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  1. The gang and I completed a shortened version of the run I had scheduled. (I'll explain in a little bit) It was good to see everyone again and meet some new folks too. Thanks to everyone who came out and explored with me, I had a blast! I did not take any pictures for some odd reason so I am looking forward to seeing yours. Those in attendance were: @4WLNRN @OffroadFun @Visket @Franky @Rawhyd @JEMSA @Mick Bowers Shout outs: @Rawhyd- Thanks for tail gunning and keeping the gang together and for looking over the maps and working through getting a camp spot on Friday! @Mick Bowers- Thanks for cooking dinner for everyone Friday night! It was a great spaghetti dinner. Everyone who kept tabs and checked up on me to make sure I was hangin' in there okay on Saturday. Most of us stayed in Alamo on 6-6 at the Sunset View Inn, a quirky but neat little hotel. My room was the Fantasy Room. The post for the run has pictures of some our rooms. it was a little weird and the bathroom smelled weird. Not a "holy cow someone had bad Mexican food" smell, but more like a moldy smell. Other than that all was well. Friday Morning we all gathered up and aired down around 8 A.M. then hit the road shortly after. We headed a mile south to the Delamar Ghost Town trailhead. The name of the game on this trail was dust, it was everywhere. Not unexpected as this area is in the middle of the desert. We crossed over the Delamar Lake bed which kicked up a bunch of silt but it was still a cool thing to do. We saw some wild horses along the way, that was pretty cool too. The trail got a little more exciting/fun once we made it past the lake. Nothing to crazy, just some off-camber parts and some ruts and rocky parts. We made it to the remains of the town of Delamar and did some exploring. It was pretty cool too see all the remains of houses scattered through out the little valleys and up on the hillsides. All the building remains gave the vibe that this place used to be a busy little mining town. Once we were done there we headed north toward the Silver State Trail System. On the way up we stopped and visited the Helene Cemetery. As expected this cemetery is old. Some of the headstones were well over 100 years old. From there the roads to the SSTS were smooth and dusty. We stopped for lunch at the Chief Mountain trailhead. Here there was a picnic areas with shade and restroom "facilities". Once done with lunch we made our way towards the Pan American mine. The trail was a mix of smooth roads, some off camber, and some rocky parts. We also saw some more wild horses along the way. Glenn said he saw a deer, I was too busy looking at the mountains that surrounded us and missed that wildlife. We climbed in elevation as we made our way to the Pan American mine. There are signs that say it is private property but the gate is non-existent so we kept on truckin'. There's an old cabin on the hill behind the mine that looked to have an amazing view. The entrance to the mine itself is huge, big enough to drive a Jeep into. Glenn was down there and took some pics. From there we went up the road to where I thought we'd make camp at the Comet Mine which according to a sign says it is under video surveillance. I quickly realized there was not enough room for all of us , the ground was rocky, and there was debris everywhere. I wanted to go further North to the Mountain Lion Mine and perhaps camp there. Glen and I looked at the maps and talked it over. We both noticed the road out that continued to the Mountain Lion Mine looked pretty chewed up past the Comet Mine so for the safety of all we decided to head back South and head west across Deadman's Crossing. This was an easy trail about 22 miles long. We did not find camp until almost the end at Hamiton(This is the correct spelling 🙂) Spring. This was a good camp spot with enough room for all of us. We all set up camp and @Mick Bowers went about cooking dinner for everyone. A nice spaghetti dinner with rolls. After covering about 100 miles, including some back tracking, this was a welcome meal and much appreciated. After dinner a wind storm, no dust just a strong wind, came up and cooled the temps down significantly. Saturday Morning I woke up feeling like a hot pile of garbage. 🤬 I talked things over with a few folks and we decided the best approach was to poll the group to see what they wanted to do. I was going to head south at the end of Deadman's crossing and make my way to HWY 318 then home. We had covered a lot of ground Friday so Saturday was shaping up to be a short day anyway. I gathered up the group and let them know my plan. Those who did not want to go with me could go to Pioche, we were close enough. We reviewed those directions and everyone but @4WLNRN and @Rawhyd wanted to go that way, they followed me out. That trail out was very lightly traveled and had some challenging spots. A good fun way to end the weekend. Lessons Learned: Weather forecasts generally lie, it was hotter than anticipated. So next time I go up there it will be earlier in the year. It was a little too warm in the daytime and took a bit to cool down at night. Bring Liquid IV or some sort of drinks with electrolytes. Come up with a Plan C to fill in time on the second day if we cover a lot of ground on the first day. All in all this was a great trip with a couple of hiccups but that is how things go sometimes. Thanks again for coming along everyone!
  2. Very nice! If you haven't looked into Hothead Headliners yet I highly recommend it. They help some in the summertime and do quiet things down a little. To borrow a phrase, YMMV. 🙂
  3. I took my rig in to @OnPointOffroad to have everything looked over before a couple road trips this year. I knew I was in need of a serpentine belt but wanted everything else checked for sanity's sake. I also have been hearing an annoying rattle and squeak that was coming from points unknown. I have been looking all over and had zero luck finding it. Turns out that noise was the rear break pads and clips. Joe said in the JK's this happens when the pads wear down the clips come loose. In turn everything back there squeaks and rattles. Who knew. Other than those two items everything else was good. Joe and Vince did an awesome as usual, thanks guys!
