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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 3:43 pm 
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Summer Solstice Hike:  Snoqualmie Mtn,  6/19/08

This year's Summer Solstice Hike took place on Snoqualmie Mountain.  The weather turned out to be almost perfect, with partly cloudy skies and temps in the low 60s at Alpental.  As many have reported, trail access is more interesting than usual, as a wide swath of avalanche debris obscures the entrance.  For the majority of the party following me, this meant an impromptu detour toward Guye Peak before superior route-finding skills lead us back on track.  smile.gif

The Party-Goers (in no particular order):

Matt(runs4cache) Levi Shawn Peggy(runningbird) ErinB Matt(Founder) Larry Jason Schmidt Altitude Yours Truly BarbE Troy(mountainsun) Drew(Coll) Don(Malachai Constant) Joseph(GQHiker) Colleen(cmurph) Joe B. Chris(Magnum) Steve(Yukon222) Rich(meandmyaussies) Andrew(Adrewski) John(Moosefish)

We would be on snow for the majority of the hike.  There was some thought to going to Guye Peak instead, but we were able to move well despite the conditions, making it to the waterfall in about an hour (despite the detour).  Another hour, and we were on top.  Party Time!

From the summit, views were great in all directions except North - we could barely make out Glacier Peak.  As per usual, the crew brought enough food and beverage for twice as many people.  Awesome!  Slowly, are summit numbers dwindled as folks departed to seek relief from the chilly breeze.

The evening's sunset was excellent.  up.gif

The ample snow cover gave rise to equally ample opportunities for glissading, and this time, I was prepared!  It was a joy to slide down the hill instead plodding plunge-steps.  The steep section near the waterfall created a bottleneck, but everyone made it through just fine.

We finally made it back to the parking lot by 11 PM, but many of us continued to hang out,waiting for the nearly full moon to rise.  Good times, good people - great hike!

Start:  6 PM
Summit:  8 PM
Exit:  11 PM

Many pics to follow (undoubtedly)...

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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 3:50 pm 
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Snoqulamie Mountain provided us all with a good challenge, great weather and a lot of fun.

Enjoy the pics!  All of mine are located here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_messner/sets/72157605725752643/with/2596433384/
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 4:00 pm 
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Glad you guys decided to go up Snoqualmie its such a great hike. Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time, I can't believe the number of people you got crammed up there on the summit. smile.gif

(I already saw the Schmidt's photos on Flickr)
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 4:00 pm 
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Nice TR. Nice to know you're *ahem* doing your job writing them again.  tongue.gif It was a great day for a hike and, having never been up Snoqualmie, was in treat for a great view. Sunset was gorgeous and I was graced by the moon and a beautiful clear night sky. Couldn't ask for a better night. And I'd better post my pictures before the real photographers make me look bad.... *edit*Too late!

Hi ho, hi ho, a hiking we will go
Hi ho, hi ho, a hiking we will go
Ooo, a waterfall
Ooo, a waterfall
So nice and cool
So nice and cool
Guye Peak
Guye Peak
Summit Central looks puny
Summit Central looks puny
Rainier and Adams
Rainier and Adams
Beautiful sunset
Beautiful sunset
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 5:36 pm 
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So glad the weather was good and everyone made it up and down safely!  Pictures look wonderful - what a great sunset!  up.gif

Can't wait to join you all again soon!
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 7:20 pm 
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It was definitely a great trip with fantastic weather and views.  It was nice to have a chance to hang out a bit on top, enjoy the Summer Solstice feast summit style, and take in the views without worry of frostbite.  wink.gif

Good times.

Creek crossing.
Creek crossing.
Creek crossing
Creek crossing
Falls and snow bridge above the creek crossing
Falls and snow bridge above the creek crossing
Early group shot
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Early group shot
Potential base jumping launch site?
Potential base jumping launch site?
The rest of Snoqualmie Mtn and friends
The rest of Snoqualmie Mtn and friends
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 8:13 pm 
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Best TNAB evar.  Nice moon/cloud show on the way home - any other vehicles see that?

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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 9:27 pm 
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Excellent trip everyone...you TNABers really know how to do it up right! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

Snoqualmie Peak_(06.19.08)
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PostFri Jun 20, 2008 11:05 pm 
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Looks like another great trip! Good job everyone!!!

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PostSat Jun 21, 2008 10:08 am 
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What an experience!
Great people, food, drinks, after climbing to the top of Snoqualmie Mountain. Throw in a perfect sunset, views and some exciting glissades-
Definitely a night to remember.

getting there
getting there
cool cloud formations
cool cloud formations
party time
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party time
Hi Yet - wish you were here!
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Hi Yet - wish you were here!
wish I had overnight gear
wish I had overnight gear
Do we really have to leave?
Do we really have to leave?
Yukon getting ready for perfect shot
Yukon getting ready for perfect shot
going down
going down
Mountainsun's prayer being answered
Mountainsun's prayer being answered
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PostSun Jun 22, 2008 4:55 pm 
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Let it be known that BarbE is a fantastic glissader! And glissading should not be done without proper gear or your rumpus will be all wetus all the way down (like mine was.)  lol.gif
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PostSun Jun 22, 2008 6:03 pm 
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Andrew, most the credit goes to Alti-babe for showing me how the pros do it and the assurance that two handsome guys like Alti-dude or Yukon would stop me from going over the cliff. Definitely an experience worthy of getting your butt wet.
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PostSun Jun 22, 2008 7:45 pm 
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Barb, now you know why I like hiking with the "S Team" so much.  wink.gif
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PostSun Jun 22, 2008 7:49 pm 
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Sorry we missed what was a great sunset up high, but I really hate the bottom part of that trail on the way down. Maybe if someone would have offered to carry me down  hmmm.gif

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PostSun Jun 22, 2008 7:50 pm 
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BarbE wrote:
Andrew, most the credit goes to Alti-babe for showing me how the pros do it and the assurance that two handsome guys like Alti-dude or Yukon would stop me from going over the cliff. Definitely an experience worthy of getting your butt wet.

Barb, they cheered me on for my first ever glissade at last year's TNAB's Solstice as well. I heart the S team. smile.gif
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