So did you recover the Lexus??
Nah just drove around and kept going. I only brake for Jeeps.
J/K. Where to begin.....
We all met up at the chevron at 9 and were out of there by 930. Drive up the canyon was scenic and i got to try out my new towbar setup i made. Got to the parking lot and it was bone dry, no snow in sight
Aired down and started up the trail. It was a bit rutted but uneventful for about 20 minutes til finally we came to just a little bit of snow. Slowly the snow got deeper as we climbed which was awesome because i thought the trip was going to be a total bust snow wise. The snow got about half a foot deep when we came up behind a truck and a lexus. We were on a small incline and the lexus was having trouble making it up. The guy in the lexus let his buddy(the better driver) take over right when we got there. He made it up past the slippery part on the straightaway and dissapeared around the corner. We all started talking and next thing i know its been almost 10 minutes. Finally the guy is walking back to us on foot and we thought he was coming to get the truck. He told me that he had slid into a ditch up ahead and it was no big deal. He told us we could go around his truck and continue on while he pulled out his tow strap to pull the lexus out. I offered to help but he declined so we passed by the truck and came around the corner. I could not believe me eyes seeing that lexus. I have no idea how it hadnt rolled. It had crushed its plastic step on the drivers side and had completely bent over the metal trail marker. At this point i was insistent we help since the area around it was very small and i didnt feel comfortable with them trying to tow strap snatch it out.
I worked my jeep up the snow hill behind the lexus and put the winch on it. We got it up onto the trail with some effort at which point i drove to the back of it and pulled it with a strap the rest of the way onto the trail. They said thanks and we carried on. After that there was some getting stuck, mainly in the area shown in the picture with all the messed up snow around the JK. After that i was snow bashing a trail for us which meant me keeping the jeep at 4,000 rpms for a good 5-10 mins. I made it around a particularly nasty bend blazing trails and headed up an incline. About half way up i noticed smoke which at first i assumed was steam from my tires burning rubber up the hill. It didnt look right though so i bailed out with my fire extinguisher just in time to put out a fire under my hood. The wire for my O2 sensor had been knocked loose by all the snow and the rubber hose i put around it as a shield was now melted and on fire on the exhaust pipe.
After that scare we carried on to the main meadow area. I managed to get farther then last time i was up there and then we turned around. On the way down jeff(who had got into my jeep since his tires were bald in front) tried to get his jeep back out from the side of the trail and got more stuck. A strap pull and he was back on the trail. We got back down to where a bunch of people were chopping down christmas trees and saw that another truck was dangerously(2 inches) away from sliding off the road down a 100' ravine. They had about 3 four wheelers strapped to a fullsize truck and were pulling it back onto the trail. They ended up not needing our help but it was still a scary thing to see. After that the road turned back to dirt so we got some baja action in, aired up, went to wendys, headed home.
Ill get the pictures up here shortly.