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WEROCK, Rubicon, Fordyce, Moonrocks Pirate4x4 Media Run

Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:59 am

The Pirate4x4 Moderators got together for some Wheeling in Northern California. I brought Steve Skillz66 as my passenger, it was a 8 day road trip 2160 miles.

A 17.5hr drive to Reno NV started our trip at 5:30AM Saturday 20th.
Saturday night we got to Reno at about 11:30PM, I knew there was a party but was too spent to check it out. Little Rich had the top floor of the hotel, it sounded like a kick ass party.

Some pics of the drive up there on highway 395, DAY-1

Another trip report on pirate: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=800311

3 days on the rubicon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSyZdMKUUNc
2 days on Fordyce
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0V5GIYrh7I

An Afternoon at MoonRocks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUWi4vRrBZE
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:19 pm

Day-2 we went to watch the WEROCK RENOROCKS comp at the Sands Regency Hotel
http://www.reno4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30555

There were live video feeds and sky cam on pirate:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=797677

They only did the promods and unlimited on Sunday, we missed the formula toys, sorry pat no pics. I heard your rig won though.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:32 pm

Steve took some reno Girl spy pics...
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:00 pm

We left Reno and fallowed Camo to George Town. We stopped in at the hotel/bar in down town then stayed the night at the cabin. In the morning we met up with lance at the pirate4x4 shop/office 6K sqft and picked up Camo's buggie. Then we went to Tom's Cabin on the way to the Rubicon trail head.

Day-3

Rubicon video
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:28 pm

First Day on the Rubicon we got to The Little Sluice "The Box".

Here are pictures on the way to the soup bowl.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:49 pm

After the soup bowl we were at the box. Camo went first and I fallowed till I got diffed out and broke the yoke of my d60 front. 26hrs later camo and I returned with the right U-joint to work with the replacement yoke I brought with me. About 6PM Tuesday we were up and running.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:57 pm

Day-4
While my rig sat in the box They guys camped at spider lake, swimming, fishing, RC rock crawling the box, and some wheeling around my trail plug.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:15 pm

In the evening of Day-4 After i got my junk out of the box we decided to wheel to Buck island before it got too dark.

We went down the old sluice on the way to buck. I was taking it easy, happy to be back on the trail, then my tie rod end broke. The castle nut broke off. I came up with a channel lock, ratchet strap, hose clamp and ducktape fix that held the rest of the trail and on the way out on day-5

The red 4runner flopped like 3 times on the way to buck in the old sluice and broke both front befs. Now with not front drive and bad stearing Paul was towed back to camp and towed out on day-5

Day-5 Lance had to leave early so it was just the 4 of us on the way out.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:29 pm

Day-5 in the evening we worked on our broke junk at the pirate4x4 shop. Dave at the local toyota shop brought paul a new ring and pinnion, Camo had some used longfield befs he donate, and dave picked me up a replacement tierod end on his way home.

The cause of my broke tierod end we think was from the ram skid plate being bent back into the tierod. I grinded the weld on the skid, we tired to bend it with some monkey wrenches, and later used a high lift wich worked.

We parked my truck, trail with jeep on it in front of Lance's RV trailer, now thats a shop.

That night we stayed at lances house, He cooked up a good tri tip on the grill.
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:31 pm

Day-6 we started Fordyce, Lance and Camo didnt run, it was just Aaron's rig and Mine. At the stageing area Aaron could not fit his long trailer so he parked it off the main road. Pauls 4runner was leaking too much axle fluids to continue so though it was repaired it left on the trailer. The entrance to fordyce is straight (kinda the left option) we didnt see it and went up a steep dirt road trail to the right. We got about a mile and Aaron decided to turn around, his t-case and trans mounts were broke. Steve and i figured we were not on the right trail but the dirt road was chill so we continued on. We met up with a group comming down who gave us directions to the Dam that would drop us into the middle of Fordyce. Our revised plan was to continue on to the trail and scope it out.

We had to drive over the top of the mountain, At the peak we drove through snow.
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Unread postby Ashman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:22 pm

As we came over the top we headed north west, we took a left at the T and a left before the ranger station near the dam.

