So I just got back from my second yearly trip to Moab and it really is one of my favorite places. In my opinion it is a mecca for pretty much any outdoor event that doesn't involve snow. This trip was a celebration of completing finals and for many of us our last year Academy.
Not sure if I should put this here or in the TR threads but with ski season being over I thought I would document a different kind of trip then the usual.
Well to start things off we stayed at the big bend campground off of 128. It's about 8 miles outside of The town. This was the view from our campsite and I can't say views get much better.
The first thing we did was go rock climbing. Moab has some spectacular crack climbs but they all require traditional climbing which none of our group does. Luckily we met a local who wanted to help us out and set up some climbs for us. Here is one of them:
After finishing out some spectacular climbing it was time to go take rubi (my jeep) for some off roading. We had just started the actual trail when all of a sudden there was terrible clanging sound under rubi. She had broken an axle:
Fortunately we were able to limp the jeep out and got here repaired the next morning. Although I would have rather not broken the axle I used it as an opportunity to upgrade and Rubi is better than ever. After climbing while Rubi was being fixed we headed over to one of Moab's most famous trails, Hell's Revenge. One of the optional obstacles on the trail is known as Hell's Gate and is perhaps Moab's most famous single obstacle and is known for its ability to roll vehicles. I chose to skip it last year but decided to take it on this time. Rubi climbed it like a champ.
This may be my favorite shot from the day. It is amazing what a stock jeep is capable of and with a bit of careful wheel placement we got my friends stock TJ through the trail as well minus the Hell's Gate obstacle.
The last day we did some floating down the Colorado river and one last off roading trail called Top of the World. The trail ends in a cliff that's about 1300 feet tall. It has a sweet outcropping you can drive onto for pictures:
On the way out we made the customary stop at delicate arch and made our way back to Colorado. It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to go back again. Anyone else been out there?