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Old 06-25-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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Snow is a jerk. how do you handle it?

No ****, there I was... (this is how all great stories start)

My buddy in his 2003 grand cherokee, and me in my newly aquired 98 sahara tj went on some forest circus roads looking for trouble last week. We found it. There were still snow drifts (3' deep at center) at 3600' in the shade of trees (cascade mountains, WA just off I-90). We were both dumb and got stuck. Thankfully, I had a winch. I am new to tackling packed snow. Make sure you have a shovel! (and a winch or come-along)

Its easy enough to winch myself out of a snowdrift, but winching a Grand cherokee that is hi-centered on packed snow/ice witha 8000lb winch only PULLED ME CLOSER to the stuck jeep untill we dug it out. We both learned a few harsh lessons about how snow can look simple, but be difficult. It also felt pretty good recovering another vehicle with my TJ. Maybe I'll put a tally sticker on my fender and keep count, like a world war 2 fighter pilot . is it 5 or six that makes me an ace?

How do you handle snow? from here on, I might just avoid it. at least mud doesnt turn to ice when packed. Should snow just be avoided, or is there a magical formula with how to deal with snow?

I appreciate your responses and snow stories
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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In short cause Im about to get ready to walk out the door for a late night run to wally world.. I love snow.. To me it doesn't get any better. Snow is always changing due to it's water content as well as melting then refrezing.. Powder is great cause it can be 3ft deep and you just plow on through where as that same 3ft if it's wet snow and you try to drive it like you would powerder snow you will just burry yourself and get high centered.. The best tactic for a wet packed snow is try to stay on top of it.. avoid wheel spin.. Also with any snow wheeling you want to air down as far as you can. Flotation is key.

Dont' avoid, Enjoy it.. But at the same time understand what kind of snow your in so you know how to takle it better. When winching someone heavier like that have a long tow strap that you can loop around your rear recovery point to a tree to help anchor you... that will make life easier in those situations

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Old 06-25-2012, 02:20 AM   #3
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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X3! Snow is great!

I wheel in PNW Snow all the time. But, snow conditions change constantly.

Air way down. >8psi. That will help you stay on top of it. But, be careful with the skinny pedal on sharp turns. Foot off the throttle if tires start spinning. Rock it slowly back and forth. Sometimes you need to let it compact a little underneath the tires to keep moving. Keep moving! Try not to stop if you don't have to. Lockers "OFF" on slippery off camber side hills. Lockers will make the Jeep want to slide down hill in those situations. Stay in the track made by others if you can. Go with lots of people, who know where they are going!

Most importantly, if you get to the top, kick back and enjoy the views that the great State of Washington offers.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #5
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One thing you could've done with the winch is attach a tow strap from the rear of your Jeep to a tree, then the winch to the GC. That way you wouldn't be pulled forward.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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1 tip, like sand... DO NOT STOP!

Trying to take off usually digs you in deeper.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:35 PM   #7
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Wow, great advice! Thanks. Now I want to go take another crack at it after I get some straps I totally forgot about letting air out of the tires.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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TJDAVE those are awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. MT Rainier is awesome.

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