Following Christmas, it had rained heavily for 3 solid days, and then on the 30th cleared right off with blue sky. It made me feel that spring would come someday. We started from Jim's place at Roberts Creek at about 10:30 in his old pathfinder. We put chains on about half way up. They were fairly standard European Hoop Chains, with the red and blue hoop cables that go behind the wheel. They were similar to my own. But I couldn't remember a thing, although I had spent many hours working out the ultimate procedure last year. But alas, this year my mind was blank. Betsy got the right rear on fairly easily, but Jim and I had a tremendous battle getting the left side on. See Installing Tire Chains. I couldn't remember all the ideas I had worked out last year. It didn't help that his chains started out with the outer catch jammed together such that we couldn't get it apart. It seemed the clearances in the links were not correct. I felt useless, but eventually we wrestled them onto the dirty rear wheel, and set out again.
Only once we started driving again did I start to picture the layout of the chains correctly, and visualize the key "gap" that you want to straddle the tire. We discussed the theory while driving. None of us could remember any principles regarding the "red" part of the hoop versus the blue, although I knew I had made notes on that subject last year. Jim kept talking about orienting the red part to be downhill, or was that uphill? Are the two chains identical?
Once we had the chains on, we easily drove up to the parking lot. There were dozens of cars there in the bright sunshine. We put on our skis, and Jim put some money... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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