Part 7: Beef Basin to Salt Canyon Overlook


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The Trip

We spent the night in Beef Basin.  Oddly, despite the name, we had fish for dinner.  The plan was to do bead-lock tire training and then head to Salt Canyon Overlook.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Chris was leading this session on bead-lock tires.  Above, Stephen and Chris dismantle a Hutchinson 20" rim.  The bead is locked due to the ring that is secured with the 24 studs.  The nuts have been already removed.

The inside view of the outer rim.

Chris has jacked up his truck to support the removal of the tire.

As the truck was raised, the tire debeaded with a bit of persuasion.

To insure safety, the parking brake on the serviced side was released so the other side could be engaged.  Above, the tension screw is adjusted to remove the parking brake on the right side.  Once adjusted, the parking brakes could be set but the right tire can be turned.

With some nudging, the tire can be moved in the lateral direction taking the bead lock ring with it.

Once the tire was unseated, the bead lock ring is clearly visible.

The ring was coated with a water soluble grease to allow it to be seated and unseated.

The rim is exposed and would be re-coated with grease before the ring is re-seated.

The tire and ring were re-installed and they are followed by the large white O-ring.

Once the O-ring has been installed, the rim is ready for the outer retaining ring.  The ring is installed and all 24 nuts are tightened.  Bead locks are highly useful for preventing de-beads during operation at low air pressure.  But, the task of removing a tire is substantially more difficult.  We do not use bead locks, but might consider them if we were operating where very low air pressure was required.

After the tire training was completed, I floated the quad copter to get this photo of our campsite.

Chris showed us the details of his stainless steel tanks that are built into the truck frame.  He can carry 150 gallons of fresh water and 50 gallons each of grey and black water.

We retraced our path out of Beef Basin.  Along the way, we got a great view of the La Salle mountains which still have snow on their upper peaks.

We passed this arch structure on our exit route.

Back on Elk Ridge, we passed this cowboy with dogs and a group of horses saddled for work.

The trail traveled around the rim of the mesa and gave us a first view of Salt Canyon.

Our objective for the afternoon was the Salt Canyon overlook.  The trail required negotiating a series of small ledges.

Several of the ledges were high enough to require careful spotting.  Mark and Gail easily negotiated this ledge.

Slow and careful wins the battle when rock crawling is involved.

Care was required because Mark's steps hung down and could impact the rocks.

As the group was traversing the ledges, the weather was building to our east.

Thor has low-hanging tool boxes, so caution is always indicated.  But, we had no problems.  Note the twist of Thor's frame of cab relative to the camper.

We finally arrived at Salt Canyon overlook; the view was breath-taking.

We spotted several large arches down in the canyon.  There are two in the photo above.

Our camp was right on the lip of the cliff.  

Remains of an old seismic exploration road.

Mark and Gail at the Salt Canyon Overlook.

The sandstone in the canyon weathered to reveal intricate patterns.

The mesa to our east provided a perfect foreground to the distant clouds.

Bill Burke, our guide, took Oksana and I to the far point for a view of the trucks on the rim.

The old seismic exploration road is clearly visible.

In the bottom of Salt Canyon is a bowl surrounded by cliffs and hoodoos.

Oksana noticed the windowing effect from the setting sun.  The view from the cliffs was spectacular.

We all thought that Salt Canyon Overlook was awesome.  Although there were some ledges on the trail, it was not that hard.  We had a great night and many of us took showers.  The winds were calm and the temperatures mild.

Next, we head to  Newspaper Rock.

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