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Old 12-20-2007, 04:02 PM
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Steve Crase and I did a last minute pre-run up Yankee last weekend. We managed to get 3\4 the of the way up to the top. But, it was very windy and drifting in fast. I dought anyone could make it that far anymore with the drifting and crust on the snow.

On the first hill before the middle parking lot we met a group of modified Rubi's and two farm boys in pick ups. The pick\up were stuck on the hill and the Jeeps were struggling on the easy route around the hill to the parking lot. I'm not sure why whey were having so much trouble. Perhaps their lighter weight rigs just couldn't dig in and go, plus they weren't really driving with gusto. They were very nice and let us by and we hammered our way up. I struggled on the hill above the middle parking lot and let Steve give it a go.

It took us a lot of work breaking trail. We switched off and had too go back and forth to keep forward progress. He kept his rpm's up and let his 34x10.50 swampers keep digging in until they reached the ground. We had to maintain pretty high rpm's to keep the wheels moving and digging in. Steve had been winching here and there but then started sliding off the trail and getting into trouble on the off-camber section. He winched out and I put chains on the rear. I blasted into the playground and broke our drift wide open from the back side (oh what fun...).

The jeeps managed to follow our tracks and arrived at the playground also. We had lunch and the lead rubi on 35's broke trail. They turned around after a while, let us by and we went slightly further until we met the really large drifts before you break out of the trees. I got stuck again playing around then we turned it downhill and had a pleasure stroll out. We were back in town at 3pm.

It's so much more fun snow wheeling early season. I expect we will at least be able to get to the middle parking lot on the Pizza Run. But we need more people keeping the trail broken open. You don't have to wait for an organized run. Just call up a buddy or two and hit it before it's too late.

I didn't get an picture of the large drifts when we turned around, but the last picture is Steve coming up to the final area.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:05 PM
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Very cool! We will St.Fuaw the rest of the way over to Fall River road for ya!
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:18 PM
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Scott,
Good to see you that you wrote our adventure up here and that you had pictures too. It was a major fun day as the last time Bart had been off road was with you back in June. The snow day was a good test of my repairs to Bart and St. Fuaw and the Pizza Run I know to be doable now. Your friend Dan's pheasant nuggets were a high point of the day but the true high point was the sound of resignation in the J**p guys' voices on the CB when they said something about not being able to go any further, let the Toyota guys go by. Priceless!
I hope by 1/1/08 we can make it farther.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:11 PM
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Very cool! We will St.Fuaw the rest of the way over to Fall River road for ya!
Get er done big guy. We will need to see pictures though. I predict you don't make it much further that the playground. Granted the St. Fauw group are the big dawgs with 35's and greater so I may be surprized.
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Get er done big guy. We will need to see pictures though. I predict you don't make it much further that the playground. Granted the St. Fauw group are the big dawgs with 35's and greater so I may be surprized.
I thought you were going to come along.
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I thought you were going to come along.

He whined...I revoked his invite.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:37 AM
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Thanks, but I'll be backcounty skiing with the wife that weekend.
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Thanks, but I'll be backcounty skiing with the wife that weekend.
You should ski that area just past Central City. We can deliver hot coffee and food to you and your wife
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:34 PM
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Good to hear it won't be the bust it was last year. I've got chains on the way and hope they will make my bald 33's perform like champions.
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