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Run Silent, Run Deep: Recovering Ed’s LJ20 Stuck 40 Years In The Sierra Nevada Mountains

Once upon a time there was an 80+ chain-smoking geezer name of Ed. Ed was everyone’s favorite geezer. Worked around the place down at Matt’s Off-Road Recovery Yard in Hurricane, Utah doing, well, doing whatever older guys living in a trailer in the yard do.

Long time back Ed was a professional prospector in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Ed had a sort-a jeep to get to and from his claims deep in the mountains. One winter long ago a landslide closed a logging road that led to the claim. The slide stranded Ed’s jeep deep in the mountains. He hiked out.

Trapped in the Sierras the sort-a-jeep weathered snow and storms and long summer nights. For forty years. Then one day folks at Matts’s Off-Road Recovery decided they would find it and “recover” it.

Their motto for this epic effort? “No problem. We’ve done this thousands of times.”

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  • Uncle Jefe March 23, 2022, 10:27 AM

    Not many people would attempt that.

    They said that they were going to use snatch blocks in the river, but then they pulled right down the stream and got it stuck…and THEN they used snatch blocks (after Lizzie got soaked…none of the guys would do that, because they all knew that their testes would instantly turn to ovaries, damned cold in that water…).

    A couple of cringe-worthy moments, especially when Ed was standing in the bight of the line…don’t want to be there.

    The whole episode was true use of brute force, but for much of it, there was no other way. The old boys I work with on foresty-type stuff are master riggers, and I dare say could’ve done some things a bit different, and of course you would’ve seen a whole lotta beer in our video.

    Always amazing when we’re doing it to see the ingenuity, and I always learn so much.

    Fun work, but during that kind of work, lots of anxiety.

    Beer helps.

  • billrla March 23, 2022, 11:45 AM

    I doubled the playback speed and, sure enough, I got the old Suzuki out faster.

  • Bradoplata March 23, 2022, 12:10 PM

    Good channel, no drama and everyone seems to get along but it gets hard to get stuff unstuck in different ways. I still subscribe anyways.

  • gwbnyc March 23, 2022, 12:37 PM

    “Ed was a professional prospector”

    The Brunton Compass

    -buy one just to own one, extra points for using it.

    Instructions PDF including staking a claim:

    • ghostsniper March 24, 2022, 5:43 PM

      $500 or more.
      I’ll stick with my lensatic.

  • Dave March 23, 2022, 5:35 PM

    This is the shat ‘Mericans can do. Think Ukrainians are bad ass, wait till real Americans are tested…or those that will stand for the test. Awesome video of those that are there to recover a little of ones personal history, or legacy.

  • Elmo March 23, 2022, 7:38 PM

    Does anyone have any idea where in the Sierra this happened and was filmed?
    I’m curious because it looks like a place I’m familiar with.

  • Dirk March 23, 2022, 7:47 PM

    No idea where they are. I’ve packed past forties, fifties vehicles in the late70s, north east of Grouse Ridge. North of lake Spaulding. North of I 80, off of highway twenty. I know it as the old grass valley highway.

    Kinda wonder if those rigs are still out their.

  • Elmo March 24, 2022, 7:10 AM

    I was thinking it might be the Middle Fork of the Yuba, near Foote’s Crossing. It kinda looks like it, and that’s as good a place as any to go off the road and end up in the river.

    • Dirk March 24, 2022, 7:47 AM

      Elmo, very well could be, far more mining in that area, then my observation. In the Spaulding area, only know of two hard rock mines. They’ve been sealed shut by the State. Both overlook Emerald Pool, on the Yuba.

  • Occasional Commenter March 24, 2022, 7:07 PM

    There are follow-on videos about this sorta-jeep’s restoration. They’re putting an ungodly amount of time and money into making this scrapheap drivable. It’ll actually be a resto-mod.

    Geezer Ed doesn’t know about the repair work. It’s going to be a surprise.