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Old 12-04-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Where to go wheeling?

Can anyone suggest some places for a newbie to learn? I've been to triangle beach many times and Stave once (but I wasn't driving) and I'm looking for some new places to explore in my 4runner. Anyone want to come with? none of my friends are into 4x4's! Looking at after the holidays once works slows down and I have time to do some work on my truck (aussie locker and rock sliders hopefully, need paycheques).
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Sylvester rd. in mission, lots of trails from easy to fucked.

Eagle mountain on the top of Westwood plateau, but you need a key to get to the trails.

Stave's ok but not my cup-o-tea.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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for someone like you I would check out East and West Harrison. Easy fsring that you won't get in over your head.
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Harrison is good. But quite the drive for a day trip.

Hot springs are awesome there and easy to get to. Too easy imo, I seen some civics and and a fiesta there last year .
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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ya they are way to eas but at least with the snow it makes it more of a challange
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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i'll try those places out! thanks guys. i'm pretty excited, i feel like i don't take my 4runner offroad enough. probably because i don't!
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:02 PM   #7
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How much snow is there by Harrison? I was thinking of taking the West Harrison fsr from Harrison to Pemberton tomorrow but I would guess theres tons of snow?
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pm me next time you go to triangle I like to goof around there with my quad and sometimes my truck the pass to pemberton should have a good amount of fresh snow so dont go alone
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Ok, forget going to Pemberton! On a side note, I was in Squamish today and there wasn't much snow. I didn't go far out because it was getting dark, but god damn it I wish I found some spots to wheel there. Didn't really know where to go even with the backroads book. There was a logging road I went down by the chief but that's all I really did. Kinda sucked but whatever. Maybe I'll head back out there after new years if it doesn't dump snow. No/little snow = hopefully not getting stuck and having to walk out!

Oh yeah, I went looking for some spots on the Island on boxing day and I swear to god EVERY FSR I went past (except one, actually) had closed gates. I was in the Sooke/Jordon river area. There were tons of places to go explore too. Apparently they're not opening up again (for anyone wanting to do any 4x4 stuff) any time soon. Too many assholes going in there and dumping garbage, vandalizing logging equipment etc.
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tons of places in Pemberton to go to. Just need to find them
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I was considering going to Pemberton tomorrow but I think I'll end up going to the Mamquam FSR in Squamish. I drove like 3km of it before I started heading back. Looks like theres lots of places to explore off that FSR, I'll let you guys know once I get back! Bringing tools, lunch and a tow chain just in case! Fingers crossed I don't get stuck..
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never use a chain. It will break and could kill you. Only use a tow strap!!!!
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luckily today i didn't get stuck and use the death chain. Actually, no one was around anyway, I would have been screwed if I got stuck. I didn't see anyone around the whole day! Maybe I'll go to Princess Auto tomorrow and pick up a strap.

Anyway, heres some pics.


So much ice up there. This was a frozen water fall that went across the trail. The left side was maybe a foot or a foot and a half thick with mud/rocks underneath and the right side was a pretty steep drop. I go as far as to say it was almost a cliff on the right. And on the other side of the ice (you can't really see it) was a huge rock in the middle of the trail. I turned around and went up another trail..


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Water that wasn't frozen!! Yet.

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+1 for not using a chain.

some one at stave lake a few years ago had to get airlifted out with serious injury's. because the chain they were using snapped and sent a piece threw the back window and hit they guy in the head
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and same with shackles connecting two straps thats what broke at stave a couple years ago and hit the person in the head. If need be toss a towel or jacket on the part or in the middle and it will help stop it if it snaps in half.
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picked up a 30' tow strap from Princess Auto today! $20. We'll see how long it lasts..
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I say head up Sylvester, the turnoff is about 5 mins east of mission, the mountain is 20 mins from town.
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picked up a 30' tow strap from Princess Auto today! $20. We'll see how long it lasts..
Did you get a recovery strap or a tow strap?

I only ask because the recovery strap acts like an elastic and is allot smoother for tug's than a tow strap which has zero give.
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luckily today i didn't get stuck and use the death chain. Actually, no one was around anyway, I would have been screwed if I got stuck. I didn't see anyone around the whole day! Maybe I'll go to Princess Auto tomorrow and pick up a strap.
a tow strap isn't going to help you if nobody is around to pull on it
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never use a tow strap. It will break and could kill you. Only use a tug strap!!!!

lol... but seriously, murd0c is right. I've seen pictures of chains, hooks and tow balls gone horribly bad. Chains and tow straps should be used only for towing. A proper tug strap with soft eyes (not hooks) is the safest when tugging or recovering a vehicle. Attach the soft eyes to the vehicle using a clevis (D) shackle.

There's a famous story of a guy who attached his strap to the trailer tow ball of the tow vehicle. It snapped off, recoiled through the windshield, the back window, recoiled again through the back window and went through the driver's headrest narrowly missing the driver's ear.

I was recovering a WRX at a winter rally last year and their factory tow bolt stripped out of its rusted hole and put a 12 gauge shotgun sized hole in my rear metal bumper. I was lucky it didn't hit anyone or go through my back window.

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The Tow straps I was actually thinking of are the heavy study semi ones they use. Those are the best ones to use foo the price. Tug boat rope works the best but it take up way to much space and when it gets wet it's real real heavy. Never trust those princess auto straps because they are fricken junk but they are better then nothing I guess. If you do go out a lot on your own and dont have a winch get a come-a-long and snatch block as well and make sure always bring a axe or saw as well.
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I've got the Princess Auto one, it's the 30k lbs one.

Nickmark, let me know next time you head out. I'd love to come, our trucks are identical in capability:P

And about using a chain. What about when using a hi-lift as a jack? Watched a quick youtube video and it said to use chain as it as nearly no give and will for he most part just break and fall to the ground? What should I use with my hi-lift then?

I know about the tow straps breaking and all those horror stories.
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As long as your not shock loading the chain, I don't see a problem using a chain with a highlift with slow steady movement.


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