Trip Reports

Oct 1 2017 - Fall colors run

Sept 2 20173 - 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

Moab: Seven Mile Rim , 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              
Description: After completing The Pickle trail and finishing our lunch, we headed to the Seven Mile Rim trailhead. Since it was already in the same region north of Moab, we didn’t even need to get back onto the highway (no airing up/down). This is a beautifully scenic trail that has some very unique characteristics. We were all merrily rolling along, climbing ledges and dropping down ledges. We came to a dizzying 1000 ft. overlook that includes expanses of the Arches National Park to the east, the La Sal mountain range further southeast, and the wide open high desert to our west. It seemed we could see Colorado from way up here! We took some pictures, then continued heading down the trail to the huge rock formations known as the Monitor and the Merrimac.

The next area we encountered was a playground with a couple of large ledges to climb. And when I say “large”, I mean it. It took a few tries with Daisy Cutter to finally get the rear MTRs to hook up and get me over them. Except for Sam and the 100-plus wheelbase and high stance of his rig, the rest of the crew who tried this obstacle didn’t fare so well, but had fun trying anyway. We continued on.

I noticed a sign for a side trip to the Uranium Arch and we all agreed to take this little jaunt off the beaten path. It turned out to be a longer jaunt than we expected, however. Within a few hundred yards of our destination, Sam yelled out on the CB that Bud just stopped running. It was a real puzzle why the venerable Cummins just didn’t want to stay fired up, when all it needs is air and fuel. Sam literally crawled into the engine compartment and started tinkering with the fuel rail and filter. Even after draining a black colored sludge out of the fuel filter, it still was being stubborn. Ben was able to climb high enough to raise a friend in Moab on his cellphone, who agreed to come to their rescue with a new filter and a few other parts. We hemmed and hawed for a bit before it was decided that Donald would stay behind with Sam and Ben while the remaining group pressed on.

So the rest of us got back onto the main trail and motored along until we found the massive ship rocks, aptly named. We did a little dogpile and posed for pics. Further on was a very tippy section, followed by the infamous Wipeout Hill. This is the very spot where I rolled Sue’s precious Beauty a few years back while trying to climb it. We all went down Wipeout without a problem, and once at the bottom we realized two things: 1) Sue was never, ever, going back up it, and 2) the afternoon was nearly gone into evening. So we agreed to take the back way out and an uneventful 45 minutes later we found Hwy 313 and our way back to Moab.

On the way back into town, I noticed a strange clunking noise coming from under my rig. Lucky for me, an investigation after dinner quickly determined that 3 of the 5 lug nuts on my rear driver side wheel were completely loose. Which was weird since I’d checked them just a couple weeks earlier. And during dinner in town we heard from Ben that the big problem with Bud was that it needs fuel to run…and the fuel tank apparently was BONE DRY(!). Speculation raged as to how it was possible to lose 35 gallons of fuel in a half day on the trail, but when you also have a non-functioning fuel gauge, it’s not too hard to guess why it was possible.

All in all, the carnage was really no carnage at all, and Day 2 was promising to be great---Metal Masher!