Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:30 pm

Here's a little video from yesterday.

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:52 pm

Here's a few from yesterday. Went up Boardman Lake road to do a little sledding with the family. It was white knuckle drive out the Mountain Loop. I had to clean my shorts and air down just out of Granite Falls.

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I really need a roof rack or something. Five people, snowshoes, snowtubes, snowshoes, cooler, chainsaw, highlift, tools, etc etc etc is really pushing the limits.
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Had decent little sledding hill going.
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And the obligatory stuck in the road pic
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Broke trail up to the trailhead. It was deep! Didn't have enough daylight to make snowshoeing to Lake Evan worthwhile. Probably should have gone up there first.
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by christensent » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:53 pm

Went out of Darrington up towards Whitechuck Mountain. Went up two roads to about 3000ft, in both cases the ruts ended there and it was positively impossible to make even slight progress. The second time I tried I sank through at least two ice crusts and the axles just disappeared, had to do a full shovel dig-out which took just under one hour, never had to do that before. I think I'll install a reverse winch.

Overall the worst snow I've ever tried to wheel by far, but the ruts drove alright (as long as you stay in them, get 6" off to the side and you're digging even if only sinking in a few inches).

I swear my axle is down there somewhere...

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Some small fraction of a PSI, just made things worse today

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:57 pm

Nice! You were buried. I suspected it was going to be pretty tough out there. I was actually surprised how much the snow had already compacted on Pilchuck. Once things firm up a bit, we should be good!

Did you lose a bead, or were you just aired down that low?
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by christensent » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:07 pm

Nobody wrote:Did you lose a bead, or were you just aired down that low?
I was just aired down, I have double beadlocks so can't lose it. I gave up on gauges and just pull the stems and wait until I'm about 5 seconds short of nothing coming out at all. Of course only for really deep soft stuff, in this case I immediately aired back up to a few PSI for departure in the ruts. On the right day it really makes a difference but often times I lose so much clearance it's actually worse like today. It's always a last resort effort before leaving.

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:17 pm

You've got the right idea. So many people are unwilling to adjust air pressure to conditions. Sometimes theres just nothing that works. I suspect the best purpose built snow wheeling rigs wouldn't have made it much further than you, unless they were light enough to not break through the crust.
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by christensent » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:50 pm

Tinkham to 3900ft today. Relatively easy trail breaking but snow is too heavy to use any speed. Crawled very well. 5-6 foot total snowpack on the roadway up there.

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Scoobienorth » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:12 pm

Nothing to hardcore. Just touring around with kids gaining experience. I knew this season my wj would be way over weight for 33'. The early season powder and sugary stuff it did great in. But now as the snows adding up I'm geared to tall to crawl slow enough and to heavy to float. Still did alright. The auto trans over temp once badly too. Not sure how long light was on but it took 15-20 mins too cool down. Also got pushed for a ways. I need to build a dedicated snow rig. My grand works great and I hate to ruin it but it may happen anyways.


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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:42 pm

christensent wrote:Tinkham to 3900ft today. Relatively easy trail breaking but snow is too heavy to use any speed. Crawled very well. 5-6 foot total snowpack on the roadway up there.
That looks like a pretty cool road. I like the sign sticking out. Are you usually solo on these trips?
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Post by Nobody » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:47 pm

Scoobienorth wrote:Nothing to hardcore. Just touring around with kids gaining experience. I knew this season my wj would be way over weight for 33'. The early season powder and sugary stuff it did great in. But now as the snows adding up I'm geared to tall to crawl slow enough and to heavy to float. Still did alright. The auto trans over temp once badly too. Not sure how long light was on but it took 15-20 mins too cool down. Also got pushed for a ways. I need to build a dedicated snow rig. My grand works great and I hate to ruin it but it may happen anyways.

Thanks for sharing. Good to see the kids out there! I "almost" put an automatic in my Bronco, had both a C4 and a 4R70W on my garage floor at one point. I just couldn't do it and stuck with the NP435. Too bad they don't put V8's in more mid-sized vehicles. Fingers crossed for the 2020 Bronco.
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