Ride the White Rim Trail.
The White Rim Trail is Utah's ultimate multi-day party trail. The trail is a 103-mile loop on a jeep road through Canyonlands National Park. Technically, this trail is fairly easy. But the length (and a few stiff 1000 foot climbs) means you need to be in good condition to do the whole thing.
Deathrider, his son, BreakTime, Mayor, ONeil and I drive the 20 hours to ride the rim and then bash around Moab, UT for 3 days and get our fill of food, fun and phucking off. After 4 days of rugged riding and primitive camping we are ready for fresh food and the comforts of car camping.
Day zero we make our normal stop in Fruita, CO. After 18 hours of constant driving we are eager to stretch our legs and get some reward for swinging drivers every few hours throughout the night.
We mount up and ride HorseThief Trail and get caught out in the rain.
|The rain is starting|
We all rush back to the truck. BreakTime flats and we cram a tube in and are off in minutes. Everyone else rolls in hot, wet and happy for the ride but chagrined at the rain.
A few muddy minutes later and the truck is loaded and 6 wet guys are steaming up the truck and smelling like low tide but we need to get to Moab to meet the 7th member of our crew, lets call him, Durango. Tonight after dinner we meet the 8th. Lets call him Birkie after the ski race.
Below: Morning at Horsethief State Park, rain soon to follow and we are delayed hours.
Below: Right out of the gate O'Neil's tire blows in spectacular fashion. Yep, he's pissed.
|Durango and Breaktime at Moses|
Below: Early the next morning we pack up camp and this time it's proper desert weather, HOT!
Today we have 22 miles of mostly uphill with short steep climbs. We are all about to take a beating.
Following the trail lower we find an old house that is maybe depression era or a bit older.
After 3 hours of hiking and taking in the views of the Green River we have to get riding and get camp set up for the night. It's probably time to say we have a truck hauling our gear. We call it "The SAG" for Support And Gear. If it wasn't for Durango and his truck this trip would be a lot different. The road is very rugged at times and a high clearance 4x4 is required to haul water and gear. Water isn't available on the entire 100 mile long trail so you have to plan to be self supporting.
4 more hours of riding mostly uphill we arrive at Murphy-Hogback camp. We all have dinner and hang out and talk under the bright light of the nearly full moon.
That still wasn't enough so after we set up tents and had a little rest. Three of us headed down Laythrop Canyon to see if we could swim in the, now, Colorado River. It's muddy so we get to rinse off a little but it's not a nice place to swim.
Next, we drop into Morning Glory with two new canyoneers, BreakTime and Birkie.
Death jumps over the water to a tiny sandbar but it's mud. He looses his shoe and has to dig it out.
Breaktime gets his "Master of Stone" merit badge for the chimney moves in a wide slot.
Double 100 foot repels, one free hanging and we hand out the handshakes with pride to our two new canyoneers. Breaktime is now on the short list to be a member of the "stag horn diners club" and outdoor venture group.
The 4 remaining guys raft out and down 7 miles of rivers. We have a blast with the small class 2. Our boats are so small that even full class 3 would be a swim at our skill. We scream with joy at huge waves so maybe 2 to 2 1/2 foot standing waves.
|Death almost losing his boat. He he he!|
That's it for the trip and possibly the longest post I've ever written. I've been adding to it for 4 days and many hours. It's difficult to really write the stories for such a long trip when most of the actives are long relaxing days in the saddle in such a beautiful part of the country. To recap some of the views I've compiled a 5 minute video by stitching many short clips together. I hope you find it interesting.
Below is an album of all the photos I didn't use but wanted to post for friends. I told everyone I'd share the photos but with 1200 and a lot of 'duds' I'm just going to embed many of the useful ones here for anyone to look at. Be sure to click them for the larger format.