Originally Posted by Manlaan
Well, both kinda.
I'm kinda under the impression that the majority here want zero risk for their vehicles, but Jan thinks I might just be over thinking it a bit and people are willing to do more than I think. So, instead of guessing what people are willing to do, I figure this will be a bit more definite. I'm hoping this can end up being a reference point for future trails as well, having the trail leader look to who signs up and match their name to how they voted (since it is a public poll).
Well, last Sunday I managed to achieve a small dent in my Taco, partially due to over confident guidance (some young guys we met on the trail, good guides, but too acclimated their early 90's Toyota Pickup(?) with a massive lift and large tires), and
partially due to my trust in them, despite my doubts, due to the formidable challenge of the rock garden that lay ahead, and my completely stock vehicle.
I think that some of the Taco owners here should attempt a challenge. I did Forest Lake a few weeks ago, and although some parts scared the shit out of me, by the time I was coming down through the scary parts, I was a million times more confident, and had a really great time in the process.
There some some things a stock Tacoma should not attempt, a heavy-duty rock garden with large diameter rocks being one of them
. I learned this the hard way, but it just inspired me to get my rig set up correctly, and to be more cautious and observative when approaching new, and challenging obstacles. Going last, without watching others traverse the obstacles did not help.
Anyhow, that was my folly, and such trails are nothing that I (or Manlaan/Greg, or anyone) would ever suggest for Meet & Greets
, especially gatherings that are composed of a variety of trucks and driver skill levels, most vehicles being daily drivers, meant to hold market value and look pretty, moreso than to be dedicated offroad vehicles.
So, in relation to Meet and Green #5
: There is a very fun trail I would like the meet n greet group to consider on the next Utah meet; it features totally amazing scenery, and slightly challenging, but totally risk free obstacles to be had (one tight (but totally doable, and risk free) squeeze between rocks, and one tight switchback).
I really think the level of fulfillment felt by participants would be totally astronomical (amazing), and the view awarded by this route is out of this world, especially with the leaves still changing. (however, Pre-Runners without lockers might have more difficulty, though it would not be impossible).
If anyone is worried about scratching their paint, I will either buy, or request that another member brings clippers
, and I will be happy to lead the group, trimming the few
bushes/plants that may scratch my paint. You are really more likely to meet with bushes if you do not pilot your rig correctly.
Such things are also best discussed in person, as the forums do not provide 100% of information that is available, and all questions cannot be instantly answered, should they arise.