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2001 Tellico K-5 Run Reports

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Depdog, May 13, 2001.

  1. Depdog

    Depdog 1/2 ton status Author

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    O.k. people, this is the place and time to put up your experience this weekend.

    I had the wife and youngest son with me (he's 3) we had one hell of a good time. Did not go as well as we had planned but now we have some better insight and will make it much better the next time around.

    There was me (Depdog) Keith (Keith)Ryan(Keiths brother) Erick (Grim-Reaper) Jim (BigJBear) Robbie (Project Money Pit) Rob (Yeild2me) and the Jeep Wagoneer (he heard about it on another bbs and shot me and email and I said "hell yeah, come on sorry I cant remeber his name). There were some pics taken and they will be added to this post soon.

    We used the Peneile (not sure on the spelling) campround just off of Ed Graves road. Nice clean camping right beside the creek with power, water and shower and bathrooms. We were the only ones camped there so it was great.

    Keith, Ryan and me got to Murphy at around 5:00 and headed to Wal-Mart for film and gas and some other forgotten stuff. We met Robbie at McDonalds at around 6:20, looked at rigs and oohhed and ahhed then headed for camp to set up. Got things up and ready, left the wife and runt and Robbie took his girlfriend in his K5, Keith had Ryan in his and I had nobody (wife said she was wore out) so at around 8 pm or a little later we started out for the trails. We decied to go up trail 5 to 4 and then take 4 out. Its about 30 to 45 min ride from the campground to the trailhead at 5, so at around 9 we started up 5. It had rained on us some on the way up, but nothing bad, and it continued a steady drizzle the whole time we were on the trials Friday night. When we got to camp a very mad wife told me it rained like hell there and she thought we went to town and ate dinner instead of going on the trials, she was MAD. Well, Keith said that he would lead so I was 2nd and Robbie was 3rd. We crossed the creek and shot up the other side, went around the bend and slap into the first nasty rock obsticle, its not that big, they are just placed so there is not a good line for a fullsize. I spotted Keith through most of it then he got high centered on his rear diff. Then we noticed his right front tire was not pulling, he had to use the winch to get off the rock, back at camp he took the hub off and the spring was in a bind and not letting the hub enguage.

    A little farther up the trail was rutted and leaned toward a bank full of nasty roots. Well Keith tore off his driver side tail light and got a small dent around that area, I saw what got him and forced my tire into the bank to lean me away and got by clean. Unfortunatly Robbie did not see what or why I did this and he lost the same tail ligt and got a little worse dent. Some atv riders came up and gave Robbie back his tail light for a momento. We finished the rest of the ride without incident and got back to camp at around midnight, hit the sack to try to be ready for Saturday.

    Saturday started out well but went downhill, everybody was late in one way or another so we did not finally get together at the PayStation on trail 1 till around 10 a.m. Rob had just gotten there after a long drive and had his wife and new baby with him. He took Ryan as a guide and they went to town and got his wife and baby safely in a motel and came back. We started up trail 4 at around 11:30 I guess. The guy in the Jeep had a screwed up T-case and was in 2wd. Dana 60's front and rear and detroits front and rear with 36" swampers, he did some great work in 2wd. We got to the intersection of trail 11 and 4 and tried to get it fixed but to no avail. Some others with rails, some cobbed together hybrids and some atv's went up trail 11 followed by 2 Toyota land cruisers. After some discussion we decided to give 11 a shot. I took a bad bouce and cought a big root right in the hood front fender area just above the passenger headlight. The offending knot broke off the root and sailed into the trees, everybody else but Jim missed this, it poked out his passenger side headlight after using his new brush guard for a guide.

    Got way up 11 to the start of the Super Nasty Stuff and the rails were stuck and dumping oil and gas all over the already mud slick rocks. Then a cloud decided to park on the mountain we were on so it got wet and fast. We all walked up to the top and were watching ther show (I will not post what I was thinking, but I DONT EVER WANT TO BE NEAR THOSE PEOPLE IN A 4x4 ENVIRONMENT AGAIN...)

