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Old 09-26-2010, 10:14 AM
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Myself, Treeroot and Simps80 decided to make a run up Red Cone before it gets snowed in for the winter. The trail leading from County Road 60 up to timber line was absolutely gorgeous. The aspens have all turned yellow and the contrast against the blue sky was breath taking. The approach to Red Cone was dry and relatively easy. I was happy to have used the technique for descent I read in an old Larry Heck guide. The technique was to put it in 4 low and 1st gear than partially engage the emergency brake. Once we went down Red Cone we turned north towards Montezuma and then back south on Deer Creek rd toward the Swan River loop. As we approached the loop we decided we wanted to go to the top of Radical Hill and check it out. Only to find when we got to Radical Hill that I had blown a power steering line. It was a good time however as we repaired the split hose and all of the wheelers came off of Radical Hill and the mountain goats mingled amongst the Cruisers . We also were happy to see a fellow RS member Stonewall come up the trail and provide us with a bottle of power steering fluid.
He wanted us to make sure to say hi for him to Uncleben and Sharkbait. After completing the field repair the day was getting short so we changed plans and made the decision to exit via Radical Hill. The climb down was a bit challenging. The shelf road was a bit narrow in a few spots and rather tippy in others. I bet Treeroot takes off the roof top tent before he attempts that one again. All in all it was a great day with good friends and great trucks.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:20 AM
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This Treeroot making the Red Cone descent.

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Old 09-26-2010, 10:49 AM
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Red Cone and Radical Hill were awesome, we had a blast, and the weather couldn't have been better. Even though I have wheeled Red Cone before, I forgot just how steep it is. Maybe it was the few extra pounds on the roof but I found myself sliding just enough to get that uneasy feeling you get when bad things are about to happen. This was the first run Mike ran after the new lift and I know he 'enjoyed' it John couldn't get enough of that tippy feeling so he lead the way down Radical Hill.

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Old 09-26-2010, 10:53 AM
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After running Red Cone we ran down Webster towards Montezuma, up Deer Creek, and then down Radical Hill. We stopped briefly at 12,500 to replace the power steering hose that ruptured. Same one and the same place mine split on a snow run last year.

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The first drop off into Radical Hill. Pics don't do this justice but the brakes aren't enough to keep the truck from moving. The drop off is intense.
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I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about.

Looks like a bunch of fun. The pics of radical never do it justice. No matter how many times you do it, the narrow part still has a pucker factor, especially in a bigger truck.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:16 AM
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dang, wish i'd been invited..would've beat the day i had.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:21 AM
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pictures look good guys!

I'll get my act together with pictures and videos hopefully tonight.

Awesome day, I had a blast, so did Dillon. If and when I do Radical hill again, I think I'll do it coming the other direction, down was ....interesting...!!

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Old 09-26-2010, 11:26 AM
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dang, wish i'd been invited..would've beat the day i had.
PM me your cell and next time we go on a run I will give you call. It would have been great to have you along. Sorry about the bad day.
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Brent and I were out there today. Looks like we just missed you. I went down Radical Hill. Down Webster, then up and over Redcone. I got home 1/2 hour ago. Brent is still in traffic near Idaho Springs. There are a couple washed out sections that made Webster the most frightning part of the day.
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Brent and I were out there today. Looks like we just missed you. I went down Radical Hill. Down Webster, then up and over Redcone. I got home 1/2 hour ago. Brent is still in traffic near Idaho Springs. There are a couple washed out sections that made Webster the most frightning part of the day.
I have heard Webster is almost impassible at this point. Glad to hear you guys made it back okay.
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