One of my favorite Lunch spots is this overlook at the top of Moab Rim. You have a view of all of Moab. This is the first time I have been up here without 20 other rigs. It was quite cool to be up there by ourselves.
Moab Rim is a loop trail which circles back on itself. About halfway through the loop there is a cool sand hill which goes from one side of the loop to the other. It's pretty steep, and a cool pace to let the Hemi eat.
As I said Moab Rim is a loop trail, and the last mile is going back down the cliff you came in on. Which means coming down the Z-Turn and coming down The Crack - down these obstacles while looking over the cliff. Pucker Factor = 11.
Coming down the Z-Turn:
And coming down The Crack - my brother Dave (with the camera) has his back to about a 300 foot drop. After a pause, the video continues down the rest of the trail.
The fun of Hell's is in the optional obstacles. Here is one - it's a steep, steep, slick climb of about 30 vertical feet which goes up to the hot tubs. Not for the squeamish: when you start to slide, you slide over sideways.
The roar in the background after I'm up is Chris making a few attempts to come up behind me.
Then we are at the famous Hot Tubs. There are three in this location: Mickey's Hot tub is the most famous, but there is also Car Wash (which is dry and easy), and Devil's (which is neither dry nor easy - it's also not hard, it's INSANE).
Funny story, while we were up here we actually met Mickey (Dan Mick). He was up here guiding a group, and gave us some pointers on how to get through.
This is Car Wash:
And this is Chris attempting Devil's - he wound up backing out. You can't believe how deep it is (must be 15 or 20 feet) and how steep the back wall is (must be 50 or 60 degrees). As I said - INSANE!
This will give Devil's a bit of perspective:
And this is me coming into Mickey's:
And me getting out. It took me a few inelegant shots - Chris did it in two.
Next up was Rocker Knocker. The line most take is to slide sideways along the two steps to the left and crawl out the notch at the left side of the obstacle. Not wanting to slow the group down, Chris and I went right up the middle:
Chris was first up - I will point out that it took him two shots...
And then me, on the same line.
And here is a GoPro video of me coming up. If you listen very closely, after coming up in one shot I politely point this out to Chris...
Fortunately, we were close to the end of the trail. With great effort we were able to winch Chris up and over Son of Rockpile, leaving only Yellow Hill to navigate.
There is a good winch point at the top of Yellow Hill, and after dragging his broken *** over to the base we began the slow process of winching the YJ all the way up.
After that it was an easy, but very long, 30 mile or so run back to town using a combination of towing Chris through the challenging stuff, and him running in two wheel drive through the passible stuff.
I think Dave and I need to formally start a Pritchett Canyon Towing Service....
With Chris out of commission, Dave and I hooked up with a group from another forum on Friday to run Steel Bender. I've not run Steel Bender before, and although not a very challenging trail, it was unique. The opening section is through the trees with several water crossings, and you pass several houses and farms - which I've never seen on any other trail I've run in Moab.
Steel Bender is not without its challenges. This is an obstacle called "The Fall." It's an optional line with a nasty drop off immediately to the passenger side - but the main trail is not much better.
And right after you navigate the first ledge, there is another nasty ledge ad the bottom.