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by christensent
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Going Deeper Going Further
Replies: 5
Views: 2697

Re: Going Deeper Going Further

Going up 2" in diameter will help but it's going to be marginal returns. You gain at most 1" of ground clearance, and aired down probably only maybe half an inch of axle clearance. You do get more footprint, which is probably a bigger deal. More important is going to be having a soft sidew...
by christensent
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Long time lurker, first time poster. Howdy everyone. Welcome to the forum! Glad to see more people posting Incredible day today. Drove up to 3850ft almost effortlessly along I-90, just one half mile section that was a bit rough at a lower elevation. Soft blower powder on supportive crust. Peak snow...
by christensent
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

A video from a few weeks ago, project went corrupt before I could fix the clicky audio track so here's what we get: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wwj9HNdcZE I went up Beckler River Road yesterday, finished clearing a fallen tree off a side road which means nobody's been up there in a very long ti...
by christensent
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Mixed things up from the normal forest roads and went to Walker Valley which was shallow-snow-wheeling top to bottom on the trails. Discovered new levels of stuck and for the first time ever had to use a snatch-block because 8000 pounds didn't move the Jeep. Surface was mostly soft snow on top of wa...
by christensent
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Anyone want to go out on Saturday? I'm out late Friday so it'd be a mid-morning start.
by christensent
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Very nice! I wonder if your 17” wheels are affecting the low pressure performance. I can’t recall ever having worse performance at lower pressure... I would think 15" wheels would be even worse. As far as I can tell, I'm not losing traction (I don't think airing down will ever hurt traction) b...
by christensent
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: SnowTrek Chat
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 1
Views: 2998

Re: Snow tires

More siping, chains, or a tire better optimized for ice like an AT or even a dedicated snow tire are the solutions. Obviously these go against performance in soft snow, slush, etc. where you want a mud tire. It's just a compromise. The better you optimize a tire for mud and soft snow, the worse it's...
by christensent
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Put in a new power steering pump last night and finally have power steering again! With success at that, got to hit this great snow weekend. Got up to Jack Pass today. Had around 1.5 miles of trail breaking at the end which took several hours. Snow was waist deep when trying to walk around. Decent s...
by christensent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Mattracks vs Tires
Replies: 5
Views: 4371

Re: Mattracks vs Tires

I feel like a tire at a few PSI operates more track-like than tire-like. I do think that ground clearance (both axle and belly clearance) might be one of the biggest gains. I wouldn't be surprised if a vehicle on portal axles and 44"-54" tires performed almost as well as something on Mattr...
by christensent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Yeah, I think last weekend would have been good. I thought about going out this morning, but it was pretty windy, so I decided not to. It ended up being a really nice day today. I’m up for a run tomorrow morning if want. I was thinking about going out tomorrow but since it's just going to be a rain...
by christensent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Mattracks vs Tires
Replies: 5
Views: 4371

Re: Mattracks vs Tires

I asked someone who has them how they compared them to wheeled vehicles (he traveled with wheeled vehicles as he didn't know anyone else who had them). He said he has never been outdone by any wheeled vehicle including buggies on 44"+ tires, and the difference is huge and those vehicles don't e...
by christensent
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Last weekend would have been so amazing. There were feet of fresh soft snow at Stevens, but was busy skiing it instead. I went out today on Pilchuck up towards Bear Lake. Made it up to 2800ft which is lake elevation but stopped half a mile short due to a small downed tree that I didn't want to deal ...
by christensent
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Oh, I didn't even know that Green Mountain existed. Ok, see you then!
by christensent
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Sure... but if you're starting in Stanwood and we're going to Green Mountain, are you sure you want to meet there? Unless there's a different Green Mountain or route I'm not aware of
by christensent
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Want to meet at Darrington Shell station? You can pick a time. Jeep is good to go.

Another option out of Darrington to get well over 4000ft is the road to Whitechuck Mountain (NF-2435), very scenic road up high. Green Mountain works for me too though!
by christensent
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Ok, sure I'm in on that... I'm good for going as far north as Iron Mountain, but also interested in other locations. Haven't been to Rat Trap or Green Mountain. We'd need to get above 3000ft to be on more than an inch or two of snow. However, I'm going to go do some work on the Jeep right now and co...
by christensent
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

If anyone is still out there, I'm going to take the family out for a bit on New Years day. Not expecting anything great, but hopefully enough find a sledding hill. Do you know where? Not sure exactly where you live, if it's not too far from me I'd probably be in on it if not starting too early. Don...
by christensent
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Nice... I’m pretty bummed I missed out on that early snow this year. I still haven’t been out. I figured the conditions weren’t all that great with the cold we’ve had. Let me know if you want get a run in up here. The Beckler area is pretty decent. Plenty of side roads to find fresh snow. Did you s...
by christensent
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Went up Tinkham on I90 on Saturday morning. Rutted to I think around 4000ft. Beyond that it was impassable heavy snow on unpackable sugar. Couldn't even pound the snowpack, just stopped like hitting a brick wall. With low expectations, today I went up some side roads on Beckler River Road toward Jac...
by christensent
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Snow Wheeling
Topic: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
Replies: 50
Views: 21508

Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018

Drove up to 4700ft on the road to Whitechuck Mountain trailhead. Except the last 0.1 miles it was rutted with some fresh storm snow on top, but it seemed to have been run by vehicles with a wheelbase a good 1.5 feet wider than mine so still a bit of work getting up (presents some unique challenges)....