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Big Bear Snow Run - Dec 12, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 14 December 2009 00:00

The group all met up at the junction of 3N16 and 3N61. We waited for one more vehicle to arrive then we hit the trail at 10:20am. A tractor had passed the group earlier and left some rough trail in front of us. It didn't take long for the first issue to come up. Saphteemon had his swing out tire carrier rip apart and fall down behind his rig. I loaded up his tire, he strapped the carrier to the roll bar and we moved on. The tractor headed out 3N02 and tracks were faint going into Holcomb Valley on 3N16, so we kept heading west. Came up to 3N32 and then headed north to the east entrance to John Bull (3N10). There was some reasonable snowfall coming down at this time.

Once we got to the beginning of John Bull, there was tracks leading up about 50ft past the first boulder field. Erocker drew the short straw and gave it a shot. He made it as far as the existing tracks, but coming back down off the rocks proved to be a bit more difficult then getting up. First he planted his axle on a rock, then slid back into a rock and could not go forward. So with the help of Oldschooltoy, we practiced our recovery techniques.

Once Eric was free and clear, we headed back 3N32 to 3N16 to Holcomb Valley. We stopped for a group shot at 3N16 and Van Dusen. From there we headed to 3N07 and to the area behind Holcomb campground to play in the flat areas and break for lunch.

Holcomb  group shot

After lunch, we decided to head for 3N12 and go up Delmar Mountain. We got as far at the trail junction when we spotted some vehicles performing a recovery. The Jeeps said they couldn't make it up the trail, and turned around when they came upon this Dodge owner that got in over his head. Everybody in their group seemed very inexperienced with recovery techniques, but in the end they all made it back on the trail.

With the trail now clear, we planned our approach, and had Oldschooltoy take the lead followed by Saphteemon, Monkeyproof and the rest of the group. That put the most well equipped vehicle in the lead to cut tracks. On we went...

It was pretty slick and there was an average of 2-3ft of snow on 3N12 as we neared the top. That proved to be pretty difficult to cut through, so Oldschooltoy, Saphteemon with Monkeyproof and myself as shovel crew built a line to push the final few hundred feet to the top.

OldschoolToy leading the way

By the time we had the rest of the trail cut, the rest of the group had caught up and we finished off the trail without incident and got down to Fawnskin by 4:30pm.

We aired up in Fawnskin and started to head down Hwy 18. We got 3 miles past the dam when the Caltrans crew turned everybody around due to rock slides. We turned around, dodged a few 2ft boulders on the road and most of the group headed down Hwy 38.

 
Anza Borrego Run - Nov 20, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by SAR_Squid79   
Monday, 23 November 2009 00:00

This year's SoCal TTORA Anza Borrego Desert Run was great! We had a really great group of guys and gals. I met a lot of new faces, and I hope to see each and every one again in the future!

This year's participants were: Johnnie, sparky, Proudrunner, pray4surf, Rivethead242, BASEjumper, TacoDell, gsmsnuffy, Zam15, Scuba, SAR_Squid79, Desertcamper67, Pikeman

Anza Group shot

We had a fun little raffle that worked out very well. We had 13 rigs & 13 prizes! EVERYBODY WON SOMETHING!

I would like to thank our 4 sponsors:
SoCal TTORA, All-Pro, Camburg and Demello Off-Road

Camping at Fish Creek Camp worked out AWESOME! Everyone found the place, everyone showed up on time, we had our driver's meeting at 0900 as planned, and all the runs ended back at camp. We only had 2 groups this year. A Medium and a Difficult (there was no interest in an "Easy" run).

The Medium group ran Canyon Sin Nombre out to the historic Stage Coach Station site, where we stopped for lunch and lectured some Jeepers on treading lightly . Then we back-tracked to Arroyo Seco Del Diablo to Middle Mesa, down Diablo Dropoff, through "Broken Shaft Gulch", to Sandstone Canyon, to Fish Creek Wash, and then Baja Raced back to camp - arriving just before sunset!

