Re: Quick Blanca Trip Report
Well, thanks for the kind words Dave.....but IMO Dave was the hero of the day. With only a 4" lift, 33's, f&r limited slips and minimal experience on such terrain, Dave did a superb job. The few times when he got hung was for lack of clearance, and certainly not lack of driving skill.
Nonetheless, glad to hear that I have made another SAS convert [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img], and ..... repair your body damage? No! Body damage is cool!
Anyway, Dave didn't quite have the clearance for Jaws 1. I *just* scraped by (literally), and my custom high clearance t-case skid and tranny xmember paid for themselves here. Dave, hopefully you have a good pic of my truck ON Jaws 1 'cause I don't.
I felt the descent was harder than the climb because rain had made the trail wet, which is always more challenging.
Unfortunately the weekend was over-shadowed by a climbing death above us. A father and son attempting to summit Little Bear (one of Colorado's 14'ers) were caught in a thunderstorm, and the father fell to his death. Dave was able to reach 911 on his cell fone (not always easy at 12k feet), and took his truck over to the son's campsite to get the kid dry and make him some warm food. Later in the night Flight for Life showed up in a chopper and Search & Rescue arrived in two Jeeps to recover the body Sunday morn. Major bummer.