Trip Reports

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May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

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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

Blanca Peak
Date: August 22 2015
Trip Leader: Bob Novak
Members Present: Nathan, Fred, Mike, Sue, Tim and Brylan
Guests Present: Cory, Dan
Picture Link: Mikes' photos              
Description: We had 6 Jeeps on this trip: -my son Cory and myself Nathan, Fred and Dan, Mike, Sue, Tim and Brylan It was an uneventful trip down I-25 and over to the trailhead which we hit around 1130. The trip up was also rather uneventful with Mike and Tim providing some entertainment with their wheel stands on Jaws 2. When we got to Lake Como we were disappointed to find 4 tents standing in our usual area across the lake. After a brief huddle we decided to ride up to the falls to see if we could find a suitable campsite along the way. The creek crossing at the end of the lake heading up the mountain was the most difficult part of the ascent with the muddy rocks and roots causing problems for everybody but we all eventually made it up. Jaws 4 was easy compared to the creek crossing and we soon made it to the end of the trail at the waterfall where we found the owners of the tents, a bunch of really nice 4-wheelers from SW Colorado who offered to share their camping area with us if we didn't find anything else. On the way down we found a camping area not far above Jaws 4. This was where the Bighorn 4x4 club changed into the Bighorn Sherpa club. The area we found was about 75 yards UPHILL from the trail so all of our stuff had to be carried up. This was just below tree line so I'm guessing we were close to 11,000 and we (at least I was) were sucking wind hard. This gives you a new appreciation and admiration for those climbers hauling heavy packs up that trail. The camping area was really nice though and we made good use of the wood we hauled up as the fire lasted until we turned in around 1100 and we also had enough for a fire in the morning. The trip down was going pretty well until we got to Jaws 2 and the tree that normally is anchored to guard the downhill edge of the trail had slid downhill a few feet. We winched it back up and anchored it as best we could but folks were understandably reluctant to try that lower line so it took us awhile longer to navigate the higher line descents with some white knuckles and adrenaline adding some excitement. Tim had been having some issues with his track bar bolt that we though we had solved but toward the bottom of the trail the bracket broke off. We did a trail repair but it wouldn't have been a safe trip back home with it like that so Mike graciously offered his trailer and Tim drove Mike's LJ home. This was a fun trip with good weather and great people! Cheers...Bob