    After seeing it was going to take them forever to get up and it getting wetter by the minute we decied to turn around and head down (by no means and easy feat) after some jockying and figuring out where we could fit folks so the two TLC's could get down we got every body turned around and out. Took 4 to Fains Fjord and layed on the rocks and ledges there for a while. Keith's carb killed his best attempts at climbing the big rock ledges there. I got up the nasty section after a few tries and bent a tie rod in the process. Grim and Jim took the slightly easier side and got up. Rob tried the nasty side, but his Gov Locker was not up to the task and after a valient effort had to opt for the easier side. Rob hit the nasty side with a little more momentum than anybody else, got a good bounce and shot right up on his first try, made us all look like amatures. I should also tell you that a Cherokee (not the one with us but a small one) beat hell out of his undercarrige trying to climb it. His gas tank now holds about 3 gallons less than it used to. After that we took 4 back to 5 and 5 out. I crushed a drivers rear shackle on a nasty rock ledge drop off and after seeing this some rocks were stacked to keep the others from doing the same. We got out and back to camp with no other injuries that I am aware of. I am pretty sure that the rear most ujoint on my rear driveshaft need replacing now. So for me the tally was One bent tie rod (its pretty straight now but I will replace it) one CRUSHED rear shackle. Some NASTY, NASTY dents to my front left hood and fender (gonna work on them tonight or tomorrow, may have to replace the hood though) Keith got some new dents and scratches and lost a tail light. Robbie did the same. Jim lost a headlight, Rob got his Go Rhino truss/skid plate beat to hell and back and will probably have to be scrapped. I dont think anybody else had any problems. Sunday morning Robbie and I got packed up and left by about noon, Keith and Ryan were taking his K5 to upper 2 and going to take a look around. I just got off the cell phone with him. They did upper 2 with no problems and got to the rock garden and decided that without anybody to be there with them they did not want to try it.

    Pics soon to follow.

    Depdog

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  2. JoeAngelicchio

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    Sounded like a pretty good time. How's the wife??????

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    Shes fine. Once she saw the mud and trail damage she calmed down and everything was fine. She only wanted to get out one time during the ride. Of couse we did not get up to the Nasty stuff on 11, or she would have been walkin, dont think she would have let me keep the runt in the truck for that either.

    STEEP is not a good enough word. Then you have the muddy nasty jutting rock ledges.

    Depdog

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  4. CK5

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    Hey Dep
    Sounds like a fun carnage trip, not sure if your putting the trail report on ORC or not but you can always send me the pics and I could use your post as the trip report and slap it up on the main page like the spring fling thing, let me know if your interested.

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    Can't wait to see the pics.

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  6. Depdog

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    Steve I will email you in a day or two about this.

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    Ahhh, the carnage! Wish I were there. Your story just reminds me of the main reason I will put little effort and less money into cosmetics on my K30. Much more fun when you can just laugh it off without worrying about fixing/replacing cosmetic stuff. That tie rod, skid plate, and the like is enough without the dents, scratches, replacing the hood, etc... [​IMG]

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    Depdog, thanks again for doing this. Less rain and more K5s than last year. Sounds like the camping was a lot better than last year, too.
    Next year I'll be able to stay all weekend again. Maybe even have a winch by then. If we had a few more winches in the group we could have finished guardrail. Man, that is one nasty "hill". It looks more like something you would see rockclimbers on, not trucks. I'd seen pics and even video of that spot, but was still amazed walking up it. Tough does not do it justice.
    All in all it was a fun day. Less waiting would have made it better, or maybe we should just be more realistic when we set our start times. Grim and I got to the pay box 30 min later than we planned-I wonder if that had anything to do with me being 30 min late meeting him in Marietta?
    Finally, Rob & Robbie I'm glad I got to meet you both. Those were some cool trucks. A special thanks to Keith for letting me borrow his air and use of the hose to rinse things off back at the campground. I hope to see all of you at the summer convention.

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    What I great trip. Everyone was great. Not one person backed down from anything. I think we need to do this more than once a year. I would go back any time. The next trip we will try some new trails. I did upper 2 Sunday by myself and it is rated most difficult but was not that bad. I think lower 2 is also doable. just 2 or 3 nasty parts. I will post pictures soon.

