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Old 12-28-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Mt Defiance 12-28...

My daughter wanted to mount her new GoPro to the jeep and go find some mud today. So, like any good father does, I said sure lets go up to Kingsley area for a couple easy trails. And with it being such a clear sunny day, why not try a quick jaunt up to Mt. Defiance? I mean, why not right? Its only a few extra miles up the road...

Turns out the road has a lot of shaded areas. Shaded areas means snow right? Good news! - there's no real snow. But like Mr. Vanilla Ice once sang, ICE ICE baby! But, we almost made it to the top...!

Coming back down the trail was fun. In fact, the journey back down the trail began more suddenly than I planned....thanks to the laws of physics that involve the sudden loss of friction (ie, traction) combined with gravity + momentum. Anybody familiar with the term "pucker factor"? Well, lets say that sliding uncontrollably...downhill...backwards....(esp with my favorite 14 y/o daughter and favorite German Shepard dog onboard) invokes an awesome spike of adrenaline. It was only for a few seconds, and I knew we'd eventually stop, but when and in what condition was the most concerning. And we did stop sliding, uneventfully...thankfully. No trees, big rocks or a ditch that I was expecting. After I caught my breath, using a bit of engine tourque and gravity I got the nose pointed down the trail and off we went.

All that to say, dont bother trying to make it the last 1/2 mile up the road to Mt. Defiance. Its a bit slippery...

Yes, the video is kinda cool too. Although not nearly as dramatic as it was in MY brain at the time. The rest of the outing was a breeze! I'll try to post the video clip later.


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Old 12-31-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Lol... I've had a few ice experiences over the years, so I can relate. Times like that when you wish you had chains on.
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