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The North Face of Our Driveway

I’d say our driveway is about a class 4 climb. In the summer you can walk it without a rope, but I sometimes carry one just to be safe.

When the snow falls, I’d rate it about a WI2. Bring your ice axe!

In these conditions, reaching the summit is not guaranteed. And waiting around for the plow guy to rescue us is the norm.

Sometimes, the plow guy even needs another plow guy to rescue him!

I realize this falls into the “well duh” category of mountain life, but we’ve determined that 4WD/AWD combined with appropriate tires is one way to increase the odds of a successful driveway climb. So we’ve decided to bite the bullet and buy our car some new kicks.

But before we do that, I thought it would be fun to take a few videos of our less than successful attempts.

Nothing like the sensation of slipping backward into oncoming traffic!

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I’ll be sure to take some “after” videos once we get proper snow tires.


  1. Gog

    That is just crazy. You guys should get a car-sized ‘magic carpet’ that they have on the bunny slopes of ski resorts.

    • Jessica

      Best idea ever!

  2. catharus

    ‘Looks like you could use studded winter tires!

    • Dave

      After watching that video, a few of our friends suggested chains! Haha, of course.

      Studs is what my instincts were telling me.

      But the gentleman who towed us out of one of our predicaments (when we got stuck on a friend’s driveway) says an aggressive pair of all weather tires rated for winter conditions will do the job. We figure if there is someone who knows what it takes to not get stuck around here, it is probably the one tow truck driver in the area. So we are going to go with his recommendation.

      Our current tires need to be replaced anyway, so worst case scenario if these new ones don’t work we will keep them as 3 season tires and get dedicated snow tires too.

      This winter has taught us a few lessons about living here… that is for sure!

  3. Tom

    your site use to be nice, now it sucks you guys don’t do shit to it any more.

    • Dave

      I guess our driveway makes everyone grumpy! 🙂

      Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. The site has kind of sucked recently. We have not been working on it the way we would like to.

      This isn’t a great excuse, but it is the only one I have, and that is that we have been busy trying to enjoy the hell out of this amazing winter. Our spare hours have been spent in the snow, instead of in front of the computer.

      It is nice to hear that you liked the way the site was though!

      Jess and I are talking about what it would take to get it back to where it was, and we have a few ideas. If there are specific types of content that you appreciated the most, please let us know – that type of feedback is incredibly helpful. And you can always feel free to drop me an email directly (

      Thanks for the comment, Tom (and for the motivation).

      – Dave

      ps: It is no substitute, but in the meantime we’ve been trying to pick up some of the slack by posting more updates and photos to our Facebook page. You can check it out here:

      • Tucker

        Wow! Some people have nerve to insult someone providing free insiteful, useful, entertaining, information.

        Great site, awesome resource…Enjoy your winter, ignore losers.

        • Jessica

          Thanks, Tucker. Dave was way more diplomatic in his response than I would have been. 😉 Appreciate your kind words – that’s MUCH more motivating to me than someone popping in to say how much we suck.

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