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subzali
02-12-2008, 05:16 PM
Hey all, just wondering if anybody would be up for a Snow Run scouting trip this Sunday. Really just a gauging trip. The way I see it right now is to head up Guanella Pass from the Georgetown side and see how high we can get - if we hit the top, great. I'm not sure about heading down the south side, seeing that we would likely not reach Grant and I'm not much for trying to work back uphill at that point.

If we accomplish that task or determine that it's not a good candidate, I say we head up Argentine and feel it out to see whether it's safe/how far we can go etc.

If that stops us then I say we head back down to Georgetown and head up toward the Lamartine area (Saxon Road?) and see if it's gated (there's a gate there, not sure if it's closed in winter), if not continue on as far as we can.

Next stop would probably be Bill Moore Lake area. Then Alice (Loch Lamond etc.), then Idaho Spgs. side of Lamartine, which I have been on before and it was fun. If we exhaust all those options then there's a road straight south of Idaho Spgs. that seems to go into the woods, I haven't been very far up it because that's one of the 4 or 5 places that I got close to rolling my truck, and we called it a trail after that event :eek: If we do ALL of that, then I say we call it a day and go get pizza.

Again this is all to gauge the possibility of alternate snow run locations depending on snow conditions, so if we get stopped we get stopped and we turn around. I have no plan for destinations, but to me it's about getting out there and seeing what my truck can do! I'm thinking of leaving pretty early to get as much time as possible to test out the options (like between 7 and 8 am), but am flexible because I'm really at the mercy of whoever wants to go with me, as I'd rather not go by myself.

Rogue Leader
02-12-2008, 05:28 PM
what kind of support are you looking for? I could come but im not lifted or winched out like most people. If you need a winch I can throw chains on my mums jeep and go with you that way.

subzali
02-12-2008, 05:52 PM
Well - I am on 31s, rear locker, I do have chains for all 4s if needed, and I do have a winch now too. I guess when I'm looking for potential snow run locations I'm looking for stuff that my truck can get through if someone else breaks trail, and possibly lead like I've done with my friends in the past. That is how the first S/P run that I went on was like (Jan '06). That is also how the run looked that the Horsetooth 4wheelers went on last Sunday. Last year's S/P run as well as this years has me baffled, because that kind of snow depth precludes a lot of people in the club from really even going, because even the big trucks are getting super stuck and don't make that much progress (2000 yds. vs. 5-8 miles). Now I realize that going higher in elevation is likely not to be the right answer, but you have to start somewhere and I would just like to satisfy my curiosity, because I'm not sure very many people have checked some of these trails out in the winter. So I wanted to start here, maybe in the next couple weeks check out some above Boulder, because they're also at lower elevations, and just go from there.

So - it would be nice to have a truck that's sitting on 35s to help blaze trail, but I realize that I would probably be hindering forward progress of that truck because I'm smaller right now. But if nobody is game then I'll make due with what I have, and at that point it's nice to have two trucks so we can pull each other out of whatever we get into, as long as one can follow the other.

nuclearlemon
02-12-2008, 05:57 PM
i might be up for a run in the piggie

Crash
02-12-2008, 07:03 PM
Definitely maybe!

RockRunner
02-12-2008, 08:50 PM
Sunday bad Saturday good............couldn't go anyway since I have to work OT and have hockey. Hope you guys have a great time and find some cool places.

rover67
02-12-2008, 09:53 PM
i won't be able to make it... ya'll have fun

corsair23
02-13-2008, 02:37 AM
Me and the "Whale" shy away from snow runs now - especially with a winch that ain't working :hill:

Be safe and let us know how it goes and take a club roster list with phone #'s in case you need help :thumb:

lfd270ben
02-13-2008, 03:08 AM
Let me know If you look anywhere on the north side of denver goergetown is A little to far for me

Uncle Ben
02-13-2008, 08:30 AM
Be safe and let us know how it goes and take a club roster list with phone #'s in case you need help :thumb:

Ditto! What freq will you be on....we'll listen! ;) :hill:

subzali
02-13-2008, 08:55 AM
You'll have to ask someone with a Ham...cause I can't do that yet :bawl:

subzali
02-13-2008, 11:16 AM
Okay, so just to get it out there: how about meeting in Georgetown at the gas station closest to the interstate at 8:00, roll at 8:30? If you show up late we'll be up on Guanella Pass, there's only one way in and out so it should be easy. If that doesn't work for somebody who is planning on going, let me know what the earliest time is that you can be there and we'll do that. Remember that Sunday ski traffic can be pretty slow, even going up the hill, given that time of morning.

timmbuck2
02-13-2008, 05:46 PM
if you get bored snow bashing let me know and we can go tackle the snow and tow that FJ40 out of Pine Junction...

Tramontana
02-15-2008, 11:45 AM
...but it will depend upon a few variables and facts of life.


Variable is wife's blessing.

Fact of life, my '97 is mostly stock. 31x10.50's with decent tread (1/2 life), chains for all fours, open LS diff's, and no winch. :o

My truck is equipped for winter travel, but doesn't like bottomless snow. It digs just fine, until it floats out on the undercarriage.:mad:

I'm an RS nOOb, and would like to make the run, as it will be my first "event" to finalize my membership qualifications. Alternatively, I may opt for the GPS run on Sunday.

Cheers!

