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Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 07:05 PM
Awesome run this year! We had a perfect sized group of 7 well set up rigs with experienced pilots. No breakage, minimal stucks and everyone had a great time time.

Dave and Michelle Nay were in their 80 with their 4 kids, Ken Romer brought a friend in his LX450, His daughter Rachel drove her 3rd Gen Runner with her B/F, Ken's younger daughter Sarah and her friend were in Sarah's LX450. CJ and his friend were in his very well built truck, and Bruce Lawson expertly drove his trusty FJ60. I was the only FJ40 representative in the group.

The weather was hot and sunny for the first part of the trail; we all bypassed the first lower obstacle and made our way to the first obstacle, the ledge. I drove up it and parked, then Bruce drove up, followed by Ken. On the radio it sounded like Sarah was having some issues, so I shut off the engine to go check it out.

She had gotten to where she couldn't back up safely to try a different line, so Ken turned around to hook up his winch. That didn't get her up, so we jacked her up enough to put some rocks under her tire, and with Ken's winch she was on her way.

The next obstacle, the dirt hill was uneventful. Everyone made it up and we kept going. Then we got to the rock hill and it was totally changed from previous years. The aspen was gone and a lot of rocks were rearranged. It took me a couple of tries to get up it, all the old lines were gone. Then Bruce came up, and the first line didn't work. He tried it again and got hung up on about the same spot. Now noticing the aspen gone, I suggested a different line, which worked like a charm, and was used by Sarah and Rachel. CJ, with his built truck basically played a bit, getting hung up a couple times before driving up, as did Dave. Dave wanted to try an impossible line, which proved, well, impossible. It didn't help that his rear locker wouldn't engage, nor that the center diff wasn't locked. Do'h! Soon we were back on our way and on to the rock garden, practically record time, arriving at 12:15.

I drove up the bypass, but noticed that the main garden looked a lot easier than years past. Bruce got stuck in the section of the bypass where it's skinny between the rock on the left and the tree on the right. Then he stalled and vapor locked and we had to wait a few minutes to get him started again. In the mean time, Ken drove part way up the bypass then switched into the main garden, and put on an excellent show in his well-built 450. He did get hung up a bit at one point, moving a good-sized boulder several inches and losing a bit of ARB bull bar marker lens in the process, but excellent driving and immutable Lexus finally conquered the rock garden.

At this point, Bruce had restarted and made it the rest of the way up. Sarah was next; she had a great time squeezing between the tree and the rock and made it through, followed by Rachel. CJ went staright up the rock garden, making it look relatively easy. Dave Nay decided to try (another) impossible line, which was...a non starter. My heart went in my throat as I saw Bruce jump up on his up-side slider as he was about to go over, but catastrophy was averted and he didn't roll and Bruce didn't konk his head. [whew!] Next up was Dave's getting high centered on two different places to where there was more weight on steel than rubber. More jacking and rock stacking and he was out and up the hill.

As we finished lunch and were preparing to depart, a TJ driver asked us if we could help, he apparently broke his rear diff. The end result was to get him turned around to where he could get back down in front wheel drive.

We got up to the meadow, and enjoyed the views, the 68 degree temperatures and the wonderful Father's Day. CJ bugged out first, followed by Ken and his daughters. Bruce and Dave and I stayed for a while and chatted with some hikers and other wheelers. On the way down, we encountered a very high centered Chevy ex cab pickup, which we unstuck with jacking and rock stacking. The drive home from G-Town wasn't too bad, but did require some bypassing on the frontage roads due to traffic. Photos to follow!

MDH33
06-17-2007, 07:24 PM
sounds like a good day! I was denied any wheeling this weekend due to some broken motor mounts... parts on order to get me back on the trails.

oh yeah :

Where are the pics!!

:thumb: :cheers:

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:08 PM
The initial plan was to winch Sarah up the ledge; the composition and arrangement of the rocks on top would have been a problem for Ken to strap her. You can see where her right rear tire was in a position that backing up could not be done safely. That didn't work, so we ended up jacking her right front wheel up a bit to shove some rocks underneath. That worked like a charm!

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:11 PM
After trying the impossible line, Dave Nay takes the possible line, successfully up the rock hill.

Romer
06-17-2007, 09:25 PM
A great Fathers day and thanks for leading the run.

The card and presents this morning were nice, but wheeling with my daughters was priceless

AxleIke
06-17-2007, 09:31 PM
Nice pictures!! What a great day! Sorry I missed it.

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:37 PM
Bruce approaches the tight squeeze in the rock garden bypass.

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:39 PM
After Bruce stalls in the bypass squeeze, Ken decides to head straight up the rock garden.