  4. Very nice! I am running the Toyo Open Country A/T III tires on my rig and love them. They seem to be good quality tires so far.
  5. Great pics! We were glad to have you and your brother along for the ride.
  6. Awesome pics, that mine and it's buildings are pretty dang cool.
  7. We wrapped up another epic KOFA run this afternoon and once again we had the place to ourselves. It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some members of this motley crew for the first time. The trails were in good condition overall, some wear and tear and weather erosion has occurred since last year but nothing too significant. The area never disappoints to provide some epic scenery. This time was even better because the desert was alive, green, and flowers were blooming. We visited two epic campsites; Friday night we spent the night in Big Dick Canyon(No Giggling😁) and Saturday night at my favorite spot out there so far, the Hovatter Homestead. Mother nature was in a bad mood this weekend because we had some minor issues. We all hit rain on the way in which had me concerned but it moved out pretty quickly. The rain did help control the dust so that was the silver lining. By the time we made it to camp and got set up the clouds had moved out and we had a prefect evening. We did have some weather roll in Saturday evening that delayed the evenings activities a little. It moved on eventually and we all gathered up next to the fire and burned every single piece of firewood we had on hand, it was glorious. All in all an awesome weekend with some good people in a beautiful part of the state. Thanks again to everyone that came out, I had blast even with the little rain that we had. Those in attendance were: @gearhead @Curly @Dennis Szymanski @Bjparsons @Franky @gman @Mick Bowers @Micely Some shout outs are in order. @Curly For finding information on the Rob Roy Mine. I never knew this was here and it was definitely worth a the visit and a revisit next time we get out that way. It is a short hike from the parking area and there is a lot of stuff there to see. You can see some of the artifacts on YouTube. It sits right on the edge of the active mine but is part of KOFA so you are safe to wander up there and explore everything. Apparently Fred White, who discovered the mine, was afraid of being buried alive. That is understandable but weird for a miner in my opinion. Here is a clip from his obituary that the article I linked to and the plaque on the property mentions. "Beaver, Utah, Dec. 29. - Fred White, discoverer of the Rob Roy mine, and at one time very wealthy, has committed suicide. In a letter, written just before his death, he calls down curses on those who "robbed" him. He also expresses the with that his heart shall be punctured two or three times after his body shall be found in order that death may be certain. He had a horror of being buried alive." @gearhead for tail-gunning and helping keep the gang together and headed in the right direction. Thanks Mike! The gang who stacked rocks to help get a couple of folks down a tricky spot this morning and @Dennis Szymanski for spotting @Franky through that spot. I only took a few pictures, they are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/q5qiXxbXuF3WrrcD8
  8. Happy birthday Kristoffer!!
  9. Howdy gang! I have trip report posted up at the spot below, if you have any pictures or anything you'd like to share that is the place to go.
  10. Yesterday we ran Box Canyon from North to South,it was good to see some familiar faces and meet some new ORP members that I had not met yet. The weather was perfect for this run and it was good to get out after not running any trails for a while. We had a good crew along for the ride. Those in attendance were: @Zavala @Dennis Szymanski & Mrs. Z @Alexis @Tim V @JEMSA Th recent rains helped keep the dust down most all of the day which was a bonus. The rains also had the landscape alive and green which is always good to see. There were some mud holes on the trail but there were bypasses around the bigger ones. Mineral Mountain Road/trail overall is in good condition, nothing to challenging. At 5 Points we veered of to the left to ride the ridges overlooking the area. This trail is also known as Waterfall Bypass and is the northern section of Box Canyon. TrailsOffroad has a good write up on it. This trail has narrow ledges and some spectacular views all around. Nothing to challenging, once you make the turn 4 Low is your friend all the way across and down the switchbacks. We ran into a few groups coming in the other direction but everyone cooperated and we all managed to avoid each other, we even worked around a grouchy old man on a motorcycle that wanted to yell at us. Once down the switchbacks we made our way to the Stagecoach stop for lunch. Everyone found a shady spot to have some grub, shoot the breeze, and enjoy the weather. Once we finished up lunch we made our way into the best part of the trail, Box Canyon itself. On the way we managed to avoid a group of SXS drivers that decided standing in the middle of the trail and not moving was a good idea. Once in the canyon there was some traffic coming the other direction, as expected, but all groups managed to work around each other without incident. The ride through the canyon was awesome as always. Overall the trails are in good condition minus a little wear and tear as is the case on popular trails. I did not have my wife/photographer with me today so I did not grab many pics,only a couple of the stagecoach stop. ☹️ Or company at lunch. Thanks again to everyone who joined me yesterday. If you have any pictures you'd like to share this is the spot.
