Planet 4x4 takes another trip to Moab, Utah! This year went
great. The weather was perfect and the trails were even better. If you didn't
make it, you sure missed out. There is a reason why Moab is a Mecca to many.
We all more or less rolled into camp Thursday night. We had an
informal get together to make sure that everybody knew what was going on and so
forth. Lots of introductions were made and its always fun to put some faces to
screen names. Seems that people always look different then what you think.
Day 1, Hells Revenge:
First day, we all ran Hells Revenge. Its
a great trail to get your Moab Mojo going and its easy to get back into town
incase there is carnage. We had 16 rigs total and we rolled out of camp at
about 10 am as people were still a little beat from traveling the day
before. This trail went pretty well with most of us eating lunch at Hells
Gate. After lunch we played around at the hot tubs for a bit. The views were
great and it was hard sometimes to concentrate on wheeling. We ended up
towing out one rig that killed a tranny, more on that later, but everybody
was back in camp by 6 pm.
Pics From Hells Revenge
Day 1, Get Together and Raffle:
It was decided to split into two groups for the next day.
One group on the Rusty Nail and the other on Metal Masher. After the day on
the trail, the ice was broken and we had a good time. The raffle was
quite a bit of fun with several people cleaning up. Scott Johnson won the
engine stand that was donated by the Wild West Offroaders. This raffle could
not have been possible without the supporting members. They are AJ Johnson,
FootHill Offroad and the Wild West Offroaders. Thanks guys!
Day 2: Rusty Nail and Metal Masher:
One group headed up Metal Masher and had a great day. Mirror
Gulch is always a fun squeeze and the Rock Chucker is a great obstacle to play
on. Rusty Nail and Golden Spike went very well also. We cruised through the
'Nail and hit the Golden Spike Trail. Most of our rigs went right up the Double
Whammy to the surprise of a group of Land Rovers. This day also went pretty
smooth and the weather was great.
Pics from Rusty Nail
Pics from Metal Masher
Day 3: Pritchet Canyon:
Everybody wanted to run Pritchet Canyon so we broke up into two
groups and headed out. The second group was about an hour and a half behind the
first group. This also went great with two of the rigs making it up the Rock
Pile. Since it was not EJS, we turned around at the Rock Pile and came down the
trail backwards. If you do not do this, you have a long drive out of town. Both
groups did very well and it was just starting to get cloudy. I heard it rained
during the next few days or so.
Pics from Group One
Pics from Group Two
Camp Tranny Rebuild:
Now normally, when you fry an automatic transmission on Hells
Revenge, most people would have thrown in the towel. Not Lehi from the Wild West
Offroaders. He killed his tranny the first day but he was not out. The next day
while most of us were on the 'Nail and Metal Masher, Lehi was getting another
transmission out of the local bone yard. That night Chris, who knows his way
around transmissions, pulled both units apart at camp and built one good working
unit on the back of the car trailer. That night at midnight, the 'Burb was
rolling again and was on Pritchet Canyon the next day. Only in Moab!
Rebuilding a tranny at camp
This was easily my best Moab trip yet. Way more happened then
you'll read about here. If you want in on the action, start getting ready for