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PhatFJ
01-03-2009, 08:40 PM
Scott: We just got home and I had to get on the forum and THANK you for getting this trip together!!! We had a great time!! and a special thanks to the club for the Pizza!!! Looking forward to seeing all of you soon. I will post a couple of pic's up as soon as I get them downloaded... GOOD TIMES :D :D

Cheers, :beer: :hill:

nakman
01-03-2009, 09:37 PM
That was awesome. I've done the snow run a ton of times and this was the first time I've stuck it out for the pizza... little did I know I may have been missing out on the best part. Conditions were excellent up there, everyone I ran into was super cool, I think just about everyone got involved in some sort of recovery effort. Fun time, for sure. thanks everyone!

:risingsun

farnhamstj
01-03-2009, 10:19 PM
Glad you all made it back safely.

leiniesred
01-03-2009, 10:20 PM
That was the best snow run in years. Sure we winched a bunch, but the driving part made the winching worth it.

mini truck winch train worked great!

60wag
01-04-2009, 06:49 AM
The snow level was great. Deep enough to be fun but not so deep you couldn't get around. Quite a turnout both for the run and the dinner at Beau Jo's.

Gerdo
01-04-2009, 09:39 AM
I hade an awesome time. Got stuck some, winched some. Made it thru some deep stuff and kept going. What a great group. Thanks for letting me come along. Sorry I couldn't make it for the pizza. I didn't have my camera so I'm waiting to see everyones pictures.

Chris

Jacket
01-04-2009, 10:15 AM
That was the best snow run in years. Sure we winched a bunch, but the driving part made the winching worth it.



I agree. Perfect conditions and a great day! Thanks Scott for leading the day again.

Nay
01-04-2009, 10:17 AM
Outstanding, what a great run :beer:

Were we all so occupied after the ice hill slip 'n slide that nobody took any pics? :D

LARGEONE
01-04-2009, 10:34 AM
Scott...thanks for leading, and especially for letting me ride around with you all day!!! I had a great time. It was fun getting people un-stuck!!! Not as much fun as it would have been driving and getting stuck, but still lots of fun! I'll try to post some pics when I download them from my camera later today. I think I also have a couple of short videos. Gotta finish my garage project first (before going back to work tomorrow)!!!

RicardoJM
01-04-2009, 10:43 AM
Wow, it was a great time yesterday. Many thanks to Scott Yoder and all who helped keep us safe and enjoying the day:thumb:. Being in the high country is a very beautiful experience any time of year, but we were blessed with an excellent day for the 2009 Snow and Pizza Run.

With so many vehicles it’s impossible to cover the whole event. TheBoomBoom and I took some pictures through the day and here is the story they tell.

We’ll start with some Ford content; here TheBoomBoom is checking the chains on the Bronco. This was our first time running in snow and first time using chains. I’d really like to thank MtnTrucker for lending us some tighteners for the chains.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_074.jpg

Here is the first line of the day, we are working our way up the hill to the first large packing area. Listening to the radio, it seemed that at one point we had vehicles stuck on both the hard line icy hill and the bypass.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_075.jpg

Same line looking from the front to the back. The coordination in these spots was very good. There was a team on top and team on bottom using radio communication to keep track of everyone and make sure all had a clear path up.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_077.jpg

Most of the vehicles I saw on the run went without chains. This was the “last chance” best place to put em on if you wanted them.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_078.jpg

There was a bunch of nice looking 40s out on the run. Somehow, we only managed one good close up shot.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_079.jpg

MtnTrucker has a real nice 40 but was waiting on parts so the 40 stayed home. He did do an excellent job of getting into the Toyota spirit of things.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_080.jpg

Our tail gunner had an interesting rig. This is an 80 with the 40 body put on top. It was great to have so many come down from the Horsetooth club to join us for the day.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_084.jpg

The day was not without problems for all, but no trucks were left up on the mountain. Here is a shot of a 22R needing a bit of priming to get started. Once it fired up it was on its way.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_085.jpg

This is a shot of the first parking area and trucks waiting in queue to get up the next hill. How many rigs do you see?
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_097.jpg

This photo was taken right where we decided to turn around just up the hill from the first parking area. We made it up the hill to our spotters just fine but really started spinning in a big long drift. For a stock rig with 31” tires it went further than I had expected. It was a good day, I even made my first DX HF contact with a special event at the observatory in Toronto.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_099.jpg

Coming back down the hill, MtnTrucker popped the tire off the rim.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_108.jpg