  11. Made it home and finished cleaning up.Thanks for coming out everyone, I had a blast. It was good to get out on the dirt again. I will get a trip report written up and posted soon.
  12. I checked on the Weekend Freeway Closures and we have a few in the valley, of course. Please plan accordingly.
  13. Howdy everyone! I am looking forward to getting out on the trail Saturday. Here are a couple of reminders for the meet-up spot and permit requirements. If anything changes and you cannot make it please let me know as soon as you can. See you guys in a couple of days! 🤘 MEET UP: When: Saturday 2/17/24 @ 9:00 AM Departing: No later than 9:30. There are a couple of gas stations in Gold Canyon, please arrive fueled up. Where: The wide staging area just south of US 60. It can be busy, I'll be there somewhere. STATE TRUST PERMIT ***A State Trust Land Permit is required for this trail.*** Grab one or renew yours here if needed: https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/
  14. Ruh Roh! Thanks for the heads up, hope you can get it sorted out. We'll catch you on the next one!
  15. No worries at all and welcome to club! The threads 4x4tographer referred to are excellent threads. Post up any questions you may have there, any one of us will be happy to help answer.
  16. I added you in. Radios are good to have on these runs, I may have a spare you can borrow. I'll test it out this week.
  17. Thank you Kristoffer, I am on the hunt for a wall with a level parking lot and 25' to work.
  18. After reading various things and watching a couple of videos on adjusting headlight aim I have a question. Nothing I have read takes lift size into consideration when mentioning how high to run an indicator, like a length of blue tape for example, across a wall or fence. Does the lift size matter and that is why it is not mentioned? How far back from what you are aiming should you be? For reference I have a 2" lift and am running 33's.
  19. Thanks for the heads up. Looks like the festival opens at 10, so I am hoping traffic won't be too bad when some of us roll through the area.
  20. I decided to upgrade my air compressor game recently. My Smittybilt compressor still works great, I just needed something to work better with my quad hose kit. I decided to go with the MORRFlate TenSix compressor that goes with the MORRFlate Quad Hose Kit I purchased a while ago. This compressor was designed/updated with the quad hose kit in mind. I tested it out yesterday and I like the results. The compressor gets hot of course as do the stainless steel fittings. Nothing unexpected, just have to wear gloves which I normally do.
  21. Yes you can, I have the meeting point at the big staging area just south of the US 60. It's kinda nuts there but it's easier to group up there.
  22. Join us for a run through the scenic and popular Box Canyon in Florence, AZ (NOT the one in Wickenburg). Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail, which when run from South to North provides access to a gang of trails North of the canyon. We will be running this trail from North to South however. We will not be running the entirety of the Mineral Mountain trail, we will run a section of it south to the 5 Points waypoint and veer off from there. No Rock Crawling or any of the waterfalls on Mineral mountain will be involved. Details and sign ups can be found here.
  23. 2/17/24: Box Canyon Florence | Moderate | Near Florence, AZ Join us for a run through the scenic and popular Box Canyon in Florence, AZ (NOT the one in Wickenburg). Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail, which when run from South to North provides access to a gang of trails North of the canyon. We will be running this trail from North to South however. We will not be running the entirety of the Mineral Mountain trail, we will run a section of it south to the 5 Points waypoint and veer off from there. No Rock Crawling or any of the waterfalls on Mineral mountain will be involved. Trail Rating: EASY to MODERATE MEET UP: When: Saturday 2/17/24 @ 9:00 AM Departing: No later than 9:30. There are a couple of gas stations in Gold Canyon, please arrive fueled up. Where: The wide staging area just south of US 60. It can be busy, I'll be there somewhere. COMMS GMRS: Channel 20, if that is too noisy we can move to Channel 19. Requirements A high clearance 4x4 truck or SUV with a low range transfer case option, suitable front & rear recovery point, aggressive A/T or M/T tires While not required, aftermarket skid plates, rock rails, and sway-bar disconnects are recommended. Rigs & drivers must meet all the typical state/federal legal requirements for on-highway vehicles (license, insurance, registration, seat belts, lights, etc.) Vehicle should be mechanically sound and safe to drive Recovery gear, first aid kit, fire extinguisher Drivers of varying experience should be fine on this trip A great attitude! 🙂 MISC: Bring a lunch/snacks Bring MORE water than you need Dress for the weather, layers this time of year is always good. Bring a camera. Bring a chair. Bring sunscreen if needed. Typical Weather: It looks like it could be in the low 70's on this day, I will be monitoring it. STATE TRUST PERMIT ***A State Trust Land Permit is required for this trail.*** Grab one or renew yours here if needed: https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/ Subject to cancellation or postponement due to weather, WW3, plague, the rapture, natural disasters or lack of interest. Sign Ups Rig limit: 8 rigs, this trail is usually busy so a smaller group is going to work better. If the run fills up please sign up for standby, the attendees list could fluctuate and spots may open up. @shellback91 (Leading) @Zavala @Dennis Szymanski @Alexis @Tim V @JEMSA
  24. That's an awesome looking Jeep Fleet ya got there!! Glad B's okay and back on the road.
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