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    And my final for tonight...the last town of this day was Ellsworth. And on our way back to camp...a real treat to see! Good night from Nevada! A Land of Wonder and Vastness and Really Cool Stuff!
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    I’m not interested in taking the class only because my current volunteer gig at GCNP provides me with WFA at no cost as part of the program. But if I may, I’m going to make a few comments and observations about my WFA course experiences. I believe that you are on the right track being able to customize the course to your area and wants. For example. My original and first recertification was with with NOLS. Excellent hands on but I didn’t really think our SW issues were covered quite as well as they could have been. It seemed like their course outline was tailored to all of North America. Don’t get me wrong, we had excellent instructors, the above comment was just my observation. For example. I thought snakebite instruction was somewhat lacking. My first WFA training that was provided by the NPS was with UNM (University of New Mexico) wilderness medicine program. It consisted of about 10 hours of online training that I was skeptical about at first (I’m old). That turned out to be very good training. The ability to go over a module again was great. The second part of the class was an 8 hour module of in person hands on training. The UNM training was a fantastic course. Also, going back to customized training, the UNM course covered major bleeding wounds. NOLS was really lacking in this area. Its my thought that some WFA courses are hesitant to cover wounds that might be caused by a firearm. The UNM course was excellent in this regard covering use of tourniquets and wound packing. I’m not going to get into a gun debate but I’m sure some of you are also firearms enthusiasts. YMMV. My last WFA was all online due to the fact that I had three previous in person classes and my program was overloaded with new volunteers that need training. Id have to look up who it was with but it wasn’t a bad refresher course. One last comment on location. I fully support the hands on simulations being outside. However being able to have the lecture portion indoors is an advantage IMO. I sweated thru two days of my original NOLS course in mid Sept. and smoked by the end of each day! I like the idea of possibilities of MCSO rescue squad being involved. Also don’t be surprised if you need to get CPR training separate from you WFA course. Good luck.
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    i finally had some time to run two large wires from the engine bay to the rear (2 AWG power wire). one feeds the DC-DC charger in the back from the alternator and the other will be power coming back from the house battery to my existing aftermarket fuse/relay box. i chose a spot on the driver side of the firewall to drill the big hole. this is the second one of these Daystar rubber firewall boots that i've used. i add some RTV on the metal edges to help it seal water-tight. i've been using this generic version of Techflex F6 split braided sleeving instead of split corrugated loom lately. 3/4" diameter worked well to cover the double 2-AWG cables. after hooking up these cables to the rear power panel, i could finally finish the other big connections and install the battery. i'll want to make some sort of cover for the panel i think. so far, in terms of loads, i've only re-wired my rear power ports and fridge to run off the new lithium house battery. i made this little breakout/switch box for the cargo area out of a plastic project enclosure, 12v locking socket, rocker switches, and a 3D printed dual Anderson PowerPole (PP45) port from eBay. the reason the fridge is on it's own switch is the Dometic only has a soft power button instead of a true mechanical switch, and so even when "off" it's electronic control panel draws a bit more current than i think it should to leave connected all the time. the second switch isn't used yet, but might be for a cell booster or other "at-camp" accessory one day. i still need to do some additional rewiring to have the rest of my accessories fed from the house battery. with all this done i could test out the 120V 17A BT Victron Charger and my new Victron 500A Smart Shunt that you might have noticed got added to the main house distribution panel in one of the above photos. the single Victron Bluetooth app showing both devices: here's the 120v shore-power charger's main screen: and the SmartShunt's main screen: in the screenshot above, only the fridge is connected to the house battery and so the current through the shunt is a negative number (i.e. power is being drawn). it was just cycling off, hence the very low amp draw. finally i was able to also crank up the rig and see the Renogy 50A DC-DC charger do it's thing. here's another screenshot from the SmartShunt's app, this time the Renogy charger is supplying more power to the battery than the fridge is drawing, hence the positive current number. i also took a brief run down a nearby wash to make sure the mounting platform and battery hold-down are going to be secure. i have a slight vibration/rattle, but i think just adding one more mounting point at the top of the distro panel will calm that down. you can just barely see the house battery hiding beside the fridge when looking from the rear: so all the core elements seem to work as intended! now i just need to do that additional accessory rewiring and i want to clean up some cables going to the starting battery's fuse panel too. then hopefully this project is complete. i'll get to fully test at least the fridge and my 12v oven running off the new system on the Rug Road trip i'm leading next month!
