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Zen 4x4
June 26th, 2006, 09:02 AM
Another great trip ... Makes you very happy and appreciative that we live in Colorado and that we have access to these trails ...

Four rigs from the DU crowd and more ...

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Both Argentine and McClellan tops were blocked by snow drifts within a mile or so of the top, but both should clear in the next two weeks.

On McClellan a Jeep Cherokee tried to get past the snow blockage and ran into some issues ... :eek:

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The driver and his friends (in another vehicle) had spent the night on the mtn and were waiting (we guess) to be rescued on Sunday. Their tilt indicator was showing 32 degrees and the driver wouldn't get back in the Cherokee. After confiring with the multitude of people that had now congrigated about 300 yards from the problem ...

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it was determined that professional help would be required.

By 3pm weather was setting in ...

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but as we got to lower altitudes it had cleared.

The full set of pics can be found at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/insitu/sets/72157594177691032/

Just click on the thumbnail pic to get a bigger pic, and then you can click on 'All Sizes' at the top of the pic to get still larger and clearer versions of the picture.

:hail: Much thanks to Peter and Chuck for guiding...

The DU Off Road Club trips are open to anyone.

Have a great week, and we'll see you out on the trails next weekend.

:)

REDLYNER
June 26th, 2006, 09:37 AM
Cool pics!

Big Kev
June 26th, 2006, 02:47 PM
Good looking pictures. Hopefully me and Marie can get out with you guys again some time soon. I got a job and I work until 2 on the weekends...

SCOUTMAN67
June 26th, 2006, 04:20 PM
On McClellan a Jeep Cherokee tried to get past the snow blockage and ran into some issues ... :eek:

http://static.flickr.com/74/175373141_e9933db6ac_b.jpg

The driver and his friends (in another vehicle) had spent the night on the mtn and were waiting (we guess) to be rescued on Sunday. Their tilt indicator was showing 32 degrees and the driver wouldn't get back in the Cherokee. After confiring with the multitude of people that had now congrigated about 300 yards from the problem ...



That is a predicament! That Jeep doesn't have a lot of lift to it, I'm wondering if he could've just cut the wheel hard to the right and backed up really slow?

Nice pics, BTW.

-Gary

Zen 4x4
June 26th, 2006, 05:09 PM
I personally think that if there had been one NON-MOVEABLE item to tie the Cherokee to it would have been worth the try... but above timberline on a ledge.. didn't give a lot of options... No one wanted to risk additional vehicles in a recovery like this. It was a way down to the next ledge. A couple of pictures prior, if you look real close on the left edge, you will see the vehicle.

http://static.flickr.com/46/175373139_75000aff27_b.jpg

What the main picture doesn't show is that snowbank just in front of the Rubicon. The driver, I think, had originally tried to bust thru the snow, couldn't and then tried to drive around it...

I'm not clear on what had caused him to go 'that' far over the hill to miss the snowbank...

Hope he gets recovered without it rolling down the bank. As one the next pics show, weather was headed in.. and if they got some wind and some decent rain and the dirt slid a little, then ... (you can fill in the blank ... ). It didn't seem too stable to me as it was.

Hopefully someone will get us the answers to the lingering question...

:confused:

XJ Dave
June 26th, 2006, 05:33 PM
Even though he was stupid enough to get in that situation, I hope you still bitched at him about treading lightly. What the heck was he thinking driving off the trail in any event.
Dave S.

coaz4x4
June 26th, 2006, 09:59 PM
Bob and I wern't bitching about tread lightly. He'll pay his own price... namely for the tow rig. And hopefully the forrest service will have ticketed him as well.

Thanks for posting the report Bob! Great pics as usual. I would have done the initial but today I replaced my rear drums, shies, hardware, celaned my engine, serviced my air filter, replaced a few switches, serviced my OBA compressor and drained their filters. Tomorrow or Wednesday is time for diff fluids, tranny and t-case fluids, more electrical and spark plugs?

JeepEatingCrusher
July 14th, 2006, 01:45 AM
getting that far off a shelf road is easy, and im sure he wasnt trying to go off of it, all you need is half of one tire off and any movement you make just causes you to slide down further, once the tire is off the road you either gotta get towed or stack rocks at the side, lockers dont help much. I went off just a bit past him when i tried to clear the snow drift, and i was lucky to make it back onto the road. fell off a second time comin back down, this is why you should always take 2 trucks

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