Trip Reports

Oct 21, 2017 - Liberty Trail

Oct 14, 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch Night Run

Oct 1 2017 - Fall colors run

Sept 23, 2017 - Eagle Rock Night Run

Sept 2 2017 - Labor Day Weekend in Buena Vista

Aug 19 2017 - Blanca Peak

July 15 2017 - Veterans Home Show & Shine

June 3 2017 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 19 2017 - Moab, day 4

May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

May 17 2017 - Moab, day 2

May 16 2017 - Moab, day 1

May 6-2017 - Hackett Gulch

April 9 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch

Feb 25-2017 - Hackett Gulch

Dec 18, 2016 - Christmas Party 2016

Oct 12-15 2016 - Chile Challenge

Sept 10 2016 - Spring Creek

Sept 1-4 2016 - Dakota Territory Challenge 2016

July 2 2016 - Veteran's Home Show-n-Shine

June 18 2016 - Eagle Rock Work Trip

June 4 2016 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 13 2016 - Moab: Top of The World , Day 4

May 12 2016 - Moab: Strike Ravine & Area BFE , Day 3

May 11 2016 - Moab: Metal Masher , Day 2

May 10 2016 - Moab: The Pickle , Day 1

May 10 2016 - Moab: Seven Mile Rim , Day 1

April 9 2016 - Chinaman's Gulch

Oct 25 2015 - Chinamans Gulch

Sept 23-26 2015 - Moab

Sept 4 2015 - Dakota Territory Challenge

August 22 2015 - Blanca Peak

Aug 8 2015 - Red Cone

July 25, 2015 - Holy Cross

June 28, 2015 - Eagle Rock Trail Cleanup

June 20 2015 - Twin Cone

June 13, 2015 - Metberry Bulch

May 16 2015 - Carnage BV

May 2, 2015 - Liberty

June 28, 2014 - Twin Cone

June 21, 2014 - Work Trip-Eagle Rock/Reynolds Wrap

May 17, 2014 - Rainbow Falls

May 4, 2014 - Independence Trails

April 27, 2014 - Chinaman Gulch

Trip Reports

Chinaman Gulch
Date: April 27, 2014
Trip Leader: Mike Borum
Members Present: Mike, Alex, Fred, Sue
Guests Present: Taylor, Rock, Luke
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Description: Trip Report | Chinaman Gulch Trail | Sunday, April 27, 2014
By Mike Borum

Fretting over the weather is common in springtime in the Rockies. And so it was this dreary Sunday morning as we gathered in the Safeway parking lot. I was towing my yellow LJ, guest Luke Riley showed up with two friends, Taylor and Rock, in his red TJ on 31s and no lockers (and no rear windows). Alex pulled up, sans Kristine, towing his sand colored YJ. Finally, Fred and Sue arrived in Freds JK, color is impossible to describe, but looks dark slate to me. So, off we go to Buena Vista under a cloudy cold sky, hoping for a break in the weather as we pull into the Gunsmoke gas station lot. As were unloading and airing down, the clouds start to break up and blue sky is seen. Yes, its windy and chilly, but at least no eminent threat of rain. Taylor decides that Lukes open jeep is way too cold for her, so she rides with me while Rock becomes Lukes passenger and spotter for the group.
Up the trail, we quickly discover that its bone-dry, not even a hint of snow or mud. Including the open-diffed TJ, none of the first obstacles were of any consequence to us, and the views were gorgeous as usual. Even at the Rock Pile, we all were able to find a line that worked, and we moved on to Whale Rock before lunchtime.
With the dry ground ahead, I decided that there would be no better time to try the left-most line at Whale Rock. Astonishingly, with a bit of good spotting by Rock, my long wheel-based LJ was able to walk right up the extreme angle without even a chirp from the tires. I can tell you for sure that it’s never happened like that before!
Since Alex had recently stretched the wheel base on his rig by an additional 3 inches, it was worth a shot to try the same line. He gave it the good college try for sure. But the front leaf spring setup would not allow the front left tire to stay on the rock, and each time he tried cresting the top, that tire was waving the air like the queen. Smartly, he decided to back off and take a tamer middle line. Maybe next time, Alex.
After lunch, our band of merry rigs headed for the rest of the trail, still enjoying sunny skies. Just before Mini Whammy, Luke attempted to follow my line over a ridge of hard rock and promptly settled his skid plate over the thing, teeter-tottering away. Out came a tow strap to coax him off of it, and a better line got him up and over. Mini Whammy wasn’t an issue for us at all, but the V-Notch forced Luke to pull out some winch cable to get up and over it.
The rest of the trail was uneventful, save for the inevitable jarring ride downhill. Back at the Gunsmoke with no damage, some cooperating weather, and smiles all around, we bid goodbye to Chinaman Gulch. It was the perfect way to shake off some cabin fever from the long winter, and it marked the beginning of a hopefully awesome summer of wheeling!