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COVID19 COMPLIANT - Morning Intermediate Desert Drive - Big Red to Faya - Sharjah - 3 Jul 2020

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Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety.

Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control.

No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging

MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive.

We are only allowed to drive through the desert, the same way as if we are driving on the road now. Even though DUne Bashing is permitted with the loosening of soem COVID restrictions, the restrictions over social distancing still apply. So we will only do desert driving and stay sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other.

Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time.

How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing

  • Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m)  inside the desert track. Please pay close attention to the meetings point as these have changed to allow enough space for everyone to arrive and deflate safely. 
  • Please make sure that you deflate quickly and off the tarmac. There should be only one person outside the vehicle when deflating before reaching the meeting point.
    • While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car.
  • Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM.
  • Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday.
  • All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction
  • Failure to acknowledge the "Totally Agree" on the concersation thread will result in your being removed from the attendee list.
  • Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the pre drive convoy numbering and briefing here in this thread.
  • Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone except for people deflating or putting up a flag must stay inside the car at all the times.
    • Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio.
    • Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too.
    • You can also speak to other members through the radio only.
    • So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged.
    • No radio = no drive.
    • If your radio is not set to all the Carnity channels in advance there will be no time to reprogram on site. If you do not have the radio set up = no drive.
  • Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before.

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Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing

  • Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew.
  • Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation.
  • Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES.
  • Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries:
    • They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car.
    • They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance.
    • If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required).
    • If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times.

Drive completion and inflation

  • For now and until the COVID restrictions are lifted, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before.
  • Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation.
  • For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station.
  • If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only.
  • Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times.

Mandatory things you require to attend the drive

  • Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away.
  • Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed.
  • Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car.
  • Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray).
    • Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover.
    • Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car.
    • Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them.
  • Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive.
  • Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery.
  • Safety flag - Must for every car, like before.
  • Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station.

Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times

  • Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew.
  • No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other.
  • No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest.
  • If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive.
  • If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit.
  • Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too.

Drive Details

Level:  Intermediate and all above - NO NEWBIES OR FEWBIES ALLOWED.

When: 3 July 2020, Friday.

Meeting time: 5.00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Action Plan: Morning drive from Big red to Pink Rock or Fayah if time allows

Meeting Point: Badayer - https://maps.app.goo.gl/NisFhdevk4qGqgLV9

Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Approximate finish time: 9:00 AM

End Point: Maleha Road - https://maps.app.goo.gl/FW1yPZxFJd4RucRG9


  • Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM.
    • 1 Lead Marshal + 1 Senior Members + 10 Members.
  • Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Members arriving without all the required equipment will be returned back  - without ANY EXCEPTIONS
  • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others.
  • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.




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Need to stretch my leg!

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Convoy Positions 

1.- @Javier M Jeep Wrangler

2.- @Mels Wolf Pajero

3.- @Colin Jordan Jeep Wrangler

4.- @Desert Dweller Xterra

5.- @Xaf Land Cruiser

Radio channel will be Carnity CHANNEL 4 for this drive. If you had not yet programmed your radio, do program all Carnity 1 to 5 channels before you join the drive. How to program please follow this link:

Once you reach the meeting point please turn on your radio and you can start deflating.

We are ending the drive where there is no petrol pump nearby. So kindly bring your own air compressor.

Remember to bring your applicable recovery equipment as per your level. 

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No trip reports, bunch of lazy drivers.

@Michael sammy You've missed something, hope to see you soon again.

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