Newfoundland Mountains in December

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  1. Kevin B.

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    FYTO 2016 was fun in a masochistic sort of way, but apparently it wasn't quite cold enough because I wanted more. With a lingering hankering for dirt church and knowing I needed to get out to the Newfoundland Mountains in the near future, my course was clear. Joined by Ben from the DesertRunners club, John/LFNTMS from ExpUt, and several gents from the Microlander Overland Facebook group, we made for the desert and the cold and had a great couple days.

    We came in via Lakeside, and I know we were spotted crossing the tracks by a nearby idling train but were given no grief. The trip across the causeway was quick and painless. Arriving at the mountains, we had the pleasure of making fresh tracks everywhere we went that first day. There was much less snow than we expected, no more than a couple inches at the lower elevations, and we got to explore several sites on the west side of the mountains and spotted lots more at higher elevations that we'll want to revisit in warmer temps. We rounded out the day with a short hike up to Stone Cabin, and then made camp in the flat and enjoyed a windless evening before heading for bed around 0830 or 0900. The forecast had been for overcast skies and a low of fifteen, but the complete lack of clouds took the actual temps much lower than that. My Cabelas -30 bag and Nemo insulated air pad didn't want to hear about that though, and the only way I knew it was cold was from the snow falling inside my tent every time I bumped the wall.

    Day two dawned foggy and cold, and we all hid in our bags as long as possible before rolling out. A big fire with the last of our wood helped keep us thawed as we packed up, and then we rolled out for the east side of the mountains and more exploring. The snow was a little deeper on this side, and again we had to leave some higher elevation sites for the next trip. We wrapped up at the mines in Dell Canyon around 1230, and with gas in the tank and time on the clock we decided to exit north through the Hogups.

    Our trip out was probably the most adventure we had all trip. The snow got significantly deeper as we crossed the south pass, and though the tracks of previous travelers helped keep us in the vicinity of the road, we still spent several hours busting drifts and riding ruts on our way north. I found myself wishing for 35s on the pickup several times, although the Cooper ST Maxx tires at 25 PSI didn't let me down and the recovery straps stayed dry in their box. We didn't make much better time once we cleared the Hogups, as the TCRR was clogged with hunters sweeping the brush for rabbits. The sun was setting before we finally reached the gas stations at Corinne, fueled up on coffee and gas, and said our goodbyes. Everybody had a great trip, and I'm having a hard time thinking of a better way to send off 2016.

    Airing down on the causeway:
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    I feel like I don't want to cross here in April:
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    Old metal has stories to tell:
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    Anybody know what's going on with this? Do I see a two speed diff and air locker?
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    Some sort of truck converted to a hoist trailer. The rear axle had a removable third, but they'd torched off the nose of the pinion and welded a plug in it. Weird.
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    We had a hard time shaking the fog the second day:
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    With all the bullet holes, we expected to find the bones of an unfortunate gangster in the front seat:
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    Almost a restoration candidate:
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    Another air locker? No reduction-case-looking box on the front of this one though:
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    Above the fog for a minute, but more is rolling up the canyon:
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    If Bub owned a dump truck:
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    I love this bumper. I want one.
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    The long slog home:
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  2. cruiseroutfit

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    Awesome. And super jealous I couldn't make it!
     
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    Great report and write up!
     
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    Very nice! Pretty jealous I need to get out that way again sometime soon.
     
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    Great report. Did anyone in the group record the gps track?
     
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    Looks like an amazing time. I wish I could have joined the adventure
     
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  8. Kevin B.

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    Thanks all. It was a good time, and I want more.

    Definitely no need, there's not a lot of choice of routes to get out there!
     
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    Great write-up! I had fun out with you guys. Hopefully I'll be able to get out more this year!
     
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    Good report, I need to get out that way sometime soon.
     
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    I am surprised by all the vehicles you found. That seems like a lot for a little area, no?
     
  13. Kevin B.

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    There did seem to be a disproportionate number of vehicles out there, eight total that we saw though there may be more. Maybe the water level was too high when mining ceased to easily get them back to pavement, so they just left them?
     
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    I thinks hey are all renanats of the mi I got operations out there, many of which were weekend warrior types. They would leave them out there for the week, winters, etc. Soon they didn't move again.
     
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    Flash back Thursday of the trip. Great time Damn cold morning glad all the trucks started back up. FB_IMG_1535037667927.jpg
     
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  16. Kevin B.

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    That was fun, we need to do it again this winter.
     
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    Let's do it again :cool:
     
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