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Old 01-05-2008, 06:17 PM
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Default 2008 Snow and Pizza Run.

If anyone on this run took a Yellow Voile Snow shovel with a telescopic handle from the bed of a 03 Black Tacoma, I would appreciate its return. Thanks. Brent Gehrmann 970 376 2501. email bvgehrmann@hotmail.com

For those that went, thanks for the fun time and the usual support for each other, as we winched and made forward progress.

For those that missed it, If you needed practice using your winch,well..... it was a winchfest. But still a good time, My appologies for Farnham and I bailing. It took us three hours to get back to Vail from the cemetary parking lot. See you all soon.

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:01 PM
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If anyone on this run took a Yellow Voile Snow shovel with a telescopic handle from the bed of a 03 Black Tacoma, I would appreciate its return. Thanks. Brent Gehrmann 970 376 2501. email bvgehrmann@hotmail.com

For those that went, thanks for the fun time and the usual support for each other, as we winched and made forward progress.

For those that missed it, If you needed practice using your winch,well..... it was a winchfest. But still a good time, My appologies for Farnham and I bailing. It took us three hours to get back to Vail from the cemetary parking lot. See you all soon.

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Someone has your shovel, I forget who. It was a good call of yours getting out of there behind the snowcat. We had a lot more work ahead of us.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:08 PM
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Brent,

I have your shovel - sorry it got stranded at the front lines but it was put to good use - We'll figure how to get it back to you, maybe via Farnham


Uncle Ben...my buddy that road shotgun with me today found something you might be interested in. I'll post up a pic of it later


For the rest of you...pictures will come. I've got an hour + of putting away to do first though
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:43 PM
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good times. I made it home just fine. I'll get after those airlines and the compressor relay. That ought to keep the 90 weight outta faces.

Thanks to everyone who put their backs into it, pulled cable, strapped me out, and stayed positive

I think a lot of drivers learned some cool stuff about winching, winch points, wheel speed to match conditions, Chains vs. plain tires...
We saw it all. Chains on front, chains on back, chains on all 4, no chains.
The best was SNOWCAT tracks!

That thing was so cool. I want one!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:00 PM
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Come on! How bout a pic or two
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:07 PM
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Yep... Lets stop the "teaser" and have some pics! Let the snow fly!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:13 PM
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Mead and I had a great ride in Steve's rig.. it was a blast. thanks for the good time!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:17 PM
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Well, we went up the traditional route and made it to the ridge road by about 3:30. We had 11 rigs. All had winches but 2, and 2 people had winch failures. Being without a winch was risky business in the difficult sections. Most of us smaller rigs on 33's failed to head Kevin's advice and chained up, including myself. Chains hindered progress for the most part. I let Red Chili lead with Jeff Z. in his Lexus behind him since they didn't use chains.

We soon all started to get stuck and start the winching process. It was ugly, the snow conditions were terrible. We had a group of ATV's try to get around us. Normally we let ATV's around and pass by. But, based on the first guy, it was obvious they were struggling as much as we were and they couldn't drive around us out of the main tracks. I tried and tried to ask them to move out of the way, that they wouldn't be able to get by us and that the other half of our group was ahead and in even a worse section, but they didn't want to listen. I was persistent and a bit aggressive in the end till they finally got out of the way and turned around. I hated to do it, but it was the reality. One guy was already bashing through woods trying to get around us and we didn't want to see any more of that.

Chili did exceptionally well all day tip toeing on the top as much as he could with his tires aired way down. Jeff Z. also did pretty well except for the last tough section. He successfully got though that section then went back into to help RockRunner out and broke through the crust. This was about 3 hours and a mile in. At this point most of us were stuck. Jeff Z. was stuck good with his heavy Lexus. Jeff's winch was broke and Chili couldn't seem to winch him out. The small Aspen's were not large enough to winch with.

I sent Steve Rudy and Kimmel (on 42's) back out to the cemetery to go around the alternative route and back to us to help Chili get Jeff out. A "local" with a snowcat showed up offering to help. He couldn't get around us and had to go back out toward the cemetery. Farnham and Brent made a quick and smart decision to follow him out, since they would have to get back to Vail with the pending storm. Jacket wisely followed, but had a least 3 winch sections to get though. I guess the snow cat ended up pulling them all out of there in one line.

We all finally made it out and up to the ridge road. We continued up the main road and got just below middle parking lot. Chili couldn't make it up the steep hill or the easy road. Neither could anyone else. That was the end of the road. Only snowmobile tracks continued. We get to Beau Jo's pizza at 5pm as planned, enjoyed cool drinks and pizza to top off a hard day.

I'm thinking future Snow and Pizza Run's for all members to enjoy should be in late Nov. or early Dec. when the snow is fresh. Before these crusty deep snow conditions develop. Similar to the way it used to be several years ago during the drought years.
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Uncle Ben...my buddy that road shotgun with me today found something you might be interested in. I'll post up a pic of it later


I'm hoping it's..........

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Here are my pictures. It may not look like it but all the pictures taken of individuals are of them when they were stuck. Even Kimmel on 42's was stuck in his own holes without being high centered.
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