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Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby djkest » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:15 pm

Must have been a really bad weekend for adventurers on Lake Como road.

First, we saw a brand new Land Rover / Range Rover with upgraded mud tires coming down. We noticed that the rear left wheel was wobbling back and forth. They told me that the wheel was being held on by a nylon strap. Major suspension damage.

Next, we saw a Yamaha Raptor (side by side ATV) that had snapped the left rear wheel had come off. It was right above JAWS 3. They must have been able to fix it because it was gone by 1PM the next day. We ran into their buddies the previous day and they had destroyed both front fenders.

And lastly, it looks like someone rolled their ATV off the side of JAWS 1 and were trying to winch it back up to the road. Hopefully no one was injured.

Myself, I hit my frame on the way down just above the "bear country" sign; truck made it home so it's probably fine. I only drove to about 9,500 feet.
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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby MountainDawg » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:51 pm

como road would be cool on an atv (not bad).


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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby Justin9 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:20 pm

When I was there Wednesday I drove to what some call jaws 1/2. I was passed by an atv and left the truck about 10 minutes after they passed me. I repassed the same atv about 15 minutes before lake como. They were winching over an obstacle. I offered to help in exchange for a beer from their cooler but they declined. I saw them pull into lake como about an hour after I got there. Long story short- atv is still slower than walking on that road.

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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:36 pm

Justin9 wrote:When I was there Wednesday I drove to what some call jaws 1/2. I was passed by an atv and left the truck about 10 minutes after they passed me. I repassed the same atv about 15 minutes before lake como. They were winching over an obstacle. I offered to help in exchange for a beer from their cooler but they declined. I saw them pull into lake como about an hour after I got there. Long story short- atv is still slower than walking on that road.

Not if you're an experienced rider. On my atv, it usually takes me about 45 minutes to get from the absolute bottom of the road all the way to the lake, without using the winch.

There was that one time someone left a Land Rover hanging off the side of Jaws 1 and tied a climbing rope from the vehicle to a tree on the other side of the road. :roll: That made for an interesting atv maneuver under the rope and I was kind enough not to cut it on them.
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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby djkest » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:52 pm

Sorry, and I'm not kidding, it was raining so hard on the way down that we didn't take any pics. We did however pass a group of ATVs while hiking and beat them down to the bottom. It was very slick and muddy up there.
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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby Iguru » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:57 pm

When I was up there in my Cherokee in 2011, I saw how easy it would be to roll off left while trying to bypass Jaws 1.
I couldn't manouver it, and in trying to slip around left, I almost went over left. I actually teetered a little bit while backing off, and had 2 guys stand on the right front corner for traction. Got lucky. I parked there for the night.
Did also see a Toyota rip open his t-case on Jaws 1.
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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby jeffs » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:06 pm

When we walked out this morning there was an Artic cat with a broke left rear and 4 passenger Solaris? With a broke left front.. We talked to them last night before they headed down. Sounds like they were rentals... Sounds like a headache in the works....

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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:17 pm

Oh boy, rookies with rentals on lake Como road. Lol

Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby Dezelrig » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:27 pm

Here's some useful pitchers for rookies that'll hopefully read this thread:

Log placed on the trail (left of the picture) to prevent vehicle spillage down into the ravine (4runner is going downhill from Lake Como):
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Just some fun on Jaws1
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4Runner is going uphill here and utilized the log:
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Here's a good video of the main obstacles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obioFSHT-BQ

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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby Bullwinkle » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:58 am

I have never understood why anyone would want to drive past Jaws 1. I viewed 10,500' as the practicable limit for a stock, off-road, high ground clearance car. It is not a bad hike from there anyway.
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Re: Lake Como Road's Revenge

Postby PaliKona » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:35 am

Here's a good video of the main obstacles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obioFSHT-BQ[/quote]

Total rookies...I had no problem getting my BMW 325ix up there :wink:

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