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    sorry keith, shoulda been there with you sunday morn...
    a great day of riding, i only wish we camped and then made that run with you guys on sunday, made it back safe and sound though...even got 13.5 mpg on the return trip. i am ready to go back any time, just give me a heads up, and we are gone!!!! i was great meeting glen, eric, keith, ryan, robbie (who had my mind thinking the whole way back about cutting my top off!!), jim and all the family members, and it was pretty cool of the local dude to tag along and help us out..
    i wouldnt mind heading down to GA, to see what you peach boys have to offer!!! hehehe

    later rob



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    Wow! Sounds like you fellas had a great time. Wish I was there :(
    Next year, promise. :)
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    Hey yield, let me know when you may wanna make it up to Atlanta. Im 4 hours north, in Nashville and have been wanting to do the same. Besides my dad lives there. I need to get down there and visit.

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    I tried to post individual pics but it did not work, here is a link to the digital ones I took. I am waiting on others for the rest of the pics.

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    Right on. Thats was a tease though. Come on guys lets see those pics....... (drewling over here)

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    YEAH the weather was much better. Last year it seemed like we were in the rain forest. We (especialy me with a roadster and a canvas Bikini top) were wet all day it seemed. Other than the little shower we got up on 11 it was really nice! Trails were in pretty good shape. Wish we could have run more but the problems in the morning and getting stuck behind the group at Gardrail pretty well ate half the day. Trail 4 from 11-fains ford has gotten interesting and the knife edge rock is slowly comming back. You should have seen that a few years ago! that was a booger! Fullsizes took a lot of body damage there.
    Did hurt something in my truck that I haven't figured out yet. It may be the chain in my T-Case is the whole problem. Just have a weird vibe under throttle. Being full time this is a bad thing. Waxer has cut me a killer deal on a low millage chain he has so the parts are on the way soon. If it's not that then I have a problem with the converter or the flex plate. Dig into it this week and check them.
    SO WHERE ARE THE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I forgot my camera! We had some killer trucks make the ride. All the tricks were used. hahah all but BigJ was shackle flipped. All but me were locked (that's changing soon).
    We need more winch trucks. We all have progressed to the point that the trails we are wanting to run are hard core and winch manditory.
    Had a great time and wish I could have spent more time. just had too many things working against me this year.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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    Grimmy, Im the same way. I always for get to bring something and it is usually the camera. I even went out and bought a digital camera. First time out since I got it... where was it? At home laying on the work bench. I know you had to leave early but least you got up there with the bro's and had a little fun, and from the sounds of it you made it without any incident.

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    Hell I had 2 cameras and thats all the pics I took. Rain and having to dig them out and then with the wife and runt, I just totally forgot about taking pics.

    Keith got a few rolls, I am not sure on anybody else though.

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    LOL!! I understand. Thats about the same as doing a write up and having to mess with the camera with greasy fingers.
    But I think spotters should be classified as something like caddies, they outta have like a utility vest with cameras, water, tow straps, snatch blocks, etc. LMFAO.. Wouldn't be able to move though. LOL!!!! Just a thought.
    Man wish I coulda went. I will be there next year. Hope it doesn't rain.

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    Dep, what's the story on your rear shackle?

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    We went up trail 5 on Friday night and decided to come down trail 5 on Saturday, its the quickest way out. Well, the nice rock ledge that claimed Jims Door and Mirror last year got my rear shackle on the way down. I was easing down the high side to stay well away from that tree, I think everybody calls it quarterpanel tree. Anyway, left rear lost its grip and slid down a little fast and WHAMO, felt like I landed on the rear bumper, got out and said awe Sh%&, wife said "what" I said I killed a rear shackle, she said "how much is that" I said about 20 bucks, she said "so, buy a new one" gotta love that.

    I am going today or tomorrow to get a new set and going to box them on the back side so that will not happen again. They will be about 200 percent stronger than they are now.

    I drove all the way home with it like that :^)

    I thought the hood was the worst of my damage and I should have it fixed by tomorrow, snatched out most of the caved in stuff already, gotta do some hammer and mud work then spray it again.

    I dont mind dings and dents and scrapes and stuff, but damn, that was just plain UGLY and I had to fix it.


    Depdog

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