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commando14
09-05-2008, 03:54 PM
We had a three day camp out of the rigs run at Rimrock over Labor Day weekend. Here is Screaming Toylet's report and pics, below that is my report and pics:



Curtis called a "Camp out of your rig" run to the Rimrock area during the Labor Day weekend. Inspite of the crummy weather forecast, it was sunny and pleasent. The temperature did drop below freezing at night.

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Rob incurred the first break down with a trailer tire blow out just prior the snow park. Luckily, a local resident, gave Rob a good tire and rim for free. I suspect he didn't want Rob's rig parked in front of his driveway. :wink:

We left the snow park around 0930 hours. Shortly afterwards, David's rig let off some steam. He plugged the hole with a little JB weld and penny.

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We ran up past the Blue Slide Look Out to the 613 trail and then drop down toward the Short and Dirty / 661 trail.

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Somewhere along the trail, we bumped into these two characters. Little did we know that Ed and Paul would play a major role in the enjoyment of our weekend.

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Roy on the 661 trail

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Roy on the 661 trail (last year) :P

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These trails are tight, rocky and steep. Shortly after Nomad Meadows, we took the 641 trail. This trail is very tight but very cool.

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Group Shot at Nomad Meadows (661 trail?)

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Late in day 1, we finished up with the 601 trail. Ed had hollered at Curtis on the CB to invite us to camp with them at Sleepy Meadows. The fire was going when we got there and we had fine visit with, Paul, Ed, Bill Collins, Doug O and their families.

Day 2

The following morning, we packed up the rigs and followed Ed up to the 538 and 661 trail. We did a little trail work along the way.

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Later, we hooked up with the 636 trail... All was going well, then ka-pop! Rich's rig popped two studs on a steering arm. Rich and Ed quickly pulled off the knuckle. As luck would have it. Ed tore a small hole in the sidewall of a tire. Rob, broke out the plug set which seem to work fine. However, Ed's spare tire is sick, so to be safe, we swapped Rich's spare tire for Ed's chainsaw.

Paul and Ed took off to Naches with the knuckle to remove the sheared studs and find new bolts. Roy then noticed that his rig had two sheared bolts on the streering box mount. Ed and Paul planned to meet up with us in the morning with the repaired part. We found a camping spot at a nearby elk camp. Roy quickly went to work replacing one of two sheared bolts on his power steering box. He figured that he was good to go with three out of four bolts in place. We have a pretty good time at camp eating manly food and telling stories until I read aloud a spooky bigfoot encounter that occurred on Divide Ridge in the mid 1990's. The story seem to rattle the troop terribly. Feeling bad, I stayed up all night to stand watch. The troop tried to hide their fear by pretending to snore all night.

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Day 3

As planned, Ed and Paul showed up with the repairs and Bill. Rich and Ed put everything back together and we were quickly on our way to run Blue Slide (down hill only) and Butcher Knife trails.

You could really feel the love in the air after getting Rich's rig repaired... until we read this showed up :shock:

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Here is Blue Slide. Like always, the pictures don't do it justice.

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The troop took a short break to shake out the butterflies and get ready for the next couple of chutes

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Once down in the bottoms, more tight trail and serious mud hole. It is a good thing that Rob has more mirrors at home. :P

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Rob started talking **** about the mud hole, so Roy and Paul pushed a few logs in the way.

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Done with Blue Slide, we ran up the Tieton River to run Butcher's knife. We did not run the Butcher's "sweet butter" Knife. We ran up the Butcher's "serrated pig stricker" Knife. I don't think it is even on the map and that is good thing, because I don't want to find it again. It consists of three hard climbs, large and loose rocks, tight trees, and root wads in bad spots. We did a fair bit of winching on this trail due to the terrian and two break downs. Going down this would be crazy. Here are a few pictures.

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Roy snapped a front u-joint/yoke. Ed winched him up the hill and then David threw a tugg'en strap on Roy to help him through the rough stuff. At one point, Ed had a strap on David while David had a strap on Roy. This combination did not work so well on a sharp corner. David quickly found his rig balanced on the two passenger tires "Dukes of Hazzard" style. Ed let off and David settled back to the ground before I could snap a picture. David's eyes were as big a golf balls during the event.

