Headed out with a few of my club members from Motherload Rockcrawlers sunday for the maiden voyage in the JK. I've been itching to take this thing out since I finished it a few weeks ago. Last run I did was Barrett Lake trail before I sold my YJ back in August. It's nothing to crazy. Poly Performance Stage 2 3" lift, 35's
Anyways, the run went off without a hitch. Typically this time of the year, the trail is pretty dusty, but we went the day after a storm rolled through. There was just enough water on the ground that it packed the trail a bit and there was absolutely no dust. It was an amazing day. We headed in to Deer Valley from highway 88, and exited from highway 4. From there we headed down 4 to Lake Alpine where we found the trailhead to slickrock.
The only real obstacle of the day was the stairstep at the end of slickrock. I was 3rd in line. Our president Glenn took his cherokee up the stairstep without much effort. Locked front and rear, with a custom longarm in the front and 33's, it's pretty much point and shoot.
One of our prospective members had a YJ, sprung under on 32's locked front and rear. He tried and tried for about 10 minutes and just couldnt get up it. With the little bit of water at the bottom he just couldnt get traction.
I was up next. I already picked my line which was a bit more to the right than the rest of the folks. I used to compete in the professional rockcrawling competitions so the line I picked came from experience. It was either going to be too high up to the right and tip me over, or it was going to be the best line I could pick and make me avoid the hole at the bottom. Thank god it was the second of those choices. The extra wheelbase with the JK made it easy. I was a bit worried with an open front and a limited slip in the back that I might have a few difficulties, but I dont even think I had to stop or backup.
After I popped to the top another member lorien picked his line in his TJ and drove right to the top. Took a little bit of backing up to clear the large boulder in front of him but it was nothing difficult in his jeep.