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Unread 09-01-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Rollover on black bear pass

No one here I hope...

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...lack-bear-pass

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Unread 09-02-2014, 07:23 AM   #2
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this doesnt make me feel any better about doing black bear next weekend. anyone know how this happened?
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Unread 09-02-2014, 07:25 AM   #3
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I jeep Black Bear every year (usually numerous times per trip) and was there just 30 days ago, so friends texted me the link a few hours after it the link was up, asking me about the photo.

Was good that no one was badly hurt, I don't think it was in a bad place, photos there can be deceptive. The description notes that photo is worth a 1000 words, but gives me a bunch of questions. Like did the shelf give away, or did the driver go too far to the right and drove off the trail? Basically was it trail failure or driver error?

Im pretty sure the photo was taken on the shelf road just after passing Ingram falls, but before the first switchback.

I looked back through my photos and I have numerous photos coming off the last "hairy" step that shows the ponds that are present in the wreck photo.

Ill cue up some photos and try to post them later.

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Unread 09-02-2014, 07:37 AM   #4
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Someone got very very lucky!
I'd bet on driver error....it isn't a hard trail if you keep a cool head.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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More info:

http://www.telluridenews.com/article...8507626090.txt

As the article suggest, and after looking at a sequence of photos I have, the accident appears to be between on the shelf road between Ingram falls and the start of the switchbacks.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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My dad and I were up at the top a couple weeks ago. A group of quads warned us that the trail was "different" compared to years past and was now more dangerous. When we got to the very top before the first steep descent (Ingram Falls?) we found the road bed to covered in slippery shale. We had trouble walking down to the first switchback without slipping. Without having seen anyone else drive it, we were unsure how bad that section might be with a Jeep. Because neither of us knew the trail, we decided turned back just to be on the safe side.

Is Black Bear somehow different than it used to be?
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Unread 09-05-2014, 07:15 AM   #7
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My dad and I were up at the top a couple weeks ago. A group of quads warned us that the trail was "different" compared to years past and was now more dangerous. When we got to the very top before the first steep descent (Ingram Falls?) we found the road bed to covered in slippery shale. We had trouble walking down to the first switchback without slipping. Without having seen anyone else drive it, we were unsure how bad that section might be with a Jeep. Because neither of us knew the trail, we decided turned back just to be on the safe side.

Is Black Bear somehow different than it used to be?
I remember the first time I went over Black Bear, back in the 70's, there were several sections like this. Loose rock that you just kinda slid through, hopefully sliding forward and not sideways! Somewhere along the line the county bulldozed these sections to make it less dangerous.
I'll have to talk to my dad about his memories of this (I was just a kid-he was driving).
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Unread 09-08-2014, 12:10 AM   #8
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Any info or pictures on the recovery of this vehicle?
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Unread 09-11-2014, 06:59 PM   #9
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Any info or pictures on the recovery of this vehicle?
Here are a couple of pictures from the San Miguel County Government Facebook page.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 07:19 PM   #10
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I wonder is the Insurance co. will pay this one?
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Unread 09-11-2014, 09:39 PM   #11
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They might.



A couple months ago I followed this FJ60 being dragged up the Devil's Punch Bowl. It had rolled into the river near the bridge several days earlier. I was told that no one was injured. The tow company said the insurance company and the vehicle owner were splitting the recovery costs. The tow company was going to charge $5-6,000, but were also halfway wondering if they had just acquired themselves 50% of a wrecked FJ60.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 10:53 PM   #12
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FYI: Black Bear Pass Closed

Black Bear Pass slated to open at end of week


Rain, rockslide slowing down repairs

By Mary Slosson
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Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 6:07 AM CDT

Black Bear Pass is expected to reopen at the end of the week after an unexpected rockslide and recent rain extended a planned two-day road closure, San Miguel County officials said.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 09:50 AM   #13
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Per San Miguel County's website this morning.


High Mountain Passes


Passes currently OPEN*
Last Dollar Pass
Ophir Pass
Imogene Pass
Black Bear Pass

Passes currently CLOSED*



Follow San Miguel County on SanMiguelCounty for status updates and pictures!


*Pass openings are kept up to date with current status reports. Last update 9/12/2014.
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Unread 09-23-2014, 09:59 PM   #14
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video from inside the cab

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l5l0y8jfof...0Flip.wmv?dl=0
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Unread 09-23-2014, 10:30 PM   #15
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Was able to watch it but now it is erroring out due to "too much traffic" at link.
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