Detailed report coming tonight. For now, enjoy the pics. If you have a question on a pic, it will probably be answered in the report...
This San Bernardino National Forest training class was offered to the volunteers and Adopt-A-Trail members with a limit of 2 persons per club and was to cover beginner and intermediate 4x4 survival skills. The class was scheduled to begin at 09:00 and end at 16:00 on Sunday, December 14th, 2008. This is the second of such classes that Gregg Hoffman has conducted and stated he will do more if there is a demand.
Due to the bad conditions and reported black ice on the roads up to and throughout Arrowhead, I decided to head up the hill during the peak of this, midnight, because I knew I was planning on going really slow and with 4WD engaged so I shouldn’t have any problems. I did notice several damaged vehicles off to the side of the road of people who were not so prepared as I. After reaching Arrowhead Village, I started second guessing that the roads were even iced over as I had absolutely no issues travelling up the hill so I decided to punch the pedal from a dead stop and sure enough, even with 4WD, I lost traction on all 4 wheels and began to slide. Now confirming that the roads were indeed iced over, I decided to see how the brakes worked when slammed. This action also resulted in my vehicle encountering a slide and verified one thing that we were to talk about in our class later that day.
At 01:30, I soon found my way at the entrance to the campground with a locked gate. The Arrowhead North Shore OHV Volunteer Facility was just behind this gate, so I found an area outside of the gate, parked, and got ready to catch a few Zzzz’s before everyone started to arrive. It was a cold 23 F outside so I’m glad I brought my sleeping bag (another thing we would be discussing in the class).
Around 04:00 I was awakened by the sounds of a Blue FJ Cruiser and was pleased to see FunJunkie had made it up the hill and was parking next to me. After chatting for a few moments, we rolled up our windows and went to sleep. The temperature had now dropped to 20 F.
More to come later… I am awaiting the syllabus from Greg.