I do believe there are fire restrictions now. Which means no campfires! Suks! Surprisingly, first I've heard of this in our neck of the woods, so to speak. We've never had them before that I know of, but I've seen a couple signs on other trails and as we all know it is a dry year. But we've had dry years before and still had campfires, so I dunno... changing times I guess???
So best bet is to call the USFS Station in Prather and pick their brain. Was just up there this last weekend and wood cutting areas are open, but not so sure about campfires??? Either way you'll need a permit.
What are you dates/times/plans? Trying to talk the wifey into going camping up there this weekend. If so, maybe set up a time/place to say 'hey'. If that doesn't pan out, you're welcome to swing by the house to say 'hi'. I'm sorta kinda on the way if you have the right directions. Just shoot me a pm if interested.
'92 YJ, 4.0, 5sp, 8.8, Tera 4-1, SYE, BDS 5" on 35's. 4.56 locked F&R. <><
'05 LJR, 6" long arm lift, 5.13's w/37 MTR's.
The date is set for leaving here next Wednesday. I'll talk to my buddy and see if we can work something out for a beer or at least a handshake. We are towing our jeeps down but have a basecamp to leave our trucks. I'll send you a PM before then and let you know what's what.
You have to start somewhere to get to the middle of nowhere.
The Dusy is one of the most beautiful trails I have ever seen. Big Ed and the Fresno 4x4 are some of best people you will meet. But for me the trail ended at 8.3 miles Just past dinky creek and the start of Thompson Hill. Up to that point the trail was AZ 2-3 at most, but again the views are amazing
. At about 5miles in just before Dinky and going by Ed's group, we had a airbag fault light go off. Nothing new I figured as this 2012 has been setting Mill lights before. We checked the seat belts. Figured its a Jeep. at about 8.2 miles we were stopped and talking to my tail gunner on the CB. There was a group in front of us and I wanted to hold until they cleared away a bit so we don't get in a, clustered up. The trail looking harder since its up hill and rocks do not want to be behind people to much. The last Jeep was a Bronco when it cleared enough to move I said on the Cb to the tail gunner, clear to go. I was still in gear its an auto in low range in Rubi low 1st, locked. I just was starting to let off the brake and was turning right with my left arm leaning forward to see to line up my line only moved a few feet. I mean I was moving less than 1mph, airbag explodes. Well my arm saved my face they say. The left arm was broke and bruised like I blocked a base ball bat. Even my right thumb was dislocated.
At first all I knew is I was on fire as that air bag was pouring out some kinda gas. I was stunned like a flash bang. Reached for the seat belt and that is when I knew my thumb was pointing funny. I tried to set it with my left hand that's when I knew my left arm was broke, but I set the thumb anyway. My wife sitting next to me heard me saying I was on fire and started dumping water on me, good thing she did not have fire extinguisher on hand. I tried to open the door but that's when I really knew my left arm was broke. By then the tail gunner was on me hearing Fire and seeing the smoke and heard and seen it from behind. What he said sounded like a big gun went off the witness of it only 30 feet behind me. He opened the door and I slip out. well, first aid kits and a splint a few more pics for posterity. Then, question go on, its 2 more days out? I was willing to do it then, all voted against it and talked out of it GOOD thing too next day I was not in great shape.
Now I get to drive out 8.3 miles and home 9 hrs, broken arm. One thing good about a broken bone you get sleepy at the wheel just try a turn of the wrist will set you right straight for hours.
first night at Trapper camp ground.
Courtright from the dam.
looking the other way down the dam, great spot. Think I found where my ashes go.
Just past the gate, wife was slow on draw.
Chicken rock just on the right
Looking back at Courtwrite
This tree is cool
First part that even rated Az. 2+ we are in about 7miles
Thompson hill lower section I guess
here is where we waited. The right turn of death AZ3 at most
right after that air bag went off I moved up of that right and we made way parked here why I licked my wounds.
So Now I have to remove the air bags. No way will I go through that again for nothing. In some ways I miss my 66 or my 47. None of them have pyrotechnics in the steering wheel. The dealer confirmed and the air bags are on all the time. even in low off road. I have seen Video of a Tj having the same thing happen. But at least he was in what looks at least 4-4.5Az rock field at least at the looks its rough. We only rate trails to 5 and Jeeps like most people have never do them. Its just not going to make it long, you need a Buggy to play with the big boys.
About your arm: Man, that sucks. Big time. You got big ones for making it back in those conditions. Look at it this way, you got lucky. True story.... a close relative recently had an airbag go off in a 5 mph fender bender, split her arm from thumb to elbow down to the bone. Just like a butterflied lobster tail, I kidd you not. Luckily, she is healing well, against all odds.
Air bags are great for 65 MPH head-ons, not so much for slow hits with your arm across the wheel. Google "air bag injuries"--- they are not for the squeamish.
Hope you heal fully and completely.
You have to start somewhere to get to the middle of nowhere.
Airbags are not safe at all. I would rather have a 4 point and call it a day. I need to figure out how to get that other air bag out though.
I know I can add a resistor in line to fool the SrS system. Or live with the light on. I am going to order the stuff tonight. Weld in the cross bar
behind the seats from synergy and some tabs. 5 link belts . the stock JK seat belts have issues too off road if you get vertical and stuck. If you
remove the belt it retracts and at steep angles it locks in the upright position. Now you are belt less. Stupid
Had that happen last year on this. on the big ledge I was belly on a 2d and winched off the buggy. no way in a 2d on 35"s,
going off that should have set off the bags then.
we rate this only 4.5 Its less than a few miles but like this it takes half a day
Az 5's are just way to hard for Jeeps with skin. Or very dangerous. Its going break something almost every time out. Our Jeep only runs at the most 4"s I did that 4.5 but winched in a few spots
Sorry to hear your long awaited trip was cut short due to poor over engineering. That sucks! It's too bad they don't have a programer to turn that crap off. Or at least disable it when in 4low. Nice pictures though ,absolutely beautiful scenery. We hope your healing well.