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DPS rescue?  What happened?

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what a crazy day!

 

the only "on the trail" photo i got was this scenic shot of Woody coming up out of the creek:

 

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carnage report...

 

  • @gearhead suffered a punctured sidewall, but fortunately told us he has Discount Tire replacement certs.
     
  • @CAVU2 destroyed a rear tail-light when his rig tried to reverse-cowgirl a tree that was in his blind-spot while backing up.
     
  • @SonoranWanderer did great at maneuvering the extra length of his new Gladiator Mojave - only a few new scrapes on the factory skids, control-arm mounts, etc.
     
  • Gadget so far looks to have escaped with only a few minor new scrapes on the underbelly too.
     
  • some other folks had a worse time...

 

 

air & RAZR rescue...

 

on what i think is currently the sketchiest part of the trail (an off-camber, steep, loose down-hill), a guy had rolled his RAZR and suffered a compound fracture. i didn't see him up-close, but a couple folks said was acting a fair bit delirious and had lost some blood.

 

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others had righted his RAZR before when we got there, but the brakes weren't working and it was blocking the trail as no-one wanted to try and maneuver it out of the sketchy area without the ability to stop!

 

we had just passed the others from his group in their 2 side-by-sides before here, supposedly heading to Oracle to get parts/supplies. they'd left their buddy with a couple dirt-bike riders that just happened upon the scene. supposedly his "friends" had been complete assholes, smacking his arm and joking around - not to mention leaving him with strangers to wait for the air evac. 

 

there was some discussion about the fact the injured guy should probably look for some new trail partners. we also wondered if all of them had been drinking based on their eagerness to leave the scene.

 

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after the evac, the dirt-bikers and our group worked together to get the RAZR fixed and off the trail. i just recently started carrying spare fluids again and was able to give them brake fluid to refill the RAZR, plus a pair of needle-nose vice grips to pinch-off the busted brake-line. then one of the dirt-bike guys rode the razer up past the sketchy area and we moved it up to the top of the hill just off the trail.

 

Kevin donated a can of Fix-A-Flat to one of the dirt-bikes with a low rear tire, but it was still losing air from the valve-stem. Woody gave him a new valve core but it was still leaking after i aired him up. Woody had a metal cap with an o-ring seal, and we figured that would hold the low PSI they run long enough to get to pavement.

 

this whole side-adventure killed a couple hours at least, but we made great time on the trail otherwise.

 

 

more nice folks...

 

later, a older couple came up behind us in their TJ while we were navigating a tight rocky area. the guy "hadn't been on this trail in 10 years", and his lady friend, Pam, seemed a little nervous about this technical section they were about to do. it turned out he was a great driver and didn't need any spotting at all. they followed behind us till we went over to the optional "Step" obstacle.

 

Pam shot a couple videos and was nice enough to take down our info and send them to us:

 

 

 

 

we got off the trail well before dark, but all still had to drive back to Phoenix. it was a long, but memorable day and everyone from our group had a great time. here's a big "thank you" to @gearhead for organizing and leading this run!

 

 

 

Edited by theksmith
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Wow that’s a hell of a story guys. Glad you guys had a good time. I’m also glad you guys were there to help pitch in with that whole situation!

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That's nuts and pretty crappy that those SxS dudes left their "buddy" behind. I agree that he needs some better trail partners, a-holes like that can get people killed.

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Great story, thanks for telling it! I'd seen pictures of the Air Rescue on face-broke and wondered what happened. Looks like it was an adventure none the less. 

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Well done ORP team... ;)

 

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I agree - Well Done!!!  You guys are a blessing indeed!

smiles, karen

 

PS - I have always carried a various amount of fluids in my Gracie Box.  No matter how tight we are on space, the Gracie Box, tow strap, fire extinguisher, zip ties, duck tape, etc - all must stay.  I didn't know that tranny fluid can be used for power steering fluid, and have always carried that as one of my fluids...Just good to have this stuff.  BTW - I've never needed any of the various fluids in my Gracie Box, but have been with others who have!  Knock on wood!

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thanks @SonoranWanderer for this video of Gadget on The Step:

 

 

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Nice job driving @theksmith and great capture @SonoranWanderer! That obstacle is trickier than it looks on video.

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