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Damage, Inc.The secret to not getting stuck is to look where you're going and to avoid the most difficult obstacles. Unfortunately, this strategy isn't always enough. Jim could tell the mud patch ahead was too much for his Jeep J10 to handle, so he went around it. The mud was a bit sneakier than he expected and hiding beneath the grass was a second bog that swallowed the Jeep's nose. Despite all the power his small-block Chevy 350 could throw out, he was trapped. An '84 Chevy Scottsdale was able to tow the J10 back on to the trail.
More Military MadnessWhile on patrol in Kosovo, Willie's HUMVEE decided to take a sharp turn and jump the draw. It doesn't show too well in the photo, but that's a 20-foot drop down the gully. Luckily for the crew, the spare tire rack caught the edge of the ditch and kept the truck from falling. A second Hummer pulled them out. As Sgt. McMullian said in his letter, it was a classic case of "being all we can be."
Not StuckWe don't normally print photos of people who aren't stuck (so don't send them in), but after all the nose-down shots this month and last, we thought you could use a little something different. Pepe was exploring SoCal's Azusa Canyon when he encountered this stream. He'd crossed it several times in the past, but at easier fords. This spot had a nasty hole in the middle, which nearly submerged his '89 Wrangler despite its 9-inch lift and 35-inch tires. But he made it through under the Jeep's power - eventually.