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grntrdtaco 06-22-2010 05:04 PM

flipped jeep at the top of lead king basin
anyone know whose jeep is on the roof in the stream at the top of lead king basin?

it had a full cage and no doors. it looked like it had been up there for a while. im sure its leaking fluids straight into the stream.

i would be willing to help in getting it out of there if someone is headed up. i can put a few pics up when i get home tonight.

lets get this thing out of the river at the very least. the recovery will be pretty difficult i think.

lead king road is still blocked by an avalanche near the bottom of the marble side. it could be driven through with a support vehicle to pull you back when you get stuck and probably early morning before it gets real soft.

corsair23 06-22-2010 05:35 PM

Pics for sure...

Sounds like something that might have been up there since last year? Did you get the license plate number?

grntrdtaco 06-22-2010 05:45 PM

definitely from within the past +/- 2 weeks.

looked like someone tried to drive over a snow drift (that has since melted) and flopped it into the river.

i think the pics i have show a license plate, wont be home till about 7-8pm (unless they took the plate off) i have a shot from the back of the jeep.

its VERY well built up jeep. (drive shafts, suspension, decent tires, rollcage, no doors, etc..)
looked like they tried to winch off something.. (winch controller was out and smashed under the roof) and a bunch of line was spooled out. lots of tool boxes, spare fluids, etc were what looked like hastily piled up beside it and garbage that had fallen out of the jeep around the truck and in the river that i piled up with the tools/ rubbermaid boxes.

84cruzer 06-22-2010 06:02 PM

Be curious to see the pics, have a hard time believing any one would leave their rig up there. Has me wondering if it was stolen.

LXBRADY 06-22-2010 06:34 PM

Road trip, let's go get it.....how far from denver is it?

corsair23 06-22-2010 06:46 PM


Originally Posted by FJBRADY (Post 153627)
Road trip, let's go get it.....how far from denver is it?

Quite a ways...Probably a 2 day deal or one very long day

The avalanche blocking the trail could prove problematic


rover67 06-22-2010 06:59 PM

Wow, crazy.

I am interested in seeing the pics. Did you report it to the FS?

grntrdtaco 06-22-2010 07:10 PM

the avalanche is not that big of a deal, could easily winch a lifted truck across it and you can access that part of the trail from both sides (i drove up marble side first, turned around and then went up the crystal side all the way back down the the slide. its about 2' deep and some places may be 3' its a section about 100' to some dirt then a deeper section about another 100' but that section goes downhill. with a truck on both sides you could get a truck through it no problem.

could also drag a pull pal through the slide a few times to hack it up a bit, get down to the ice on the bottom.

it would be a difficult recovery of the jeep, shelf road on a switchback. but there are some big pines you could set up snatch blocks. hook a line to the front bumper and pull the truck straight over pivoting off the back bumper onto its wheels then re rig and yank it out. there is no space for a straight pull. and i dont think you could roll it back up onto the road.

i am pretty sure its right here: (will confirm with my gps when i get home)
Circle is where jeep is and blue dashes is about where the avalanche is. road from crystal to the top is completely clear and dry, schofield to crystal is impassable for a while (road is washed out and has deep avalanche debris on it)

RockRunner 06-22-2010 09:14 PM

We were there Memorial Day weekend and it was clear. I tried to drive over the snow bank that was blocking trail by the river crossing but on 35"s I was only able to get about 3/4 of the way up. I can't see how they would have flipped it unless they ran it up the ledge trying to get traction.

Steve, Marble/Crystal city is past Glenwood Springs and before Aspen. It is a drive to get up there for one day, a weekend would work. I would think with as much traffic as that trail sees it would be gone by the time we get organized and up there.

So where are the pics????

Air Randy 06-22-2010 09:59 PM


Originally Posted by RockRunner (Post 153643)
We were there Memorial Day weekend and it was clear.

I thought you blew up your transfer case, did you get it fixed?

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