Toyota FJ Cruiser Forum banner
1 - 20 of 53 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Just got back from a terrific day of offroading in Moab with some genuinely nice folks. This was really a fun group of three 4Runner owners and our own JimD, a fellow FJ pilot. This is a very difficult, and sometimes dangerous trail. We all took some hits here or there, some worse than others. That said I'll certainly run it again sometime. The scenery reminded me a lot of certain parts along the Elephant Hill trail. Quite stunning. There are several famous obstacles along the route, Highdive, Hummer Hill, Upchuck, White Knuckle Hill, so when we got started and hit the first really tough section it was sobering to realize that it didn't even have a name. We nicknamed it The Gatekeeper. If you hesitate here you have no business on the rest of the trail. It reminds me of Potato Salad Hill, tricky and easy to roll of off with even a slight error.



a turn at the top puts you off camber and is a bit alarming as you can't see the top over the hood



The 4runners were all very well equipped and piloted by experienced and nice fellows. As they were all silver I'm not posting each on every obstacle on the FJ board, but for you 4Runner fans there are over 600 shots up in my Webshots directory. Link in my Sig. line



There are many difficult and tricky unnamed sections. Jim is an excellent driver and trail companion. He is also the fastest offroader I've ever met. We followed his lead all day





Here is the only one I have of Upchuck:







Hummer Hill





Our view of immediate trail features was usually this




The notorious White Knuckle Hill. It's a sheer 8 or 10 foot drop down the face and the approach is also an off camber, tricky section. We arrived to find a couple of feet made less dangerous by someone who had piled rocks but I assure you that the drop is both stimulating and attention getting. Here's Jim mid drop, he's so smooth and fast it's hard to get in front and get pictures before he's done


Your humble reporter on approach, like I said no piece of cake, very tippy! Again, thanks to this gang and Mrs. Rat for excellent spotting.



I love this shot, none of us needed the strap. I hate this practice. I'm always afraid someone's going to get hurt trying to help, but everyone has different experiences and I wasn't allowed to say no lol. Anyhow, look at the helper at the end of the strap and the expression on his face. Thanks for the anchor future offroader.



This is the point of no return, all you can see is space in front of you and in our case Mrs. Rat about 30 feet up the trail to spot you.







Jim spotting:



This is fun, you are really standing up at the bottom, he could see better out the sunroof, wish we had them.



very tight and trick squeeze further down the road







I can never resist adding in all the side route fun. This one dealt Jim's front bumper a mighty blow but man it really took it



Lot's of "can opener" spots on this trail



Oops, pic limit, edit and another post
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,045 Posts
How was White Knuckle? Did you go up or down....looks like you were headed in the "down" direction from the pics.....did anyone try and climb it and how'd they do?

Sean

***Edit*** looked at your webshots album but only saw 36 pics...mostly of that first obstacle. Is there another album?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,045 Posts
Wait a sec....are the last two pics you posted of White Kncukle? They don't look like it, but I haven't been in so long, it may have changed that much.

If they are WK, man....it's TOTALLY different than I last saw it.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
continued


I'm so impressed with the 4Runners now. I'll be tempted to build one. They were very very good on this trail, skillful driving too. These were some of the nicest folks and rigs I've wheeled with





Here is the gang, this one was taken right after White Knuckle Hill. I hope I get invited to hang out with them again soon. Time for a road trip to Arizona I think:





Thanks!

Scott and Sara


Spring in Moab, highly recommended, This was a beautiful trail











 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
How was White Knuckle? Did you go up or down....looks like you were headed in the "down" direction from the pics.....did anyone try and climb it and how'd they do?

Sean

***Edit*** looked at your webshots album but only saw 36 pics...mostly of that first obstacle. Is there another album?
We did it with gravity. None of us were in buggies and were not in the mood to ride a winch cable up. It's a long enough day one way :rofl:. The Webshots gallery has about 600 or so pics uploading now, it's only gotten as far as 50 or so as of now. Should be done in another hour or two.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 · (Edited)
Sean, I did my two posts in several edits as I've lost entire posts very frustratingly before trying to do it all at once. White Knuckle Hill ends at the sunroof pic. I'm sure every obstacle in Moab changes each year. I'm not a glutton and it was plenty fun enough for me. I'm also not a professional photographer. We had one along for the ride, I'll have his link soon as well for you to peruse.

tibaal, we need to get out and see you guys sometime! You can show us some of the sick terrain from your web site.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
835 Posts
Nice pics. I am jealous!


I know what you mean about the rope trick, I guess someone could put it on the nose if you did it just wrong even with a few rocks in the pit. It takes huge ones to even do it at all. I have watched whole groups of well built rigs just bypass it like it was not even there.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
18,479 Posts
Awesome shots MoabRat! They got my adrenaline going. I've gotta try this soon!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,045 Posts
We did it with gravity. None of us were in buggies and were not in the mood to ride a winch cable up. It's a long enough day one way :rofl:. The Webshots gallery has about 600 or so pics uploading now, it's only gotten as far as 50 or so as of now. Should be done in another hour or two.
You don't have to have a buggy to climb WK.....JFYI.

Oh, and the pic I was talking about was another ledge.....I thought that was what WK looked like now and it looked totally different. The actual pics you posted after I replied of WK look as they should.

If you come on out to AZ, let me know....I'd be honored to meet ya. :)

Sean
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
It was nice meeting and wheeling with both of you. Mrs. Rat did a great job spotting on several of the obstacles. Like Jim, I hope to see you two out on the trail again. :bigthumb:
 
1 - 20 of 53 Posts
Top