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We pulled into town Friday evening & stopped in camp to see who had already arrived & meet up with Lance. The group was finishing up a recovery demonstration and we had some raffle swag to drop off. After leaving catalogs, stickers & prizes we checked into the hotel. After a good nights sleep we headed back over to camp and met up with a lot of great people. Events like this are great - lots of new ideas for product delelopment and improvement! Soon after was the drivers meeting and we then headed off to the trail. There were 3 groups: The scenic run, the also-scenic-but-a-bit-more-challenge run, and the "hard" run. We chose the hard run of course, and off to the trail we went. We had 7 FJ Cruisers, a monster Lexus and a Land Rover D90. The first trail was Broken Arrow, where we had to dodge pink Jeeps the whole way - most of the drivers were very nice, a couple seemed a bit grumpy, but everyone got along with no problems. Several were taking pictures and Cnynrat was doing video, here are my contributions. Let the photo's begin!

Sedona is beautiful... what a way to wake up!










Here the GPS challenge is described, it was supposed to be held Saturday from 3pm-6pm, but because most participants were on the trail past that, it was delayed until this morning (Sunday) from 8am-10pm.
 

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We began at Broken Arrow, after airing down the fun began...





After a couple made it up, our "video crew" setup at the top of the first hill










The monster Lexus on nearly 39" tall tires




And since this was a turnaround section, we all headed back down & onto the next section
 

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Everyone was having a blast, the weather was in the 80's and the sky's were clear



Pink jeeps were swarming like insects










Our next stop was at an outlook where last year Bobo lost her lower control link. I was told the story of over an hour in the freezing snow doing a trail repair with vice grips, this year no problems, everyone walked through without damage. Yes, the views were spectacular




 

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The call was made to head out, Homedad lead the way











I believe this section was called the merry-go-round. Large rock in the middle to circle and a steady slope on the right made it appear & feel as if you were going to slide off, but traction was great.












 

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More of the pink Jeeps, this driver was particularly cool. I saw him later that night at the gas station & he remembered our group & wanted to make sure we had fun & everyone got out safe.
















 

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After winding through the trail we finally got to the staircase, Broken Arrow's most famous feature. Much steeper than the pictures show, its a very fun obstacle that got many of the drivers attention









The video crew was on hand to capture the excitement


Vehicle after vehicle passed and headed down the hill






More of the pink Jeeps followed


and the local wildlife was there to check us out


Then it was time to head back to town, fuel up & head to the next trail
 

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Greasy Spoon was the next trail on the list, we ran it backwards and after several moderate hillclimbs and descents we got to the rocks.





With eyes as big as dinner plates, and a crackling voice saying "is this going to get any worse?" the driver made it through with only damage to his tailpipe


The human ballast helped a bit






and after determining that we could not continue further because last years flash floods washed FJ swallowing boulders into the entrance of the next canyon (hey.. the Lexus with 39's wouldnt even try it) we headed back out







Stuffin 35's! Yes a 35" tire will work on a 3" lift...
 

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After that it was a short climb out of that small canyon and a few miles back to the main road, then back into town.






















It was a good day on the trail with some great people. Fun was had by all and everyone was ready to get back to camp & cleanup for dinner. More pics tonight of todays activities to come!

Terry
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Lot's of pictures!!! Nice Terry. You had Dave, Jody, Bob with you. I bet it was a great time. I like your new tires and tire cover. :)
I'm very happy with the new tires so far, the trip there & back was smooth & only a little road hum, which is to be expected with the MT tread, but the extra traction was great. The tire cover is hiding the AT spare because the 5th MT is on backorder nationwide, hopefully will be in this week so they all match!
 

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Very nice shots Terry. Detailed report with lots of pics are my favorites! :)

How are you liking the KM2s? I remember you not liking them when they first came out.
I had the first set coming into Cali preordered but heard bad things about them from people running the preproduction units, so I cancelled my order. After the production models were finally released & people running them came back with rave reviews, I had to try them for myself.

Hey Terry....It was nice runnin' with you again....Great report:bigthumb:
See ya' on the trail

Oh....and you missed a fun night run UP the stairs....
It was a blast! And I heard about the night run from Bob the next day... next time I'm going to have to leave a cell number with you guys, woulda loved to have been on that run!
 

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Ya Mike gave us a run for it without a passenger so someone volunteer! Or maybe you can force your girlfriend to do it once she gets out here to AZ.

Honestly I was really surprised...not that 25 trucks is horrible but we had close to 40 people registered so that means about 15 people who registered but didn't bother to show up. Just another reason I think we should charge a small (like $10) registration fee. I can understand when stuff happens, sometimes life just gets in the way..and I think those people let us know they weren't coming...but the no call/no shows might have at least showed up for the trail runs if they had paid the $10.

Just my .02
Most runs we attend (TDS, Forest Fest, Hump & Bump, Hi Desert Roundup, etc.) all have registration fees if they are a fundraising event - which this is. I believe even the FJ Summit has a small fee they charge to attend... it wouldnt be a bad thing for Sedonafest, especially for the great cause.
 

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That, and we need to get more competition on the GPS challenge. I'll post up the PDF of the contest rules and waypoints so anyone that wants to prepare for next year can see how fun it was. You'll have a hard time unseating the R2s, and Mike is gonna give them a run if he ever gets a passenger brave enough to ride shotgun.
My GPS got delayed a day by UPS and was sitting on my patio when I arrived home, otherwise we would have definitely been participants
 

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You wont see any Hammer level trails there, but you will have a blast and wheel with some great people there. The location is absolutely incredible and the only thing I've seen that matches it for scenery is Ouray.
 
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