Our first real obstacle was Carburator Hill. A fun stairstep climb up wet rocks, with some dirt and an off-camber slide to the side. Yeah! This proved a bit tricky. But what a great way to start the trail ride.
We had to check it out and walk it first, determine our line of approach,
then attack! I almost rolled my Scrambler as I slid over the side of the
rock half way up. But a little more throttle, adrenaline, and a cussword,
and I made it. Not everyone was as lucky. About half the jeeps needed to
be winched up, and one Wrangler did end up on his side. Nothing injured
Day two brought drizzle, then some afternoon sunshine. Our group was well equipped, and ready for action. I might add, trail leaders and guides can really make these trips fun. Today proved that! Thanks Flash. Thanks Doc.
What a great place to stop for lunch.
Next we hit Powder Puff hill. So named for the powdery dirt that seems to
defy traction. Only the major modifieds tried it, and only Flash made it,
the first time. 2nd try he just couldn't get it - no matter how much love
he felt. (inside joke)
Everyone else got half-way, then had to winch, or in this case, fix a hub, then winch.
Our last hill was the "Stairway to Heaven" - we only did the first half of it. The second half of the hill is reserved for Jeeps with 35" tires and lockers in front and rear only. We were told not to even think about it if you weren't so equipped. I thought about it, then headed down the mountain, thinking . . . "I'll be back"!