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Picture 5 of 9 from Album Columbia Basin - Floodscapes, Scablands, and Sagebrush-Steppe
Deceptively Rugged: Although the low, rounded mountains of the Colockum Wildlife Area seem benign, and this road segment looks do-able in a passenger car, the area is remarkably rugged and practically solid rock: Basalt. Think layer after layer of lava flows. 4-Low was required as often as not.  Angular volcanic rock littered every road, making flat tires the #1 issue.  Steep often canted roads, uphill tire on a 12-18" rock shelf above downhill tire-track.  Lifted van leaning uncomfortably toward steep drop-offs, where streams have cut canyons all over this area, rocking back and forth as I travelled at a snail's pace over rock and ruts made unavoidable by the narrow trail.  Any switchback was a potential challenge; the 9000 lb Muy Bonita does not have a nimble turning radius.   Luckily, she didn't require much momentum going up steeps with Quigley 4-Low and BFG KO2s, as I feared both stopping and speed in places. DON'T LOOK DOWN, THOUGH! ;-). I'd hate to have been in the passenger seat, but thank my spotter for supporting my training run!
Deceptively Rugged: Although the low, rounded mountains of the Colockum Wildlife Area seem benign, and this road segment looks do-able in a passenger car, the area is remarkably rugged and practically solid rock: Basalt. Think layer after layer of lava flows. 4-Low was required as often as not. Angular volcanic rock littered every road, making flat tires the #1 issue. Steep often canted roads, uphill tire on a 12-18" rock shelf above downhill tire-track. Lifted van leaning uncomfortably toward steep drop-offs, where streams have cut canyons all over this area, rocking back and forth as I travelled at a snail's pace over rock and ruts made unavoidable by the narrow trail. Any switchback was a potential challenge; the 9000 lb Muy Bonita does not have a nimble turning radius. Luckily, she didn't require much momentum going up steeps with Quigley 4-Low and BFG KO2s, as I feared both stopping and speed in places. DON'T LOOK DOWN, THOUGH! ;-). I'd hate to have been in the passenger seat, but thank my spotter for supporting my training run!
Picture Added 09-19-2018 03:18 PM
Added by achop
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