There was a bit of trouble with blockage in the tube used to lower the spare tire. Here is a shot of McGyver using his “wire taped to a handle thingamabob” to clear the blockage. With the blockage clear, the spare tire came down easily. In short order, MtnTrucker was rolling down the hill.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_112.jpg

Here is a series of photos of trucks and occupants that were snapped during the day.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_088.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_090.jpg

Here is the leading candidate for Commander in 2010…
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_091.jpg

Back to wheeling pictures…
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_100.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_102.jpg
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http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_105.jpg

I’m not sure what the story is on this picture, but it may be two 80s were giving a hand to the seafoam green Dodge that lost its front drive shaft. Either way, it’s a cool photo of these nicely built rigs.
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_111.jpg

Finally some photos of pizza!
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_134.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_135.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_136.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_137.jpg
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/ricardojm/2009snprun/w_139.jpg

Thanks again to all for a safe, fun and enjoyable event.

Mendocino
01-04-2009, 11:05 AM
Thanks to all for a great time and thank you Scott for pulling all this off so successfully.

Here is a picture of Nathaniel with the McGyver contraption (look closely to see the wire) used to remove debris from Randy's spare tire lowering mechanism. We also later tried to reseat the bead on his tire but I did not nearly use enough white gas. Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2zOEhOnSNk) is a link to a successful application of this technique.

FJBRADY
01-04-2009, 11:51 AM
Great time wheeling in the snow. Sorry I missed the pizza, had two dogs at home wetting their pants. Thank you Scott for leading the charge.....looked like you had the most fun pulling everybody back down the mountain!!!!

treerootCO
01-04-2009, 12:02 PM
We had a blast! A big thank you goes out to everyone.

JadeRunner
01-04-2009, 12:13 PM
Good fun was had for sure. I was surprised to see that it hadn't really snowed much up there since we were there a month ago. But, that was good in that we were able to get around so everyone could get into the action this time. The first group (Tom, Bill, Rudy and Kimmel) were able to get all the way to the top. Bill and Tom continued on down to Fall River road. I guess they had to winch down through very deep snow once they got into the trees. I was with the middle group and the Horsetooth guys led the last group. At least that's just how it worked out with about 27 rigs on the trail. The Horsetooth 4 Wheelers were a very cool and equipped bunch of people. We were glad they joined us. Radio communications were key. Since we were so spread out, having the HAM was key. Even Uncle Ben chimed in and called Beou Jo's with a headcount for us.

The snow got pretty deep past the first playground and would high center most folks. I led the middle group the 2nd playground where it was obvious it would require winching multiple times to continue. This is where Uncle Ben and his group turned around I believe (I own him 20 bucks). We turned around after more play and met the last group coming up. We managed to let them all by as we headed back up to the rise near the first playground. We didn't think much of this section coming down it, but coming up was a winch fest for another hour of so to get everyone back up. This was the exact spot that Craze broke his berf years ago. I think Ige even got strapped some more going down - she needs new tires. I'm sure it was good for many people to be able to get stuck, push the limits and feel out their strengths and weaknesses. It was interesting for me to see how well or poorly people would do based on the weight of their rig, tires and amount lift etc. We all made it back to the middle parking area with a nice view of the storm below us then took York Gulch down to I70. Success!

I'll post pictures later.

FJ40zen
01-04-2009, 12:29 PM
:thumb: We enjoyed driving down to join you and will try to do this more often. I got a chance to put a few faces together with names. Thanks for the invitation, pizza and good time. :cool:

FJBRADY
01-04-2009, 01:03 PM
Pictures.....

FJBRADY
01-04-2009, 01:04 PM
few more.....

RedCreeper
01-04-2009, 02:47 PM
Want to say thanks to the Rising Sun and Scott for a AWSOME time. As the little guy on the run i don't think i did to bad. but than again being a photographer and having no PICS because i was to busy either trying to get up a hill or getting unstuck says a lot. My vivid memory would be as i left the upper parking lot and started up it was deep but kept my foot in it till about half way up there was a little bump, i got on it hoping and praying but that is where i stopped. About 200 yards from anyone. i get on the radio to let folks know and before i can say anything i here.... im stuck... im stuck.... im stuck..... im stuck... from there i tried to dig out but when i seen the snow under the whole FJ i know i had to wait. There were rigs all over the mountain at any givin time. All i can say it was a BLAST!!!! Cant wait till the next one. Oh and skid plates on FJs work great to keep you on top till the tires have nothing to grab on to. Almost forgot.. Thanks Don for getting me out of the last deep spot. Did not get a chance to say it before we split up. Till next time see everyone on the trail.

