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Wake up everybody....!! Are we gonna plan a run for May?!?

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by marv_springer, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. marv_springer

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    Damn.... Everybody from Az leave....? /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Ok.. the heat is gonna be here soon. So if we're gonna do a May run, I think it's gonna have to be near water or up North where Fred is. And I'm going out of town the whole last week of May (4 wheelin' in Las Cruces and El Paso), so I's hoping that it would be earlier in the month.


    So....

    The only "water" runs I know of:
    1) Butcher Jones out by Saguaro Lake
    2) FR 42 near Bartlett Lake

    What about the Mingus trail up by FWP? ....any info?

    mo' suggestions...?!?

    Marv
     
  2. BadDog

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    Don't know about everyone else but, I'm in LA till Saturday, and it will take me a week or so more to get my rig back together. Other than that, I'm game as long as there is parking...
     
  3. FWP

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    How bout the 18th or 19th of May? We could run Mingus. It is in the Prescott Natl forest, and fire restrictions are in place. It is very very dry, so if anyone's vehicle isn't in top condition, I don't recommend using it up here until the monsoons come.

    The trail is really a wash, no more than 1/2 mile total. there are only 3 or 4 tough obstacles, prolly a 3.5 rating or less. Last run I went on had 6 vehicles, and I think it only took 4 hours. The trail was wet due to snow melt, so a few had to get strapped over the waterfall, including me. I'll ask my friend Tye if he has any saved trail reports, and I'll post em if I can get them.
     
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    Oh I almost forgot. Alto Pit OHV park is less than 20 minutes away from the Mingus trail, so if the day is a short one, you can also play over there. There is a possibility of another close by trail longer and harder than Mingus, but it's on private land, and I know the owner, I just have to get permission before-hand.
     
  5. BadDog

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    Harder is good. Don't know if I have the indurance for another Terminator though. By the time we were done, I was BEAT!
     
  6. Hossbaby50

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    May 18th or 19th is GOOD. I will be back. I probably won't be able to wheel though due to the fact that my front end will probably have been swapped to 4.56's and my rear will still be 3.73 until I get my 14bff swapped. But I can be there with parts, tools, labor, and moral support.

    Would anyone have a seat or two open, and need a spotter/navigator? My buddy (or 2) will probably want to come along.

    I will most likely drive my dads F350 4x4, so I might be able to get a little 4x4ing in it. I also would be able to tow anyone home, should it be needed. I will also bring my tools, and spare parts in case they are needed.
     
  7. FWP

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    Here's another point of view of the Mingus trail from my local club president.....

    Here's a quick description of the trail:

    Mingus Mangler begins at the mid-section of the trail where the road crosses
    the stream bed. Turning downstream, vehicles must wind through a few medium
    boulders to get to the first obstacle, the waterfall. This obstacle drops
    about 5 feet abruptly into the lower stream bed. The shorter the wheelbase
    of the vehicle, the more nose-down you'll get (see pic #3).

    The second obstacle is a shallow waterfall but with large holes to crawl
    through, over, or around. Picking the wrong line here has threatened roll
    over but is usually quite tame.

    The third obstacle is Axle Eater. This longer section of rock outcroppings
    has a hole at the end that only one side of the rig drops into. As vehicles
    attempt to pass, the corner of the outcropping likes to snag axle tubes.
    Over time, numerous axles tagging this obstacle have chipped away at the
    corner, lessening it's bite, but it will still take good tire placement to
    pass. After descending, the trail becomes rather mundane for us rock
    crawlers so we usually turn around and head back upstream. See pic #1 where
    the white CJ is beginning the ascent of Axle Eater. Another line cuts
    around and over a large boulder in the trail. Don't attempt it with out
    rocker panel protection. It will BITE!

    Back up the small waterfall and climb the big waterfall and your back to the
    dirt road. Continue up stream for several hundred yards. The first
    upstream obstacle is a rock ledge with a big groove cut out of it.
    Straddling the groove is the usual line. Traction is good with the rock
    edges. Just 50 feet further is the last obstacle upstream.

    The upstream "Y" waterfall has several different lines. It is made
    difficult by dropping down followed by climbing up immediately after. There
    are several lines from medium-hard to almost impossible. The "Y"
    designation is given because one groove extends from the entry path up and
    to the right. Another extends up and to the left. This left route is the
    hardest line and will take body panels hostage without a second thought.
    Several straight ahead lines are optional as well. Short wheelbases like
    the CJ in pic #2 may have traction problems as the front tires try to grasp
    the terrain atop the waterfall. Be prepared to drag the rear bumper on the
    ascent and possibly the front bumper on the descent.

    Turn around in the wide stream bed on top and pick a line for the downhill
    trip. Back to the road completes the Mangler.
     
  8. smp

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    HHHHHHMMMMmmmmm Sound fun I'm game
     
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    Dang....! I want to go do this trail.. but the 18/19 weekend is gonna be bad for me. Maybe somethin' will change....!

    Marv
     
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    I just picked that date out of the blue. Any weekend is good for me.
     
  11. K5 NUTT

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    Guess its time to start kicking around dates...since today is the 1rst....

    And Marvin.....drove up to the shop today to get the revolver shackles i needed to sell.....and to my disbelief sat 4 TruxUs 38's.....the rumor from Damon is they are for you and they aren't even ava yet.....could have them mounted on my rims and leave you my slightly used MTR's....??? Hahhaha...Can't believe after all these years you are puttin on some rubber with a bite....:0).

    Azblazer
     
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    Marv-----You're gettin rid of the all terrains--no way! its gotta be for the buggy.
     
  13. NoRulz

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    I most likely won't be out for a while, other than maybe short table mesa trips. Until I can actually drive the truck at speed, it's not going far. Not to mention I'm broke, can't find a job, losing my apartment at the end of the month, trying to sell the tow vehicle... the fun is just piling up on me right now.
     
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    Hey now.... You guys know that I'm still trying to maintain that "sleeper" image with the A/T's... /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    The STS's are not really that agressive, but they're definitely more so than the BFG A/T's that I've been running for so long. And YES.... they're for the FunBuggy.

    Hey wait... they are STS's... aren't they?

    Too cool that they're here..!! Just gotta get one more rim painted and them get them mounted. I'll get in touch w/ Moose.

    Marv
     
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    Marv,
    i would love to, but i am still out a trans, i am moving on the 11th... hopefully
    and i have a Marine Corps thing to do on the 18th. that leavs the 25th but i will have to do lots of house work, and BLAZER work. whoo. i can weork on it soon
    grant
     
  16. Ddragggon

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    on the 19th, I'll be on my way home from visitng relatives in utah... perhaps I'll detour into the prescott area, and catch the tail end of the trail/return to the parking lot. I'll be in the C20, so no offroading for me, ( I can't afford the fuel cost to take the K20 all the way to utah and back.... it only gets 6 MPG, whereas the C20 gets 13, and has its 454 too)
     
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    So when are we going wheelin ?????

    What dates and what trails have we decided on ?
     
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    Sorry, I'm out the next 2 weekends. Gotta work and stick around town.
     

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