This was a great trip. To start, I wanna thank Dennis, TeraFlex and any other of the unkown people behind the scenes that had a hand in the gathering of information needed for organizing and executing this trip.
This is my first outing since JKO1A last month. The initial plan, as I understood it, laid out as thus:
Leave TeraFlex Plus by noon Friday
Arrive at Bullfrog Marina in time for the 5 pm ferry across Lake Powell. This would alot for a second chance ferry at 7 pm if needed.
Continue to a predetermined campsite along the trail to spend the nite.
Break camp early Saturday morning and proceed to Hole in the Rock.
Depart from Hole in the Rock and ferry back across Lake Powell
Head for home or spend the night somewhere and possibly visit Goblin Valley on Sunday.
Well, the first part of the trip worked out pretty close. Those of us who met at the shop to convoy down were able to leave on time, or at least within minutes of it. We picked up a couple others along the way. The final count was 7 jeeps when we reached the marina. We missed the 5 pm ferry but had plenty of time to wait for the next one. Made it to the campsite at a decent enough time to setup camp, eat dinner and hang out and chat for a while.
For any of us that were unfamiliar with the history of Hole in the Rock (such as myself), Dennis filled us in about the site at the campfire. I'll let any of you who are curious enough to search it out do so. A pretty amazing scenario really, considering the times and technology (or lack there of) available then.
The morning went pretty well. Camp was broke down and we were on the trail again somewhere around 8:30-8:45 am. But this is were the timeline of the plan pretty much went out the window.
Not to far into the trail we had an axle failure. No need to get into the details of it but the repair went pretty slick. I helped a little, I got to chock the tires and work the jack and that was about it. Bob and Dennis went right to work and made what appeared to be an easy job out of it. There was plenty of joking about how they should be putting on a clinic for such an event and Bob in good spirits joked about how the TeraFlex warranty even follows you out onto the trail. All-in-all it was a good learning experience not that I want to do it again. I didn't keep track of the time but I would guess we were stopped there for about 45 mins or so.
Not that we were or weren't trying to but we weren't making very good time to get to the goal of the trip being Hole in the Rock, but the ride there was pretty fantastic. We made several stops along the way that varied from having lunch, exploring, getting poser shots and so on. All of which added up to about an 8.5 hour ride in.
There was a mixture of an occasional dirt road and plenty of rock crawling to get there. There were several places that I puckered at, but once I was passed it didn't seem that bad. Some of the more memorable spots included the chute, several off camber runs with what seemed like cliffs to fall of off on the low side, a few really steep climbs or descents depending on direction of travel. It seemed for the most part fairly technical with a few locations that could be made highly difficult. Overall I would say this trail rates easily a 7 out of 10 if not higher. RME
has it rated a 3.5/4 out of 5, there is other helpful info about the trail on that page as well.
The scenery was awesome all the way in and out. Tons of rolling sandstone, huge cliffs, and lots of overlooks. There are also several little things to see along the way that we spent some time looking into. Naturally formed holes filled with water and tadpoles. The kids loved these places as well as every else that we stopped. Even us adults had a good time exploring what all there is to see and I'm sure there was still plenty that we missed.
When we arrived at the destination goal of the trip I think it was somewhere around 5:30 pm. It was sorta omnious to be there having recently learned the history behind the location. We hiked around the area for while and followed the marker posts for a ways and seen signs of the ongoings from the historical event.
Before departing the site, it was decided to try to get back to where we camped before or as far we could. So what was over an 8 hour trip in turned into a less than 4 hour night run out. This was the first time I had done any night wheeling and it was quite cool. We didn't make any real stops on the way back or at least none that lasted any longer than a few minutes. Amazingly enough, we made it back to the campsite in that short time and without carnage.
Camp was set up pretty quickly and the young'ens crashed right away. We discussed the days events for a bit and then turned in for the night. Morning came pretty quick and similar to the morning prior, camp was broke down and we were on our way pretty early again. On our way out we stopped at a location were there is an old halftrack and a fairly large area that is used to park. Took a few pics and then headed for the ferry.
We, well Bob and Dennis, did get a blowout on their trailer just outside of Price on our way back home. Overall, the run went pretty slick start to finish. Again, thanks to those involved in organizing and to all who attended. We had a great time and look forward to doing it again.
Now onto the pics...