Kenny
TT FJC

Red_Chili
01-04-2009, 02:53 PM
Scott, with so many participants on a run where so much waiting COULD have occurred... and didn't... all I can say is, you are a great leader among great leaders. And you weren't even a drill sergeant!

I will post up pix later. I started up Yankee Doodle Hill but the trail proper was drifted in (it is a drainage) and though there was an established bypass to the SE of it, I didn't feel good taking it and backed down. If I had not, I am pretty certain I could have summitted Yankee Doodle. Not bad for January.

Tom and I definitely did have to winch DOWNhill to get down to Fall River Road via Alice. Drifts were at places over my hood measured top to ground, though we would kinda float up on them, burying ourselves only down to the frame. It was work but we made it! If we hadn't been able to proceed... we would have had to walk out. Or shovel well into dark. There was NO strapping back up, NO rear mounted winches, and NO other way. :eek:

MDH33
01-04-2009, 05:40 PM
Wow, that's a huge group. And from the pics I only recognize 5 or 6 of the rigs. I was going to come, but I had a feeling it was going to be a traffic jam on the trail.

Glad you all had fun.

subzali
01-04-2009, 08:25 PM
I wish I could have made it, snow runs are so much fun. How many total rigs, did anybody count?

Gerdo
01-04-2009, 08:31 PM
I was impressed that there weren't big "traffic jams". Yeah there were a few slow spots, behind stuck vehicles, but overall not bad. There were, I think, 3 groups. The more built-up vehicles and two groups of the more common vehicles. This helped keep things moving.

Scott
Great job on being the Leader. You didn't just say "let them fend for themselves". You hung with groups to assist thru spots.

nuclearlemon
01-04-2009, 09:43 PM
I wish I could have made it, snow runs are so much fun. How many total rigs, did anybody count?
i tried adding it up at dinner and came up with 28 rigs most of them with multiple people, so a wag of 50 attendees.

Air Randy
01-05-2009, 12:19 PM
My personal thanks to Nate & Jeff & Ricardo & Ricardo's son & everyone else who helped out in my time of need. Amazing what a PITA 1 misplaced pebble can cause. My lessons learned from this trip are:

1-Get the 40 running so I don't have to take a very large and heavy truck wheeling
2-When I have to take aforementioned truck wheeling, dont be a DA and leave half the tire chains at home, thus causing me to air down the unchained front tires which resulted in losing a bead when clobbering a rock
3-Put a cork in the tube to the spare tire mechanism so little pebbles cant get in it and become a huge PITA
4-Really appreciate all of the fine folks in the club knowing you wouldnt be left behind no matter what happened. The pizza and company afterwards were great too!

JadeRunner
01-05-2009, 03:38 PM
1. The group before the other half arrived.
2. After going through the ice hill bypass twice. I was backing down to strap someone and had to winch out myself.
3. Bruce strapping
4. Middle parking area with storm down below.
5. The jump at the 1st playground. It looks like Uncle Ben's group busted it open a few days prior. I still say someone bladed the little hill down so it's flat now.

JadeRunner
01-05-2009, 03:43 PM
1. Nay getting strapped
2. Nay's two boys having fun
3. The turn around point for all but the 4 in the first group
4. JKimmel playing around and getting stuck. I got to strap him. He came down with Rudy in the first group.
5. This was the section coming back and up toward the first playgound that many had a hard time getting through.

lfd270ben
01-05-2009, 03:54 PM
Thanks again for all the help everyone this was the best trip I have ever had. Next time I will definetly bring a trailer I wish I went to get pizza but it was getting dark and I was pretty close to getting frostbite on the way home.

nuclearlemon
01-05-2009, 06:15 PM
brilliant me, didn't charge my camera battery, so not many pictures. all pretty much of a couple of the horsetooth guys, john from coyote and paul and julie dangler in their pretty pig ;)

Nay
01-05-2009, 07:02 PM
Awesome pics, it always sucks getting back to the reality of the day to day after a trip like that. One of the best I can remember :cheers:

JadeRunner
01-05-2009, 11:10 PM
Scott...thanks for leading, and especially for letting me ride around with you all day!!! I had a great time. It was fun getting people un-stuck!!! Not as much fun as it would have been driving and getting stuck, but still lots of fun! I'll try to post some pics when I download them from my camera later today. I think I also have a couple of short videos. Gotta finish my garage project first (before going back to work tomorrow)!!!

Almost forgot to thank you Paul for all your work working the D-rings, straps and shovels all day. You were quite helpful.

Air Randy
01-06-2009, 03:10 PM
Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2zOEhOnSNk) is a link to a successful application of this technique.[/QUOTE]

All the people on U Tube are using starting fluid (ether) to reseat the bead on the tires. There is even one where they're doing it in the winter in snow up to their a**. I'm going to get some starting fluid and practice on an old tire out behind the barn. I can see why ether works a lot better than white gas.

Jacket
01-06-2009, 04:18 PM
It's going to be hard to top this year's snow run. Muy bueno!

I only took a handful of pics.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/yankeehill_0109/snowrun2009004.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/yankeehill_0109/snowrun2009007.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/yankeehill_0109/snowrun2009010.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/yankeehill_0109/snowrun2009009.jpg

nuclearlemon
01-06-2009, 04:59 PM
Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2zOEhOnSNk) is a link to a successful application of this technique.

All the people on U Tube are using starting fluid (ether) to reseat the bead on the tires. There is even one where they're doing it in the winter in snow up to their a**. I'm going to get some starting fluid and practice on an old tire out behind the barn. I can see why ether works a lot better than white gas.[/QUOTE]

i've used starting fluid, or brakeclean, but anything flammable works. i prefer to use one of those long stick lighters....;)

Uncle Ben
01-06-2009, 05:23 PM
All the people on U Tube are using starting fluid (ether) to reseat the bead on the tires. There is even one where they're doing it in the winter in snow up to their a**. I'm going to get some starting fluid and practice on an old tire out behind the barn. I can see why ether works a lot better than white gas.

i've used starting fluid, or brakeclean, but anything flammable works. i prefer to use one of those long stick lighters....;)

Learned the starting fluid trick many years ago while I was still in High School. I worked at a Co-Op in Eaton and sometimes brand new truck tires just wont air up because they were stacked too high in the shipment and the beads were too squished together. I always make a "fuse" from the bead to the edge of the tire with a close sprit. ALWAYS STAND INLINE OF THE TIRE!!! If you are facing the rim your gonna lose some facial hair! Simply light the wet "fuse" and look away. It works very well! Another lesson I will tell you and you can choose to listen or find out for yourself is it works best to have the core removed so you can air the tire quickly as when the heated air rapidly cools the tire might unseat again. DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE STEM TO HOLD AIR WHILE YOU GRAB FOR THE AIR HOSE! Puts a very cool looking but painfull 1/4" circle on your finger tip that will last plenty long to amuse your friends! The method is actually very safe if done with caution and intelligence. It will not ruin your tire and it will not send flying rubber accross the shop. It WILL give you a fuzzy when you do it by the whole nature of the process! :D :thumb::thumb: I always carry a can of starting fluid....go ahead check my parts box! ;)

EDIT: Just watched the vids.... It is not a good idea to have the tire laying on the ground. If the rear bead is unseated it could pop the whole wheel/tire in the air and also flying sand/dirt might not be fun in the eyes.

Coyote John
01-06-2009, 09:26 PM
Hi All,
Thanks for the great time. Search for BigDees on Youtube for some videos of the trip. Thanks again-Coyote John

Crash
01-12-2009, 07:38 PM
Sounds like a fun "tech" session at the next club meeting! Maybe even after Hops. There is an empty field across the street from the south Stevinson exit. Yeehaw!! :hill:

Learned the starting fluid trick many years ago while I was still in High School. I worked at a Co-Op in Eaton and sometimes brand new truck tires just wont air up because they were stacked too high in the shipment and the beads were too squished together. I always make a "fuse" from the bead to the edge of the tire with a close sprit. ALWAYS STAND INLINE OF THE TIRE!!! If you are facing the rim your gonna lose some facial hair! Simply light the wet "fuse" and look away. It works very well! Another lesson I will tell you and you can choose to listen or find out for yourself is it works best to have the core removed so you can air the tire quickly as when the heated air rapidly cools the tire might unseat again. DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE STEM TO HOLD AIR WHILE YOU GRAB FOR THE AIR HOSE! Puts a very cool looking but painfull 1/4" circle on your finger tip that will last plenty long to amuse your friends! The method is actually very safe if done with caution and intelligence. It will not ruin your tire and it will not send flying rubber accross the shop. It WILL give you a fuzzy when you do it by the whole nature of the process! :D :thumb::thumb: I always carry a can of starting fluid....go ahead check my parts box! ;)

EDIT: Just watched the vids.... It is not a good idea to have the tire laying on the ground. If the rear bead is unseated it could pop the whole wheel/tire in the air and also flying sand/dirt might not be fun in the eyes.

PhatFJ
01-24-2009, 04:20 PM
Here are a few more pic's..