Hell's Revenge, Moab

North AmericaPosted by Espen Thu, April 29, 2010 01:07:57

Well... I guess it just had to happen. Couldn’t stay away from the “difficult” rated trails. When I came back to Moab from The White Rim Trail, I got myself a camp site, pitched my mountain tent, unloaded all my zarges cases, and a load of other more or less (especially less) vital travel equipment. Left the toolbox and the rescue kit strapped down in the back of the car, and went up to Sand Flats Recreation Area and bought a day pass. In this area you find Hell’s revenge, Fins & Things, and Porcupine Rim trails. Hell’s Revenge is not recommended for un-modified vehicles, and some of the obstacles are rated double diamond which is pretty much some of the toughest you can drive.

All these trails trail go mostly on slick rock, especially Hell’s Revenge. This rock has en incredible friction, and the steepness you are able to drive is just crazy. It feels like the car is about to tip over, and there can’t be much weight on the front wheels when crawling up the steepest parts. I scraped once in the Fins & Things trail, but the spare wheel holder and the jerry can holder did just fine. It was the 2” receiver that got a few scratches when I dropped down over some high ledges.

Moab terrain

Moab terrain with Patrol

From Fins and Things Trail

The ledge where I scraped my 2” receiver. Doesn’t look so steep in the pic, but remember I have a 5” lift and still scraped!

Playground for adults (adults?)

What? The road is where?

I drove through the Fins & Things, but had my doubts about going into Hell’s Revenge which is graded harder. I had kind of promised myself that I shouldn’t do any hard core off-roading as sourcing broken parts could be both expensive and time consuming (as they will probably be coming from Australia…). Well… As mentioned in the beginning of the post, I decided to drive in “and have a look”. Talked to some people coming out, and they told me that the double diamond obstacles could be passed, and also that that the trail could be driven both ways. It was quite common to drive parts of it, and then turn around and drive the same way back out in the opposite direction. This sounded good to me as it was getting a little late as I had just come out of the F&T.

Should – shouldn’t….?

Entrance to the Hell’s Revenge

It’s steep!

And it got steeper…. Not much weight on the front wheels at the top here! I’ll probably leave the roof tent behind next time…

The start of the trail is up and over a nice and narrow rock fin. I wonder how my girlfriend’s reaction will be if we decide to go back on our way south from Alaska… J From this part the trail climbs a ledge up onto the slick rock, and from there it just got steeper and steeper. I’m really glad I got in that new reduced low gear (from 1:2.02 to 1:3.75) before leaving Norway! The trail is supposed to take from about 4 to 6 hours, but I stopped after about one hour driving. It was getting late and there were not many other vehicles on the trail. Not so fun to be in there alone if something should happen. Drove the same way back, and it was also fun to tackle the same obstacles from the other direction. Learned that an overland rigged Nissan Patrol could keep up with Wranglers! Even with about 100 kg roof rack, awning, and roof tent at about 2 meter height! (but have to admit I sweated a bit in some the most angled traverses..). I’ll post some pics from the trails. I’ve realized that the hardest part of travelling on your own is to get good pics of yourself… And off-road pics never look as awesome as it feels to actually drive the stuff. Duh…

This pic is from the drive back out, and you can see an ATV up in the hill going up. Trail is coming in from the left in the pic. I actually went out and deflated the tires a bit extra before attempting this hill, but it went just fine. Didn’t even engage a single locker. Amazing friction!

Just a break, taking in the scenery.

I’m so going back to Moab for more playing on the slick rock trails!


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