Douwe and Ann Bruinsma - 710M Pinzgauer
Paul and Eric Buckner - 710M Pinzgauer
Ron DePugh - 404.1 Unimog
Kent Drummond - 404.1 Unimog
Brian Gould and Mike - 712M Pinzgauer
Park Hill - 710M Pinzgauer
Eric and Jessica Johnson and sons - 416 Unimog
Mike Kinsey - 710M Pinzgauer
Greg and Chris Maiser - 404.1 Unimog
Tuesday the collective vote was for Fins & Things. There was a pretty
sizeable group ahead of us, but it was a beautiful day and things moved
along fairly well. We were moving slowly enough that Chris Maiser
elected to hike which was more interesting for her than just sitting in
Greg's mog, breathing exhaust. We made sure she didn't suffer the same
fate as Bryan Norton's wife on Metal Masher two years ago. (She got left
behind). There was one Jeep ahead of us hauling a pretty elaborate off
Jeep with trailer.
It didn't look like it was going to make it up a couple of
the steeper obstacles, but the driver was persistent and managed to make
it eventually. It's clear to see why those trailers have such long
tongues. On some of the real abrupt transitions, it looked like the
trailer might just flip over on top of the Jeep. If the tongue had been
shorter, there would have been some serious binding.
Fins & Things overlook.
We headed out to an overlook on Fins & Things for lunch, which I hadn't
done before. There aren't any serious obstacles out there, but the
scenery was spectacular and it was a nice break. After lunch we
continued on with the rest of the trail. At Kenny's Climb, a
particularly steep spot, I took pictures of Brian Gould, Park Hill, Douwe
Bruinsma, Greg Maiser, Ron DePugh, and Paul Buckner.
As we headed toward the end of the trail, we could
see the clouds lifting a little bit from the La Sals, exposing quite a bit
of fresh snow.
La Sal Mountains.
Nearing the turnoff to Potato Salad Hill, just below Lion's Back, this
was sitting by the side of the road. It's sporting
three Unimog steerable axles. I didn't get to see it in action, but I
guess it's pretty impressive to see it crabbing sideways as it climbs.
**Tuesday: Fins n Things
We met up with the whole Pinzgauer crew again and did Fins n Things. We
followed a Jeep on this trail that was towing a trailer. One of the first
hills has some steps that took him a while to get up, but he made it.