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Went up to Big Bear/Arrowhead area last weekend and did some wheeling and played in the snow a bit. I drove something like 40 miles or so of back-country roads. Started in Green Valley outside of Arrowbear and made my way up to Crab Flats, then west over to the Deep Creek trail-head, then back towards Crab Flats to pick up the road that heads to Holcomb Valley. Drove that for a while and then cut down Polique Canyon to meet up with the highway down by Big Bear Lake then on home.

I passed by two injured Toyotas on the journey as well. I stopped and offered my assistance to both, and was declined both times, but I did chuckle to myself since everyone and their mother told me to buy a Toyota 4 Runner (with the exception of one friend who told me to buy a Rubicon) when I was in the market for an offroader. The first one I passed was an early 90's 4Runner that was having a front Sway-Bar issue (dont know why he didnt just disconnect it) and the second one was a pretty slick looking FJ that looked like it was modded well, that was having issues with his transfer case engaging 4 wheel drive. My Xterra was a champ, not misstepping once (knocking on wood right now)

It was a good drive and a good time playing in the snow. There was surprisingly a lot of snow cover from the storm. The day was mostly overcast with some light drizzle here and there, but was tolerable and fun none-the-less. It was also my puppies first experience in the snow and she went nuts playing and running and chasing snow-balls. It was a blast just watching her go crazy!

I also took some video with the GoPro, but its an hour long and I dont think I want to bore everyone with it. haha.

The drive up was gorgeous!

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My Girlfriend going full "FOB" for the photo...

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These tires (Cooper S/T MAXX's have proven to be very capable and very comfortable both on and off road)

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I like this shot..

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Snow Angels FTW!

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Great view

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The Fam

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Cool Pics. Looks like you are missing something from the light rack. I think if I stared at your girlfriends jacket too long, I'd go cross-eyed.
 

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Cool Pics. Looks like you are missing something from the light rack. I think if I stared at your girlfriends jacket too long, I'd go cross-eyed.
Yeah. I have the low pro but need to get some spacers so I can mount my 20" led bar. Just a project in process.
 

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Very cool pics but what would happen if you were to get stuck in the snow all by yourself out there?

And I think I had a mini seizure looking at your GF's snow jacket.. ackk lol :tard: Man that jacket looks trippy.

Thanks for sharing the pics btw.
 

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I'm surprised you found anywhere you could actually drive on that wasn't paved, knowing Calif.... :)
 

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Very cool pics but what would happen if you were to get stuck in the snow all by yourself out there?

And I think I had a mini seizure looking at your GF's snow jacket.. ackk lol :tard: Man that jacket looks trippy.

Thanks for sharing the pics btw.
Sorry for the late response. I just noticed your question.

To answer, I have three options.

1. Do it myself, jack, tire chains, traction ladders, elbow grease, etc.

2. Hope that a passerby can assist with helping me in whatever situation I find myself in

3. Use my Spot GPS to send a message to my contacts and let them know that I have a non-life threatening emergency and to come help me. They know that this message means that I have a mechanical issue as opposed to a medical issue.

Hope that clears things up for you. I do try to cover my a$$ as much as I can when I am out there without a wingman.
 

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AZ definitely has more than CA in terms of OHV usage. They also have more square mileage of forest than CA. Its not all desert in AZ.

Though like 21SF stated, there is still quite a bit out here in CA. There is probably more available to him being up north than me being down here in the southern region, but just off the top of my head, within a 2 hour drive I have accessable to me at least 10 places somewhat far removed from civilization that I can go play in.
 

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Sorry for the late response. I just noticed your question.

To answer, I have three options.

1. Do it myself, jack, tire chains, traction ladders, elbow grease, etc.

2. Hope that a passerby can assist with helping me in whatever situation I find myself in

3. Use my Spot GPS to send a message to my contacts and let them know that I have a non-life threatening emergency and to come help me. They know that this message means that I have a mechanical issue as opposed to a medical issue.

Hope that clears things up for you. I do try to cover my a$$ as much as I can when I am out there without a wingman.
Thanks for the good info but you forgot number 4.

Put some snowshoes on the dog and hook him up to a recovery strap? lol :iconbiggrin:
 
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