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Spent a week in San Diego/Tijuana for work... they did this to me last year too, ship me off to a foreign country right before a big snowmobile trip. Flew back in thursday morning, swing by the office to drop off computer/tools/equipment, quick load of laundry, hitch up the trailer, load the sled/gear and start the trip north.

Got to XC's place thursday evening, loaded his sled into my trailer, hitched my trailer up to his truck, got some sleep and left his place headed for West Yellowstone friday morning.

Roads were dry, pretty easy drive aside from the Wyoming wind. Rolled into town that evening, tracked down Jeff and Chad at the bar downtown to get checked into the cabin. Stayed at Pine Shadows cabins, aka Ace Powder Guides, aka Hi Country Snowmobiles. Great place to stay, rent a sled, and find a backcountry guide that knows the area.

Saturday morning... gear up, get all the sleds unloaded, warmed up, fueled/oiled, and ready to go.


Headed about 10mi south of town... there's some good snow there. XC finds a soft spot in teh snow...


Move some trees, tug on teh ski, the Assault pops right out...


Playin in the valley, doing some tuning on XC's and Vern's Paragon clutches... XC finds a rock buried under the snow. A big rock. Strangely the only damage was a torn ski saddle.


Back to the cabin for a hot shower and dinner.
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Sunday, 19 Feb. Headed out to Tepee today. Nasty whooped-out trail on the way in. The bottom plug on one of my flares came out, littering my tunnel case with sawdust and sulfur.

Some technical spots on the trail in got a few of us stuck...


Rebel shows us how its done


Finally off the trail!


XC


Harv




Round everyone up, find a spot in the trees and out of the wind for lunch. Hot pockets and bratwurst!


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Dogmeat


"Yaaaayyyy!!!"


Wheelies without wheels! The old 900 can still get 'er done.


Bad line choice, XC... there be tree stumps down there.


Snowmobiling definitely does not suck.




On the trail back, we passed a bunch of stopped sleds, everyone looking down the trail into the trees...


These guys look like they could use some help. With some ropes and manpower, the 'doo is back on the trail. Minor damage to the front bumper and fender... guy got real lucky.
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Monday, 20 Feb.

Breakfast, load up the sleds, and drive out to Big Springs. Bubba700's showing us around today. Most of the parking lot is occupied by Back Country Rebels.


Haywire's cat finds a tree


Harv


Good to see Polaris didn't abandon the "Rider Eject" feature on the new Pro's...


Bob on the 1100 Turbo




Little bit of tree-bashin...


Dogmeat & Haywire... two turbos, stuck.


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Vern found a tree stump... *splat*




Enough riding... gather some firewood and stop for lunch.


Dennis, Bubba, XC, Vern, Imsick, Rebel, Dogmeat by the fire
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Tuesday, 21 Feb. Took the trail out to where we were riding yesterday, near Big Springs.

I found a tree stump, bends an A-arm. Not bad enough to need replacing, but certainly bent. Did a headlight check over the bars on this one.


Deep snow + trees = stuckfest!


Did I mention the snow was deep?






I found another stump!


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Vern's loving his new Pro.


So is XC


Dennis on his M1K


A rare shot of me, riding! (Sucks being the photog sometimes...)


Hey... The 900 finds *another* stump!!!


buncha nerds


Shower, food, bed; do it all over again tomorrow.
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Wednesday, 22 Feb.
Breakfast, geared up, and went outside to get my sled ready... Jeff, owner of HiCountry and friend, tells me not to even start up my sled... says I'm riding his 'doo today. Doesn't really give me a choice. Looks like I'm riding a skidoo today! Over to his shop, pulls his 800 E-Tec out and tells me to go have fun.

Foggy day... weather was socked in most of the day. Poor visibility, but there's fresh snow on the ground.


Hey, uhh, there's a tree there...


Lunch in the trees. We're about 20 yards from the trail, but you certainly can't see it.


With visibility as bad as it was, we opted to stay close in the trees rather than spread out in the meadows and risk losing people.


The 'doo doesn't do too bad; but it's certainly not a Pro. Floats on the snow real nice and it does a lot better on the trails than my 900 does.


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Thursday, 23 Feb.
Today's when we get our asses kicked. Jeff takes us out to his "secret spot".
There is nobody in the parking lot when we get there, and nobody when we leave. Untracked snow all day. And it was deeeeep.


900's starting to bog a bit... i'll grab the throttle and it'll rev up to 7-8k, then drop down to 4 or 5k... usually resulting in a stuck. Not sure what's going on yet, but I certainly don't like it. Still getting to the top of the mountains. Put in new plugs, both weren't in the best shape but weren't totally fouled out either.


Hey, look, I'm ... uhh, missing my seat...


Ah, Dogmeat's got it though. Let's make sure that's on before we leave now...


XC


Dennis, stuck


Dogmeat


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Vern augers into a snow drift


This one took some digging to get out of.


Even Jeff got stuck a few times.... when he wasn't riding circles around us.


Great day of riding.
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