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Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:20 PM

Idaho Jeep in Moab 2010
For the past 4 years my family has vacationed in Moab for Spring Break. Most years our spring break (when the kids are out of school) does not occur during East Jeep Safari - but this year it did. I was really happy and excited to get a chance to experience EJS. Before this trip, many people would tell me that it would be a great experience especially for lovers of all things Jeep - and thats exactly what it was! For one week Moab turns into a mecca of all things Jeep and the like.

Prior to this trip to Moab like last year, I was able to find several JF members who were also planning their own trip to the land of the slick rock. Planning the event with those JF members was fun... When we pulled in to Moab my Jeep was really dirty from the trip on the flat bed, so before even fully unpacking I offloaded the Jeep and headed for the car wash. While driving through Moab someone (still not sure who) walking down the side walk yelled "hey Idaho-Jeep!". I pulled into the car wash and not 5 minutes later a black TJ pulls up, a dude with red hair steps out and says "hey Idaho - Im Missouri Steve" (aka Redarcher89).... Similar thing happened on Hells Gate - someone recognized the jeep from JF and said hello. Its funny how people recognize each other by their jeep from this forum and its great that we can all make such great friends because of our love for these little vehicles that use up so much of our income. During the trip this year I was able to meet and wheel with these JF members: Redarcher89, Cliff333 (again), Kurtfriedrich (again), Howdy, REDLYNER, mryj, J-Mox, cmoore, and FooK . And Im sure I probably left someone out.

Last year we were in Moab just before EJS which was nice as the town and trails were less crowded. The town really fills up for the event. Registering and being part of EJS was a lot of fun - not sure I would want to do it every year but I am really glad I had the experience. For my first EJS I decided to register for three days.... Seven Mile Rim, Fins & Things and Tip Toe Behind the Rocks. Next time I think I will just register for one day - get my vender show raffle ticket and hit trails not being used by the event on the other days. As much as I prefer wheeling with others, waiting on 30+ Jeeps to clear an obstacle gets tiresome after awhile. Between the bathroom breaks, obstacles and photographs of every other rock these big groups can make a 4 hour trail ride easily last 8 hours. Larger groups with experienced drivers like we had on Flat Iron Mesa worked great but the EJS groups can really move Sloooooow!

The vendor show which occurs on the Thursday and Friday during EJS was really fun. Many major manufactures and resellers crowd an arena and overflow out into the parking area. We spent an entire afternoon walking from booth to booth, my kids had fun getting free stickers while I drooled over all the latest and greatest mods available. The give away raffle on Friday night was incredible - the stands fill with people hoping their one ticket would be a winner. We sat for hours watching the $100,000+ worth of parts go to misc lucky winners. I crossed my fingers over and over as parts I wanted came up to be raffled. Master Craft seats! TnT half doors! Viking soft top! Etc... Etc.. Unfortunately my ticket number was never called and we sat for about 4 hours watching many other lucky dogs walk away with really expensive parts. I did get some really nice T-Shirts however. :)

Like in 2009 my family stayed at Arch-View resort which is about 10 miles North of Moab. Other than the little problem we had on Big Saturday (read about below) its a great place to stay and Im sure we will stay their again next time we head for Moab.

My Jeep performed really well in Moab again this year and maybe some day I will actually take it on the more difficult trails like Pritchett Canyon, Green Day etc.. and find out what its actually capable of. Fortunately my Jeep as well as the other jeeps I wheeled with survived Moab without any bad bumps or bruises - Im always thankful for that.

If you have any questions regarding this trip feel free to post here or PM me - Im always happy to talk Jeeps or Moab. Obviously I am not a hard core wheeler - but manage to get a big thrill out of taking a jeep I built (well bolted things onto anyway) up, down and over moderately difficult trails - I know many of you reading this are similar in that way to me. Having that experience in a beautiful place with good people, my wife and kids is truly hard to beat. Those of you whom I wheeled with, please add photos of you and your rigs here too... To be honest I was waiting for one of you to start a trip thread which I could just post in but its been two months now so I guess thats not gonna happen. ;)

Following are a ton of photos - perhaps to many but what the heck - don't look at them all if you don't want to.