Tramontana
02-15-2008, 11:50 AM
...I was on a motorcycle ride called The Elephant Ride last weekend, and we tried getting up from the Grant side. The snow gets pretty deep, and we only got within 4 miles of the pass before the bikes couldn't get through. Lots of people were "parked" at the end of the plowing, and one or two 4x4's that busted through farther. A lifted, (and rear only chained) K5 buried itself and is/was gonna take a fair amount of digging to get itself out. :lmao:

We did have a BLAST with the ride.

Ride report and photos here on www.adventurerider.com

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310285

Cheers!

subzali
02-15-2008, 11:58 AM
I can't help you with the variables :D

Fact of Life #1: I bet your 80 is more capable than my 40, so we're good there.

Fact of Life #2: I don't think I would consider this an "Official" Rising Sun club run, it's more of a scouting run (even though I'm coordinating it) - the GPS run definitely counts as a club event. I don't know if the bylaws can be flexed or if others will want to make this an official club run (for the sake of facilitating your joining in the event you can't swing the GPS run), but for now it's not. I'm still not really sure if anybody is going to show up, I have about 4 maybes. You are certainly welcome though :) I would love for SOMEone to come play in the mountains with me on Sunday, we'll tailor it to the type of vehicles we have show up (winch, lift, chains, lockers, etc. not required in other words).

Uncle Ben
02-15-2008, 12:12 PM
I can't help you with the variables :D

Fact of Life #1: I bet your 80 is more capable than my 40, so we're good there.

Fact of Life #2: I don't think I would consider this an "Official" Rising Sun club run, it's more of a scouting run (even though I'm coordinating it) - the GPS run definitely counts as a club event. I don't know if the bylaws can be flexed or if others will want to make this an official club run (for the sake of facilitating your joining in the event you can't swing the GPS run), but for now it's not. I'm still not really sure if anybody is going to show up, I have about 4 maybes. You are certainly welcome though :) I would love for SOMEone to come play in the mountains with me on Sunday, we'll tailor it to the type of vehicles we have show up (winch, lift, chains, lockers, etc. not required in other words).

Actually in the past....if it's a run led by RM members and posted on RS media then technically it is considered an "official" RS run. Exception would be the _______ run that's not official, nor is it discussed nor is it real....it's just _____! :lmao::lmao:

subzali
02-15-2008, 12:36 PM
well there you go, I guess I've transitioned from my bantering about that I've become accustomed to the past three years and am starting to tap into my superpowers!

I guess, after all, this is to benefit the club as a whole, so it makes sense...

Thanks Kev! And we'll keep on the DL k? :)

Uncle Ben
02-15-2008, 01:33 PM
well there you go, I guess I've transitioned from my bantering about that I've become accustomed to the past three years and am starting to tap into my superpowers!

I guess, after all, this is to benefit the club as a whole, so it makes sense...

Thanks Kev! And we'll keep on the DL k? :)


Fixed it....

subzali
02-15-2008, 01:39 PM
Actually in the past....if it's a run led by RM members and posted on RS media then technically it is considered an "official" RS run. Exception would be the _______ run that's not official, nor is it discussed nor is it real....it's just _____! :lmao::lmao:

Fixed mine and yours! Hope that's okay! :thumb:

Uncle Ben
02-15-2008, 01:46 PM
Fixed mine and yours! Hope that's okay! :thumb:

All hail.....:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=6482&stc=1&d=1193084922

nakman
02-15-2008, 02:11 PM
Tecnically, the HAM class qualifies as a RS event, so you've already got that box checked off. :thumb:

nuclearlemon
02-15-2008, 05:10 PM
think i'm gonna miss it. i just can't see sitting in the traffic and there will be plenty of ski traffic since it's a nice weekend. plus, a nice day means a good time to get stuff done around here

Rogue Leader
02-15-2008, 05:13 PM
I got pressed ganged into fixing the stairs as our house will be on the market in a few weeks.

Evrgrnmtnman
02-15-2008, 06:39 PM
Hmmmmm.......how about we take our snowmobiles?

Tramontana
02-16-2008, 07:22 PM
...spent the day with chores and then went for a ride on my DR650. Don't have my truck ready, and have still more chores for tomorrow.

I do/did like the idea and would try to go again sometime. Maybe go play on the Switzerland Trail or something sometime before spring?

Cheers!

subzali
02-17-2008, 12:26 AM
Yep, the next one I have in mind is the Switzerland Area for maybe mid-March? We'll see, my schedule is busy for the next three weekends. I'm still going to go tomorrow, I'll wait until about 8:30 and head up Guanella Pass. If nobody shows up I'll take it easy but it will still give me a chance to get a couple question marks out of my head...

corsair23
02-18-2008, 12:24 AM
Matt,

You make it back to civilization??

subzali
02-18-2008, 08:54 AM
Yep! Wish I could download pictures off my camera, but I'll do a quick writeup just to relay what I found out.

Uncle Ben
02-18-2008, 08:55 AM
Yep! Wish I could download pictures off my camera, but I'll do a quick writeup just to relay what I found out.


Were you by yourself? :eek:

subzali
02-18-2008, 10:10 AM
Yes. (I know, I know).

I was being very cautious, (I know, I know, that doesn't make up for it).

Consider my wrist slapped.

Uncle Ben
02-18-2008, 10:22 AM
Yes. (I know, I know).

I was being very cautious, (I know, I know, that doesn't make up for it).

Consider my wrist slapped.


I do solo runs too quite often but like you mentioned....you just gotta use your head and have an escape plan! Sounds like a productive run! Solo runs can be a lot of fun but you always want someone to witness the fun....feels weird to tell the story without witnesses! ;)