I have yet to get my Thiokol Super Imp stuck in any conditions, including powder drifts over the road 12+ feet deep, I cant imagine you guys getting one stuck! Mine has modified wide tracks with off set rubber track pads between the Growsers, lifts the bars about 1/2 inch off the pavement so it's safe to use on the roads! I got my Tucker stuck really bad once, went round a corner and the crown pulled it into the ditch, took several hours of digging besides the 12,000 winch and tugger straps! No Joke, that Tucker is a serious rig, but some times there is such a thing as too Bad Arse!Snowmobiles get torn up if there is bunch of bare spots on the road. Sometimes you just have to use a wheeled rig. Sometimes we had access to a small 4cyl Thiokol or Bombardier Sno-Cat, I don't remember which, but that was only on special occasions and really slo going. And they bomb out in steep/wet snow. We used to carry 20gal propane tanks up to Mt. Emily to restock the generators.
In 1980, snowmobiles weren't what they are today. A 440 was considered to be a really big engine. The tracks had short paddles for riding lakes or packed trails like in the Great Lakes area, nothing steep. The clearance under was about 4". And we towed an equipment sled with about 200lbs of test gear. Even the two-track/singleski old Bombardiers would get stuck in soft snow/powder, were almost impossible to steer, and were often completely defeated by powder. Once those got stuck, you were digging out a 300-400lb vehicle. We rolled one over the side once and it had to stay there til spring.
The Ski-Doo 440s had to be crabbed sideways across that bald knob. Those were the days before powder bars and long/deep tracks. Towing an equip sled... it was hair raising. Easy to get sideways and roll down to the Lostine River.
The face of Mt. Emily was narrow and had 6' moguls that made it a huge challenge. Moguls/drifts on the road to Beaver Mtn outside of Baker City was the same way. One time I had the flu and got altitude asthma, got the snowmobile stuck and the bozz was out front... I didn't see him for an hour while I wheezed and dug myself out; this was 2008 or so and I was nearing 60yrs old; my second tour at Racom... what a jerk my second Racom boss was...
'Zactly. Sometimes we would carry hand tools in on snowshoes and see what we could do, but the service monitors of that period were bulky and weighed too much too carry by hand/pack.
LMAO. But one time near Halfway, the local Nordic ski club used their big Thiokol and heavy roller to groom the trail for us. If a group of shooters wanted to badly enough, they could prob gather funds for such or even to buy the needed equip.
I have been up to that spot out of Enterprise you talk about, no joke, I wouldn't wanna slide off that mountain, it's a L-O-N-G ways down with nothing but rough rocks along the way. We some times fly out there and land at the old forest service airstrip up there near the Fire Watch Tower, it's sure beautiful country up there!