Dan and I got invited by the guys at The Offroad Podcast to come hang out on a snow wheeling and camping trip they were planning. We were joined also by Rick, a new NWOL member, who came out for the day on Friday.
We arrived in Randle at 0930 on Friday. Fueled up, kicked some tires, took some pictures and headed into the woods.
We started getting into some really deep snow much lower than we'd hoped and at 2500' we were stopped.
After probably an hour of trying to proceed from this point, we called it and turned around. I tried to get fancy and J-turn myself around but I went a little too far backwards.
At this point, the ORP guys wanted to try out these gimmicky new recovery devices they'd picked up called Trac-Grabbers. They're rubber blocks that strap to your tires and help you claw your way out of a stuck. I was skeptical to say the least. They looked like some stupid gadget people buy and throw in their car to never use. We put them on all 4 tires, intentionally did NOT dig the truck out at all (other than getting access to the rear passenger tire), and I'll be damned if I didn't crawl my way right out of that snow bank. I'm a believer and will be picking up a couple pairs of these!
During our descent, Ben tried to make camp in a ditch.
After some unsuccessful kinetic rope pulls, they switched to the winch and got him out easily.
We camped right on the bank of the Cispus River. No one around for miles. I finally got a chance to try out the Rhino Rack Foxwing awning that I'd picked up from Craig. I'm a huge fan. Much easier to set up and take down than my ARB was. WAY more coverage too.
The obligatory overland picture from bed...
Saturday was filled with shenanigans and debauchery. I didn't get pictures of any of it...probably for the best.
Sunday we got a pretty early start because we wanted to go see the Leyser Cave which is a small cave that was used by natives as a hunting camp of sorts.
The road up was snow covered and we were breaking trail most of the way. Luckily, it didn't get too deep.
The cave is impressive in the winter and covered by icicles.
After that, we went back down to the main road, aired our tires up, and headed into town for lunch at the Huff'n'Puff. If you're ever in the neighborhood, I'd recommend it. It doesn't look like much but the food is good.
After lunch, we all went our separate ways, just like Steve Perry said. No, not really.