“Or Similar” got me a GMC Canyon. I could’ve had the Frontier, but the Canyon had a MUCHO better driver’s seat. 2WD, but the photographic evidence above shows that the rear diff is posi. Very squishy shocks, but the engine is smooth, strong and quiet. Tires are appropriate for 32 miles of the road shown in the intro picture.
About my quest: Green Mountain Peak is 14,037 feet in elevation, second highest in California. You park at 12,000 feet and it’s a 12-mile circuit to the peak and back. Missus and I tried it 25 years ago, but the altitude took me out almost before I began. We tried again two weeks ago, subjecting my beloved van to that awful road, but various knee, ankle and foot ailments caused us to stop short. I vowed to return. Tuesday, I aim to unlock the achievement. Wish me luck!