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Unread 07-12-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Moab & Colorado Jeepin' Trip

My girlfriend and I spent 11 days offroading in Moab and Colorado in the San Juan Mountains outside of Ouray. We arrived in Moab in the afternoon and visited Arches N.P. and then took the Long Canyon trail back into town.

Here's a couple videos highlighting the Moab and Colorado parts of the trip.
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Inside an Arch at Arches National Park
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Checking out an overlook on the way to Long Canyon
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The view from the Long Canyon Trail
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Long Canyon Trail
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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The next day we started off with Fins & Things and then moved on to Hell's Revenge. Fins & Things was a good warmup trail and then Hell's Revenge was a blast. It had lots of amazing slick rock to play on, what a blast!

Getting ready to head up a steap slick rock fin on Fins & Things
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Another ledge on Fins
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Lots of slick rock on Hell's Revenge
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The overlook on Hell's Revenge
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Towards the end of Hell's Revenge
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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Great pics. I did Fins and Long Canyon last summer. Hells Revenge is on my list if I ever get back.
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Over the mountains and through the woods, across the stream and up the slickrock, down the canyon and over the rocks to nobody's house I go.
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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The following day we met up with fellow JeepForum member Cliff333 to tackle Cliffhanger which we found to be terribly under rated by the Well's book. I found Cliffhanger to be just as challenging as Golden Spike, and thought Hell's Revenge was nowhere near as difficult as Cliffhanger even though Well's rates it as more difficult. So be prepared for a challenge if you've never been on it before.

Here's the famous 4ft ledge on the edge of the 400 ft cliff
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More Cliffhanger
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On Cliffhanger with Behind the Rocks in the background
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We also heard that the Moab Brewery was something we had to try so we picked up a couple growlers to take back to camp everynight. The wheat beer was my favorite!
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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After Cliffhanger we were having some driveline vibrations. It ended up being the transmission mount so we had to get that swapped out. Luckily for me my girl also has a Jeep and loves to wrench
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As a sort of test drive we took the Jeep out on the Top of the World that afternoon.
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That night some kids from one of the RVs at the camp we were at started a fire behind a trailer and burnt down an entire tree. My girlfriend and I grabbed some shovels and put it out. The owner let us stay for free the entire week for doing so!!
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #6
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wish I lived out west No great scenery, or any dry stuff here in NY. All mud and rain all the time. Awesome pics.
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:48 PM   #7
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Now that the Jeep was back to 100% we were ready to tackle the trifecta of Poison Spider Mesa, Golden Spike, and Gold Bar Rim. These trails were the crux of the trip and I was stoked we were able to fix the driveline vibrations so we could take a shot at them.
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View from one of the Golden Spike overlooks
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The Golden Crack. My most anticipated point of the trip!
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The Golden Staircase
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The Body Snatcher
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Unread 07-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #8
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More Golden Spike
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Above Gold Bar Rim
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After 9 hours on these trails we were finally almost back to asphault. As we picked up speed on the flat gravel trail we noticed a nocking sound. After some investigation we found the passenger side axle ujoint had thrown a cap
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By this time we were both sick of the sun and totally exhausted but we dug into it
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All in all I'd say it was very successful. 1 busted ujoint after all that wheeling is very acceptable in my book! The Golden Spike Trail is definitely my favorite from the entire trip as well.
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:03 PM   #9
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Awesome Pics man...

thanks for sharing...

would love to get out there someday!!
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:17 PM   #10
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After the trifecta run we were ready to move onto the Colorado leg of our trip. It was only a short 3 hour drive over the La Sal mountains and a bit more to get to Ouray. We stayed at Orvis Hot Springs a couple miles north of Ouray. This place is a clothing optional hot springs and was amazing! http://www.orvishotsprings.com/ I'd recommend it to anyone staying in the area if you're not too shy and don't mind a fairly hippie crowd lol.

This is the view from the parking lot at the hot spring and our camp there. Sorry, but I couldn't take any pictures inside obviously
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The next morning we set out to tackle Black Bear Pass, Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass, and Cinnamon Pass. The weather wasn't on our side and it rained on and off the entire day

Black Bear Pass. The switchbacks on the Telluride side weren't plowed through yet so we just went up to the pass and back down. Only an hour round trip so not so far out of the way.
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Heading down Black Bear
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After heading up Corkscrew Gulch and Hurricane Pass, this is the view of Como Lake we got coming down Hurricane Pass
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In between Hurricane and California Passes we got a look at the trail head to Poughkeepsie Gulch, obviously still snowed in. We were hoping to get another shot at The Wall on Poughkeepsie since last year we had to winch up it, but we'll save that for another year!
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:30 PM   #11
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Here's Como Lake from ontop of California Pass
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The Jeep ontop of California Pass
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The views from Anamas Forks, between California Pass and Cinammon Pass
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After crossing Cinammon Pass we headed into Lake City for a late lunch. Here's the Jeep in front of what I think is Sunshine Peak on the way into the city
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After hanging out and eating in Lake City we headed out on the Engineer Pass road. We took the turn off up Nellie Creek and followed the creek up to about 11,500 ft to camp at the base of Uncompahgre Peak so we could attempt to climb it the next morning. Here's a view from our camp
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:30 PM   #12
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My son and I are going to Colorado sometime in September. Hope to be there a week Jeeping. We are going to rent a Rubicon. Sounds like fun.
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:39 PM   #13
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At 6:15 the next morning our camp was packed and we were headed up the mountain. Now we're not mountain climbers by any means and had only climbed one other peak which was Mt. Sneffels that we climbed last year in CO. But we had been in Colorado for one day and were totally unacclimated so this was tough!
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Looking back down towards our camp which was in that valley
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We saw 8 deer ontop of the ridge above us checking us out
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Heading up
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Unread 07-12-2009, 06:51 PM   #14
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Getting closer to the top
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The scramble towards the top
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Looking down from the top of the scramble
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Ontop of Uncompahgre Peak, 14,309ft, 6th tallest mountain in Colorado
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View from the top
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View from the top of the 1,000ft shear cliff on the North face of the mountain
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More views
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My friend on the climb down. This marmot came right up to my feet and was begging for food or something???
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