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May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

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May 6-2017 - Hackett Gulch

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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

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Trip Reports

Moab: The Pickle , Day 1
Date: May 10 2016
Trip Leader: Mike B.
Members Present: Sue & Dawson, Bob & Corey, Donovan, Sam and Ben, Dick & Dan, Donald
Guests Present:
Picture Link: Mike's Photos  Ben's photos            
Description: Tuesday morning started out overcast and cool, but we were hopeful that the weather would improve throughout the day and we were rewarded in the afternoon with lots of sunshine. The lineup started with me in "Daisy Cutter", Bob and son Corey in "Joe Bob", Donavan in "Tank", Sue and Dawson in "Beauty", Sam and Ben in "Bud", Dick and his son Dan in "Nellie", and Donald in "Thumper". The GPS coordinates I had pilfered from the website told us to find the trailhead off Hidden Canyon.

The first obstacle is a couple of ledges that are like a mini-Double Whammy. It's called "50/50", because you will make it only 50 % of the time. It took most of us several tries, and some of our rigs weren't up to the task. But we were not going to leave anyone behind. The tow straps came out when enough failed attempts were making it clear that a little assistance was warranted. Better that, than to leave a broken rig at the start of the trail.

The signature obstacle was next up, and it also is appropriately named. It can be described as a long chute that terminates at a squeeze that pitches you into the canyon wall and puts your rig's top in peril. We all took it really slow, and with the help of 'ballast'--bodies hanging off one side of the vehicle--all but Thumper made it through without drama. Of course, Donald's rig doesn't like to turn when the steering binds up. The only solution was to use Bud's winch to drag Thumper's bumper a bit sideways in order to get him out of the Pickle. But he made it without a scratch.

A bit down the trail is Balancing Rock, a wonder that it's still balanced. Around that and a few more boulders and steps await you until you meet the last obstacle - the Wishbone. This is yet another squeeze, but it's harder because you are climbing a steep ledge while trying to stay away from a jutting block of sandstone. A few of us needed a little strap-on action to make it through unscathed. But ol' wide body Bud didn't have a chance, and it took making a nice foot-long crease to his passenger fender to get him past this one. We stopped at the intersection of the 3D Trail for lunch and by this time the warmth of the noon sun had us looking for shade.