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Old 11-18-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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RESCUE NEEDED!! Anybody near Ridgecrest/395??

Quoted from facebook, TW member and friend Shane flopped his truck on it's side earlier this afternoon in the Death Valley, Trona area. Somehow, he was able to get it back on 4 wheels, but upon starting the truck it died after 5 seconds. I helped him diagnose it to be a hydro-lock from oil in the combustion chambers, he got the oil out, but now the truck wont start. He suspects the battery died, but we do not know if he has damaged the internals. Possibly need a tow truck, might just need a jump. He is completely alone, no passengers, no other vehicles with him.

He needs to get back home...anybody in that area willing to help out a fellow TW member?

If you can help, please PM me so I can contact him on facebook, since that seems to be his only form of communication at this point (oddly enough).

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Took a side road to a small mine off of South Park Canyon Rd., intersection is between bridge and narrow rough part between Windrose Rd. and first cabin.
Need a jump, possible tow. Batteries dead, possible internal engine damage.
Only have intermittent data connection, no call capability.
8 gallons of water, food for a few days.
Will check back here periodically. Bedding down for the night, may hike to Ballarat in the morning.
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UPDATE: Good news and bad news...

Jumping didn't get it started, sounds like internal failure somewhere from hydro-lock.

Two offroaders are escorting him down the trail now to the main road where a tow truck can get to him.

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Old 11-18-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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Well the first thing you should do is notify the Death Valley Nat. Park rangers.

But there is a TW member who I believe is a Ranger at the Red Rock Canyon State Park which is near Ridgecrest.

His forum screen name is Maticuno.
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How did he get it back on all 4 by himself?! Bump! Hopefully somebody is nearby and can help
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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Well the first thing you should do is notify the Death Valley Nat. Park rangers.

But there is a TW member who I believe is a Ranger at the Red Rock Canyon State Park which is near Ridgecrest.

His forum screen name is Maticuno.
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/member.php?u=57287

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How did he get it back on all 4 by himself?! Bump! Hopefully somebody is nearby and can help
I "think" the ranger service helped him get on all 4 tires again, but they couldn't help him any more...I "think" that's what happened. Not quite sure. I do not believe he is within DVNP boundaries.

Just PM'ed Maticuno...thanks for the referral.
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I "think" the ranger service helped him get on all 4 tires again, but they couldn't help him any more...I "think" that's what happened. Not quite sure. I do not believe he is within DVNP boundaries.

Just PM'ed Maticuno...thanks for the referral.
I can't see them leaving him...
Maybe try to email maticcuno
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I can't see them leaving him...
That'd be a dick move
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Someones having a shitty day. gonna be a long night for him.
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That really sucks, hope him the best
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man that blows, hope he gets some help
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Matt, why the fuck hasnt he called a wrecker? if that truck is dead in the water, how the fuck is joe shmo TW member going to get the truck turned around and down the mountain? thats not exactly an ideal spot to be manuvering with no power. Call him a wrecker, give them the coordinates. let the pros handle it.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:06 AM   #11
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It could be nothing more than a dead battery...problem is that we don't know. Calling a wrecker could be very expensive if he just needs a jump. A TW member could strap up and tow him down to the road where a flatbed can get him easier.

The spot he's at looks ok to tow him out with a strap, if the jump doesn't get him running.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:08 AM   #12
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Figure I might as well bump this thread too - hope it all works out for the guy
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It could be nothing more than a dead battery...problem is that we don't know. Calling a wrecker could be very expensive if he just needs a jump. A TW member could strap up and tow him down to the road where a flatbed can get him easier.

The spot he's at looks ok to tow him out with a strap.
its all down hill, no power brakes and no power steering would be a nightmare.

Ive been there, and i have done that. Sometimes you gotta realize its not about the money.
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Bump. My question is how the heck did he flip it and why would he go wheeling alone?
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Bump. My question is how the heck did he flip it and why would he go wheeling alone?
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It looks like he took too wide of a turn and got too far off camper going up the ledge on the side. As for wheeling alone.... sometimes it's nice to be solo and clear your head. Obviously not ideal when shit hits the fan. Hopefully those two make it out tomorrow and the recovery works out.
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(just for the sake of bumping)

i'm constantly deep in the middle of some national forest by myself
i'm not "wheeling" by any means, mainly just exploring (i'm not claiming this isn't a bad idea)
i've got all sorts of recovery and camping gear in the truck, at all times
but, this sort of thing almost inspires me to get a smart-phone; there's generally NOT service out in the mountains i'm in, but, i'm continually surprised that there is, indeed, some random spots where i get cell reception
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:44 AM   #18
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I don't know any of the details, how he flipped, how he got back over...all I'm interested in in the time being is getting him home safe to his wife and two boys.

I'm sure they will explore all options tomorrow if/when those two 4x4 club members reach him in the morning.

Shane's one tough SOB like I said, I've seen him chase off a pack of coyotes that woke him up in the middle of the night to raid our camp while he was sleeping outside on the ground with no tent on our Death Valley Trip (I ran like a sissy girl). It sounds like he's well prepared, has tools, food, water, supplies to last him a few more days if need be. It's his nature to explore and tough it out. If anything, this is a great test of his experience in the desert.

He's already posted that if no help comes tomorrow, he's going to hike down to the nearest town he can find.
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I feel bad for the guy. I hope someone can help him find a way out, with his truck too. Wish I had more off-roading/recovery experience to be a help. For now I'll send some positive vibes out to him!
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