Closing Day Mountain Ascent – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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The Torrance Family Travels Up The Mountain on Closing Day – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

The above image is at the point when Kubrick crossfades from the Torrances driving to the vista of The Overlook.

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The Weeping Wall – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

The Torrances are traveling west to east.

I had thought to pinpoint the opening waterfall shot as being at the Weeping Wall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road–before the Donner’s Pass conversation, and then not far after that the cross fade occurs (place of top shot) to the Timberline/Overlook. The day Google Maps went through there was road construction with a lot of dust and the sun glaring in their eyes–and viewing it all I can tell you that traveling with the sun in your eyes on the Going-to-the-sun-Road, with its challenging terrain, is not a road I would want to undertake with the sun blinding me.

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The Torrance Family Passes Through a Water Run-off Area – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

But rather than passing the Weeping Wall (the highway there is ever under construction for repairs due constant water damage) they may instead be traveling a little further along in Google Map 4 below (and the above street view). The lack of trees on the right fits better, plus the Google maps aerial view of the road seems to be a perfect match with the helicopter view from the movie. Which you can’t tell from a ground shot.

The image I’ve grabbed of the beetle nearing the bend (at the point of the cross-fade to The Overlook) is about two Google maps arrow clicks further past the two parking areas to the right as back at that point the sunlight was too glaring to get much of anything.

What’s interesting about this is that the Torrances are traveling west to east on Closing Day and Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before they come to Logan’s Pass, which is right about the Continental Divide, a little west of it. Whereas when Jack is traveling east to west in the opening shots, Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before he reaches Logan Pass as well. So, these two versions of the same trip are converging on Logan Pass (perhaps a kind of stand-in for Donner’s Pass) and the Continental Divide.

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Background While Talking about Donner’s Pass – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux

The background out the window during the talk about Donner’s Pass. See this location in Google map 5.

Below is the opening shot from the section in which the Torrances are traveling up to the lodge on Closing Day and is Google map 4 below.

The Shining - The yellow Beetle ascends into the mountains on Closing Day


Below is the shot which goes into the crossfade to The Overlook. The location for this are Google maps 1 and 2.

The Shining - A left curve in the road


In the two images below you can see a couple of key features which make it possible to place where they’re traveling. Google map 5 below gives the location.

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The first two Google Maps 1 and 2 below show the bend at the point of the cross-fade exit to the Overlook.


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The below Google map is of the Weeping Wall.


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The next Google map (4) is where I think the Torrances are traveling during the water run-off shot.


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The next Google map (5) shows the area we’re seeing as green screen background while the Torrances are diiscussing Donner’s Pass.


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A map of the Going to the Sun Road.

Another map of the road.

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