Frank at drop-off

Great run - Great group - lots 'o fun - no carnage! ...and best of all we didn't have to drive an additional 70 miles back to Truckhaven!

 
Corral Canyon Run - Sept 26, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Pray4Surf   
Monday, 28 September 2009 00:00

Meeting for this years Corral Canyon Run; Pray4Surf, TacoDell, GSMSnuffy, SleepyRatt, BattleWagon and 'Ted' (no really, that was his name).

Corral - line up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Dell and Snuffy leading the way, we snaked around the perimeter road to the southern entrance to Bronco Flats. The plan was to run Bronco Flats to Bronco Peak. For the most part uneventful. Nearly everyone needed tug at some point or another.

Nearing the summit on Bronco Peak, Ron opted to try a harder line. Straight up the chute. Several attempts proved unsuccessful. On his last attempt, something in the battery/fuse block assembly let out all the magical smoke. No battery, no nothing. Hours were spent trying to diagnose the problem to no avail. With daylight slipping by, the decision was made to recover the vehicle.

Everybody pitched in and we worked for a couple hours. The positioning of the truck and the angle we had to winch from were not very favorable. Ultimately, it two line pull using winches on Drew's and Snuff's trucks. Snatch Blocks were necessary. Drew was positioned up the trail and Snuffy beside Ron's vehicle. The snatch blocks were anchored and positioned to redirect the pull straight over the obstacles, then uphill.

Getting Ron over that initial obstacle, as we still had a pretty steep ascent to the summit. Luckily, no more huge boulders.

With each pull, we could only gain a few feet of forward progress, then everything repositioned and the couple feet of progress was repeated, and repeated, and repeated. At a minimum, we must have made 50+ individual pulls, many of them using Dells winch with a snatch block to double the pulling power, and with another truck strapped to the ass end of Dells truck to help hold him in place. Once we got to the top of Bronco Peak, we changed tactics and using gravity we were able to strap Ron all the way to Buckman Springs Road. Where, about 2:00a, a tow truck arrived to whisk Ron back home.

Other than Ron's troubles, everyone was pretty unscathed. Some minor sheetmetal rearrangement on most of us. I took a big boulder to my driver side slider bending and denting it up pretty good. Sheetmetal looks better with a little character anyways.

 
Cleghorn / Pilot Rock / Dishpan - May 9, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 11 May 2009 00:00

Cleghorn line up

Showed up at the trailhead at 9am and meet up with 13 other vehicles for what would be known as the Late Group to the Cleghorn run.

The group consisted of Denny (dtrujillo63) as Trail Leader, Tom (MonkeyProof), Rick (pray4surf), Eric (T100Eric), Steve (Scuba951), Jon from All Pro (JonB), Tim (lv2baja), Mike (MikeDiswhoibe), Geovanni (geo88), spam&rice_420, Carlos (jerks_02_tacoma), Tyler (ShowStop), Dave and 1 other vehicle.

We had a quick driver meeting at 9:15am and then we hit the trail. It didn't take long before we had the first mechanical issue with Spam&Rice and his 4runner. Turned out the MAF connector came loose. We made a temporary fix and we were back on the trail. The first bypass obstacle made it clear that the couple of open/open rigs in our group would have to be selective in which sections they picked since traction while being crossed-up was the name of the game on Cleghorn. We think this section is one of the hardest on Cleghorn.

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Calico run - Apr 18-19, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 20 April 2009 00:00

Calico-Monkeyproof

This was another stellar Calico run. Friday people were arriving at camp starting mid-afternoon until late into the evening. There were a couple runs up the canyons to kill some time. Most chatted around the campfire until about 1am and set off a few Sobe bombs to usher in the weekend.

Saturday morning we had a few more vehicles show up for the run. After a quick drivers meeting at 9am, Frank (BASEjumper) took lead and we headed off to Doran. In the group we had BrandonH, Dtrujillo63 & SirMarlon, MonkeyProof, Ebruddah, Vistataco, Darwalk, Scuba951, MikeDiswhoibe, Ackerlight and ShowStop.

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