Friday, August 22, 2008

Don't Go Inside

. . . or it may fall on you.

An ice cave collapsed on two teenage boys Thursday, trapping them for hours until rescuers with chain saws managed to cut through large chunks of compact snow and ice to free them. . . . He said one of the mothers told them the two boys had found an ice cave and were posing for a picture about 5 yards inside its mouth when the ice above them crumbled.

Guess what? It's the same ice cave Chunlin and I visited last weekend.
8-Mark Ice Cave Ch
I didn't go inside.
4-Keekwulee Snowfield Chunlin
Neither did Chunlin.

Hopefully tv-watchers will learn from these boys' mistake.

From the PI: "Cowan says search and rescue crews scrambled about 2 to 3 miles from the trailhead to the scene, which is within about two miles of the 3,050-foot summit." If they really want to know, it's only two miles from the trailhead. And the summit they're referring to is Snoqualmie Pass, I believe, which information doesn't really belong in this sentence.


Pedicularis said...

And the sign at Snoqualmie Pass says 3,022 feet. It is the only "summit" anywhere near that low within 2 miles.

Iris said...

I am so thankful that you sometime, somewhere, learned not to enter a seasonal ice cave.

AOL has a small video and the story at