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    The Bullhead 4 Wheelers have an annual event coming up in Parker. George and I have never been, but we know that these trails are rated difficult. Posting this in case there's any interest, maybe we can get a few of us going together. Nov 3rd - Nov 6th Start times are below in description. "VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS" • Requirement 35 " Preferred 37" Tires • High Clearance • Front and Rear Lockers • Rock Sliders • Front Winch and Recovery Points • (POSSIBLE BODY DAMAGE) THESE ARE SOME OF THE TRAILS WE'LL BE RUNNING DOWN IN PARKER - Truman's Revenge, Rio Lobo's, President's Choice - 3 Slabs, True Grit, Duchess, . - Snakebite, Jbs Revenge - The Duke, Deliverance, Five Falls, Desert Bar We'll be meeting at La Paz county park at 8:30 am. Or you can meet us at Cienega Springs Rd off the 95 Hwy at 9:00 am On Cienega Springs Rd there's parking about 500 yd on the left hand side and that's where we'll meet. A lot of us are dry camping at La Paz county park and some are staying in Hotels/Airbnb. There are other campgrounds you can stay at as well like Buckskin or Pirates Den which you may have to reserve.
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    thanks! we were looking for an A/T tire for noise, handling, MPG, and mileage - but with a somewhat aggressive looking tread just for the coolness factor. we also wanted something that was "Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol" rated since B will likely be going to college further north next fall. it came down to these Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T's or the venerable BFG KO2. they both have 50k mile tread warranties, and are both going for around $400 in the 35x12.5R17 size most places. Amazon happened to have the Mickey Thompson's for $375 and B slightly preferred their look anyway, so we had Discount Tire price match. also, pro-tip, if you are getting the certificates (road-hazard insurance), have them also price-match those from discounttiredirect.com - for whatever reason the certs on the "direct" site are about a third less than the normal in-person store price.
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    We are in and out of cell phone coverage....check us out on facebook if you get a chance...I'll post there as well....Nevada is so very awesome! We are seeing stuff we have never seen before...like a 100 ton smelter! An almost complete stamp mill with concentrating table and rifling table! Such cool stuff! smiles and love from Tonopah (momentarily!) ladybug
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    We went a few years ago with Rich & Kathy... It's a good time for sure... Enjoy ! ! !
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    check out this neat glowing kayak or paddleboard tour of an abandoned flooded limestone mine in the Red River Gorge area (near Rogers,KY): https://www.gorgeunderground.com/crystal-kayak-tour/
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    Inside the Berlin mill....a 30 stamp mill complete with concentrating table and rifling table.... Looking back into Berlin and its homes that are here. This is a state park, and well preserved. We couldn't get to the town of Union, so headed over to Grantsville next. An old adobe building from the 1860s. And their most impressive mill. Talk to me if you want more details about some of these! Many of these mills were stamp mills, or ball and rod mills, and/or included cyanide leaching tanks or mercury rifling tables, etc etc.... From the old mill, looking down on the trail. The assayers office is the building shown. It actually still contained labeled bags of samples! The remains of the stamp mill at Grantsville.
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    AWESOME feedback @jgaz. Its interesting to hear about the WFA variance in training you've received. Though there's certainly something to be said for a broad knowledge-base - and I'm excited at the possibility of being capable of providing worthwhile assistance if needed. I'm guessing the majority folks that live here travel the southwest, not the Ozarks. I'm hoping they can place more emphasis on the unique environmental related emergencies we're likely to encounter here - like rattlesnakes, scorpions, heat stroke, dehydration, etc... I'm thinking they might be able to hone in on injuries you're more likely to sustain from a vehicle crash as well, like head injuries, fractures, shock, cuts, abrasions. I'm just guessing on all of that though
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    Nice job Kris. Very clean build. I like your breakout box and good job picking up the “vampire” loads on your fridge. I did a build once at work where the constant current draw drove me nuts until I realized that off didn’t really mean off on a particular piece of instrumentation I installed
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    First off, thanks Woody for an excellent and as always, well organized trip. The views from this trail are just amazeballs...it's easy to see why they would limit access to it. Not to mention if they didn't there would be a pile of side by sides at the bottom of the switchbacks every day. haha. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and managed to break out of my tendency to only take photos after sundown. Looking forward to the next outing!
