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Holy snow-banks! Winter rolling vid over Loveland Pass

| March 15, 2014


How’s that for a snowdrift? 

It’s caught from another video from the GoPro Camera of young Caleb Christner, son of Don Christner, the Reed Hurst Trucking driver whose dispatches from the road you’ve become familiar with over the last year or two. 

Here’s what the elder Christner had to say about the short (first) and long versions of a trip over Loveland Pass you’ll find embedded below:

I was asked to go about 100 miles west and a little of south of Denver to Climax, Colo. Reed Hurst driver Durk Lackas makes this run almost every day, so he would be my babysitter this day. I knew this would be a fun drive west into the Rocky Mountains, so I got a permission slip for my 13-year-old son Caleb to ride along. 


One driver and one emergency load — to flooded Boulder, Colo.

Don Christner recounts a recent critical haul to a water treatment facility in Boulder, Colo.

We can’t go through the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 with hazmat, so you have to go over Loveland Pass. Caleb brought his GoPro camera and made a video [of the haul on] Highway 6 in Colorado. I know we’ve made a Loveland Pass video before, but this one is a little different — better! This one is taken in winter, looking back from a much higher view and watching driver Durk Lackas drive over Loveland Pass. The high-def scenery is amazing!!  That camera gets it done!!  Arriving at Climax, Colo., we delivered our loads on top of a mountain at 11,500 feet! I got elevation sick, taking deep breaths to ward off the dizziness. Durk told me he chains up as many as four times one way to make this run!

We didn’t chain this day, but I was so shot when we got back to Cheyenne, Wyo.!  I was glad I had Durk to show me how that run works!  

  • Thompson Pass Trucker

    Nice video and beautiful scenery, son. But you need to come Up North and take a look at Thompson Pass. Thirty-feet plus of snow a year (with drifts higher than that) and they plow/snowblow it by GPS/heads-up-display (think jet fighter pilot techniques) because it’s so snowed in. Oh, and it’s at less then 2,000 feet. no altitude sickness. And Worthington Glacier is both visible and walking-accessible from the road.
    Sorry no videos – it’s often too blustery to see – one road marker at a time. And I don’t have a Go-Pro.
    You can’t see over the top in some drifts even by late spring and the biggest drifts are still visible in mid-summer. They had between one and two feet last night alone.

  • Keith Olson

    yep you better be pretty thick to run mountains here, they are the highest passes in all of north america and some of the toughest roads out there. i have driven colorado for 21 years and i love it, wouldn’t know how to drive on flatland

  • Keith Olson

    the guy in the tanker behind all of you is a Swallow oil truck, some of the best around here in the hills strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.