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 Post subject: Dust Devils do Evans
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:24 pm 
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Today 8 of us met up and embarked on our first Evans trip of the season. We started out on 102 because there were eleventy billion people headed up the 311. 102 was fun. From there we headed up the 196 to 197 and up to 520. On 197 a couple of us has a tuff time getting around a tree and we slammed into it but not too much damage. We started hitting snow at the bottom of 196. Just a trace. By the time we got to the rock field on 520, we were in about 4 inches of semi-fresh snow. We carried on to the top of 520 and decided to head up further on 519. That's where things got a little puckeriffic. There is that step-down rock that isn't usually too terrible but add snow to it and it adds to the fun. It put me in a precarious spot that had my heart beating out of my chest. I felt like I was gonna go over but somehow didn't. I made it thru and Nichol was after me. I think I heard a squeal out of her when she descended from the rock and slid into the other rock. I'm sure she felt the same puckerness that I felt earlier. We then took the road down to 311 and ran that to the first lookout. Branden noticed a bolt sticking out on Nichols steering box and it was determined that her day was over. We all had had enough for the day so we took the road all the way back down. It was a beautiful day and re didn't really run into anyone up there surprisingly. Always a good group of people to run with. Pictures to follow soon. They are downloading into photobucket as I type.

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Nichols grade 8 bolt to her steering box decided it wanted to be set free.

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 Post subject: Re: Dust Devils do Evans
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:50 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Dust Devils do Evans
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:40 am 
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"Puckeriffic" indeed. We did see Swamprunner.

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 Post subject: Re: Dust Devils do Evans
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:01 am 
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Nice report! 520 was super slick on the backside.
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 Post subject: Re: Dust Devils do Evans
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SWAMPRUNNER wrote:
Nice report! 520 was super slick on the backside.
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I know that spot all too well. I was in the same place last year at night before closing. Not the best feeling. Especially since there isn't anything to stop you until the bottom. I thought that was you when we passed you but wasn't 100% sure.

Where are your pictures Nichol?

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 Post subject: Re: Dust Devils do Evans
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:44 am 
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I was doing fine until the rear end started sliding down hill. I tried to save it by barely letting out the clutch until I could feel the tires grip the snow, but it just kept sliding further and further down the slippery hill. My girlfriend looked like a cat in water as she bailed out of the rig. My buddy was so anxious to use his new winch so I hooked up a 30' strap and block up the hill to the nearest tree as he free spooled about 90' of the line and hooked it up to the rear of my jeep. With tension on the cable I slowly let out the clutch, trying not to spin the tires, and in no time I was back on the trail. There was definitely a crowd forming as more and more people caught up to us. Always a great time at Evans. I love the steep terrain and views!

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