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    Hole in the Rock Trail Trip video - 3.6.13

    Here's the video from our trip to Hole in the Rock Trail in March.

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    Looks like an epic adventure. Loved the dog cam, especially the shake--awesome.

    Couple of questions though, how many days did you spend on the trail? Also, what's the story with the tow strap train near the end of the video?

    I've been wanting to do this one for many years, I guess it's time to stop making excuses...

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    Looks fun. Tacomas are such awesome vehicles. I love mine.

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    I guess I should post the entire trip report here, not just the video. Here you go.

    With the weather warming up, it was definitely time for a trip!

    jentschman, westernhunter, spork, frieed, clfrnacwby, sixstringsteve, tacoman99, fatTony, glockman, and a couple other friends all met at the Cal Black Memorial airport to begin our journey. The weather was amazing. The kid at the fuel terminal was awesome, great guy. If you ever get a chance to stop by, say hi, he gets lonely out there. The airport is open for fuel 24/7.

    We hopped on the trail right outside the airport.

    After a quick stop at the halftrack, we continued on.

    Even the pregnant women love this trip!

    The sun was starting to set, and we were still a ways from camp...

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    About this time, the WJ had issues with his exhaust hanger. He got it fixed and we were on the move again.

    It is truly an impressive sight to see 12 rigs heading down the trail at night.

    This trail doesn't get driven as much as most of the moab trails, so route finding can be difficult. Despite the occassional white dash, we had to send scouts on ahead to find the trail with their flashlights. Spork had a GPS which really helped, and the cairns kept us on track as well.

    Finally we made it to camp for a nice fire, some tunes, and good times.

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    It was a nice warm night, with temps in the 40's. We woke up to a beautiful day.

    We took our time getting started. We had plenty of time and we weren't in a hurry to get to the end.

    Along the way, jentschman got a flat. It was the weirdest thing. He took his eyes off the road for a second, then heard a bang and found this:

    The resident experts examined it and determined that the tire was flat. :)

    John busted out the hi-lift and went to work.

    We were back on the trail in 5 min thanks to everyone's preparedness. Way to have a full-size spare Trevor!

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    About a quarter mile from the start of grey mesa, somebody radioed in that one of the LJ's had trouble starting.

    Thanks to the expertise of the group, we narrowed down that it was something to do with the ignition. The group ahead decided to take a break and have lunch.

    Cody found the tallest peak to climb.

    It was a hot day and Molly was beat.

    There were a lot of Moqui Marbles to be found.

    Back to the LJ. We got it all hotwired and bypassed the ignition switch. It would start, then turn off after 3 seconds. We figured it was a security feature. Little did we know, that by plugging in the SKIM key reader module, it kills your jeep. For more info, see this thread:

    There were plenty of armchair mechanics. :)

    Out came the Crawlers.

    That meant the Jeep was DOA. The LJ, clfrnacwby and the WJ stayed there and camped the night, while Glockman headed off to price to get a part to fix the jeep. Little did he know that the jeep had to be taken to a dealer for them to map a key to that jeep. So he spent the night in Price while the rest of us moved on. Bummer. Everyone had a really good attitude. Lots of people were willing to stay behind and help the jeep get going, and I didn't hear a single complaint from any of the kids. A standup group for sure.

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    The rest of us continued on towards Grey Mesa. We were going to hike out to Iceberg Canyon, but we decided against it due to time. It was looking like we may be on the trail 'till after dark again.

    We headed up Grey Mesa. This is, by far, the most technical section of the trail.

    There was a lot more erosion than last year, and the trail seemed quite a bit more technical. One section in particular is getting extremely dangerous. It is a steep off-camber that favors short wheelbases. If the tacomas had been another 3-4" longer, I don't know how they would have made it past. This trail needs some work done to this or it's not going to be driveable by a 4x4 much longer. The pictures don't do it justice, but to the left is a 100+ foot 45* slope that would destroy and possibly kill you.

    The pucker factor was high, and it was a nerve-wracking experience. Fortunately we had a handful of experienced spotters to get us through that spot.

    Spork was still getting used to his new duals and he got pretty tippy in one place, being on only 2 wheels. Way to hang on and drive out of it! (pic needed)

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    After that, we hit the high-speed dirt road that overlooks the great bend.

    Then we went through another bobble-head section, and we found ourselves at the chute at dusk (much like last year).

    Entering the chute. After grey mesa, this was a cinch.

    It was getting dark and the girls went ahead with the flashlights to find the trail. We soon found our new campsite about 1 mile before the end of the trail. It was a little windier and the fire was awfully smokey that night!

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    The next morning we met some nice ATV guys from Alpine who were very respectful and stayed on the trail. They were a great example of treading lightly.

    It started to drizzle a bit as we headed towards the end of the trail.

    Pretty soon we had reached the end of the trail.

    We went on a short hike down towards the lake.

    We finally found Alladin's Lamp

    along with the big overhang that DAA likes to throw rocks off.

    Cody and his dad went all the way to the water. Unfortunately they didn't see register rock, despite the water level being pretty low. Here you can see the hole in the rock, the crack in the middle of the picture, where the pioneers lowered their wagons down.

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    The rest of the day's schedule went like this:

    drive back to the chute, hike the slots there, look for the arch, and then head over to grey mesa to hike iceberg canyon, then camp back at Cowboy Camp to meet up with glockman and the rest.

    Maybe we were seeing what we wanted to see, but it sure looks like these were grooves were started by wagons back in the day.

    From there we hiked down to the arch (settler's arch?).

    Then we went around on the other side of the chute and hiked around in the slots there.

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    Hiking to iceberg canyon.

    On the way out it started to hail.

    The views on this trip were absolutely breathtaking. You could fill a 250 page book with the amazing vistas.

    We pulled into camp just as the sun was setting, and we found glockman and his crew there. They had towed the LJ from the bottom of grey mesa back to cowboy camp. It was raining, so we piled on the firewood and tried to stay as warm as possible.

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    The next morning we awoke to a snow-covered camp.

    We got a small fire going, then went on our way.

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    It was an exciting trip back to the airport. Glockman pulled the LJ the entire way out, with the occasional assistance from Cody.

    From there we headed back to the airport to gas up. Glockman and his dad waited at the airport for their tow rig to arrive for the broken LJ. The rest of us headed out to check out the ruins past the airport.

    They weren't anything spectacular and weren't worth visiting in my opinion.

    John had to change out a TPS real quick...

    ... then we headed to the lower side of what I believe is Lake Canyon. This was my favorite part of the trip.

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    We hiked around for quite a bit down there. I would love to go back and explore more, it is a fascinating area.

    We found some ruins.

    and some petroglyphs

    Fender kept stepping on cactus and tumbleweeds.

    I finally found my first piece of pottery. Remember to take only photographs and leave only footprints. :) This pottery shard is still sitting there where I found it; so if you're ever in the area, see if you can find it.

    and another shard we found:

    Then we headed back out on the HITR trail to meet back up with the road back.

    We headed back and ate in Hanksville. The turkey avocado sandwich is excellent. And that's the end of the trip. It was the best trip of the year so far. We had a blast and got to strengthen old friendships and make new ones. It was a shame that not everyone was able to make it to the end of the trail, but they all had excellent attitudes and we look forward to more trips with them. See ya.

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    When I get my sliders, I'll go with you.

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    That has to be one of the best trip reports I read

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    Yea Steve, you really raised the bar on this one! Enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very well done in all aspects.
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    Could a moderator please move this to the trip reports section?

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