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COVID19 Compliant - Intermediate Desert Drive - Area 53: the 1km ascent quest (reloaded) - Sharjah - 31 Jul 2021


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Drive Brief
The famous Area 53, the pyramid-like dune formation belonging to the portion of Al Badayer situated on the south-west side of the E44 Dubai - Hatta Road, offers a great deal of opportunities for off-roaders willing to put their dune climbing skills to the test. With this in mind, this particular drive is aimed at attempting to reach a specific goal, i.e. recording an overall ascent (i.e. the total elevation gain/loss) in excess of +1000/-1000m, which will require a great deal of climbs and descents for the large part of the drive. In fact, as this is the the 2nd edition of this particular kind of drive, the actual ascent we will be aiming for will be in excess of 1'570 m, the previous record.

This first ascent will be straight forward from the north side of Area 53, after a rapid approach through a few small dunes to warm up. This climb will set the tone and the level for the rest of the drive, which will take us, as we will progressively move south, through a dozen of different areas with high and complex dunes, where we will perform steep ascents, audacious criss-crossings, crest/ridge ridings and side slopes at vertiginous heights, always with an eye on our total ascent count. In between, we will have to crunch a few kilometers across medium small technical dunes characterized by the complete absence of any specific alignment or repetitive pattern, which will require careful navigation and undivided attention by all drivers. This drive is the epitome of off-roading on the high red sand dunes of Sharjah, an adrenaline and action packed time for those who really want to discover where their limits as Intermediate off-road climbers are.

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General Infos

This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely.

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Drive Details

Level:  Intermediate and Above (All Levels)

When:  31 Jul 2021, Saturday.

Meeting time: 5:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point: Al Badayer Exit - E44 Dubai - Hatta Road - https://goo.gl/maps/JkhE9hDwve8mkkU99

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, willingness to learn and your own compressor for tire inflation.

Approximate finish time: 9:00 AM

End Point: Tawi Ghadaya (Shabiyat Al Rafadeh Mosque)

Limited Spots Available:

  • Limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM.
    • If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. 
  • Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Members without RSVP 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.
     

PLEASE RSVP ON THE BELOW CALENDAR EVENT 

 

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Do we really plan to start at 7am?...justva check .though surely don't mind 2 more hrs of sleep...😃😃

Just now, Shehab Alawadhi said:

Damn. Not even a minute and the drive was full. @Lorenzo Candelpergher seems like the last 1km ascent was really good. Can’t wait for the next one 💪🏽

It was undoubtedly the best drive I did...so my fingers weren't going to miss the chnace to explore again..

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Just now, Shehab Alawadhi said:

Damn. Not even a minute and the drive was full. @Lorenzo Candelpergher seems like the last 1km ascent was really good. Can’t wait for the next one 💪🏽

Yes definitely it was good so no joke on missing a place for this one 😂 

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Just now, Abu Muhammad said:

Yes definitely it was good so no joke on missing a place for this one 😂 

Yea I was afraid my data would mess up and I’d miss it 😂

 

2 minutes ago, varunmehndiratta said:

Do we really plan to start at 7am?...justva check .though surely don't mind 2 more hrs of sleep...😃😃

It was undoubtedly the best drive I did...so my fingers weren't going to miss the chnace to explore again..

Exactly!!! I’m so hyped up!!!

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3 minutes ago, varunmehndiratta said:

Do we really plan to start at 7am?...justva check .though surely don't mind 2 more hrs of sleep...😃😃

It was undoubtedly the best drive I did...so my fingers weren't going to miss the chnace to explore again..

It's 5am, but since I posted while in Italy the calendar got the time wrong. Will fix it. Thx

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