Snow Wheeling! Crown Point- Feb. 2010

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Snow Wheeling! Crown Point- Feb. 2010

Post  SuicideTireZJ on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:44 pm

It was an exhausting day and I should be studying so I'll keep this brief for once. Maybe. Pics are uploading.

A good sized group of mixed CO4x4'ers and CSU BigWheelers met up and braved a pretty slick drive to Pingree Park. Aired down (well, most of us 🤷) and started up. Wasn't too long before the snow was giving us some trouble. The F-250 slid off and got good and stuck after a few miles. After about 30 minutes of digging they gave up and piled in the Suburban and carried on. In the meantime, I got stuck trying to back down to lend a hand, just about everyone got stuck up ahead for some amount of time, and Jason broke a cross-country ski :flipoff2:

Ultimately, the winches all served their purpose and we all got under way. It was slow going for most of us and the Honcho and Zuk carried on ahead while the rest of us watched Nick turn the snow black. Finally, sometime around 4PM, the two that went ahead had turned around and we all decided it was time to back down. Easy right?

No. Turning around, even in as decent-sized area as we were in proved to be difficult in the churned up, seemingly bottomless snow. Nick's was especially tricky, having the turning radius of the USS Ticonderoga. While waiting for the winch to do it's thing and trying to get in position to tow the stuck suburban, the big Jeep slid WAY off trail and required some snatch blocking. Eventually everyone finally got facing the right way and started down without issue. Winched the F-250 out and spun around and made it to the trailhead by nightfall.

And you think it would end here... but no. Jason and the Zuk (sorry I'm awful at remembering names if you haven't noticed) attempted to go around the 'burb and J-truck and didn't quite make it. Within sight of CO-14, we had two rigs off the side of the road... but the winches made short work of that too. The fun didn't end there either as the snow picked up on the drive home and we probably did the whole canyon at 25-30MPH... so it was a long day.

But here's what you're waiting for:

The Players:






Forgot about this one, Nick got a little optimistic turning off the Pingree Park road onto Crown Point and took the first strap of the day



My first stuck:

Jason chaining up

Waiting for the F-250 to get unstuck, Nick got VERY stuck. Doesn't look that bad, but 8000+ pounds of raw testosterone and bad paintjob is difficult to move

Polly with his best mountain goat impersonation




Didn't get any pictures of the hill that stopped Nick and I, but this is the turn-around clusterfawk that ensued afterward. Note the axlehop marks with 14-bolt shaped divot taken out of the snow.


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Re: Snow Wheeling! Crown Point- Feb. 2010

Post  SuicideTireZJ on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:44 pm

The turnaround $h!tshow: First to fallwas the 'burb

I didn't fare much better, the snow was sooo chopped up in this section

J-truck goes down

And is winched back


Waiting patiently

By this time, my pants were frozen to the knee. Thank God for Redwings

The burb tugged out


Katie and Chief


Cummins K30 was running pretty rich at altitude




Didn't get too many pictures of this guy before, but as bad as it was, the recovery went pretty smooth.

Chinese winches proved their worth



End of the trail stuck




Oh and my new super custom hacked and sleeved XJ front driveshaft, thanks to Greg at MTO for banging this out last minute for me


And that's about all my pics. Thanks again for coming out everyone, it was good to meet you guys. Chime in with whatever pictures you got.
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