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, day 2
Date: May 17 2017
Trip Leader: Mike
Members Present: Mike, Bob, Alex, Christine, Ben
Guests Present: Randy, Donavan, Jerry, Brandon
Picture Link: Mike's photos              
Description: Fins & Things
It rained.
Rob joined us today in his copper Rubicon JKU, with his wife Beth and her sister Joan and husband Bernie. Randy rode shotgun with the trail leader, while waiting for parts to arrive to fix his Cherokee. The rest of the crew was present, minus Kristine and Bryant, who were still traveling to Moab from Minnesota. We aired down just past the Sand Flats Recreation Area gate, and took the couple miles on pavement and hard-pan road to the trail head that starts within one of the campsites. This trail is "a thrilling drive of steep climbs and heart-pounding descents..." [1] Just as we experience yesterday, the trail is very clearly marked and one-way. We drop off a short but steep fin, then loop around to a climb back up, then down and around and up and around and down again. Rob and his passengers were newbies to this kind of wheeling, so it was fun to watch their reaction as Rob fearlessly followed the group. We meandered across some sandy and narrow washes, then crested a multitude of espically proportioned fins. We sloshed through runoffs of red clay mud just to test our tires and mettle with a 100 ft. wall of slick rock to climb around every turn. We stopped for lunch and tried to socialize outside, but the rain drove us back into our rigs. "With them windshield wipers slapping time" [2] , we found the end of the trail. But with so much of the day left, it was decided unanimously to hit the Hells Revenge trail before leaving this area.

Hells Revenge
It rained.
The entrance to Hells Revenge reminds you to stay on the trail. It starts with a long narrow fin that you must be careful to keep on top of. We realized quickly that this trail is like Fins & Things on steroids. Bigger ledges, longer and steeper fins, and more named obstacles. We crisscross the Slick Rock Bike Trail all along the way. We headed for the overlook, and a few of us drove up to it, just to be turned away by the steady drizzle. A few of us scoped out the Hells Gate obstacle, a narrow chute that has a bad habit of causing body damage. The way down to the beginning looked as treacherous as the obstacle itself, with streams of water pouring down the entrance and the exit, puddles of water collecting at the bottom just to make it more ridiculous. Smartly we moved on. Back on the main trail we quickly found the next major and famous obstacle, "Escalator". Escalator is another narrow chute climb with an even nastier reputation, and a deep depression smack in the middle that was now full of water. Today the devil was sitting on our shoulder, but he was not going to suck us into his nastiness. Besides, these obstacles will always be here for us the next time we visit this amazing area. Continuing toward the end of the trail, we found Mickey's Hot Tub full of greasy, oily water. Nope. And then the steep long descent of Dragons Tail got us down to earth. Finally, Tip-Over Challenge gave us a challenge. Most made it on the first attempt, while others needed some adjustments. Some took the bypass. It was a long, rocky descent out of the trail and onto the pavement. We were ready to air up and head back to town, when some yahoo suggested we check out Potato Salad Hill. Since it was only a 1/4 mile away, we went there to air up instead.

Potato Salad Hill
It stopped raining. And got colder.
While watching Alex and Donavan play on this difficult, slippery, bumpy, scary obstacle, the rest of us aired our rigs up and tried to stay warm. We were informed that Kristine and Bryant had made it to the condo, so we made dinner arrangements at Eddie McStiffs.

I could say that the weather dampened the day, but not to hear the chatter around the dinner table. Everyone had a blast, from all that I heard.