Along with the weeks of planning on JF, I enjoy packing up the truck and loading the Jeep. All loaded up and ready to go!

First stop at the in-laws in Boise

Welcome to Moab... Here is our cabin at Arch-View Resort.

Here is a shot taken from the top of Seven Mile Rim - We rented that "big - little" cabin in the middle of the photo.

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:20 PM

Seven Mile rim is a fun trail with lots of great scenery. It is a fun warmup trail with a few smaller ledges and a couple steep, off camber climbs. I ran this trail with the EJS group on my first day in Moab.

Lined up and ready.

Airing down.

Fun ledge.

Up on top there is a fun crack that gets wider the further up you try.

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:20 PM

Seven Mile Continued

Great views.

Me up on top

Stopping for lunch

Steep decent.

Uranium Arch

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:20 PM

Seven Mile Continued


Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:21 PM

The plan for the second day in Moab was Dome Plateau. Unfortunately Dax (Cliff333) had a little trouble with his rear diff and we had to turn back after a short distance in so I don't have many photos.

On the way

On the trail

Trail surgery - trying to stop the bleeding.

All better... lol

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:21 PM

We ran Fins & Things with the EJS group on the third day. This is a really fun trail and a must do for any visit to Moab, but it moved so slow with the group.

Lined up

airing down

Fun little ledge that Redarcher89 and I tried

The always fun Kenny's climb. Really steep but no problem for any jeep.

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:21 PM

Fins & Things continued

Forget the name of this obstacle

One of the early drops

Beautiful scenery

Another stop...


Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:21 PM

Next up was Flat Iron Mesa. I had talked with Bob, the owner of TnT Customs prior to going to Moab and he invited our group to make the run with his group. It was nice having an experienced spotter help on some of the more difficult obstacles.

After airing down we hit the trail. I don't recall if this obstacle had a name - was fun dropping down and then over a "V" shaped notch. Fairly easy so long as your tires are in the right place....

Dropping down

The notch

Dax (Cliff333). Here is the visual definition of stuffing a tire.

Redarcher89 (Missouri Steve)

J-Mox (John)

My dream ZJ

Lots of little climbs etc.. I managed to blow a vacuum hose half way up this one.

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:22 PM

Flat Iron Continued

More climbs, ledges....


Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:22 PM

Flat Iron Continued

Some of the other awesome TnT rigs

Amazing views

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:22 PM

Flat Iron Continued

Intimidator - yeah - a little intimidating...

Looking over the edge from the passenger seat:

Easter Egg Hill. When we got to the obstacle we found part of the up hill side boulder had slid into the trail. A couple guys from the Red Rock 4x4 club were working on moving it and our group helped.

Going through

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Flat Iron Continued


Fun but long day... my younger son had to take a nap on the way home.

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:23 PM

Poison Spider Mesa. One of my favorite trails in Moab. This trail has a little bit of everything and along with Flat Iron are the two I wouldn't ever want to miss.

Our group lined up for a photo

Crazy rig we saw - have seen before but only in a magazine.

Great views and sights

The pig

One of the early drops

Idaho-Jeep 05-25-2010 12:23 PM

Poison Spider Continued

Fun ledges that are always fun to play on

The waterfall

Dax's Dad took his stock XJ with us... he had some fun and so did his passengers ;)

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Poison Spider Continued

The Wedgie

Not the line I would suggest taking on the wedgie

This little climb was actually one of the more scary moments for me during my trip. For some reason (I took a slightly steeper line I guess) I would loose traction about half way up and start to slide sideways and bounce. I had to back down and make a second attempt. That feeling of going up and then feeling your jeep stop its momentum and slide back or to the side is um... a thrill.

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