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Shortly after this shot, Rob snapped a rear u-joint that could not be fixed on the trail. Rich threw a strap on Rob and, for the most part, drug Rob up the trail.

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We parted ways with Ed, Paul, and Bill around 1730 hours above Blue Lake on Divide Ride. Like tired cowboys, they drove off into the sunset, and we happily headed eastward back to the snowpark to pack up.

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At this point, Curtis was the only one not to incur a breakdown. But Murphy was not done with us. Curtis' jeep ran out of fuel up by Snow Cabin. Luckily, on the morning of Day 2, I had bought 5 gallons of fuel from Ed... Rich's rig is a thirsty monster and, like a good boyscout, I wanted to be prepared. After a couple of gallons and a bit of cranking, we were bombing down to the snow park.

About dusk we packed up and headed home....What a trip.

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commando14
09-05-2008, 03:54 PM
This was a great time, I can't wait for next year 8)

Group shot at Blue Lake:

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Dropping down into Rimrock:

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This trail was real tight, we stacked logs to get Rich through the trees in a few spots:

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Saturday night we pitched our tents at Sleepy Park:

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Mid-day Sunday, Rich had two sheered studs on the steering knuckle:

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Ed and Paul were going to take the knuckle to Paul's shop to remove the sheered studs. As he was turning around he noticed a tire was flat and there was rip in the sidewall. Rob had a plug kit and they were able to plug the hole with several plugs.

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Then my dad noticed he sheered off three steering box bolts:

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Ed didn't have a very good spare, so Rich's spare was swapped onto Ed's incase the plug didn't hold on the way back down:

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We left Rich's rig for the night and camped just a little ways up the trail at an elk camp:

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Ed and Paul showed up Monday morning with the steering knuckle. After re-assembly we were back on the trail. We headed down Blue Slide. The pictures don't show just how steep it really is.

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We then headed back up a un-mapped trail with several steep rocky hill climbs with nasty roots and ledges. I'd have to say this was probably the most overall challenging trail I've been on.

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We were close to the top when my dad lost a front driveline u-joint taking the yoke with it. Ed winched him the rest of the way up the hill climb.

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Just a few minutes later on the trail, Rob lost a rear u-joint. We noticed he had a bent rear control arm as well so that probably contributed to u-joint.

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I hooked onto my dad to help him up the hills, but needed more pulling power in a few spots. So Ed hooked onto me to make the pulling easier. At one point Ed was making a uphill turn and my dad got hung up on a tree. I was stuck in the middle and suddedly found myself way up in the air on two tires. I was trying to grab the CB when Ed noticed and let off, I settled back down upright but I thought for sure I was going over.

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gasman
09-05-2008, 04:28 PM
Looks like a good time......
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PHANTOM 309
09-05-2008, 04:33 PM
BADA SS! COMPLETLY BADA SS!!! THE PICS..THE WRITE UP...EVERYTHING!!!
I'm stoked as hell to see some centerstock pics on here!! How was it...Really? I've heard stories at both ends of the scale about it. It seems like everyone I talk to has done it, but I don't seem to be able to get anybody to go do it again.

The pics from Butcher Knife are insane! I love the way you guys wheel...a couple of days solid on the trail...everything self contained...camping along the trail....like I said, bada ss!!!


Keep the pics coming!!

Fish
09-05-2008, 04:46 PM
Like Phantom said.... way cool :thumbright:

Ceg
09-05-2008, 04:48 PM
Hell Yeah!!! :headbang:

Great report and pics for sure.

colemancooler
09-05-2008, 04:50 PM
Awesome write up :cheers: I love Rimrock. Lets do it Phantom :thumbright: I have not been camping all year :cry:

commando14
09-05-2008, 08:37 PM
I'm stoked as hell to see some centerstock pics on here!! How was it...Really? I've heard stories at both ends of the scale about it. It seems like everyone I talk to has done it, but I don't seem to be able to get anybody to go do it again.

