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Taco in Moab April 15-21 2012

Discussion in 'Moab' started by Brandon###, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Apr 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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    Brandon###

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    I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of years admiring other members' pictures of Moab, and now that we've finally made it here, I can share our pics.

    We drove just over 1200 miles from Houston to Moab over 2 days, and we hit up Fins n Things on our first day.

    The trail wasn't too difficult, but the Jeeps definitely have the advantage in approach and departure angles. My receiver hitch scraped a few times, and I ended up breaking my trailer light plug/mount.

    It's hard to tell in the pic how steep this is, and how tall the ledge is. The receiver hitch caught heck once I rolled over the ledge.

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    Pics of Shafer Trail, Top of the World, and White Rim to follow...
     
  2. Apr 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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    It's awesome there huh! Can't believe you didn't relocate the 7 Pin before your trip. Another lesson learned the hard way! Did you do all of fins or just the north side?
     
  3. Apr 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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    I'm jelly... Wish I had gas money for a moab trip. about 1000 miles to get therefor me
     
  4. Apr 19, 2012 at 6:04 AM
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    Yeah it is awesome. The pictures really can't capture the beauty of this place.

    The ledge relocated the 7 pin for me:eek:. Oh well, if that's the only thing we break, I will say it was a successful trip.

    We did all of the fins, including the optional "fun loop" thanks to my trusty navigator. Our guidebook had a misprint in it which directed us over an optional "wall". So my navigator took us over the wall too.:eek: It wasn't going up until I locked the rear diff in. Once we were locked it went right up. This thing climbs like a mountain goat :)
     
  5. Apr 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    One day I'll make the trip also. The pictures are great and everyone knows that they never do justice so its hard to imagine what it actually looks like.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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    Here are a few more pics my wife took by holding our camera over the ledge at "Top of the World":eek:

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    If you don't see me post in a couple of days send the rescue crew to White Rim trail...or a tow truck
     
  7. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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    Nice pics! The wife and I made our first trip down there last summer, picked similar places to start too ;) We ran Poison Spider, Top of the World, and White Rim. You will love the White Rim. Pretty amazing area. Have fun and be safe, you'll be a LONG ways from anything on White Rim!
     
  8. Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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    excellent! thanks for sharing!

    as if my desire to get back there wasn't high enough, this definitely pushed it well over the ledge

    great pics from top of the world
     
  9. Apr 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    great pictures, thanks for sharing! One day I hope to make it out there.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    We just made it back from the White Rim trail. It was one loong day. We had planned on camping tonight, but pushed through and just drove the whole thing in 10 hours. That's stopping for plenty of photo ops and lunch.

    Just an FYI we burned through just over a half of a tank of gas. If you fill up before you hit up White Rim you should be fine.

    90% of it can be driven in a golf cart. It was much more tame than I was expecting. 4x4 is definitely not a requirement in normal conditions.

    I'll post up some pics soon.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM
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    I have a new found respect for people who post up pics of them at the "Top of the World". It took us 5 hours to drive this 9.6 mile trail. It was really tough. 4 lo 90% of the time, and the rear locker was a necessity in a couple of places. It starts out really easy and only gets harder the entire trail.

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  12. Apr 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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    looks great! :) what guidebook are you using, would you recommend it?

    sliders, any other armor?

    thanks

    <-- planning a Moab trip :)
     
  13. Apr 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM
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    I'm using the guidebook written by Charles Wells:
    http://www.amazon.com/Charles-A.-Wells/e/B001JOZTQ6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1/180-3462753-0703952

    Make sure you buy the spiral bound version. It will hold up a little better.

    All I have is sliders, no other armor. They're only needed if you go down the trails rated "Difficult". I haven't actually used them yet, but I've come dang close.

    We rented a Polaris Rzr today and gave the truck and ourselves a break. Much nicer than riding around in the truck. You can do all of these trails in 1/3 the time and don't have to worry about breaking your ride home.


    More pics to come...
     
  14. Apr 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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    danke for the info :)
     
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    Fantastic! I hope to do this trip in a year or two - thank you very much for posting! Great Pictures!

    David
     
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    We rented a town home for the week and it's just under $1000 (taxes included). I think it's a good deal considering it's 2 bedroom 2 bath with a garage and patio. It comes with a full kitchen and gas grill outside. The hotel cost for the week was pretty close to what we're paying, but this is a much better way to go.
     
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    very cool man...great pics nice truck...always a plus when our wifeys like to tag along :)
     
  18. Apr 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    Do you have the info for the town home?
     
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