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Just to start off, this trip was by far one of the funnest things I've ever done :D

DIRTCO lives in Frisco (just outside of Breckenridge) and has been inviting me to go snow wheeling for years. I've never been able to make it up (rig is usually torn apart during the winter) but finally had the chance to see what this snow wheeling thing is all about. I'm hooked :)

DIRTCO knows of a great place to snow wheel. It doesn't see much traffic and doesn't have many off-camber or super steep climbs. Perfect for snow wheeling. His 4Runner is on fresh 35" MTR's and my sits on 39.5" Iroks (bald fronts and 75% rears). He's also got a turbo :xrocker:

My winch was only used 3 times, twice on myself and once on Jeremiah. The shovel was only brought out once. Crazy considering we wheeled for 5 hours. The snow wasn't fresh. It had a 1-2" hard crust and the rest was 1 to 3 feet of sugar snow. Not the most ideal snow to wheel it but whatever.

DIRTCO lead the way at the start of the day while I tried to figure out how to wheel the white stuff. Once he was having a hard time breaking trail, I tried my hand at breaking trail. Just the couple extra inches of tire and bald front tires (didn't dig down as bad) allowed me to break several miles of trail that we didn't think we were going to even have a shot at.

The 22RE ran at redline for several hours :eek: :D Didn't bother it at all.



First stuck of the day. This was about 5 minutes onto the trail :D This took a winch pull and some shovel to get out.


DIRTCO breaking trail



Letting the rigs cool off.


This is what we were breaking though most of the day. Since it was sugar snow, it took everything we had to break. If it would have been fresh or wet spring snow, we could have driven through snow twice as deep.







This was where we stopped and turned around. I could have bashed it but would have taken us hours to get 100 more feet up the trail. It was a solid 2-3 feet deep with some of the drifts even taller.



Trying to turn around.



2nd big stuck for me of the day. Glad I have a winch.






Where we stopped for lunch. After coming down, we drove up 2 more times and bombed down our tracks. It was a blast.

Here's some footage of Jeremiah bashing some snow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdbalfTMihU

We both got quite a bit of footage, he's going to send it to me and I'll get it edited up and will post up the video.
 

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Awesome!! A winch is a must when doin deep snow like that.

I take it the new radiator held up? :cool:

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Very cool!

What size tire is DirtCo Running?
35" MTR Kevlars. He had them aired down to 3 psi (no beadlocks) and they were almost flat. They did very well in the crappy snow conditions on Sat.

Awesome!! A winch is a must when doin deep snow like that.

I take it the new radiator held up? :cool:

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Yup, radiator held up :D It got quite the workout. We would let the rigs cool down every 10 minutes or so.
 

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35" MTR Kevlars. He had them aired down to 3 psi (no beadlocks) and they were almost flat. They did very well in the crappy snow conditions on Sat.
Very cool! I'm going to running those soon, as my parts truck had a brand new set. Its exciting to see that they work well!
 

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What a fun day! I'm glad Volcom could make the trip from Pueblo. The weather was awesome until the end of the day when it started getting cold. The snow conditions could have been better, but once we figured out what worked we made some good progress. The turbo got one hell of a workout, it was spooled up for most of the day! :D

I only took a couple pictures, but I did get a bunch of video. I'm going to let Aaron do his thing and edit it all together, between the two of us there should be more than enough angry tached out 4cyl. footage!





 

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Hey Dirtco, your rig is looking great! I followed your build, thought this was going to a mild one?! Haha.. how's that auto tranny shifter treating you?

Lookin forward to the vids
 

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Hey Dirtco, your rig is looking great! I followed your build, thought this was going to a mild one?! Haha.. how's that auto tranny shifter treating you?

Lookin forward to the vids
Thanks! That was the plan but you know how that goes! Compared to the last truck, and most of my friends trucks, it's still kind of mild. :D

Most of the time I use the stock shifter, but in the snow the stand alone shifter was great. I could stay in a higher gear without it downshifting on me and I could also shift gears without loosing speed.
 
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