2002 Phoenix Easter Jeep Safari

By Jeep Experts

It began, as is often does, with a cellphone name from Robert, my SoCal buddy that also owed me a Jeepin’ weekend from the foiled 2001 Thanksgiving run that by no means fairly made it.  Robert had taken some laborious hits whereas doing Johnson Valley the month earlier than final Thanksgiving and needed to move on what would have been the 2nd Annual Go To Stu’s Place and Jeep for the Weekend During Thanksgiving run.  Well, this cellphone name began with a promising query from Robert, “What ya doing round Easter time?”  With that as my cue, I rapidly knowledgeable him that the spare bed room can be obtainable and we began kicking a Jeepin’ plan collectively.

About the identical time, Jamie, aka., Wind_Danzer from JU, knowledgeable me that she was popping out to go to a Phoenix space good friend of hers and wish to get collectively to do some Jeepin’.  Jamie was flying out so she wanted a entrance seat for her and the digital camera.  Aside from that, her solely requirement was some good rock crawlin’ with some fairly surroundings thrown in for good measure.  As luck would have it, Jamie arrived a day or two forward of Robert and was capable of catch each days of Jeepin’ that Robert and I managed to squeeze in throughout the Easter weekend. We had exchanged quite a lot of e-mails which included cellphone numbers, instructions to the path head and my home, and what ever else it’s that’s wanted when out of city company that you simply’ve by no means met earlier than determine to return for a go to.

Robert arrived on the appointed day, albeit a bit later than deliberate, with one other SoCal Jeeper from San Diego in two.  I had exchanged e-mail with Joe on quite a lot of events in addition to buying and selling 4×4 feedback on a few boards for the previous 12 months plus.  Joe introduced his two rug-rats with him and stayed at a motel about 10 minutes journey time from my place.  He was additionally capable of be part of Robert and I in his YJ with a lately accomplished SOA and a Ford 8.8″ rear axle.

I dropped some e-mail to a couple of my native Jeepin’ buds to see if any may be part of us on the path (we have been beginning the primary path on Good Friday morning) and in addition cease by Friday night for an off-the-cuff “meet and greet”.  Friday night went effectively with a home stuffed with pals having fun with one another’s firm, watching some Jeepin’ movies, and usually telling sufficient Jeepin’ tales to maintain anybody going all night time lengthy.

The first run was Lower Terminator.  A gaggle of the native rock crawlin’ guys from AZVJC had gone via a few weeks earlier than us and unstacked the path.  There appears to be too many underneath outfitted automobiles utilizing the tougher trails and so they hold stacking the rocks earlier than and after the obstacles.  So, with a recent path forward of us, we determined to present it a strive.

Joe came to visit to the home Friday morning and met up with Robert and myself as we headed off to the Table Mesa space.  Dion and his spouse Paola joined us there and all of us aired down and did the ten minute drive to Lower Terminator.  Once on the path head, the t-cases have been slipped into low vary and we headed single file into the wash.  We bought to the primary impediment and instantly caught case of off-camber air.  Jamie was driving shotgun with me and her girlfriend was driving with Robert.  They each bought their first style of AZ fashion  rock crawling proper off the beginning of the path.

About a 100 yards down the path, a light-weight rain began falling.  It was simply sufficient to trigger you to hit the wipers infrequently and settle the mud.  But what none of us considered was the have an effect on it will have on White Line, as seen within the above pic.  White Line will get it identify from the white quartz vein that runs via the bedrock that makes up this impediment.  It is extraordinarily off-camber, and as you’re employed your manner throughout White Line, it causes you to go much more off-camber.  With the little little bit of rain, Dion would slide two inches off the impediment for each inch he moved ahead.  We lastly opted to take the bypass.  Three of us helped Dion stabilize his YJ as he fastidiously backed it off of White Line.  It can be there for an additional day when a assured roll over was NOT the principle providing on the menu.

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With Dion and myself via the bypass, Joe took a stab at it.  The bypass is nothing to be taken frivolously.  In truth, my earlier run on this path resulted in a fairly good dialogue among the many 7 or 8 drivers that ran that day.  We weren’t positive if White Line or the bypass was the simpler route after a number of had gone over every.  I can assure you that when there’s a little bit of moisture on the bedrock, the bypass was the higher alternative for protected passage.

