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Old 04-07-2010, 12:46 PM   #11
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Re: Goin' to Moab!



It looked like Bill and Rachel might have to cancel/postpone this trip since there were not enough people signed up, but I got word from Rachel today that four vehicles are now signed up. So the trip will be held, and there's just one spot left if someone is on the fence.

Now I have a LOT of prep to get done is a short period of time!


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Old 05-22-2010, 01:40 PM   #12
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Re: Goin' to Moab!

Some thumbnails (click to view larger) and a link to all the pics I posted.

Overnight at Virgin River Recreation Area (AZ) on the way to Moab.




Day1










Day 2




Day 3



Day 4



Day 5


http://s1039.photobucket.com/albums/a48 ... =slideshow

I have a lot of video that I need to edit and then I'll post those somewhere and provide a link.


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Old 05-23-2010, 06:13 AM   #13
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Re: Goin' to Moab!

Okay what's the story on the Toyota sinking sideways in the mudhole? Is that down in the Abajos south of Canyonlands National Park? I have seen such mudholes in that country.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:51 AM   #14
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The FJ40 "recovery exercise" was down in Dark Canyon Wilderness area. Part of the "road" is the streambed, and where that trail then cleared the bank and up onto the shore, the driver took too shallow of an angle against the bank and did a slow flop onto the driver's side of his freshly restored FJ40. At least both he and his daughter were buckled in, and were not hurt.

Here are some links to trip videos that Bill Burke took and posted on YouTube


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Old 05-23-2010, 02:21 PM   #15
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Great vids Herb! Where did you leave your Sporty when you joined up with Bill Burke?

I drove and hiked into the upper Dark Canyon area from Elk Ridge years ago in my old Dodge Dakota. I can still remember the mudholes!
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #16
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Great vids Herb! Where did you leave your Sporty when you joined up with Bill Burke?

I drove and hiked into the upper Dark Canyon area from Elk Ridge years ago in my old Dodge Dakota. I can still remember the mudholes!
Left my SMB and trailer at Grand Rental Center in Moab. The owner is a friend of Hans Weibel (SMB owner in Moab) who set up the arrangement for me.

After we left Hotel Rock, we drove up to Elk Ridge and spent the night, and then the next day drove as far into Dark Canyon as we could, before all the sand essentially turned into quicksand with all the snow runoff. We then drove back out of Dark Canyon and spent another night at the same campsite on Elk Ridge. We then continued into Beef Basin, then into Ruin Park, down SOB Hill and spent the last night in that valley. The next day we entered Needles National Park, visited an overlook to see "the confluence" of the Green and Colorado rivers, and then tackled Elephant Hill before exiting Needles N.P. A great time in a beautiful area.


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Old 01-16-2011, 07:04 PM   #17
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Re: Goin' to Moab!

The guy in the FJ Cruiser that went along on this trip got around to sending me a couple DVDs with his pics and videos on it. Here are two pics that show the part of the trail to Hotel Rock that Bill Burke did not recommend for SMBs. I have to say I would have had a major pucker factor on this trail in my SMB.

FWIW, I could just see Bill's hands as he was spotting me up this slope.






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Old 01-16-2011, 11:55 PM   #18
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Ya, I think I would probably skip that one with my van Herb
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:24 PM   #19
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Good lord Herb, I think I would do that slope with a rope and my rock climbing gear!
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I still remember Bill Burke spotting me coming up out of steep arroyo northeast of Arches National Park. "Leaning forward over the steering wheel will not get you to the top any faster", he said.
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