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Old 06-23-2007, 04:47 AM   #1
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Default SLC Peeps - urgent rescue help needed!

Ok, ok...so it's a rescue for ME.

I just spent 4 days out in the west desert of Utah, got the truck stuck in the salt mud, had to be rescued by the Search and Rescue and got a ride in a helicopter.

Had to leave the truck...but it's in a very remote location and will be safe for at least a day.

The beast weighs 7500 lbs. and is stuck in some sticky clay/mud/salt crap up to the axles...just a hair below the frame. The diffs are dragging a bit. I'm in a not-so-dry riverbed (the reason I got stuck is that I *thought* it was dry), down a 3-4 foot embankment.

NO winching anchors (ask me about burying a tire 4-5 times only to watch it slowly come unearthed), so this will need to be a multiple vehicle winching recovery. Heavy vehicles preferred. Big winches a necessity.

My plan is to head out early Sunday morning and get the thing unstuck. When we hit pavement we're only going to be about 45 minutes East of Wendover, so I would be definitely up for buying the whole crew lunch/dinner/whatever.

The location...or as close as I'm willing to divulge, is on the north end of the Silver Island Mountains...east of Wendover.

Seriously, this is in the middle of NOWHERE...I can almost guarantee you that this is a location in Utah that you have never been. If you have been here, you understand how tough it is to leave a truck out there.

Well, I have to go back and get the pig, so I'm going to leave on Sunday morning around 9-ish. I'd have people call my cell phone, but I left it in the truck.

Call the house or PM...254-6648. I'll spend the day tomorrow gathering stuff I'll need (I killed both batteries trying to winch myself out...now the truck won't start...plus I killed what little power I had signalling rescuers and overflying aircraft).

Anyway, it's a LONG story, here's a pic.



Thanks to anyone who feels like volunteering!
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: SLC Peeps - urgent rescue help needed!

how many times have you been told not to go alone? atleast there is a good group out there to help you out, hopefully they will wake up in time to read this.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:26 AM   #3
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how many times have you been told not to go alone? atleast there is a good group out there to help you out, hopefully they will wake up in time to read this.
Thanks for the lecture...save it for later.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:28 AM   #4
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lol, i gave chris a call for you. hopefully he will get the message in time.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: SLC Peeps - urgent rescue help needed!

I'm not tryin to be a smart ass or anythin. I go out that way alot and I just really don't want to end up in a similar situation.

Has any one tried one of these pull palls, do they work? Would it have helped in this situation?

https://www.expeditionexchange.com/pullpal/

There is a Land cruiser store in Sandy that sells em local and they are open today.

http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/pull_pal.html

I'd love to help but my recovery gear is a DII w/17,500 snatch strap and a rear shackle. I'm still savin for the RTE and a winch, so I don't think it would do much good. I've got a jump box you are more than welcome to.

Maybe fire off an email and see if you can get ahold of any of these guys.

http://www.wasatchrovers.com/contact%20us.html
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:55 AM   #6
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Default Re: SLC Peeps - urgent rescue help needed!

Your DII would make a good anchor for another truck if you're still up for it.

I'm counting on the religious visitation habits of one Marc Olivares to this website for him to see that I'm in dire straits.

I told the SAR guys that I could send out one e-mail and have a whole flock of Rover geeks chompin' at the bit to go and use their 'toys'...er...um...'tools'.

If I don't hear from Marc by lunch, I'll give him a call.

I don't think a pull-pall would have worked. This soil is much to loose/clay/wet. The pull-pall would have just been pulled through the muck.

Don't think I haven't already thought of a lot of ways to skin that cat though. 4 days alone in the desert gives you a lot of time to dream up crazy solutions.

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I'm not tryin to be a smart ass or anythin. I go out that way alot and I just really don't want to end up in a similar situation.

Has any one tried one of these pull palls, do they work? Would it have helped in this situation?

https://www.expeditionexchange.com/pullpal/

There is a Land cruiser store in Sandy that sells em local and they are open today.

http://www.cruiseroutfitters.com/pull_pal.html

I'd love to help but my recovery gear is a DII w/17,500 snatch strap and a rear shackle. I'm still savin for the RTE and a winch, so I don't think it would do much good. I've got a jump box you are more than welcome to.

Maybe fire off an email and see if you can get ahold of any of these guys.

http://www.wasatchrovers.com/contact%20us.html
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:14 AM   #7
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damn dude, that sucks...good luck getting it out
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:31 AM   #8
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I'll see what I can do, I'm stuck at work today and might have to come in sunday, I'll call my buddy in centerville. He has a DII w/RTE & WARN and see if he can come.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:12 AM   #9
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Michael,

I'm trying to call you but the number is busy. I'm more than happy to come out and help but my truck does not have a winch. I'm willing to come out and shovel and do anything else that you need, but again, I have minimal recovery gear for this type of situation.

Have you considered waiting until nightfall to launch the rescue? It's going to be more than a little hot out there and I'd worry about trucks and people overheating.

Please call me ASAP if you still want my help. We're getting ready to head out for a mountaineering trip to Wyoming this morning (taking my Subaru)) but it's not too late for me to abort.

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Old 06-23-2007, 11:18 AM   #10
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Wasatch Gang,

Looks like you guys have a mission ahead of you. Good luck man...looks like it will only take some digging and a multiple truck pull. Peice of cake really.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:23 AM   #11
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Slade, coming from you... I really hope you have more pictures to show for it!

Thanks, it makes me feel so good knowing that I'm not the only one who goes out alone and gets stuck. Your story is much better than mine.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:32 AM   #12
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Too bad I'm not there or I'd be out helping and having some fun. Situation sucks. That stuff sucks your truck in. Just a suggestion (you and everyone else has probably thought about it already), but I'd take the following. Just trying to help, not lecture.

1. Plenty of shovels.
2. Tractions mats (or something that will work similar).
3. Tire chains.
4. Several jacks (and 1/2 plywood to put them on so they don't sink).
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:50 AM   #13
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Too bad I'm not there or I'd be out helping and having some fun. Situation sucks. That stuff sucks your truck in. Just a suggestion (you and everyone else has probably thought about it already), but I'd take the following. Just trying to help, not lecture.

1. Plenty of shovels.
2. Tractions mats (or something that will work similar).
3. Tire chains.
4. Several jacks (and 1/2 plywood to put them on so they don't sink).
Good advice. I also like the later start time. I wanted to give myself plenty of daylight to get out there, but the idea of digging in 101 deg. heat isn't pleasant (oh yeah, I know that from experience).

I'll re-check the gear list before going out.

Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:25 PM   #14
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damn good luck if i was closer I'd be there.
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:48 PM   #15
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Good Luck Michael... As Rob said If I were there I'd be out in a heart beat...
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:19 PM   #16
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If I was in your area, I'd be glad to help. May I suggest some 4x6 or 4x12 planking to go along with that? multiple uses in recovery.

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Old 06-23-2007, 04:35 PM   #17
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Good Luck Michael... As Rob said If I were there I'd be out in a heart beat...
Think LRL wants a story about digging in salt-mud-clay for 2 days and abandoning the vehicle? I have lots of good art.

Thanks for the well wishes! Heading out tomorrow for more...
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:37 PM   #18
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mike, i still think digging from 5am to 10am would be cooler than 5pm to 10 pm. just a thought

i can head out tonight after work and be wating there for you w/ shovel in hand

i'll call ya in a little bit

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here comes another marc olivares rescue. I'll call the papers...
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Papers are so 5 minutes ago... Call a blogger...
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Papers are so 5 minutes ago... Call a blogger...
Now that's funny!
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:57 PM   #22
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Left you a message. I don't have a winch but would be happy to help however I can.
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We all need to chip in and get Marc a super hero costume. He may already own the tights, so maybe we can get him a cape and a big letter "M" on the chest.
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...He may already own the tights...

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Old 06-24-2007, 12:27 AM   #25
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Left you a message. I don't have a winch but would be happy to help however I can.
Be to my house by 4pm or meet us out there...I can give you GPS coords and directions.

I will need another truck or two that's winchless for ballast. If you have GOOD straps or heavy chain, bring them. Bring some long pants, a shovel, water, some food, etc...

Call or e-mail. 254-6648

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