Jan 1st 2016 snow wheeling


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As our new tradition, we hit the road on Jan 1st for a new adventure. Picking a location was a little tricky this time because my daughter and her friend was coming with me. Plus the jeep was not feeling well either. So I couldnt go anywhere technical. Thanks my friend Dave, he suggested Ross Lake which none of us has been there before. It turn out to be a perfect destination for a snow wheeling day. We had lots of fun. There were lots of kids on this trip and laughters and screams will stay in my head for a while. It is amazing to watch them having so much fun.

Hut Lake 3 Wheelin’

Lately I have been having difficulty to find time editing my videos. Life gets on the way. This one is actually from summer 2014. We had a great trip to Hut Lake in a small group of 3 jeeps. There were a lot 3 wheeling involved so I though that would be a good name for the video. Enjoy!

Splash and Snow

In this video, we were wheeling in 3 different locations in 3 different days. First area is the Jan 1st, 2014 wheeling in East Harrison. We were having fun in the water. Making some splashes. The second area was Stave lake area up Slyvester Road. This old sunken forest looks very spooky. Having it covered with snow was even spookier. The third area is Eagle Mountain. This trail is hard enough without snow. It was harder with snow. I got stuck once and had to winch myself out. Dave didnt get stuck at all. We both made it to lookout.

Got Moabed!

This spring brake 6 jeeps and 11 people took off from Vancouver, BC to get Moabed.  I was one of them. We drove up to Twin Lakes the first day and slept there in a motel to get to Moab the next day. As we got closer the weather got warmer.  As soon as we arrived, Dave and his family, Dillon and me went our campsite called Pack Creek.  It was a good campsite with electric and water hook up sites. The other half of the group stayed in a rental house.

First day we went to do Fins n Things and Hells Gate trails.  The landscape was nothing like we got used to in BC, Canada.  The colors were red, brown and beige.  We were basically driving on the rocks most of the time.  It was like a concrete road. The tires would shriek going over obstacles. The hills were steep and looked like fins.  They were narrow too. It was a big combination of ledges, steep climbs, squeezing through rocks.  The trail was nicely marked with white circles and the tire tracks of thousands of jeeps marked the trail as well.

The second day we did the Elephant Hill trail and hiked through the Joint.  I was so shocked there was such a place on earth.  I basically walking through a crack in the mountain and it was only as wide as my shoulders.  The ground was sandy.  I walked about 7 minutes to get to the other end.

The third day we were on Poison Spyder, Golden Bar and Golden Spike trails. In all 3 days the awww factor and the pucker factor was at its maximum.  Awww! for the scenery and puckering for the obstacles.

Even though we were enjoying the days very much, the nights were cold in the tent.  On top of that, the wind storm on third day flattened my tent.  I put my tent back up but I couldnt do anything about the cold. It was -4C.  I took two rocks and put them into camp fire. When they were hot, I put them in my cooking pot and covered it with slightly wet towel.  Then cuddled it all night to keep warm.

Because of the cold Dave’s family and I decided to end our Moab part of the trip 2 days earlier and decided to head down to Grand Canyon.  After a quick visit to Grand Canyon, we went up to Death Valley.  This was the second big part of  our trip.  The plan was to see the race track, titus canyon, Scottys Castle, Bad Water Basin, craters,  canyons, sand dunes, ghost towns and mines. We did it all. We camped at Stove Pipe Wells campground.  It had a cranky host, a swimming pool and it was in the center of the Death Valley.  It made it easier to get to the trails in every 4 directions. The days was very hot and the nights were perfect temperature to sleep.  Until another wind storm flattened my tent on the third day.  The damage to the tent was unfix-able this time. So it was time for us to hit the road to find a motel.

This was basically the end of our trip.  The road back was one night in Williams, one night in Reno, one night in  Salem.  The route from Reno to Oregon was suggested by a very nice gentleman in the hotel we met in Williams.  It was through route 268 and 395.  It was the craziest windy road like a roller coaster with the views of Sierra Nevada.  There was not a single day in my trip  that wasnt better than the day before it. Everyday I was in full surprise with the landscape, the weather, the history I learned and experienced. The total round trip was 6495kms. The total elevation gained was 8600 ft from -280 t0 8300. Traveled through 7 states.

I will post my pictures and videos under this post later.  Meanwhile here is some of them from my facebook page and instagram page:

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Best of 2013 – Gopro Jeep Version

This video is the compilation of  my favorite scenes from my 2013 videos.  Gopro hero3 black edition was used for all the videos and pictures.  Happy new year!

 

Molibdenite ’13

It was time to go back to my favorite area again. I love Molybdenite area. Driving on the ridge involves considerable amount of pucker factor but when you get to the top the views ar spectacular. This year’s trip was a little different. First of all, I was able take a picture of a deer very close. On the way down I got a flat tire but the worst was that when Rick was driving up the ridge, a big rock rolled over from the mountain and hit his jeep on the side. His jeep went 2 feet sideways towards the cliff but stopped right on the edge. The rock had enough momentum and weight to move the jeep. You could see the rock in the video. Dillon and I had to roll it towards cliff side so that while crawling over it our jeeps would lean towards the mountain.

 

Blow Down Pass

The trip was awesome. On the way down, we learned the landslide from this other group who came there with their cars and a 5 ton budget truck. May be 30-40 retired people. The mud pit looked doable to me. I took two attempts on the right side of the road and I discovered the mud was pushing me into ditch. We tried to winch forward but my winch was failing against the big mud wall I was pushing. I backed up from that side one time by my own and the second time with winch. My third and best attempt was through the middle of the road. I made it as close as 15 ft to where I wanted to be. Instead of winching from that point (BIG MISTAKE), I decided to back up and take another run. I backed out without winch but then I realized my power steering was gone. And the engine was making a funny noise. So I stopped to discover that the belt was out but not broken. We tried to put it back. I uninstalled the belt tensioner to figure out how it would spring down. Of course we couldn’t discover how it did because it was supposed to be attached to where it was to spring down. Before we brake the belt tensioner trying to figure out, I decided to pull the belt up with ratchet strap to put the tensioner back. Well too much ratcheting broke the belt so I broke the belt, not the jeep 🙂

So now that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere, we decided to get Paul and Maury out of there so they could bring me a new belt and the instructions on how to put the belt on. Well for some reason after all my fail attempts and braking the belt, I remembered that I had a snatch block in my jeep. (SECOND BIG MISTAKE). If you have a snatch block use it. It must be getting old not remembering stuff. So using the snatch block to pull Paul’s and Maury’s jeeps on the last 15 feet, definitely made winches much stronger to push all that mud. Maury left me his food 🙂 and they left me there with my tear full eyes as you saw in the pic 😆

At around 9 PM the road guys came and worked until midnight and made the road driveable. The other group waited until morning 2kms away from me. In the morning, they weren’t sure if they should try to go over the road with their cars. Watching us trying all day yesterday must have given them confidence so they listened to my specific instructions and decided to go over the muddy road. Once they have seen the first vehicle go, they all decided to go. They all went through and I started thinking and contemplating when the help would arrive for me. It wasn’t very long. Probably 15 minutes later, I saw a black jk turned the corner. For some reason, I got out of my jeep and started waving the way one would to a rescue copter so that they could spot me 🙂

Kenyon Lake

This lake is basically at the end of the Slyvester Road. It is a very remote lake. There was nobody there even on the weekend. From there we went to natural bath tubs. The water was crystal clear and each tub had its own jet/shower system. It was a little cold to jump in but I think it is an area I should go back on a very hot day. After the tubs we took a very challenging trail in which we had to use the winch a few times.

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