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  1. Here are a few videos: For this one note that the GoPro is on the bumper right in front of the engine. It makes it sound FAR more aggressive than it really was. But you will hear the cooling fan go into "turbo mode" for the transmission cooler.
  2. The trip went smoothly, the weather was about perfect, and everyone appeared to have a good time. Here is my GPS track for anyone's future use. And here is my raw photo archive. I'll get a few videos uploaded to YouTube later and add those to this thread. Some select photos:
  3. A little color for those who may be less (or not) experienced in recovery. My Jeep was on wet pavement and @ob1jeeper was in shallow "quicksand" (the amount of water present and flowing caused almost any amount of weight including a human walking to sink in the build-up of sand on the road). I "calculated" that despite likely weighing about half again @ob1jeeper, that I might pull myself toward him instead of the other way around, hence the two Jeep anchored configuration. My estimation put the two of us (mine and @4x4tographer) at approximately three times @ob1jeeper's weight and with eight tires of tractive grip on the pavement. And sure enough as the line tightened up, the nose of my jeep was pulled ~8 inches driver (left) on that wet, sandy pavement before we started moving @ob1jeeper towards us. I well suspect that @Ladybug and @ob1jeeper knew this in advance since @Ladybug's original text for help asked for "multiple vehicles".
  4. Always awesome pictures from @4x4tographer. He runs the shows and still gets in the shots!
  5. What a fun night! The run itself was mostly uneventful, which is a good thing considering the storms in the nearby area. One Jeep arrived late due to weather delays en route but fortunately we were still in radio range, so I pulled out of the caravan and headed back down to the staging area and picked him up and we caught back up to the group just above the first zig-zags. We ultimately made it to the lower parking area, tried to wait out the lighting storm for a while, and decided to head back down without summiting out of an abundance of caution. Despite the heavy rains we could see in the distance and the moderate rain that washed over us at the parking area, the trail remained clean and easy for us to navigate up and down. The staging area was even fairly dry as we aired up around 8:45pm. Then the fun began. While Harquahala itself was spared a direct hit by the storm, nearby areas not so much. Road Crews and law enforcement were in the process of closing Eagle Eye Rd to I10 as the first few jeeps left after airing up. The first few heading towards I10 got through the before (or just as) the closings and before the water got too deep at a few of the southern washes. As the last of us headed out about 9:20, a brief moment of cell service allowed text messages from @Ladybug who with @ob1jeeper had headed north to Aguila to get through telling us they needed help at the first of the two Tiger Wash crossings. Our four vehicles @4x4tographer, @K2man56, @alexshel44, and myself along with @Stacey and Scott who had left just prior and were waiting at a deep wash towards I10, turned north and went to help. We were onsite about 9:35. A local trio on the other side of the wash had been trying to help but were unsuccessful with their truck on pulling the jeep out. Below the about 2-2.5ft fast flowing water was a lot of sand and mud washed over the road by the flash flood. From unflooded pavement to @ob1jeeper's jeep was about 120 or so ft. We setup a two Jeep anchored configuration at the water's edge, pulled the maximum extent of my winch line, added a 30 ft kinetic rope and a tow strap (20ft?) to complete the hookup. Once we got the jeep past the deep sand and mud it was able to drive the rest of the way under its own power. Total time onsite for the rescue crew was about 35 minutes according to my GPS time stamps. While the trio of men were unable to free the Jeep themselves, they were still beyond helpful in rigging line to winch the Jeep out. By 10 after 10pm we were heading south towards I10. While the main work was done the night was not yet over. We had a couple of minor washes to carefully navigate and then we came upon a line of tractor-trailers parked in the road before a flooded section. The flooded area was stagnant, and by the time we got out, walked past all the rigs, someone else in the area had walked the flood and determined was 2ft deep at most with no signs of mud build up. Once @4x4tographer drove across, those big rigs were not going to be sit there and be shown out. They jumped in with us and crossed. By 11pm we had made it to I10. I have a time lapse video of the recovery setup, but apparently my GoPro battery died right was we started to tighten up the rigging. Here is a time lapse of the mountain climb. Note, I had to turn back to go get our late arrival and then we had to play catch-up. And here are a selection of pictures I took:
  6. Here are a few cool captures of lightning along 9999 (AZCO Mine Rd) from the GoPro as we worked our way back to the highway. Photos are in time order with the middle four being the same “event”.
  7. Here are @4x4tographer and @theksmith making it through the White Line obstacle with @capsul skillfully directing them Pictures from the opening of Lower Terminator Stills taken from White Line videos above Random cool rock light shot
  8. You'll do fine. Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice, I am willing to make. Here is an old map that shows the original Technical Vehicle (TV) trails. TV5 is really just an alternate exit to TV3. During the day, short and easy but pin-stripy. And note that TV2 and TV3 can connect as one trail following Cottonwood Gulch that does not go back up to 9999 in the middle. The first Gaia map link in the description is the exact path I plan on following. Some pictures from my March run (last shakedown cruise before EJS in Moab)
  9. I live over in Cave Creek and they keep claiming it's going to rain and the most I've gotten since the start of monsoon season is sprinkles. My rain gauge has remained bone dry, bone. Now I may eat those words... I'm off to Chicago for work until Friday, we'll see what I get back to.
