Trip Reports

June 21, 2014 - Work Trip-Eagle Rock/Reynolds Wrap

May 4, 2014 - Independence Trails

April 13, 2014 - Chinaman gulch

May 28th 2012 - Chinamen

May 20th 2012 - Eagle Rock

April 27th 2012 - Martinez Cabin and Canyon Trail

April 26th 2012 - Woodpecker Mine / Ajax Mine

April, 24th 2012 - New River Trail

Apr 23rd 2012 - Crown King - AZ

Mar 24th 2012 - Independence Trails

Aug 28th 2011 - Redcone

Aug 21st 2011 - Mosquito/Weston Pass

Jul 22nd, 2011 - Holy Cross

Jun 19th, 2011 - Twin Cone Peaks

Jun 5th & 12th, 2011 - Scouting/Work trip to Eagle Rock

May 22nd, 2011 - Chinaman Gulch

May 15th, 2011 - Slaugterhouse Gulch

Jan 30th, 2011 - Hotel Gulch

Trip Reports

Chinaman Gulch
Date: May 22nd, 2011
Trip Leader: Mike Borum
Members Present: Sue, Fred
Guests Present: Billy, Koryn
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Description: We weren't sure what the weather was going to be, but it didn't stop Sue and Glen in the champagne Rubi, Bob and Dave in the white Rubi, Billy and Koryn in the black Rubi, Fred in the blue Rubi, or Mike in the yellow Rubi from making this an All-Rubi trail ride.

We got to the Gunsmoke gas station in Johnson Village and aired down, peeled off some soft top parts, a 10-100, and off we went. BIlly was nervous as a wet hen as he'd never attempted a challenging trail with his Jeep before. But he soon realized how capable these vehicles are, and it seemed he enjoyed the day more and more as each obstacle and squeeze was accomplished. We played around on the Rock Pile, with Sue providing the most excitement as she attacked it with gusto. During lunch another group passed us, so we took our time, knowing we'd catch them soon enough. We managed to get to Whale Rock (a.k.a The Waterfall) without a scratch.

The group ahead of us was just finishing up as I hopped out to make the obligatory inspection of the obstacle. Glen and I read each other's mind (kinda...I don't really want to know what Glen's mind really thinks!), and we both noticed there was no water or mud at the base of it. That is usually my downfall when trying to get up it. So, I asked for Fred to spot me, threw a tow strap on the front--just in case "the thing that cannot be named" happened--and made my attempt at scaling the scary left line. Amazingly, only a couple of attempts, with the guys holding the tow strap taut, and I climbed it! Woohoo! First time in this rig. The rest of the rigs took safer and saner lines and we were again following the group ahead.

A few more rocks and roots, twists and turns, a little fun at mini-Double Whammy, and we were at the V-Notch. I told Billy to follow a line fairly high on the right side, as it has always been the safest way to go. After a coupl;e of false starts, I managed to get him on the same line I'd taken, but he was a bit more tippy (and freaking out?). He made it okay, but as the rest of the Rubi's took a more level line, he was beginning to question my sanity as a spotter. Teehee!

A long drive back to the trail head ensued, but soon we were airing up again. We had a nice early dinner at the Coyote Cafe and headed home, no worse the wear. Thanks to everyone for a great time!