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Photos: EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run

Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, November 24th, 2007, we met up in Tampico for the Thanksgiving Snow run. On this run we had 7 rigs from All Wheelers Off Road Club.

We started the run by heading up the South Fork Ahtanum Road. A short distance from the pavement, we stopped and aired down.

We ran the South Fork Ahtanum to the very end onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We were hoping to run in fresh snow as we have in the past this time of year. We were surprised to see so many tire tracks. There were a lot of hunters in the area. Most were riding quads.

We made it to the Duel Climb where only quads had made it past. There was a big tree in the trail in the middle of the right hill climb. The Tweety Jeep got a workout climbing. I slide the Jeep into the down tree as I went around it. I could not back up to get going again so Icesis pulled cable and helped me winch Tweety up the last part of the hill.

Next BSLM came up and made the climb look easy. Test Dummy had to take a few runs at the hill. Waycrazy took a run at the right hill climb as Test Dummy was making a long run on the left climb. Waycrazy crossed in the middle of the climb from the right to the left in front of Test Dummy’s run. Test Dummy had no choice but to just towards the right lane so he did not run into Waycrazy’s CJ5. Test Dummy’s Blazer did not make it a cross. He lost two tires off their beads. WayCrazy also did not make it to the top of the climb and had to winch up.

Scuba came up with his XJ with his on board air to help Test Dummy, well trying to. Scuba keep getting caught on some stumps. Scuba just went on to the top of the hill to hold the Blazer from moving. The guys work on rebeading the rear tire using BSLM’s CO2.

Fatboy climbs the hill and slides into the same down tree as I did and got carnage. BSLM helped pull cable for Fatboy.

Test Dummy went back down to the bottom and used speed to make it to the top. Icesis was the last to come up. He made it close to the top and then had to winch a few feet.

The next hill climb was just passed the Cultus Hole Trail. I took a run at it with the Tweety Jeep but did not make it that far. BSLM wanted to give it a try. He took a few runs at it and made it close to the top.

We all had to find a place to turn around. We did not want to spend the time getting everyone to the top of this climb because Shawn Monty has the trail closed a little passed the climb anyways.

We moved back down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and regrouped down where the South Fork Road meets the trail.

We ran the trail toward the Tampico. 99 took over driving right passed the Rocky Climb. We waited there for Scuba to reseat a bead. Once he was done we continued to the end of the trail above Tampico.

The next stop was down at the Sno-park. Most of the rigs head for home. Scuba, Icesis and 99 wanted to run more trails. We ran down the pavement and then up Nasty Creek. There were alot of tire tracks up and over Cowiche Ridge. We turned off and ran the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. 99 had a lot of fun on that trail because of the tight trail and all the snow. Near the end of the trail, Scuba lost another bead. He was ready to head back.

We headed down Cowiche Ridge. Scuba let Co-pilot drive and somehow he lost a bead on Scuba’s XJ. Scuba is now looking to buy some weld on bead locks.

We continued out Cowiche Mill Road to go home. We got back to my place around 9 PM. 12 hours from when we left. What a fun day thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run:

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Photos: EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run

Easy Ahtanum Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On November 17th, 2007 we headed out for an easy run for 99 so she could get use to wheeling her XJ. It was also Test Dummy’s birthday and he wanted to wheel too. On this run we had three rigs, BenW, Test Dummy and 99 driving the Tweety Jeep.

We headed up Cowiche Mill Road and then headed up C1300. At the Y to Hatton Road we aired down. The roads up there are rough but we waited for the rain to slow down to air down.

We headed on up Hatton Road and then onto FS1302. It got foggy. We only ran into a few areas that had a little snow. Up towards Jumpoff Lookout it was very cold. We had a little snow mixed in the rain. We stopped at Jumpoff Lookout for a break.

We headed back down FS1302, then C1210 down to Reynolds Creek and back to Cowiche Mill Road. We turned off Cowiche Mill Road, ran C1000 over to Nasty Creek, then ran up Doe Pocket (C5001) and onto Jackass Road (A2300) on Foundation Ridge. It was not very fat before we started running in snow. The snow drifts started getting deep at the log decks and Test Dummy had to air down more to move.

99 enjoyed making new tracks in the snow as we moved up the ridge. The snow drifts were deeper farther up we went and it was hard to see where the trail was. We stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.

It was getting dark so we headed down 4W615 toward Blue Lake. Coming off the top of the ridge down the mountain was a blast with 99 driving. The trail was no where in sight. She had no idea what way to go so I was yelling, “go left, sharper, turn right, easy left, watch out for that tree” and so on. I am glad she listens good.

