Congratulations @Jas Gajaria for reaching the fewbie level with Carnity Offroad club.
Based on your last (first) newbie drive you have demonstrated skills required deserving this new offroad rank.
Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment.
Number of drives
10 (16 regular drives)
Level of drives
Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune reading
Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor (recommended)
Observe recovery from a safe distance and offer help when needed
Join newbie and fewbie level of drives only
Active participation on forum. Share drive experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery
Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join an offroad club is highly recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
in our search to have a decent GPS app to guide us in the desert, today i wanted to review and compare MotionX and Gaia GPS, which are both apps specifically tailored to Off-Road driving or hiking.
As i had an old Samsung Note 5 laying around which had a very big screen, i decided to use that phone and mount it in my car to use it as a dedicated GPS. Unfortunately when i found out that MotionX is only for IOS platforms, i was forced to look for something else and stumbled upon Gaia GPS.
In the Youtube tutorial below, this gentleman makes a great comparison and it's worth having a look at:
As a summary, i come to the following:
+ Completely Free with full functionality
+ Easy to use, set up
- No Android support
- No possibility to create multi-bend tracks
+ Easy to use and set up
+ Customizable Bar Tiles on the home screen
+ Overlay Maps
+ Possibility to create multi-bend tracks.
- FREE version only has only 1 basic Topographic map, but the paid version costs 10USD per year that gives full functionality and satellite map. Full Premium Membership costs 30USD for year in case you want to add more maps and resources, but is more tailored to hiking.
Surely there will be more specific PROS and CONS once having used these programs. Please add them in your replies so we can share our hints and tricks to use these great apps.
Both apps support map download, so you can download the area in case you have no data coverage in that area, or if your phone simply has no SIM card in it
So there you have it, two apps which are perfectly capable of doing the things we want them to do for our Off-road adventures in the UAE deserts.
Do share your questions, suggestions, experiences !
As the early morning weather is getting little better, so its been decided to split the Intermediate drive from midnight to early morning to experience both night drive and day drive in one go. Plan is to start bit late and drive for 2-3 hours in night, then take a break and then enjoy the fast pace morning drive in some amazing set of dunes in Al faqa desert. Al Faqa desert is famous for its long range tall dunes that are fun to drive at good pace for ridge riding, side sloping and testing your offroad skills. The drive is for Intermediates and above only.
When: 30 Aug 2019, Friday
Meeting time: 02:00 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 02:15 AM
Where: Al Faqa Desert
GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/dt57TRJ3ak4SrCkX8
Level of drive: Intermediate and above
Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance.
Plan: Drive and enjoy from 2-5 AM (Night Drive), 5-5:45 AM (Break), 6-8/9 AM (Morning Drive).
What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share, water, smiles, stories, and enthusiasm.
Approximate finish time: 8 - 9 AM (Max)
Off Road Driving - Roles & Responsibilities Off road Driving Etiquette's Off-road Convoy Rules Please RSVP on the below calendar:
Positioning is very important and then the tug intensity - gradual to constant pull than jerking that may result in flip instantly.
Well done @Emmanuel
Key things for every offroader to notice and learn here:
Tried self recovering first to the max. Clear sand from front tires on both sides. Identify a safe spot to recover with least force - Front and left side. Position car with utmost precision to deliver just a minimal tug at right angle. Stuck 4x4 wheels pointing left to support the recovery process by using engine power. Started with a soft tug and then applied a pulling strength and not a jerk to cause a flip.