8 Rigs made the trip down to Penrose. Couple of out-of-towners (one who was taking his first run in his newly built rig), couple of people who hadn't run yet Indy yet, a couple of experienced, a ZJ we met and me who had only ran it once before. Half the group split off and went down liberty and the other half dropped down Indy and we would meet in the middle to decide who would do Patriot. Caleb (black Yota), Karl (Black LJ), ZJ (sorry I forgot your name), and I dropped down Indy w/o any issues. And the other group did Liberty without any issues as well. Then we started up Patriot...
Caleb ran through that first section of Honda Civic sized boulders in record time then through A-Hole like a pro. Then It was my turn and Karl right after me. We both made it to A-Hole w/o any issues then fell into the hole and needed to winch out. Then the ZJ ran the whole section and A-Hole without a problem. Now it was time for the group from Liberty. Justin (black Yota) ran through the without any issues. Terry was up nex and got through the boulder section then onto A-Hole where all of the 'fun' started. Terry (Green TJ), fell into the same hole that Karl and I did only when he dried to get out A-Hole claimed yet another axle shaft. So we started winch him out and then he completely gnarled his steering in the process. Shortly after that we killed the battery with the winch. Tried to pull him out with Justin's Yota but it was too light and he was too jammed in to be pulled out, so we tried to get another winch on him with the ZJ and while he was getting into position his front end grenaded busting his pinion. So now we have a vehicle with 3 wheel drive and a bad battery and one with 2 wheel drive.
Caleb and I went onto coffin rock to make room for Karl to turn around and get a winch on Terry. Caleb again made it look easy and ran straight up the right side of the obstacle. I tried the same line and couldn't get the traction so I went to the left tippy side. I ended up on my side but was able to drive out, later Karl would drive the same line but first we had to get the rest of group moving again. We ended up sleeving Terry's tie rod with a hi-lift jack handle (I don't remember who's idea that was but it was brilliant). With Karl and Justin tugging on Terry and a hi-lift propping up his rear end he got out.
Everyone who still had 4wheel drive was able to drive the rest of the trail and we limped out everyone else. Big thanks to Caleb who spotted us all through.
Eight hours to drive a mile...good day! Here are some pics, my camera battery died so hopefully Mike can post some more.