Here are pictures on the way to the dam, we stopped at the water crossing to assess the depth. We picked a line and drove it. some water came in the doors, we think it was about 44in deep.
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Unread postby Ashman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:31 pm

We were now on Fordyce Trail and just completed the #4 water crossing. We continued down the trail, our plan was to take it easy and camp on the trail. There were other people off the lake and in the area but we were traveling solo. We had our camping gear and food so we continued on.
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Unread postby Ashman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:39 pm

We came up to the first real obstacle I think its called the chute.
I went down the bypass then up the chute. It was getting dark the pics and video didnt come out. We continued on and came to a mud section. I dropped in and noticed it was about 40in deep so quickly backed out. To the left was an easier looking section so we drove into that. about 5 sec later we were stuck in some DEEP mud. We tried to winch but it was buried. The winch cable broke two strands. Now we had to be conservative with our winch use. Our only option was to start hand digging it out of the mud.
We worked on it from 11PM till about 3AM then setup camp.

Day-7
In the morning I had an idea to use a 15ft dead tree as a leaver. We put it in the bead lock ring to lift the tire as I drove and wiched. That worked. 10hrs of stuck and we were out.
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Unread postby Ashman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:23 pm

On the way out we had some easy terrain to cross with the #1 water crossing (known to be deep).

We didnt get any pics of the last water crossing. it was about as deep as the #4 crossing, 44in or so alittle in the doors.
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Unread postby Ashman » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:34 pm

Now its early afternoon on Day-7 we get back on I-80 and head to Reno then north to Moon Rocks. We hung out at Moon rocks for afew hours but it was hot. I attempted a notch that I couldent make after 4 tries so we decided to head home rather then try harder.

Moon rocks Video.
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Day 8 was the drive home.
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Unread postby Skillz66 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:09 am

That was a great trip - I'm glad I have a 3-day weekend to catch-up on sleep !!! :thumb:
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Unread postby scrambler 82 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:55 pm

Looks like you guys had fun!
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Unread postby Brody » Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:18 pm

Moon rock looks cool I've seen allot of videos taken there. Uncle tom's cabin was the first pirate4x4 tv episode I watched I think it might have been the first episode they did as well, good to see its still open or is shut down in winter?

Funny I'm reading your story and I'm thinking that you and Steve got stranded in the forest at night and its cold and your all alone :flipoff:

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Unread postby chuggins143 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:02 pm

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Looks like a great trip! Thanks for posting up the pics!
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Unread postby bokchoy » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:43 am

Hey Ash when i was up in the Rubicon i think i busted down about 150 yards right before you did. Its been a few years but if my memory recalls there is a nice little chute right before Little S. But other than that looks like you had a blast. Makes me miss Northern California.

How did you like that snow run-off lakes?
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Unread postby 99frontierxe » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:08 am

Damn, Dave... that looks like a FUN trip :)
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Unread postby DUMASS » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:44 pm

Brody wrote:Funny I'm reading your story and I'm thinking that you and Steve got stranded in the forest at night and its cold and your all alone :flipoff:


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that's the same thing Sheila said :laughing: :laughing:Image
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Unread postby Ashman » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:16 am

bokchoy wrote:How did you like that snow run-off lakes?


Im not a big fan of water crossings, it was fun but I need to tear down the axles to have piece of mind. The snow was bad ass, Its not often you get to play in snow in t-shirt weather.
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Unread postby Triathlete » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:24 pm

Ash, I saw on the pirate post that you guys met Randii. He is a very cool guy and does a lot to keep the Rubicon open for wheeling. I know him from ZuZoo in Moab. He has some great camp fire wheeling stories. :thumb:
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Re: WEROCK, Rubicon, Fordyce, Moonrocks Pirate4x4 Media Run

Unread postby DUMASS » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:11 pm

I've been waiting to see if anyone would post this story. I didn't know where to put the post but i figured after Dave's experience starting a fire with a flashlight this would be a good spot. It really deserves it's own thread. This is so sad.

Another wheeler lost for lack of a lighter :cry:
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To say this is grossly inappropriate just underscores the mental disconnect the media strives to perpetuate.
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Her body was found Thursday morning at Provo County, about 200 yards from her Jeep
Outside Boberg's car, a male acquaintance, 21, was found
Autopsy showed Boberg died from combination of alcohol consumption and exposure to 17-degree weather
Her Facebook page indicates Boberg was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which prohibits alcohol consumption
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