Discussion in 'Outdoor World' started by JK47, May 17, 2018.
Back to the woods for another episode of camping and gear trials. As I rolled into the same Campground as last time (Bluejay in the Cleveland National Forest, SoCal edition). A group of girls yelled I like your ride, and I gave them thumbs up, next thing I know it was an all out camping party, my buddy that bailed on me last minute, missed out BIG TIME.
Anyway I kind of fudged getting all the pics of the things I wanted to talk about due to being in a completely drunken stupor and forgetting which way was where.
These were my 20V Dewalt chainsaw for cutting dead fall for the fire pit, and worked wickedly good for a small non gas solution.
A Hammcok Gear Incubator 20° that @MrTeaRex hooked me up with, that goes under your hammock to insulate your backside, also worked amazingly well. I didn't even need my top quilt. http://www.hammockgear.com/incubator-econ-20/
A slightly larger foldable table that was the cat's meow. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BKRK59K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Also, a larger foldable chair that was supremely comfy and had no problem holding my 205lb frame (Ive actually lost 20lbs in the last 6 months and feel great). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0728H6BXD/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Now for the picture porn...
The supremely clever and well thought out Firebox in titanium with optional tin carry case, this truly is a gem. Great back up option to a gas stove, and takes very little space or weight, and has a plethora of options (burns sticks, fuel tablets or holds an alcohol stove).
8" foldable GSI frying pan
This one I've had for a long time and have been through a few (lost in the bush throwing at trees for target practice). The Cold Steel shovel, that has sharpened edges, and is quite fun around camp.
ARB EZ deflator makes airing down your tires a breeze. A slick design that works very quickly and precisely.
...and to get air back into the tires when the trail ride is over, Orange County's very own Viair based out of Irvine. This model 300P compressor is rated for up to 33" tires and aired up mine from 20psi to 36psi in a minute or two, and hooks directly to your battery with jumper cables
almost gave a dislike for mentioning "group of girls" while camping party, and then only seeing photos of fire and tires.
not like I provided photos of campers at 11,000ft, in natural hot springs above treeline in the colorado mountains on a backpacking trip from ages ago.
so fair is fair.
On to the reason for coming back to conquer Santiago Peak. I needed to get to the "Ridge Road" I spotted across the way last time up here. It's actually a continuation of the same road that takes you up from the Hwy74, the North Main Divide road.
Kind of steep in a few places, pitch in this pic was 9°, but I saw 12-13° a few times and didn't want to stop to take a pic, needed to keep the forward momentum to prevent the possibility of sliding backward in the rocky, soft and sandy stretches.
Last time up I didn't take any real trail pic's because it was a pain in the ass taking off the gloves and hot as heck stopping for too long.
There it is, the start of my Ridge Road !!! This pic is looking back at the radio towers on Santiago Peak
Maybe a bit hard to see in the photo, but I used a heat gun, fishing line, and Goo gone (don't use Goof Off, it will ruin car paint), to remove the Jeep, Sahara, and Wrangler badges and stickers. I left the "Trail Rated" circle badge alone because it looks ok to me, and would leave a indented void. The passenger side void is taken up by the antenna mount. I like this clean, simple, and subtle look, a little too busy in front of the doors for my taste before.
On and on it goes, where it will stop, nobody knows...
Further along, looking back at the Santiago Peak radio towers again.
Here are a few excellent resources for California trails, by the same authors. The smaller one only has SoCal, while the larger has Central, Desert, and the same SoCal trails. Very informative and helpful, with trail etiquette, and lot's of tidbits of info, and bountiful data points. I picked them up for almost nothing used on Amazon.
What a fun day exploring and getting to know my Jeep better. The suspension handled beautifully and airing down the tires was a must for a comfortable ride.
Until next time friends... maybe we should do a camping/wheeling jamboree?
Very Cool, Man.
Is this thread for sharing our own outdoor adventure/camping gear or just @JK47 ?
Just not sure if I can share here?
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