of the sight of the headlamps we heard a blood curdling scream that made our hearts stop.  We started running full sprint, Dude screaming, "Tisha! Tisha!"  We saw her sprawled on the ground, ice axe raised, as a shadow loomed out of the darkness . . .

Too tired to finish, maybe we'll get to it tomorrow.

Allow me to finish then.

Out of the shadows stood a rippling HUNK of a man, arms bigger and stronger than an old growth tree, and a butt that was perfectly molded into his REI convertible pants.  He stood tall, gazing caringly at the dimunitive and docile Tisha, and flashed a friendly grin that made George Clooney look like Billy Barty.  He was, alas, ADONIS of the forest.  Tisha fainted in glorious ecstasy.

Then Tisha woke up and there was Jeremy.

The End.
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PostFri May 16, 2008 8:24 am 
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Ah, I see.  hockeygrin.gif  Now it all makes sense!  agree.gif  wink.gif

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PostFri May 16, 2008 8:31 am 
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I was up there before the whole gang and this is what I saw (sorry Ree but the convertable pants were off and drying on a branch):

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PostFri May 16, 2008 11:42 am 
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Sorry missed the adventure -- on vacation.   Where's Indie when you need hiim?
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PostFri May 16, 2008 12:12 pm 
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More Cowbell wrote:
I was up there before the whole gang and this is what I saw (sorry Ree but the convertable pants were off and drying on a branch):

Are you sure? Using my copy of the unannounced beta version of Google's "trail view", this is what I see for that time period:




Oops, sorry! That was my location, not the TNAB's...
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PostFri May 16, 2008 12:58 pm 
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Yikes!  Can't wait for the thrilling conclusion!  Hope everyone made it down and home safely.

Hated to miss the adventure, but couldn't bring myself to hang out in the snow on such a beautiful day (plus a deep rooted fear of avalanches).  Headed up the North Fork Snoqualmie instead.  Dang, just realized that I'm not going to make next week either, as I'm out of town for work.  It might be June before I can hook up with you all again. frown.gif
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PostFri May 16, 2008 1:08 pm 
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So didja get to the top?  Also curious as to the snow conditions on the upper open slopes.
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PostFri May 16, 2008 1:22 pm 
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Fabulous conditions up there.  Yes, the group made it to the top.  Lead group in about 1:40.  Wonderful glissades back down.  Just boots - carried snowshoes but weren't needed.  A few preliminary pics   
TNAB leaving Bandera
TNAB leaving Bandera
Sun melting away
Sun melting away
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PostFri May 16, 2008 3:24 pm 
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A couple of us headed up the Old Mason Way Trail toward Mason Lake The snow was firm but ideal for travel and the talus snow covered views not as god as the top but not too bad.
Macs Butt
Macs Butt
Mason Lake Old Trail
Mason Lake Old Trail
View from Mason Lake Old Trail
View from Mason Lake Old Trail
Lynda on Old Trail
Lynda on Old Trail

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Schmidt Altitude
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PostFri May 16, 2008 4:39 pm 
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Eleven hikers met at the trailhead to Ira Spring Memorial trail, #1038, with three already on the trail for a total of 14 for this week's adventure.  Malachai Constant and his wife, Lynda (Malachai Consta-girl ?) announced they were going to try for Mason Lake via the old trail so the rest of us headed out for Bandera Mountain just after 6:00PM.  The group included drewcoll, wamtngal, Just Todd, yukon222, GQ-Hiker-Boy, TNAB's Damon, runningbird (plus Cubbie), and the Schmidt Altitude team (complete with Alti-Row and Alti-Kief).

The trail wasn't clear for very long and soon we were traveling on sloppy white mush.  The creeks we crossed were swollen with foaming white water.  We caught up to Mesahchie Mark and Yet just before the first swithback.  They were heading down, having decided a romantic dinner beat post holing in the sloppy conditions.  After cheerfully chatting with them for a few minutes we continued on.

We switchbacked in the snow through the forest, following what we thought was the trail as best we could.  Eventually it became clear that there was a recent set of boot prints (plus paw prints) in the snow and we followed those.  As we broke into the steep cleared hillside, we spotted Larry (and Digger) kickstepping far above us.  We made good time using his established steps and ascended towards the ridgeline and then the summit.

Heading up
Heading up
Final push to the summit
Final push to the summit

The weather was absolutely perfect and the views incredible.  Mt. Rainier in all her glory dominated the vies to the south.  We could see the still frozen solid Mason, Kulla Kulla, No Name, Island, and other lakes below us.  We ate our snacks, snapped our fill of pictures, and started to head back down when the sun dipped low on the horizon.

The snow was so soft that we decided to take the "quick" way down - the patented TNAB butt luge (or as GQ called it a bump-n-rump).  This was great for everyone except Alti-Dude who was wearing his thin summer hiking shorts!  Let's just say the "kids" were frozen for hours  eek.gif .



While running around as we slid down the mountain face, Kiefer managed to slip out of her coat.  GQ, yukon, Babe, and Dude stayed back to look for it while the rest headed home.  After locating it we set off to catch up to the group.  Luckily, we spotted a confused Cubbie still waiting for her human to come down the hill.  While GQ continue on, we explained to Cubbie that her "mom" was now down the trail and she had to come with us.  We managed to chow-wrangle her down past the switchbacks to main straight stretch where upon she took off down the trail without so much as a thank you.



After we were off the snow and back on solid ground, we decided to trail jog to make up some time.  We soon caught up to Damon and slowed to a walk.  Tisha decided to run ahead on her own when the most memorable event of the night happened . . .

. . .SHE SAID: I was impatient to be off the trail so instead of walking with the guys I decided to run ahead since we were so close to the trailhead.  Suddenly I heard a feral growl as a large shape leaped out of the bushes at me.  In that instant I knew three things: (1)I was being attached by a cougar, (2)I was going to die, and (3)I was not going to go down without a fight.  Faster that I could think, I screamed a ear splitting, raise-the-dead battle cry as I raised my ice axe to defend myself.  Just as I was starting to swing I recognized GQ-Hiker-Boy smiling as he emerged from the bushes.  I called him a few names that can't be repeated in this forum and slumped to the ground in relief just as the guys caught up to me.  (Upon further review I think I should have spiked him with the axe anyways)

Trail Stats: 2995' elevation gain, 1 hour 40 minutes trailhead to summit

(Alti-Babe will add some more photos as soon as her heart stops racing  wink.gif )

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