It’s always nice to be invited to a preview and although there wasn’t much fanfare, we had a great day on Saturday running Behind the Rocks with Gene Day!
Gene is going to be leading this trail on the Wednesday of Easter Safari and he wanted to see what winter had done to the trail and refamiliarize himself with the terrain. Of course, he twisted the arm of the club and a few of us showed up in support of his trip.
In fact, there were 9 rigs, a really good turn out for what is widely considered a pretty tough trail.
Melanie showed up in her 2008 JK Rubicon and was the littlest Jeep in the group. Now before she gets upset, let me give you a little history of where I’m coming from. My blue Jeep, Moab TJ, was called (maybe still is) the “little Jeep that could” and it wasn’t until Pritchett that I realized it was too small for my lofty Jeepin goals and invested in Redroxx. So, what I’m saying is, you can do a lot of hard, tough trails with a smaller vehicle if there’s a good driver behind the wheel. I think its great to see folks out showing off what a nearly stock rig CAN do and keeping up with the big rigs. She definitely represented.
We proceeded about 100 yards down the trail before our first repair. (Unless you count that Redroxx needed a jump start at the Shell Station). Gary Lee had broken his first t-case mount. Apparently this is a pretty common breaking point in the Samurai’s and luckily Jeff had half a dozen or so spares.
Here’s Gary Lee making the repair while Gene supervises.
Back on the trail and up to the first ledgy section, kind of a tire test hill of sorts.
Everyone took it in stride and then onto the next obstacle which we call………..”the road”. That’s why they always say, “keep your eyes on “the road”". As long as you keep it pointed straight down hill, there’s no trouble.
Next, we found High Dive or Nose Dive as some call it. Immediately after making it down this slippery slope, you are faced with UpChuck.
Here’s Jeff starting down High Dive. Note the rear wheel lift, scary feeling when you still have a long way to the bottom.
Here’s Melanie, nearly down. It is a big obstacle!
Here’s Rick giving us a show climbing up UpChuck.
Here’s Marty giving it a try……
And Larry too……
After everyone was safely down and back up again (either via UpChuck or the bypass), we were on the move heading out towards Prostitute Butte and Picture Frame Arch. Then around and down to the county road and the turn off up to Hummer Hill. We stopped here for lunch and then everyone went up.
Here’s yours truly making my way up Hummer Hill. Everyone made it up safely.
Jim did a little line repainting to allow those going down this obstacle to get their rig lined up straight while we took in the view of the slickrock and the LaSals. Pretty isn’t it?
Then it was off to White Knuckle hill. What a great obstacle this is. As impressive as it is, its dangerous too so all of us went down with a safety strap and 2-3 trusted guys pulling on the uphill side. After the fall off the hill onto your nose, your springs unload and if you don’t gas it, there’s a high rollover risk, just ask Dave Adams! So, with a strap, your pals can pull your rear safely back onto the rock and you can drive slowly down. Its a blast to do and you just feel better knowing your friends won’t let you fall.
After the trip down, a few of us decided to go back up and we would wait for the rest back at the county road. Here’s Gary Lee showing us how it’s done. No problem.
After the trip back to the county road, we all met up and took a little spin through the sand dunes. Lots of fun!
Another great Jeepin’ day in Moab! Come out and join us sometime. Check out the trail schedule for times and meeting spots!