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ubengineer 08-18-2011 06:02 PM

From ny here in CO and want to do black bear pass in ouray this weekend. Does anyone wana join and meet up.

mo1416 08-22-2011 02:08 AM

Wish i could. Especially since we have a lot in common, I'm from brooklyn, lived on LI plus I'm a Bills fan now living in northern Co. do u live here now or just visiting?

ubengineer 08-22-2011 02:57 AM

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Originally Posted by mo1416
Wish i could. Especially since we have a lot in common, I'm from brooklyn, lived on LI plus I'm a Bills fan now living in northern Co. do u live here now or just visiting?

Just visiting. Ps I DiD it !!!! And The jeep made it

mo1416 08-22-2011 05:39 PM

Post pics.

ubengineer 08-22-2011 06:35 PM

As soon as i put them on the computer i will take a day or 2

SteveEarls 11-06-2011 09:10 PM

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wow, wanted to do black bear pass until I saw this.....

AmericanWrangler2012 11-14-2011 07:37 AM

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wow, wanted to do black bear pass until I saw this.....

Yea... I don't wanna do that sorry. If I flipped my 2012 I'd probably die in agony

ubengineer 11-13-2012 04:50 AM

It was the most thrilling thing. The rush you get from it was amazing. And any stock jeep can do it it's all about the driver. Sorry forgot to post pics. If I remember ill post them tonight. I also have videos. But those are long (wish is had the gopro at the time). Just remember the path is more about drivers confidence then your jeep. Example accidents happen because people got to scared of begin close to the wall and freaked out. I definitely glad I did it. As long as you have another person in the vehicle to get out and guide you, you should be fine.

Colo-TJ 11-13-2012 07:05 AM

these pics are from our trip back in July. Black bear is at the end.
I loved it and is now on the annual list.
Ouray Colorado Trip 2012 Photos by Bealach01 | Photobucket

Numbercruncher 02-23-2015 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveEarls (Post 1725149)
wow, wanted to do black bear pass until I saw this.....

Sorry for grave robbing but I'd really like more information on that old black and white photo if anyone knows details.

NC

Big Wall 02-23-2015 10:01 PM

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I've heard that it's a photo shopped picture of Black Bear pass used for a Warn winch poster

Colo-TJ 02-23-2015 10:34 PM

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The real BB

ubengineer 02-24-2015 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Colo-TJ (Post 17200162)
The real BB

Yes that is a good picture of what It looked like going down. It's definitely worth going.

jeepers29 02-24-2015 11:04 AM

If I ended up on that trail with my wife, it would be some of the last breaths I took. Wanted to do it last July with WhiskeyMike, but was still closed due to snow. Maybe this year, but will need to find someone to spot me.

Neal5280 02-24-2015 01:29 PM

Such good times! It is truly unforgettable!
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/g...pse970388f.jpg
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/g...ps45693757.jpg

Justin04Lj 02-24-2015 03:08 PM

I love that view of Telluride the whole way down.

Off Pavement 02-24-2015 03:20 PM

Here is your answer about the black and white photo on the edge of the cliff. From a 1975 Warn ad...

http://www.warn.com/blog/images/1820..._2_sm_feat.jpg

Colo-TJ 02-24-2015 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Neal5280 (Post 17211618)
Such good times! It is truly unforgettable!

You coming with us this year?

UnlimitedLJ04 02-24-2015 08:08 PM

Black Bear was awesome. There's definitely spots where you can screw yourself if you're not paying attention, but it's not nearly as bad as I had expected based on the stories and myths. A spot helped on the first section of sharp switchbacks with my fat LWB arse.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...4/DSC_6701.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...4/DSC_6733.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...4/DSC_0383.jpg
freeskier, hosejockey61, and myself.

more here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f60/rou...ay-811041.html

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Originally Posted by Numbercruncher (Post 17198850)
Sorry for grave robbing but I'd really like more information on that old black and white photo if anyone knows details.

story I heard was it's from a Warn add. As you can see, the add is posted above. Black Bear has been improved quite a bit over the years. It's been widened and made far safer than it was "back in the day"....actually that goes for a lot of trails in Colorado. For example, the decent off Red Cone used to be very dangerous...I never saw it, but I've read there was a big ledge you had to drop off on the steepest part of the decent. It led to roll overs and accidents...in fact there's still a rusty old body of a vehicle at the base of Red Cone Peak. That dangerous section has since been mitigated and now it's just loose gravel type stuff, and as long as you don't panic, lock up your brakes or let the vehicle take off on the decent, it's fine.

Neal5280 02-25-2015 07:15 AM

I am trying to work it out :) I am about 90% sure we'll be able to be there for at least part of the trip. It is looking right now that we'll have to leave and come back Thursday the 30th. but the next 2 weeks will solidify if we are able to or not.

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You coming with us this year?


Justin04Lj 02-25-2015 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Neal5280 (Post 17229794)
I am trying to work it out :) I am about 90% sure we'll be able to be there for at least part of the trip. It is looking right now that we'll have to leave and come back Thursday the 30th. but the next 2 weeks will solidify if we are able to or not.

Woot!

Numbercruncher 02-26-2015 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by ubengineer (Post 17207970)
Yes that is a good picture of what It looked like going down. It's definitely worth going.

I admit I still have not bought a Wrangler and have never driven off-road though I have 30 years of dirt bike riding experience. I imagine in a manual transmission creeping down this switchback in 4-Lo is probably easier than it looks; AS LONG AS YOU DON'T PRESS THE CLUTCH IN IF YOU BRAKE. If you do that I expect you'll gather massive speed quickly and either go flying off a cliff or knock the person in front of you off. Not sure where I am going with this but I am so used to pressing in the clutch when I come to a stop I have genuine concern I may do that out of habit. Anyone else have this concern?

NC

Justin04Lj 02-26-2015 07:48 PM

My jeeps an auto. Too lazy for a manual lol

MyRed88 03-02-2015 01:31 PM

I'll probably be out toward the end of July I want to hit this trail, engineer, Ophir, and Imogene Pass. I do not want to do Holy Cross though that scares me

RubiNoobi 07-16-2015 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Colo-TJ (Post 17200162)
The real BB

Apologies for digging up an old thread. But I'm wondering if Black Bear can be done (safely) in a 4-Door JKU? That switchback looks a little sketchy.

RubiNoobi 07-16-2015 03:57 AM

Heh. I just found this video of Black Bear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk

Seems like that switchback is the LEAST of my worries! Think I'll get some more experience and put BB on my 2016 list. Or maybe 2017. Or 2018... :rofl:

KhakiRubi 07-16-2015 05:37 AM

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Originally Posted by RubiNoobi (Post 20281769)
Apologies for digging up an old thread. But I'm wondering if Black Bear can be done (safely) in a 4-Door JKU? That switchback looks a little sketchy.

You will be fine in a 4 dr JK.

Justin04Lj 07-16-2015 09:17 AM

You'd be fine.

LJ Dave 07-16-2015 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by RubiNoobi (Post 20281841)
Heh. I just found this video of Black Bear:

Seems like that switchback is the LEAST of my worries! Think I'll get some more experience and put BB on my 2016 list. Or maybe 2017. Or 2018... :rofl:

That video is hilarious, but accurate. The trail isn't that hard but you have to pay attention to what you are doing.

RubiNoobi 07-16-2015 11:10 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the vote of confidence. Now I need to convince my wife that we'll live through it. Not sure if that video would help in that regard or not. Ha ha ha ha...


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