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    2010 JK-R "vaal"

    So heres a current "Fleet Readiness Report" 2010 JK Rubicon "Vaal" • Rock Krawler X-Factor Mid-Arm 3.5" & Hi Steer w. Bilstein Shocks • Adams Front Driveshaft • OldManEmu Stabilizer • Yoko Geolanders 35x12.5x17 • Bushwhacker Alum Fenders • GenRight Alum Bumpers • RubiRails • RockHard Alum Full Skid • Rugged Ridge EvapSkid • RSE Dana 44 Skids • Short Headers • Magnaflow Exhaust • B&M Sport Shifter 6sp Man • Terraflex HD-Alpha Carrier • Rotopax2.5 • Rigid E-Series 10" Combo • Rigid SAE Driving Lights • Bulldog Synthetic 9500 Winch 1994 Chevrolet K1500 4x4 Suburban "Expedition Wagon" • ProComp 6" Lift • BFG 35x12.50x17 KM/2 • Eaton e-Locker • Chassis Unlimited Full Sliders • Transmission Cooler & Fan • Expedition Rack • Extreme HighLift • JW Speaker LED Headlamps • LED Front/Rear • Rockford Fosgate 10" Sub • Yeasu FTM 400XDR
  2. Equipment: Nikon D750. Token 17mm RMC. Tripod. Settings: ISO 2500 , F3.5 , 15sec
  3. I will be heading out tonight anyway, probably scoping out some sites for the 20th & astrophotography.
  4. I am thinking the 20th ... ? its a new moon for some astrophotography.
  5. I can also alter the start and do a night run ... something local? Any interest?
  6. Meet: Saturday 6/13/2020, TBD Not sure whose going or where but I am willing to coordinate or lead a run Saturday the 13th. Reply to this thread if you want to come and with ideas of some trail to try out. Trail: TDB Required: Experienced off-road drivers. Must have a street legal 4x4 with low range, a mild lift, agressive A/T or M/T tires, full skid plates and rocker protection, secure tow points. Other Info: Bring plenty of water and a lunch. CB channel 4 or ham simplex 146.46 Mhz Attending: @cavu2 (leading) Reply to this thread if you want to come and with ideas of some trail to try out.
  7. Permit Obtained? I hear you can "ask" to be put on a list to join others who have a permit. Of course can't do a whole club that way but is an option to get on the mountain. Worked for me 2 years ago where I was added to someone else permit as a 1 off. Met a great couple of Jeepers local to Sedona that way.
  8. Afterward / Parting Thoughs 1. Fuel. On Day 5 in the AM I added 5 gallons to the 42Gallon main that was about 1/8 full. When I arrived in Mesquite I added 33.8gallons. Rough math give just shy of 39 gallons used for 330 miles off pavement. Maybe I would have made it on the original 42 gallon tank, but that would have been within 3-4gallons remaining and less than 10% of the rated capacity. Estimated off road 8.5mpg. 2. Food. Took way too much. But thats good. 3. Canyon cooler had exhausted itself temperature wise and was warm. Not a Yeti. 4. Yeti cooler still had most bottles 1/2 frozen when I return to the house and several handfuls of ice. Totally good for another day at least. In fact, the next morning 2 of the bottles still showed ice in them and the cooler was still "cool" with 1 or 2 small pieces of ice in the water. 5. HAM radio. I was able to ping Bill Williams Mountain from Kelly Point and Snap Point. I was also able to get Kanab as well from Kelly Point. 6. Cell Phone Service? Yikes. All this to be off the grid and I had service reliably at Kelly Point, and somewhat reliable at Hudson Point, Tweedie Point, and Snap Point. 7. Biggest Let Down? Two really and that were at Kelly Point. So far off the grid and -- BUGS! Yikes! Horrible thumb sized flies and bugs that could just hover for minutes. Yes, I got bit. Yes. a lot. LIGHT POLLUTION! Yikes! Horribly I could see the lights all night from Peach Springs AZ and another township west. and maybe ... Three Bar LTE service. Yikes, all this way and perfect cell service. Here's the Yeti results after Sunday - Thursday in the hot desert...
  9. Day 5: Rescue? Around Burro Springs south of Wickiup AZ. I saw a new Harley on the side of the road and a biker just past it in the 105 degree heat. He had is black riding jacket on his head and was holding his helmet walking south. It happened fast and after I passed I though... "Crap, he's out of fuel" Well, I have 20gallons in small cans on the top so I cannot ignore that really. I am setup to help. Can't live with myself if I ignore this situation custom made for my reserves... Take a mile to turn around and when I get back he's standing by the road. I ask if he is out of gas but no, he's got a flat and cannot fix it. Apparently a police car came by but when they determined he had some water and a phone they drove off ?!?! I saw that he was overheating and sweating profusely, so I told him he'd better get in, and just ignore the 5 day old Kevin smell and the dirty truck. The old Suburban barely keeps up with A/C when it's over 100, but its still shade and low 80s in the truck so... His name is John and I drive him to Wickenberg AZ I drop him off at the Mickey-Ds where he planned to meet up with his wife coming from Mesa with a tire. He was riding back from Seattle on new tires on a work-road trip. He and his family recently moved to Mesa, AZ from Seattle. He was a very nice guy and I am not sure that it would be at all prudent to leave him there, COVID-19 or not.
