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Death Valley 2014


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When the wind storm hit our camp site and knocked down our tents in Moab, we decided to continue our journey towards death valley.  It was a huge temperature change from Moab to Death Valley.  This place looks totally like a different planet.  The first day we went and explored Titus Valley.  Lots of norrow passages.  The second day, we explored Scotty’s Castle and Race track.  Everybody who goes to Death Valley should see Scotty’s Castle. This big mension in the middle of nowhere.  Self sufficient in this extremely deadly environment. And amazing story of a con artist. Race track is full with mysteries.  The name comes from these racing rocks.  Nobody knows how they move and leave these tracks. Well up until we met the scientists who were trying to solve this mystery.  They were doing some research with their satellite gear when we were there.  They told us that they have an answer to this mystery and they will publish it in 3 months time. The third and last day, Dave and I decided to go find Charles Manson’s hiding place.  We got good instructions from another camper and after getting lost a few times, we found the place. It was called Barker Ranch.  Luckily when we got lost, we found 2 or 3 mine sites full with old machinery.  On the way back to campsite we walked the sand dunes. This is a place I would love to go back and explore more.

Moab 2014 – Golden Spike

As we got further into trail, the scenery got better and better. At the same time, the rocks and waterfalls, and the ledges got steeper and higher. The fun was at its highest level in terms of jeeping. I cant wait to go back to Moab :) One of the awesome part of this  trail was to see Dillon in his rescue green jeep tackling every obstacle. He doesnt have the lockers or gears we have but choosing the right lines and his driving skills did the job for him. Kudos to him and wait to see him going over Golden Crack in the next episode.

 

Installing an Onboard Air System from VIAIR

Last weekend I installed Viair OBA in my jeep. This system is really fast. I could use air tools and air horn with it.  I could also use it for air lockers but I have a rubicon wrangler. It comes with electric lockers.  It is also extremely fast to air the tires up.

Moab 2014 – Part 3 Poison Spider & Gold Bar Rim

This is one of the most popular trails in Moab and is often combined with Golden Spike and Gold Bar Rim. Poison Spider Mesa is a fun-filled combination of challenging obstacles and incredible scenery. We were driving with caution through difficult, huge, awkward ledges and many tippy spots. This trail requires modified vehicles with very high ground clearance, lockers, large tires and good articulation. Route-finding on loop portion of trail is very challenging. We followed the painted Jeep symbols.

Moab 2014 – Part 2 – Elephant Hill

This is the second day of our trip. Elephant hill area is 75 miles each way from Moab village. But it is worth for the scenery. The confluence where Colorado and Green rivers meet and The Crack Canyon have the most amazing views. There is a quite a long dry sandy creek bed drive on the trail. That’s when we tried some rally style driving. There are some sections we drove through tight squeeze between rocks and sometimes even under rocks. I should say for the scenery and fun, Elephant Hill topped all the trails we drove in Moab.

 

Got Moabed!

This spring brake 6 jeeps and 11 people took off from Vancouver, BC to get Moabed.  I was one of them. We drove up to Twin Lakes the first day and slept there in a motel to get to Moab the next day. As we got closer the weather got warmer.  As soon as we arrived, Dave and his family, Dillon and me went our campsite called Pack Creek.  It was a good campsite with electric and water hook up sites. The other half of the group stayed in a rental house.

First day we went to do Fins n Things and Hells Gate trails.  The landscape was nothing like we got used to in BC, Canada.  The colors were red, brown and beige.  We were basically driving on the rocks most of the time.  It was like a concrete road. The tires would shriek going over obstacles. The hills were steep and looked like fins.  They were narrow too. It was a big combination of ledges, steep climbs, squeezing through rocks.  The trail was nicely marked with white circles and the tire tracks of thousands of jeeps marked the trail as well.

The second day we did the Elephant Hill trail and hiked through the Joint.  I was so shocked there was such a place on earth.  I basically walking through a crack in the mountain and it was only as wide as my shoulders.  The ground was sandy.  I walked about 7 minutes to get to the other end.

The third day we were on Poison Spyder, Golden Bar and Golden Spike trails. In all 3 days the awww factor and the pucker factor was at its maximum.  Awww! for the scenery and puckering for the obstacles.

Even though we were enjoying the days very much, the nights were cold in the tent.  On top of that, the wind storm on third day flattened my tent.  I put my tent back up but I couldnt do anything about the cold. It was -4C.  I took two rocks and put them into camp fire. When they were hot, I put them in my cooking pot and covered it with slightly wet towel.  Then cuddled it all night to keep warm.

Because of the cold Dave’s family and I decided to end our Moab part of the trip 2 days earlier and decided to head down to Grand Canyon.  After a quick visit to Grand Canyon, we went up to Death Valley.  This was the second big part of  our trip.  The plan was to see the race track, titus canyon, Scottys Castle, Bad Water Basin, craters,  canyons, sand dunes, ghost towns and mines. We did it all. We camped at Stove Pipe Wells campground.  It had a cranky host, a swimming pool and it was in the center of the Death Valley.  It made it easier to get to the trails in every 4 directions. The days was very hot and the nights were perfect temperature to sleep.  Until another wind storm flattened my tent on the third day.  The damage to the tent was unfix-able this time. So it was time for us to hit the road to find a motel.

This was basically the end of our trip.  The road back was one night in Williams, one night in Reno, one night in  Salem.  The route from Reno to Oregon was suggested by a very nice gentleman in the hotel we met in Williams.  It was through route 268 and 395.  It was the craziest windy road like a roller coaster with the views of Sierra Nevada.  There was not a single day in my trip  that wasnt better than the day before it. Everyday I was in full surprise with the landscape, the weather, the history I learned and experienced. The total round trip was 6495kms. The total elevation gained was 8600 ft from -280 t0 8300. Traveled through 7 states.

I will post my pictures and videos under this post later.  Meanwhile here is some of them from my facebook page and instagram page:

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Best of 2013 – Gopro Jeep Version

This video is the compilation of  my favorite scenes from my 2013 videos.  Gopro hero3 black edition was used for all the videos and pictures.  Happy new year!

 

Whipsnow 2013

This year we did Whipsaw trail when it was under snow. The whole area looked totally different when it was under snow. It was still challenging enough to go through the trail. We had 2 guests from Washington in their Hemi powered AEV jeep. There was also a brand new stock 2013 Rubicon which did extremely well on the trail. Everybody had a great time. I am looking forward to do more snow wheeling in 2014.

 

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