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A Canadian Hillbilly and his travels

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by POSTacoMike, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:32 PM
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    A little bit of, well, maybe a lot of, the happy pedal, and I pulled him thru.

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  2. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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    We had reached the end of the trail, due to ice shelves being way too thin, and no way to get around them. With an 8+ hour trip home, we decided that we would return again, but for now, ruby had beat us.

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  3. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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    With the clouds closing in, and the snow starting to fall hard again, after a few hours without, we headed back for the trailhead. Alex in his 3rd gen 4runner, and David in the black 4th gen 4runner.

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  4. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    Mother Nature seemed to be laughing at us, chasing us out with a solid blast of winter.

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  5. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    Crossing the creek, Kevin bounced hard on the ice shelf, resulting in a flat tire. Upon removing the wheel, we found the reason for the flat. He’d actually broken a solid 2-3” of bead from the mag wheel! Photo by @GeoScout with Kyle of Krave Automotive jumping in to help out.

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  6. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:53 PM
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    With the spare in place, we carried on.

    Something worth noting, both Kevin and Alex were running fairly small diameter tires to the rim circumference. This results in a lot less foot print airing down, and definitely was the main reason for the failure of the rim. Chains work good for snow, in some situations. In deep fresh snow, I’ll take a mud terrain, with 2-4psi and float as much as I can. Down south, Fernie way, some of the guys I run with have 38”+ tires on second gen, 3rd gen and first gen Tacoma’s for the deep snow, and regularly play in well over 8’ of snow.

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  7. Apr 28, 2020 at 12:55 PM
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    Getting back thru the largest crossing was challenging. To say the least. It’s a good thing Kyle had 37” tires on his tundra, as he was able to bounce up the ledge, and then pull almost all the rest of us thru.

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  8. Apr 29, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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    Alex making his way thru the creek. With a narrow 33” tire, he had no hope of popping up the ledge. And to add insult to injury, he popped a bead off of the drivers side tire, filling it with water. We re-seated it, removing most of the water, but it was a rough drive home, once we hit the highway!!:D

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  9. Apr 29, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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    Vil, aka @GeoScout was the next to make the crossing.

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  10. Apr 29, 2020 at 10:24 AM
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    Kevin crossed. And like the titanic, lost to an iceberg. Maybe not a full blown berg, maybe more floe status, but the outcome was the same, except he didn’t wind up at the bottom for eternity :rofl:

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  11. Apr 29, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    Ryan, with his fat 36x15.5” mtz’s made it look not only easy, but totally bad ass:cool:

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    Heading onward towards the staging area and home, we were stopped once again for another damaged wheel on Kevin’s Tacoma. Another broken wheel, with about 6” of bead missing this time. We pulled one of my 33” tires out, and used it as a spare. 15” wheels fit the rear of a 2nd gen Tacoma, btw! But Kevin’s lugnuts were aftermarket. We had to remove three from my truck to bolt up the mismatched spare and get us out of the bush!

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  13. Apr 29, 2020 at 10:31 AM
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    Then it was my turn to cross, to deliver a much needed spare! Photo by vill, @GeoScout

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  14. Apr 29, 2020 at 5:43 PM
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    Nice! Captivated since page 1. Amazing trips, landscape and scenery is mint! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  15. Apr 30, 2020 at 6:17 AM
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    I’m happy to share these, and to know that people are enjoying them! :thumbsup:
     
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    And then we changed Kevin’s second tire.

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    We made our way off the creek bottom trail, back to the crossover trail and headed for the staging area.

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    And the snow continued to fall

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    We made it off the trail, and to the staging area. We also discovered that Kevin’s Tacoma had taken a severe beating, with a bent spindle, a damaged front wheel bearing, and reshaped skid plates. We wound up leaving the truck at a side road, and had a tow truck sent out to fetch it the next day. Even with an AMA card, it was nearly a $1000 bill, due to the remoteness of the area.

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    And that catches me up for trip reports to date! The truck is in tear down and rebuild phase right now, prepping for this summers trips. I’ll be back, once we get rolling again! Cheers!!

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