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Old 05-11-2017, 11:13 AM   #151 (permalink)
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Good times indeed! I've been riding and racing ATVs for over 20 years and I must say, I've never been as proud of those machines as I am now!
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:27 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Cool to see how significant the melt happened in the last 12 days.

Glad to hear one is out.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:41 PM   #153 (permalink)
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Cool. Have the located the other truck?
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:51 PM   #154 (permalink)
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wow, congrats

now for round 2
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:42 PM   #155 (permalink)
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Operation Glacier Girl is back in action tomorrow bright and early. We have 3 rigs confirmed with Scott (YJ), Kenny (JKU) and Mike (TJ) plus I'm waiting to hear back from a few others. Objective is to get my son's rig to the street. If we have enough time/resources we may begin to break trail for the second rig but that would be icing, er....on the cake. Wish us well.
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Old 05-12-2017, 03:28 PM   #156 (permalink)
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What time and where are you meeting?
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Old 05-12-2017, 03:38 PM   #157 (permalink)
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:26 PM   #158 (permalink)
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We're staging 7am at the berm where the access road begins
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:34 PM   #159 (permalink)
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Looks like a good time wish my junk was ready
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:44 PM   #160 (permalink)
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Good Job. Best of Luck Saturday.
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Phase One of Operation Glacier Girl is in the books! The Cherokee made it to the street yesterday afternoon and I'm happy to report its resting comfortably on solid ground in Tahoe City. Four recovery rigs and two tracked quads went over the berm a little before 8am Saturday. Freezing temps Friday night and into the morning made for ideal conditions as the snow firmed up nicely and stayed that way well past mid day. Scott (YJ), Kenny (JKU), Mike (TJ), Gregg (YJ) plus me and Nick on our quads made good time to the first rig arriving there just before 10. Kenny brought his two young boys who had a ball playing in the big snow. The Fixer Kevin Fenley rode shotgun in Scotts's rig and was star of the day. While the boys were busy plinking and throwing snow and the rest of us swapped stories, Kevin got to work. He performed a quick oil change, topped off fluids and to alleviate our over heating problem he hot wired a push fan and tied that to the grill of the XJ. Less than an hour later he jumped in the driver's seat, fired that baby up and high tailed it for home. Gregg and Mike escorted him out while Scott, Kenny, Nick and I decided to start making tracks for the second rig. It was a slow, hard slog to the "Y", made the left down toward OP and got maybe a quarter mile down the trail if that. Nick scouted ahead and as expected he ran into a down hill section with a 12' side hill and a big drop off into Miller Creek on his left. He took a photo and that was that. We turned around and headed back. I zipped ahead to catch up with the Cherokee while Nick took a detour up the peak south of Miller Lake overlooking Lake Tahoe, setting up a nice radio communication bridge between the Cherokee and our scout team. By the time I reached the Cherokee around 2 pm all three rigs were parked in the staging area with Kevin, Mike and Gregg smiling and relaxing in the afternoon sun. The Cherokee made it all the way out under its own power, cool as a cucumber, needing a tug in only one tough spot. Credit Kevin who really knows how to wheel! I failed to give them enough fuel and when they ran low Kevin and Gregg performed an in-flight refueling using the temporary aux fuel pump to take fuel from Gregg's YJ and transfer it to the can strapped in the passenger seat in the XJ. Scott, Kenny and Nick arrived around 4, we lined up the rigs for a photo then headed down the access road to the street. Kevin literally drove that XJ like he stole it and we made the street in less than 20 minutes Everyone was out by 4:30. Another amazing, fun filled, action packed day on the trail and other than one flopped jeep, one rimmed tire, one boy with a face full of fire suppresant, multiple winch operations out of black hole, tree wells it went pretty darn smooth. No injuries, some minor damage. These guys make big time snow wheeling look easy, which I can tell you it's not. I can't thank them and the others involved over the past four months enough. As far as the second rig we'll let Mother Nature do her thing for a while, I'll likely begin nibbling away at the trail again in a few weeks. I'll update this string when that happens. Thanks everyone for your interest and best wishes, it's very much appreciated.
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Awesome! Can't wait to hear updates on the 2nd rig. Great job on the recovery.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:37 PM   #163 (permalink)
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Pictures, if available, would be nice.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:47 PM   #164 (permalink)
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Outstanding, amazing work. Huge "attaboys" for all involved with the first extraction. So very proud of everyone.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:42 AM   #165 (permalink)
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Working our way out to the XJ continued melting leaves new obstacles springing up constantly!
Scotts rig traversing one of many snow bridges

Nasty side hill just East of potato patch

My radio relay position, overlooking the trail and Tahoe



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Victory formation!!!



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Old 05-15-2017, 11:10 AM   #167 (permalink)
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Congrats on getting the XJ back to pavement!! Whats the plan for the other 2 rigs that are buried?
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I thought only one more rig was still left out there?
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:46 PM   #169 (permalink)
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yes one left, need more melting, trail is purgatory right now...
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How are the tracks doing in this snow? I always figured tires had a slight advantage this time of year.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:15 PM   #171 (permalink)
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So whats the real damage to the XJ? some pics around it ?
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How are the tracks doing in this snow? I always figured tires had a slight advantage this time of year.
The ONLY advantage tires have is a taller radius of rotation. Our rear tracks love to get caught under downed tree limbs and logs. Other than that, it's no contest
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The ONLY advantage tires have is a taller radius of rotation. Our rear tracks love to get caught under downed tree limbs and logs. Other than that, it's no contest
Seems like a pretty big downfall this time of year, when floatation isn't so important vs traction. I'd imagine some good tires on those ATVs would be doing just fine.

What about rocks and sticks getting into the rollers of the tracks?
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Seems like a pretty big downfall this time of year, when floatation isn't so important vs traction. I'd imagine some good tires on those ATVs would be doing just fine.



What about rocks and sticks getting into the rollers of the tracks?


It's interesting you bring that up, as half of the crew escorted the XJ out, they ran into to rzrs at the staging area. They reported they struggled all the way there, and turned around at the bath rooms...

The tracked quads get through all types of snow so easily, they provide awesome support to the wheelers, running winch lines/recovery gear/parts etc. It's nice in these types of scenarios to have a couple vehicles you just don't have to worry about.

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