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Christmas Eve 2002
Arizona Snow Run

Scott Kruize gave me a call a few days before Christmas and asked me if I was up for a snow run on Christmas Eve.  Scott usually makes a snow run up to Crown King during the winter so he can play in the white stuff a bit.  This is an old mining town that has about 100 permanent residents which then swells to well over 1000 when the summer season hits.  The old Jeep trail that runs up the back way is a popular trail for the local folks who don't get into hard core off-roading.  A stock TJ can run it, although I have pulled a few vehicles over the ledge since I have started running it.  Now....throw in some snow and things can get more interesting.  The cliff edge trails you run....the ones where a misplaced tire will drop you 700 ~ 800 feet down the mountain side before you knew what hit you makes this trip much more interesting in the winter (a Jeeper did in fact go over the edge this year and died). 

We hit the trail with 3 TJs, 1 YJ, and a full size F-250 pickup.  Scott lead the run and I picked up the tail gunner position.  The trip ran from dry gravel to snow and back again....and it contained every imaginable mix of mud, clay, dirt, water, and snow you could dream up.  Somewhere along the way, (I think it was on the 4th obstacle) I made a comment to Joey that I was on 5 different lines and none of them was the one I was trying for.  We were slipping and sliding around.  Now I know why I prefer the dry rocks when I am playing on them. 

So, here are some pics that Scott and I took on the run.  And as always, it was fun to get out with my friends, Joey, Jake, Phil, and Scott.


Compared to the runs made during the other 3 seasons of the year, the trail looks so different with a splash of the white stuff all over.  It had snowed the night before so we were treated to a fresh layer of snow. 


We stopped a few times along the way to stretch our legs and make a snowball or two.  I think I caught Scott in the early stages of gathering some snow to throw at someone.


Joey works his YJ up a steeper section of the trail.  You can see Jakes yellow TJ at sitting below as he waits for Joey to reach the top.  We discovered early that it doesn't take much to stop forward progress and for the Jeep to slide backwards on the trail.

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