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subzali
04-17-2012, 06:21 AM
So there are no trees across Rollins Pass Road or Jenny Creek up to the "Gatekeeper" snowdrift. That is all...:bored:



















:D

subzali
04-17-2012, 06:40 AM
I learned a handful of things:
-31" tires at 10 psi will float on consolidated snow on a lot of instances, but if there's a soft spot and you break through you're probably not coming back up.
-31" Goodyear MT/Rs at 10 psi don't hold to snow quite as well as 40" IROKs at 4 psi.
-Having a rear locker but no front locker on off-camber snowdrifts can be quite an interesting experience.
-I need to keep the steering wheel straighter but anticipate the movement of the vehicle on the drifts to help point me in the direction I need to go. As usual, I need more practice.
-According to Jacki, my 31" tires look "really small" compared to Wild Rice's 40s :o :bowdown: :Princess:
-The 2F is a boat anchor :eek: :bolt:
-Oh yeah, Wild Rice is a machine that works ridiculously well, and is very well thought-out and keeps a lot of that cool old retro style. I love those LEDs in the chrome bezels, I should have gotten a picture.

subzali
04-17-2012, 06:46 AM
Okay, pictures.

1: Wild Rice ready to rumble.
2: Small drifts and a small amount of snow on the first leg of Rollins Pass Road.
3: Snow got deeper as we went, it wasn't long before we were making fresh tracks.
4: Wild Rice gettin' it.

subzali
04-17-2012, 06:57 AM
I got tugged a couple times through some spots in order to get to the JC trailhead, and once we got there I hopped in with Uncle Ben to check out the JC conditions. It quickly became obvious that there was no way I would try to follow UB and WR on JC. But WR kept going right through. Made it look easy. I was thinking to myself, "even if I had a vehicle that could do what we're doing right now, I'm not sure I'd have the guts to drive on this stuff." It's narrow, with trees on both sides, off-camber, with big piles of snow scattered all over.

I was so excited that I forgot my camera for this part :(

We worked our way to the gatekeeper snowdrift, which was huge! It was probably at least 12 feet deep! The road after the drift had a lot more off-camber drifts, so we figured it was best to turn around. And then WR got stuck.

Digging 40" holes is fun :D

And then just a couple more pictures for fun. Two very different FJ40s.

subzali
04-17-2012, 07:04 AM
We continued up Rollins Pass Road to the notch above the Gatekeeper snowdrift, and it was even huger! Probably 20' deep, but solid. UB drove WR right up it, and even I was able to follow! He went straight through the notch, while I held back and went around the other way, not wanting to risk too much today.

subzali
04-17-2012, 07:07 AM
After exploring just a little further up RP Road, we turned around to head for a protected spot for lunch. It was about 2pm, so we were hungry. The snow had been drifting in and out all day, but we caught lunch during a sunny spell with a few snowflakes drifting down and glittering in the sun. It was a gorgeous day.

UB decided to break open the campsite just a little below JC. He promptly managed to bury his 40s again and so that gave us an excuse to pull the winch cable.

subzali
04-17-2012, 07:09 AM
The rest of the drive was pretty uneventful, I had to get another tug to get across his ruts to get out of the campsite :) The sun was out and it was pretty warm.

subzali
04-17-2012, 07:13 AM
And then there was the obligatory poser shot. Too cool. There's a craftsman who's proud of his creation. :wrench:

subzali
04-17-2012, 07:15 AM
The Brahma looks pretty tame in comparison.

Okay, so THAT is all. Well, not quite. There is video forthcoming ;)

60wag
04-17-2012, 07:41 AM
Nice shots. There is more snow on Rollins Pass road than I expected.

Is there info from your trip that should be brought up at the BRD meeting Thursday?

subzali
04-17-2012, 08:18 AM
Probably not Bruce. But we do need someone to go to the BRD meeting to get the latest info on the reroute. I don't think Kevin or I can go, not sure about Marco. Can anyone else make it this month?

subzali
04-17-2012, 08:22 AM
Here's a video. I'll get the others posted as I get them uploaded to the ftp site:

UB attacking the notch (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4881.AVI)

UB attacking the notch again (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4882.AVI)

In this one Wild Rice wanted a piece of that tree up above and Uncle Ben had to put an end to that behavior quickly!
UB highpointing and attacking the notch again (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4883.AVI)

Subzali highpointing (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4885.AVI)

UB busting open the campground (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4891.AVI)

Uncle Ben
04-17-2012, 08:51 AM
Rollins Pass looks good! There was some small fallen rocks early on on the trail that will get worked to the edge as traffic increases. The one issue that BRD will have to address is a tree that is leaning over the road. It will fall! BRD would rather users only remove trees obscuring the road so we complied and left it. Now that Rollins is open JC will continue to get worked but it will be a least 2+ weeks till snow has receded on the narrow road leading to the creek crossing enough to break with a vehicle. At this time there is no road edge for quite a distance.

