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Mogs @ Moab 2004
Friday, April 9th Steel Bender


Participants were:
Ron DePugh - 404.1 Unimog
Eric and Jessica Johnson and sons - 416 Unimog
Brett Pickering - U1300L Unimog
Greg and Maiser - 404.1 Unimog
Paul and Eric Buckner - 710M Pinzgauer
Brent - 416 Unimog
Eric:

**Friday: Steel Bender
Kent had to leave Friday morning, but we gained another Mog in the way of Brent Risley, from Provo, Utah, and his clean 416 troop carrier. Ron, Greg, and Paul also came. We headed off to Steel Bender. We left at 8:30 to beat the safari group. It was a really fun trail and nice weather. The only thing that made me nervous was a big drop-off coming down a steep hill with a sharp turn right at the bottom of the drop off. I opted to have Greg Maiser hook on behind me with a strap for safety.


Eric at the big drop-off.
Eric at the big drop-off.

Brent's 416 on the strap.
Brent's 416 on the strap.

This photo of Paul's Pinzgauer shows how steep it really was.
This photo of Paul's Pinzgauer shows how steep it really was.

Eric:

After coming down it, I don't think it was necessary, but better safe than sorry. The rest of the crew did the same and then Greg drove down with no problem.


Greg's Mog does it without a strap.
Greg's Mog does it without a strap.

Eric:

We ran the trial kind of fast because I had a conference call to make at 1:30. We just came out of the canyon by Ken's Lake when it was time for my call to start, so I parked at Kenís lake and the family played around while I took care of business.

When we got back to camp, we took down Mog Central and everyone started packing.


Loading up Scott's Pinzgauer.
Loading up Scott's Pinzgauer.

Kent:

I had to leave Friday morning, because my wife was going to be gone that night to a dressage clinic and I needed to be home to feed our livestock. It was kind of a gray day and I ran into occasional rain and hail along I-70 eastbound. By the time I got into Wyoming, it was looking more and more like snow, and as I got into the mountains west of Laramie it was snowing hard and the highway was glass ice. Traveling through Laramie, I could hear the westbound truckers talking about accidents all over the Summit, which is just east of Laramie where the wind blows pretty hard and visibility is nonexistent when it's snowing. Just as I got to the east side of Laramie, a state trooper was in the process of closing the Interstate. I talked to him for a couple minutes and he agreed my vehicle looked like it could handle the roads, so he let me go through.


Kent's Mog ready for the next snowstorm.
Kent's Mog ready for the next snowstorm.

Kent:

This last picture was taken the following morning after I'd put the chains and plow on my truck so I could clear out our roads. Just goes to show that Unimogs are working ranch truck which also happen to be pretty nice for four wheeling vacation trips.

The weather during Moab week is always interesting. It was a great week. If you weren't there, you missed out on a great time, and we missed your company. I hope to see more of you there next year.


Kent Drummond
Cheyenne, WY
1963 404 Hardcab


Typical Colorado weather on the way home. -Ron.
Typical Colorado weather on the way home. -Ron.

Moab 2004 Trip reports
   Mogs @ Moab 2004 main page   
   Saturday, April 3rd Geyser and La Sal Pass attempts   
   Sunday, April 4th Hell's Revenge   
   Monday, April 5th Klondike Bluffs   
   Tuesday, April 6th Fins & Things   
   Wednesday, April 7th Poison Spider group   
   Wednesday, April 7th Golden Spike group   
   Thursday, April 8th Kane Creek Canyon group   
   Thursday, April 8th Metal Masher group   
   Friday, April 9th Steel Bender   
   Saturday, April 10th Potato Salad Hill   


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