For those of you out there who say, "I think I can do it...," "Just a little farther," or "It doesn't look that deep...," this section is dedicated to you.
Good luck on the trail, and remember not to think twice: It doesn't make for as good of pics....
Tech Editor Fred Williams caught this early '80s straight-axle Toyota taking a nap in the woods during the 2005 annual Memorial Day Total Off Road Rally put on by the Minnesota Go-4 Wheeelers at the Trollhaugen ski area outside Dresser, Wisconsin.
Everything was great until my friend made a final pass in the deep mud. I guess 500 hp got him an extra 150 yards from everyone, making it much harder for the three trucks and 300 feet of straps to get him out.
Charlie Mares, Azusa Canyon, CA
This is the second vehicle I've owned that this hole has swallowed up. It took 11 hours, eight guys, two winches, and 100 feet of chain to pull me out of this one. Maybe the third time's the charm....
Justin Chohrach, Wainwright, AK
After the road crews cleared some scrub back from the two-lane to widen it, Mother Nature decided to give them a little break. Some saw this as an opportunity to test the company's new dozer. After an hour and a half of digging, they pulled it out with a frontend loader. There have been a few more mud pits there, but no more stuck dozers.
Phillip Hooker, Summerfield, FL
After a successful day on the trail, one donut later on the logging trail and on the lid it went.
Jack Lefebvr, Victoria, British Columbia
It Was A nice Ride
I was turning in the parking lot when the throttle stuck wide open. The next thing I knew my 49-inch Iroks were in the air and I was underneath.
Dave Bertrand, Powell River, British Columbia
Almost Up & Over
Lockers at both ends don't do any good when you're high-centered.
Gavin Richards, Ontario, Canada
I wasn't actually driving; my ego was. That's why you don't wheel with hot chicks. Lucky for me and my Zuk, it started back up 20 minutes later and saved my ego and itself.
Justin Armer, Prescott, AZ
Checking the Depth
Here I learned that when I see people just sitting near a mudhole...that I should probably do the same. I almost have all the bugs worked out now.
Lucas Turner, Dayton, OH
Mud & Mud
Here's my '03 Rubicon in stock trim. It took a Defender 90 to winch me out.
Chris Sweetland, Apex, NC
Mud & More Mud
I took my cousin out for a few drinks after he returned from Iraq...and this is what happened. We busted my carrier, the Law showed up, and we ended up walking home in the rain.
Jed Cheramy, Iowa
Thousands of acres of dunes around here and we find the lone mud pit.
Mark Voss, Canton, MI
After driving into a bumpy mud hole and losing my rear driveshaft, we decided to head home on the freeway. I quickly learned that I had broken more than the driveshaft, when my tire and inner axle walked out and bounced its way across six lanes of a busy freeway.
George A Garcia, Colorado Springs, CO
Used to Have fewer Dents
I found a really big hole at the top of a small hill (couldn't see over the hood)!
Bernie Wilkinson, Minden, NV
How'd We Do That?
We were trying to go around this puddle when my '95 Exploder slipped down the hill and onto its side. We got it back over via human power and drove it out. Amazingly nothing broke.
Corbin Jordan, Grandville, MI
On the Flip Side
This rut wasn't this deep last time.
Jorian Tatum, Kittrell, NC