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Posted: 05/08/18 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This was an exploratory, but ambitious trip plan that encountered a few problems (nothing serious as it turned out). But it was still interesting.
As usual, the whole report with more and larger pictures is on my web site at Needles, 2018 .

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Here was the plan: see if it was possible to drive down the 'infamous' Bobby's Hole road into the south end of the Needles District, and if so, try to drive out Devil's Lane to the Green River / Colorado River confluence overlook.
Then a relatively easy drive through the Maze District out to the Millard campground on the Green River.

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In the Manti La Sal NF.

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Not the Bear's Ears.

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Good advice -- both parts, near the top of Bobby's Hole.

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Here's what it looks like sometimes. Only negotiable in the 2nd picture.

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1st step down -- of course I walked it first.

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Couple more decent size ledges, but not too bad this time.

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Can see the bottom.

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Made it. Stay tuned to see if I made it back.

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But only a few miles farther -- end of the road for me.

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90 degree turn over a very large rock, to a steep drop, with major left roll, over some boulders that I can't straddle, to a pretty large ledge. What could go wrong?

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Spectacular country - but just out of reach, for me.

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View from near the bottom. Yes, that's my hand.
I 'think' could make it down -- but back up looks more unlikely. So I would have been committed to getting through SOB hill and going out over Elephant hill. (look them up).

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Made it back up Bobby's Hole. But it wasn't easy. Had to make a ramp of rocks, hit it hard, and keep going to get up the biggest ledge. Might not have made it without lockers. Even light weight jeeps use lockers here. Also, very loose dirt -- easy to dig in.

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Minor problem - bent one of my Torklift tiedowns. Notice the step bar used as a rock guard.

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Straightened it with a submarine torpedo winch - when I got home.

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The high Manti La Sal.

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One of my few favorite places -- the rim of Dark Canyon.

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Poor day for pictures though. Colors are not showing.

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Poor day for walking near the rim too, with 40+ mph winds.

The next morning, 2 days after any rough driving. I got apparently transient transmission codes. See trans codes if interested.
And even though I was able to clear the problem, being 50+ miles from cell service, and having seen no other vehicles in 4 days, it was a little spooky. So I decided to come back another time.


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Posted: 05/08/18 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow...
I'm there now, well Canyonlands that is...

Great job, it looked 'Iffy' even in a ORV Buggy...
nice... till everything goes 'South'...
thanks for sharing and where to stay away from, heheheh,
Nice trip.. thanks..


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Posted: 05/08/18 06:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Man oh man! What a great set of pictures. Please keep posting.


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A hint to my fellow readers: In order to read the little warning sign under the big warning sign, it is necessary to zoom in quite a bit.

Excellent report!


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Nice trip you had out there, we haven't explored the Needles area yet and I spotted the "No Whazoo" sign


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Cal, nice descriptive trip report. The pix say it all.
Alright! We have a new destination. The "No Whazoos" sign is funny. Bro John and I have to go there, probably with 2 or 3 vehicles and not in the summer.
From the pix it looks doable with some effort....and a winch.....and low pressure....and lockers and technique.
Cool. Looking forward to another adventure like this.
Another option would be Beef Basin and environs.
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Nice pictures. I'm not sure why you don't just take off your camper for the harder parts though. Is it a really long trail?


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Posted: 05/12/18 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First off, Whazoo made the 'no Whazoos' sign in a long ago TR -- I just copied it, hoping to tweak him a little..
Second -- I was thinking about dismounting the camper, and was ready to do so if needed to get through SOB Hill. But didn't make it that far. I thought it was too sketchy to try that last spot alone, even with a winch and equipment, camper or not. That would have been fun, huh? Camper at the top, truck at the bottom. Me whistling in the wind.
Beside that, I was still wondering just a bit how hard it was going to be getting back up Bobby' Hole.
Another possibility was to walk. Maybe 12 miles each way - possibly do-able in a day. 2 mph? Humm.
Jefe -- looking forward to you and others making the trip. No doubt it can be done, and has been many times. I just wasn't going to risk it out there alone. April was a great time -- dry, no body else around, mild days, chilly nights.

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Cal thanks for the report and pictures. Looked like an adventure and challenge all wrapped up in solitude; hard to crow to much about that. I'm sure Dave will drop in here in due time...

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Great trip report and pics, that was quite an adventure, afraid I would have to tackle that with my Jeep instead!


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