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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures’ New Year’s Snow Wheeling Run

New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday January 1st, 2016 some Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at the EWA Club House in Selah, Washington and then headed to meet the rest at Curly’s III in Kittitas, Washington. Once in Kittitas we head had 7 Jeeps and an Early Bronco for the annual New Year’s Day Wheeling Run.

Around 10 AM we convoyed to Colockum Road and aired down at the parking area near the edge of the forest.

We moved on up Colockum Road following a group from Off-Camber.com. The snow was mostly powder and did not pack well. Even running 5 PSI and following the tire tracks of the other group, it was hard to stay on top of the snow.

We caught up to the Off-Camber group at the intersection of Powerline Road. We watch them fight the deep powder snow for awhile and then they had decided to back track Colockum Road. They went around our group giving us a chance to play in the deep stuff.

Three of us pushed on making new tracks but did not get much farther. I believe the other two rigs got stuck at times but I wasn’t paying attention due to getting stuck myself. I dropped to 3.5 PSI and was able to push on enough to really get stuck. Doug tried to give me a pull backwards. My rig did not move and his got stuck too. Doug used his winch to pull his rig toward mine so we could remove the recovery strap. Once he was loose, he backed up and winched me out. Shortly after that, we decided to head back down the mountain.

The trip back out was another adventure. The powder snow stuck a few rigs and a few tires lost their beads. The worst part was when we found a small skinny tire Green CJ stuck way off the road. The guys got stuck and decided to winch to some trees away from the road. We are not sure what they were thinking. The guys in our group shoveled and winched the CJ back on the road. Friends of the guys in the Green CJ showed up about that time and stuck their rig which our group ended up having to help out too.

Now everyone is back on the road and we are moving again. Well that did not last long. The Green CJ just could not stay on top of the snow with the skinny small tires. Long story short is, there were many repeats of the Green CJ getting stuck. I am not sure how the Green CJ got that far up the mountain in the first place.

We finely got to the bottom where we had aired down that morning. We aired up and headed back to Kittitas. Some of us stopped and head dinner at Curly’s III before heading home.

This was a very fun event and a great day.

Thank you to all the Eastern Washington Adventures Club Members and guest that worked so hard getting these unprepared guys down out of the mountains along with the many other over the years. It seems to happen to often.

Here are some photos of the EWA New Year’s Snow Wheeling Run:

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Photos: 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

Eastern Washington Adventures
Top Member Challenge
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday March 1st, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We lined up in Kittitas and headed to Colockum Road for the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge. We hit snow low on Colockum Road. The road got slick once we got into the trees. We stopped and to air down before the climb up the ridge.

We aired down and headed up to find a good starting point. There was a few rigs that got stuck on the way up. We started the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge on top of the ridge at the first power lines. The challenge was the first one to the Halfway Station Marker or 3PM which ever came first.

We lined up the challenge member rigs. In the front row was; DClack – Early Bronco, Foxracer – TJ, Jeepscum – TJ, TJ40 – TJ. Behind them was Guido – TJ and Icesis – JK. The judge rigs were Ceg & riding with Icesis, AlwayswrenchN – YJ and NickB – Toyota and co-pilot Ruger SR5.

There was a lot of stucks along the way. Only rigs competing could help each other out and being good sports they did. Some rigs got disqualified since the judge rigs helped them out. They still pushed on for the fun.

We hit a deep power snow drift just past the Powerline Road. All the rigs fought the drift. TJ40 was the first to get on top after airing down a few times more. Foxracer was the second rig up but could not reach TJ40 that was far ahead in time. The time was called at 3 PM and the 2014 Eastern Washington Top Member was TJ40.

We all turned around to head back out. It took awhile to get back out since there was a few stucks and DClack popped a tire bead.

Around 7:15 PM we met back up at Curly’s II in Kittitas for dinner.

This was a very fun day thanks to who all came.

Below are some pictures of our 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

The line up in Kittitas.
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Airing down on Colockum Road.
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Headed up Colockum Road.
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Jeepscum getting back on the road after getting sucked off in the powder snow.
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A few rigs got stuck going through here.
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Getting lined up for the challenge.
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The challenge line up.
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And they’re off!
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Stuckfest!
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Coming into the powder snow drift area.
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TJ40 airing down more.
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Foxracer telling us his plan how he was going to win. LOL
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AlwayswrenchN (Judge Rig) moving up.
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Icesis getting ready to winch out of the powder onto what looked to be hard packed.
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NickB (Judge rig) moving up.
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Guido working it.
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Icesis rig after falling through the hard pack into the deep powder.
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DClack working his way up.
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It was 3 PM. The challenge was over! Time to get out of the powder snow and turn around.
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Icesis’ backup camera. Looking at getting hooked up to be pulled out with NickB’s Toyota.
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Guido getting turned around by winch.
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Foxracer (2013 EWA Top Member) handing over the TMC trophy to TJ40 (2014 EWA Top Member).
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Heading back down with a few stucks along the way.
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Airing up.
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At Curly’s II for dinner.
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TJ40, the 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member.
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