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    • By Srikumar
      Due to the shortage of time last week, there was some unfinished business on the dunes south of the Solar Panels. So lets attempt to reach there this time starting from Al Faqa. The area provides long range dunes that offer a perfect playground to ramp up the pace a bit and stretch the legs of both car and driver.  We will explore the area, and alternate between side sloping, ridge crossing, and enjoy whatever this area has to offer.
      This drive is for Fewbie and above level only.  
      When: 24 January 2020, Friday
      Meeting time: 06:45 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 07:00 AM
      Where: Al Faqa
      GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/dt57TRJ3ak4SrCkX8
      Level of drive: Fewbie and above
      Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance.
      Plan: Drive and enjoy until about 12 PM, with some small breaks in between to have breakfast and snacks.
      What to bring along: Some snacks, plenty of water - whatever you like with little extra to share, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
      Approximate finish time: 12 PM
      Please RSVP the below calendar event
       
    • By Gaurav
      Congratulations @Tbone for reaching the fewbie level with Carnity Offroad club.
      Based on your 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.
      Fewbie:
      Number of drives
      10 (16 Newbie + Fewbie drives)
      Level of drives
      Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune reading
      Off-road gear
      Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor.
      Drive teamwork
      Observe recovery from a safe distance and offer help when needed
      Drive posting/joining
      Join newbie and fewbie level of drives only
      Forum participation
      Active participation on forum. Share drive experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery
      Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join offroad club is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels.
    • By Gaurav
      Driving off-road is very interesting and entertaining experience but there are few basic things you need to check first before heading for your first off-road drive with Carnity Off-road Club.
      Every driver should know when to join for an offroad drive and when to pass until all below things are checked.
       
      VEHICLE
      Ground clearance: Minimum 9-12 inches under front and rear bumper is must. If your vehicle has 9 inches then you should be careful while driving and slow down while descent and approach to avoid any minor bumper damage. If your 4x4 have EAS (electronic suspension), lift it to the max height and then measure it. Also read the manual to know what is the max speed you can drive with off-road height, as many manufacturer limit up to 60 Kmph with off-road height, which is plenty in most cases. Knowing that limit is better in case you go above that speed, so you can lift it again once you slow down.
        Tow hook: Your 4x4 should have at least 1 tow hook in the front and 1 tow hook at the back, more the better. Also you should check the integrity of all tow hooks and its appearance, if they are shaking or rusted or missing a bolt, then get them fix before joining any off-road drive.
        Engine: Your 4x4 engine should be in perfect working condition without any check engine light or any warning lights on dashboard or leaking oil or coolant. Engine takes more stress while offroading so well serviced 4x4 performs better on off-road. If you recently bought the car and have no idea of last service, then its highly advisable to get the engine service before your first off-road drive.
        Gear / Transmission: Your 4x4 should have LO and High gearing option. AWD or SUV without LO/HI gearing option, generally not advisable for sand off-roading. If you have extensive offroading experience to tackle such vehicles then discuss it on the forum with the trip leader and see if they can allow such exception.
        Suspension: Your 4x4 vehicle suspension should be in reasonable and drivable condition. You can drive with stock suspension perfectly fine and then you can decide to modify it, if really needed. Any suspension lifted up to 5-6 inches are accepted, anything above 5-6 inches lift need trip leader approval before joining any drive to make sure if you have widened the wheelbase to lower the center of gravity in an orderly manner.
        Tires: Your 4x4 tires should be in good condition with enough tread and more than half life left. Tires nearing their end usually fail while offroading, so check for date of manufacturing shouldn't be more than 3 years. No visible cuts or lost tread chunks or cracking sidewall should be there.
        Fuel Tank: You should always join the off-road drive with full fuel tank, as all vehicle consume double or triple the amount of fuel while off-roading. You don't need to change the fuel type from special to super for off-road purpose, continue with your fuel type as per manufacturers recommendation.
        Sign up: Once you have checked all these above points then RSVP the drive calendar and post an introductory message on the drive post - sharing your 4x4 details, previous off-road experience (if any), so that trip lead can acknowledge and plan the drive accordingly.  
      OFF-ROAD GEAR
      You don't need any off-road gear or recovery gears for your first off-road drive, but if you have a shovel, flag and a radio (walkie talkie) then please carry it with you. Rest all the off-road gears and recovery tools will be shown to you once you attend the briefing and you can read more about them here: https://carnity.com/advice/offroad/most-comprehensive-list-of-off-road-gears-and-recovery-tools-r81
       
      OFF-ROAD DRIVE
      Always wear long sleeve and closed shoes (no sleepers) to avoid any injury or sun burn. Carry hat/cap/scarf, in case you need to spend long time under the sun. Carry plenty of water and soft drinks of our choice to keep you hydrated. Carry your camera mounts if you like to record the drive (no hand held). No carrying or consumption of any type of alcoholic drinks on the drive.
    • By Frederic
      To start off the New Year, I would like to invite all Fewbies and above to explore the beautiful area of Murquab - Lisaili. This area has a nice mix of medium tall dunes and smaller technical areas that will definitely keep you on your toes. 
      We will explore and alternate between side sloping and basic ridge crossing techniques, and enjoy whatever this area has to offer. Depending on the pace and progress we will either head off towards the Maktoum Solar area or Qudra Lakes.
      This drive is for Fewbie and above level only.  Please check if you have all required tools and gear on board as per your assigned drive level. 
      When: 03 January 2020, Friday
      Meeting time: 07:00 AM, the convoy will move sharply at 07:15 AM
      Where:  First Emarat Petrol Station after outlet mall on Dubai - Al Ain road
      GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/7pRg8Lb1N3s
      Level of drive: Fewbie and above
      Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance.
      Plan: Drive and enjoy until about 11:45 AM, with some small breaks in between to have breakfast and snacks.
      What to bring along: Some snacks, plenty of water - whatever you like with little extra to share, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
      Approximate finish time: 11:45 AM
       
       
       
    • By Gaurav
      Congratulations @Fuad for reaching the Intermediate level with Carnity Offroad club. 
      As per your recent drive, you have shown tremendous progress and well deserve this new offroad rank. 
      Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment.
      Keep up your great contribution on the forum and get socially involved in the newbie and fewbie drives to impart your knowledge.
      Once you have all the gear required, you are most welcome to join the intermediate level drives with Carnity offroad club.
      Intermediate:
      Number of drives
      10 (26 regular drives)
      Level of drives
      Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune & sand reading
      Off-road gear
      Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor, tool kit, tow rope
      Drive teamwork
      Help in recoveries under Marshal / Crew supervision
      Drive posting/joining
      Join newbie, fewbie & intermediate level of drives only
      Forum participation
      Active participation on forum. Share drive experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery + drive and route suggestions
       Social media sharing & inviting friends & family to join offroad club is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels. 
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