 The path will get its identify from the Terminator impediment, which is among the two exit routes from the part of the path often called the Z-turn.  Similar to the Z-turn impediment discovered on the Moab Rim Trail, this one will get your consideration and retains it till you might be safely via it.  Here is Dion taking the Terminator exit out of the Z-turn.  

The Z-turn sits a bit beneath grade stage.  As you method, you drop down into it whereas negotiating a good proper hand flip.  Here I get able to exit the Z-turn.  The Terminator impediment is that lump of rocks simply out of my driver door (the route Dion took).  I’m about to search out that with the current rock de-stacking, the pucker issue has elevated quantity.

Joe and Dion heep a useful hand on my laborious high as I get off camber a bit whereas popping out of the Z-turn.  Robert is recognizing me.  I’m about within the clear right here.  This was the primary time I used to be really glad to have the ARB locker within the rear axle.  My driver’s facet rear tire was attempting to climb up an enormous rock that was throwing me manner off camber.  There was no room to again as much as reposition the rear finish as I used to be already dedicated into leaving the Z-turn.  Every time I attempted to inch ahead, my laborious high would roll over in the direction of the rock face.  Finally, I disengaged the rear ARB and crept ahead once more.  The passenger facet tire caught a little bit of traction whereas the driving force facet tire slid down the rock only a bit.  It was sufficient, after once more partaking the ARB, for me to get the road I wanted to stroll up the ledge and clear the impediment.  

Robert will get lined as much as exit the Z-turn, taking the identical route I did.  You can see he’s already beginning to get some air underneath the entrance tire.  The rock subsequent to the driving force’s entrance tire is the one which your rear wheel desires to trace excessive off (the issue I used to be describing above).  

Robert and Dion talk about the rock and the tire (been there, carried out that) whereas Joe retains a watch on the passenger facet of the Robert’s TJ.  Once Joe, Robert, and myself have been away from this route, we had a dialogue about doing the Terminator exit the following time.  We all thought it simply could be price a strive.

We continued down the path and at last reached the top.  As Joe was exiting the wash, he found that his stainless-steel entrance brake hose made for a poor limiting strap.  It broke free proper on the becoming the place the hose connects to the metal line.  With some tough, we have been capable of take away the damaged becoming from the metal line and fix a spare TJ hoes I carry.  The hose was too brief, which we knew earlier than attaching it, nevertheless it supplied us the power to fold it over on itself and pinch it shut with a pair of ViseGrips.  We zipped tied the ViseGrips out of the way in which and headed again to city for some restore components.  Joe had 3 wheel braking, which though removed from good, is healthier than having your brake pedal bottoming out on the ground boards.

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2002 Phoenix Easter Jeep Safari

After hitting the native 4×4 store that I often do enterprise with, we ended up with a referral to a customized tube and hose store that made new rubber traces (of the proper size) for Joe whereas we waited.  About 20 minutes later, we have been headed residence to do a fast restore and get cleaned up for the Friday night time meet and greet.

Saturday morning had us assembly up on the Texaco station at Florence Junction.  I had informed Jamie and Robert concerning the Martinez Canyon Trail.  On high of that, TJRon had chipped in along with his feedback on one of many Jeep boards about how fairly it was.  I had solely ran the path as soon as, a few month in the past, and determined it ought to present our guests with some good surroundings in addition to a difficult rock crawl.  Robert and I met up with Jamie and Lisa once more.  Joey and Jake have been in Joey’s YJ, Steven joined us in his TJ, and Joe (from yesterday’s run) was in his YJ.  We bought via the introductions and headed to Martinez Canyon by way of the Box Canyon path.

The Martinez Canyon path begins simply previous the Martinez Cabins, a few outdated cabins constructed a while in the past.  They nonetheless stand alongside the small spring fed creek that runs previous the start of the path.  It is a extremely popular spot for weekend campers.  The shade of the large Cottonwood timber present very good shade as soon as the climate warms up.  I wouldn’t camp there in the summertime, however every other time of the 12 months can be nice.

We arrived on the cabins later than anticipated because the Box Canyon path took a bit longer than anticipated.  I had by no means gone that manner earlier than, and whereas I had an correct GPS monitor for it in my Garmin III+, it merely is the longer path to take to get from the place we have been to the place we needed to be.  We took 20 minutes and caught lunch and gave our company an opportunity to run round and snap some footage.

