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Morning Fewbie Desert Drive - Lisaili - Dubai - 11 Jun 2022


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This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through the below information 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:  Fewbie and above

When:  11 June 2022, Saturday

Meeting time: 5:15 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point: Lisaili Fort https://goo.gl/maps/ZikRWU1YYas968yT9

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), face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Approximate finish time: 9:15 AM

P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive.

 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

  • Limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday 2 pm.
    • 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.

 

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  • Gaurav changed the title to Morning Fewbie Desert Drive - Lisaili - Dubai - 11 Jun 2022

Dear Desert Drivers, 

Lisaili area offers a wide variety of dunes, from the tight technical to the massive long and tall dunes. We will navigate our ways covering these different terrains, so there will be something for every taste. We will have long side sloping, and we will practice ridge riding and criss crossing. As it is getting hot, the sand is getting softer, as you have realised in the last drives. Be prepared to drive "on your toes" in some occasions, and always be in control of your momentum... and not fighting gravity!

The plan is to enter from Lisaili Fort, and to exit in the small town of Murqab.

I will issue the convoy order and radio channel by the end of the afternoon. Stay tuned, and let me know before that if you have changed you plan and cannot attend.

@Andrew McCarthy @Suresh K @Joseph Sebastian @Jessica Lambert @Dr Tanveer Ahmed @Gurcharan Mehta @Sudhanva Sonawane @Gerrit Bus @FiNaR @Beide Worku you are confirmed.

Waitlist for a second WE drive @Shahid Mehmood @Imran Kashif @Adhir Saxena @Ashutosh Garg

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Dear Desert Drivers

A few hours remaining to be ready for tomorrow morning, Have a relaxing evening, and get as much sleep as you can.

Meeting will be at 5:15 am at  https://goo.gl/maps/ZikRWU1YYas968yT9

We will be on radio Channel 3

The convoy order will be 

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Thank you all for joining the drive today. Shall we call it a drive ? Maybe it was rather a workout. Once the briefing done, and the few pre-drive adjustments cleared, we hit the technical dunes immediately after the Lisaili Fort, and then it was only sand and dunes. That’s the purpose of course but today, it was really one dune after the other, in a continuous way, crossing this portion of desert, so close from the city, but so remote once you have entered.

And I must say, you have been amazing, keeping your concentration, focused on the tracks of the car in front of you. The terrain was far from easy, into these medium size dunes, these crests and sharp ridges, with these soft patches and pockets, as many traps to avoid, and to remind us that driving in the desert is not about pushing the gas pedal (ok, we like it also), but maintaining your momentum and the balance of your car, and choosing the best line to cross this dune, and the next one, and so on…until we reached the mosque of Murqab.

We had two difficult recoveries, @Jessica Lambert stuck in a simple way, but just on top of a steep pocket, and @Dr Tanveer Ahmed stuck sideways, with a steep angle. It could have happen to any of us. Both of them were cleared with shovelling at the right place, and self recovery of the drivers. Myself I got stuck on a flat area, literally sinking into a soft pocket. @Beide Worku could pull me out effortlessly.

@Andrew McCarthy thank you very much for the 2nd lead. You were fully aware, anticipating my moves, and holding or rerouting when required 

@Suresh K your SWB Pajero was at ease today in this environment. You improved a lot since our first drives together.

@Joseph Sebastian, very well managed with your SWB Jeep. It was you first Fewbie drive, but nobody could tell. Your experience is there and you were navigating effortlessly through the dunes

@Jessica Lambert you did not feel the power limitation of your car today, and you managed very well. You few stucks were more related to the convoy movements and are not questioning your driving skills

@Dr Tanveer Ahmed it was a pleasure to meet you in these leisure circumstances (yes, he is my dentist), I was feeling more comfortable in the sand than on the seat in your practice! It was not easy to take the LX  in this environment and you did very well

@Gurcharan Mehtano issue at all, the LC is calling for more open spaces, but you managed very well

@Sudhanva Sonawane your experience is clearly showing, very well driven

@Gerrit Bus very well driven also. The Gladiator may be a bit long in this technical environment, but it was not a problem for you

@Beide Worku, a big thank you for the reliable sweep and the assistance in the recoveries. Nothing could stop the F150 today !

see you soon in a next drive

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Thanks very much @JeromeFJfor the challenging and enjoyable drive, great introduction for me to the Fewbie level! Everything was spot on from the routing to the timing. Thanks @Beide Worku for valuable support - also, the duct tape solution worked perfectly (I was expecting the flag to fall off at the first dune 😆). Weather was co-operative, and along with the great company and team spirit throughout the drive, it was the perfect start for the weekend. 

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Absolutely amazing drive @JeromeFJ! Thanks @Beide Workufor the support as well! And thanks @Gurcharan Mehta for the tip regarding the Crawl Control!  It worked amazingly well! Looking forward to driving with you guys again! @Jessica Lambertyou did amazingly well and I couldn't fly out of the pocket  like you did. Last time I try that and looks like I need to manage the weight of my beast a little better!

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