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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Moab!!! May 2010.

I finally got a chance to test out my new truck camper and Duramax tow rig...... WOOHOO!! they both performed well.... oh, the Jeep did well too.

I also took my DRZ400 dual sport bike, but ended up not riding it. The plan was to probably ride it on days the group did the hard trails, and I'd ride wherever, but instead, I decided to ride passenger on the hard trails and do a bunch of photos and videos. Might take a while to get the videos online, but I captured some scary moments for sure.

During the time we were there, the wind was almost non stop, with two days being worse than the rest, and only one day being a "no wind" day.

There were roughly 30 people total in the group spread out amongst 10 Jeeps and 1 Toyota. It was a great trip with a diverse group of people. There were 5 Jeeps from WA, 3 from NM, 1 from NV, 1 from TX, the Toyota was from ID, and the others were from AZ (I think).

My trip started with a snowy drive over White Pass on the 20th




At the summit of White Pass: (stopped here to mess with the trailer brakes, which are plaguing me with problems again. :deadhorse: )



I had planned on doing ROF Moab last year, which is partly why I bought the Jeep trailer last year, but I pulled the plug on the trip when it looked like I may end up jobless.

When I got invited to this Moab trip, I decided I wasn't going to miss the chance to get out and enjoy some nice weather and a chance to do some Jeeping. Sprin weather in Washington has been horrible (too much rain). I haven't been Wheelin' since last October, so it felt good to get out in my Jeep again. When I got home, I could tell it rained a LOT while I was gone.

I had a blast. It was fun to wheel my Heep where it had a chance to live up to the way it has been built.

I swapped over to my softop, and at the last minute decided to leave my full hard doors at home and run the lower steel tube doors with steel skins on them and upper soft half doors.

Here's what I remember about the way rigs on this trip were equipped:
Two LJ on 37s (I think.)
A YJ and a bunch of TJs and another LJ on 35s
Me and another TJ on 33s
Toyota running huge tires - not sure of the size
I think everyone was running lockers (some ARB, a bunch of Rubis with factory lockers)

The trip down went well.... here's a tail wind along I-84 in Eastern Oregon.






I camped out the first night behind a motel in Mtn Home, Idaho, and plugged the rig in to power.




Tooks some photos of the new rig in the same locations that I took photos last year:




South of Wellington, UT, I was dealing with a nasty headwind or cross wind.



This is at the air down spot for Moab Rim trail, which we ran on Day 1.








The trail climbs and follows a narrow path above the river and the road.




Not far in to the trail, there's a small crack situated where a climb and right turn is required.






Shortly after this was another incline and a series of turns, called the "Z Turn" obstacle.










It was fun to watch the Toyota climb the obstacles that sometimes we could not do, or we had to take a much different line in order to accomplish them. The Toyota would crawl up just about anything (long wheebase had many advantages)




My Heep:




Up on top of the rim, we stopped for a break:






Cacti bloom some really neat looking flowers.




We motored down the trail....



..Then stopped at an overlook and had lunch.









...then we hiked out to look at the petroglyphs on the rocks...



Coming back we stopped to play on a sand hill...


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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

Day 2 - Sunday May 23rd, my pics of Hell's Revenge. The major obstacles are optional on it.























The infamous "Hell's Gate" obstacle. To get to it, you detour off the main route, go down to the bottom via a side trail, then come back up it. It was interesting to see all these nasty spots in person that I've seen hundreds of photos and videos of.




This is the only pic I have. After this I switched over to video.




Another option was "Escalator"



Hey, there's a round silver thing in the puddle here:






Tipover Challenge. I went around.



It was another great day on the trail. When we got back to camp we had a feast for dinner then enjoyed a "wash tub" campfire.

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

I recognize a few of those rigs!




Wish I could have gone with you all

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

The red TJ didn't make it up escalator, he spit out rear pasenger spring in the puddle.

LJ made it up fine, and put on quite a show doing it.... skill and grace it was! Not a scratch on the jeep or armor. I may have that on video.

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

Outstanding photos. You did a great job capturing the trip. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

Great pictures....

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Looks like fun

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

Amazing pics man! I really need to make it out there one day. Thanks for sharing. Try and post up the vids you took on escalader. They are always fun to watch

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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

More photos:

Day three we hit a trio of trails: Poison Spider Mesa, Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim.




Me coming out of an obstacle called "The Wedgie"




Front driver wheel in the air:
















Lunch stop:








"Golden Crack":










Some of the group played around on this just past the Golden Crack:







Goonie Bird Rock in the distance:


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Re: Moab!!! May 2010.

Looks as though I forgot to finish this trip report, so here's some more pics:

Day 4: Behind the Rocks.







Near the end of the trail is an ugly obstacle, LWB rigs rule here. The LJs in our group were the only rigs to do this obstacle.















We turned around at the obstacle and went back out the way we came in.

Random pic on the way out.




Here's another extremely challenging obstacle that is optional.














Another random pic on the way out:


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