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Mt. Pilchuck

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My friend and I attempted Mt. Pilchuck today. We stopped about a mile or so from the top, we were concerned of the avalanche conditions and we did a reuthschblock test and confirmed our worry, the conditions were in fact very unstable, plus we knew that the avalanche danger for the day was "considerable". So we bagged it. However, driving was the most fun. My '86 toyota camry kicks ass. there was a lot of snow up there and my friend and i slapped some chains on the front and off we went. the snow in the middle of the road was high enough that my car was acting like a plow and you could feel the snow pushing up underneath. we did a bit of rallying in the parking lot as well. we were very impressed with my car's performance. my car rocks. fruit.gifthumbs_up.gifrockband.gif

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rally driving cool.gif

 

getting high centred with all 4 wheels spinning and spending 3 hours digging your vehicle out with two ice axes, a shovel, and a comealong madgo_ron.gif

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the funny thing about the whole trip was that there were a whole bunch of jacked up pickup trucks and all sorts of SUV things and all wheel drive cars and they sucked. It took us two hours to drive fromt he trailhead to the main road, because the guys ahead of us (there was a line of cars) kept getting stuck and sliding everywhere, while my little, low, camry didn't slip a bit, yet Mr. Expedition couldn't handle it. snaf.gif. again, my car rocks

 

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Hey thanks for the update.

I got a invite to go there tomorrow, instead I'll watch rally car racing on the speed channel. bigdrink.gif

Funny about the SUV's, most people dont know how to drive them.

Little cars rock rockband.gif

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Funny thing about most SUVs is that they *DO* suck in the snow. Gimme a light FWD car w/ chains over a suxpedition, turdburban, etc. in 99% of the snow conditions out there, thanks.

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4wd is great in the snow but the SUV is designed so as to totally negate that advantage in favor of a high centre of gravity and nose forward weight. yellaf.gifyellaf.gifyellaf.gif ditch fillers from here to whistler.

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finaly a positive report!

i did mt tiggerr with my son and 3 other kids.sorry ! i could not drive to the top.but i,ll say small front wheel cars are the best ! i have a ford escort and that thing been everywere.if i got suck in the mud i would slap chains on and carry on.once on mt shuksan we teemed up with 3 others that came up from price glacier and i helped and drove them back from the start of sulpide gl.

to the north side.imagine 6 guys (stinky guys!!!) plus all the gear in my small ponny.smal cars rule!!!!

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marek said:

finaly a positive report!

i did mt tiggerr with my son and 3 other kids.sorry ! i could not drive to the top.but i,ll say small front wheel cars are the best ! i have a ford escort and that thing been everywere.if i got suck in the mud i would slap chains on and carry on.once on mt shuksan we teemed up with 3 others that came up from price glacier and i helped and drove them back from the start of sulpide gl.

to the north side.imagine 6 guys (stinky guys!!!) plus all the gear in my small ponny.smal cars rule!!!!

Yes Marek Honda Civics rule, or they will once this war thing is under way.....Sell your Suv's!

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Subarus tend to work quite well in the snow, and they have nearly the clearance of SUVs.

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Subarus kick ass in the snow. The two best cars for driving in the snow...Audis and Subarus. AWD is vastly superior to 4WD in snow.

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We couldn't see anything actually, it was a complete white out up there. The slopes we were on at the time wern't the most prone slopes, but considering the unstableness of the slopes, and since we knew we would have to go up slopes we felt it unsafe.

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