From a blogger’s perspective, there’s nothing more satisfying than to be able to tell a story like this. A Jeep community located near the Warden Gulch Trail in Summit County, Colorado discovered a stolen and abandoned 2008 Jeep Wrangler 4 door JK that had been dumped at the bottom of the gulch, surrounded by a steep incline. Having been reported stolen in 2009 and stumbled upon by hikers in 2010, this JK was stripped and dumped at the bottom of the gulch and left to waste.
After several failed attempts at gaining permission from the Forest Service to recover the abandoned JK, the local off-roading community was finally allowed to step up with the help of a local towing company from Breckenridge who took on the removal liability and satisfied the legal concerns of the Forest Service.
Incurring financial losses and the dangers of the recovery effort itself, the tow company, made up of many avid off-roading enthusiasts, ventured out with the help and support of the Jeep community. With the expressed permission of the Forest Service, the local Jeepers, remaining careful not to disturb the land, headed into the gulch and towed out the JK’s bones and sent the wreck on its way to a proper burial.
Stories like this don’t come up on news channels too frequently but are undertaken often by off-roading communities and clubs like the many who frequent online forums, this particular group in Colorado being a perfect example.
With no compensation and sometimes without even as much as a thank you, it’s often that these off-roading groups are the first to lend a helping hand to protect the environment or help others around them who are in need. Yet, when it comes time to discuss the closing of a trail or off-roading destination, the actions of a few who are not associated with these groups dominate the public’s opinion off off-roaders and Jeepers alike.
Hopefully, actions like this can begin to sway the opinions of those who are lobbying to shut down public access to trails and recognize the good communities like colorado4x4.com and others are doing to help preserve the environment in which their hobby is centered upon.
A special thanks goes to tdij from colorado4x4.org and their friend Jeepin72 who found the wreck and stirred up support for its removal on jeepforum.com, as well as the Forest Service and everyone else involved in the recovery effort!
SOURCE: For anyone who wants to follow this finding and recovery effort (as well as boatloads of pictures), check out both Jeepin72’s Found JK thread or tdij’s Recovery thread. It really is one of those feel-good stories definitely worth a read.
Have you ever come across a wreck like this?