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.

 

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.

 

Molibdenite ’13

It was time to go back to my favorite area again. I love Molybdenite area. Driving on the ridge involves considerable amount of pucker factor but when you get to the top the views ar spectacular. This year’s trip was a little different. First of all, I was able take a picture of a deer very close. On the way down I got a flat tire but the worst was that when Rick was driving up the ridge, a big rock rolled over from the mountain and hit his jeep on the side. His jeep went 2 feet sideways towards the cliff but stopped right on the edge. The rock had enough momentum and weight to move the jeep. You could see the rock in the video. Dillon and I had to roll it towards cliff side so that while crawling over it our jeeps would lean towards the mountain.

 

Blow Down Pass

The trip was awesome. On the way down, we learned the landslide from this other group who came there with their cars and a 5 ton budget truck. May be 30-40 retired people. The mud pit looked doable to me. I took two attempts on the right side of the road and I discovered the mud was pushing me into ditch. We tried to winch forward but my winch was failing against the big mud wall I was pushing. I backed up from that side one time by my own and the second time with winch. My third and best attempt was through the middle of the road. I made it as close as 15 ft to where I wanted to be. Instead of winching from that point (BIG MISTAKE), I decided to back up and take another run. I backed out without winch but then I realized my power steering was gone. And the engine was making a funny noise. So I stopped to discover that the belt was out but not broken. We tried to put it back. I uninstalled the belt tensioner to figure out how it would spring down. Of course we couldn’t discover how it did because it was supposed to be attached to where it was to spring down. Before we brake the belt tensioner trying to figure out, I decided to pull the belt up with ratchet strap to put the tensioner back. Well too much ratcheting broke the belt so I broke the belt, not the jeep 🙂

So now that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere, we decided to get Paul and Maury out of there so they could bring me a new belt and the instructions on how to put the belt on. Well for some reason after all my fail attempts and braking the belt, I remembered that I had a snatch block in my jeep. (SECOND BIG MISTAKE). If you have a snatch block use it. It must be getting old not remembering stuff. So using the snatch block to pull Paul’s and Maury’s jeeps on the last 15 feet, definitely made winches much stronger to push all that mud. Maury left me his food 🙂 and they left me there with my tear full eyes as you saw in the pic 😆

At around 9 PM the road guys came and worked until midnight and made the road driveable. The other group waited until morning 2kms away from me. In the morning, they weren’t sure if they should try to go over the road with their cars. Watching us trying all day yesterday must have given them confidence so they listened to my specific instructions and decided to go over the muddy road. Once they have seen the first vehicle go, they all decided to go. They all went through and I started thinking and contemplating when the help would arrive for me. It wasn’t very long. Probably 15 minutes later, I saw a black jk turned the corner. For some reason, I got out of my jeep and started waving the way one would to a rescue copter so that they could spot me 🙂

Kenyon Lake

This lake is basically at the end of the Slyvester Road. It is a very remote lake. There was nobody there even on the weekend. From there we went to natural bath tubs. The water was crystal clear and each tub had its own jet/shower system. It was a little cold to jump in but I think it is an area I should go back on a very hot day. After the tubs we took a very challenging trail in which we had to use the winch a few times.

Goldbridge

This trip was totally scenic. We have seen the ghost town of Braidan, swam in Kingdom lake with frogs, ate Dutch oven biscuits, saw a couple mines, an old hotel. It was an overall very relaxing camping trip. In fact it was so relaxing that I dont ever remember being so relaxed.