At Blue Lake on the upper trail above the lake the trail was off camber because of the snow. 99 slide off the trail sideways. I took over but could not get the XJ back up on the trail. BenW went for it and went sideways too. I dropped down to the lake and followed the shore and Test Dummy Followed. BenW started airing down more. After airing down more, BenW made it look easy going crossing that bad snow section above the lake.

99 took the driving back over and we headed out. She had to take a few runs at the Gate Keeper Hill. She finely made it up without hitting anything.

This was 99’s first time driving snow wheeling and she did very well. This run was a lot longer and a lot more miles than planned but I think it was worth it. 99 has a lead foot so we moved a long pretty good all day. She is now ready for Baja racing.

Thanks BenW and Test Dummy for coming and making this a fun run. 99 and I had a blast.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run:

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Photos: EWOR Irishscout’s 4×4 Ahtanum Run

Irishscout’s 4×4 Ahtanum Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Irishscout of the WUD Wheelers
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On November 10th, 2007, Irishscout wanted to take a short run since he was in back in town. Yeti rode shotgun with him. Hoss and my family met up at the church at Tampico with them.

We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum. We looped up the Green Dot trail by Dead Horse Flats and back onto the North Fork Ahtanum. We turned on the Blue Lake Trail, then 4W615 and stopped at Blue Lake.

Next we climbed up to the Blue Slide Lookout. We headed by out on Jackass Road. We hit a little more snow in the trees as we headed down. On the way Irishscout lost his heater core. He did some ghetto fab and got the rig down to Tampico for some coolant. Irishscout added some coolant and we were on our way back to Yakima.

This was a fun short run.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Irishscout’s 4×4 Ahtanum Run:

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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run

Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On the Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum run we saw a big tree had fallen and was blocking trail 4W613 but did not have a big enough chainsaw to cut though it. So on November 4th, 2007 we made a special trip up with bigger saws to cut the down tree and save meadows that were being used for by-passes.

We headed up with two rigs by the way of Doe Pocket and then Jackass Road. We took 4W613 to where the tree was down just before the deep woods. It was good we came up to clear the trail on that day. There were by-passes all over. Lucky they were mostly on top of the snow so there was minimal damage. In the spring the by-passes would have been bad with the snow melting and the ground being soft.

Scottd3004 and Test Dummy ran the saws as Helper-Boy and I cleared the trail. The Tweety Jeep helped drag the big stuff. We also moved some logs to block the other part of the main by-pass across the meadow. People would not have know to turn if we didn’t because you can not see what way the trail goes with snow on the ground.

We headed back out to Jackass Road and decided since it was a nice day to run out though Blue Lake. We stopped at the Blue Slide Lookout Shelter on the way down. We went down 4W615 and then passed a guy fishing on the bank of Blue Lake. On the way out the Blue Lake trail was saw a lot of random trees cut down. At the top of Gate Keeper Hill, Scottd3004 ran into the same stumps a lot of us have hit since the loggers cut the trees down last year. You can not see them as you go over. Scottd3004’s rig took on a little damage as many other have from them this year.

We said that was enough and cut the two stumps lower. As Scottd3004 and Test Dummy cut on the stumps, helper-Boy and I clear some of the broken junk off the trail.

The stumps are still sticking up but not near as high. We packed up and headed home. We did a quick stop at Tampico to air up.

Thanks for the help guys!

Here are some photos of the EWOR Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run:

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Photos: EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run

Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run call by Ron Palstring AKA Icesis of All Wheelers Off Road Club.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 3rd, 2007 “89 yota” and I drove over Pyramid Pass. We met up with two west side members (Icesis & Barbie) and a guest (Carmen) on FS70.
This run was set up for the people that were new to wheeling to get some trail time. This was the first time for two ladies to drive their own rigs on the trail. Carmen in the blue Toyota pickup & Barbie in the TJ.

We met on FS70 and found a place to air down. We first ran Naches Pass Trail up to the Government Meadows Cabin parking area at Pacific Crest Trail and then headed back down the way we came up to be easy on the newbies. On the way down we ran into another group going up. I met a wheeler in a nice old Jeep that had seen the Tweety Jeep on the net. I believe his name was Brad.

We turning on Pyramid Pass and ran to the east side. On the east side we turned east onto Naches Pass Trail AKA 4W684. We got a few photos a long the way to FS1913. Brad’s group caught up to us so we pulled over and let them pass, then near FS1913 we passed Brad’s group taking a break.

At FS1913 we left Naches Pass and ran FS19 to FS1902, then up to Ravens Roost where we were hoping for some snow. There was no snow at Ravens Roost, it was just real cold!

We headed back down. We regrouped at Crow Creek Campground and then headed to Whistling Jacks where we parted ways.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came. The newbies all did well on the trail. No carnage (yet). We hope to get them to wheel with us again.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run:

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