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Seldom Seen
10-19-2013, 11:53 PM
Scared the crap outta me.

nakman
10-19-2013, 11:56 PM
Woo hoo! Home before midnight!!

simps80
10-20-2013, 12:06 AM
Good time!!
Spooky it was.
Thanks for putting that together

Fishy
10-20-2013, 12:54 AM
Home. My wrists hurt from my Kung-fu like grasp of the steering wheel. My back and neck hurt from all the tensing up I was doing on the descent.

Pictures...... I didn't take one.

Thanks Tim for keeping this great tradition going. It was great to see everyone. I would like to say we had a great time, but being last to start the descent made for a very different trail that what you guys up front experienced. It was like nothing I've ever done before, nor would like to do again. Checked for damage when we pulled in and I'm pretty good. One spot took a hit on the rear quarter panel. The kick-out on the MT sliders kept me mostly out of the trees. The ARB up front has a few good tree deflection marks. The Slee rear even took a sideways sliding tree shot. We literally couldn't do anything on even the slightest incline. Those in front of us who slid and packed the snow tight just made a sheet of ice. I can't believe how fast and out of control we got on some of those descents.

MtnAddict has the real carnage though. Thanks to everyone for pitching in, we had him rolling again in no time. It sure was nice to roll in and have tools at the ready.

Next up..... Run the Gulches!!

Shotshell
10-20-2013, 01:26 AM
Home. My wrists hurt from my Kung-fu like grasp of the steering wheel. My back and neck hurt from all the tensing up I was doing on the descent.

I feel much the same way. :D Didn't realize it until I was down at the bottom.

That was a lot of fun. But the decent was very tense. I think I was the 7th or 8th truck down the hill. And I definitely felt the effects of the compacted snow. I can only imagine what it was like for you, Stan.

At one point, I hear a horn honking behind me. And I look in my mirror to see an FJ careening down the ice towards me. Steve is locked up and sliding. He's flooring it in reverse. I instinctually punch it to get out of the way and immediately realize the mistake that I've just made. I slam on the brakes and lock them up. Now I'm sliding out of control down the road. I throw it in reverse and floor it, then let off the break. I was throwing snow and rocks out in front of me a good 15 feet or more. Steve finally lodged on a rock and stopped, and I ended up digging all four tires into holes in the snow and finally stopped. Totally wild, I wish I could have had it all on video. I told steve, I'm gonna have nightmares of his headlights rushing at me.:eek:
But these sorts of stories, are exactly why I'm glad I did the run.

I'm really glad everyone made it down safely.
But, what happened to MtnAddict's rig?

I got a couple pics.
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag149/Shotshell2/IMG_2076_zpsead2a7ce.jpg (http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Shotshell2/media/IMG_2076_zpsead2a7ce.jpg.html)
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag149/Shotshell2/IMG_2077_zps4151b1ba.jpg (http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Shotshell2/media/IMG_2077_zps4151b1ba.jpg.html)
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag149/Shotshell2/IMG_2078_zps759542e9.jpg (http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Shotshell2/media/IMG_2078_zps759542e9.jpg.html)
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag149/Shotshell2/IMG_2083_zps257fbd7f.jpg (http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Shotshell2/media/IMG_2083_zps257fbd7f.jpg.html)
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag149/Shotshell2/IMG_2080_zps1a76d22a.jpg (http://s1303.photobucket.com/user/Shotshell2/media/IMG_2080_zps1a76d22a.jpg.html)

Old40Dog
10-20-2013, 09:03 AM
Thanks again Tim! Everyone had a "fun" :eek: time.

bomber22
10-20-2013, 10:02 AM
looks like a great showing of polks, last year was fun also sorry i missed this one.

bomber22
10-20-2013, 10:06 AM
fishy, was the trail rougher then last year? besides the snow, i know that it makes for a much more difficult time. i know the tundra did good last year, being stock that is.

nakman
10-20-2013, 11:30 AM
Thanks again everyone for coming out, and for the great attitudes throughout the night. We all got out of there, and home safe.. another Spooky Run in the books! Also thanks to everyone who brought food, there was some great stuff for dinner.

I only took two pics- was too late with the phone to capture Martin in full wheel stand, caught it after he already powered out of the rut. And the proverbial, sleeping kids in the back seat.

Lars
10-20-2013, 12:02 PM
Sorry I missed it. Looks like a great run as usual. It's too ad that work has to get in the way of so many things.:)

Fishy
10-20-2013, 03:21 PM
fishy, was the trail rougher then last year? besides the snow, i know that it makes for a much more difficult time. i know the tundra did good last year, being stock that is.

Much harder than last year. A lot of different factors though. Most notably, the colder temps and more snow. But I ran the trail a few times this year in good conditions and it was harder than I had remembered from last year.

We ran the trail in reverse of what we did last year as well. It was the first time that I've run it in that direction. Under normal conditions I think the trail is harder the way we went last year. This year however, it would have been a short night if we tried to climb what we descended.

When I finally got in bed last night and closed my eyes, all I could see were trees whizzing by. Looking back now, it was more fun than I was ready to admit last night. But I know I was never so happy to be off of a trail.

Spooky for sure. Just too spooky for me.

FJCDan
10-20-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks again for a great run Tim, We all had blast and I think even some of the new guys also. I can't remember the quote exactlly, but I remember some saying after they came down the hill was "who's idea was this".:eek: I did talk to a few of the new guys near the end and all of them said they had never experienced trail conditions like. Those were some tricky conditions and everyone did great. :bowdown: It was too bad everyone was so concentrated on driving no one got pic's. it was too bad I couldn't get a pic of the silver 3rd gen runner that started sliding backwards towards me on the incline that was causing greef to everyone as I was trying back up out of his way. All in all I think everyone did a great job and I am sure this was a great learning experience for most. Thanks again Tim for another Spooky Night run.

