My third and final trip this year at Big Dogs is in the books. If I had set weekends off I would have skipped this trip due to the weather. Regardless I still attended and will share my weekend below.
I left Friday morning around 10:30am to avoid traffic and get camp set up before dark. The trip down went farely smooth, I took my time as it was raining and I am still getting used to towing a trailer. I got to the Cove around 2pm and checked in at Camp 3. I have never camped there, its up above the bath house near the upper lake. I got camp set up at spot #43 and the resident at the cabin arrived and told me I was in the wrong spot. I was one site off so it took pretty much the rest of my strength to drag all of my camping gear up the hill and set up again. At that point I was tired and soaked from the rain so I took a nap until the rest of the group arrived.
Brad and Spence arrived in the late afternoon after battling traffic for 4 hours. I helped them get set up at spot #45, pitched a tarp over our camp and built a nice fire. I then moved my camp again as it was a nicer spot. Cooked a few burgers, while Brad and Spence were chowing down on pulled pork hotdogs.
Joe and his buddy Bear finally made it after a few phone calls and wrong turns, and Brad got there last after a trailer breakdown. I called it an early night and was anxious to finally hit some trails in the morning.
Saturday morning I met Will waiting at our camp as he drove up the morning of. We had a late start, ran part of Wahoo and headed over to Corum. Will had taken the Rubicon this trip so he could have a roof and heat (I can't blame him.) He went to turn on the lockers and the dash lit up with error codes. We crawled under the TJ and found that the fittings to the housing were broken off the axle. Will took the bypass and I followed Tyler about halfway up Corum until he ripped the rear shock mount and unseated the coil spring. After removing the shock and reseating the spring, I turned around and headed back to camp as I had gotten seperated from Brad and Joe (they were waiting at the top of the trail.) I helped Will load the Rubicon on the trailer and rode back with him to the house to pick up his CJ7. After loading up the new rig and checking out the world famous Big Bird CJ, we headed back to the Cove for hopefully a better trail ride on Sunday. (It never stopped raining the entire weekend.)
On Sunday we had a late start again but regardless we were out on the trails. Will took the lead on Sunday and brought us over to the KGB trail. Traction was difficult, I was getting frustrated as I couldn't make a simple rock hill. I lowered my air pressure a few psi and it helped significantly. We got back on Pinnacle I believe and headed over to my favorite trail at Big Dogs, V Trail.
I apoligize for picture quality, I was filming with the GoPro at the same time.
Here is a video of me completing the bonus obstacle on V Trail:
The last two photos are me broken down not long after I did the bonus obstacle. I somehow was able to get the log stuck by the rear axle and it took out my ARB line (thankfully it did not hit my transcooler or punchure my gas tank.) After removing the log I called it a day and we headed back to camp, packed up and had a quick meal at Sonic before making the long trip home. Even though this was a rough wheeling weekend, I still plan on attending a couple Big Dogs events next year, hopefully with a truck and trailer though.
(And alot less rain.)