|Snow Run in the Crystal Basin Area
We hauled three UTVs up to the snow with my short bed Ford F250. A 2010 Polaris RZR S (on the rack), a 2009 Polaris RZR S and a 2008 Kawasaki Teryx.
Several inches of fresh powder from a storm that hit the night before
Climbed up quite a bit and the snow got deep. Probably about 2 feet deep at the point I got stuck.
Along this part of the trail, we noticed quite a devastated landscape from a recent fire. Back in October of 2004, the Freds Fire started on the north side of Highway 50 approximately 1½ miles east of the communities of Silver Fork and Kyburz, in El Dorado County. The fire quickly spread across extremely steep slopes, burning through timber and heavy fuels. The fire burned rapidly in a westerly direction, parallel to Highway 50, driven by strong east winds. The fire burned approximately 7,560 acres on the Eldorado National Forest (ENF) and on private timberlands.
Since that time, many dead trees were removed and almost 19,000 new trees were planted. It will be a several decades before the area will look anywhere close to what it did before the fire.
New Product Reviews:
EMP Half Windshield really helped keep a lot of the cold wind off of me. I got the quick connect clamps that allow me to remove and reinstall the windshield on short notice based on weather conditions. The windshield and clamps are easy to install and do a great job of cutting the amount of wind that hit you. The other thing I like about a half windshield is you don’t have to worry about the windshield getting dirty to the point of impairing your visibility since you look over the top of it.
Also tried out some heated seat covers. The heat output was really nice, but they do draw quite a bit of power on the high setting. With two seat heaters on high with the radiator fan running it might be too much for the stator to keep up with.