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jefe 4x4

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San Juan XTC

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Well, two out of three ain't bad.

Refining and redefining the truck camper experience.
Three intrepid TC adventurers set out to find a new edge to the camping experience.
What’s that? Simply to drive as many jeep trails in the San Juans that go over high passes and to actually camp near the crests. Seems simple enough. Then you start thinking about what you need to do to your truck to make it trail worthy. The three XTC’ers have extensive experience with ‘jeeping’ (small j) and four wheel drive. This was a big plus, as there is a lot of carry over of the technique require for off-roading in general. The principals drove a nice array of machines. Who are these people?

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The principals drove a nice array of machines. My grandmother would call us a dog from every town (Kansas, 1930's talk for a hungry collection of rabble)
Doug (Sheep Camp), a hard-core jeeper, drove his pretty much stock Ford F350 4WD, 6 spd, TD, LWB, 4 dr., SB pickup with a largish camper shell over the bed. We expected no issues with this setup, and there were none. Well, except having to double pump around some of the hairpin turns.

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Jefe, was found driving his Dodge 3/4T 4WD, 6 spd, CTD, SB, Lance Lite hardside, traction devices, small lift, rr super singles.

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The Whazoo drove his ‘Whazinator’, a GMC 3/4T, LWB, 4WD, V-8 turbodiesel, Allison 6 spd. auto, limited slip rr, 3” lift, larger tires and wheels, HD steering parts, OUTFITTER pop-up with power lift.

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We met and camped at Sunshine Campground near Ophir CO. during the second week of September. The timing was chosen as the best time to miss the summer thunderstorms and to be gone before the first high country snows of autumn. It worked. The air was dry and cool.
To get to Sunshine, Doug and The Whaz had to go over Ophir Pass:

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Speaking of passes, here's Doug's (aka: Point Dog) list of pass elevations (in feet above sea level);
Ophir Pass 11,789
Imogene Pass 13,114
Red Mt Pass 11,075
Black Bear Pass 12,840
Hurricane Pass 12,407
California Pass 12,930
Placer/Picayne Pass 12,666
Engineer Pass 12,800



Sleeping spots
Black Bear Pass 12,840
Hurricane Pass 12,407
Ah Point, Engineer Pass 12,968
Our first big pass was Imogene. This proved to be the most incredibly 'up' trail we attempted. It was also the highest pass at 13.114 ft. It started out easy enough;

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After doing Imogene, California pass we dropped down to near Red Mt. and started up the back side of Black Bear Pass, our camping destination for the night. The trail was steep and narrow:

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The following days would bring new challenges along with the obligatory new vistas.
More to come.....including, "oxygen-free slumber".
regards, as always, jefe


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[emoticon] THANKS FOR THE REPORT, GREAT PICTURES

BUT FOR AN European COULD YOU TELL ME WHERE IS IT IN USA ???


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Or: Is it the Whazoonator's newest way of leveling his camper? [emoticon]

Great pictures! Might I have more?

Bill

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weymard wrote:

[emoticon] THANKS FOR THE REPORT, GREAT PICTURES

BUT FOR AN European COULD YOU TELL ME WHERE IS IT IN USA ???


Southern Colorado (San Juan mountains). Beautiful country. I've done some of these passes on 4 wheelers but not with truck and camper. These guys are awesome.


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Been hearing about this trip from Doug, nice to see the pics.


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I held my breath just looking at the pics!

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Fantastic pictures guys. That's exactly the sort of trip I'd love to do.

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Posted: 11/02/10 04:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"oxygen-free slumber" - Isn't that an oxymoron?

Your great adventure photos have now added some roads to my "glad they did it and showed me the pictures, because now I know NOT to go there" list.

I breathlessly await Part Two.


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Wonderful pictures and a great way to spend a week. Look forward to seeing more pics and other passes.

I've thought about trying one or two of those high passes if I can ever get out that way though I'm not sure I have the nerve to spend the night above 10,000 feet.


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WoW! Neat pics, neat trip report.....Thanks!


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