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Pat followed me without even breaking a sweat; it pays to have at least one axle locked up. I think it was around this spot where I managed to drift close to the left edge again (I think I was trying to watch Pat in the mirror). When I looked over I noticed my left tire was way too close for comfort. Keep an eye on this one; it's not hard but there are no guardrails. so pay attention.
Z-Turn. Nothing special here...well, except for that big rock in front of me. I managed to modify my right-rear quarter-panel on that rock. The trick is to steer wide left before turning tight right around that rock. I could have made it by backing up once and realigning myself, but I thought I had plenty of room. And I did, except for when I started climbing the stair immediately after the turn (see the Bronco in the next photo). When my left tire went up, my right rear came down on the rock. Sure is nice to drive a beater! No worries.
Here's the other full-size crawler around the first leg of the Z-Turn climbing the step while going around "that big rock" (see photo above). It was kinda steep, and several rigs had to try different lines to get over. Over all it wasn't too bad. Oh, by the way, this guy was using loaner tires from BF Goodrich. I'd never heard of this before, but down in Moab there were several tire manufactures present who would let you try out their tires for free. He'd tried out a set of Goodyears the day before. So keep that in mind if you want to try Moab but don't have decent tires. Just borrow 'em!
Here's the last part of the Z-Turn. It's several small steps leading to a nice little shelf obstacle (see next photo). A long wheel base rig does wonders here. Even with my open axles I didn't spin once, just kept it slow and let my tires pull me up and over.
Here's Bill in his very short wheel-base 'Zuki. That little 'Zuki is locked and generally goes everywhere without problems. Bill tried crawling up this shelf but couldn't make it going slow. He sat there slowly spinning all his tires but going nowhere. The way he made it, and the way most drivers did, was to give it a little juice just before the tire hit the ledge and bounce it over. This gave them just the right amount of momentum to get a tire on top. Every now and then you'd see someone hit it pretty hard and bounce sideways. No turnovers, everyone made it fine.
During this part of the climb, we had to wait for several minutes while the Trail Leader got people over the next obstacle. I think someone had mechanical problems and had to stay behind so this kept us parked on the incline for about 20 minutes or so. The view was great.
Another shot as we started moving again. It's funny looking at this picture because I don't remember it being so much of a side hill climb (I must of been used to it). If any of you have been crawling the rocks of Moab you know that pictures do not show an accurate representation of the terrain. When looking at some of these photos, even I think to myself, "it sure seemed tougher than it looks." I guess you just have to experience it to know.

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