Tuesday at 10:48 am, we received a recovery request from Vitaliy. His Jeep got stuck in Lolo Pass, with approximately 14″ of snow. He explained in the ticket that he ended up damaging the front U-Joint after multiple attempts to try getting it out.

We text back and forth with the requester and verify the location of the vehicle. Since they have left the Jeep, we needed to coordinate before engaging volunteers. 

By 11:00 am, we submitted the ticket to volunteers, and by 11:20 am, Reco had taken upon himself to help in this recovery. Worth mentioning, additional volunteers marked themselves as “standing by” in case Reco could need support. These other volunteers were Allen H, Baillie E., and Will VR. 

We had no much communication with Reco until much later when he had service again. Here are some notes he sent about what happened.

Reco’s truck

Notes from Reco: “The snow was really deep and slushy. I pop the bead, and our Jack broke, so we had to figure out a way to get the truck up in the air. What we end up doing is making two snow mounds in front of the tire, drive over it, blocking the pumpkin, and just dig under the tire to get the bead back on. And there is no anchor points at all this is by far the hardest recovery I’ve ever done me and the owner of the Jeep were constantly shoveling snow for 5 hours, working around the clock figuring out ways to get out of there. The whole area was clear cut, and there are no anchor points at all. We had a mile from the farthest stump and tree.”

We also discussed with Reco how to improve future recoveries. He will get a Satellite communicator to keep the group informed just in case he needs support. 

We will also test anchor devices and produce some video tutorials for our members. 

By 7:30 pm, Reco sent a message on the Lobby, informing he had completed the recovery.

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