View Full Version : Switzerland Trail Snow Run 02-01-2009

Air Randy
02-01-2009, 07:13 PM
:beer:Heres to Matt/Subzali for leading a great run! It was as much fun as the snow & pizza trip and the weather was great.

Thanks to marco for taking the lead and busting trail too:thumb: Bummer that you ended up losing a tire for your effort.

Air Randy
02-01-2009, 10:12 PM
We had great weather, great scenery, lots of snow and a really good time. Here are some shots of the day.

02-01-2009, 10:13 PM
Thanks a lot for welcoming us along on the trail run today, guys.

That was the most fun (and with the least attitude) I've had on a 'large-group' trail run for a long time.

Of course, it may just be beginner's luck, or whatever, but I really enjoyed being out there with you guys, and I really appreciate the general sense of teamwork, etc.

I know :blah:, but still.....thanks, guys. :beer::thumb:

Boulder Cruiser
02-01-2009, 10:37 PM
We had a great time, it was awesome meeting all you. Thanks Matt for Leading the run.

Here are some pics i took


02-02-2009, 12:01 AM
Thanks for a great time up there. Steven glad you had fun and when ever you want to go you know to think of me. Matt great job as always. Again it was great to see everyone and for the record i did not get as stuck as the Pizza and Snow run...... Yeah!!!! But it was not as deep either but i was able to give the FJC a good representation today. And i was able to take some PICs. I will post them up when i get them out of the camera. Did anyone get any of me gunning it? thanks again and see everyone on the trails.


02-02-2009, 09:07 AM
My son and I really want to thank everyone for a wonderful time yesterday. The Switzerland snow run had 11 rigs and aside from Marco’s tire gash no major issues. Everyone had an opportunity to put their rigs to the test and see what they could do. The weather was great and the scenery fantastic. Marco and Bruce have great rigs which broke through the one big long snow drift that we encountered on the trail. Of course, a special thanks to everyone that fielded a shovel and lent a strap to us smaller vehicles that needed a small hand getting through the broken drift. Finally, thanks to Randy for the jump – everyone should remember to keep your engine running when running an air pump from your battery.:o

Here are some of the photos that I took during the day’s events. Our first shot is Martin and Randy going through the Rusty Old Toyota qualification inspection on Randy’s FJ40.

UB you convinced Matt to give it a go without chains. Randy also did not use his chains, but as you can see they were ready if needed.

Here is what 11 rigs, drives and passengers look like as they are ready to go.

The trail is basically a forest road and in the areas where the sun shines there is very little snow. The lack of snow makes for a nice drive.

The views are fantastic up there.

While it is very easy going where the sun shines, when you get to areas where it does not – the going gets tough. I wasn’t more than a few miles into the trail when we came up on a long, deep, hard packed drift that would be our significant challenge for the day. Marco and Bruce made great progress with Marco plowing forward and Bruce pulling him back when needed. Here is Marco much closer to the end of the drift than to the begining.

Even with the v8 horsepower, there came a point where shovels and winch were employed to continue progress.

The final portion of this drift was big and solid. As tough as the conditions were, the combination of v8 power, winch and shovel overcame and in short order the 1st rig was through. The following shots are in chronological sequence.

As the other rigs went through, some of the smaller amongst the group needed a little help. The bigger rigs were able to muscle on through without assistance. I’m a bit light on pictures from this time and would like to see the photos that others took as well. Here is HutHut getting some tips from Marco on rocking back and forth.

Just the other side of the drift there was a nice open area with sun shine so we all had some lunch. My FJ40 was glad to be on the other side of the drift.

On the sunny side of the hill a few people went out and did some exploring and on the shady side there was another big drift where everyone that wanted could put their rig to the test. It was in here that Marco found a rock that slashed his tire on the side. On the way out the trail was much easier.

We pulled over for a group shot. With 11 rigs and tight tree cover it was not possible to get all the rigs in one shot, these three photos show everyone in the group.

Finally, here is HutHut next to the FJ40. It was his first off road experience and a great time for him.

Thanks to all for a fun, safe and enjoyable run.

02-02-2009, 10:32 AM
Looked like fun sorry I couldn't make it.

02-02-2009, 11:00 AM
I will upload some photos either tonight or tomorrow, and then some video in the next few days.

02-02-2009, 01:16 PM
What a GREAT day!!! Thanks everyone!! Hope to see you all soon, here are some pic's... :) :)

02-02-2009, 01:18 PM
more pic's

02-02-2009, 01:20 PM

02-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Great pics everyone! :thumb:

02-03-2009, 08:59 AM
Great Pics!! had a good time out there! Everybody did wonderfully and we had no real issues!! Lost a tire, but that's really no biggie..

Thanks again for the pics!

02-03-2009, 10:26 AM
it was fun guys! Thanks for helping me get my deep snow fix! ;)

02-03-2009, 11:20 PM
I want more of the white stuff. That was a BLAST!!!!! I have had permagrin since the trip. Then the Super Bowl! What a day.

Here are some PICS I took. PhatFJ is there a way i can get a higher resolution of the PIC of me you posted? I would like it for the scrap book. :thumb: Thanks again everyone. Till next time.


02-03-2009, 11:22 PM
here is two more. I actually got some PICS this time.

02-04-2009, 11:11 PM
I have a page for this run up on Sandi's site now.
No video yet, but I will add it soon.
Here's the link...

Please feel free to post here or PM or e-mail me with identification assistance if you so desire.

Thanks, guys.

02-05-2009, 12:16 AM
Silver FJ40 - Matt Miller "subzali" and the truck's name is Brahma. 1977 model, mostly stock but with rear Lockright and front winch bumper+Warn 8274 (see sig)

the interest in my engine bay was investigating a power steering setup and how the steering box would attach to the frame rails. On-board air was also part of the discussion.

It was good meeting you and it was fun seeing what the various rigs could do that day! :thumb:

02-05-2009, 07:51 AM
Steven and Karen - great pictures! I sure appreciate you being with us on Sunday. I was not familar with the area at all and it was a comfort to know we had someone very familair with the area. My son Randy and I were in the 1971 FJ40 with grey/white siberian camoflage paint scheme that followed you through the drift.

Air Randy
02-06-2009, 09:49 AM
The smurf blue FJ40 (The Blue Mule) is mine