November 26, 2017 at 10:47 am #199159
Tried posting this twice and it doesn’t show up in the forum…third time’s a charm?
I thought I’d take a minute to talk about an interesting recovery that I assisted with yesterday.
A couple of guys had rolled their truck of a forest service road near Cle Elum a couple of days ago. They are both okay and are very lucky. The truck was recovered in a separate operation. However, they had a sled in the back of their truck which launched out when they rolled…and down the embankment it went. About 400 feet. You could barely see it from the road. Three trucks were used in the recovery. A Pinzgauer was used as the primary winching vehicle. We chocked his tires as best we could and used the two other trucks as ancillary anchors for most of the time. Well seeing as a winch line isn’t 400 feet long,we had to do some fancy rigging to accomplish the pull. The Pinz’s line was ran down the hill to a snatch block to redirect the line down towards the sled. After that, an impressive array of straps and extensions were used to make up the difference in distance. Trouble being, he didn’t have much line after the snatch block so each individual pull was fairly short. For the first little bit the brakes on the sled would hold it in place while we reset the rigging. Towards the end, though, it was just too steep. We ran a second snatch block down the embankment and ran my winch line through it. Pinz would pull until it ran out of room. We would then reset with mine at the next extension connection and I would pull. Then the process would repeat. After about 3-4 hours we finally got it to the crest of
the embankment and with a little manhandling, got it over.
This is the most elaborate recovery I’ve been a part of and it was a good experience. Seeing the amount of rigging it took to pull it off made me feel pretty damn unequipped…
Here’s some photos I got throughout the day:November 26, 2017 at 11:24 am #199160
Phil FiskParticipantBasic Member
Recovery rigging classes would be of great benefit. Perhaps we and get Branden, Kevin and Mike from KC SAR to put one together?November 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm #199168
John RussellParticipantPremium Member
Quite the adventure – even a headless winch operator…November 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm #199169
Yeah I didn’t notice that until laterNovember 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm #199193
Dale AveryParticipantBasic Member
Really appreciate your sharing this story. The photos were excellent.November 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm #199195
Benjamin WallParticipantBasic Member
Well Done!!!!December 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm #199223
Guy MinerParticipantArea Coordinator
Nicely done! What a long, long, long way down the hill! 400′ of line? Yikes!
Looks like someone else is stuck now, Stampede Pass, but that’s too far for me today.
GuyDecember 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm #199225
Morris YarnellParticipantBasic Member
Yeah both of them stuck. One tried to rescue the other and now both high centered. Sad dayDecember 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm #199227
They were able to self recoverDecember 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm #199229
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