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My weekend carnage (two pic's...)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tRustyK5, Jan 28, 2002.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    My weekend carnage (two pic\'s...)

    Well, we got a huge dump of snow...about 10 inches or so in one day and right now it's 14 degrees out. Our club had a scheduled wheelin trip to Walker Valley WA yesterday which I went on. It was snowing like crazy at home and Walker is 75 miles south of us. Walker has a rep for being a Jeep place...not fullsize friendly at all. It took us quite a while to fight our way down there but the farther south we got the less snow there was. I had decided that if Walker had snow I was gonna turn tail and come home beforehand. When we got to Mt. Vernon which is the nearest town to Walker there was no snow at all. We got to the trailhead and aired down and did the Guardian obstacle at the entrance. If you can't do the guardian you might as well go home. We all made it...some with more trouble than others. tRusty needed a 3 point turn and was flexed out pretty good but basically one timed it.
    Once we got on the trail it started to snow lightly (insert dramatic music here...) and steadily got worse and colder all day. We got on the "Jeep trail" I think it was called, and a few guys took "Expressway" which is a nasty piece of work. I had a U-joint complaining and figured to take the easier route. I had three open diffed trucks in front of me and spent the next 2 1/ 2 hours getting them over and through the tough spots. It was tight but I had managed to squeeze through everything so far. Where the two trails converge I had gotten a little bouncy on a tight corner and put a small dent in the drivers door, then a rocky bank on the other side pushed the whole passenger door in. Good thing the window was rolled up. We continued down Jeep Trail as one group again, and I was second to last truck. At this point it was snowing very hard and the trail had over a foot of snow on it. There were plenty of steep downhill off camber sections and I smacked 5 more trees with the passenger door before it was all done. After the first tree into the door it doesn't really mater much...then I tagged the drivers front fender too.<img src="http://coloradok5.com/forums/images/icons/frown.gif">The 4 th tree shattered the passenger glass. Every off camber area my truck would crab the rear towards the downward slope. Without the snow I think damage would have been somewhat light...but with the snow tRusty took a pounding. There were a few areas that were so steep and slippery that the only way to make it through was to push clutch in and roll down with no brakes. I have to say that was very frightening, but hitting the brakes or even trying to idle down would cause more sliding off the trail. My guts were telling me "Brakes!!!!!" and my brain was saying let it roll downhill and be able to steer.
    By 4 pm I was worrying we weren't gonna get off the trail at all...then around 5 we got down to what is supposed to be a mainline road. There was over a foot of fresh snow on top of about 8" of packed snow at this point and the road got rapidly worse. Every 50 feet or so for 3 miles we were digging a truck out cuz they went off the road and got stuck. We finaly got down to an acess road that goes through the park but had no idea where the exit was.

    One club member knew of a way out called the "Lower Jeep Cross" which is very steep downhill, huge holes, stumps and rocks everywhere and all covered with snow and ice. He said he doubted the open diffed trucks would make it. There are a couple of 'tank traps' at the entrance to the trail too. We ran into a couple of locals and they said they could get us down no problem...

    They led us through a short bypass of the tank traps and onto "Lower Jeep Cross" which we only found out after we were on it. Every single truck came home with new dents and wrinkles, even the small trucks were dented up. tRusty took the sheet metal carnage prize though. Finally we got down to the paved highway and we all breathed a sigh of relief. I have never been so happy to see pavement!

    So we got off the trail about 4 hours later than planned, and still had a 75 mile drive home. Where we were there was hardly any snow in the town area but as we headed North towards the border the snow got worse and worse. About 30 miles from home there were 2 foot drifts on the I-5 and a 30 MPH crosswind, plus it was snowing very heavily. Remember, I have no more passenger side glass! I was freezing all the way home!<img src="http://coloradok5.com/forums/images/icons/frown.gif">

    I took a different border crossing than most guys to get off the I-5 cuz it was so nasty and stopped to try and get the ice off my windsheild wipers. I should have left it alone, I shattered the wiper mount on my side then like an idiot I tryed to move the passenger wiper to the drivers side and broke that wiper too. So now it's a blizard, I have no side glass, I'm frozen to the bone, the wind is whipping even more snow up and I have no wipers. All I could do was drive more slowly and hope it would clear up some...and fortuantely in about 3 or 4 miles I found the edge of the storm and the snow stopped falling which was quite a relief! I got home at 11 pm and needless to say Deb was not amused!

    I vowed last year no more snow trips...and this one wasn't supposed to be a snow trip. All the same we got caught on a nasty trail in even nastier weather.

    Now I have to try and find another piece of side glass and try and sorta fix the door. The door handle was ripped right off by the last tree, it pulled it right through the sheetmetal.<img src="http://coloradok5.com/forums/images/icons/shocked.gif"> My drivers door has a good sized dent that I think I can fix, the drivers fender is pretty wrecked and somewhere along the way the front bumper mount broke.<img src="http://coloradok5.com/forums/images/icons/shocked.gif">

    We had two video camera's and multiple cameras with us yesterday so in the next few days I'll post links to pic's and video's of the trip.