Shotshell
10-20-2013, 07:32 PM
I can't remember the quote exactlly, but I remember some one saying after they came down the hill was "who's idea was this".:eek:

LOL

That was me on the radio, half way down, as I was about to start sliding again. :D Fun times.

AxleIke
10-20-2013, 08:40 PM
Looks like good times! Sorry to hear someones rig got smashed up. That's never fun.

Who's limited 3rd gen runner? Looks really nice!

mikeyhcrana
10-20-2013, 08:58 PM
I was behind this festive FJ. Thank goodness we never got too close to it. http://catchmypicture.com/f/63j5jj/640.jpg
The first half of the trail was a cakewalk. We didn't have any trouble climbing. Then the decent began. That was the most out of control wheeling I have ever done. Using the brakes effectively turned the 4Runner into a 4-rubber-runnered sled that could not be steered. I could regain steering by accelerating but, then there would be no stopping. I had much better control after setting a load on the e-brake so that we could still have some brake and steering at the same time. That provided minimal control. Still, the scariest wheeling so far for me. It was very stress full driving. To qoute fishy, "that was the most not-fun thing I have ever done 4-wheeling." But, when I woke up this morning I kept thinking, that was so awesome and, so much fun. I would do it again for sure.

Thank you nakman, and all RS again for your hospitality, leadership on the trail was on point. Also I was very impressed at the driving skill of everybody there to have been home before midnight without sliding off the trail or running into one another. Again, for the conditions we had, amazing driving by everyone.

Fishy
10-20-2013, 09:22 PM
Also I was very impressed at the driving skill of everybody there to have been home before midnight without sliding off the trail or running into one another. Again, for the conditions we had, amazing driving by everyone.

^ Good point. Aside from some slight bumps and bruises from MtnAddict and I, no one slid off the trail and had to be rescued, strapped or winched. That says a lot about the crew we had!

Tonight my wife said, "That was really scary but it was fun"

Shotshell
10-20-2013, 09:30 PM
Tonight my wife said, "That was really scary but it was fun"

I was telling my wife about it today, and she said, "Yeah, I'm really glad I wasn't there." :lmao: Ah well.

Get Outside
10-20-2013, 10:37 PM
Definetely a fun time! Had never wheeled on ice before!
Thanks Stan for the heads up before that descent, last thing I needed are the 2 little ones freaking out as the truck bounces around! No shame at all on turning around the way we came!

Get Outside
10-20-2013, 10:39 PM
By the way that is Stan ahead of me!

AimCOTaco
10-21-2013, 08:27 AM
That was our family's first slippery night run and we had a great time! The kids were wide awake and still having a blast by the end of the bobsled zone and then all crashed hard once we hit the highway. After my first couple of slides I just embraced gravity and let it take me, stopping was available on the flats and NOT between them, I did fine by just keeping the wheels turning to maintain steering and control. Once we had the trucks spaced out enough that I wasn't worried about rear ending anyone it was fun. That said, I was third in line so the conditions were likely better for us than for the tail (and a good thing given my worn tires).
Sorry about the diff Josh, glad we got you rolling again quickly.

Many thanks Tim for a great event!

FJCDan
10-21-2013, 08:43 AM
Here are a few pic's the girls took while at dinner.

mikeyhcrana
10-31-2013, 12:22 PM
Has anybody noticed a unknown deep 3/8's 14mm Craftsman socket in their tools? I haven't seen mine since that night.

AimCOTaco
10-31-2013, 01:01 PM
Has anybody noticed a unknown deep 3/8's 14mm Craftsman socket in their tools? I haven't seen mine since that night.

I'll check tonight but I don't think so. Would that be the black one you and I used on your impact for the drive-shaft or was that one a shallow husky?

Speaking of, what kind of impact gun is that? You made me realize I need an electric impact for the trail, that thing was sweet. I spent more time laying under truck waiting to roll it to reach the next bolt that I spent actually working on the bolts. Made the front shaft a <5 minute job, given the access issues and limited space it could have easily been 45 with standard hand tools.

mikeyhcrana
11-01-2013, 04:44 PM
I'll check tonight but I don't think so. Would that be the black one you and I used on your impact for the drive-shaft or was that one a shallow husky?

Speaking of, what kind of impact gun is that? You made me realize I need an electric impact for the trail, that thing was sweet. I spent more time laying under truck waiting to roll it to reach the next bolt that I spent actually working on the bolts. Made the front shaft a <5 minute job, given the access issues and limited space it could have easily been 45 with standard hand tools.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0014Z0MUI

It's the big 1/2 inch one Makita makes. It is stronger then my pneumatic. I also got the big sawzall that uses the same batteries. You can get almost any power tool seperatley once you have batteries.

It's just a chrome deep 3/8's I'm missing. No big deal but tho it I'd check before I replace it.

Fishy
11-01-2013, 05:01 PM
I didn't take any tools out because everyone else had them ready when we got there. I remember using the cordless for the 14mm flange bolts. (Awesome) , then I picked everything up and put it on the tailgate so everyone could get back their tools. I didn't see anything left on that tailgate as everyone seemed to scoop up what was theirs.

AimCOTaco
11-06-2013, 11:56 AM
Ahh, here's a familiar sensation:
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