Trip Reports: Swamp Lake 2010
Oct 8-10, 2010
Bill and Nancy had a book that described the trail and gave some real good descriptions of what to expect, it was not the easy forest road that i thought it was it turned out to be quite rocky and you needed a bit more than the family station wagon to make it to the look out. It was a great spot to see a long ways. There was another way back but without the book it would have been hard to find, Thanks to Bill and Nancy for leading us back to camp.
We were going up and up there were spots of snow here and there when we made it to the top there was more snow. On our way down the shady side, their was allot more snow that made the way down a bit more fun. We got out of the snow, on to the granite, out of the trees we lost the trail. While we were trying to figure out where the trail had gone, we heard a call from Doug on the CB. Doug and Andrew showed up about 30 min later. We moved on again and stopped at the bottom of Roster Rock to talk about our plan of attack. I went up first to make it look easy, the Goodyear MTR did not slip a bit. Wade came up next to make it look real easy no problem at all. Pat came up next making it look like a piece of cake for the last two. Nancy drove up and Bill took some pictures to document the feat. On our way higher we came to a spot where the first 2 rigs made it through no problem but made it hard for the rest, we had to pull Pat back a couple of times so he could make it through. There was another spot that was hard for the last few rigs nothing a good spotter could get you through. Doug made it look real easy when he took an easy line, he wet back to do the harder line and got high centered on his transmission and had to get a tug from his winch.
We climbed on to the top of the next ridge and had more snow on our way down to Swamp lake, Bill checked out the mine on our way down to the Lake. on our way again and came to a tough spot that slowed down the rigs but no winch was needed. we made it to the gate by about 6pm and everyone air up there tires(which was a bit early made for a bumpy ride back to camp, about 9 miles). Doug's Jeep stopped running within eye sight of his RV, it had to be pushed back to his trailer. By the time I made back he was putting his extra gas into his rig. He tried to start it after he put the gas in, Andrew and I watched gas shot onto the ground when Doug turned it over, the gas regulator had come apart!
Doug had it back together in a couple of minutes. A few minutes later Wade was packed and ready to head home, we said our good byes. There was some interest in a night run but the interest faded out after dinner, every one was tired.
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