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    I agree with this 100%. I’ve screwed with bear hangs in the Sierras where there are numerous suitable trees and it’s still a hassle. Ive never heard about the bear resistant sacks but let’s just say I’m skeptical. The bear can I have is a PITA to carry, it takes up a serious chunk of space in my pack. The ideal set up is two people sharing space with one person carrying the bear vault and a second person carrying the tent.
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    Hello! Looking to coordinate a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training course for Offroad Passport. The idea is to get anyone interested trained up in wilderness/backcountry-specific first aid. What happens if a medical emergency happens when you're way off grid? Do you know how to safely response to a life-threatening injury or illness? Gain peace-of-mind that you know what to do and when to do it. This can also strengthen the overall group, heighten safety, and provide attendees with the skills they need to help others. Exploring 2 options: Join a public training course on pre-selected dates (as individuals) Attend a private Offroad Passport-only course that could be more tailored to our specific group This option requires a MINIMUM of 12 attendees We can determine the dates Course can be customized to our specific interests (such as vehicle-based exploration and areas we tend to explore) If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Some general info on the course & instructors: Both options are 2-Day Courses (Sat/Sun) and are all-day (8am to 5pm) for a total of 16 hours of training Cost is $195 per student. If we have 24 students, the cost is $175 per student Course is taught/presented by: SOLO Schools, founded in 1974, responsible for training the National Parks Service, NOLS, Outward Bound, and over 107,000 students. Members of the MCSO Mountain Rescue Posse (MCSO-MR), a formalized mountain rescue arm of the Maricopa County Sheriffs office involved in SAR/EMS operations all over the country. The group that coordinates the courses is called CAMRA (link) and is a 501 c(3) non-profit with local roots that date back to the 1940s and post-WWII exploration of the mountains around Phoenix. Instructors are, at a minimum, a certified Wilderness EMT. Learning style is blended - with classroom, hands-on skills labs, and hands-on outdoor scenarios What You'll Learn: This fast-paced, comprehensive two-day program will teach you skills for responding to medical emergencies in the backcountry. Day 1: Patient Assessment System Fractures/Dislocations Principles of Splinting Preparedness and Prevention Day 2: Environmental Emergencies Treating shock Long-term Patient Care Soft Tissue Injuries Bites and Stings ...and many other potentially life-saving skills! NOTE: You must have the physical capacity to kneel on concrete and dirt surfaces while participating in the skill labs and outdoor scenarios. Tuition includes: SOLO Field Guide to Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Wilderness First Aid Map SOLO WFA Certification Card (2 year certification) If we have 12 interested students: They will set up a private registration page specific to us Payment is taken in advance via credit card on their secure website They can host the class anywhere, but the North Mountain location is also an option (they have a longstanding relationship with the North Mountain Visitors Center) They can customize the class to our use-case and club. For example, a focus on vehicle-based travel, areas/environments/terrains which we commonly explore If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Interested Folks: @4x4tographer @Stacey and Scott (Stacey) @Stacey and Scott (Scott) @shellback91 @mbuckner @SonoranWanderer @alexshel44 @AZRNintheJeep242 Facebook - Patricia M. Facebook - Sean C. @Zavala
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    i started to get a slight shimmy on certain bumps. while checking everything over, i noticed the Teraflex front lower control arms' rubber bushings (frame-side) are separating. i ordered replacements (Teraflex 4915161) already, and i'll also double check my toe hasn't gotten borked when i change those out. i was able to tighten the Teraflex adjustable preload lower ball joints a bit, which was surprising since i just did that before the Dusy-Ershim trip... though that trip was really rough on the whole rig! otherwise everything looked good, so hopefully those adjustments and the new bushings fix the shimmy.
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    Would this be open to people who aren't members of off-road passport if we do end up doing the private one? I have a friend or two that I think would be interested in attending.
