Above the Sinuk River 5/13/07
(Above) After we exited Mosquito Pass, we headed for the truck,
but decided to climb a real steep "pipe". This is a pipe that had
eluded Kenny a few weeks ago. But this time the snow was firmer,
and he not only made it, I did as well with my 300F Tundra. It was
a maximum effort for my machine, I saw the speedo down to 9 MPH and
I thought that it was going to get bogged for sure. But it just
grunted and climbed the damn thing.
Once at the top there was this fairly comfortable mountaintop,
with some bare rock and gravel patches, and a spectacular view.
In this picture I have boxed the south entrance of Mosquito Pass.
I am about the 2,000 ft elevation here. Shortly after I took this
picture I plunged down that same Pipe ... and just about browned my
shorts, it was STEEP with a capital "R" (like in Really Steep!).
Here, as well, you can see what I did to my Tundra. I put in the
wide stance A-arms, the springs, shocks and sway bar from a Back
Country 550. These are non rebuildable gas shocks. I also put in
the belly pan protector. I used to have the A-arm protectors, but
they looked cheesy and useless and I took them off. The original
skis were toasted on the Iron Dog, and I put in the excellent
Pilot 6.9 skis with dual carbides as used in the 07 Summits.
(Above) All is well that ends well, and about four miles from this
picture we were back at the road and heading for the truck and trailer.
Here is a pretty scene on the way back. This concludes the 2006-07
Winter snowmachine season for me.