The starting of the path places you immediately within the wash for a few half mile or so.  Here is Joey working is manner via the primary rock backyard we got here to.  Joey had lately gotten an automated locker within the rear axle and so was having some enjoyable with it.  I’m recognizing him right here as he climbs via the rock backyard.

This was the primary path I ran with Steven.  His yellow TJ was on 33″tires and had a LSD within the rear axle.  To Stevens credit score, he did an excellent job on the path.  He had my vote for one of the best driver to identify (or put one other manner…..he adopted the spotter’s instructions to the “T”).  He made fast work of the rock backyard.

Somewhere alongside the primary a part of the wash, Robert bought himself hung up on an enormous outdated rock.  He was operating tail gunner for the group and determined to strive one 50 yards part of the wash that I inadvertently went round.  Maybe I used to be fortunate I did!  A few us got here again to assist out.  Robert needed to jack either side up so we may slip a number of rocks underneath the rear tires.  The rock was jammed between the again of the skid plate (he couldn’t go backwards) and the drive shaft (he couldn’t go ahead with out killing it).  

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While we labored on Robert’s caught, it gave everybody an opportunity to snoop across the Martinez mine buildings. that are in surprisingly good condition.  I wouldn’t belief that trestle that goes throughout the wash although.  Too a few years of solar drying out the timbers.

We not more than bought Robert away from that huge rock when it kicked off a complete bunch of getting hung up on the rocks.  Both Joey and Joe managed to get themselves in a bind and required some assist from the remainder of the oldsters.  Here the 4 of us work on holding Joey’s YJ in place whereas he tries to tug away from us (grin).  We lastly let go so he may climb over the rocks and get away from all the pieces.

Here is Robert working his manner via a bit of the wash that may be a bit previous the mine buildings.  Joe managed to get an enormous outdated rock on this half wedged between the wheels of his YJ.  It took us a bit to get him freed from that one.  Like I mentioned, there have been some good rock stucks on this a part of the path.

Steven’s LSD rear axle did an incredible job of maintaining him shifting ahead.  Of course, everybody is aware of how effectively the TJs flex.  Steve saved all 4 tires on the bottom and that saved him shifting alongside very properly.  He labored his manner although right here with no issues.

Robert works his manner up the v-notch that marks the top of the wash.  From right here, the path slowly winds its manner up and out of Martinez Canyon.  The surroundings will get extra lovely as you rise above the canyon.  

Eventually, you might be on high of the mountain ridge and the view it affords you is basically fantastic.  We stopped at an outdated silver mine on the way in which to the highest and let the oldsters seize their flashlights and hike into the mine.  This horizontal mine shaft is a tough rock mine and remains to be protected.  No rotting timbers to trigger issues.  

As with all good issues, the day lastly needed to finish.  The solar was starting to set within the west (these shadows are beginning to get quite lengthy) and everybody had gotten a fairly good coating of path mud and an overdose of enjoyable.  There have been no casualties at this time aside from my kissing my entrance drive shaft with a rock.  It didn’t develop into an issue till I hit 65 MPH on the way in which residence….then the vibrations began in.  Since Moab was however a few weeks away, I ended up getting the drive shaft re-tubed.  No extra vibrations.  Now I keep in mind why I wish to put in that entrance Warn hub package!

Robert and I spent Sunday on the home.  We did some upkeep on the TJs and Donna cooked up an incredible Easter dinner.  After Robert had gotten his fill of her good residence cooking, we loaded the TJ on his tow trailer and he headed again to California. 

Jamie came to visit later within the week, armed with a few good tasting pizzas and a whole set of prints from her two days of image taking.  (the images on this write-up have been scanned from her prints).  We killed an hour or two that night and the mentioned our goodbyes.  It was time for her to move again to the East coast.

I at all times say that the worst day Jeepin’ is healthier than one of the best day at work.  The two days we spent on the path with our pals have been no exception, besides that they have been each nice days.  We all had fun with good pals.  It simply doesn’t get any higher than that.  I stay up for the following Phoenix Easter Jeep Safari.  Hmmmm…..I’m wondering in the event that they ever considered doing one thing like this up at Moab?

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