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

Moab: Metal Masher , Day 2
Date: May 11 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: Sam’s “Bud” had a full tank of gas. My “Daisy Cutter”—what Sam calls the color of my rig—had tightened and thread-locked lug nuts. Dawson was driving Sue’s “Beauty” (because that’s exactly how she describes it); Bob and Cory were wheeling “Joe Bob” (long story!); Donald brought his orange “Thumper” (the name just fits, doesn’t it?); Dick was riding “Nellie” (because it has stirrups and he rides it like a horse); Donavan in “Tank” (the factory color); and Dan brought his dirt bike to Moab, so he became our scout and spent most of his day way ahead us. As we skirted along the high cliff of the Gemini Bridges road towards Gooney Bird Rock, taking in the amazing vista and scenery of the area, I discussed the legend about it being good luck to run over Gooney’s “toes” on the way to the trailhead. Everyone did it, but in hindsight maybe there’s a certain someone in our club who should never do that again. More on that later.

We found the trailhead to Metal Masher and took a short 10-100 and locked the hubs. The beautiful desert landscape never gets old. We dropped down into the dusty washes and negotiated the sandstone steps and ledges as we eventually came to the first major obstacle. This is a large ledge with a v-notch on one side for the more stoutly built rigs to try. As the majority of the group took the tradition lines up and over this slick rock section, a group of UTVs came up on us, so we let them go around us, and they stopped just past the obstacle to watch Sam attempt to climb the v-notch with Bud.

Sam positioned the big Cummins-powered rig between the notch and made several attempts at it but could not get his rear tires to hook up on the near vertical rock face. It was just about then that Ben yelled at Sam about something looking weird with the rear leaf spring. After backing off the obstacle, we realized that the rear spring shackle had over-rotated to the frame, and this caused the top leaf of the spring pack to bend into an L-shape. NOT GOOD. While another small group of jeeps went around us, we pulled out some bottle jacks and tools and I retrieved my “Magic Can of Nuts & Bolts”. With a lot of effort and some trigonometric calculations we were able to get the spring into a more reasonable shape, and used a long bolt to keep the shackle from rotating forward. However, we convinced Sam that any further wheeling with this condition was a fool’s errand. It was more likely that the spring would just bend again and possibly break. The smart choice was to limp back into town and search for a new spring. For the second day in a row, the rest of the group was forced to leave Sam and Ben alone in the wilderness. Sam, don’t ever run over Gooney Bird’s toes again, okay??

The remaining group of rigs continued along the trail, and we picked up a couple of guys in their jeeps who’d come out from Florida and were thrilled to tag along with us. Although their rigs weren’t as well set up as ours, we made sure they got over every obstacle they wanted to try. We finally came up to Rock Chucker and settled down for a quick lunch. Rock Chucker is an optional rock outcropping with a large boulder lying in front of a larger slick rock wall. The challenge for most rigs is not getting hung up on the big boulder; sufficient break-over angle is needed to get up onto it. Then after climbing the front tires over the wall, it’s all about traction and careful tire placement. Let’s just say this is obstacle is only suitable for rigs with high clearance between the axles. If you can make it up Rock Chucker the only one way back to the main trail is via a short winding trail with its own set of difficult sections, including a scary ledge at the end.

It took me several tries before I found the right attack line just to get up onto the boulder was left tire up first, tipping the rig to the right. Then it’s a hard left to climb the wall, tipping the rig to the left. It was a bit of gymnastics, but my MTRs were up to the task, and once they grabbed, I was up and over. I parked near the wall so that I could be an anchor point for anyone else. Next up was Dawson,. Dawson gave it a good go, and even was able to get the rigs’ front tires above the wall, but no amount of coaxing would get those big 40s to latch onto the slick rock. Out came the tow strap and up came Beauty. Donavan gave “Tank” a try but I think it was mostly for show. Without the 37s he desperately wanted but didn’t have, this was really just a poser moment for him. Nobody else in the group was game.

We moved along until we found Mirror Gulch, so named because it the narrow walls of this section have a reputation for taking out your mirrors. Some folks made it look easier than it is, and a few folks made it look harder than it is. But we all made it eventually and kept climbing the trail until we came to a stunning overlook that literally is a straight down 1000 ft. drop to Hwy 191 below. We took a few pics, and headed toward the next big thing: Widow Maker.

There is a bypass to Widow Maker, and the FLA boys took that to the top of the obstacle. The rest of us at least came up to the wall for a look-see. This is definitely an intimidating waterfall obstacle. Over 6-ft high, dug out at the bottom, nearly vertical rock face, and slicker that it should be, with a winch anchor conveniently sunk into the rock a few yards away. Of course, as the trip leader I was obligated to attempt it, but I had no illusions that I was going to climb it. Only the long-wheelbase vehicles with big grippy tires and no departure angle issues have any chance at this one. I was able to get my front end up on the rock, but my rear hitch hung up hard into the earth and my right rear tire was still a foot away from touching the wall. Dan took some good poser shots with my camera, and then out came the winch cable. Donavan tried it next, with the same results. I don’t recall anyone else even trying Widow Maker.

The rest of the group went back around the bypass, and after sending out our scout to round up everyone, the last little obstacle, “Mother-In-Law Hill”, was a piece of cake. We found our way back to the staging area, aired up and headed into Moab for dinner at Fiesta Mexicana. Sam and Ben had safely made it back as well, but Bud was out of commission for our next trail ride: Strike Ravine.