  10. Day 5: Exit Parashant NM via Elbow Canyon (Let's Go For It) then Home!?!? Fuel Review: This morning I decided that rather than risk running low on fuel taking a narrow or tight canyon out to Mesquite NV I would put a 5gal container of fuel into the truck. I calculated I had between 4 to 7 gallons usable but... didn't want to starve out of fuel trying to prove anything. Fuel synopsis in later post. Official Guidance on BLM1BLM1299 (Elbow Canyon) BLM1299 Recommended for UTVs only. Note that the signage marked Elbow Canyon as a “JEEP TRAIL” at the turn off from BLM1004. So do I go for it in a 1994 Suburban? Though about it for a few minutes, decided that I'd go for it. Here's a time lapse: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/mEKqNtFvTymRKuMLneteuA.mQAlKh2Wa7Ak2OkoEqHtAA Pictures: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/CoW10oOxRkuvM4P8ytzWzA.zXql7JLzk_8v-OH5tyIxG3 https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/Cpp1QzZ0ReuVGUX77MBusw.8SBi4h0hWkzAXBtOFI5XLr Synopsis, Loose granite and steep, a half dozen switchbacks that were narrow and required precise maneuvering. Fun, not scare. Did have to manage speed in low gear and brakes, not wanting the mass of the truck to get away with itself in these steep & loose rocks shelfs. If I was going up, the eLocker would be important. There was an active stream in places, and it cut across the road and in the center of the road in multiple places. Summary? The shot of the truck on the dirt road above Mesquite is a stock photo for Jeeping in the Part in that kiosk at Poverty Admin Site. Yeah, worth it. Made Mesquite by 10AM. Too early for Tacos! Final Return Home on I15 to Lake Mead NRA 167 through Moapa Valley to avoid Vegas Traffic! Much more scenic. Then Kingman to Wikeiup to Wickenburg to Cave Creek! I'd say no issues but check out the next post.
  11. Day 4: Taking On Kelly Point in return and back-roads north to Paiute Wilderness. Day's Route: Return NPS1203 then CR103 to Poverty, then BLM1039 to Overlook Trail(can't remember designation) to Buckle Cyn. BLM1059 BLM 1004 through Maple Cyn / Little Wolf Pass to Black Rock Pass, Paiute Overlook/Wilderness to Cougar Sprs. Trailhead & Overnight. Departing Kelly Point. Extra special top notch breakfast! Morning Panorama The morning ride out started at 8AM. Half way out I met a Ranger riding a fat-tire bike. He was just to the Ranch Camp. He waved but didn't want to stop or talk. Wow, is that a round trip in a day ride or what? https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/klPyVEijQLufVVD3K1SPMw.xcqxYNG1SCk-LJ-uef1U2L Lunch @ Poverty Admin Campsite Wow, it got dusty working my way to BM1004 Awesome Views takingBLM1004 over Little Wolf Pass, Maple Canyon and then Black Rock Pass. Wow, I sure wanted to get into the fire tower for the awesome view. Alas a locked gate. So instead I substituted by taking the Paiute Wilderness trail about 500' south to get the south facing view through the wilderness into the entire Pasashant. In the distance I could see Tweedie Pts and Snap Point and all of the Grand Wash Cliffs. Stunning Red Dirt made the Wilderness Stand Out. Paiute Wilderness Trail, looking south to Tweetie Points, Snap Point in far background. Selfie @ Paiute Wilderness Trail. Evening Setup another time lapse of sunset at the Paiute Wilderness, Dinner, then doing to Cougar Springs Trailhead to find a "sleep site". https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/VN13H1kOS9y18S5t4D-hzg.xLdgzD6UwAJtFYOl9GG8EH <-- time lapse Fuel Situation? Less than 1/4 tank at Cougar Springs. Odometer showed 295mi. Remember, it's a 42gal tank.
