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Old 11-13-2019, 04:33 AM   #4761
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'The switchback going up that mountain face is apparently a pretty gnarly one way road, coming down. I spied a couple vehicles on it with my binoculars but it looked like they were going up! I am hoping the snow holds off and I'll get another attempt...'
No way, it is way too late this year. And remember...even if you take the steep uphill and manage to get past some snow...it's a LOT more dangerous coming back DOWN.

Tell us you pack some serious weight into that bed when doing this stuff. I sure hope so. Looks like fun up there in Colorado, though. We have some tough roads here in WA state, but nothing like what you guys have there. Some pictures below of my trip up to Trap Pass in the Olympic Mountains, late 2016. Twenty-five miles of solid UP, with at least 30 deep water bars to cross on the way. Camped there for a few days. I did it in a 1989 2WD, but I would never take my 97 up there, no way. Lost the license plate on the way up and didn't know it.

Second day I was camping, at about six AM I heard something rattle outside the tent. Got out of my sleeping bag and looked outside. Two hunters had reached the dead end where I was camped and were turning around to go back down.

My license plate was sitting there in front of the tent. I managed to yell thank you as they drove away. They saw mine was missing, of course. "There you go, stupid..."







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Old 11-13-2019, 04:51 AM   #4762
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I thought the scenery looked somewhat familiar. I used to do a lot of camping in Colorado when I was growing up. And to a much lesser extent skiing. That road still looks to be in better shape than half of the paved roads in NM...
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:21 AM   #4763
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I thought the scenery looked somewhat familiar. I used to do a lot of camping in Colorado when I was growing up. And to a much lesser extent skiing. That road still looks to be in better shape than half of the paved roads in NM...
I've been to Colorado a couple of times, but never any off road stuff. One time I was driving over Rocky Mountain pass (out of Denver?) and my Ford van was still running...but not MOVING when I got close to the summit. I was so young and dumb...I didn't realize you had to adjust the carb when driving up that high. It ain't Snoqualmie Pass, that's for sure.

I was sooo dumb I actually went back down and took a different route that was lower. Later, someone told me about adjusting the carb.

Colorado...that state definitely has the off road possibilities going though. Just the pictures blow your mind.
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Old 11-14-2019, 02:30 AM   #4764
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Ya I don't know about it. Tomorrow I'm off and gonna hike, but I'm off Friday, too, and might make an attempt. Or park where I turned around and hike to the ghost town Tomboy. The road to that point was indeed better than what I experienced in NM, but I heard they bulldoze it semiregularly now.

WA looks really pretty. I have been to the PNW once (unless you count SW MT and SE ID) and found it fascinating. I used to live in southern Appalachia and kind of like wet, but also kind of like big mountains.
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Old 11-14-2019, 03:16 AM   #4765
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PNW is unique compared to all the places Ive been to. I really like Utah for the 4WD and biking. My time in CO was spent in a box truck doing 40MPH with the pedal to the floor with a head wind watching a storm roll in.



I think this is the last photo I have of my truck when I went to the PNW AK Shoot abou 7 months ago. Was cold and windy and the truck handled the 50+ MPH head wind like a champ but at something like 8MPG. I was only doing 75MPH!



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Old 11-15-2019, 06:14 AM   #4766
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I'll put some more porn up here. It's supposed to snow soon and I start work so guess I go to the clinic after this shoot.

I hiked up a mountain and drove to 12k feet to get there, passed the other end of that road i tried the other day. No way I'd get there! North facing for miles. This road goes up to Yankee Boy Basin, where I parked and started hiking.

The road is not just cut into the mountain, it's cut into a cliff!



Eventually you get higher and reach the high clearance sign habitat.



I hit snow again, too much. Maybe if I chained up, but it was only another half mile to trail. I walked.



Good view for the hardbody, tho.



It's down there waiting, I could see it with my specs!



This is why I went. The other road is inbetween here and those ski slopes.



Saw some elk action, Pikas, and some pretty wild old mine stuff. Active mines, too. Apparently there are still a buttload of claims around.

It was a dark and not especially enjoyable drive out. Not fun when you can't see the switchbacks and what's on them!
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