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  1. We had a nice leisurely morning and then went and met up with Gearhead at the local gas station. We then drove north to Oracle, AZ and run the Rice Peak Look and attempt to drive to the top of Rice Peak. We stopped at the old Post Office at American Flag to airdown:

     

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    A group was restoring the historic post office while we were there and let a few of us inside to take a peek. The post office is the white building on the right in this photo:

     

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    We then took the Mt. Lemmon Control road to the Rice Peak trail turnoff. The leaves were starting to turn in this area and it was really pretty.

     

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    After climbing for a while we took a spur trail off to see the mine

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    There were several mine shafts you could go into and explore but they were really muddy.

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    The old mine ore shoot was really starting to lean:

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    We then continued on the trail and rejoined the Rice Peak Loop. Lots of nice views of the San Manuel valley below us. We then got our first glimpse of the skinny and steep trail to the summit.

     

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    We started up the trail to the top and came to a step area that was really loose gravel and washed out. The step on a previous run was only small curb height and now was much bigger.

     

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    We attempted to go up the step. Without lockers we started slipping and then the rear of our Jeep took a "bunny hop" to the edge of the cliff. It was the scariest moment we have ever had wheeling. It was super steep and the brakes didn't want to hold either. We couldn't go forward and had to back down which made us tip towards the cliff. There was nothing to winch to and nothing to brake our fall if we were to roll. This would have been it for us had we gone over the edge. I still couldn't get out the Jeep until he could back down a few more feet. Huge thanks to Ksmith for spotting Chris in this awful spot and then helping me get out of the Jeep without falling off the cliff. I got out and walked down the hill. (Sorry honey!). With help Chris was able to back the Jeep down and turn it around. Both of us were shaken up and so thankful to be safe. Only shot I got of him after he had backed off the ledge:

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    The majority of the group decided not to attempt going to the top. Ksmith and G&D were able to continue up the step area and then around a skinny spot to reach the top. I lent my camera to Ksmith to at least get some shots at the top:

     

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    Parked at the top:

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    The Biosphere 2 can be seen in the distance:

     

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    Now we go back down and follow FR 4472 out the long way back to the Mt Lemmon Control Rd:

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    Everyone made it back to the air-up spot and all were safe. Huge thanks again for everyone for following us. Another great ORP trip!


  2. So we all turned around and made our way back down. The steep hills and gravity were fun!!

     

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    The long straight road you see in the distance is Tangerine Rd:

     

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    We got back to camp around 4pm and set up. I was so thankful I brought all my warm weather gear and extra blankets. Once the sun dropped it got cold fast. I have lost any cold weather tolerance that I used to have! We got a large fire going and Ksmith treated us to a movie under the stars. I played around trying to get a few shots of this.

     

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    The full moon then rose above the mountains

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  3. A big thanks for everyone who made these runs! The album links are below. If you get an "Internal Server" error while using Firefox try using Google Chrome. For some reason occasionally Firefox doesn't want to go to Picasa.

     

    Here is the link to the highlights album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/2014SutherlandRiceForSharing?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCN_RiIaE95C49gE&feat=directlink

     

    Here is the link to the complete album (500 photos): https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/201411SutherlandRicePeakMini?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCO_Z9PuW9M6vrQE&feat=directlink

     

    The weekend began on Friday night when we met George, Dianne, and Kristoffer at the campsite to hang out around the fire. I was surprised to see other people camping in this area as normally it is empty. However they found a nice quiet spot overlooking the mountains. The temperature quickly dropped and we all enjoyed a nice fire. George introduced me to "butt coals" (place coals under chair you are sitting in) which kept me nice and warm! Chris and I then went home to sleep and came back the next morning to meet everyone else in Catalina. We then proceeded to drive a few miles to meet up at the campsite and air-down.

     

    The Sutherland Trail is rough! There is not spot where you aren't bouncing over rocks or washouts. Despite being beat-up the views are awesome:

     

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    The first true obstacle is "The Squeeze". Last year we made it through but this year it was much more washed out and our Jeep tried but without lockers couldn't make it through. Thankfully there is a bypass.

