WABDR (Washington Backcountry Discovery Route) 2015

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Roonie, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. pacopacopacopac

    pacopacopacopac mudskipper

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    Great write up! Life lessons are the most educational ones, and hopefully others will read it and can learn from that. We had gotten stuck there for a night, not too far from where you were, due to someone flipping their Landcruiser and blocking the road for the remainder of the day/night until a tow truck came to his rescue at about 10pm. They found out like you, that they were lucky and actually had cell service. No satellite phone though, so if they didn't, one of their buddies would have had to make the trip down to Chelan for help. Always be prepared!
  2. CodeBlue04

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    I think in the grand scheme of things it'll work out to be a good thing that they came out to get me. The SAR coordinator for the entire county didn't even have a winch for his truck, so now I'm working on getting one for him. It might be a bit humiliating to inconvenience him like I did, but hopefully this will lead to that deputy being better equipped to help others going forward. Right now I'm waiting for him to get back to me about whether or not his command will allow him to carry a winch as part of his regular gear. If so I'll get to work on having one donated so that he doesn't have to use a come-along and tow straps next season. It just seems silly to me that the county wouldn't give him such basic SAR equipment given his job.
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  3. jlindblom

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    Oh man...I missed you by one day. I came south out of Winthrop on Tuesday morning on my WR250R. We were on Fox Peak and Cooper Mtn during the snow you were in. We camped down at Snowberry Bowl Campground that night. Up and over Slide Ridge Wednesday morning. I ran in to @Ojai Rob near Moe Ridge Road on 5801.
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  4. jlindblom

    jlindblom n00b

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    We did 400 miles north to south. As mentioned above, Winthop to Packwood last Tuesday-Friday. I was on the WR250R with my buddies following in my Land Cruiser (none of them ride so made my days a LOT easier). We didn't see much of anyone beside Ojai Rob until the last day on Bethel Ridge. We had a pretty uneventful run (snow on the first day and rode through a bit on the ground on Bethel). A few trees to move for the Cruiser. chumstick-wr250r.JPG IMG_0049.JPG IMG_0117.JPG IMG_0144.JPG
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  5. Ojai Rob

    Ojai Rob Adventurer

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    Yeah, the ride down ruby was a bit technical but some good clutch work and the saying "slow and steady, wins the race" works wonders on that road. I had a little concern for a buddy that was with, this was his "first" off-road ride ever! Heck, i went down and he kept the rubber side up the entire time! Good from start to finish!
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  6. Ojai Rob

    Ojai Rob Adventurer

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  7. Ojai Rob

    Ojai Rob Adventurer

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    Thats right, i am the one he usually ends up with the rubber side up! I make it a point to spill after ever ride or training course I take!
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  8. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Me too....my engine guards are well worn!
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  9. eXe

    eXe #DirtLivesMatter

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    ...unless he wheelied the rest of the way ;-)
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  10. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    I don't know how it is in Washington, but in Oregon Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team is all volunteers and donations. They have to provide their own equipment (trucks, jeeps, vans, station wagons?, hiking gear, fuel, food, sleeping bags, camping gear, tow straps, winches, space blankets, Hostess Twinkies, flashlights, ect...
    Those SARs spend a lot of time and money out of their own pocket to help us all out. I'm sure if that if you hooked the guy up with a winch, he'd be overjoyed!
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  11. CodeBlue04

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    He's a Sheriff's Deputy. I know in my county they're mostly BSA Explorers, but apparently Chelan does things differently. I just hope his command sees the need for a winch as clearly as we all do.
  12. Rover31

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    Brian Burnett is the Sheriff for Chelan County. He would be the guy to ask. He likely would love help outfitting his guys! I’m sure government policy must be adheared too at some level.
  13. Apple Jam

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    The MH forest service guys are prohibited from winching/towing cars/truck/etc.
    Just call a private company to tow you, they'd say.
    Too much liability and court costs when things go wrong.

    I'm guessing that's why Deputy Dog in Chelan has no winch,
    ...because they (lawyers/bosses) don't want him to have one.
    He might actually help people in need.
    Silly, eh?

    Thank Dog 990s crash so well !!
    DAMHIK
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    Just finished up the wabdr. Awesome adventure. Although
    LOST a tool kit from Packwood to Carson along the way. Only mishapwhich is a good thing and no tools were needed throughout the adventure.
    If anyone found a tool kit (black wolf man bag with Mosko fatty tool kit inside. Honda CRF250 manual and a bunch of tools. Those would be mine.
    Much appreciated
  15. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    So I have done a few things in my life but have never used a gps off road and with the goal of doing the WABDR (next year) with my brother Don we stayed at a shitty cinder block hotel in Chelan and rode a tiny little section of the WABDR


    I think that this is going to be a worthy endeavor.
    Dave
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  16. JaredE

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    Was that the Apple Inn?
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  17. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    Why yes it was the Apple Inn.
  18. JaredE

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    I stayed there last Friday as I read up about F800GS clutches. Earlier in the day, my back tire managed to get wedged tight in one of section 4's deeper ruts on an uphill section, and while trying to rock out of it, I saw my high rpms were generating no tire spin, no rooster tail, just noise. Whoopsies. The clutch softened more throughout the day, to the point when I reached Chelan I had to do the Fred Flintstone toe-pushing to get the bike to move from a standing stop. Limping into the Apple Inn lot, I grabbed a room in their cinderblock bunker and set to reading the forums on clutch adjustment. Turns out a cable adjustment took care of most of the problem, but the clutch is still a little squishy.
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