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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue May 05, 2009 2:52 pm

Try going out there with TWO 4x4's. If one sinks in quicksand, then the other one can shoot video.

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Post by wedeliver » Tue May 05, 2009 3:21 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Try going out there with TWO 4x4's. If one sinks in quicksand, then the other one can shoot video.
Been there, done that. got 'em both stuck. We found out that a 4x4 can dig a hole in less then half the time of a 2 wheel drive (which might only dig one hole, 4x4 takes it all down to the frame.)

I don't know any of these people but the pictures speak for themselvers. Notice that last photo the people choose to camp where they got stuck. (reminds me of the wagon wheel in the front yard was a symbol that the wagon had broken down there so thats where they built the house. Oh, excuse me, I drifted.

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Post by LostinReno » Tue May 05, 2009 3:36 pm

That sucks! literally! :lol:

It's rained off and on all weekend through yesterday in Reno, I'm sure they got more in the north. I don't think we could rip across it at 70mph like we did last year in mid-May.

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Post by Boijoy » Tue May 05, 2009 4:11 pm

those pictures are fantastic!! I've heard all the stories about getting stuck out there.. but dang.
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Post by mdmf007 » Tue May 05, 2009 6:10 pm

We had an fire engine stuck on playa in 1999 in late May, we got 2 more stuck trying to retrieve the first one.

We were crossing from 12 mile, to the Microwave crossing and hit a soft patch, threw it in 4x4, pushed it to the firewall and buried 44,000 pounds of truck to the axles. The first crew dumped their load of water, where it sat in hopes of lightening the truck by 20,000 pounds

Had to drive to Winnemucca and get 3000 feet of 7/16" cable in 1000' sections. It was a long, long night.

Wish I had pics, never have a camera around for some great stuff.

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Post by wedeliver » Tue May 05, 2009 11:12 pm

What you don't see in those pictures is the lonely set of foot prints that lead away from a stuck vehicle. The foot prints can go on for 1/2 miles sometimes.


Famous last words,
Hey, I got a winch on my vehicle, lets go mud wompin' on the playa and if someone gets stuck I can pull out the other. do you have 1/2 mile of cable for that winch?
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Post by Bob » Tue May 05, 2009 11:36 pm

Getting unstuck from around the dunes near Bordello was no problem, but the scrap wood I found along the UPRR track to lay under the wheels was, as I found out after carrying it a couple hundred yards, home to a number of black widows and some gigantic blue centipedes. Be careful out there.
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Post by ygmir » Wed May 06, 2009 6:13 am

seems there's be hippies out there you could use instead of wood...........
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Post by Bob » Wed May 06, 2009 8:41 am

Hippies don't work because they're never straight.
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Post by ygmir » Wed May 06, 2009 8:44 am

I was thinking of using them cross ways, and weaving their dreadlocks as a way to interlock them.........
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