so.. the offroading meet on Friday had a few glitches... 405Style's Explorer got stuck in the clay mud. A bunch of guys came from soxc.org (southern ontario xterra club) to help get him out... asking for nothing more than a cup of coffee in return.
I couldn't make it... but this is the story as told by Pete (one of the guys that helped out):
The spot 405Style was stuck was not too bad overall but he was in the deepest part of it, sunk in deep with all 4 wheels spinning and high-centered on his frame. It was VERY heavy thick clay that was strewn through with grass that made the stuff brutal. Hard to shovel, stuck onto everything, you couldn't even scrape the crap off your boots! The worst part was that he had NO recovery points at all either. I ended up putting a 6' tree strap around one of the rear leaf shackles (manufacturers recommended location if necessary...) and then fastened the recovery strap to that.
Anyway, after a couple hours of screwing around, trying different stuff and shovelling out as much as we could from behind the wheels and under the frame we tried again. It took me 5-6 VERY hard tugs (with a running start too) to finally pull him out. Then we changed his almost flat tire and got him on his way. I can't remember exactly what time it was, but I think it was around 6:30 or 7:00 when we got out of there.
And here are the pictures from Booker C.. unfortunately his batteries died.. so he only got a few pics. I believe 405Style has some pics too though.
Here is what we found when we arrived.
So here is Pete getting ready to tow out the Explorer, while Jon in the white works security.
After the first few attempts to have the Ford pulled out from the rear, Marty decided that they will try to yank it out from the front.
Only to get stuck in this hole, but Pete came to the rescue.