Moab Easter J*** Safari 2000
Here are some shots
of our week in Moab for the 2000 Safari. We drove some of the
best terrain in the area, this was our schedule:(ratings range
from 1-4 1/2, with the fun stuff starting at about 4)
Monday: Cliff Hanger Trail (3 1/2 rating, I would say close to a
Canyon (4 1/2 rated)
Wednesday: Golden Spike (4 1/2 rated)
Thursday: Fix trucks, check out booths and rest up (1 rated)
Friday: Hells Revenge and Potato Salad (4 1/2 rated)
Saturday: Gold Bar Rim/Golden Spike and Moab Rim (4-4 1/2 rated)
Sunday: Poison Spider Mesa (3 1/2 rated)
great time was had by all. We wheeled with great people, had
minor breakage on the trail, and relatively decent weather. We
did have some trail conflicts with other groups that were a
little discouraging. With the number of groups trying to close
our trails, it's more important than ever to stay on the trails,
not tear things up too bad, be polite to other users, and
generally not supply any ammunition to the enemy.
Some of the
problems we saw were just related to more people than ever
attending the event, and more people that aren't familiar with
the trails themselves. There are more and more bypasses opening
up to go around hard spots, or just to drive over off-trail
obstacles. After a little erosion many of the "easier" bypasses
are harder than the trail itself! We tried hard to keep our
group out of the way of faster moving vehicles and still had
people blazing off the trails to get around us.
Some of the
other problems we had were most likely directly related to the
number of empty beer cans in the floor boards of fellow (not
with our group but we're all in this together) wheelers and the
corresponding behavior. We're not above enjoying some cold
beverages from time to time, but too much was too much. We
witnessed some really stupid actions that while mildly
entertaining will end up giving all of us a very bad name. Some
photos of one incident have been posted in the event coverage on
to step off my soapbox and get some pics up!
Here are some shots
of our Pritchett Canyon run:
This is Troy Fulk's early K5 goofing off on the Rocker Knocker.
It had just rained, so everything was still pretty slick and we
really thought we were going to have to winch everyone up this
spot. This really isn't the right line, in fact, I don't know if
it's drivable at all, but he gave it a shot! He's running some
kind of stompy motor, a TH350 and a Doubler with the 14 bolt
rear (Detroit), D60 front with ARB. Tires are 39.5's I think.
Below is our
entire group at the top of Pritchett, ready for the long ride
out. Off-Road magazine came along for the ride in a stock
Humm-Vee, but had to bug out a little early to take care of some
business in town. Hummers work pretty well for stock vehicles!
You should be able to find some more shots in Off-Road when the
Easter coverage issue comes out.
As you can see, we had a pretty good variety of vehicles,
everything from the token CJ5 to several longbeds. The variety
made for a lot of fun getting everyone through the trail.
We did have some breakage, one Bummer ARB front locker shed some
gear teeth, one GM broke a main leaf on a front spring (also on
a Bummer), a couple of roasted power steering pumps (the early
K5, and a Ford longbed, a bent tie rod on the FJ40, two broken
fusible hub clutchrings and a "capacity reducing" dent in the
rear diff cover on our K5 and a broken rear axleshaft on a
Toyota truck. I think that's about it. Oh, yeah, the
former IFS shortbed separated the front driveshaft on the
Rockpile. Everyone was able to limp out surprisingly well,
so it really just made it more interesting.
Golden Spike Trail
We had fewer
vehicles on the trail with us for this run, some due to
breakage, etc, but it worked out well enough, we were still on
the trail till nearly 9:00. The Golden Spike trail is actually a
short connection between the Poison Spider Mesa trail and the
Gold Bar Rim trail. It happens to have some really fun obstacles
to play on though. It's home to the Double Whammy, the Golden
Stairs, the Golden Crack, and lots of other smaller "no name"
rocks. The Poison Spider side has some fun stuff too. Some of
the parts you have to drive just right to get wheels in the air,
but it's still fun.
This little ledge is
right on a turn, so you can hit it just right to get a longer
vehicle pretty twisted. It's pretty hard to see since the angles
not just right, but it's about 3-4 feet high, depending on where
you hit it.
Robert took a little twistier line...
The next obstacle up is called
the Wedge, and really isn't a big deal if you drive it right. You can
vary the line a little and have some fun with it though. This is Jed
Matthew's solid swapper IFS shortbed. It twists pretty well as you can
I never did get it to lift a
tire here, not very exciting!
This is more like it! It
was Robert's 1st time in Moab, so he listened to his spotters really
well, and ended up with some air time, all good natured of course!
Really, on most of the terrain, you have to drive just right to get a
wheel up, so we had some fun with it.
The next obstacle, or fun
place, is the Crotch. A pretty innocent looking piece of slickrock, but
shorter rigs are able to get some major air under the front left, and
even pinch a little seat! That's where the shot of our K5 on the first
page of the site came from, Tim's blazer did pretty much the same thing.
I did drive straight out of my "pose" though. :-)
The "Launching Pad" (Below) is
another pretty innocent looking chunk of rock, till you get on it.
Driving down is kind of steep, but then you look up, and up, and up.
Then when you're going up it, it's really steep, and there's a little
hump in the rock just to keep the heart pumping. Really, it's not
to bad, not even dangerous but still a pretty good ride. The only
shot we have is our blazer on it, so we'll show it, we didn't do very
well taking pictures this year, and only have some of the available
It's really that steep, the
camera's not tilted.
Now we have a whole bunch of
"crossing the crack" shots. Most of us drove across a little bit wider
spot a little farther up than the normal path, but Larry took his
hybridish longbed over a tricky lower route.
The light was pretty flat
here, this is about as twisted as it gets for Larry. The word
"functional" comes to mind.
Here's Dirk, our Moab resident trail guide making it look easy. As
This shot's just a scenic one.
This is why this is one of my favorite trails. Not that I get that
excited about looking at the front of a suburban, but it is a good view.
That's all the shots
of this trail, it started getting a little late, so we pretty much just
made time through all the really hard stuff. The longer trucks had the
typical hard time on the Golden Stairs (a wheelbase thing), but at least
Dirk put on a good driving show. Everyone just walked up the Double
Whammy, even Tim, I think this was his 1st time up, and it may have been
Russ's 1st time also. It's kind of tough in a vehicle under 110 inches.
At least it's possible for a Blazer, anything shorter should probably
just take the go-around.