A group of nine vehicles left out for Pritchett canyon to work on several projects associated with trail preservation. The goals for the day included:
- Install a Carsonite marked No Vehicles at the hill before the Chewy Obstacle.
- Repair the fence and signs at Chewy.
- Drill additional posts and add more wire fencing at Chewy.
- Place a second winch anchor at Chewy.
- Inspect the lower fence at the Axle hill illegal bypass.
- Remove the Carsonites and replace with posts and wire fence at the top of the Axle Hill illegal bypass.
- Run the trail and have a good time.
- Clean up trash along the trail.
Here’s a view of the colorful vehicles making the approach to the Brickyard obstacle.
A little clowning around at the first Carsonite install.
The work group posing for a photo after the Carsonite is in place. This spot was becoming a parking lot, not a bypass but since it goes left of the trail, it’s in the WSA (Wilderness Study Area) and a big NO-NO. Hopefully our sign won’t get run over too soon.
Next we went around the corner to Chewy where we found our lower fence trampled and down. This was not on the plan for a fix but we had to give it some attention.
It looked like this fence caught a couple of rigs as they came off the right side of the obstacle. There were tire tracks on the other side but they didn’t seem to be trying to go through the wash.
In fact, someone tried to rip off our little logo sign off the fence that showed it was our work project. Geez, people, we are keeping this trail open for you!
Anyway, up to the top of Chewy. We had a big-gun drill today provided to us at no cost from Grand Rental. Thanks so much to them! We were able to drill holes to place posts every 4 feet or so. We also put a double line of cable and covered it with yellow plastic so it could be clearly seen.
Also a bright green winch anchor was installed. Thanks Jeff for fabricating it from your broken Dana 44 shaft! I’ve got a few of those myself to donate in case you need more!
This truck in the photo below waited patiently for the install and took advantage. Exactly 4 minutes after the anchor went into the rock, it was used for the first time. Whoever suggested we needed to put this in was right!
Chewy is such a long obstacle, a second winch anchor gives a better angle from the bottom to get up the first ledge. Then, rigs can hook up at the top for the second part of the climb. We are “HOPING” that this anchor will spare our fencing.
Here’s a photo to show why some prefer to winch up that first ledge. Chewy is getting mean and requires a good run to get up, no more crawling. Monte did make it after a couple of scary attempts.
After all the work at Chewy, it was time to wheel. Everyone made it up Chewy, one way or another, and we were off towards Rocker Knocker. There was a bit of a jam at this point but we finally got our turn and each got to give it a try or two.
Check out Monte helping give John a pull up Chewy!
Melanie is a relatively new Jeeper to our club and she was out riding with me on Pritchett today. Here she is learning the more advanced skills like spotting and pulling little stock Samurais up obstacles. I think everyone had a chance to help out John today.
Next she got her spotting lesson. Something doesn’t look right here. Melanie, don’t listen to these jokers.
Oh well, Jeff don’t need no stinkin’ spotter anyway, he crawled right up!
After Rocker Knocker, it’s a short trip to the last evil part of the trail. Nothing but obstacles…..Unnamed, Axle Hill, Rock Pile, and Yellow Hill. You can look up from the first and see the top, it just takes a while to get there.
We waited our turn for a few to winch up Axle Hill (yes, we actually waited), then made our go. We had a little work to do on the illegal bypass to the right of this obstacle so we took turns driving and drilling until all the work was done.
Here’s Monte, our new club member from Washington climbing up Axle hill. He drove like a champ, no winch required. I’ve seen a couple roll-overs on this one and that hill is tricky and intimidating but there is a winch anchor for those who need it.
Now, over to the work team. Here’s that big drill from the rental company, coming in handy yet again!
Back to Axle Hill. Now it’s Monte’s turn to pull.
Back to the work site. Lookin’ good. This bypass was created during EJS and the BLM now has all the information. Hopefully the fence will keep folks off and out. Please respect our fences and signs and know that we are doing this to keep the trail open.
Now for some Rock Pile action. There was some serious breakage in the Son of Rockpile so our group decided to go up the original way. Both routes are allowed.
Here’s my Redroxx giving it a try. I eventually made it but not before it scared the hot dogs out! (the story here is, I had hot dogs on the manifold a couple weeks ago and “lost them”. They rode through Behind the Rocks and all of Pritchett before making an appearance out of the rear of my Jeep during this attempt)
Here’s David Garbs in the former Mad Cow climbing the rock pile. He had a little strap support for his leaf springs but I think he would have made it on his own.
After this, we all shot up Yellow Hill and made a run for Moab along the county road, racing the lightning and rain. We barely got back in time for our meeting!
Great trail and fantastic work day. Thanks for all involved and those who checked in on us during the day. Thanks too to those of you who keep good trail etiquette and those who love Pritchett! Help us keep it open!