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So New Years Day was a bit of an adventure.

Nightcrawler, his dog, my son Tristan, and I took a ride out the Camp Wood Road north of Prescott, and I figured we'd follow the road all the way from Williamson Valley down to Bagdad.

Things went well enough until we got into the vicinity of the YOLO Ranch. The road was mud as bad as  ever saw around here. I really should have turned around. We slipped all over the place and a couple times I really thought we were going to be stuck.

Got through the worst of the mud though and onto some rockier ground, but when we stopped to go through a gate I noticed trouble. Seems I slid into a rock at some point and the factory "skid plate" on the 4Runner folded up and bashed a hole in the bottom of the radiator  :doh

So, here we are 15 miles north of Bagdad. Haven't seen another vehicle in hours. Vehicle isn't going anywhere. And it's starting to sprinkle.

Fortunately I had some cell signal. I made a call to let family know about the situation, my Dad would drive down to Bagdad to pick us up and we'd start walking so he could avoid traversing too much mud.

So we walk.

It rains on us and gets dark, but we know help is on the way.

7 miles down the road I see headlights coming from the opposite side of the canyon we've been descending. I flash my light to signal that we're here. Soon we'll have a ride.

But the ride doesn't come as soon as expected. A siren lets out a couple whoops.

7.8 miles from where we left the vehicle we get to a flooded creek, 50 yards wide. And there's my Dad and a Sheriff's Deputy standing on the other side.  :hmm

Mike and I briefly ponder wading across and discard the idea. The water is cold and deceptively fast.

So Yavapai Fire has a swift water rescue team come out with an inflatable raft and a couple guys in dry suits to ferry us across.  Takes about an hour for them to set up and it's getting cold. My son and the dog go first, then me, then Mike.

Finally, we're all on the opposite side packed into the back of the Deputy's vehicle trying to get warm. We all got wet on the boat ride and that pushed us into borderline hypothermia. Rode back down to the Sheriff's station in Bagadad and from there home to Prescott.

It was a week before I could get back out to the 4Runner with tools and a new radiator to bring it home.

The poor dog was exhausted, Tristan got some character building, and I may have also learned a lesson or two.  :-[


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    My takeaway was 'fortunately I had cell service.'

    But for that, things could have been really, really bad.

    Glad it worked out!
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       Good lesson, saw a few pictures awhile ago of it.

      Question: How prepared were you to spend the night?   I ask because thought you still would have had the long-wet portion, staying and leaving in the morning (if you hadn't had cell service) would have been an option.

        My pickup is pretty well setup.  Has 2 days worth o food in it, blanket, tool,setc. and anytime I go anywhere even remotely marginal I throw in my heavy pack with 2 more days worth of food, water.etc.   Not perfect but I've always worried of something that couldn't be fixed with wrenches or reinflated.

       
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    Without cell service I expect we would have spent the night in the vehicle and hiked out the other direction. We had passed some ranch houses before the vehicle was disabled.
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    Makes me think that maybe ham radio might be more important than I'd previously considered. You were a few "bars" short of serious problems. 
    Thanks for the after action.

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    What would it have taken to fix the radiator?

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    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly things can go sideways out in the back country here in Arizona.  Toss in a little inclement weather and it can ruin your whole day mui pronto. 
    Arizona"A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness.  Bad manners.  Lack of consideration for others in minor matters.  A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot."
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 04:05:54 PM »
    What would it have taken to fix the radiator?

    A new radiator and a handful of tools.

    Had tools, but no spare radiator.
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 04:47:14 PM »
    One is None... or so they say.   I understand Off Roaders taking extra spare parts... like belts, plugs, bulbs, common things that go bad.  Even tie-rods and bearings and Tires/wheels.  But I don't know any that pack spare radiators.
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 09:18:54 PM »
    We usually have some JB Weld and some radiator hose repair tape in the truck somewhere but Jesse's radiator problem would likely have been beyond the ability of those things to fix.   :banghead
    Arizona"A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness.  Bad manners.  Lack of consideration for others in minor matters.  A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot."
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #10 on: February 19, 2017, 09:32:36 PM »
    Nightcrawler has yet to weigh in on this.

    Wonder where he's been at?
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #11 on: February 19, 2017, 09:36:41 PM »
    Probably busy incorporating the incident into his next story .  .  .   :coffee.   Depending on how it goes, Jesse could end up famouser .    :cool
    Arizona"A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness.  Bad manners.  Lack of consideration for others in minor matters.  A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot."
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #12 on: February 19, 2017, 09:38:34 PM »
    Probably busy incorporating the incident into his next story .  .  .   :coffee.   Depending on how it goes, Jesse could end up famouser .    :cool

    Hopefully so, as it beats the alternative.

    Legend has it, that he's still stranded out there to this day...  :neener
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #13 on: February 19, 2017, 09:43:03 PM »
    Hey, its Arizona.  How bad can it be?   ;)
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    Re: An experience to learn from. Exploring the back country with Nightcrawler
    « Reply #14 on: February 19, 2017, 09:50:47 PM »
     :rotfl
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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