WHOOPS!

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It was the 2014 Moab Easter Jeep Sa­fari and I was hit­ting the Kane Creek trail with my good bud­dies Verne Si­mons and Trent McGee. I was in my 1953 flat­fender, Verne was in his 1949 flat­tie, and Trent was in his new-to-him 1984 CJ-7. As the trail en­tered the wa­ter cross­ings of Kane Creek, I spot­ted this Mit­subishi Mon­tero, which had ob­vi­ously seen bet­ter days. I never found out if it was an aban­doned stolen ve­hi­cle or if the oc­cu­pants had tried to cross the creek when the wa­ter was re­ally flow­ing, but ei­ther way, it had ob­vi­ously gone for a tum­bling ride in the rag­ing wa­ters. Not one panel was straight, and the in­te­rior was com­pletely full of silt. Af­ter the oblig­a­tory in­spec­tion to make sure no­body was inside, we car­ried on down the trail, stop­ping in a bend in the creek. Verne and I pulled out with­out prob­lem, but Trent had the mis­for­tune of park­ing atop a su­per­soft shelf that quickly swal­lowed his Jeep’s 33-inch Hankook tires. I don’t have any pho­tos of the re­cov­ery, but a video of me winch­ing him out ac­com­pa­nies the on­line ver­sion of this col­umn, so visit four­wheeler.com to check it out.

CHRIS­TIAN HAZEL

Edi­tor, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road

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