    Rene...tired, still cold, and damn glad to be home!

    Here's a couple of pic's...one before the carnage at the gaurdian obstacle and one where you can see some of the door damage.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.hot4x4.ca/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album34&amp;id=aai> Gaurdian</a>

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.hot4x4.ca/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album34&amp;id=aav> door pic</a>

    It's kinda hard to see how bad the door is, but you can see I still had side glass in this pic...
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    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by tRustyK5 on 01/28/02 06:34 PM.</FONT></P>
     
  2. shaggyk5

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    Re: My weekend carnage

    Glad you made it back man! sounds like one hell of an adventure!

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    no more snow wheelin for you!

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    Re: My weekend carnage

    damn rene that is some carnage[​IMG] glad you made it home ok[​IMG] so you gona start working faster on trusty 2 now?

    wheeling pics
     
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    Glad to hear you made it home in one piece, sorry to hear tRusty took some blows!!! Sounded like a lot of fun though!!!!!!!!!! Man, I need to move up by you Rene, I think I would have had a blast! What type of side glass do you need? I have a extra topper with NON-sliders that are tinted if you want one of those. Or I have the Passenger side Slider that is in Emmett if you need it! Lemme know!


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    well i bet you at least slept good after that![​IMG]

    sorry to hear about tRusty...but looks don't make it go![​IMG]

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  8. tRustyK5

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    Re: My weekend carnage

    I need the door glass...man is that loud when it shatters! The door finally buckled enough that the window couldn't take the stress...nothing actually hit the glass it just imploded all over the inside of the truck, followed a few seconds later by all the snow from the tree I tagged. The door is so buckled and pushed in it won't open at all...[​IMG]
    The hard top survived fine though...

    I'll take it to work tonight and see if I can straighten it up anough to put glass back in it...if not I may break down and stick my extra doors on it. I don't really want to do that cuz my extra's are perfect and they'll probably get wrecked on tRusty...

    I'll post pic's when I get them. There were multiple digi-cams and camcorders yestrerday so it shouldn't be too long.

    Rene

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    I can probably get ya a door glass also, lemme know! [​IMG] Cant wait to see pics!!!

    Mike

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    do you have any idea how long glass is gonna be falling out of that door? A LOOONNNNGGG time! [​IMG] Every time you shut it, *blam! sprinkle sound of glass*

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    Mechanically tRusty did just great...it's still running like a champ and nothing other than sheet metal broke. I made every obstacle and the only winching i needed was to drag the ass end back onto the trail after sliding sideways a few times.

    On a related note I can now offer my opinion on TSL's and a welded diff on snowy roads, icy roads, snow drifts, etc etc.

    On the way home there was myslef and a IFS chevy in the 'fast' lane on I-5. I had no traction issues at all and it was solid as a rock even welded in the rear. The only time I as wishing for an open diff was on the icy sidehills...on the trail, but truthfully everyone was having problems with them.

    Rene

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    There were a few areas that were so steep and slippery that the only way to make it through was to push clutch in and roll down with no brakes. I have to say that was very frightening, but hitting the brakes or even trying to idle down would cause more sliding off the trail. My guts were telling me "Brakes!!!!!" and my brain was saying let it roll downhill and be able to steer.

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    See? Now thats where you messed up!!! You should have just floored it going down that hill. [​IMG]


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    LMAO!! [​IMG]

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    I got home at 11 pm and needless to say Deb was not amused!

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    LMAO, again!! [​IMG]

    That sounds just like Jennifer when I come home late from anything to do with trucks!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sounds like lots of fun doing all that on a cold day. Even more fun driving in that weather with no window!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Ahhh, there's how you stay warm while doing something like that....whiskey!! [​IMG]



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    Sounds like an adventure and a half...sorry to read the carnage parts but glad that you made it back safely.

    Wish I had parts to offer.....

    Definately a pavement pounder...with the caveman clutch

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    Sounds like an adventure and a half...sorry to read the carnage parts but glad that you made it back safely.

    Wish I had parts to offer.....

    Definately a pavement pounder...with the caveman clutch

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    you da man!!!

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    Goodlooking scenary...you could make some Christmas cards [​IMG][​IMG]



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    well I wish I could have made that one! I need to get locked before I do anything. I hope to wheel with ya soon though! Glad you made it home safely. Jon

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    Definitely a real adventure!!


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    Yes it was Mark...at several points the outcome was uncertain![​IMG] There were a few of us caught somewhat unprepared for the conditions. I hadn't brought anywhere near enough food and forgot a change of clothes and shoes. My trip home was doubly cold because my feet were soaked and frozen and some of my clothes were wet...

    I just heard from a club member with one of the camcorders and he got some good footage of me..."I had a look at the video I took. That funky sidehill corner that Leo was
    having trouble with, well, the nice dent in the passenger door was perfect
    so that you did not smack a root. Looked cool that you were already
    clearanced for the corner ;)

    Wes
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    Next time i go there I'm leaving the doors at home...or maybe run some strong tube doors.

    Rene

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