  10. Welcome to the group, we're happy to have you! Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation Tribal Park. As such we can't lead runs there. Plus the Navajo Nation is further limiting attendance as part of their COVID protocols which are much more strict than just about any where off the reservation (bring your mask). The loop however is a truly easy drive. You can do it in a sedan normally, weather permitting. The road is well maintained, and the park authorities provide you with everything you need to enjoy a self-guided tour ($8/person entry fee). I do strongly encourage you to make time to go see the valley. It is truly a unique experience. My wife and I stayed at The View Hotel the last time we went. Take a good camera with you! But I am happy to put together a day run in the local area, Phoenix metro, Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, Florence, Globe, etc, and the Tonto, Prescott, and lower Coconino National Forests.
  11. If I understand the problem here correctly, what you mean by "siphon is that on a slope" is that it leaks out the washer fluid from the tank under the hood? That would make sense in a uphill attitude, the tailgate output is at a lower elevation than the storage tank up front. Generally speaking a check valve would not the solution because check valves are designed to prevent reverse flow. A passive check valve would indeed fail, but an active check valve (spring-loaded, normally closed) should work if only because there needs to be a certain amount of positive forward pressure to open the valve, the kind of pressure a strong enough pump motor would generate. Technically speaking, a spring-loaded check valve is also a simple form of an anti-siphon valve. The main difference here is that most anti-siphon valves (like hose bib and irrigation) have a reverse flow pressure relief for the output side, which you do not need here.
  12. Trail: Beat the heat and join us for a late evening/night run of both lower and upper Terminator at Table Mesa! Terminator is a challenging run during the day and we are going to run it in the dark. After we complete Terminator you will have the option to head back Little Pan Staging Area or continue on to Black Canyon City the back way for a little more challenge along with some cool night views of Black Canyon City. The plan is to run Cottonwood Gulch from AZCO Mine Rd (inclusive of TV2 and most of TV3) and then exit Cottonwood Gulch via TV5 connecting to 9958. https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=16.2/-112.1815/34.0252&pubLink=Gt4VlKTn2MvA9GgW1X6Cf36z&trackId=314f71ff87d3702de4fcbf089586a732 At 9958 I am planning to head north via 9958 to Black Canyon City, also known as the Black Canyon OHV trail. https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=18.1/-112.1928/34.0396&pubLink=Eh7NfVq2a1J6EGUnKknqW0JJ&trackId=c65514f90bb70ca8f66153f3712da6a9 If you have had your night fill, you can break off and head back down to Little Pan Staging Area and I17 instead of running to Black Canyon City. Itinerary: We will meet at Little Pan Staging Area at 6:30PM and complete and vehicle prep along with airing down. At 7:00PM we will have the drivers meeting and then hit the trail towards Lower Terminator. I expect Terminator will take up to five hours as a group. The run to Black Canyon City should take about 2.5 hours plus any stops for night photography. We should be airing up in Black Canyon City around 2:30AM. Additional Info: Meet up: Location: Little Pan Staging Area https://goo.gl/maps/FhqpaA8wNRKtMChm7 Time: 630PM Communications: GMRS channel 20 (462.6750 MHz) Vehicle Requirements: Oversized, 33+, M/T or A/T tires (M/T, >=35” recommended) 2.5” or greater lift As much light as you need, but be kind and don’t blind the drivers in front of you! Misc: Bring plenty of water and snacks! Bring your camera if you want to capture any night shots. Standard Disclaimer All plans subject to change due to weather events and monsoon related trails conditions. Sign-Up: Sign-up is limited to five vehicles, but don’t hesitate to join the standby list as people on the sign-up list may drop out at any time for various reasons. 1. @SonoranWanderer 2. @theksmith 3. @4x4tographer 4. @capsul 5. Standby: 1. 2. 3.
  13. I would love to jump in but the timing of off for me. Dusy and the Gala both collided with another personal trip already booked at the same time. =(
  14. Well between Smiley and Terminator, I'm going to have to do some camping. My wife gets annoyed with me coming home in the middle of the night
  15. A nice alternative in the same general area is Skeleton Bones. It's a bit west, and when I ran it in Feb 2021, we practically had it to ourselves.
  16. The heat doesn't bother me that much, it is actually a large part of the reason we moved to Arizona. But that's why I also posted a fair number of suggestions up "north" in the higher elevations. Bulldog is a fun, pretty run.
  17. What are some "day trip", Saturday or Sunday trails where the start of the trail is roughly within two hours of Phoenix that you would like to go over the next two or three months if only someone would lead the trip? I am leaving this wide open, could be easy and scenic, could be challenging and an opportunity to test your vehicle or your driving skills. Maybe there is just some trail you want to explore but don't want to go alone. Just some suggestions, in the three major directions from Phoenix, to open the mind: One moderate level run I like to take people on for awesome views of the Sedona cliffs (weather and smoke permitting) is my Carefree to Dugas route Schenbly Hill Road (easy to mildly moderate) or Broken Arrow (moderate to mildly difficult), maybe two-for-one in a day Hackberry Creek loop (TrailsOffroad figure 8 version or the FunTreks shorter figure 6 version). Both are difficult, the TrailsOffroad version is just more of the difficult and more scenery. Terminator lower and upper, add in Black Canyon OHV trail and you have a nice full day run (decently difficult to extreme) I have a longer, more difficult version of Turkey Creek Trail from Bumble Bee exit to Spring Valley Diamondback Gulch (aka Greasy Spoon). Moderate Smiley Rock, difficult I have a route around the Eagletail Wilderness with a nice, not too long hike near Courthouse Rock, if you don't mind the heat of the summer, driving is easy to maybe mildly moderate Any of these or whatever else, comment what is on your mind at the moment. Where do you want to go?
  18. No improvement on manufacturer's design, eh? But the more important questions, is the ticking gone?
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