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Sutherland Trail & Rice Peak Picture Thread Nov. 2014

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It was a fun weekend exploring north of Tucson and camping near the base of Sutherland Trail. Huge thanks to Bradywgn71 & kaspily for planning and leading this fun weekend adventure! Here's a random (actually, it's George's choice) to start the thread. Please post your pictures or a link to them from the trip in this thread!

 

K cooking breakfast is picture worthy:

 

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hey that dude has some sexy morning hair!

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hey that dude has some sexy morning hair!

 

I'll bet that guy's in a band.

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Flock of Seagulls?

 

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Didn't take this thread long to get derailed into the toilet… :eek::D;)

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So what was the action on Rice Peak?

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So what was the action on Rice Peak?

 

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At camp Friday night with George & Kristoffer

 

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The beginning of Sutherland trail is uber bumpy

 

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The scenery is amazing

 

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Arriving at the squeeze

 

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The squeeze

 

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Our host in the squeeze

 

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Nice picture looking back down trail from the squeeze

 

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K in the squeeze

 

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tucsonwj up & over bypass

 

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kermit up & over

 

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hurricane in the squeeze

 

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Clifford approaching the squeeze

 

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The next bump in the road

 

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Finally caught a new 'wheel-up' shot for use in my social-media networking duties, albeit through the windshield

 

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Sensei bradywgn in his natural habitat

 

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Just a pretty shot

 

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This is kermit in the place where K apparently got a wheel WAY up, but I managed to miss the shot. Hoping Sarah got 1 or 2 that I may use in my duties as social-media director

 

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G & K discussing this fairly crazy obstacle (Warning: Objects in pictures may appear less steep and gnarly than they really are)

 

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I missed getting pictures of Bradywgn71 on this obstacle. Here's K going in

 

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K halfway through

 

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Almost done

 

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Tucsonwj, kermit and hurricane took the bypass to the left, this is tucsonwj rig

 

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Everybody hanging at the top

 

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Clifford going up

 

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Go Clifford!

 

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And then we came to the only good turn-around place

 

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We parked and walked to where the trail crosses the stream, and a few people walked further to another really gnarly obstacle and G tried to walk to the wilderness boundary but didn't make it

 

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A rare sighting of Clifford in the Serengeti

 

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Going back

 

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This is where I thought K was going to tip over on the way back

 

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Luckily he caught himself

 

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Everybody grouped up

 

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Just kind of cool because of the background as we head back

 

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At camp Tusconwj strategically cooked some braughts and theksmith surprised everybody with a screening of 'Napoleon Dynamite' on his WJ Cinema Option. Kermit came up with a bag of popcorn to share, and it was a very enjoyable evening full of laughter

 

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I'll post pics from the Rice Peak run next. :)

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Cool pics and report! Looks like good times were had by all.

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A big thanks for everyone who made these runs! The album links are below. If you get an "Internal Server" error while using Firefox try using Google Chrome. For some reason occasionally Firefox doesn't want to go to Picasa.

 

Here is the link to the highlights album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/2014SutherlandRiceForSharing?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCN_RiIaE95C49gE&feat=directlink

 

Here is the link to the complete album (500 photos): https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/201411SutherlandRicePeakMini?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCO_Z9PuW9M6vrQE&feat=directlink

 

The weekend began on Friday night when we met George, Dianne, and Kristoffer at the campsite to hang out around the fire. I was surprised to see other people camping in this area as normally it is empty. However they found a nice quiet spot overlooking the mountains. The temperature quickly dropped and we all enjoyed a nice fire. George introduced me to "butt coals" (place coals under chair you are sitting in) which kept me nice and warm! Chris and I then went home to sleep and came back the next morning to meet everyone else in Catalina. We then proceeded to drive a few miles to meet up at the campsite and air-down.

 

The Sutherland Trail is rough! There is not spot where you aren't bouncing over rocks or washouts. Despite being beat-up the views are awesome:

 

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The first true obstacle is "The Squeeze". Last year we made it through but this year it was much more washed out and our Jeep tried but without lockers couldn't make it through. Thankfully there is a bypass.

 

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Ksmith made it through no problem:

 

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Nice shot of TucsonWJ:

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Kermit:

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Hurricane Dave was the next one through the squeeze. He got some serious wheels up but powered through.

 

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Clifford was the next to make it through the squeeze:

 

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Clifford's exo cage got friendly with the boulder:

 

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We continued up the rocky trail into the washed out hills:

 

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The trail had lots of wasps and poor Dave ended up getting stung by one. I even was being bothered while trying to shoot pictures of Clifford:

 

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The decomposing granite hill was much more washed out then last year. This area got over 12+ inches of rain during monsoon season and it shows:

 

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Remember those views I was talking about. The higher you go up the trail the views get amazing.

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The next steep hill is really deeply washed out. Took a few attempts for us to find that perfect line to make it up:

 

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We then parked at the top of a grassy area and walked down to the stream. This is the easiest spot to turn around and the trail after the stream is buggy level if not impassible.

 

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Some walked up the trail. Here is Ksmith walking up the rock face where the trail crosses the stream:

 

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Continued next post....

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