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Willys Yella Jeep

Rank III
Member
Adventure

Pathfinder II

500
Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
First Name
Willy
Last Name
Sommer
Member #

40675

Ham Callsign
KF0CEO
Service Branch
Army
Once again an off roader has been found deceased in their rig in Colorado. Recent injuries and worse could have been avoided. I am not arm chair quarter backing. The recommendation of never traveling alone and getting a knowledgeable spotter is critical. Many years ago, I was responsible for trauma rescue on cell towers. Like off roading, when a dangerous situation occurs, you have to establish communications and a plan that everyone understands. Not every person uses the same hand and arm signals or radio commands. If you are inexperienced, find a group and tag along. You may save a life some day and it could be your own.

Willy
 

smritte

Rank V
Member

Member III

2,827
Ontario California
First Name
Scott
Last Name
.
Member #

8846

Ham Callsign
KO6BI
This is also an issue with people with no experience, buying full locked and raised vehicles. The other day, a friend mentioned a bad rollover in a new bronco. Apparently he went up something he shouldn't have and rolled down killing everyone in the vehicle. It was a week old. A well moded vehicle will get you in trouble quick. I cant count the times I've seen this in the past. Fortunately I have only seen one death and a few injured.
A common comment is, how did my Jeep get stuck? It has lockers. What a POS.
 
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trail_runn4r

US Rocky Mtn. Member Rep. Colorado: Denver Area
Expedition
Member

Influencer III

3,595
Denver, CO, USA
First Name
Carlo
Last Name
Donzelli
Member #

16845

Once again an off roader has been found deceased in their rig in Colorado. Recent injuries and worse could have been avoided. I am not arm chair quarter backing. The recommendation of never traveling alone and getting a knowledgeable spotter is critical. Many years ago, I was responsible for trauma rescue on cell towers. Like off roading, when a dangerous situation occurs, you have to establish communications and a plan that everyone understands. Not every person uses the same hand and arm signals or radio commands. If you are inexperienced, find a group and tag along. You may save a life some day and it could be your own.

Willy
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Willys Yella Jeep

Rank III
Member
Adventure

Pathfinder II

500
Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
First Name
Willy
Last Name
Sommer
Member #

40675

Ham Callsign
KF0CEO
Service Branch
Army
When I go alone I get kinda lonely and wish someone was with me. When I have friends come along I miss my lonely trips.
I truly understand. There are times when I'm peopled out. My solution, adjusting my route, let people know where I'm going and keeping my ham radio on. Plus my dog always comes along.
 

Willys Yella Jeep

Rank III
Member
Adventure

Pathfinder II

500
Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
First Name
Willy
Last Name
Sommer
Member #

40675

Ham Callsign
KF0CEO
Service Branch
Army
Once again an off roader has been found deceased in their rig in Colorado. Recent injuries and worse could have been avoided. I am not arm chair quarter backing. The recommendation of never traveling alone and getting a knowledgeable spotter is critical. Many years ago, I was responsible for trauma rescue on cell towers. Like off roading, when a dangerous situation occurs, you have to establish communications and a plan that everyone understands. Not every person uses the same hand and arm signals or radio commands. If you are inexperienced, find a group and tag along. You may save a life some day and it could be your own.

Willy
Any more infos on this?
Kebler Pass near Crested Butte. Vehicle spotted October 16 1pm approximately 100 feet down a scree slope impacted into tree.. A pretty good resource is OutThereColorado.
 

Lost-Again

Rank V
Member

Off-Road Ranger I

1,432
Texas
First Name
Lost
Last Name
Again
Member #

13072

I truly understand. There are times when I'm peopled out. My solution, adjusting my route, let people know where I'm going and keeping my ham radio on. Plus my dog always comes along.
I have a garmin inreach mini. My wife and kids can track me and we can text back and forth. Comes in handy in BigBend Nat’l Park with no cell reception.
 

North American Sojourner

Rank III
Member
Adventure

Contributor III

828
Mid-Missouri, MO, USA
First Name
Dave
Last Name
Zimmer
Member #

30139

Service Branch
USN (ret)
I appreciate the OP's message here. Folks who like to drive, hike, hunt or anything else alone, do so for a reasons that we'll never know. All we can do is advise, or council or teach and hope they make responsible decisions. I got caught out twice in the Alps because of weather, and difficult routes. Friends and family knew the routes and the times and were ready to launch the ADAC chopper when I finally reached a phone. The good thing was I had a buddy, and folks knew where and when we would show up....supposedly. LOL.
Zim
 
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rgallant

Rank II

Enthusiast II

366
British Columbia
First Name
Richard
Last Name
Gallant
Ham Callsign
VE7REJ
I have chosen on many occasions to travel alone, I like my own company. But it take a very serious mindset change from traveling in a group. Slower and more cautious sums it up, you need to be able at any point to say the road ends here.
 
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