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    i'm 90% sure your t-case fill and drain plugs are M22-1.50 thread. if you have Amazon Prime, you could order the Fumoto version and return it easily if it's not right. or the "EZ" brand... or here's the ValvoMax one...
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    i'm still very happy with my Fumoto and the company has been around a long time so i don't worry about their seals leaking or anything. i have one on my 3.6L engine, a custom installed one on the trans pan, and Brady has one on his 3.8L engine too - never any issues.
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    a fairly quick project this morning to rewire the PowerPole port and cigarette lighter style outlet that i'd added to the center console so they are both powered by the house battery now.
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    You're totally right about the first aid kits! I'll mark you both down! Rock on man!
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    We've done a couple of field emergency first aid classes. One thing for sure is anyone who's gone through one will be reassessing the contents of their first aid kits. Two votes for Yes! The more in depth the better.
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    Great question! If we can get the 12+ participants, the course can be taught at a place of our choosing (of course we'd need to coordinate that - and it'd have to be conducive to learning). SOLO is big on doing the hands-on portion of the course outside - no matter the conditions (rain, wind, snow, sun, heat). Ideally, we'd go someplace convenient to the group for the commute. We also have the option of holding the course at the North Mountain Visitors Center, which is where they normally host it. It's in conjunction with the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The classroom portion would occur inside, and the hands-on training outside in the preserve.
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    link works for me. i saw this on a FB post recently too, still pending investigation on why they veered off the road. my guess is something sudden health related happened to the driver given his age - i.e. heart attack or stroke, etc. it is a sad story. we could all meet our demise at any time in more mundane ways, just a reminder to seize every day.
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    Kim and I are both interested in going. We have been to Baja several times and a plus I am fluent in Spanish.
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    Thank you! I try again to set the correct link: English: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/09/magic-earth-navigation-app.html German: https://www.4x4tripping.com/2022/09/offline-navigation-magic-earth-review.html Surfy
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    This trail is out by Saguaro Lake so it's pretty close to town. Great trail for stock rigs and newbies too! Typically the run is about 2 to 3 hours. I run this trail several dozen times each season. We will enter in on 3554 and exit out Fr10 on Bush. If things are going well and it's not too hot maybe run back through 3554. A permit is required, it's $6, lasts 6 months and is specific to the Bulldog Canyon area: https://www.recreation.gov/vehiclepermits/3332401 Technical Rating: 2-3 (easy) - Great for newbies! REQUIREMENTS: A stock clearance 4x4 with a low range transfer case option, suitable front OR rear recovery point (trailer hitch is fine), stock tires. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seat belts, lights, etc.) $6 permit per vehicle. Each OPERATOR must have a permit, families can share a permit This is a great trail for people with little to no experience. Everyone must stay on the designated trails Radios: Not required (I have a spare). Ham on 462.700, CB or FRS all work for me. Trail finding is easy and we'll keep you in our mirrors. Itinerary: Meet up time will be 9:00 am at fr3554 trail head off of Usery Pass. We'll air down (optional) and chat a bit. https://www.google.com/maps/place/West+Gate+to+Bulldog+Canyon+OHV+Area/@33.505559,-111.6126836,16.25z/data=!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sbulldog+canyon+3554+entrance+map!3m5!1s0x872bbba068b5c437:0xe103b51b92f8ed81!8m2!3d33.5047988!4d-111.6172384!15sCiBidWxsZG9nIGNhbnlvbiAzNTU0IGVudHJhbmNlIG1hcJIBEG9mZl9yb2FkaW5nX2FyZWE We'll stop at least twice to enjoy the view and chat. At FR10 we will head south to a little picnic spot and have a snack (I will make Cheese crisps!) And then North to Bush Highway exit or back out 3554. The trail is about 7 or 8 miles long to Bush. Bring the kids, the pets, Grandma. Bring something to snack on. We'll stop for a snack under the shade of some mesquite trees. Attendees: Will E (1) English Al (1 or 2)
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    Can't wait for this class. gonna be awesome, even with my ER background!
