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Seven Days Five Trails Who is up for it?

Discussion in 'Offroad 4x4 Runs Planning and Discussion' started by RockRanger, September 17, 2016.

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      I've been watching ultimate adventure's. I hope you guys film this whole trip and say "falken tires" "falken tires" "my falken tires worked great"
       
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      I would take some 37" falken Wildpeak mts. My MTRs are down to about 60 percent. I have noticed a drop in the performance. However new tires isn't in the budget this year. Hopefully next year. This was on Rock Creek Road which is a mostly paved access road into Bald Mountain at 6300' today. About 4 feet of snow on average I would say. The spot I listed at the beginning for trailer parking has about 6' of snow across it right now partly due to the snow blowers clearing the road. Wonder how much there is on Dusy at 10,000'. Lots of downed trees all over.

      [​IMG]IMG_0719 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Looks like a bunch of snow is still on the ground. I'm hoping all this winter weather is over. Up here in Oregon it's been rain/snow mix up until the first week of march. All our hills are completely covered in snow. I'd really like to attend this trails run your putting together. Iv got a Dana44 high pinion with a custom built 3 link suspension. 8.8 disc brake out back. Detroit tru trac up front, grizzly locker in the rear. 5.13 gears on 35s currently. The only skid plate I have right now is a home built one under the transmission to hold the link mounts. Think I should consider pinion shields? I also need to get my sliders done. Plans for a doubler in the works but it's low chance I'll have it in by then.. have you had to winch through any of the trails?
       
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      Myself or a friend have had to winch or strap on just about every trail in the area at one point. Sometimes you can use a strap but other times a winch is the best option. Plus it just helps keep the group moving if you can self recover. Especially with just a traclock up front it can cause issues. My wife's cj7 has a traclock front and a detriot in the rear. We have reached its limits a few times on the trail. I would say a good skidplate is more important then sliders. You really need both. I have 22 inches of belly clearance and still hit it. As far as ponion shields that is up to you. But I just pulled my rear shaft this morning to get it fixed. The yoke at the pinion is spinning the caps. I have a 1000 mile round trip to death valley planned in three weeks I am getting ready for.

      Big thing is MAINTENANCE!!!!! If someone brakes it can take 3 days to get parts and get back on the trail. Some brakedowns you can help.

      Post up a few pictures of your rig.
       
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      Well I do have a winch, and straps. My winch can be used front or rear since it's on a hitch reciever. My rig has quite a bit of articulation, and maybe even more as of today. I repacked my leafs, took out the overloads and added 2 more to the pack to make 7 each side. Gonna do some test flexing tomorrow, but I'm really hoping it does what I want it to. I keep my rig in pretty tip top shape. Replacing all the hoses before I even think about leaving state since it's about a 14 hour drive down for me. I'll have a hydro assist ram helper here pretty soon as well which will give me a highly needed new steering box. Lol. Lemme see if I can figure out some pictures.
       
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      I swear I'll have some uploaded before the end of the millennium. Having to remember how to use technology lol. Need photo bucket, download app. Forgot password, forgot the emails password too. Lol. Now uploading a few to photo bucket. Should have some In a minute or three.
       
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      Alright let's see if this works. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
       
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      The last one was taken today. After my newly put together packs were installed
       
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      This snow photo is what it sat at before the springs for redone. Huge difference. Maybe like 3" more lift. [​IMG]
       
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      We are roughly three and a half months away from this trip. The first local 4wd club poker run is in two weeks. Bald Mountain is supposed to open June1. Followed by Mirror, Red, Coyote, West, and Strawberry on June 15th. Hopefully the snow melts off quick so the trails can open as scheduled.

      Trying to get a head/ vehicle count of this run. I have myself and one to three local rigs that will be making the trip. So far I have the following that have expressed interest in making the run. Let me know if you are in, maybe, or out. @Rick @BKennedy @tdavis @josh40601 @Stic-o @R.J. @sicaz66 @exploregon94 @Brian1

      If you have friends that you invited that have built rigs as well that are attending please let me know.
       
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      I will not be able to make it :(
       
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      I am a definite maybe. Probably with Mike Kelley and his green Jeep.
       

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      Not looking good for me right now so probably out
       
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      At this point, no.... but if you wanna stop by the new house to work let me know:thumbsup: :hammer:
       
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      I'm out gents.
       
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      my rig is too small. Plus I probably won't have a winch or front locker by then.
       
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      I'd love to, but I will probably be in Omaha, NE during this time to help my mother get out of the her house.
       
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      So far Bald Mountain is the only trail open. Brewer, Red, Coyote, Mirror, and Strawberry were all suppose to open last week. Not sure on when they will open now. The only bright thing about the massive heatwave hitting the area right now is it will speed up the snow melt and hopefully get the trails open soon. I am slightly concerned that Dusy might be a stretch to be open when we are scheduled to run the trail. It will depend on how many trees are down on the trail and there is a log bridge across a field that may be in need of severe repair. I hope that is not the case. If it is not open I am thinking we will run all the other trails just at a slower pace or run the trails in reverse order with the hope a few extra days will get Dusy open. We will play it by ear. I am heading to Bald Mountain trail this weekend for the Moonlight Madness Poker run.
       
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      In a surprise turn of events, I'm in! (sort of...)

      I think our plan is to run Swamp the 29th followed by Dusy later in the week through Sunday and hit the road Monday. I'm sure we will cross paths. I had forgotten about the dates of this trip and when I just looked them up it is the same week I'm planning to be there with Harry and maybe a few others.
       
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      Currently Dusy and Coyote are not open. I think Coyote should be opening in a week or two. What I am hearing on Dusy is not sounding to good. Pending the trail openings or closings we may end up on the trails the same days as you. Are you bringing your rig or are you riding with Harry?
       
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      I hope Dusy opens since that is the main reason we are coming down. We will have the Tracker and Toyota
       
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      It would be good to run into you on the trail.

      Matt, since we are going to be camping on some remote lakes, lets talk trout fishing. What type of pole and reel, bait, crank bait, etc., do you use?

      Cooking techniques?
       
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      I usually use either rooster tails or powerbait. Both I have had success with. In the past I had a 5 piece pole and cheap little reel I have used. Now I have upgraded to a 6 foot two piece pole and a $40 reel. We will see how I do. The biggest fish I have pulled from Mirror lake. Anything over 12" is a good catch. We have pulled a few 16" fish. As far as cooking, I usually just toss them back as none of my family is big on eating them. Bring your best recipe and we will give it a shot. I know my friend Mike that is coming enjoys doing some fishing as well.

      I am heading to Red Lake tomorrow for a day trip.
       

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