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Old February 18th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Post D90 finds death in Val Borbera (Jan outing)

[EDITED to say that,due to the way pics are uploaded I can't alternate words with photos as desired,so I'll sort an order out ASAP)


Sorry it's a cut & paste but this doesn't change things

Right,
this is a pictorial diary of my last outing in Val Borbera (>Piemonte>Italy,erm).
Plan was to do a recce before organizing a little scale Rover gathering,
due to the previous snowfall,cold weather and location (some trails went up to 900/1000 mts. assuming you can get there) we decided for a 3 Rovers max.

So on Sat the 21th I picked up my friend and trusted navigator Mauro in Milan,
and headed to Piemonte to catch with Antonio aka Spaz (trail leader) and our friend Nando who lives close.

Trucks were:
1)my Cube II,90 Tdi,twin ARBs and dwarf 32" 'pedes,8274.
2)Spaz's 110 Td5,no lockers,remould Trekkers in 7.50 size,Come-Up (9K IIRC).
3)Nando's 90 Td5,full gizmos,ETC/ABS with twin Detroit Soft Lockers and Warn 9K (IIRC).

After some gentle greenlaning (snow and mud) we stop in front of a steep ascent and opt for on foot recce,
as nobody has been through since December.

This is the view from the top of the ramp (pic 1)

Back from the recce (Spaz and I) agree it's safe to go on,so we hit the trail (pic2)

We climb the ramp,the 110 spinning the tires in search for grip,slippery ground doesn't help,and a bit more momentum is needed.
Nando speeds up so to have the Detroits working,and we follow with the Cube II making light work of it,almost on tickover
(pic 3)

sorry for this (and others to follow) cr@ppy scan (pic 4)

We stop as the 110 lifts a front wheel and Spaz gets ready to winch...(pic 5)

cable out,nice background...(pic 6-7)
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Old February 21st, 2006, 08:19 AM
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I & Mauro stop for a while chatting and having fun traversing a side slope,
my Lev-O-Gage toy says the Cube is leaning from 30 to 35/40,
Mauro is navigating on foot.

We have a laugh and soon realize everyone has disappeared in the meanwhile.

Mauro jumps in and we proceed closing the last tricky section,another short ascent,
well slippery and with a root,after a failed attemp I apply a bit more boot and we go,
just to realize I forgot to re-engage the central diff-lock!

2 ARBs engaged helped...

Worst-and supposed to be dangerous!-part of the trail is over,and we enter a nice track
in the wood,wide enough for a LR,half covered in snow,on the side of the mountain.

Nobody before us.

I swear a little,as it's not a race,and everybody knows I'm slow as death,when I see Spaz's co-driver (can't remember the name at the mo) running down the lane.

"WTF?" I ask.
"Slow down,something happened...Nando..." says Mauro.

This is what we see,30 meters down the ravine on our right side...

I was late and Spaz had driven through before,so Nando was alone when it happened.

The lane was half covered in snow.
It melted in the middle,but was intact on sides;this could give the impression the lane was larger than it really was.

So he suddenly felt the rear of the 90 sliding aside and then the whole truck following.
I have yet to understand how,but he managed to steer and make the Rover turn the nose
(without rolling!!!!how on earth!!!)
so he was able to drive straight down to the tree and use it as a barrier.
This saved him from a freefall down the mountain side.

I was the 1st to jump down the ravine to check him out;
I struggled to climb up again and I had to help myself with bare hands.

I'm not saying it was a vertical wall,but a really steep incline.

OK,the recovery chapter now...

There's view from the edge of the lane,
and another nice shot starring Mauro in need of an helpful tug to climb up...

How to recover it:
1st Spaz drives on as he needs to reverse,none of us has a rear winch (mine is yet to be installed,damn).
While he's away I and Mauro make room cutting all the young broken trees Nando has ran over
and make a "lane",so nothing can mess while the 90 is getting winched up.

Then I choose a tree.
Plenty of but no one is really old and big,all young ones,I just hope it's up to the job and doesn't fall on us.
I take my 2 pulleys out,and Nando has another one as backup.
Spaz gets back with the 110 and we secure the tails to other trees to prevent from sliding aside.
Then connect the 2 ropes and we cross fingers (I fear of the weight+steep incline etc etc)...

Up she comes!!!

Nando is a bit shocked yet and we stop every now and then when I realize he's a bit toooooo close to the tensioned rope...!

We make it easy and absolutely no fuss at all!
And yes,bonnets opened for added safety

What's left...
The chassis was so badly bent that the rails were misaligned,the front crossmember failed,the bulkhead moved forward,roof windows exploded due to the roof folding,the nose went so back that the front RH wheel couldn't turn,and so on.

He's going to take the engine (minus the rad and intercooler and other bits),g-box + t-box and axles out.

All the body is gone.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 10:35 AM
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iT WAS THOSE COILY THINGS THAT DID IT!
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Old February 21st, 2006, 10:07 PM
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Those photos are spectacular...what a great affect using black and white.
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 02:59 AM
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Thanks Scott


I must admit,as someone already noticed,there's a lot of camera tipping...I think I exaggerated probably...


Oh,well...


P.S.
Wait for the latest films from UK winch challenge!
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