RMB-Pike's Peak's Memorial Weekend Trail Ride & Cookout

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  1. RD Durham

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    Saturday, May 25th will be RMB-Pike's Peak's Memorial Day Trail Ride & Cookout.

    The trail ride will be start at 9am, meeting at Sourdough Valley front gate. Sourdough Valley is the HP/Agilent company campground/picnic facilities north of Woodland Park, Colorado.

    The cookout/BBQ will be around 4pm at Sourdough Valley. The plan this year is to bring your own meat or other item that you want to grill, your own drinks, and a side dish or desert to share with the group.

    There are still some details to work out concerning the trail to run and the cookout, so stay tuned for more details.

    You will need to RSVP to this thread if you are not subscribed to the RMB-Pike's Peak e-mail list. If you are subscribed to the RMB-Pike's Peak e-mail list you can RSVP on the e-mail list.
     
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    Trail ride.

    Hey there what a thing. I work at Agilent and will be up there then for a Agilent function. I will stop by though while up there. Maybe even sneek out long enough to do a ride.
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    RMB Memorial Day Trail Ride & Picnic Update

    The pavilion at Sourdough Valley recreation area is reserved for the annual RMB spring picnic and trail run.

    The trail run and picnic will be on Saturday, May 25. The plan this year is to bring your own meat or items to grill, your own drinks, and a side dish or desert to share with the group.

    Dianne and Steve Cavender will provide the facilities and charcoal.

    Camping sites are available on a first-come basis, however Steve Cavender will only be able to hold onto a few sites Friday night for a limited time only. Be aware that Steve will have to be on site to sign in any campers in Friday night, so if you arrive before Steve, you will have to wait for him at the front gate to Sourdough Valley.

    The picnic will be held Saturday in the afternoon, about 4PM, after we return from the trail ride.

    If you choose not to join us for the trail ride, you will need to meet us at 4PM for the picnic, volleyball, horseshoes, or just to visit. Please do not come up before 4PM, as Steve will not be there to admit you.

    The trail ride will depart from the Recreation Area for the trail 9:00AM SHARP Saturday.

    How to get to Sourdough:

    From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 West approximately 32 miles to Woodland Park, then North 2.25 miles on Hwy 67 towards Deckers. Just after "The Reserve at Tamarac" turn right onto Sourdough Road and go to the entrance gate. Once at the gate, Steve Cavender will need to sign you in, and tell where you where to park.

    NOTE: all who plan to camp with the Cavenders Memorial weekend-

    Dianne and Steve Cavender will be arriving LATE Friday night to the recreation area. The rules REQUIRE an Agilent/HP employee be on site AT ALL TIMES when non-employee guests are on site. So, if you plan to come up Friday night to set up camp, you will need to drive up with the Cavenders, or they can set a time to meet at the entrance gate- Steve will need to sign everyone in at the gate house. Steve Cavender can also be contacted on ham radio, 2M, 147.555Mhz simplex.

    Because of these changes from last year, Steve Cavender will need to know several things from EVERYONE who is coming up to camp or just for the trail ride and picnic:

    You will need this RSVP Steve Cavender (steve_cavender@agilent.com) with all information as to the trail ride and cookout attendance by 5PM, Monday, May 20:

    1) Include precisely who is planning to come up Friday night, and how many in your group
    2) PRECISELY what time you expect to be at the entrance gate. This is critical since Steve will need to meet you at the gate and sign you in.
    3) If you are not coming up Friday to camp, you will need to RSVP Steve exactly how many will be in your party for the 4PM picnic Saturday (again because Steve needs to sign you in). Again, be aware that the trail ride is meeting at the entrance gate Saturday for a 9:00 AM departure.

    NOTE#2: last year Steve Cavender was confronted by the Recreation Area manager regarding our unleashed dogs, particularly while we were lining up for the trail ride. If you bring a dog and it is out of the truck, LEASH IT! The Recreation Area manager has dogs also, and your dogs may not get along with his. The same rule also applies to dogs in the Recreation Area during the picnic or camping- if they can't be kept on a leash, then don't bring them! Sorry NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

    NOTE#3: We are also considering a trail ride the next day to the Eastern entrance to Chinaman's Gulch Sunday, May 26. If you plan to camp through Sunday, ALL of the guests MUST go on the trail ride, or leave the recreation area Sunday. Again, because of the added security measures being enforced this year at Sourdough Valley, guests CANNOT be in the recreation area unescorted, and since Steve Cavender is the escort, wherever Steve goes, you go. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!! Steve's continued gainful employment with Agilent is at stake here!!!!! If Steve is found to be negligent in these areas, he CAN be terminated. We ask that everyone keep this in mind for themselves and their guest, as we certainly want to at least continue having the possibility of doing this again in the future.

