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Old 02-23-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Offroad Report Number 3

Went out with a group of about 15 or 16 folks from the local Jeep club and ran a trail called "Turkey Creek". GREAT TIME!!!!!!!

I am much more confident now with every trail I run - however, that is also making the limitations of my rig that much more obvious. DO not get me wrong - my TOTALLY STOCK SPORT DOWN TO THE MEH FACTORY TIRES (only upgrade I have is rock sliders) did all these trails! So folks with Sports, don't feel out-jeeped by the modded up Jeeps. You can still go plenty of places!

However, the limitation meant taking bypasses on the 2 most difficult obstacles - because well, got to get to work tomorrow. One was a steep climb with a sharp turn and a clunk - the guys who had a few more inches under them did much better. The other was a "squeeze" (one false move kiss the side of your Jeep goodbye!) - I probably would have passed on this even with more clearance.

The only "real" trail damage actually was incurred not on the trail but when we had stopped for lunch and folks were messing around trying to climb a big rock wall near where we parked. The poor fellow busted out I think it was whatever the part is that gives the 4 wheel drive to the front axle on the passenger side. Luckily we had enough guys on the trail that they jacked up the rig, took off the wheel, and pulled the offending part out through there. (OK, I do not understand the technical stuff - just something broke lol!) The damaged Jeep was able to continue and did have lockers in front to help. That took quite a while to get the Jeep fixed.

The trail was gorgeous! It basically wound like a snake up and down through a creek - so we ended up crossing the creek a number of times. My first time playing in water. Now that said-the creek was not deep, maybe a couple inches at most places. The one place that was a little deeper I don't even think water was as high as the undercarriage-it wasn't deep. I remembered slow and keep moving when in water and made it through the creek crossings without issue. The resident German Shepard that accompanied one of the drivers liked the creek too!

I definitely prefer playing on rocks more than water. Rocks you can SEE. Sure they crunch a lot, but you know where they are! Water, aside from the obvious not wanting to hydrolock the engine, you can't really see what is underneath without walking it first. I will limit my water playing to low water like this where you can see the bottom.

There were also some sandy kind of areas. I know you need to air down lower on sand, so I just made sure I didn't stop and lose traction. With my meh tires I don't go down as low as some of the folks with beefier tires. There were only a few short areas like this.

Met a couple folks from here. Including our resident Lunatic Fridge and I also believe the Gator guy from Georgia (sorry I don't remember your screen name!) also is a member here. Lunatic made it up the rock wall that the other guy busted up his Jeep on - and this was only his SECOND time offroad! Hats off to the Lunatic! His Jeep is awesome - a V8 hemi on some massive tires. And now fully Arizona dirty and pinstriped!

I was the only woman driver lol! On the way back on pavement I stopped to get a soda and ran into one of the ladies who had been a passenger. It was their first time out. Her comment was "I didn't realize it would be so bumpy!" LOL! I guess offroad doesnt come with a handbook and even if it did, you need to experience it first hand.

I ATE ABOUT 5 POUNDS OF DESERT DUST! And about another 10 pounds came home in my Jeep. Need to make sure I wear beige to work tomorrow rather than black lol as I am not going out tonite to clean it.

I did get more pics this time - but for some strange reason, all but the first few came out black and white lol!
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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Lunatic Fridge (and my finger) on the rock that toasted the other guys Jeep part.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:57 PM   #4
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Sounds like another fun day! Congrats!
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:32 PM   #5
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Glad you all had a good day MMC!!! Enjoyed the pics!
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Any day crawling around the wilderness is a great day! Keep the stories and pics coming.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:03 PM   #9
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Looking at that last pic in the second post with 5 - that is Lunatic in front of me with his Hemi Baconator Wrangler. My Jeep looks sooooo tiny with its training wheels on lol! I think he has 35s. And I think the white Rubicon behind me is on 37s. They actually both made it up that rock wall where the other Jeep got busted. That is why they didn't have to take the bypasses and I did. But I did admirably on the bypasses with my training wheels tho.
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Fun times.... I saw one color picture in there... what happen... a stray.?
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I saw this trail was rated difficult in the book but the pictures on azvjc didn't show anything to make it look so, what was the most difficult part of the trail?
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:13 AM   #12
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Fun times.... I saw one color picture in there... what happen... a stray.?
Lol! The first couple pics at the meetup point were in color. Then I must have flipped the setting somehow to black and white.

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I saw this trail was rated difficult in the book but the pictures on azvjc didn't show anything to make it look so, what was the most difficult part of the trail?
The most difficult parts were the climb with a few clunks tben go sideways with a cliff on one side and a rock wall on the other, finishing with a sharp turn on the narrow ledge. One final clunk (heard a few bumpers) and done. Tire placement and clearance were key-driver a few inches too far left=cliff tumble. Definitely need spotters thru it. All of the folks who tried it did make it. Its second (approach) and third pic (top) in first post with the guys standing by the craggy tall rocks. Click to enlarge and gives you an idea. There are better pics in AZVJC picture forum.

The squeeze is a little sideways between two boulders with clearance of maybe a few inches wider than the Jeep.

Both are bypassable. Otherwise the trail was while challenging something I could do. A few puckers going up and down hilly switchbacks with sharp turns-ie as you need to turn sharp the trail drops but you cant see ground over your hood to see what is ahead of you. My strategy most of the way was following a Jeep I knew only had an inch over me, so I could gauge a lot better on belly clearance.

The two big obstacles aside on both trails, a bit tougher than Box Canyon. But just pay attention and keep the belly up and you will escape with just pinstripes. No serious rock sliderish type stuff.

Just watch for the creek tho and find out its level before you go. 98% of it barely covered my feet, the other 2% were still lower than even my Jeep. After a good rain or snow melt tho, I suspect it would be a much different scenario.

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