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Old 12-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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Anybody up for a recovery mission?

Got a vehicle that needs to be yanked out,



It's on a trail near me, the plan is to go get it on sunday if weather permits.

It's a ways off the trail, and will require some significant work. Having guys who are good at recovery, and know how to do this safely is a huge factor.

I've been in contact with the owner & he's willing to help, but doesn't have the resources to get it out of there, so being my back yard I don't want it sitting till spring if that can be avoided, but I don't think I can get it alone.

I've got enough line to reach it, but if it doesn't want to roll on it's wheels, no way my 9500 will do the job alone.


He is not a buddy of mine, I have nothing to do with this, but for some reason of all the people who have contacted him (he had an add "selling it" on CL) I'm the only one he has responded to, and I've done my best to make it clear we want it out... not to extract a pound of flesh to prove a point.

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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Wow, where is that & was anyone hurt?

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:23 PM   #3
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It's in clear creek, and I'm not sure.

Don't know much aside from it needs to get out of there.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:11 PM   #5
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Hoping the weather cooperates. I'm up for either day, but someone else said they were going sunday, so I figured that would work.

Main concern is getting out of the snow down low in the trees.
(it's snowing here now & the truck should be about 200' higher than me.)
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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I would be in for this but I'm heading back East on Friday. Good luck with this, looks like heavy snow all week peaking on Tuesday-Wednsday then some clear skies.
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I'd offer to help but I've never had to "recover" anyone before. So I don't know how much help I would be
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lets keep an eye on it....no use recovering that one if we get a couple more in there with it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:07 PM   #9
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The storm that's coming through on Tuesday/Wednesday could be a bear and shut things down pretty good. If the vehicle is on your property it shouldn't be your responsibility to get it out of there. Technically it's an abandoned vehicle and the authorities should deal with it if the owner won't.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #10
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Well, the idea is not to make the authorities take care of it... that's what they use to claim that they can't afford to patrol an area, and shut down trails. The idea is to police ourselves, so they don't need to.

That said, I'm not going sliding off of this turd, if it snows too much... it is what it is, not gonna worry about it.

IF it's decent weather, and we CAN safely go get it, then I'm hoping to do that.

just drove up by the flag off SC and took this an hour ago... hard to see as it's behind a tree from my view, but it's dead center of the pic.



Owner has left it for almost a month now according to others, and talking to him he has no resources to deal with it. This is not a favor to him, it's a favor to US, to keep the trails open.


I was driving on the trail exactly opposite, but N facing, if we had gone today it would have been doable... had to say after wed though. Forecast only calls for 3-5, then sunny on friday... we'll see.
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Hard to tell from this picture.....where is the nearest road in relationship to the truck? there looks to be a steep grade road on the opposite side of the revine but I can't tell. is thhat the access?
if its doable I'm still in....
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #12
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Road comes out of drainage, and goes from middle left to 3/4 up the right side.

He says truck is 100' from road, but it looks closer to me.
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I'd be up for helping. What trail is it on?
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #14
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well, since it's not likely that someone is going to get to it if we don't... might as well just say.

It's downhill about 100 feet from the main feature on red elephant.
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pic a guy on front range 4x4 did to show where trail & vehicle are.



it's dumping here right now though... we'll see if it's a possibility.
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supposed to be 3-6" in town overnight
might be to crappy but we will see
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:51 PM   #17
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Where is clear creek depending on the distance I might be able to help
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None of my bidness...

But if you can swing it, I'd recommend a two-point recovery:

1) recovery vehicle with winch on the trail, perpendicular to the vehicle to be recovered.
2) heavy duty pully secured to a hefty tree on the UPHILL side of the trail.

cable runs from the recovery vehicle to the pully 90-degrees to the vehicle to be recovered. that way your recovery vehicle has more room to work, and by anchoring to an upside tree, the cable angle will work FOR you instead of a lower angle working against you.

Just an opinion.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:33 AM   #19
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None of my bidness...

But if you can swing it, I'd recommend a two-point recovery:

1) recovery vehicle with winch on the trail, perpendicular to the vehicle to be recovered.
2) heavy duty pully secured to a hefty tree on the UPHILL side of the trail.

cable runs from the recovery vehicle to the pully 90-degrees to the vehicle to be recovered. that way your recovery vehicle has more room to work, and by anchoring to an upside tree, the cable angle will work FOR you instead of a lower angle working against you.

Just an opinion.
Pretty much exactly what my plan was, two trucks on snatch blocks, both pointing uphill. If that didn't work, then a z drag system next. I've done a lot of recovery over the years, but more kayaks than trucks

Pretty snowy here now... but thurs-sun are supposed to be nice, so we'll see by sat. I'll hike up the trail and do some shoveling in the spots I've had to winch in the snow before on the trail if it looks possible. Not risking my machine to save a $600 beater though, so we'll see.

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:36 AM   #20
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If you don't know where clear creek is... I'm guessing it's a long ways away from you

Google "trail damage red elephant" to get an idea where we're talking about
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:56 AM   #21
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If I could come, I'd come to supervise
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:53 AM   #22
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Hey, an extra set of hands & eyes is always a good thing!


FYI, only 1.5" of snow up here as of now... not sure what today will bring, but this looks pretty doable considering thurs, fri & sat are looking to be sunny.
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And how do you propose I get up there? LOL
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And how do you propose I get up there? LOL
just a thought, but driving seems to be a good plan of attack

better than having to walk...
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #25
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Paint it camouflage and leave it there.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:39 PM   #26
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And how do you propose I get up there? LOL
What, you scared of the mud again???

Sunny skies & 1.5" snow on the ground now.


Btw, that thing's already the color of a pine tree... how much more camo you gonna get in CO????
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I'm sure about one thing, if I were to pull it out, the wheels and transfer case would be mine.
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[QUOTE=backcountryislife;3122947]What, you scared of the mud again???

Sunny skies & 1.5" snow on the ground now.

Not scared by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone knows I will find mud on a dry trail lol. Just wait till I can drive again in June and I'll prove to you I'm not afraid of anything....well besides a few other things. That was just cold and even though I don't remember you, doesn't mean I can show you off
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:16 PM   #29
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Get a high-lift and roll it the rest of the way down...
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What, you scared of the mud again???

Sunny skies & 1.5" snow on the ground now.

Not scared by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone knows I will find mud on a dry trail lol. Just wait till I can drive again in June and I'll prove to you I'm not afraid of anything....well besides a few other things. That was just cold and even though I don't remember you, doesn't mean I can show you off
Haha... hadn't seen that you couldn't drive... I was wondering what you meant about how to get there.... seemed like a solid invite for some smack talk

I get a feeling next summer's gonna be a fun one!



As to the yota..., it's a long way down the hill, that'd take a while with a hi lift!
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