I've been a bit busy to post much but I had an interesting experience yesterday.
I went to lunch with a former co-worker (well, we both still work here, but I'm in the offices now) and as we were leaving a guy comes up to my truck and asks if I can help him get his truck out of the mud.
I say "sure" and he climbs in the bed and we head out.
He said he was behind the small shopping center where the restaurant is. About 1/2 mile behind it is a trail along the woods which leads to the right-of-way for some big power lines. It's downhill and moderately steep going down to the right-of-way.
Turns out he was taking his mid-90's CK extended cab pickup down to do some offroading. He just got this 4x4 and wanted to try it out apparently. It had worn AT style tires on it.
This right-of-way was like thick, gooey mud of the kind that sticks to everything in clumps. My truck is well clumped at the moment, lol. I wouldn't even have ventured down there in 2WD without the mud tires and winch BOTH.
I got down in position to pull him out, but it was hard to maneuver the truck around it was so slick and deep. No water, just mud so it was unlike Wharton.
He was at right angles to the exit trail so the first order of business was to get him out of the suction -- he was in to the frame rails -- and turn him a bit. Managed that no problem using the winch but didn't even need the ****** block.
Then I tried to drive back up the hill to get in position to pull him up it...uhh-uhh...not going to make it.
So I winched myself up the hill first, turned the truck around where it was drier, then pulled him up the hill.
Total time to do the extraction: 35 minutes. Not bad.
When I was first trying to climb the hill, he yelled, "Whoa, hold on a minute. You're not in 4 wheel drive. Your front wheels aren't spinning!"
I told him, "My truck is only two wheel drive." His jaw literally fell open. Then a look of doubt came into his eyes and he was obviously thinking, "Oh man, I'm still not getting out of here."
Ha ha! I was happy to prove him wrong. I think with four wheel drive and my tires I COULD have climbed that hill - but even the locker wasn't getting me up it in 2WD.
I didn't trudge over to his truck or do the hookups to the trees or anything, but I did have to get out a couple of times and my shoes and pants cuffs were a mess. It gave me some openings to tell the story at the offices when I got back, lol. People were like, "Where have you BEEN?"