Last Sunday, May 27th, a group of us went out to run Rusty Nail. We had a couple guests from RME (Rocky Mountain Extreme) and with the worst of the windstorms behind us, we set off to have a great day in Moab.
Everyone has names for these obstacles on this short spur trail between Gold Bar Rim and the Golden Spike but Jim calls them Rocky #1, Rocky #2, and Rocky #3. The last obstacle I’ve always heard called No Left Turn. Here’s Larry on Rocky #1.
Gene was our trail leader today and he put his CJ through it’s paces. He elected to bypass Rocky #1 by using Rocky #2 which is just to the left. By the way, none of these obstacles are by any means easy. A couple of ATV’ers came up to the base of Rocky #2, watched us for awhile and then went back the way they had come. Here’s Gene’s attempt at Rocky #3 on the left side which was not successful. He elected to back off and let someone else go. This turned out to be me and after 20 minutes on the right hand side with lots of rock stacking and excellent spotting, I made it up.
This set the stage for everyone else to go (and everyone did!) Here’s Susan.
And of course, here comes Rick on his favorite obstacle.
Another gal Jeeper from RME. Sorry, I’m terrible with names but she did a great job with some good on-board spotting.
Here we are on No Left Turn. Gene was first down and the rest of us followed, sans spotter. By the time he came back to check on us, most of us were already down.
Here’s Larry on the lower rock portion.
And Rick in Flipper.
The weather started moving in and I had lots of chores to do so Melanie, Susan, and I decided to head back using Gold Bar Rim while the others went on to Where Eagles Dare. Here’s a great shot of Jeep Arch as we made our way onto the Gold Bar Trail.
Another shot looking out across Canyonlands with the Colorado River in the background.
The girls made it off with plenty of time to get ready for a BBQ while many of the guys went all the way through to Poison Spider trailhead. Rick and Jeff came back across the Spike using Gold Bar and apparently Rick’s Flipper broke down, requiring some on-trail welding. Jeff made it to the BBQ just in time to eat though.
Another nice trail day.