Shark Bait
06-17-2007, 09:42 PM
Way cool. Great pics. I saw Sarah SB on I-25 at Belleview around 4:30 PM today. We were coming back from visiting my wife's dad. :)

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:45 PM
After Bruce's rig cools down for a few minutes, he's back underway through the squeeze.

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:47 PM
Sarah and her friend motor up the hill, followed by Rachel and her friend.

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:55 PM
The rock garden looked a lot different this year. Of course it's different every year, but some sections were easier, and some were just as hard. Below, CJ starts up in his truck; I don't know exactly what year his truck is but it's far from stock. It obviously started out as an IFS later model and has a V6, but has had an SAS and many other mods. The way he's got it set up, and with his excellent driving skills, he just walked right up just about everything he tried.

Rzeppa
06-17-2007, 09:58 PM
These last five are of Dave working his way up the rock garden. Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera out as he was *almost* rolling, but he's a great driver and fortunately everything turned out okay.

Romer
06-17-2007, 10:00 PM
Way cool. Great pics. I saw Sarah SB on I-25 at Belleview around 4:30 PM today. We were coming back from visiting my wife's dad. :)


Yeah she was only 40 feet behind me and you only notice the chick driving the cruiser:rolleyes:

Shark Bait
06-17-2007, 10:05 PM
Yeah she was only 40 feet behind me and you only notice the chick driving the cruiser:rolleyes:
Only the good looking ones. :p:

corsair23
06-17-2007, 10:10 PM
Great pics and write up!! Thanks for sharing.

My Father's Day 4-wheeling amounted to nothing more than the dirt road leading up to the in-laws :(

But spending the day with the family was priceless and it was nice and relaxing up in the cooler mountain air ;)

Jacket
06-17-2007, 10:19 PM
Great pictures! Nice to see the trail clear all the way to the top. Wish I could have been there. I did get up to the Hoosier Pass area with my two kiddos, although the "wheelin" was dirt roads through the neighborhoods of Fairplay and Alma.

Red_Chili
06-18-2007, 07:46 AM
Wish I coulda been there. Instead, running a trencher to put in sprinklers in the sun on the hottest day of the year so far seemed like just way more fun.

There is really something wrong with me... :D

farnhamstj
06-18-2007, 09:04 AM
Sounds like you had a good time. Our family decided to checout out Rifle Falls and the Flat tops followed by a run up Battlement Mesa. Great trail worth doing. I suffered a flat from a hidden rock in a mud puddle that tore a hole in the sidewall of a rear tire. Hurray for road hazzard coverage, I should be getting a new tire.

Nay
06-18-2007, 10:20 AM
Well, I have no pictures, which means it was a great day and my driving was less than stellar :eek:

That almost roll came totally out of the blue, which is what you always hear. I'm trying to get straightened out from that line up the left side of the rock garden in the pic above where you see the tree root and the clear indication that the rear left is going to slip to the middle and place my 80 squarely on gas tank skid and crossmember with all four tires hanging mid air.

Trying to get lined back up straight to take the line Romer took, the left rear dropped a bit suddenly and with some residual mud I slid to the left and that right side just starts rising up slowly enough that I shout to Bruce who is spotting, that I'm really tippy, so he bolts around and jumps on the step slider, bringing it back down. And then another little slip and it's going over, so Bruce jumps off and out of the way and shouts "go forward!". I do want to say that I watched Bruce get out of the way before moving. Better to lay it up against the bank than anybody get hurt, but it's a lesson nonetheless.

This part feels like an eternity. I hear Michelle shouting that it's going to roll. I'm in reverse and currently holding onto the center console leaning as far as I can to the passenger side watching the side bank approach, and just hit throttle in reverse and it levels right back out. In 10 years of wheeling, I've never been close to a roll, but have been in positions I would have sworn were 10 times worse.

My only casualty was the AC dryer. They make a show when you pop 'em, so I guess I have an excuse to relocate it now :hill:

That first "impossible line" looked doable since I walked it last year (pic is clearing the top after a 3' wheelstand), but I think the left side of that line is a lot more dug out now. Funny thing how you have to lock CDL if you want locked diffs. Sometimes a bit of stupidity is a blessing in disguise :D . Now that the aspen is gone that "bypass" line is even really getting bad. That's going to be the worst mandatory obstacle on the entire trail soon.

My kids had a blast, Michelle had a great time in spite of my promise of meadows and forests on the way down (Idaho Springs route) and not scree infested ledge roads (Georgetown route) :D . With no AC into Denver on the hottest day of the year so far, a beer (root for the kids :hill: ) at Rock Bottom was a welcome sight indeed.

Great run :cheers:

Rezarf
06-18-2007, 10:46 PM
Looks like it was fun!