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: Strike Ravine & Area BFE , Day 3
Date: May 12 2016
Trip Leader:
Members Present: Sue & Dawson, Bob & Corey, Donovan, Sam and Ben, Dick & Dan, Donald
Guests Present:
Picture Link: Mike's photos              
Description: The weather was improving every day with warmer temps and more sunshine. Once again the doors came off on some of the rigs. Unfortunately, Sam and Ben wouldn't be able to bring Bud, due to a bent leaf spring. Sam became my copilot in Daisy Cutter, Ben likewise helped navigate Donald in Thumper, Dick with Nellie, Dawson and Sue in Beauty, Bob and Cory in Joe Bob, and Donavan piloted Tank. We all met at the Shell station on the south end of town, to roll.

But wait! Trail work was required before we got even got onto the freeway. Donald's rig was being cantankerous, and decided not to charge the battery. After a bit of sleuthing it was determined that the alternator had crapped out and had to be replaced if Thumper was gonna thump today. So the Bighorn pit crew went to work removing the alternator and bracket, and Donavan took Ben and Donald into town twice to locate a suitable replacement as well as to a shop in town to cut and weld a standoff bolt to a more perfect size. Once they returned, the pit crew jumped in and beat all records to get Thumper back to its old thumping self. After watching a parade of UTVs pass us on the highway, we were at the trail head, aired down and ready to go.

Strike Ravine is a trail that loops around a lot of off-shoot trails that are commonly known as Area BFE. They include some really nasty sections with names like Helldorado, Britney Speer, Lock Jaw, Drop Kick, Green Day, S&M, and Minor Threat. The first part of the loop took our merry band up and down a few screes of rock and dirt, meandered along a high mesa with views of the surrounding terrain, down into washes and gullies, and finally ended up at the Helldorado trail head just in time for lunch. As far as this section and our rigs capabilities, I'd say "Hell-No-Rado". There are boulders and holes larger than most of our rigs in there; suitable for buggies and Bud, but not for us today.

We climbed up a ridge where we saw a sign to Lock Jaw. I scouted it a few hundred yards and we decided to give it a go. It was a neat little technical set of down ledges that pitched the rigs off camber a couple different ways. Careful spotting and advanced scouting by Sam got my rig and everyone else safely down. We met up to S&M and Drop Kick sections, but as we'd done Drop Kick a couple years earlier and we were already well into the day now, we took off down S&M. Another bunch of technical ledges were negotiated and finally we were back around and heading to the next trail, Green Day.

This loop starts innocuous enough with just a few little step. Most of us had no trouble, but the longer wheelbases will low clearance found them challenging. But at each obstacle, the ledges became a bit bigger and nastier. It was really a test of wills and skills on the part of the drivers to get up and over some of these. By the top of the loop, we encountered the signature playground for Green Day: an extremely narrow chute, some huge drop ledges and steps, and an intimidating wall. Thumper tried climbing the chute but quickly discovered that it was too narrow for even his rig. Donavan climbed the wall, but just for photo ops. I gave the wall a try, but only after making sure my tow strap was attached to my front bumper and five members of the pit crew. Almost, but not quite, and I'm looking at sky and a front tire that's now a foot off the rock face. My next words were like, "GET ME DOWN!!".

Donald scouted the trail for our way out, and soon we headed back to the main loop and experienced even more drops, steps, ledges, washes, gullies, boulders, and views before arriving at the Area BFE parking lot and front entrance. No breaks and only a little drama, but a fantastic day!