Decided to head into Ruby Falls with a Toyota group… All Toyotas & a Jeep. 5 went in & 3 made it home. That’s not great odds.
Ruby falls is a great trail not far from Edmonton. 2 routes in. One is a little hilly with some mud, and the other is a little easier. We decided to take the hilly route in & the marginally easier way out.
For the most part it was tough, but not too tough. The fresh snow made traction sparse. I’d lead up a hill then spend time winching the others up if they needed it. Some dummy has tire chains but I didn’t bring them for some reason. Ugh. That would have been so awesome in chains. Lol
A bit of mud holes and some ice breaking was required. I was a little leery of pushing in my radiator, I’ve done that before on a quad pushing through ice, but for the most part it wasn’t that deep.
The falls were pretty cool in all their frozen splendor. My c-pilot and I had a great time taking photos & video on the way in.
One the way out there was a bit of a mishap as one 4runner broke some lower control arm bolts. Ugh. Not much one can do in that spot.
Repair attempts were made, but essentially we hooked a truck, and a 5th Gen 4runner to it to drag it out by it’s teeth. That was a fight. In the dark, frozen bogs… I winched a ton, and pulled where needed. Glad I had my pulley along as I powered out the old smittybilt winch a few times. In the last hole I finally suffered a minor failure & lost an air line to the front locker. By the time I noticed I was already out thank goodness.
It was pretty late as we aired up.
We left the 4runner near a road for pick up in the morning. The last trail carnage hit as we got to Edson, the truck started to overheat. We left it in a Canadian tire parking lot for morning repair as well.
We got home eventually. Grace my co-pilot loved it & I had a great time. I’m sure the other guys did as well.
Here are a few random shots