Celebrating Wildchild's aka WildTrak 1st Season Off-Road - Webster Pass .. well almost..

Kenneth
Oct 20, 2023

KCsBronco

Oct 20, 2023

We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies

ARB Traction Boards Added to Recovery Kit Dec-23.jpg

Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers
Rlew2038, Jakob1972
Moderator

Life is a Highway

Oct 20, 2023

#1
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow.



With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers

Excellent post! Can’t wait to make it up to Colorado next year!
Jakob1972, BroncOitis
Moderator

Moab or bust!!!

Oct 20, 2023

#2
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers

Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure and pictures. Looks like a great time.
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Jakob1972, BroncOitis

Bill - Enjoy The Journey

Oct 20, 2023

#3
Great write up and pictures. Thanks for sharing and keep “enjoying the journey!”
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Jakob1972, BroncOitis

KCsBronco

Oct 31, 2023

#4
Quick follow up - Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn's first to open again!! A-Basin opened with one run yesterday, October 29th. Nearby Keystone Resort says they'll open Wednesday, Nov 1st too. 2023/24 ski season has arrived!!

Laura Skiing Breck Mar-22.jpeg

Cheers
Jakob1972, TK1215

U.N.C.L.E.

Oct 31, 2023

#5
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers

WOW...thanks for the flashback. Spent the winter in a cabin above Montezuma with a couple friends in the early 80's. What an experience. 14 cords of wood and 8 100lb propane cylinders. Parked in Montezuma and skied or snowmobiled to the cabin.....thanks for the photos.
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Jakob1972, TK1215

KCsBronco

Oct 31, 2023

#6
WOW...thanks for the flashback. Spent the winter in a cabin above Montezuma with a couple friends in the early 80's. What an experience. 14 cords of wood and 8 100lb propane cylinders. Parked in Montezuma and skied or snowmobiled to the cabin.....thanks for the photos.

LOL - Small world! Wifey & I had some memorable nordic skiing adventures above Montezuma in '79 & '80 - Extreme winter living conditions there for SURE!!

We'll crank our Wayback Machine for Ya. You may remember Bullion Mine Rd's a trail loop with several cabins couple miles above the paved road end. Here's one of the cabins there today:

Montezuma Cabin on Bullion Mine Rd.jpeg

We met an adventurous builder there, nice guy too, in a rush to get his project closed-in before the big snow dump that arrived last weekend.

Montezuma New Cabin Bullion Mine Rd Oct-23.jpeg

You may recall Montezuma's ~ 1870s original school & church. It's well maintained and has a large propane tank in the back, so looks like they're still holding services:

Montezuma School:Church 1870s 1.jpegMontezuma School:Church 1870s 2.jpeg

Cheers
Laura, Jakob1972

“True” Negatively it’s a False Positive!

Nov 02, 2023

#7
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers

Wonderful write up!
Great to see all the fabulous trail stories and pictures to go along with your adventures on Webster Pass.
I also have a Colorado Trail map that I keep somewhere where I won’t miss place it, because hopefully before I retire I will be heading down many of those trails, but more than likely it will be after I retire.
Always love your fabulous write ups and pictures to go along with them!
Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with all of us!!!
2023 Big Bend - 2 Door 2.3L Velocity Blue, Squatched, Mid package, Running Boards, Roof Rack, Engine Block heater and a Bronco Nation Badge!
Laura, Jakob1972

KCsBronco

Nov 02, 2023

#8
Wonderful write up!
Great to see all the fabulous trail stories and pictures to go along with your adventures on Webster Pass.
I also have a Colorado Trail map that I keep somewhere where I won’t miss place it, because hopefully before I retire I will be heading down many of those trails, but more than likely it will be after I retire.
Always love your fabulous write ups and pictures to go along with them!
Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with all of us!!!

Thank you - Happy to share! Don't wait too long or your options maybe limited. You see, this year's Fed's closing 317 trail miles near Moab is only the beginning. Their 30x30 Plan will severely restrict access to America's western trails - Both totally and to reservation-only access. So in the next few years, we can expect a lot more closed gates on our western trails..

Cheers
Laura, Deano Bronc

Rank VI

Nov 10, 2023

#9
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers
Always a pleasure seeing your trail stories and photos of your adventures, Kenneth! Thank you for your love for the Bronco! Appreciate your continued support to Ford.
Laura, BroncOitis

Rank 0

Nov 29, 2023

#10
We luv how our Bronco has made Colorado trails so accessible for us in our senior years. We've long enjoyed hiking & skiing, and Wildchild has greatly expanded our range in these high, rugged mountains.

Weather guys say we're in for big snow dump next week, so our 1st season wheeling Colorado's high mountains in Wildchild may soon close. Webster Pass is a fav here with beautiful wide meadows, active beaver ponds, huge windswept saddle ridge, dramatic shelf trails the famous (or infamous) Radical Hill overlooking the entire range.

Driving over Loveland Passe, we see a lot more snow than couple weeks ago. Here's Arapahoe Basin Ski Mtn, with this natural snow and their snow-making operations they're usually the 1st to open in Colorado .. Perhaps late October this year??



We arrive in Montezuma, Colorado with clear sky, low-angle Fall sun, brisk wind in low 50s. We're not sure about their ordnance overhanging the road!!??.. USMC's 'Semper Fi' perhaps..



We air down to 20psi today.



It's alawys good to find the gate open!



And the trail quickly climbs through this conifer forest



To a wide upper meadow, and I'll call it an English Riding Saddle.



And there's a question in the sky - We thought the signage was perfectly clear??!!??


With active beaver



To a high saddle ridge traverse where we turned around. Yeah, you can see behind Bronco that shelf trail has a foot of soft snow that we began sliding laterally - Not Good!! So, we backed out 50yds or so, made a 6 or 8 point turn 'round, and took a knee for a bit!



From here, we can see Radical Hill, the sharp ridge on the northside of this drainage. Today, the early season snow cornice along Radical's ridge completely blocks that trail that's very difficult on even a good day.



My favorite time of day - Lunchtime!!



Bronco on switchbacks - Easy Peasy!!



FYI - Here's our wheeling kit. Suggestions are welcome!!

Our off-roading kit is very basic. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we've cobbled together gear that give us some confidence we could handle at least the most frequent problems.

What's in the back under that net?:
Recover bag - kinetic rope, tow strap, soft & steel shackles, mount attachment, gloves
Tire repair kit, impact driver, 12T tube jack
Air compressor, 4-tire hose w/manifold
First Aid kit w/trauma bleed stop supplies



Also, here's our basic and very low-tech trail navigation kit. Trust me, without these - We'd get lost on every adventure!!



WOW - You've made it to the end of a very LONG posting!! We enjoy this stuff, and hope you do too!

Cheers

Did you make it to the top and see the Mtn Goats? That area is one of my favorites.
Kenneth

KCsBronco

Nov 30, 2023

#11
Yeah, we luv this above Montezuma too - It's close with so many backcountry options. We didn't see goats, or get to the pass on this visit. Bronco started sliding laterally in the snow on the shelf trail's last half mile or so. We're looking forward to next spring!!

Cheers
Sven

KCsBronco

Dec 06, 2023

#12
Here're some snowy Webster Pass pics taken in March on one of wifey & my Nortic skiing adventures. Looks a lot different in the October pics in this thread.
Webster Pass, CO 1 in Mar-'04.jpgWebster Pass, CO 2 in Mar-'04.jpgWebster Pass, CO 3 in Mar-'04.jpg

Cheers
PSUTE

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