Yankee Hill Saturday 12/28/19
JP and I ran Yankee Hill yesterday & saw just a few other rigs. We made it all the way to the top of the actual Yankee Hill, although there were a few very icy sections of trail on the way up that needed multiple tries to make it. There also were a few deep drifts of snow, mostly after the big snowfield that is just before the actual Yankee Hill.
The hill itself had a few deep snow sections that gave us trouble but JP worked his way up and made it first. I came up and got hung up at an icy section that gave JP trouble and it took me quite a while to go up and around it just as JP came flying down the snow chute next to the trail. I had to drop from the side back into the trail and it was pretty tippy but I slowly crawled up and made it to the top.
Then JP convinced me to fly down the snow chute that he did and I went for it but half way down I lost momentum and got stuck in deep snow. JP came down and went around me so I could winch thru this deep section. Thatís where I realized my winch isnít working and in the process my door tether broke and the door swung all the way open and smashed my drivers side mirror off completely ;-/
JP pulled me down and unfortunately we couldnít see this huge boulder that I got hung up on my tie rod and axle tube. This cause me to tip almost over on my drivers side and I had to crawl out my passenger door! JP went around my other side and we put the strap around my axle tube & pulled me off he boulder and back into the snow chute (and right side up). I was able to gun it down the chute back to the bottom from here.
On the way back to the big snow field we ran into a side by side that was buried in a deep drift and JP pulled him out. Then I got stuck in the same spot and JP pulled me out. Then we flew down the big snowfield and ran down the trail until we ran into a group of Jeeps with a Wrangler off the trail and blocking it. JP rigged up a nice winch snatch block setup from the high side of the road to pull the Jeep up. See pics ..... Didnít take long and we pulled them back into the road and ran the rest of the way down.
Unfortunately my Tierod is bent pretty good so it will need to be replaced before wheeling again. I ordered the tierod (a heavy duty Currie Currectlync tierod) and a $30 mirror to replace the broken stuff
I pulled the Jeep into my garage today and will let all the snow melt and then tear apart the winch and hope I can get it working again....
Iíd say this was a pretty awesome run despite the damage. Once again, thanks JP for making sure my Jeep and me made it home!!!
2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6speed
~Built for wheelin'