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 🙂

Walker Valley, WA

This trail is very tight.  It is an old logging area.  There are steep climbs, drive through forest, rock pits, mud pits, logs and roots sticking out and lots of terra walls to smash your fenders against.  It is very technical. A lifted rig with lockers is recommended.  If you like your paint and save your mirrors and windows, taking off your doors is a good idea.  The drive through forest is very scenic.  We spent almost 10 hours on the trail and all of us were looking to go back at the end.  Our hosts were from Washington and they did an excellent job by showing us the trail.  The permit is required to be on the trail.

Part 1

The second part of the my video contains best part of Walker Valley trails. The big rock on Ron’s Run trails took the paint off the hinge of my jeep’s right back door. When I was backing up to pick another line, the tree on the left side took my mirror out. I would highly recommend that during this trail keep all your limbs inside the jeep. We didnt want to try the V-rock but Evan decided to take run at the 2 rocks across the V-rock. Enjoy 🙂

Part 2

 

Lost Creek

I have been hearing about this Lost Creek. We decided to find it last weekend. Not that we only found the Lost Creek, we also crossed it. It was a lot of fun on a day with spring like weather. We thought we were going for a relax fsr drive but it turns out that more fun than we expected was waiting for us 🙂

 

 

Please also check out my friend Paul’s video for this trip.  He has a really nice blog and great pics and videos including Moab at www.overlandjeep.ca

 

 

Eagle Mountain

This is our trip to Eagle Mountain. It is one of my favorite wheeling trails. The trail is non stop rock crawling all the way to the top. At the top there is a lookout with beautiful views of Vancouver and North Shore Mountains. There is also a big rock at the back of the lookout where you could take your jeep on top. You definitely need spotters there not to drive off the rock into a 40 feet drop.

 

This is the second part of Snow Jeep movie. This is our trip to Eagle Mountain and Furry Creek FSR. Lower sections didnt have snow but upper parts were packed. It was a awesome day for snow wheeling and to try some different angle shots.

 

Ashlu Mines

This is the video of our trips to Eagle Mountain and Squamish Valley FSR. Second part of the video is in Squamish Valley area. We went to Ashlu and Cloudburst Mountain. One weekend we tried but we couldnt make it to the top in Ashlu because of snow. We went back the next week and the snow was gone. We went all the way up to the old mine site.

 

Whipsaw 2012

This is our trip to Whipsaw Trail in Princeton, BC. There were 17 jeepers in our group. It was also our friend Pat’s birthday so we celebrated it on the camp site. The movie is two parts which contains my videos from 3 days of Alpine scenery, wheeling and our camp site.

Trail Info :

Most of the trail is driven close to tree line but in several places it goes into alpine meadows where views from the top are breathtaking on a clear day. The Falcon Hill Climb can be trying for some trucks, but the result is exhilarating. Rough spots start after about 24 kilometres of forestry road access. There are a number of rock shelves/ledges but all can be accomplished in dry weather. The Ditch can be the most difficult impediment to cross depending on precipitation. Highest clearance 4×4 with lockers should go first to recover those that get stuck. The east end of The Ditch has a 50-60 centimetre wall that can be difficult to surmount. Numerous attempts to bypass the most direct crossing have resulted in a large quagmire which extends extensively to each side of the trail.

The trail can be done in one day depending weather/trail conditions and experience of the driver. It is suggested that one leaves at least 1.5-2 days to do this trip as there are many ponds, cabins, mine sites, side trails to explore at a relatively leisure pace. • Trail Head – the start of the trail (south to north direction) comes after about 6.5 kilometres of forestry access road. Most trucks stop to air down before heading out onto the rocky trail. • The Grave – shortly after heading out on the trail, off-roaders find themselves at a single gravesite surrounded by a meadow and trees. • Granite Mountain Meadows – At the highest point of the trail there are open meadows with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. • The Pond – Many off-roaders stop at this serene spot near the meadows to rest and have some lunch before heading toward the more difficult area of the trail. • Shelf Climb – the trail has a number of rock shelves that are slightly difficult in dry weather but can pose a threat when wet. • Falcon Hill – legend has it the hill was named after Skip Marsh, who in 1979, successfully drove his 1966 Ford Falcon two-wheel drive up the hill. • The Ditch – Varies in depth, depending on the time of the year. Add snow to the mix and it will prevent some off-roaders from making it across. Last difficult part of trail. • Load Stone Lake – Heading down the mountain, off-roaders will experience a series of sharp, steep, downhill turns before reaching the lake. • Granite City Ghost Town – the area just south of Granite Creek is often used as a campsite by off-roaders. The creek flows into the Tulameen River.

Source : www.expeditionportal.com

 

This is the second part of Whipsaw 2012 video.

 

Brohm Ridge

Brohm Ridge is the place to go in August to watch breath taking sunsets.  The sun disappears behind the long range of big mountains.  I was so busy taking photos that I only realized later I didn’t shot any videos 🙂

 

Britannia Copper Mines

We followed the Britannia Creek road up and first discovered old mine car tracks and a concrete structure. Then we went down towards the creek and passed by the old ruins of a swimming pool.  This was old towns public swimming pool. When we arrived the creek, there was a little dam which was part of the power plant.  Then we followed the route up the creek and crossed to creek later to get to the old generator building.  This building’s roof has collapsed.  The machinery and the back wall are still there.

 

 

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