    Again, please RSVP to Steve Cavender (steve_cavender@agilent.com) by Monday, May 20, 5:00 PM.
     
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    Memorial Day Trail Trips

    Saturday, May 25- Hackett Gulch

    Attendees:

    Darrell Tuxworth (Scout II)
    Dale and Cassie Durham (Terra)
    Chris Durham (Scout II)
    Frank McNally and Dave Nelson (Scout II)
    Mike Meyer (Scout 800)
    Mike Brown (Scout 800)
    Dennis Ogg (Scout II)
    Bob and Linda Shaffer (Scout II)
    Steve Cavender (Scout II)

    Departed from Sourdough Valley about 9:30 AM.
    Hackett Rock was slick due to recent rains, and dug out due to high traffic. Three trucks made it over the rock unassisted (with considerable momentum). The skillful drivers were Dale, Mike M., and Darrell, although he did suffer a pinched sidewall on the drivers side rear tire. A few well placed plugs fixed this. The rest of the group had to be winched over the rock.

    Chris initially thought he had broken something in the drivers side front drive axle at Hackett Rock, but disassembly of the hub and inspection turned up nothing. Turns out the noises he heard were caused by a loose drivers side tail pipe. A little bailing wire and we were on our way.

    The next hill just past Hackett Rock reached out and grabbed Dale's front right-side rim, putting a nice bend in it and popping the tire bead. The tire was removed, and a large hammer fixed this. We aired up the tire and on we went.

    At the fork we proceeded left (South-West) to the Southern portion of the trail where it meets the South Platte River just across from Widowmaker Hill (now closed to motor traffic). From this point we had initially planned to take FS202A out to Cedar Mountain Road, but were informed by a group of motocross riders that the trail was blocked by a new Ford 350 supercab longbed pickup securely wedged between some trees. Other vehicles had gone up to assist but had not been heard of. At this point we had two alternatives- go back to the fork and on down to the river crossing where we could go out Coral Creek or Longwater Gulch, or we could go back out the way we came in. The consensus of the group was to avoid the water crossings and return the way we came in.

    This decision turned out to be a fateful one. The first obstacle up from the river is an off-camber shelf that requires careful maneuvering and good traction. The combination of loose gravel and the shelf proved to be a formidable challenge to all. After attempting the most popular line several times, Dennis attempted the opposite side of the shelf which seemed to be less of a step but at a more drastic slope. As the front right side tire of his Scout climbed the step, the drivers side dipped downhill, resulting in the truck laying over on its side. Fortunately Dennis was unharmed, but the drivers door and top were damaged. We tied off the Scout to allow Dennis to climb out the right side window. Three winches were used to right the truck, and all fluids were checked. The spark plugs were also pulled to verify that oil had not entered the cylinders. Dennis was able to start it and drive it to he top of the hill where the trani gear lube was topped off.

    After stopping to air up, we were back at Sourdough by 7PM, where the annual RMB Memorial weekend picnic was in full swing with great food and fellowship.


    Sunday, May 26- Chinaman's Gulch from the East side

    Attendees:

    Bob and Linda Shaffer
    Darrell Tuxworth
    Steve and Dianne Cavender

    Following the GPS waypoints uploaded from previous trips into the area, we were able to check out three new routes. The first was a loop that takes off from the dry wash just below the Triad Mine. The second new route, though marked as a "Jeep Trail" on National Geographic Topo mapping software, dead ended in private property. The third new route lead us down to the Southern edge of a small reservoir, and up another dry wash with two noteworthy obstacles, both with bypasses.

    At one point, we were unsure how to proceed to the next waypoint, so we fired up the laptop and mapping software and connected in the GPS to actively track our position real-time as we drove. This proved to be very helpful in locating the new trails we were trying to find, going high-tech off-road.

    The weather was great both days, and despite the damage to Dennis' Scout and the other minor mechanical hiccups, a good time was had by all.

    Pictures and video will be available soon.

    Write up by Steve Cavender
    Pictures posted by R. Dale Durham
     

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    RMB Memorial Day Trail Trips

    Darrell Tuxworth's truck winching up hill from Dennis Ogg's Scout II during recovery operations.
     

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    Here are some pictures of the vehicle recovery taken by Bob Shaffer.
     

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    The photos don't really show the steepness of the slope. If you notice in each photograph the trees still lean to the right. If the photos were titled so that the trees were vertical, then you could get an idea of the slopes tilt. I know when I went up slope to help winch as I went across the slope to get to my anchor point my title gauge was at 30 degrees as I inched into position. When my daughter mentioned that guage went over 30 briefly I had her get out of the truck and I ended up using a small pine tree as a pivot point to get pointed back down hill.
     

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