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    I went ahead and bought a side by side. It's been such a wet year that some of the trips I have planned are compromised. 25 miles out of town and faced with 100 yards of bog leading to more bog was too much for me and I admitted defeat and turned around and went home. I need to learn the reverse winch as sometimes pulling forward gets a person from bad to worse. A partner would definately have been worth while. An earth anchor also though I found you can winch from a group of small trees. I was surprised that going in we found some pretty high water but by afternoon the water had risen 10 inches. Might have been a burst beaver dam? In any case I now know why guys buy argos! The next day we went on a higher trail but the trail petered out just as we saw caribou in the distance. Need to plan a hybrid ranger and backpack trip!

    Lokking forward to taking out the 570 again. The ingrown bush on the unmaintained trail system has knocked off the new machine look. The network of Yukon mining trails is definately dying with the advent of the helicopter age. No one maintains these trails! I am redoing my recovery kit and wonder what people take in theirs. I have replaced my rope with a tree strap and strapping and needed and used the Bob Dustrude saw and Wetterlings forest axe. I also added a small shovel. Could have used that on day 1!

    Video of my first big trip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_Lc...r7OAnV0ceWlkmw

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    A recovery kit should include: snatch block, shackles, various straps of different lengths, and anearth anchor of your choice. I use two T-post, cut to 20" and use my axe to drive them into the ground, down and towards the stuck rig. Put the eyes of the strap on each post and hook cable up to center. Works like a charm. I may change my kit depending on where I am going, so keep that in mind.

    I hunt pretty far from the road so I also bring an extra winch line in case I break one. It's cheap insurance. After running the Ranger for awhile you will learn how to get it to go through some crazy stuff. It can handle water real good. A 2" lift and some bigger tires sure helps everything.
    Good luck with your new adventures
    Ignorance is not Bliss, it's insanity

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    • #3
      Appreciate your response...I can see that 2 inches would make a big difference! Wouldn't have seen that before the trip.

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        Hey there North61; I hear yea,,,, Been there and "Done That", with all flavors of different ATV's, and this is how I get it done now.!!! :topjob:

        [ USMC 1st Marine Div. 7th Engineers, VietNam 69-71, Semper-Fi ] :topjob:

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        • #5
          I'm drooling over that meat wagon!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The German View Post
            Hey there North61; I hear yea,,,, Been there and "Done That", with all flavors of different ATV's, and this is how I get it done now.!!! :topjob:

            [ATTACH=CONFIG]80099[/ATTACH]
            Holy cow that looks unstoppable! For me if I am getting into that kind of investment I'd be tempted to go a combination of horses and mules!

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            • #7
              North61> Well,,,,, I hear you on that note as well,-[Horses & Mules]-, as I was raised on a 7000 acre Cattle Ranch, ran about 600-800 Head of Mother-cows and calfs, with 30-40 head of horses, & 12-15 head of Mules, as well as our own "Jacks"-[Male Donkeys]- :shot: and we also tried making some -[Hinny's]- but granddad didn't really care for that combination,,,,,, anyway, getting back to your comment, the Argo is "WAY" less expensive than any combination of the 4-legged persuasion's above, I understand it was probably just a facetious comment.
              Anyway, you take care, and that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. >:topjob:
              [ USMC 1st Marine Div. 7th Engineers, VietNam 69-71, Semper-Fi ] :topjob:

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              • #8
                I understand the expense but going the equine route would buy me hero status with my 13 year old horse crazy daughter! Probably never happen though while the argo might!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by North61 View Post
                  I understand the expense but going the equine route would buy me hero status with my 13 year old horse crazy daughter! Probably never happen though while the argo might!
                  Best of Luck to yea, and as my Granddad used to say,,,, "Keep your nose in the Wind" :topjob:
                  [ USMC 1st Marine Div. 7th Engineers, VietNam 69-71, Semper-Fi ] :topjob:

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                  • #10
                    ALASKABLISS Can you take a picture of your 2 T post setup thanks

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The German View Post
                      Hey there North61; I hear yea,,,, Been there and "Done That", with all flavors of different ATV's, and this is how I get it done now.!!! :topjob:

                      [ATTACH=CONFIG]80099[/ATTACH]
                      So...how unstoppable are those Argos? I got a 4 wheeler and I'm hesitant to take it out of the village because of the tundra. However the reviews on those Argos is making my next purchase hard to justify (I want a new 4 wheeler and snow go).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yukon Cornelius View Post
                        So...how unstoppable are those Argos? I got a 4 wheeler and I'm hesitant to take it out of the village because of the tundra. However the reviews on those Argos is making my next purchase hard to justify (I want a new 4 wheeler and snow go).
                        Hey there, YC; Google -[Rockdoctor07 Youtube Argo's]- let me know your thoughts after you view some of these video's, but i think "ALL" Questions will be answered, different set of Tracks for spring/summer, and then your Snow track's for winter, Done, put a "Fork" in it.!!! :topjob:
                        Also, for additional info; go to -[Adairargo.com]- I've got a set of his Tracks for Spring/Summer use, as seen in the previous posted photo, that you replied too.
                        "That's my story, and I'm sticking to it"
                        [ USMC 1st Marine Div. 7th Engineers, VietNam 69-71, Semper-Fi ] :topjob:

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