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October 2022 - The Rug Road (photo thread)

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Ok - finished going through photos I took on my Fuji and on my phone. Funny enough, I didn't really get any photos from inside of Aravaipa Canyon beyond a few camping shots. I do have some video that I took - just need some time to put the footage together.

 

Here's a shot of yours truly, graciously taken by @johnpa, posing next to an old Salado cliff dwelling inside of the canyon on Saturday morning.

 

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Here's a shot of John & Lori, just a speck in the grand wilderness as we left the canyon system and climbed up into the mountains:

 

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Here's a photo of the rig line up with @theksmith in the lead as we took a break at Parson's Grove. The road was smooth up to this point and got a LOT rougher.

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Here's a photo of the fairly robust "cabin" on the site. Note the pop-up shower set up by some long term hunters that were in the area.

 

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Previously posted - here's @theksmith in Gadget getting a little sideways in a field of wildflowers. We found ourselves in quite a few off-camber situations throughout the trip. I was able to "top out" at 27 degrees on my inclinometer in pretty gnarly spot.

 

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Here's @OffroadFun's mellow yellow JL.

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We had some excellent directional light that evening and some dramatic weather before sunset.

 

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@gearhead's basecamp up on the saddle of the mountains on Saturday night.

 

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Sunset was great that evening. Don't let the warm light fool you - it got a little chilly and we had pretty steady 15-20mph winds all night.

 

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Another shot from John of yours truly at sunset.

 

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My fancy camp lights - more on those on a separate post. They were a great buy!

 

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Sunrise on Sunday morning.

 

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The clouds were very low and fast moving, obscuring some of the peaks around us.

 

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The road ahead as we departed camp. Note that you can see Carpet Hill in all its glory in the background on this shot. It's certainly a STEEP climb!

 

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All hail the conquering heroes! We made it to the top of Carpet Hill without any major issues, and no towstraps or stuck rigs!

 

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@johnpa's rig.

 

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Getting a little flexy on a surprise washout after Carpet Hill.

 

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Here's @mynr1 getting a little tippy.

 

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One last shot where the group parted ways - 1/2 the crew headed out, the other 1/2 went on for a little more 'splorin'.

 

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The old mining "city" of Copper Creek was interesting with a LOT to look at and take in.

 

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Really great photography @4x4tographer Ryan. Looks like this was an excellent trip and an exceptionally great group of explorers!

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awesome video Ryan - thanks for taking the time to put that together! love the ending!

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