The Best & Worst of Your Trail Mishaps
It happens to us all. No matter if you are the most careful and calculated wheeler on the planet, sooner or later Mother Nature (and sometimes human nature) gets the best of you. It might be a harmless-looking mud puddle or a stump that appears out of nowhere, but it's almost guaranteed that with time comes a great whoops! We just hope that when that spectacular whoops! happens, you are ready with camera in hand!
Here's a collection of some of the best trail mishaps and off-road aerobatics we've seen. Think you have something better? Email us your high-resolution image (minimum 1,600 by 1,200 pixels or 2 megapixels) and a quick explanation of how it happened to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to Whoops!, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245.
The ground looked solid, but at 22 tons, the earth gets soft quick!
We went wheeling at our local spot and ended up sinking my truck in the swamp. After trying to free it for 24 hours we finally gave up and called a towing company to come pull us out.
My buddy got his Titan stuck in this same spot so I figured I would show him how it's done in my Durango. This was my first time being stuck, but I am sure it won't be my last!
Well, I found out where the balance point is!
After sinking my Ram past the axles in mud, we got on the phone and started calling for help. Unfortunately, it took two weeks before we could find someone capable of pulling the truck out. As much as I hate to admit it (I'm a Dodge guy), a Chevy 3/4-ton equipped with a 9,500-pound winch was what ended up coming to my rescue.
Wheeling in Oklahoma was a blast. I usually enjoy running doorless on my '89 Jeep Cherokee, but after almost rolling I think keeping the doors on might be the safer route to go. Thanks to my brother for his help in keeping the Jeep from going over completely.
When wheeling just outside of Las Vegas in the mountains of Pahrump I learned a few valuable things about spotters and rollovers.
(1) If you get in a tough spot and start teetering and your spotter volunteers to help you, make sure he got his cojones out of his girlfriend's purse before going wheeling. Otherwise you run the risk of him prematurely jumping off and springing you onto your roof.
(2) If you don't get off your roof ASAP then all of your oil leaks out, guaranteeing you a roundtrip ticket to town sitting side by side with said spotter in his Jeep. Sound easy? I'd like to see you try and hold your tongue!
(3) If you did not install your own aftermarket suspension, make sure none of your hydraulic shocks have been installed upside-down. They don't work so well like that.
My girlfriend thought a little snow wheeling would be fun. Too bad we hit a spot of ice on the road and our snow wheeling outing landed us in a ditch! Luckily help arrived 30 minutes later and we were back on our way.
Rocks don't always skip over water!
The 351ci and 39.5-inch Boggers were just not enough for this mud hole!
This is the reason why I no longer run all-terrains!
I Can Do Too
So my friend went in with his Jeep, and anything he can do I can do better.
Sgt. Byron Thomas
Do you ever have that sinking feeling that you're going nowhere fast?
Side-hilling on sand dunes can turn into a tippy situation in a hurry.
I was just wheeling down by the river and found a patch of water that was a little deeper than I was expecting!