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Morning Fewbie Desert Drive - Murquab to Al Qudra - Skill Drive Series - Side Sloping Part 1 - Dubai - 30 Jul 2022

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Dear Dune Surfers,

The Drive name says it all, the idea of this drive is to practice the skill and enjoy the thrill of side sloping.

This drive is the second edition of the Skill Drive Series which had been posted in previous weeks for Ridge riding, criss cross and Technical terrain navigation. 

Side sloping is an important skill while navigating the desert. This technique is very fun and addictive, but it needs to be executed with a clear mind and a good experience with the behavior of the car. That is the main reason why this technique is only used from Fewbie level onwards.  It is very critical to understand how gravity works and as we always says: " DO NOT FIGHT GRAVITY ". this applies to this technique most of all. 

As the names suggest, we would be focusing on the  skills of Side sloping on long range dunes during this drive

we will be driving in the long range dunes as much as possible.

We will be taking the longer route from Murquab to Qudra with some technical patches to traverse between long range dunes hitting every long side slope in safest way possible.  

Drive Time is expected to be 3 hours 

Make sure you come with a full tank, Car in good conditions, recovery gear for this level (Radio, Flag, Deflator, Compressor, Kinetic rope and Soft shackles). Recovery points should be checked and in good conditions.

It is preferable for the cars to have a front bash plate (6mm or more) to keep the radiator protected

Let us know If your vehicle is lifted more than 4 inch of OEM stock height as your 4x4 center of gravity will be high, and you need to factor this accordingly while doing side-sloping.


General Info

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.

Drive Details

Level:  Fewbie  and Above

When:  30th July 2022 , Saturday

Meeting time: 5.15 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions).

Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/UE36Hcj446vKzK5e8

Exit Point: Solar Park / Love lake ( depending on drive time)

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

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

Approximate finish time:  9.30 AM or early

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



  • Limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 1 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 - Murquab to Al Qudra - Skill Drive Series - Side Sloping Part 1 - Dubai - 30 Jul 2022

Welcome dune surfers to the skill drive series!

we will be meeting at 5 am and deflating , ready to move with the first light!

As we have a nice short convoy we will have to convoy order during the briefing.

please ensure you have your car jacks spare tyres in good condition.

see you all tomorrow in sands! 

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What a morning!

So the object of the drive was to learn how the car behaved when executing side slopes and following a prompt start we found a playground of high dunes. Various attempts were made and the most interesting was climbing the dunes using limited throttle and blipping when gravity pulled and a fishtail was about to arise. Finding that "tipping point" to correct it was very interesting for me. 

We had our fair share of pop outs and stucks (some of them pretty tricky requiring shovelling and front and back tugs) but as they say, it is all a learning experience. So thanks again to @GauravSoni for the putting the drive together, the comprehensive theory briefing and for @Ashok chaturvedi and @Brette for their usual impeccable support.

We were a tight and small convoy so it meant that everyone got up close and personal to observe the recoveries, get their steps in for the day, get shovelling and fix the pop outs. 

Great to drive with everyone on the convoy and a couple of pics in the Gallery 😀

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Well, that was fun! Many thanks to @Gaurav Soni for the lead and @Brette for the support. I am loading quite a few photos to the gallery - I can't claim credit for any of them as they were taken by Nigel. Please take a look as some of them are very good indeed.



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