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Crapshoot Photos - March 19, 2023

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Some photos from our weekend adventure through the Table Mesa rec area on Crapshoot, led by @SonoranWanderer!

 

My personal first time on this trail - it was fun! The 2 obstacles on the trail were interesting and made you pause to think for a minute. The views were very nice with some scenic overlooks and plenty of wildflowers waiting to burst into color. The desert is extremely green right now.

 

We had an interesting mix of vehicles with us, a 50/50 blend of current and "vintage". 😁 3 JLs, a YJ, an XJ, and a sweet Ramcharger.

 

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The run went off without much of any hitch and we even added a little side adventure ("9954a" I think) up a hill to one of the higher high voltage power towers along 9954. Our only negative was the last half mile along the gun range where 9954 meets Table Mesa Road.

 

You may have already seen my commentary and position on using an alternative exit, Windmill Trail (TrailsOffroad) that connects the north end of 9954 to the Table Mesa Exit on I-17. Here are links to my full GPS recordings of Crapshoot with the alternate exit option:

 

@4x4tographer as usual nails the photography.

 

I put together a video of the first half of the run:

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, SonoranWanderer said:

The run went off without much of any hitch and we even added a little side adventure ("9954a" I think) up a hill to one of the higher high voltage power towers along 9954. Our only negative was the last half mile along the gun range where 9954 meets Table Mesa Road.

 

You may have already seen my commentary and position on using an alternative exit, Windmill Trail (TrailsOffroad) that connects the north end of 9954 to the Table Mesa Exit on I-17. Here are links to my full GPS recordings of Crapshoot with the alternate exit option:

 

@4x4tographer as usual nails the photography.

 

I put together a video of the first half of the run:

 

 

 

 

in the first climb at around the 1:00 minute mark in your video, where did you have the camera placed? are you using a gopro?

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12 minutes ago, theksmith said:

 

in the first climb at around the 1:00 minute mark in your video, where did you have the camera placed? are you using a gopro?

 

It is a GoPro 10 placed on the front bumper. Look just right (viewer's right) of the winch (between the winch and the recovery hook) in this shot. All of the time lapse is shot with that camera.

 

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Just now, SonoranWanderer said:

 

It is a GoPro 10 placed on the front bumper. Look just right (viewer's right) of the winch (between the winch and the recovery hook) in this shot

 

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cool! i was just curious because it seems like an even lower POV from the video.

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1 minute ago, theksmith said:

 

cool! i was just curious because it seems like an even lower POV from the video.

 

If feels lower because of the rock height (2.5 - 3ft) and slope (not quite straight up) and the lack of vehicle perspective. The camera is below the top of the rock and comes within less than a foot of the rock before the front tire starts to climb. The slight fish eye effect of the lens up close also adds to the deception I think.

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Had a fun day for sure and got some dirt on our new tires.  XJ did well on them and we enjoyed meeting some new people!  Here is the link to my photos.

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Nice video work @SonoranWanderer and thanks again for leading a great day out!

 

Need to get me one of those fancy stabilized GoPros! Between you and @J2DXPLR you guys always have some butter smooth footage.

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And wereeee back! Here is the second half of the day's run. Both videos are available in 4K. Enjoy!

 

 

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Thank you for the videos and photos. Such lovely views on that trail!

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