60wag
04-17-2012, 09:51 AM
I'm not sure if Marco is back in town Thursday but I'll plan on attending the meeting.

The leaning tree looks like it wants a tug to bring it down:)

Uncle Ben
04-17-2012, 11:12 AM
I'm not sure if Marco is back in town Thursday but I'll plan on attending the meeting.

The leaning tree looks like it wants a tug to bring it down:)

Thank you sir!

Uncle Ben
04-17-2012, 12:08 PM
Here's a video. I'll get the others posted as I get them uploaded to the ftp site:

UB attacking the notch again (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/subzali/MVI_4882.AVI)



Always amazes me how pictures and video loose perspective on how steep things are! Them is some big file Matt!

Red_Chili
04-17-2012, 12:17 PM
Some older snow pix on Rollins Pass...
http://www.cardcow.com/images/set179/card00200_fr.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b0/Rollins_Pass_Snow_Cuts_Moffat_Road_circa_1910s.JPG/800px-Rollins_Pass_Snow_Cuts_Moffat_Road_circa_1910s.JPG

Note... that is the TOP of the 200 ton 2-6-6-2 Mallet locomotive just below the snow... with the mighty steam powered snowplow pushed in front of it, clearing the path.
http://grandcountyliving.com/images/ArticleImages/2010/Summer2010/img.RR3513FebSnowDrifts.jpg

DaveInDenver
04-17-2012, 01:04 PM
Glad to see you're getting around to scanning in some photos from your childhood, Bill. I assume you're the strapping young lad in the second one.

Red_Chili
04-17-2012, 03:49 PM
Nope, I'm the wealthy old fart. I'm living in reverse. Like Merlin.

rover67
04-17-2012, 04:09 PM
thanks for being able to attend Bruce. I will be heading back, but not back yet so I won't be able to make it again.

I am also surprised by the amount of snow on the trail. From the looks of the pics it looks like a great trip up there :D

Uncle Ben
04-17-2012, 04:30 PM
Nope, I'm the wealthy old fart. I'm living in reverse. Like Merlin.

If that's the case then your more Yo-Yo than Merlin as you look to be the same age! :D

subzali
04-17-2012, 08:42 PM
I updated the video post here:
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showpost.php?p=209635&postcount=12

Sorry for the file size, I'll try to get that fixed later but this was the fastest way for me to get them up.

bomber22
04-17-2012, 10:56 PM
great pic's and video!

by the way is that the polar express with tom kank's lol!

euroford
04-18-2012, 09:32 AM
I drove by and saw a chainsaw strapped into the back of WR and wondered "what kinda fun is he up to?!?".

that looks like it was a blast! :beer:

Red_Chili
04-18-2012, 04:38 PM
If that's the case then your more Yo-Yo than Merlin as you look to be the same age! :D
Careful, I'll turn you into an old African American guy selling rice if you're not nice.

Uncle Ben
04-18-2012, 05:18 PM
I drove by and saw a chainsaw strapped into the back of WR and wondered "what kinda fun is he up to?!?".

that looks like it was a blast! :beer:

:lmao: It's that time of year! You go any where right now you could easily be stopped by downed trees. Turn around or clear and move forward are your choices.

Rezarf
05-04-2012, 10:35 PM
:lmao: It's that time of year! You go any where right now you could easily be stopped by downed trees. Turn around or clear and move forward are your choices.

How far can you get with a mini-truck motor? :p:

Uncle Ben
05-04-2012, 11:02 PM
How far can you get with a mini-truck motor? :p:

So far I can only say "the furthest tracks in." More research needed! :D

subzali
05-06-2012, 08:15 AM
So far I can only say "the furthest tracks in." More research needed! :D

True dat! :thumb: