Engineer's Pass Ascent Oct 12-15, 2020

Events, trips, get togethers, car shows, etc.

Postby L60Boerne » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:54 am

Thanks Peter,

Hopefully this will not be the only traverse. Send us pictures of your trip as well.

I drove it yesterday in my Rubicon and look forward to the 56 mile crawl. Hopefully we will get some good pictures for everyone. It will be a significant test of driver and machine. My only fear is re-starting at a steep incline. If I make a mistake in driving it will be a bit tense in several places. It will be more of a test of driver than machine.

I do know my 63 made it up to 12,900' with no issues so I think we are good to go with several Patrols.....so far.

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Postby plateaucal » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:03 pm

David, you are scaring me. Remind me to go up first. However, I have run that route so many times that I forgot what it was like. Are you still in Lake City? If so, may we should make a trial run someday. Rubicon...top off. I'll hold your beer.
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:40 am

Plateaucal,
Fear not, I had to leave LC in order to go to a weeding in Dallas. I will return to Dallas in three weeks for another wedding then I'm heading straight to LC hopefully arriving late on the 27th. The trail is always really beat up and potholed at the end of the year but easy in terms of 4 x 4 action. The only issue I foresee is keeping the motor running with the thin air but Rene says that isn't a problem we should worry with. Furthermore, it will be freezing up in the high country which will eliminate the possibility of vapor locking.

How about I book the yurt for an overnight after the loop. It is at 11,200' near Slumgullion Summit? So we come off Cinnamon Pass, traverse the Lake Sandoval from S to N hang a right, climb most of the way up to Slum Pass (on pavement) then off road a mile or so up to the yurt. How fun would that be! Huge fire and steaks. Sleeps six.

At present we have:
Plateaucal's 69 ...locally known as "The good one".
Anthony's 65 aka "El Bondo"
Curt's 65 aka Presidio Patrol
David's 63 aka Command and Control Vehicle 5 (CCV5)
David's 66 aka Phoenix Patrol possibly driven by Rene

Three vehicles have winches and all have new tires and good mechanical condition.

I sure wish we had one more driver, and we might, to drive my Rubicon as an emergency vehicle.

The door remains open. Anyone else?

Patrolling to Paradise,
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Postby plateaucal » Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:46 am

Sounds good as long as there is a wood stove. Looking at 8" of snow up LC way tomorrow. It will probably melt off, but maybe not.
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:48 pm

Jon Wilson Yurt
www.hinsdalehauteroute.com search for Jon Wilson

Highest yurt in the Rockies
wood stove...check
propane stove....check
outhouse.....check
running water....sorta
Excellent firepit...check
chairs and table...check

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Postby plateaucal » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:06 pm

Sounds like fun! What happened to the warm cabin with the well stocked liquor cabinet and the best view in Western Colorado? I am good either way. Originally, I was just planning on bringing up my truck camper and staying in your driveway.
So I am very adaptable being the bad ass mountain man that I am. Just need heat and a beer. ;)
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:06 pm

Patrollers Worldwide,
Please note the new dates due to early winter. Sept 30 thru Oct 2nd

Arrive Lake City morning of 30th
Check vehicles - Day of 30th
Evening of 30th - Firepit on the Cliff, special services to strengthen our resolve :shock:
Oct 1st - 56 Mile Alpine Loop :dance:
Even, then overnight at the Jon Wilson Yurt at 11,200 ft :clap:

Oct 2nd - Recovery of lost Patrols and souls. :liar:

Please note the dates, they are firm now.

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Postby plateaucal » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:12 pm

I predict yellow trees and cool mountain air. Our troop will succeed, with minor injuries to man or machine. If the gods favor us, we will not need tire chains, but I may bring some anyway. It is on my calendar.
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Postby L60Boerne » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:20 am

The Jon Wilson Memorial Yurt is booked for the night of Sept 30th, see at www.hinsdalehauteroute.com. It easily sleeps six. Their website for booking isn't working but I spoke to the office by phone.

We have room and an extra Patrols if anyone wants to come up.

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Postby L60Boerne » Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:48 pm

Greetings Patrollers Worldwide,

Plateucal and yours truly reached two summits on 10-1-2020 attaining sustained and perfect operation climbing to 13,000 ft +. Command and Control Vehicle 5 (CCV5) and Phoenix Patrol performed flawlessly at altitude. Plateucal piloted Phoenix Patrol with the Rochester B Carb while CCV5 uses the VZ 42. The Rochester performed better above 10,000 ft than below. Regardless, it will replaced this winter with a VZ 42.

I can say the Nissan Patrols were appreciated by almost every other group on the mountain with many smiles, thumbs up, that is cool and "it's a what". With side windows passing about 12-15" apart if a pass can even be made you get to say hello during the pass.

I will upload the pictures and they will be in the next post.

October is the perfect time for the ascent and we hope to have a bigger group next year.

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Postby L60Boerne » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:23 am

Greetings Patrollers Worldwide,

Just a note to say I have submitted my article for Overland Journal. It may or maynot ever make it into print as many factors must align...but we will just have to see. I will try to figure out how to upload it here today.

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Postby faux40 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:37 am

That was well written, enjoyable and inspiring! We'll do our best to be ready to tag along next time!
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Postby Esteban » Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:48 pm

faux40 wrote:That was well written, enjoyable and inspiring! We'll do our best to be ready to tag along next time!
X2!

So enjoyable! Thanks!

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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:07 am

Makes me wish I was there.
Beyond any hope for intervention

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Postby L60Boerne » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:13 pm

RiverPatrol,

You were there...in spirit. :clap: Everyone who has helped me is always with me. As I patrol I look at the parts and think of who sent them and how thankful I am for getting them. Those Patrols are loaded down with far memories than anything else.

I'm pretty sure the #1 use for these these old Patrols is to hold memories.

Patrolling in CCV5 again today.

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