Trip Reports

Oct 21, 2017 - Liberty Trail

Oct 14, 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch Night Run

Oct 1 2017 - Fall colors run

Sept 23, 2017 - Eagle Rock Night Run

Sept 2 2017 - Labor Day Weekend in Buena Vista

Aug 19 2017 - Blanca Peak

July 15 2017 - Veterans Home Show & Shine

June 3 2017 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 19 2017 - Moab, day 4

May 18 2017 - Moab, day 3

May 17 2017 - Moab, day 2

May 16 2017 - Moab, day 1

May 6-2017 - Hackett Gulch

April 9 2017 - Chinaman's Gulch

Feb 25-2017 - Hackett Gulch

Dec 18, 2016 - Christmas Party 2016

Oct 12-15 2016 - Chile Challenge

Sept 10 2016 - Spring Creek

Sept 1-4 2016 - Dakota Territory Challenge 2016

July 2 2016 - Veteran's Home Show-n-Shine

June 18 2016 - Eagle Rock Work Trip

June 4 2016 - Eagle Rock Scouting trip

May 13 2016 - Moab: Top of The World , Day 4

May 12 2016 - Moab: Strike Ravine & Area BFE , Day 3

May 11 2016 - Moab: Metal Masher , Day 2

May 10 2016 - Moab: The Pickle , Day 1

May 10 2016 - Moab: Seven Mile Rim , Day 1

April 9 2016 - Chinaman's Gulch

Oct 25 2015 - Chinamans Gulch

Sept 23-26 2015 - Moab

Sept 4 2015 - Dakota Territory Challenge

August 22 2015 - Blanca Peak

Aug 8 2015 - Red Cone

July 25, 2015 - Holy Cross

June 28, 2015 - Eagle Rock Trail Cleanup

June 20 2015 - Twin Cone

June 13, 2015 - Metberry Bulch

May 16 2015 - Carnage BV

May 2, 2015 - Liberty

June 28, 2014 - Twin Cone

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

May 17, 2014 - Rainbow Falls

May 4, 2014 - Independence Trails

April 27, 2014 - Chinaman 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!