While using vehicles designed for light off-road activities can be a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to keep in mind the vehicle’s capabilities, as well as the area you intend to explore. Unfortunately one 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 driver was able to find the limits of their pickup truck while climbing a Colorado mountain hiking trail.
According to a report from CBS News, the driver of a Canyon AT4 was fined for climbing a hiking trail in a pickup truck, and eventually getting stuck on it. Multiple hikers posted several photos of the midsize pickup on social media to complain of the misuse of machinery in places it shouldn’t be.
Further compounding the issue, the Canyon was thoroughly stuck. After contacting a towing company to get a quote for removal of the truck, the driver then elicited the help of a non-profit recovery organization. After the latter was unable to dislodge the Canyon – which had its rear passenger tire sinking into loose rock and had also ended up high-pointing on its rear differential – the driver then accepted the $3,500 quote from a towing business to get the midsizer unstuck. With the help of modified Bobcat excavator, the Canyon AT4 was finally freed from the earth.
Those involved with the rescue of the pickup stated that this is a normal occurrence, and that the people who usually wind up in these messes are typically from out-of-state. Upon renting off-road vehicles and recreational toys, they begin exploring areas while being unfamiliar with the trail rules and regulations, and aren’t given proper guidance from the companies they rent from.
“They’re unaware, out of their element, and unprepared,” the owner of the recovery company said in a statement. “And they end up in a situation like this GMC did. And then they’re a problem because somebody didn’t give somebody a map.”