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Morning Fewbie Plus Desert Drive - Rise Up to Checkpoint 200 - Area 53 - Sharjah - 4 Sep 2022


Varun Mehndiratta

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Do you know how Area 53 got its name? Well any off-roader in UAE will tell you -  with its Pyramid shaped vertiginous dunes, razor sharp ridges, the mystery that this area offers to Off-roaders is atleast 2 steps ahead of the notorious Area 51..:) This is undoubtedly the area to explore when one needs that extra dose of adrenaline rush. 

So, this Sunday, lets get set to test our climbing skills through this awe-inspiring terrain - which has tested the best of off-roaders in UAE. 

Our goal through this drive shall be to climb up every dune  >200mtr high in this area (yup, it has a lot of them) and hence, the element of Checkpoint 200 as mission of this drive. 

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.

MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: 

Drive Details

Level: Fewbie Plus and Above 

When: 4th September 2022 Sunday

Meeting time: 5:45 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions).

Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/JkhE9hDwve8mkkU99

Type of Car: Any  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: 9:30 AM

THIS IS A COMPRESSOR ONLY DRIVE. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS DRIVE UNLESS YOU HAVE A COMPRESSOR. ANYONE ARRIVING AT THE DRIVE WITHOUT A COMPRESSOR, FLAG, PROPER SHOVEL AND DEFLATION KIT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE DRIVE. ALL TOW POINTS WILL BE CHECKED BEFORE DEPARTURE. 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE:
  • Limited to 10 cars only. 
  • 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 below calendar 

 

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  • Gaurav changed the title to Morning Fewbie Plus Desert Drive - Rise Up to Checkpoint 200 - Area 53 - Sharjah - 4 Sep 2022

Thanks all for RSVPing for the drive. This really went faster than i expected - seems no one is scared of the crazy high dunes at Area 53 :) 

We have a very strong convoy - same usual supercool gang every sunday :). However, considering the demanding nature of this terrain and our drive plan, refer below for some suggestions. To put things in perspective, Faya's highest point is 223mtr above sea level and plan here is to spend most of our time 200mtr above sea level - so it will be like climbing Big Red & Faya over and over again.

a.) Unless fully convinced about yours and your vehicle's climbing ability, avoid passengers for this drive. Keep the vehicle light and your mind free of any distractions. 

b.) If your vehicle has struggled in past to climb steep dunes in D mode, this will surely be a drive where you would need to use Tip Tronics - so would be good to get used to it before the drive. Ofcourse, we will explore this element during the drive as well, however, some practice before the drive always helps - especially if not used to it.

c.) Ensure you have all your off-roading gears. 

d.) Above all you need to ensure that you are fully rested for the drive. So, plan the parties on friday night not saturday. :)

Looking forward to see you all on red dunes of Area 53.  @Mahmoud Taha and @Sam K congrats on being promoted to FB+, as our gift to you - you both will be the official shovel manager on this drive. Have a nice protein rich breakfast for next few days :)

@Prakash Anoop @Haitham Khattab @Imran Kashif @Beide Worku @Jose Thomas @Morshedi @takeshi sobue @Imteeaz @salah2u 

Sam K - You are WL1. 

@Amr Aydin - Your are on WL2

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Sand Sailors

Eagerly waiting for the sunday. Here's the convoy order and other details. Looking forward to see you all. With sunrise at 6am, moving the meeting time to 5:45am, please make sure to be on time, we want to start rolling with first ray of sun.

Channel: 2

Meeting time : 5:45am

Meeting point : https://goo.gl/maps/JkhE9hDwve8mkkU99

Convoy Order

1. Varun in Grey Wrangler

2. @Morshedi back again in his Yellow Wrangler at SL position. 

3.  @Jose Thomas in Grey Xterra  

4.   @Sam K in his FJ, our first Shovel Expert for the drive :)

5. @Imteeaz in Golden Super Safari 

6.  @Haitham Khattab Red Rubicon SWB

7.  @Mahmoud Taha in silver Xterra our second shovel expert : ) 

8. @salah2u in his Y62

9. @imranaasghar81

10  @Prakash Anoop in Red SWB Wrangler

11.  @Imran Kashif in Maroon FJ

12. @takeshi sobue in white FJ

13.  @Beide Worku our master sweep in Blue F150.

Please make sure that in case your plans changes, let us know well in advance. We still have three drivers on WL and is surely not good to lose a slot while others have been waiting. Thanks a lot for your understanding

 @Amr Aydin you are on WL 1

 @Senthil Kumar you are on WL2

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Hi @Senthil Kumar sorry won’t be able to add you… convoy is already pretty long as wanted to ensure first drive members are atleast accommodated. See you next time. At least happy that you had atleast one drive this weekend. 👍

Sailors, anyone who won’t turn up tomo would have to deliver 10ltr fuel to Senthil. 

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36 minutes ago, Beide Worku said:

For 10ltrs he can take my spot :)

@Beide Worku In your case if you didn’t turn up tomo, on next drive you will have to get another 10ltr for me too . 😁

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