Centerstock is another name for Blue Slide right? Well it's a long, long trail with a lot of downhill... the entire way down is fairly steep, but the three "chutes" are extremely steep!! You get that "holy sh!t" feeling when you creep up to the edge and look down. Can't really stop on the steep chutes, just keep it rolling and pointed in the right direction.

The alternate to Butcher Knife trail we took up was much more of challenge since we were going up and is probably just about as steep as Blue Slide in spots. It's also much more rocky with roots and ledges as compared to Blue Slide. This trail has a few spots that would be scarier going down than Blue Slide.

benw
09-05-2008, 09:09 PM
BADA SS! COMPLETLY BADA SS!!! THE PICS..THE WRITE UP...EVERYTHING!!!
I'm stoked as hell to see some centerstock pics on here!! How was it...Really? I've heard stories at both ends of the scale about it. It seems like everyone I talk to has done it, but I don't seem to be able to get anybody to go do it again.


I'll do it again, let me know when you want to go.

Ceg
09-06-2008, 08:46 AM
Centerstock is another name for Blue Slide right? Yes. Called that by some because of the Center Livestock signs.

Are there any tight areas on the chutes? As in come close to siding it trees or something other. Any big chance of siding off the trail on the chutes? I have been thinking of going down Blue Slide for sometime now.

Jay W
09-06-2008, 12:15 PM
Centerstock is another name for Blue Slide right? Yes. Called that by some because of the Center Livestock signs.

Are there any tight areas on the chutes? As in come close to siding it trees or something other. Any big chance of siding off the trail on the chutes? I have been thinking of going down Blue Slide for sometime now.
They ran a Commando/Jeepster and a streched Wrangler. What's your defenition of tight? If your thinking of taking a Charokeeeeee through I would say it's do-able.

Jeepscum
09-06-2008, 06:01 PM
We left Rich's rig for the night and camped just a little ways up the trail at an elk camp:


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What is the area around this elk camp is this part of Blue Slide? We rode a group of quads today from blue lake past this camp aways and then back up again.
Also where is the sign posted in reference to the camp?

Ceg
09-06-2008, 07:57 PM
Centerstock is another name for Blue Slide right? Yes. Called that by some because of the Center Livestock signs.

Are there any tight areas on the chutes? As in come close to siding it trees or something other. Any big chance of siding off the trail on the chutes? I have been thinking of going down Blue Slide for sometime now.
They ran a Commando/Jeepster and a streched Wrangler. What's your defenition of tight? If your thinking of taking a Charokeeeeee through I would say it's do-able.As in tight where damage could happen easy because of sliding. I know Tweety would make it but I was wanting to drive my 99 XJ. I am not ready to dent it too much yet.

commando14
09-06-2008, 08:07 PM
Are there any tight areas on the chutes? As in come close to siding it trees or something other. Any big chance of siding off the trail on the chutes? I have been thinking of going down Blue Slide for sometime now.

There are some real tight spots along the way down Blue Slide but fortunately the three steep "chutes" don't have any real tight spots so you don't have to worry about sliding out of control into trees. I had the widest bodied rig of the group and didn't come close to any trees on the chutes. I did get several new dents on this run but don't recall if any happened down the Blue Slide trail. The tweety Cherokee should make it down it just fine, but you always run the risk of a little body damage on most any of the trails at Rimrock.

Ceg
09-06-2008, 08:11 PM
Thanks for the info Commando. I will do a little more research on upper 608 so I can take an easier way back up.

commando14
09-06-2008, 08:17 PM
Yea there is a much easier trail back up that Curtis and I took up last year, I don't remember the trail number. Ed took us on the harder trail up this year.

RonThePartsGuy
09-07-2008, 08:51 PM
Wow! Sweet pics and write up. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

I'm ready to take on Rimrock whenever you guys are. My only requirement is to have some great wheeling buddies with me just in case... :help: :help: :help: