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Rubicon Trail Sept 25-27

This was supposed to be the Fordyce weekend. With the creek flowing at 300cfs + , our plans for Fordyce were postponed. So then, what better place to wheel than the Rubicon. JeepThing, Dave ( Red JK), ChromeDome and myself met at Loon Lake around 4:30 pm, friday. We wheeled to Ellis Creek and camped. Next day wheeled to the Springs, where we camped that night and the next day we went out through Tahoe. JeepThing had two of his daughters with him. Dave brought his daughter and ChromeDome had his father-in-law along. Weather was perfect. A pleasure to spend the weekend with you all. Met some interesting folks along the way and even had the pleasure of saying hello to Merlin. Thanks to all for an awesome time. Eugene and Hundy Crew, we missed you out there. Next time. I have 36 pics that kind of tell the story.


ChromeDome on the way to GateKeeper.



At GateKeeper







Always amazed by the Granite Bowl.





Look at the Bling coming off those Walker Evan's



This boulder loves to capture paint





Think this is called the Alligator Pit

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Awesome pics. That trail always looks beautiful. I hope one day to check it out myself. Thanks for sharing
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Ivy, calling the line for Dave




A little driving instruction





Coming up Walker Hill





The Soup Bowl. We were not having any this day.



ChromeDome in the Little Sluice Box



ChromeDome out of Little Sluice Box



We didn't have time for The Old Sluice so we took the bypass down the slabs.




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Look at the Bling coming off those Walker Evan's


Thanks for posting this up Rob. I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures. On the way home I was thinking there were so many things I didn't even get pictures of, but somehow I still ended up with over 250 pictures! I've been sorting through them and will post up a bunch tomorrow.

It was an incredible trip ... beautiful scenery, huge rocks, and great people! Thanks for the AWESOME job as trail boss. You put a great trip together. It was fun wheeling and camping with everyone.

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It must have worked, she drove through there like a champ! Not bad for a 13 yr. old. She was pretty proud of herself for taking an obstacle that even Dave didn't try!

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Nice little side hill down the slab



I didn't take any pics of Buck Island Lake. We were delayed there as a rig flopped ahead of us.

This spot, on the way to Big Sluice is tough for a four door JK.




Coming down Big Sluice















We camped along the water at the Springs.



The next day, up Cadillac Hill.
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Another successful run to the top.



Some stitched photos from the peak.






Until next time
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Awesome pictures! That's my very favorite trail. I ran it this year with my dad in his CJ5, can't wait till 2010 when we use my JK!


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Looks fun!! Great Pictures, thanks for sharing!
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I am so jealous, I hope I can make it out there and moab a couple times.
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Glad you all made it back safely. I tried to imagine what you guys were up to each day. Got Eugene all back togather so it is a go for Fordyce.
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Thanks for the great pics!!! Looks like you had a good trip--- sorry we missed it!!!

Glad you had good weather! No carnage?


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See! That's what I was talking about a few weeks ago. I can never take pics a good as those! Nice Job Rob! I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to run Old Sluice. Did you go with doors? Every else did. Guts! That turn before Big Sluice around that boulder IS a trouble maker for 4 doors. I was there for a bit trying to keep it clean.

I am jealous you have run the Con so many times this season. Way to go, man!

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Kelsie, Brooke and I had a great time with everyone. It was our first time with the JK on the Rubicon and it did great. What an awesome place, I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend! Thanks again to everyone for making this a great trip.

No carnage, just a lot of new rock rash!!


Headed out of the Granite Bowl








rubirobv getting up close and personal with a boulder on the first of MANY off-camber spots on the trail


Making sure the rocklights are tucked up high enough above the frame ... one wasn't!








Bella (Chromedome's dog) shows Brooke how well trained and behaved she is


I think rubirobv showed us EVERY off-camber line on the trail!





More pics to follow ...
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I really appreciate you guys taking & posting these pics! I never even pulled my camera out of the bag and my wife's been on me for no pics! She'll be happy to see these when she gets home. What a great trip, with great folks!
I know we'll do it again.
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More Pics ...

Chromedome, if you want hi res copies of any of my pics, let me know and I can email them to you.





Chromedome leading the way out of the Little Sluice bypass


rubirobv following Chromedome's line out of the Little Sluice.






Spider Lake with the girls and dogs


Bella retrieving a stick


Ivy's turn


Million Dollar Hill (?)
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Great pics. Looks like one hell of a good time. I hope to get down there soon.
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Buck Island Lake. I know, I know ... sorry for the poser shot


Headed down the Big Sluice.








rubirobv ... always playing on the biggest rocks he could find




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More Big Sluice.










Rubicon Bridge




Sign Post coming into Rubicon Springs


Kelsie, Kendall and Brooke catching marshmallows


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Bella gets in on the marshmallow action!


Ivy helps clean up the crumbs




Kelsie & Brooke - waterfall at Rubicon Springs


JeepThing on steps at the bottom of Cadillac Hill




Great place to inspect all of the new rock rash under Dave's Jeep


Chromedome navigating the boulders on Cadillac Hill


JeepThing's turn ...


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Dave's turn






We made it! Observation Point


Man, was it hard not to take this exit off I-80 on the way home and go play on Fordyce!! ... next month
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Great pics, Nate. Just relived the trip. We had a fun night around camp, on saturday. Love the marshmellow shots.

Eagle Lakes Road. Must have been tough for ya Nate.


I don't remember it being that steep


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Catching? That's throwing.....I remember Bella eating more than her fair share off the granite!
The Girls were great fun to have along, Kelsie even drove though spots I bypassed. Future Queen of the Hammers...?
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Catching? That's throwing.....I remember Bella eating more than her fair share off the granite!
The Girls were great fun to have along, Kelsie even drove though spots I bypassed. Future Queen of the Hammers...?
My bad! They did do a lot more throwing than catching. You're right, Bella was eating most of the marshmallows that night, wasn't she. I wasn't going to put that on here for Mrs. Chromie to see though. Remember, no people food for Bella.

Queen of the Hammers? Yah, she loves rock crawling! Before you know it, I won't even be able to drive my own Jeep on the trail!

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excellent pix you guys
kendall, ivy, and i had a great time and we are ready for fordyce
it was a great trip and i ditto chromedome's comment on thanks for taking so many pix as i did not.
it is much appreciated
thanks again dave , kendall, and especially ivy the jeep dog
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excellent pix you guys
kendall, ivy, and i had a great time and we are ready for fordyce
it was a great trip and i ditto chromedome's comment on thanks for taking so many pix as i did not.
it is much appreciated
thanks again dave , kendall, and especially ivy the jeep dog



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