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Old 02-14-2011, 05:33 PM
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Anyone have a gas-powered leaf blower? That may help with some of the snow inside.

I'd be willing to help ... it'd give me a chance to try out the new-to-me rig...
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:39 PM
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Thank you all for the support and will send word when the time comes.

In the meantime I agree that getting the snow out before it starts to melt is critical. I'm trying to put together a crew to go up in the next few weeks to clean out the white and do whatever possible to avoid more piling in. Not sure how far up I could get on a snowmobile but I'm trying to get a hold of one so I can participate.

The weather this week is unbeatable so maybe the time is now.

Here's a picture to clear some questions about location (39°31'54.86"N, 105°49'35.34"W). The picture is taken before the last and longest decent that ends right on top of Webster.

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Anyone have a gas-powered leaf blower? That may help with some of the snow inside.

I'd be willing to help ... it'd give me a chance to try out the new-to-me rig...
Doubt that will work. I have a couple Husky's that will make hurricane force wind but drifted snow is very happy laying around with it's buddies! Good old fashioned "Manuel" labor will be the order of the day!
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Thanks for sharing the story and like Matt says we are all glad you are safe!!

x2 on trying to get back up there before the snow starts melting to mitigate the damage and maybe even put a tarp around it, lashed down very tightly. Need to enlist some of those hikers folks

EDIT: - just realized that there was a second page

EDIT 2: I've got 100' of 7/16" unused steel cable to add to the list of recovery gear to reach the 80 (although it only has a loop at one end . Someone (you engineer types ) start drawing up what the rigging we'll need to look like to pull it back up the hill...
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Definitely an unfortunate series of events. It's great to hear that everyone is OK and interesting to hear how the pictures on forums led the police to your home. Although sooner would've been better, you are still super lucky to have such a supportive four wheeling community in Colorado.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:49 PM
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I'm still having trouble visualizing that as being Webster Pass. And the GPS coordinates come up looking more like that's closer to the top of Red Cone. But you said you went down the steep descent to Webster Pass from the top of Red Cone?

Either way, I have a couple extra lengths of winch cable that could be strung together if need be to get some extra distance.
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I thought that's where it might be.. that pic gives a clear understanding
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Okay, this picture is taken from Webster Pass looking back up towards Red Cone. So it looks like you didn't make it all the way down the steep part? That you're stuck behind the saddle behind my FJ40?


Or in this picture, looking from the top of Red Cone down to Webster Pass, the 80 is just beyond the right side of this picture?
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I agree, the truck is not on Webster. Here is a pic of the last descent of Redcone and it matches your description. There is one last descent that is steeper than Redcone before you get to the saddle. You are actually on a spur that points to Montezuma but isn't a signed route.

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:29 PM
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If you go to clear the snow out, I might suggest bringing a bottle of CO2 to blow it out a bit too, especially around the ECU and stuff.

Glad to hear you are allright. That's some scary stuff there. I once got myself stuck all by myself without anyone knowing where I was, and where I didn't really know where I was, DAYS of walking from cell service. That night persuaded me to A) buy a HAM, B) buy a winch, and C) be much more careful when it's just my vehicle.

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