In early April WCXC got together for a day at Hollister Hills OHV near Gilroy, California, for a couple of days of camping and trail skills practice. It had been raining so the trails were pretty muddy. Still, we had a good time driving the obstacle courses and playing in the mud.
Given all of the rain, and that this was our first outing as a group, we decided not to head down any of the intermediate difficulty trails. After we had our fill of the two obstacle courses, and were on our way back to camp, a ranger asked us if we wouldn’t mind helping a guy out that had not been so cautious and had gotten stuck on one of the intermediate trails. We said we’d go have a look and see what we could do.
What we found was a full-size, crew-cab 4×4 pick-up on 80 psi street tires, that had slid completely off the trail, down a slope that led down to a small ravine. It had sunk into the mud up to its door sills. Mas had a winch on his truck and we offered our help. About two hours, 3 or 4 winch pulls, and a rain and hail storm later, we had the truck back on the road. As the rain picked up I got concerned that he—and we—would be able to get back out (as his truck blocked our exit). He got his truck turned around though, and we all made it out. Sheesh. It was a little more than we bargained for.
Still it was a great trip. Here are some photos from that day.
Ismael runs the obstacle course. Photo: David Fowers Mas climbs a hill at the Quarry. Photo: Nik Schulz
The group at the Quarry. Photo: Nik Schulz David climbs the rocky incline. Photo: Nik Schulz
David in his Tacoma. Photo: Nik Schulz Greg attempts a difficult rocky bit. Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz Greg's front passenger tire goes into a deep hole as driver rear tire starts to come up. Photo: Nik Schulz
Greg traversing the logs. Photo: Nik Schulz
David climbs a berm. Photo: Nik Schulz Greg heading for the mud hole. Photo: Nik Schulz Bryan on the rock obstacle. Photo: Nik Schulz Ismael on some tricky terrain as Greg spots. Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz Bryan getting a wheel in the air. Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz Ismael on the logs. Photo: Nik Schulz And he makes it! Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz Photo: Nik Schulz My truck at the campsite. Photo: Nik Schulz Our rain tarp. Photo: Nik Schulz The stuck truck as Mas prepares to winch. Photo: Nik Schulz Me about to climb the stairs. I made it up with Greg's spotting help. Photo Greg McDonald Mas's Jeep. Photo: Gregory McDonald Me climbing a rocky incline. Photo: Gregory McDonald Photo: Gregory McDonald Photo: Gregory McDonald