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Old 04-12-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default Pics from my 4-wheelin adventure this weekend *56k = not*

We had 4 vehicles in our group, a '99 Grand Cherokee Limited, a 2004 Dodge Ram Hemi, an old-school 3-spd Toyota Landcruiser (i6!), and a '90s Ford Bronco. We had tons of fun, headed out thursday night and came back yesterday. Map of our route:


Friday morning, this was our campsite at Twin Pinnacles, just outside of Trona.


Here we are heading up and into Pleasant Canyon


Pleasant Cyn was dotted with old abandoned copper mines, like this one


And opposite the mine, was an overturned '55 Chevy Bel-Air


This is what we just came through when we got to the mine


We finally got to a stopping point and made us some lunch


After eating we made our way to 7600ft and to the top of a ridge overlooking valleys on both sides


Making our way down from the top, the valley in the distance is Butte Valley


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Old 04-12-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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looks like a good time
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:14 PM   #3
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Man. That looks awsome! I have never been to the midwest. I hope to one day make it out there to see some sights.
Great pics!!
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:15 PM   #4
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Damn you and your website, I wanna see these cool pics.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:15 PM   #5
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wow. Sweet!

heh, butte valley
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:16 PM   #6
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Pic of the trail coming down from the top of the ridge


Better Pic of Butte Valley


Pic of a car I spotted some ~7000ft below


After taking off from our 2nd campsite, we heading through a canyon and came up on these two


Eventually these two showed up and joined the first 2


Then we came to this. What you dont see is that some 15 feet below that line, are huge boulders and the trail winds around the mountain and comes to a stop at a boulder in the middle, with a 500 foot drop behind it. We had to turn around.


So we went all the way back and had some fun with high-speed 4-wheelin
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:17 PM   #7
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:23 PM   #8
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We made our way through another canyon which dumps out some 5 miles south of Ballarat & Pleasant Canyon. The picture below is of an old-school Benz trying to make a turn. There's three huge rocks on the left, and a pile of smaller stones on the right. Past the smaller stones is a 1000 foot drop to the canyon below.


There were 3 vehicles in this group before us. 2 MB's, and a Jeep. The yellow jeep was the guide, and in the picture below, the guy on the left was driving a newer-series ML Benz. he and his wife were german, and both of them were FREAKING out. Apparently Benz sent them over here to test the off-road capabilities of the ML. They also sent two people over here to test who would NEVER do this otherwise.


Here's the newer ML coming through the turn.


Then, it was our turn to head through. Bronco first:


Then the vehicle I was in, the Jeep:


Then the dodge


Then the landcruiser
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:25 PM   #9
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old school Landcruiser = tEh win for offroading badassedness.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:26 PM   #10
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View of the valley when we came out south of Ballarat


View of the canyon we just came out of


And, lastly, yesterday, we made our way to Barker Ranch inside the west end of Death Valley to Charles Manson's old hideout.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:28 PM   #11
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:28 PM   #12
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Kisabne...




That's the German guy, right? The shirt, the hair, the mustache, the white shoes and brown topsiders combination...no way I'm wrong.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:29 PM   #13
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That's the German guy, right? The shirt, the white shoes and brown topsider combination...no way I'm wrong.
Haha yeah that's him.

But goddamn he and his wife should not have been up there doing that. Everyone from both groups of vehicles were trying to calm them down with no luck.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:30 PM   #14
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:30 PM   #15
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Haha yeah that's him.


EDIT: and from everything I've read, that Merc wasn't meant for serious offroading. What were they thinking??
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That jeep got skid plates and stuff? The tires look pretty nancy for off road. I had a '99 with the up country group and I thought the tires were a bit burlier than that.

And yeah, that ML shouldn't be there.

Tell your bud in the Bronco to take the air dam off next time he goes wheelin - looks like it's taken a few shots already.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:32 PM   #17
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That's the German guy, right? The shirt, the hair, the mustache, the white shoes and brown topsiders combination...no way I'm wrong.
White socks, eh?
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:34 PM   #18
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That jeep got skid plates and stuff? The tires look pretty nancy for off road. I had a '99 with the up country group and I thought the tires were a bit burlier than that.

And yeah, that ML shouldn't be there.

Tell your bud in the Bronco to take the air dam off next time he goes wheelin - looks like it's taken a few shots already.
The tires on the GC are michelin something-or-other and are like 10-ply. by the time we got done, they had a few gouges from rocks and stuff. but, no, they were not nancy at all - held up and performed quite well.
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try some mud.
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try some mud.
Apparently that's what those tires are made for...mud & snow.
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Got ahead of myself. Germans can't coherently formulate a thought, either.
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Got ahead of myself. Germans can't coherently formulate a thought, either.
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Apparently that's what those tires are made for...mud & snow.
lies!

They're M&S rated, which means they'll do fine driving around in snow, but more than a couple inches of mud will probably send them screaming for mommy. Like RE-92s.
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looks like u guys had some fun!
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:48 PM   #25
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lies!

They're M&S rated, which means they'll do fine driving around in snow, but more than a couple inches of mud will probably send them screaming for mommy. Like RE-92s.
My RE-92's woulda done fine up there.
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