     

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    Ksmith made it through no problem:

     

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    Nice shot of TucsonWJ:

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    Kermit:

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    Hurricane Dave was the next one through the squeeze. He got some serious wheels up but powered through.

     

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    Clifford was the next to make it through the squeeze:

     

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    Clifford's exo cage got friendly with the boulder:

     

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    We continued up the rocky trail into the washed out hills:

     

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    The trail had lots of wasps and poor Dave ended up getting stung by one. I even was being bothered while trying to shoot pictures of Clifford:

     

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    The decomposing granite hill was much more washed out then last year. This area got over 12+ inches of rain during monsoon season and it shows:

     

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    Remember those views I was talking about. The higher you go up the trail the views get amazing.

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    The next steep hill is really deeply washed out. Took a few attempts for us to find that perfect line to make it up:

     

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    We then parked at the top of a grassy area and walked down to the stream. This is the easiest spot to turn around and the trail after the stream is buggy level if not impassible.

     

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    Some walked up the trail. Here is Ksmith walking up the rock face where the trail crosses the stream:

     

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    Continued next post....


  4. I have managed to edit and get through Day 1 and Day two of pictures. Day two complete album has 600 photos and is still uploading. I will send a link to that tonight. I have high resolution copies on the home computer if anyone wants/needs them. These links are to the small resolution photos.

     

    Day 1 Highlights:

     

    https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/RubiconDayOneMini?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLr9xYDCz6extAE&feat=directlink

     

    Day 1 Complete:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/RubiconDayoneMiniComplete?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNSU2tzcrLbBvgE&feat=directlink

     

    Day Two Highlights:

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    Wonderful trip and I promise to do a trip report in the near future. Enjoy!!


  5. So still can't get a freakin permit for the Grand Falls trip. Got a call from the Navaho Parks and Rec who now claim the fee is $12. I had sent a money order for $10. They don't take CC so I have to send a $2 money order to: Navaho Parks and Rec, PO Box 2520, Window Rock, AZ 86515.

     

    They evidently want to make it challenging for anyone to visit. Hoping to get this permit before the trip in September.

     

    Would be awesome if their website had the correct address and fee information.

     

    -Sarah


  6. Well I use a detailed pack list in Excel that I update before the time depending on how long the trip is and the weather. I even have a pack list for a day trip. Then I use this a day or so before and lay everything out in one bedroom.

     

    The night before we full load the jeep. Where I went wrong this last time is my tent was in the office and not in the normal "camping storage" room.

     

    Unloading.... that night haul out the perishables. Next day take care of the rest. We normally get home so late and are to tired to deal with all the bags/laundry.


  7. We had a wonderful trip despite forgetting our tent and leaving our garage door open. We sure were in a hurry to leave town and escape!! I love being up in the pines and about 30 degrees cooler than Tucson!

     

    Link to complete album: https://picasaweb.google.com/110968346826086888564/20140614RimRoad?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKi1lO7ljKGffQ&feat=directlink

     

    Some picture Highlights:

     

    The Meet Up Spot on FR 300

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    Let the dust roll!!

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    Heading towards the first scenic overlook.

     

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    Made a great spot for family photos:

     

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    We then departed and continued to follow FR 300. The views were amazing. I discovered I needed to use my little camera for shots while the jeep is moving. Too hard to hold on to the big camera.

     

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    We turned left towards the General Springs Cabin for lunch. Then the majority of the group went on a hike to the railway tunnel.

     

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    After the group got back together we headed for the beautiful campsite.

     

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    Clayton was so tired the next morning. I think he stayed up all night to guard the jeep. We then hit the trail toward the buck springs cabin and the fire tower.

     

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    I am pretty sure Clayton stuck his tongue out at me!!

     

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    We stopped briefly at a stream and Moose got to go swiming. We also found some rock climbers and their pet goats.

     

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    Then we were off on a super dusty trail to the fire tower. I was all enthusiastic to climb the tower forgetting that I had a fear of heights. Big thanks to Karen for being my cheerleader on the way up and down!!

     

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    The way back down I think was more scary!

     

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    I got to drive the fun bumpy section between the tower and the doppler station. Chris stole the Jeep back for the decent down to the air-up spot.

     

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    Thanks again for a great tip!! It was a lovely escape!

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