a respectable turn-out for MogFest but the unstructured nature of
the gathering proved somewhat unruly on our trail rides. But, no
matter, everyone had fun.
The photos below are what we saw.
1017A in the camping configuration. I only had one set of steps,
so we had to share them between the trucks.
morning, we saddled up for a trail ride. I rode with Kai in his
416 DOKA. Above, Matt helps Kai secure the bed before setting out.
and Nancy's Altar-proven 416.
headed toward the Calcite Mine area to see what was there. The
hills around Truckhaven are very, very barren.
road to the Calcite Mine area was not hard, but it was narrow in places.
way, the group stopped to check out a side canyon.
canyon was very narrow at the mouth and it only got narrower as we went
path entered a narrow slot canyon.
blocked our way requiring some scrambling to conquer.
we finished in the slot canyon, we headed to the end of the trail at
the Calcite mine.
a number of Pinzgauers in our group.
nice Jeep pickup was in the group behind us.
the wind caves in the sandstone cliffs.
slot was part of the mine and yielded the actual calcite crystals.
at camp, we were treated to a "harvest moon" that lit up our campsite.
Emily showed up in "Big Red" and unloaded same quads with the boom
Synchros were camped in an area by themselves.
we headed out on another trail run. Above, a Syncho
owner gets a geometry lesson on the meaning of "approach angle".
With his front bumper dug deep in the sand, he was quite stuck.
the trails in the Truckhaven area are steep and composed of loose
top of the mesa, we got a nice view of the balance of our group.
required a pull from behind to complete the extrication.
a buddy follow in his 416. Nancy was in Big Red with Richard.
know who owns this Rover.
Pinz was in the rear of the group.
rear were 2 Haflingers and a 710 Pinz.
stopped for a brief equipment check at the top of the mesa.
Alan's 406 is visible on the right and Joe's 404 in the center.
steep upgrade is a steep downgrade on the other side.
are much higher than they appear in the photos.
comes down through the slot.
Red follows. You can judge the size of the hill by the size of
and his nice Toyota FJ restored pickup.
jeep took many attempts to make it up this obstacle.
404 goes right up the obstacle without much effort at all.
O and his wife do the obstacle with no sweat.
idea of a joke. This street sign was planted at the top of the
balance of the group approach the obstacle.
404 radio box comes complete with a lounge deck.
explorer tried and tried and utimately beat the obstacle.
works his 406 along one of the many ridges in the area.
group assembles for a brief stop.
and Nancy roll up in Big Red.
and wife attempt another tough obstacle. This time, the obstacle
and Jaime from Wasilla, AK showed up it their custom 1300 camper.
by-standers ask Kris questions about his rig.
MogFest 2010 was fun, but to me it was less fun because it was "unhosted". It is very true that being the host is a thankless task, but having group meals provided a focus for folks to meet and greet. Perhaps next year.
A good time was had
by all and the weather was spectacular.
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