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    photo credit: 4x4tographer (Ryan) Description: Black Canyon City Overlook is a moderate 7 mile spur trail. It is Trail #37 on the Funtreks site. The trail follows Moore Gulch, then climbs along a high scenic ridge to a remote overlook of Black Canyon City which provides great panoramic night views, and we will also have a 'Hunter's' full moon. Deviating from the Funtreks route, we will start from the south side of the Table Mesa road exit and navigate switchbacks to traverse a ridge before joining the main trail. The narrow and winding trail is generally easy with a few moderate spots. Wildlife viewing opportunities have been abundant on this trail in previous years. This is a long trail, hence the early start time. We will be stopping on State Trust land, so get your permit here if you don't already have a current one. Requirements: - Driver experience with moderate trails - 4x4 with low range, aggressive MT or AT tires (32"+), skid plates, and recovery points front & rear - Rig must be road-legal with all necessary safety equipment, current registration & insurance, etc. - Flashlight with backup light source - Bring water and a meal / snacks for you and your passengers - the plan is to eat when we reach the overlook Recommendations: - Lift (2"+) - Over-sized tires (33"+) Itinerary: - Meeting location: east side of the Table Mesa exit off I-17 (map here) - Meeting time: Friday Oct. 7th, 2022 at 4:45 PM (depart no later than 5:00 PM) Additional Info: - GMRS Channel 21 (462.700 Mhz) - This run should take about 5 hours - This run is limited to 6 rigs total (including trip leader) - This run is subject to cancellation due to weather Attending: 1. gearhead (trip leader) 2. guest #1 3. guest #2 4. Scott and Kim Miller 5. 6. Standby / Tentative 1.
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    I would definitely be interested in this and have been looking into doing it myself so it would be great to do it with you all. Would this require prior 'normal' first-aid training and certification?
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    October!. That must be one heck of a hang over. : ) No worries mate, I do this run a dozen or so times each season. PM me if you have a free day and I can probably make it work. Watch for other postings. Take care!
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    The reason I haven't said anything all week is because I didn't want to jinx us. I'm thinking of changing his name to ClifFord because, duh! Here is a ClifFord update: Sunday: @Number7 G was able to catch up with @stockjeep when we got home from the Gala. He was so kind as to press these axle bearings for us even though he was getting ready to leave for Sand Hollow the next day. Wayne!! Monday: G got it all back together & filled it up. Drove around Valle Vista Tuesday: Axle appeared to be fine. We drove ClifFord to Kingman and back for food. Wednesday: We could see a small speck of oil on the retainer plate on 1 side, most likely residual from the install. G washed everything so we can keep an eye on it. Thursday (today): No leak detected! I/we think we're a done deal!!
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    Great pic.s Karin! Sounds like ya having a great time. Stay safe & enjoy the rest of your trip with the group! Don't let John eat all the "cobbler"!!
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    We finally got to the ghost town of Piermont....and although we did not hike over to the stamp mill and mine tailings, we were able to see old foundations, plus the remains of an 1870 log cabin. The views were absolutely stunning... Oh, and we saw wild horses today! Made my day! On our way back to Ely, we encountered more rain... We were glad to have avoided it until then. And we'll be glad that this is the last day of rain for awhile..! And yes, that is a coating of hail on that mountainside. Tomorrow we head over to Austin - via US 50 - the Lonliest Highway in America.
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    Just remember, Carburetor is French for " Don't mess with it!"
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    we rented another camper and Freya did great towing the little 4,000 lb trailer up to Dog Town Lake for the 2022 Gala.
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    Just finished another 4 days hiking the Grand Canyon corridor trails for my volunteer gig. Monsoon action every afternoon. Only hiked in the rain one day. Humid, hot, no cloud cover until about noon. This makes it worth while. Mr. Ram was a couple switchbacks below 1.5 mile rest house. He would peer over the edge of the boulder at me and then disappear. Like a Disney animatronic . This shot was taken with a bit of zoom. I was so close to him here I had to step back to edge of the trail to get this shot. No zoom. This is looking back down on him from a couple switchbacks up trail. Many animals in this area due to (another) pipeline break that left the water turned off at the 1.5 and 3 mile rest houses. The break was leaking enough to water the animals. Im no photographer but with subjects like this it’s hard to take a bad picture.
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