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Old 03-22-2010, 12:02 PM
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Went up Left hand canyon yesterday on a test drive of a new family purchase. Since we just got it i did not want to do anything tough and just wanted to see what it could do an need repaired or improved. And left hand was the closest place to try since it was getting late. It was sloppy and muddy due to the recent snow. I got about half way up and ran into a few folks trying to recover something. i say something because all i could see were headlights. it was way off the side of the trail. Take Tims predicament on the Ghost town run this past summer and put him about 2-3 feet further down the hill with his front pointed up hill. Not sure how this guy did not go all the way down on his top. There was a stock four runner and a new jeep trying to get him back up the hill to the trail and with the mud no luck. I had them chain the front off to the wire rope barrier post on the trail and another guy in the rear chain off his rear so when i hooked a winch to him i would not go with him if it went over. Was pretty hairy. Now i know how you guys felt on the GTR with Tim. It also helped me assess an recovery plan for this guy. Also for not knowing if the winch worked or not, just that the guy said it worked. Did not have all my recovery gear just tools the winch and a high lift. We had the guy get in and drive it up back on the trail as i winched and the other guy kept the line tight we were able to get him up. It was a pretty beat up Nissan pathfinder when i did get to see what it was. I would say a pretty good test drive to see how it works. Not many test drives you can get to test everything. Only pics were after I got him up and on the trail. Now i know not to go up left hand any more. There are some pretty scary folks that do that trail. I say that because i think this guy had a few to many to be on the trail and another guy went flying up on my way out in a trooper with kids in the back sliding all over the place.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:18 PM
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Now i know not to go up left hand any more. There are some pretty scary folks that do that trail. I say that because i think this guy had a few to many to be on the trail and another guy went flying up on my way out in a trooper with kids in the back sliding all over the place.

Welcome to my back yard! Left Hand is one of those trail networks too close to town. The key to enjoying Left Hand is staying away from it on weekends! Glad it turned out OK! Sounds like they were all dang lucky you came by!
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Yes they were pretty lucky period. He was WAY off the side. The only thing holding him was the passenger side tire dug into the hill. If was hard pack and no mud he would of been at the bottom. They only had a few straps and chains also. I think i will keep my recovery gear with me at all times now.

Have to keep that in mind if i go back up there. Just work during the week keeps me away from the mountains. The guy in the trooper i would of thought coming down he would catch me as fast as he was going. Hope he got back safe.
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And compound the problem with closures to Castle Gulch and Gillespie.. the more that gets closed the more traffic that finds its way to LH.

So you got a new winch, huh? what one?
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got a whole new toy.... or jeep in this case

my uncle and i got a 81 scrambler that is pretty well set up. 37s lockers front and rear etc.... the winch came with it. this was a test run in it to see what i need to do to it.
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Way to go, Kenny. You were a hero yesterday for sure.

Congrats on the new ride. We look forward to giving you a lot of crap about owning a Jeep.
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pics man! scramblers are cool even for j33ps
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Way to go, Kenny. You were a hero yesterday for sure.

Congrats on the new ride. We look forward to giving you a lot of crap about owning a Jeep.
Thanks. I am prepared..... (((its ok.... its ok....)))

Always been the odd ball anyway.

will be even more crap coming my way when the other 2 jeep go in my garage. working on those.
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We named it Woodstock after the snoopy character. Always out on an adventure. Yesterday was one for sure.
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Eek! Holy Toledo... if it has Ford wheels, only has 4 letters in the name, and the rear end sits lower than the front....there can only be one and I don't understand it!
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