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  • Rausch Creek 2017....More Rocks

    Hard to believe it took until June to make it back to Rausch Creek, but we've been hitting up a lot of new trails this year as well. Four of made the trip up last weekend; myself, Greg, Jason and Craig Hickey, all of us arriving on Thursday night. Greg using up a few years of his early retirement was off work and got there a few hours ahead of us and set up camp. I arrived around 8pm and further fortified the camp with some extra tarps and EZ ups for the upcoming rain storms. This was a neat trip as our group of 4 consisted of a CJ, a YJ, a TJ, and my JK. Been a while since I was on a ride with that variety of jeeps. Although there were some leaf springs, the older jeeps were equipped fuel injection which is always a plus.

    Camp for the weekend
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    Ready to hit the dirt in the morning.
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    The rain started Friday morning, we cooked a soggy breakfast at camp, let the other groups roll out, and then we hit the trails as the rainfall slowed down to a sprinkle. There were around 100 or so broncos on a ride and it was the beginning of the JK Freakfest as well so there was a lot to look at in the parking lot. On the trail though, we only hit 1 roadblock, which was convenient as it was sandwich time for us anyway. This place is so big, its amazing how many rigs can disappear onto the trails without running into each other.

    Pics from Day 1.

    Lean on Me....
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    Jeeps Everywhere!

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    Souvenirs on Yellow Jacket
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    Snake Trail
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    Attempting the harder exit out of Shot the Moon....just too sloppy to make the climb today.

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    Getting over the humps on camel back
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    You're not lost if you don't care where you are

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    Trying on the new helmet just in case......
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    I attempted this line several times and finally got into a bind. The ledge was undercut and the rear wouldn't climb. The top was all slop so the front had no traction. I ended up pulling cable despite the onlookers yelling....
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    We ended the day playing around on the comp course before heading back to camp. No major issues at all.
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    We started dinner just as the skies opened up. And it rained, and rained forest gumpp style. We had a pretty good camp set up but the water was coming down. I got soaked trying to cook a proper dinner of wings and fries. Apparently I was thirsty too and tried to drown from the inside out with a solution of malt, hops, and barley. The rain died down, and we made a trip to a few other fires and the camp ground to spread our cheer. It continued to rain throughout the night.
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    You're not lost if you don't care where you are

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    • #3
      Saturday the skies cleared up and we had nothing but sunshine the entire day. Which was good because we had a few issues on the trails. I blew a tire from the bead 15 min into the day on a fairly easy trail, and in a patch of briars. The fix was pretty easy with the help of a death jack and Jason's on board air.
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      After that we started making trail. We did 1c which is a twisty black, 2 a rocky blue, crawler ridge, crawl daddy, then down to rock creek. Greg's front began to lock up and we suspected t case or driveshaft issues. Lucky enough though it was just the front caliper bolts which had backed out allowing the brakes to become wedged in there. He must have parked over a shamrock as the bolts were still there, not even in a thread but just hanging out. Quick fix and back to the dirt. Craig decided hi YJ needed to sound meaner so he removed the exhaust on Crawler Ridge. We never lost track of him the rest of the day haha. Jason's jeep decided to not start randomly. A few jiggles of his fuel system wiring though and it came back to life. On crawl daddy we ran into a group of JKs for the fest. One driver became so frustrated with diff grabbers that he abandoned his jeep, took the trail on foot, and left his jeep for another to drive off the trail. We ate a sandwich as we waited our turn. The rain added to the slop as myself and Greg were forced to take a couple bypass lines as we made it to the top.

      Time for pics.

      Eating an apple while climbing some of the bonus lines on Crawler Ridge
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      Greg and I playing on Rock Creek. Slow and steady, picking your lines for days. Takes some planning not to get yourself into somewhere you cant get out of.
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      Me chasing a big group of JKs down through the rocks......I just don't fit in.
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      Greg and I snuck into their photo shoot
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      Yay......mud.
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      Saturday ended back on the comp course and another night of wings and fries. Bed came much earlier tonight. No rain, but we did have a skunk move into camp for a little while.
      More pics!
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      Although we covered a lot of ground, we still didn't get to the whole park. I hope to make it back up in the fall to check out the northeast property which I've yet to be on. All in all, a great trip, good trails, good jeeps, good friends. Now to the garage. I've got some repairs to make including a ball joint and skid plate surgery.
      You're not lost if you don't care where you are

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      • #4
        I'd like to make it out this fall! This is my once every 3 years that I don't have to work.

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        • #5
          I'm game for a fall trip!!
          '96 4X4 Crayola Box

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          • #6
            Looked like a great trip....wish I could of made it!

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            • #7
              Awesome pics. A fall trip may be do able.
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