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    Anyone interested in running blanca next month?

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    Blanca is the peak that forms one edge of the Sand Dunes National Park, right?

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    No that's medano pass I think. Blanca is about a 10 minute drive from the dunes. I would recommend at least 33s, or if smaller tires a locking differential. Not sure what your setup is. It's a fairly tough trail but scenic. Madano pass is a easy trail from what I've heard.

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    Iím certainly interested. Not sure what Sept looks like for us yet but Iíll be following this thread.

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    I will have to research more, but I very well may be interested.

    I am busy the weekend after labor day, but I think I am wide open otherwise.

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    What about the 15th of Sept? After labor day so shouldn't be too bad as far as trail traffic.

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    Maybe...

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    I don't have anything penciled in then, so I'm a maybe as well.

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    Ok, so, I am interested, but I may be out classed a bit. I'll research old trip reports on here.

    I could always ride a long and bring my camera gear.

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    JGRubicon previously posted:
    "Ok, so, I am interested, but I may be out classed a bit. I'll research old trip reports on here."

    It's rated pretty challenging in the Wells guidebook. I don't know much about this trail, but I think it's difficult.

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    I'm just below the minimum requirements suggested on trails offroad, I'm on 32's instead of 33's. The rigs I'm seeing in videos are much more built than me. I'm happy to drag, but I don't want to out do it and risk a time consuming break down that would hold everyone up.

    It would certainly be the most technically difficult trail I'd done yet, I've done Red Cone solo and didn't need the winch, but this could be more... just plain impassable. I'll keep looking in the meantime.

    https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/224-blanca-peak

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    Wow, just the photos and description on trailsoffroad are quite enlightening. Jaws 2 looks like a "nope" to me.

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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "Jaws 2 looks like a "nope" to me."

    Exactly what I was thinking...except with my tiny little jeep maybe I could just squeeze by on the left...just maybe...

    For those of you looking to step up the challenge without going too far into the very difficult trails with severe consequences - I would greatly suggest something like Chinaman's gulch and Wheeler lake as good stepping stones. I have run both of those in my old cj, but am still thinking Blanca is out of my league at this time. Also, I am starting to think about doing a ride-along for some of the hardcore difficult trails (Blanca, Holy Cross etc) as a way to see them and then can decide if I would want to return with my jeep. I think most of our members would be willing to have a passenger ride-along.
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    I did Blanca in my '07 rubicon, 35" tires, no lift, but hi line fenders. Jaws 1 is difficult, Jaws 2 is just down right scary, and Jaws 3 wasn't bad at all, but looks difficult. The lake and views up top are well worth it.

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    I believe this is the route that recently the Jeep rolled off, killing the mother and injuring the daughter. Itís rated as Difficult so probably for the most experienced drivers only & modified vehicles. I donít think Iíd be up for this yet....
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "Jeep rolled off, killing the mother and injuring the daughter."

    Maybe there was two separate incidents, but Iron chest Mine (not Blanca) had this incident recently
    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/...Chest-fatality
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "I believe this is the route that recently the Jeep rolled off, killing the mother and injuring the daughter. Itís rated as Difficult so probably for the most experienced drivers only & modified vehicles. I donít think Iíd be up for this yet...."

    There's a at least one memorial on Blanca Peak for a death of a wheeler. The most recent fatality (I think the one your talking about) was on Iron Chest.

    http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Fam...490945061.html

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    Blanca is on my 'must do' list. Depending on circumstances at the time if a chance comes around I'm in.

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    FINOCJ previously posted:
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    http://www.frontrange4x4.com/forums/...Chest-fatality"

    Whoops, sorry for the mis-information.... somehow I confused the two routes!
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    I've never viewed Blanca as too bad. You are on a shelf road though so you need to pay attention the whole time. My friend wasn't paying attention and got into a pretty hairy situation but I got out the winch and straightened him out. Last time I did it was 2010ish things may have changed on the trail since then but at the time my fj40 had 4" lift leaf springs that flexed like I-beams haha, 33s, a winch, lockers, a very good skid plate. I hit my skid plate a few times. Jaws 3 has a hard left line which I couldn't make but the right line was easy. That's what I remember anyway. I don't want to prod anybody into doing something risky. Plenty of videos online. I always encourage winching rather than hammering it up a hill and breaking stuff, and I think on a shelf road that's more important for safety reasons. I would not do the trail without a winch. I would rate the difficulty to similarity of Wheeler Lake or chinamans also.

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