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I finally got the opportunity to make a run down to Parker to do some wheeling last weekend. The High Country Renegades group had it all dialed in. :clap:

Sweet camping / RV'ing spot in a campground right on the river. Plenty of space to park the trailers, tow rigs, crawlers, RVs, and still lots of green grass to pitch a tent - even some shade trees. Camping weather was great for sleeping, and it didn't get too hot during the day. Temps got into the mid 90's, so in the canyons without any breeze blowing it got warm. Full bloom of wildflowers was pretty amazing, and kept Mel taking pictures. Campground had shitters with running water (not stinky vault toilets). Hell, we even had a hot shower every night, and a place to buy ice right there to keep the beer cold. :cool: Melanie tagged along, and she actually had a great time. Just enough facilities and convenience to get her back out on some trails and in the tent without any grumbling at all, which was fabulous! :D

With a great selection of trails to run within a few miles of camp, this is probably the sweetest setup for camping and wheeling I've ever enjoyed. Not as remote and beautiful camping as some places like Colorado and Moab, but its still nice and just so damned convenient and wife/GF friendly. So no grumpy :wife: I will be going back on future trips for sure.

With a dozen Jeeps and 2 Yotas we ran 6 trails in 2 days and a few hours on the morning of day 3, and we made it back to camp with plenty of time for BBQ'in and brews. I'd miss the remote wilderness feeling of camping off the beaten-path if every trip was like this, but after dragging Mel out to KOH for a week, she was smiling all weekend in Parker!

The trail list was as follows:

Lonesome Cove
The Duke
True Grit
The Duchess
Truman's Last Stand
Rio Lobo

Personal faves for me were the Duchess and True Grit (gotta get back and run that one in the other direction), but had fun on all of 'em! I posted up a whole gallery of over 300 pics on FB here...

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200950369220882.1073741827.1215592637&type=1&l=95a5f654c2

Carnage was kept to a minimum. A few tires gave up the ghost, and a Jeep drivetrain component let go when it got bound up and tried to climb out in reverse, but aside from that it was just a bit of creased sheet metal here and there. Zilla didn't break anything, but the dried-out Creepy Crawlers chunked out a bit and didn't always bite like they could if they were fresher/softer. I came down on the driver's side slider hard enough to bend it up so the door rubs across it opening/closing. Had fun using exo tubes all over the rig as rock sliders all weekend. :cool:

Anyway, here's a few random sample pics...













 

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Looks like a lot of fun. What do you use to edit your videos? Do you just use what youtube provides for editing?
 

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Looks like a lot of fun. What do you use to edit your videos? Do you just use what youtube provides for editing?
Nothing special. I used Windows Live Movie Maker for these - the free one that came with the laptop.

Its really easy to learn pretty much any of the standard movie making/editing software options out there. Chances are your 'puter has something you can use already. If not, you can find some freeware.
 

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Good times.... Glad you made it out John..... I agree with all your comments about the trails, True grit is fun going up too...... Tough to complain about running up Duke, down True Grit, having lunch at the desert bar and then running Duchess with the Helicopter buzzing over us then sitting back at the CG in the shade and breeze next to the river having a beer or 4..... There are many other trails over there too. I cant wait to get back either.

Great pics, Thank you Melanie....... I'll have to check out the videos at home.
 

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Glad you finally made it out there John. Parker is the shit! :cool: I went there once on the way to KOH a couple years ago and have been jonzin' to get back ever since. I'm coming back to AZ this X-Mass for some wheeling and I might just have to route myself through Parker on the way there ;)
 

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Glad you finally made it out there John. Parker is the shit! :cool: I went there once on the way to KOH a couple years ago and have been jonzin' to get back ever since. I'm coming back to AZ this X-Mass for some wheeling and I might just have to route myself through Parker on the way there ;)
Sweet! Hit me up if you head that way with room for one more in the group. I'll be going back any chance I get. I guess they hold an event out there called "Splash," which I have heard good things about. But I tend to shy away from big events/groups... really Parker was about the number of great trails in such proximity to good camping facilities for me. If AZRocks doesn't happen next year, we should throw something together for a run out in Parker. Feb-March would be the shit for wheeling that area. :cool:
 

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as usual...great vids...and running commentary...from Mel :D

those trails looked pretty tight...think a Tacoma could get through?
 

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Here's some pics I got.

Day 1, Lonesome Cove..... In and out trail;
Casey tryin the big ledge first



After we moved up to make room at the top of the big ledge;


Rich comin up the big ledge;


Tyler;
 

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One of the California guys;


Other Cal Guy;


Jim takin the bypass :hilarious:



Dan was tailgunning and made the ledge un-assisted;

 

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Then we had 20 miles of diff dodgin, hahaha, not really but it seamed like it. There were lots of rock and ledge options.



Including the garden of sorts where we had lunch and most had a shot at playin on the rocks almost as big as our rigs..... til we got to the "end" of the trail where we turned around and went back down the wash.

Its hard to tell here cos of the lack of depth but this is a narrow shoot int eh wash that the buggy guys get play in;


Only to get to this 40 footer, the first vertical part here is about 10' tall, the rocks were stacked there for people to climb the fall to get the view from the top;


Once up the 40 footer you get this narrow, undercut 10 footer;


And then further up stream, the narrow 10 footer is at the bottom of the pic;
 

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Then we had to go back down everything we just came up...... Well most everything;


We lowered everyone back down the big ledge cos Jim's "bypass" was too narrow for us to fit through;



Then we worked our way back out;
 

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as usual...great vids...and running commentary...from Mel :D

those trails looked pretty tight...think a Tacoma could get through?
You will be testing your armor for sure.....especially if you have alot of rear overhang.....
 

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as usual...great vids...and running commentary...from Mel :D

those trails looked pretty tight...think a Tacoma could get through?
Thanks, Yeah, I was on every corner of my exo, all over the whole length of my rear bumper, and a lot of my front bumper, plus some of the top tubes. Also got some slider and frame rail use and my low-hanging T-case skid was well used in a few places. My rear spring shackles continued to round out the squared edges on the tall ledges. And I'd love to flat belly Zilla, because that T-case skid with its flat edges hangs me up a LOT! Its tight in there. Even in the shorter WB runner I had to Austin Powers to get on the line I wanted through some corners. So your longer WB will make it fun, but still completely do-able if careful.

Wheeling inside of a jungle-gym like Zilla means I kind of just don't worry about rubbing body. Don't care about the doors and its basically all slider everywhere else. So I certainly used it more than I would have had to if I'd been trying to keep it off the rocks.

Here's a quick walk-around vid I rolled showing where I rubbed exo that weekend, to give you an idea...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amx7NpbHEQI
 
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