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 Post subject: Gallaher Head Lake
PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:07 pm 
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Made it to the lake today, first wheeled vehicle up of the season.

Snow starts right where the road briefly splits in two for the steep hill climb.

Lots of very difficult off-camber snow, some winching, and a steep hard pack snow hill climb took me to the flat partially snow covered meadows. Weakly bridged snow resulted in falling into mud pits through the snowpack. Went a ways up above the lake up the trail to Hawkin's Mountain. No snow up there, only down in the valley below the lake.

Give it 1-2 weeks and it should be complete snow free.

Somehow I managed to play hard enough on the hill climb to rotate a tire a quarter turn within my Hutchinson beadlocks. I didn't even know that was possible, somewhat disappointing that it is!


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 Post subject: Re: Gallaher Head Lake
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:46 am 
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Nice job man :thumbsup:

That corner in your first picture always seems to hold snow the longest. We will be up there next weekend via the 2 wheeled trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Gallaher Head Lake
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:27 pm 
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Looking at how low your psi was, I could see that happening.

On my Stazworks wheels, the centers are made for the width of the bead on the tire. Are they the same for the Hutchinsons?

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 Post subject: Re: Gallaher Head Lake
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:53 am 
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KarlVP wrote:
Looking at how low your psi was, I could see that happening.

On my Stazworks wheels, the centers are made for the width of the bead on the tire. Are they the same for the Hutchinsons?


I was at 2-3PSI, probably a bit low for the snow conditions and throttle requirements, I generally go on the lower side for snow since it makes such a difference. I do frequently go down to 1PSI in the winter and don't have a problem, but powder snow is a very different thing. I think this was the lowest I've ever run for spring snow, I'm usually at 4PSI this season, just dropped it further for all the side hills.

Hutchinson has two different insert sizes and suggests one based on the tire brand/model. Having only two inserts, some tires are sure to be looser than others.


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 Post subject: Re: Gallaher Head Lake
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:22 am 
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Yup, she is melting fast. We were up there on Sunday. Met some nice folks on horseback that came up from Teanaway. They let my girls ride their horses around the lake :thumbsup:

Here are a few pics for comparison.


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