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Old 01-24-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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If you dont get stuck, You're not doing it right....

So we got stuck today. Only because I didnt bring a shovel. Let that be a lesson to me.
Let me set the stage: Blizzard, 100% white out conditions. ALL roads closed. What better time to go wheeling? So we gassed up and headed out to an area I had never been to before. I wanted to go snap some pics on a cool bridge that crosses the Yellowstone but we went there last night and wanted to try something new today. Only about 4 miles from home and whaddya know, I tried to drive Sally over what felt and looked like solid ground but it was an ice covered snow filled hole. I tried to hand dig her out for about an hour and a half. Once I was thoroughly soaking wet from head to toe and frozen like a human icicle I threw in the towel. I wish I had a towel actually, or a blanket. The jeep was sitting on its belly and no amount of standing, pushing, scooping, or jumping would budge it from it's snowy bed. We called for a tow out and in 20 minutes mom arrived with the pickup. Two good tow strap yanks later and we were free to wheel home with our tail tucked between our wheels. Enough talk, here are some pics. I threw one in there for a height reference.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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Hey I feel you man. I got mine buried this winter too. I was pushing snow with my winch!! It took me almost 3 hours to dig out, but eventually I did. I was on a lane between 2 wide open fields with nothing to attach my winch to, so winching out was out of the question.

It would have been ok if I'd had a shovel. I had to dig out with a $4 ice scraper.

Good pics. You were certainly buried!!

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Old 01-24-2010, 07:52 PM   #3
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I was doing the same thing with my ice scraper too but I broke it in half! ha ha ha
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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At least your mom was able to come to the rescue. I rather miss my mom. She hated bad weather much less driving in it, but she would rather enjoy the adventure than to just hear about it.

I usually keep a small folding camp shovel, tow straps, and a few other bits in the TJ. When it's winter I always keep a thick blanket in it just in case...
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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Yeah I gotta get on that shovel and blanket thing. When I was in the military in ND we were supposed to keep an emergency kit in all of our vehicles for just such an occasion. It had blankets, food, matches, lights, etc. I really should make one for Sally. I was close enough I could have probably just walked home if I could see but the soaking wet pants wouldnt have helped much. ha ha
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:15 PM   #6
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so should i put a ice scraper in my tool bag?
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LOL i too will admit to trying to dig out of snow with an ice scraper, with much the same effect (or lack there of). Fortunately I was close enough to walk home in a reasonable amount of time, only about 1.5miles. Got a snow shovel, brought the other car as close as I dared, then started digging. Got the jeep out around 5am. And no, no alcohol was involved.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:41 PM   #8
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oh yeah, a spade scraper:
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When I'm doing any SERIOUS snow driving, the most beneficial items to me are

OBA,HiLift jack, very low tire pressure and placing an egg between my foot and gas pedal ()

I have a set of ARB sand tracks that REALLY work in snow and Yes I carry a shovel, but usually not used

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Old 01-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #12
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I was wheeling in the Pines Saturday. It wasn't me that got stuck, it was the state park ranger in his Grand Cherokee who did. He though the GC could handle a flooded trail, then found out the hard way it couldn't. I offered to pull him out but he said there was a tow truck on the way to bail him out.
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I must have been doing it right last week Stuck bad. I had to dig 3 feet of mud from around the jeep in the back. Shovel saved the day (the next day).

I get laughed at because of my shovel in the front, but it helped to get me out (as did the GMC 2500 Diseil somethingnother).

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