Strike Ravine and Moab Rim

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

On Tuesday morning I went on the official NAXJA trail group on Strike Ravine which was lead by Alex. The group consisted of 20 XJ’s, and even though it was a larger group, we managed to make good time on the trail. This was my first time on Strike Ravine, and I’m glad I went with the group, because it would be a difficult trail to follow on my own. There are a number of roads and trails that intersect in this area, so I might need to head back another time and do some more exploring. I volunteered to tailgun this trail for Alex, so most of my pictures are from the back of the group.

Part of our group stopped at the trailhead
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The group kicking up dust on a faster section at the start of the trail
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Slowed to a stop waiting for everyone to ascend Big Ugly Hill
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Climbing Big Ugly Hill
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Waiting for a torn sidewall to be repaired….the only carnage from the day
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Heading down some narrow and eroded switchbacks
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Crossing Strike Ravine
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Great views of the snow capped La Sal Mountains from this area
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Playing around during lunch at Area BFE
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Headed back from Area BFE
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Headed back up the same switchbacks we had descended earlier
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After making it back to the highway with plenty of daylight left, a few of us decided to take a smaller group and head up to the overlook on Moab Rim. I have tried Moab Rim before, and because of my fear of heights, I had never made it to the overlook. I am now happy to report that I have got over my fear of heights and was able to make it to the top 🙂

Starting up Moab Rim
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Devil’s Crack
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Some of the group
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Headed up the Z-Turn
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Following the slickrock
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Our group parked at the overlook parking area
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Great views from the overlook. Overlooking Moab and across to the La Sal Mountains
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Vince at the overlook
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Great views while heading back down
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Headed back down the Z-Turn
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..and finally, back down Devil’s Crack
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It turned out to be another great day of wheeling and exploring!


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