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Scorpion
June 26th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Managed to hook up with a large group that was on the last few legs of a 12 day wheeling trip which hit some of the finer spots in GJ, Moab, and including trails down by Fairplay. Everyone in the group was extremely out going and more than willing to allow me to tag along for the day.

The combination of dense brush and mid-trail streams was extremely cool.

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010002.jpg

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010003.jpg

Here's the first section that gave us a little difficulties. The snow was deep and up-hill enough to make it difficult to pass. We ended up running the driver's side tires up a small foot wide dirt path on the left keeping the passenger's side tires up on 4 feet of snow. It was off-camber enough that I ended up having only the driver's side wheels on the ground for a few feet. From inside it seemed stable to me. :loco:

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010007.jpg

The climb to the lake was rather straight forward...

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010011.jpg

Once on top there was a small section of snow that was a little deeper than it appeared. Bigger tires did the trick...

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010012.jpg

And the lake...

http://www.tntcustoms.com/Trails/WheelerLake_June06/P1010014.jpg

Not bad for wheelin' on a weekday.

dentedfender
June 26th, 2006, 09:01 PM
Sweet pics, i cant wait to go up there this weekend. looks like there is still plently of snow for me to go snowboarding. :)

DADA_JEEP
June 26th, 2006, 09:47 PM
all loaded up and ready to try it tomorrow

Scorpion
June 27th, 2006, 05:41 AM
all loaded up and ready to try it tomorrow

I really wanted to meet you guys down there but couldn't get Tuesday off. Hope you guys have a great day! I'll catch the next one.

Matt

fatwreck
June 27th, 2006, 07:11 AM
Damn....you suck for taking a nice trip like that while the rest of us are sitting here behind computers. :rant:

It looks like you had a good time. I guess I'm just jealous. Where are the pictures of the two "obstacles" that wheeler lake has to offer?

Scorpion
June 27th, 2006, 09:54 AM
Damn....you suck for taking a nice trip like that while the rest of us are sitting here behind computers. :rant:

It looks like you had a good time. I guess I'm just jealous. Where are the pictures of the two "obstacles" that wheeler lake has to offer?

Some perks of working for yourself I guess. The only part about the trip I didn't like was that Sunday I ran Chinaman's Gulch so I "got to" drive down to that area two days in a row.

Lack of pictures = bringing up the rear while running with people you just introduced yourself to. Damn shame too, not all of the tires spent the entire day on the ground.

I should have just made you take the day off... :D

Wally
June 27th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Nice pics...i ran into those scrambler guys one day at the gas station after they ran billings, i was out biking so i felt pretty fawking cool talking to a some dudes in some WAY built rigs with my spandex shorts and race jersey :lmao:

Scorpion
June 27th, 2006, 01:05 PM
Nice pics...i ran into those scrambler guys one day at the gas station after they ran billings, i was out biking so i felt pretty fawking cool talking to a some dudes in some WAY built rigs with my spandex shorts and race jersey :lmao:

Extremely nice group of guys. My guess is the overlooked your "attire". :P

Blue Dodge
June 27th, 2006, 03:47 PM
Hey, its been awhile, (well only a year but I drove up) since I was up there, is there enoough room to turn around and park a large (ie two place) trailer at the trailhead/dam? I recall parking, but I don't remember how big it was.

Matt
June 27th, 2006, 04:13 PM
Nice pics Matt. Looks like you had a fun weekend. :)

Locomigo
June 27th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Hey, its been awhile, (well only a year but I drove up) since I was up there, is there enoough room to turn around and park a large (ie two place) trailer at the trailhead/dam? I recall parking, but I don't remember how big it was.

Just drive BITCH.

Ya know, Phil was right, he DOES have a sister! :flipoff2: :laughing:







Although I would imagine the Avalanche and small trailer might work, but the long one may pose issues (realizing that the small one is potentially unavailable). You could probably park it doen below on the access road, and then drive the dodge in, but the PITA factor of it all may lean toward just driving the Dodge, not like its a LONG way.

willyb
June 27th, 2006, 08:55 PM
I'm with Brian on this one.. Must be nice to go wheelin' whenever you want... :flipoff2:

Looks like a good time though ;)

andyr354
June 28th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Great wheeling with another XJ, even though mine was stuck back in Fairplay broken on the trailer.

Some more pics of the trip, and moab pics, here.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/Moab_6-06/
http://trailkrawlers4x4.org/tkbbs/viewtopic.php?t=3350

Scorpion
June 29th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Hey, its been awhile, (well only a year but I drove up) since I was up there, is there enoough room to turn around and park a large (ie two place) trailer at the trailhead/dam? I recall parking, but I don't remember how big it was.
Yeah. Just before the bridge there's plenty of room. That's where I left mine for the day and there was still room for another couple with no issue.


Great wheeling with another XJ, even though mine was stuck back in Fairplay broken on the trailer.

Some more pics of the trip, and moab pics, here.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/Moab_6-06/
http://trailkrawlers4x4.org/tkbbs/viewtopic.php?t=3350

Andy...nice meeting you. Please do make sure you give me a call next time you're in town so we can give that XJ of yours a workout...looks sweet.

Matt

Blue Dodge
June 29th, 2006, 07:21 AM
Thanks Scorpion.

Keith -- Bite me. The Dodge is not road worthy, until it gets some diff covers, and new wheels. I am not driving up there on 10 psi and with no gear oil in the diffs.