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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum Snow 4×4 Run

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

On Friday April 20th, 2007 BSLM and I went up to the Ahtanum Sno-park with our families and set up camp for the Eastern Washington Off Road Ahtanum Snow Run. We were running a little late and Toyman2 show up not to long after we got there. Tiny and Roll-Over camp up for awhile. They went and got some fire wood before they left.

Saturday most of the other wheelers showed up around 10 am. We headed up A2400, A2420 and then ran the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail west. Monster Mazda cut a tree out of the trail.

We went on past Red Saddle to the Rocky Climb. This was fun getting up with the open dif rig I was driving. Vetsch was having some trouble getting up were I had climbed. I guess he forgot to air down. ToyRollin37s followed Tyrunner around the other way though the deeper snow.

On up the trail I had to fall back and let others with lockers lead. Tyrunner dug some big holes we fell into and I ended up having to winch to the top because I couldn’t get started again. I made it so slick Vetsch had to winch up the top part.

Up past the Dual Climb, I got stuck on a downed tree under that snow. Scuba gave me a pull back and we moved on.

After that last little climb and the tires digging in, I powered up out of between two trees and slid into one. Commando14 needed a picture of some carnage anyways.

Test Dummy was calling me on the CB from Red Saddle so I turned around to meet up with him. There wasn’t much left to run of the trail anyway with the logging closer. BSLM took over as Trail Boss and two rigs (Fatboy & Scuba) followed me down to Red Saddle. Test Dummy found he had a bad u-joint so we went on down to the Sno-park to swap it out. He came into some problems and couldn’t change it so he headed to a friend’s in Tampico. Scuba Steve’s transfercase was making a lot of noise and was going out. He loaded his XJ on the trailer and headed home.

Fatboy and I didn’t want to sit around so we headed on up to meet back up with the group. We met with a few of the guys and said the other were on there way down too. We waited at camp for everyone so we could regroup and run Whites Ridge. It was kind of late when the others got back to camp so we put Whites Ridge off until Sunday. Most of the guys went home so it was just the 3 families camping. It rained but it was fun BSing around the fire with tunes from Toyman2’s rig and BSLM Ipod.

Sunday April 22nd, 2007 Toyman2 headed home. BSLM and I took our families up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. At the first steep climb from McLain Canyon Road, BSLM had to take a few runs at it because of the snow.

BSLM made a nice road for me to drive up on. It was my turn to plow the way so I took the lead. The trail started going down hill and the snow was a little soft. We turned around and went down to Tree Phones Campground.

At Tree Phones Campground, I drove around the north camp loop and stopped at the middle camp site. BSLM followed and said it was easy. We stopped to use the outhouse and then followed BSLM around the south camp loop. I got to use the new winch to pull BSLM back out of the holes he was stuck in. He powered though the holes and was on his way. BSLM took the lead and then stuck his rig again at Tree Phones. BSLM said he wouldn’t have been stuck if he was in his XJ.

This was a very fun weekend snow run / camp out. Thanks to all that came out.

Here are some photos of the Ahtanum Snow 4×4 Run:

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Photos: Peak Putters Darland Mountain 4×4 Snow Run

Darland Mountain 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Peak Putters
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On April 14th, 2007 Colemancooler and I went and met up with the Peak Putters Club at the Ahtanum Sno-park. I drove the RV up and Colemancooler drove up his Toyota. We pulled in sometime around 11 PM. We BSed with Roman to around 1 AM.

Saturday morning we headed up the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road with the Peak Putters. They had a special DNR permit to go up to Darland Mountain.

The snow started getting deep right above Tree Phones. Colemancooler found he needed to let more air out of his tires.

On up the road we found Roman stuck. The snow was washed away under where he was driving. Old Green was about to pull Roman’s rig when he started having problem keeping his rig running. Old Green’s battery was getting low so Commando14 came around to jump him if needed. Old Green got his rig running and pulled Roman out. We could hear Roman yelling at Old Green to stop as he slid down to the road.

The snow started getting real deep toward Eagle Nest. We got up to Clover Flats and Old Green’s rig was having problems. Old Green got his rig running again and we headed on up to the top of Darland Mountain.

Up on top of Darland the snow was real deep with big drifts. On the way back down the mountain, we stopped for lunch and then played some.

Back at camp we had some killer tacos around a nice warm camp fire. Colemancooler had to leave that night.

Sunday my son was going to come up and escort our old RV home because we still have a few bugs to work out. He had to work so he sent Roll Over to follow me home. Lucky Roll Over had some tools because we had some fan belt problems on the way out.

This was a great run. Thank you Peak Putters for letting me tag along. Thank you Colemancooler for the ride.

For more information about the Peak Putters, see their web site: peakputters.com

Here are some photos of the Peak Putters Darland Mountain 4×4 Snow Run:

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