Author Topic: Montero Milestones: 9 days; 2,800 mi; 3 states; 7 national forests; and 9 passes  (Read 428 times)

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Last month, my wife and I drove up from Austin, Texas to meet up with some friends in Colorado. I put togetehr a route consisting largely of what we did last year, but with a few extra passes and 4x4 trails thrown in to explore. Aside from the 22,00 miles of pavement to get to and from Colorado, we covered 600 miles of backroads, alpine passes, and 4x4 trails over a 9 day stint, making 7 remote camps across the state.

The Montero was comfortable on the 2,200 miles of highway and handled the 600 miles off-road with ease. With all the extra weight on-board, it's factory lockers made easy work of the larger obstacles on Hancock Pass. - Not bad for a 19 year old truck I built from stock in 6 months! Though, 4.90's have definitely been added to my short-list.

The trip itself went off without an issue aside from my radiator cap failing at 11,500' on Ophir Pass. The previous owner had used a cheap one and the gasket had just split. We cut up my solar shower to create a makeshift gasket to get us through the next 2 days and 150 miles of trail to Gunnison where an OEM unit was waiting.

Along the way we racked up over 70,000' of elevation gain/loss in 7 different national forests. We were even fortunate enough to spot three Moose, two Black Bear, two Porcupines, and dozens of Mule Deer and other critters.

All said and done, it was another epic overland trip across Colorado's stunning BDR. (Pics below are NOT chronological...)

















































































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Nice job fixing the rad cap!   Looks like none of your photos are loading.. :(

Edit: photos appear to work on the last one
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Nice job fixing the rad cap!   Looks like none of your photos are loading.. :(

Edit: photos appear to work on the last one

FIXED!  ;D
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Looks awesome!  I appreciate that you shared the map of your route.  :)  I need to look through your build thread again, i like your tablet mount location.

If one wanted to exactly copy your trip, is there a way we could see the waypoints or something?  I'm fairly new to this sort of mapping/tagging.
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 Excellent trip report! Makes me excited for our trip to Colorado in July.

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That looks like an epic adventure. Been up there several times it's one of my favorite areas to 4X4 and camp. Missed it this year but will be back next year.
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Absolutely epic, man! Seen some of these pics via your IG, and it really really makes me want to go down there and wheel CO. I've driven through the edge of it on the way back from Moab, but it appears you know the proper way to do it. Absolutely stunning, and having a good canine friend along just makes it better! Thanks for sharing.