Started out Saturday in Enumclaw meeting up with a local group of Tundra owners to head up FS75 in greenwater. We ended up all the way at the end where it used to connect to 74 by the white river.
After the group had all headed back down, we set off to find a spot to camp for the night. Now the astute among you will notice that we're about to break rule number 1...don't wheel alone.
The plan was to head up this ridge to a nice viewpoint and camp. Aired down to 10psi and off we went. I wasn't concerned about getting stuck because I could just winch myself out and anticipated doing so at least once on the way up.
Well went ahead and got myself stuck right proper like. I plugged in my winch controller and my winch goes click click click click. Lights are on but no one's home.
Well bugger, this isn't good.
Over the next several hours we deploy every piece of gear we had with us. We dug out, used traction boards, a comealong, a hi lift, tire chains....wasn't enough.
Eventually I accepted that I wasn't getting out of this one by myself. Luckily I was within cell range and started calling people. Turns out we have a lot of members right now who don't have winches! Finally get ahold of Jon Davis who doesn't hesitate to jump in his truck and head out. Except that I get a follow up call right after saying that his winch isn't working now either. He ended up borrowing Ira's flatbed trailer's hitch receiver mounted winch.
Jon gets to me about 9:30 and another several hour operation ensues.
We tried a reverse angled pull but couldn't get my fat rear back up onto the tracks. So we moved to a forward pull to get me back up on the tracks and then back out on the high side.
This picture shows just how stuck I was... See that tree leaning to the left? Yeah, it used to be vertical. Tread lightly fail :( This introduced a new hazard...would we get out before the tree finished falling over? It had my truck in its sights...
Finally! Real progress. Up and out. Got straightened out. Back out on the high side and was home free.
-It gets said time and time again don't wheel alone. Regardless, I have a lot for various reasons. HOWEVER, someday you will get burned by it. I was lucky. I had cell service and people available to help.
-CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT! Had I simply verified the operation of my winch before I left, I never would have gone off the way I had. Check your gear before trips...don't just assume everything is working.
MANY thanks for out to Jon for staying out until 3 in the morning to help. To Ira for lending us his trailer winch.
Also thanks to Ed Amdahl and JR Russell for being on standby and willing to come help.
May my cascade of poor decisions be a reminder to us all.