  12. Day 3: Taking On Snap Canyon & Kelly Point in the Suburban Route: Snap Cyn to Snap Pt NPS1012 to Oak Pt CR103 then to Waring Ranch to Kelly Pt NPS1203 & Overnight Heading to Snap Point I wanted to take Snap Canyon. This is the official guidance on the NPS site for 1012: BLM1012 - Recommended for UTVs and heavily modified short wheelbase 4x4s only. The road up Snap Canyon to the Snap Point mesa is narrow and has very tight turns as well as narrow steep sections due to rock slides. Turns out BLM1012 was tight near the top but not overwhelming for the lifted Suburban on 35s. Certain to be a challenge in few places if one needed to turn around due to traffic. No issues and no need for rear locker. Low range for speed control and to let the engine work easily. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/7KmQYgBZRqi87Xd612Gyyw.b01F00Kl8cVGVNGjVJcu_Q Snap Point/Fort Garret: Saw the three jeeps camping there at about 10:30AM. Was again able to obtain 2-3bar LTE service on my phone. This is the far western end of the North rim. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/FS5HECJPTCiRyPkRCsvvFQ.XorMSNHCriY3WbAowt36Q5 Official Guidance: Most high clearance 4x4s and pickups can reach the first view near Fort Garrett Point on the 1680 road. This road is deeply rutted and bushes have pushed into the roadway. Motorists will scrape the sides of vehicles against bushes. Turns out, 100% correct on the “scraping” of the vehicle. The bushes were heavy. Waring Ranch to Kelly Point: Official guidance for going out to Kelly Pt. NPS1203: Past Waring Ranch the Kelly Point Road NPS1203 deteriorates and is recommended only for UTVs. If you have a short wheelbase 4x4 vehicle like a Jeep Rubicon, Land Rover, or Toyota FJ Cruiser or similar, and you have all terrain tires, you should be able to make the 26 mile drive to Kelly Point, but it will be very rough and slow going (4-5 hours to travel 26 miles). https://www.nps.gov/para/planyourvisit/kelly-point.htm It is strongly recommended that only UTVs, Jeep Wranglers/Rubicons or similar type vehicles, light dirt bikes, or heavily modified and lifted short wheelbase 4x4s take this route. Dirt bikers need to be prepared to go slow and navigate the maze of rocks at a slow speed for miles. Heavy bikes will cause rider exhaustion. Stock 4x4 pickups and SUVs will not make it due to inadequate vehicle clearance. There are multiple stretches of road across volcanic boulders the size of watermelons. Speeds will be between 5 and 15mph for much of the drive. Plan 4-5 hours to travel one way to Kelly Point in a Jeep. UTVs usually make it in 3-3.5 hours. Turns out the Suburban did just fine with 6" lift, air-down to 15psi on the 35s running in low range for a nice idle low throttle rolling through the rocks we did just fine. Remember not to straddle the big rocks, instead put tires on and go over them. My ETA to the point was exactly 3 hours with a few short pit stops. Lot of brush, A lot of broken branches along the roof rack, the high lift and axe broke branches often. A higher vehicle would not really be possible, example, a lifted expedition van like a Sportmobile/Spinter would not be able to get there w/o a chain saw or massive branch pushing. Pictures: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/IqpHycD4TQCd-wHIaFuNuQ.f7j1_vRRFtMkTn4lsWdldt Afternoon? Nap again! Evening Dinner and Sunset pictures Fuel situation? Just over 1/2 a tank. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/Gcl7WqhfR6mms-vvnJczQQ.W6H07DiCN4ZNCIAaoL_2nu <-- time lapse video
  13. Day 2: Tweedie Point to Grand Gulch Mine Route: BLM1034 To BLM1033 (Upper Jump Cyn) to 1003 (Hidden Cyn) to 1071 (Last chance Cyn) south to Hudson Pt overlook (1071). Lunch. BLM 1054 to 1071 to 1002 through Pigeon Cyn and stopping at Grand Gulch Mine. Key Events: Fuel situation? At 3/4 main tank. @ Hudson Point - Lunch by BLM VHF repeater? https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/dnv--SGeQSSoIyRm3pHviw.uW_3Yj7hyR9SbUNAxjkqmz @ Grand Gulch Mine Afternoon: Nap time! Explore The Old Mine Remnants and old airfield. Note LTE was possible at the southern point of the airfield. Assuming connection to Meadview AZ. Late Afternoon. Met Three Jeeps arriving from Tassi Ranch via Grand Gulch Canyon. One was a supercharged JKUR, another towing a Camelback trailer and third towing a small teardrop. Apparently this being day 2 of their trip the JKUR with the supercharger was already taking on external fuel. They departed about 6:00PM for Snap Cyn. with plans to eventually overnight at Snap Point. They also mentioned they were headed subsequently to Twinn Point overnight then maybe Kelly Point overnight. If the JKUR was already exhausting their internal tank I was thinking that stye might be challenged to continue to Kelly with only 10 more gallons external. Nighttime: Astrophotography till 1AM Picture Summary: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/HT1H-55uQGaQ7K_k9t7Fog.H29w5f1Rr4rk0HypLZcJG9 Evening Time Lapse: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/v58AlfSsTRCMPg3qPfC-xw.AGW0a6y685FZG-clUvsrG7 Main Administrative Building Sunset from the Airstrip, South end looking east.
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