words and photos: Jeff Hawe
During the week of April 28 – May 2, Summit at Snoqualmie hosted an event dubbed, Hiro and Ten's Excellent Rhythm Adventure. The name, simply put, is a reference to the rhythm course brainstormed by Austin Hironaka and Austen Sweetin. When these two get an idea for something to build they take it to Joe Pope and his crew at The Summit to make it happen. It started as an idea for a smooth flowing rhythm section of five jumps, much like a dirt jump track for bikes. With Sweeten in the passenger seat of the snowcat on the initial build day, the scale of the jumps grew a bit. It flowed smoothly, starting at a mellow twenty-foot gap up top to a fifty-footer at the end. There was little margin for error on this course. Too little speed and it was a knuckle into the wall, too much and it was a missed landing, blowing up and spinning off the next lip, worst case. There wasn't much time to correct in between airs. It was rowdy, yet, once everyone got into the groove, some impressive lines went down. It was estimated that out of the fifteen or so seconds it would take to go top to bottom, fifty percent of that time was spent in the air. No sense in telling you more about the jumps, the photos will take it from here.
The rest of the story involves a good time had by all. Multiple days of hard shovel work culminated in one three-night camp out. The weather was as good as it gets on Snoqualmie Pass during spring, permitting a carefree tent city to pop up above the course. Bonfires and hotdogs were our aprés, which lasted late into the eve. Entertainment was constantly provided by numerous guest MC's: Johnny Chillsack a.k.a. Sweeten and Snoop Tiger a.k.a. DCP kept the crowd entertained with commentary and live music, broadcast over what I'm claiming is the world’s most impressive boom box, compliments of Summit. Camping at the spot provided some extra time in the mornings to let the jumps soften while we baked ourselves in the early day sun. Simply put, Hiro and Ten's Excellent Rhythm Adventure was stress free hangtime.