Phil was a member of this site a few years ago, one of the guys with a 1st Generation Explorer that was set up well for overlanding, rockcrawling, and general trail running. He had brought his rig Moab several times over the last decade and enjoyed snow runs in the Pacific Northwest.
Phil in Moab, May 2016:
We lost Phil just over two years ago, and have had a Memorial Snow Run each year since his passing to commemorate his memory, great enthusiasm for the four-wheeling community, and his love of the outdoors.
This past weekend a group of us who knew him assembled to make a quick run up to one of Phil's favorite snow run destinations: Lonesome Lake and the Rainier Overlook on FS 75/74.
Snow conditions were sparse, the recent warmer weather and rains meant there was no difficult depths of snow that had to be negotiated - - in fact, was a bit more like driving on a fairly groomed road with an inch or so of hard packed snow and ice. The run also afforded Phil's widow the opportunity to spread some of Phil's ashes at a place he enjoyed so well.
All in all, 8 vehicles participated, a few Explorers, 4 Runner, Jeep, Samurai, Tacoma, Raptor, and a brand new Bronco.
Some of the vehicles lined-up at Lonesome Lake:
Rare that the weather was so nice - - not too many sunny weekend days between November and March here in the PNW.
Great look at Rainier from the overlook, Phil's widow and son in the foreground: