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  1. Liwa crossing is always an exciting chapter for any offroader, but this year IM drive has seen a lot more challenging situations that I have not yet witnessed in my decades of experience. We all learn new things every day. In case of any mechanical failure, we always try to rescue the car as much as we can. If we cannot manage the recovery of the vehicle, car owners have to rely on a more professional approach of calling the tow truck or returning back with a mechanic to fix the issue on-site. Yes, we never leave any driver behind, but on some occasions, we have left the car inside the desert as per our roles and responsibilities to keep everyone safe. Thanks to @Dodi Syahdar Raptor's presence whose beast mode is able to drag the dead car through Liwa's enormous dunes. However, luck ended too fast when we were unable to swing past the soft sand patch after multiple failed attempts. Without a rolling momentum, Raptor's beast mode wasn't able to activate again due to extra soft sand all around. Hence we left with a winching option for the last leg and that went in for good 12+ hours, simply because the angle of the dead car was against all physics, and pulling through slip face + wedge pocket made it our worst nightmare. Thanks to @Ranjan Das winch we were able to drag the dead car a little bit uphill, but when the car started to slip into the pocket at night, we left the recovery to restart again with more winches and energy. Thanks @Hisham Masaad and @Bjoern for supporting this extreme recovery with your powerful winches, patience and determination. Without so many winches at hand and 10-15 ropes, this recovery wouldn't have been possible. After the previous night's challenge, we straight away launched the heavy-duty idea to introduce a snatch block with a Hisham winch to 1.5X the winching power at 90 degrees angled pull, through Raptor heavyweight to anchor. It did its magic and failed when the car started to tip off on two wheels, so we secured the B pillar with @Bjoern winch on the right side steep climb. Then after a little while 1.5X winch also failed as the car was getting into the wedge with an even steeper angle to deal with. Now we double down the winch by adding Ranjan's winch to the equation and finally saw the "Yellow Jeep" crawling up the hellhole. It was an unforgettable experience of my life. Thanks @Srikumar, @Asif Hussain and @GauravSoni for all the tactical support, critical thinking and impeccable leadership to deal with this EPIC extreme recovery through Liwa's enormous dunes. Thanks to @Waqas Parvez @Vaibhav @ASAD. @Pacific and @munkybizness for being there at the backend. Big thanks and shout out to @Ishak @Santoso Marjuki @Tharun Kumar V and Asif bhai's friend - Asif for offering EXEMPLARY SUPPORT by handling the most grueling and physically taxing need of attaching and detaching 10's of tow rope multiple times on huge Liwa dunes slip face with soft sand. Without your all great teamwork, this extreme recovery wouldn't have been possible.
    23 points
  2. Liwa adventure 2023: This had been one of most awaited drive for the year and brings along the excitement of just being surrounded by the majestic dunes and the ever gasping views of endless desert. The drive had all the elements one could expect.. from a slow delayed start due to fog , to long climbs and difficult technical bowls to sweeping slopes to cherish. it was all going well until the fateful moment when we heard the radio call of the clutch failure on Anoop’s Jeep at around 2 pm just after the lunch break. (Near waypoint 12) it was then the drive became a recovery drive led by the legends @Gaurav and @Srikumar…the entire convoy including myself and@Asif Hussain moving to the support team following step by step instructions.. after a carefully selected exit route was recced, the Jeep was attached to the ever powerful Raptor and the two started the tango to get out of the tight bowls area…. It was a couple of dunes later, just before the final dune before the exit, the raptor and jeep got stuck climbing a slip face with two steep bowls on either side. multiple attempts were made to reposition the cars to have one last go at that stretch but all in vain. The area was just too soft and steep angles. With every attempt, The Jeep started to slipping more into the bowl and after about 5 hours of attempts , it was decided to leave the car and head to the camping spot. we reached the waypoint 18 around 9.45 pm and the convoy members were finally able to relax and unwind after the long had day. The next day, We all gathered our thoughts and decided to take support from the other convoy members who had winches. we made our way back to the recovery point around 11:45 am and with renewed spirit and new tools ( extra winches of @Hisham Masaad and @Bjoern) under the watchful eyes and leadership of @Gaurav, began the next phase of recovering what now was being called the “yellow Jeep”. With car about to rollover while winching, to setting up anchor , to pulling against all physics , the recovery was like a masterclass for all members present. After multiple changes in strategies based on what’s working and what’s not, the yellow jeep finally emerged from the bottom of the hellhole and onto the flat patch at around 3:30 pm. kudos to the entire convoy, @Gaurav and @Srikumar for leading the recovery, @Dodi Syahdar for the never give up attitude and going thru the sheer physical stress, @Ranjan Das for the winching on day 1 and day 2. Your machine took a heavy toll for sure.. shoveling boys @Waqas Parvez @ASAD. @Pacific @munkybizness @Vaibhav @Ishak @Santoso Marjuki @Tharun Kumar Vyou guys were special without whom the recovery would not have been possible. Special thanks to @Srikumar for leaving the fb convoy and going through all the pain on day 1 while we attempted the recovery. C @Tharun Kumar V @Bjoern for showing amazing team spirit and courage to leave your designated drives and join us for the recovery, knowing that it may very well delay them getting back home. special thanks again to @Hisham Masaad for being instrumental with your contribution in the recovery both physically and mentally. thankyou @Sunil Mathew and @Mario Cornejo for being part of this epic drive and I am sure you would have also stayed back on day 2 with the IM convoy had it not been for personal reasons and the car issue. thankyou all for the brilliant support and m sure this drive will be talked about for not only the tenacity of the team, the complexity of recovery, the leadership, but also for the carmaradire of the convoy and the heartfelt laughter that resonated at the campsite until late night!! see you all soon in sand.
    21 points
  3. Normally my trip reports are delayed, but such was the kind of drive today that even though it's almost 5 hours since the drive ended the emotions are running pretty high. So here it goes: The day started with everyone making it on time. After a couple of laughs and briefing we got on our way. It took me a while to get a feel of the sand and the wierd dune formation didn't help much as well. Just as the dunes started getting spaced out and the drive flow improving we had the first unfortunate incident. Such incidents does bring the morale of the entire convoy down especially so early in the drive, but such was the maturity of all the drive participants that everyone chipped in to help sort the issue. By the time we were able to return to the desert it was close to 1 pm, so we decided to head to the famous Pajero bowl by taking the dirt track. Such kind of bowls are always nested deep within the desert surrounded by technical patch. As we glided through the narrow corridors available we had our first good run of the day. Pajero bowl was a shadow of what it was 5 years ago, when the name was invented. The difficulty level has all but gone, but still one needs to be fully focussed and committed to get in and get out. Everyone took their turns with some setting a record pace within the bowl. 😂 After having a couple of attempts and with just 2.5 hours of time available we decided to head to the other bowls of the area. What we instead found was a jungle full of bushes and hard bumps that didn't allow for a smooth ride. As we dodged our way out of the big dune area we arrived at a stretch of medium size dunes. Medium is a relative word, as these dunes were probably taller than the ones in Sweihan. And this is where we had one of the best nonstop runs that I have had the privilege of being a part of. To say that the convoy maintained a brisk pace would be a gross understatement. I wish to thank all the drive participants for putting their faith and following the route being chartered. We drove for close to 40 mins before finally I had to stop to catch my breath and so did the rest of the convoy. A break always causes a couple of refusals and so we had it as well. But once the convoy again started moving we were flying through the dunes criss crossing at the highest points and at will. That's when we heard that @ASAD. car started over heating. On closer inspection we found that the radiator fan was completely shredded and was not there. After letting the car cool off, we had the huge challenge of getting his car from the huge patch of dunes into the sabkha. As the sun was about to set in 30 minutes we had a narrow window to get the convoy out. With some excellent coordination by @Waqas Parvez @Rob S and tugging by @Tom B we were able to get the car out to the sabkha. Also a big appreciation to everyone for chipping in and helping get Asad's car ready to handle atleast some sections where he needed to drive out by himself. The excellent teamwork ensured that we recovered the car and safely reached the tarmac by 6 PM. Thank you everyone for joining the drive and for your excellent participation to help overcome each obstacle that we faced today. And thanks once again for the one hour run that we had, that was truly special.
    21 points
  4. well it's now over 48hrs, and I did go to the doctor per @Gaurav & @Srikumar's recommendation. Doc said since no vomitting, no broken ribs, no blurry vision and no pain whatsoever, she declared me fit to drive & work again 🙂 I would rather focus on the positive things and the good lucks, so here they are: alhamdulillah I managed to return home unharmed, thanks to every single one in the convoy, I pray God bless you all for your kindness. thanks to my trip marshal @Srikumar for leading the team during the incident. There were other younger blood he could direct & delegate to, but he chose to unroll his sleeves and in the process hit his head against my rear bumper (luckily it's stock fibre... imagine if it's the Y62 with 4mm steel 😱) it was good luck @Haitham Khattab pushed himself to join the drive eventhough he overslept and started driving at 5:30am. For his presence helped a lot, as we needed an Arabic speaker to translate and bridge the communication with the police. i had a nice recovery driver who shared me his Naan & vegetables lunch in short, eventhough it was an unfortunate incident, I am thankful and happy with the people who surrounded me & helped. Thanks for asking @Tom B @Rob S @ASAD. , not my first rollover with perfect landing on all 4 wheels, so the shocks were subdued a bit 😅, but nevertheless humbles and amazes me how we're given second..eh i mean... fourth chance. My wife reminded to watch the latest Puss in the Boots movie 😂 And this is the finale good news: only Windshield (500dhs second-hand) + Front Right Fender (300dhs second-hand) + Front Right Passenger Door (300dhs second-hand) are badly damaged. According to the Denting Specialist, the roof can be fixed without replacing the whole roof. I'll probably start a thread on the LC 10K bring-to-life restoration project 😄
    20 points
  5. Blind Date: No Maps Drive - Drive Report "Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude" - Rumi Let's start the report by being joyously grateful that @Vanessa8580 escaped a roll-over healthy and in one piece, with no bruises other than on her X-Terra's body. The accident, clearly shown by the Second Lead's on-board camera, was a freak one, that could have happened to anybody. Its dynamic was the same as that of a tire bursting on tarmac, with the X-Terra having a pop-out upon reaching the flat top of a tall dune, and pivoting on the damaged wheel, spinning once, twisting 180 degrees, and landing on its right side, facing backward. The pop-out must have been caused by an irregularity on the hard, almost cement like, and corrugated surface at the top of the dune, resulting from the 4 days of rainfall that preceded the drive. The guys in Convoy #2 can refine this reconstruction, having seen the accident in person. When Convoy #1 arrived at the scene, having seen it from the opposite ridge, we found Vanessa recovering her composure, with @Islam Soliman and @Lawrence_Chehimi, well assisted by the rest of the drivers, intent in studying and preparing the recovery. As the car was resting on its right side, leaning away from the wide ridge, toward a bowl on what would have been the slip-face, it was suggested and agreed that to bring back the car on its 4 wheels the tug should be given from the tall dune's hard face, and from its bottom (tugging away from the rim of the ridge would have risked the pulling car to slip down the slope, and getting stuck without any more traction to either get back up, or to complete the job). Another concerted decision was to use towing ropes, in place of the kinetic ones, linked together in a number sufficient to reach the towing car almost at the bottom of the hard face: the intent was to make sure the tension would be continuous, and avoid that the ropes give some slack while the X-Terra was being pulled to the ground. Finally, a third decision was also to anchor the X-Terra from its back side, which was leaning heavily toward the slip-face's bowl below, to make sure the pull would be even, and no slipping down toward gravity would take place. With all this orderly arranged and put into place by the whole convoy, Islam proceeded to tug, while @Dodi Syahdar provided the anchor, resulting in an almost effortless recovery of Vanessa's X-Terra to its 4-wheel position. A second tug ensued, to bring the dead weight of the car from its slightly inclined resting place (leaning toward the slip-face's bowl) back onto the flat surface available at the top of the ridge, with the goal of fixing the pop-out that caused the incident in the first place. This took place from the front, courtesy of Dodi's, with Islam's anchoring the car from behind. With the pop out rapidly fixed, all that was left to do, while Vanessa finished to recover her poise, was to scout a track, unobstructed by dunes, that would allow Islam to tow the car out to the location of our starting point, next to Murqab's mosque. Towing the car's dead weight became unavoidable, as after waiting sufficient time to make sure it was possible to try and turn on the engine again, this stalled and did not give signs of being able to function at all. Luckily, the whole thing had taken place with an easily accessible sabkha in sight, and it was not difficult to find a local's sand track leading out to Murqab's mosque. @Islam Soliman, @Lawrence_Chehimi, @Ahmad Nerat, @Yaseen87, @Krishna R, @Murtaza Bhuria, @Sebb, @Andrei S, @Shahid Mehmood and @Naim Aoun from Convoy #2 (especially those driving closer to Vanessa) are welcome to add to this reconstruction with any observation they find would be useful to understand the incident's dynamic, and to work as educational material for any future reference, in similar cases. Once the situation was back under control, Convoy #1 continued the blind drive, using all visual landmarks in sight, to eventually reach its final destination. From Murqab's sabkha we moved in a north-easterly direction, crossing a technical area, toward the sabkhas between Margham and Lisaili, and from there first toward the pylons to the west, and eventually to the south-west, keeping the Solar Tower (a.k.a The Chimney) to the south of the convoy, a group of trees located amidst a well know technical area just to the left of the convoy, and aiming at a gap between the pylons and the Innovation Center's "pyramid" often visible from the higher positions. It was a phenomenally fun drive, with all drivers behaving greatly, and enjoying the compact sand, that allowed to ride on ridges for extended periods, as well as lots of criss-crossing. Having reached the "Three Trees" exit, at the roundabout between Solar Park and Qudra, the convoy was partially extended, with @Ishak, @Gary F, @Sunil Mathew and @Frans M continuing with me toward the Qudra's exit, still "blind", while @Jaro Tuzinsky, @Stan, @Bravoecho, @Abdul Basit Khan, @Adam James, @Stumpy Paj and @Dodi Syahdar ending the drive as scheduled. Altogether, including the Qudra extension, the drive covered 74.3 Km (more likely 70, as a few Kms were driven by me to scout Islam's exit route), completed in 2:25 hours of driving time (with 4:28 hours in total), at an average moving speed of 31 Km/h (and 17 Km/h total average). Thanks to @Jaro Tuzinsky for the Second Lead, to @Sunil Mathew for anchoring, and to @Dodi Syahdar for sweeping, as well as thanks to the whole Convoy #2 for coming to the rescue of Vanessa's, ensuring that she was unharmed, and making the X-Terra's recovery a safe and successful one. @Vanessa8580's generosity, enthusiasm and competence will be missed while the X-Terra is brought back to its original condition, while I am sure that she will be looking forward to getting back in the saddle as soon as possible, unshaken by the knowledge that this unfortunate incident could have happened to anybody, and it was certainly not due to any "mistake" on her part, but rather to an invisible glitch in sand caused by the unusual 4 days of rainfall.
    18 points
  6. Oh Liwa!! Congratulations team FB+ for the Liwa Crossing accomplishment. We had a relatively short convoy as there were few dropouts and @Mus_hus78had to exit very early due to 4WD issues. Couldn't ask for more. Every thing was perfect, the convoy, terrain, camping. There were lots of climbs, huge bowls and drops that were almost 150+m @Gertjan was the prefect second lead. I felt very comfortable driving in front of you. Always kept good distance and your awareness was fantastic. And thanks to all the pictures and videos. @Jona and @Brett Eicher were the only FB+ in the convoy. But you guys allowed me to push to an IM level and handling it so well. @imranaasghar81 looking forward for the 360 clips. @Senthil Kumar & @Alexanderrr had no issues handling churned track. @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler & @Lawrence_Chehimithanks for your support. Thanks to others for supporting the supports. Looking forward for next Liwa drive. Drive Stats We covered almost 180kms in total. We drove very close to Saudi Border taking more of dunes and less Sabhka.
    15 points
  7. @Zed you have inspirational spirit. But more than you, i want to salute your wife who still lets you drive 😅 See you and the LC soon InshAllah.
    15 points
  8. My word , what a drive! Thank you @Srikumar for planning and leading us through this treacherous terrain , the amazing support team and to all I drove with today. That everyone kept their heads and their sense of humour in the face of such adversity is a credit to the entire convoy. It was an absolute pleasure to drive with you all. Nothing says Team Carnity like a Prado towing a Prado through the dunes under the watchful eye of the Crew and support team 👏 (More pics posted in the gallery. Ps if anyone has a video of me completing the legend (although somewhat diminished) that is the Pajero bowl I’d greatly appreciate it . )
    15 points
  9. Good morning everyone, the weekend was an eye opener and a perfect example of 'we always need to expect the unexpected in the desert'. The failure of my clutch cylinder was completely unexpected as I had a safety check on the previous week and I also used to check underneath the jeep every day to see if there is any leakage and there was none. Also, this has happened almost at the exact midway of the track next to the Saudi border made the task very difficult. But, the presence of all of our most experienced off roaders @Gaurav @Srikumar@Asif Hussain @GauravSoni @Hisham Masaad with us gave me relief and hope. and the rest is history! There were moments which was scary and felt like the car will slowly topple over but with improvisation, on the spot thinking and teamwork the car came out. The inclined position without seat belt has given me a stomach cramp. Another incident to note is that the last pull from raptor has sheared off the cast iron recovery point from the Jeep. Due to @Gaurav doubling down on safety and securing it separately it did not fly off and hurt anyone. This highlights the importance of practicing all the safety procedures during a recovery. I would like to thank each and every convoy member who gave me confidence such as @GauravSoni who said will not leave here without the car and otherwise we will camp there itself @munkybizness who accommodated and fed me during the night, and all the shovelling boys. I am sorry that @Tharun Kumar V @Bjoern has to miss out on their planned drives, but I am really appreciative of you being there at the recovery. Again, a big thanks to @Gaurav @Srikumar (who had to leave his son in the other car to lead this recovery) @Asif Hussain @Hisham Masaad @Ranjan Das @Dodi Syahdar @Bjoern all others for doing this and bringing the car (and me) out without any major issues. Just for update, the recovery truck came around 11.50pm that night and I reached home with the car around 5am. Now it's in workshop and the issues are expected to be rectified in a week-10 days time. See you soon on sand. Anoop
    14 points
  10. Oh Liwa !! You Were majestic ! And Our Lead ! Oh @Kailas, You were unstoppable ! Not missing out on anything that offered to make it such a fantastic drive ! Nothing less than what we would have asked for ! Thank you ! @Lawrence_Chehimi.- Always great to have you and thank you for sweeping us, and those few tugs/shovels ! @Gertjan - You were absolutely impressive as a second lead and great judgement of right distance ! U never fail to impress with your professional captures - and am Glad you have some of your captures too this time with your camera .. A fantastic convoy and congratulations to all of us again ! Thanks guys for the shovel support those couple of times, everytime i was revising the learning i had from previous one , always great to have you as part of convoy @Senthil Kumar, @Jona, @Alexanderrr, @imranaasghar81, @Brett Eicher . @Mus_hus78 hope you managed to fix your car and am sure next time hopefully @Sunil Mathew am sure you too had a great time on day 2 with us ! Thanks @Carnity, @Gaurav @Frederic @Srikumar@Gaurav Soni@Hisham Masaad@Vanessa8580 - The masterminds and the leads behind this to be remembered drive for rest of the year untill the next one - Thank you !
    14 points
  11. Wonderful to know that you are perfectly fine and it's good news that the LC repair is not extensive. Look forward seeing you on the sand soon Zeddy. Take care
    14 points
  12. Thanks for reminding me @Sunil Mathew, i forgot to mention both @Imran Kashif & @Haitham Khattab in my post. Absolute gems these two both on and off the wheel, thanks again guys. And just an update on the car, this morning went to the workshop. Looks like the fan clutch jammed and and at high speed, the fan just broke off. They will change the clutch and fan assembly. Thankfully it did not damage the radiator or any other major parts so hopefully the Prado will roar back again sooner than i thought it would 😄.
    14 points
  13. Trip Report When I had set the limitation for this drive I wasn’t wrong at all. And today my friends it was just worth every km we drove to reach the meeting point which was about 230 to 250km from our homes. leaving ahead of time so early thinking about how our day is going to be. It turned out a super amazing day with super brave and like minded off-roaders . By the time I reached Al Wagan it was already sun rise what a refreshing breeze after a rainy night I took a quick scout to the entry to the sand before the arrival of the team which they were punctual on time. a quick brief about our trip plan and a reminder to the safety points that we always repeat in any drive and at any level .Do Not Fight the Nature , just let it flow and we did safely all of us. it’s not possible to cover Al wagan in one or in 10 days . However our plan was of three main locations. we started with the star fish dunes at this area. So to get the feel we Broke to it gradually to find ourself in front of the giant fish. We spent quite a time negotiating climbing sliding crossing back and forth. It seems we got to the mood of the nature of these dunes. Surprisingly The sand was super soft despite the heavy wet night the day before ! leaving this area back to the track to get to the giant Squid 🦑 the octopus dune which was even more demanding and we managed to escape the octagonal limbs but this time not to the track but across the technical/flat/ technical straight away to the last epic and famous pagero bowl . The Pajero Bowl that was the most challenging part to tackle . Its huge uneven vagitated solid base crater precluded any chance to use it for an infinity like fashion climb like in the death bowl of Sweihan. We had a quick chat and plan . I first climbed and managed three quarter a circle to exit the best thought point. I was pretty fast and when I let the momentum to do the rest it was stronger and my left rare slipped . Now there is no way to go back for another round . I knew what I had to do and luckily I managed to control an iminant double fishtail and near misshapen !😅 once steady I grabbed the radio and reassured my friends that all is ok and not to start till I guide them one by one . All has to come higher than my line even a foot is enough so they can ride the ridge longer .All did it like in the awesome videos what @Zedshared earlier 🙏👍. What a great feeling of accomplishment and relief in the same time . here down are some what I could get from above After a break we headed toward the exit and on our way as usual I managed to get a wedged stuck where with some shovelling thanks also to Zed’s sand tracks which worked to catch a traction and helped me to get away 🙏. @Ranjan Das perfect second lead and pleasure to see you with your awesome Rubicon after a long time . @Imteeaz bro you drove like a pro today. And the Pajero bowl is a testament well done . @MMansoor honestly I had little doubt at the beginning not of your skills but the heavy beast . But you made her yours now after this trip I bet on it by 10 bucks 🤣. Excellent drive . @Zed thanks for the amazing sweep , control and help . Man your voice freaked me out more than the actual moment when I crossed the Pajero bowl 🤣, really pleasure having you in any drive bro 🫡 till we meet again take care and drive safe cheers Seidam
    14 points
  14. One of the drives, thank you all for making it today. It was really missing @Ranjan Das, whom I hope he feel better by now. Amazing group of drivers, who were not allowing me to “yalla push” them. They are already pushed, and good they did not overtake me 😅. Was foggy weather, and by the time reached and got ready, it was getting clear, and we started our adventure. Fantastic till the end. Had only one crest and my only pop out. @Ashutosh Garg thank you very much for being an amazing SL, amazing job. @Mehmet Volga very happy and glad to meet you again after long time, and thank you very much for watching us in the back. @Tareq Al Turq hope you enjoyed the drive, and started tasting the IM level drives. Thank you @Abdelghani being an assistant, and changing the gear from 2 to 1 whenever required. @Charbel @Mohamad Anwer @Imteeaz @Sunil Mathew @Simon D @Chris Wingglad to meet you again, and hope all enjoyed the drive as I did. Look forward to see you again in sand.
    13 points
  15. What an amazing weekend we had in Liwa !! First of all I want to thank my wonderful husband @Frederic to stay home with the kiddos and giving me the opportunity to lead my first Liwa crossing. On the way to Liwa I had some difficulties with my alternator and I really feared that I wouldn't be able to lead but with the help of @Srikumar, @Gaurav Soni and 2 wonderful mecanics in Liwa town who were able to temporarily fix it, I made it to the meeting point ! My whole fewbie convoy did really great and we were able to make it to waypoint 18 on time and without too much struggles. Also the second day went quite smoothly with only a few refusals, one winch recovery and a pop out fix. I want to thank everyone who joined and also congratulate you for successfully completing the Liwa crossing ! See you next time
    13 points
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    13 points
  17. Convoy Numbering 1. SK 2. ASAD. 3. Imran Kashif 4. Haitham 5. Waqas Parvez 6. Tom B 7. Rob S 8. Varun 9. Anoop Nair 10. Foxtrot Oscar 11. Sunil Mathew 12. Zed We shall be using Carnity Channel 3. See you tomorrow morning.
    13 points
  18. Quick Trip Report & Video Uploads of the 4 Amigos conquering Pajero Bowl 👍 Almost everyone got a refusal, starting with second lead Mr @Ranjan Das who is still getting used to his newly-rebuilt engine and stuck on the side of a soft dune. No issue, with proper instructions from Marshal and cool-head, the Jeep managed to self-recover from a sticky situation. Being at the back, I had some options to skip certain things 😂 and while waiting for @MMansoor to finish his climb & u-turn loop, I realized it's been more than 5 mins, and when I looked back, the mighty Y62 was stuck on the high side of the dune. You can check the Photo Gallery to assess the situation yourself 😅. I think this happened in the Octopus Bowl. @Imteeaz had a minor refusal going over the crest, but managed to reverse and go over the churned-up crest. Finally we arrived at the marshal... whoops I meant Pajero Bowl 😜 For this, you can see the videos below. Dr. Seidam conquering Pajero Bowl. Ranjan conquering Pajero Bowl. Imteeaz conquering Pajero Bowl. MMansoor conquering Pajero Bowl. Thank you Dr. @M.Seidam for pushing the drive even with just 4 people. It was well worth it 👍
    13 points
  19. With the pleasant weather these days, we decided to head out to Wadi Naqab with the aim of doing a bit of wadi driving and a hike of a couple of hours. PART 1 - EASY WADI DRIVE The first meeting point of the Wadi is here: 25.70380, 56.06568 https://goo.gl/maps/d4YQpADWo5w2AXHF8 From here you can park if you have a sedan, but it will be a long hike to head into the actual wadi. It is recommended to have a 4x4 / SUV and drive further into the wadi. We were able to park here: 25.71719, 56.11140 https://goo.gl/maps/K8d8BSt2JbyVqe3b8 PART 2 - EASY WADI HIKE This first part (purple) is like walking in a riverbed and is not difficult at all. You can visit the Wadi Naqab cave on the track itself. Nothing special but cool to have a short walk inside. Its not that deep. PART 3 - MODERATE WADI HIKE If you feel adventurous, the second part (in green) becomes moderately hard: 25.72103, 56.12474 https://goo.gl/maps/zGjHQFKWEroC5sdRA From here you will need to actually climb over big boulders and navigate your way through it. Not hard, but for a regular couch potato it becomes quite a bit of challenge perhaps We managed to go up to the purple pinpoint, and then decided to turn back as we met other people that told us to reach the end it was easily another 1 hour. 25.71943, 56.13054 https://goo.gl/maps/PkMpTkuFUxQEfe4f8 According to Google Maps, there is a pool further down called Wadi Koub (perhaps another 1,5hrs), we will aim for that the next time perhaps. That part is in red on the above map. Some precautions: - There is no cell phone signal in the mountains - Bring at least 1.5-2 liter of water per person - Wear long pants and hiking boots to avoid twisting your ankle. Ambulance is not nearby ! rak-wadi-naqab-pt2-moderate.gpx rak-wadi-naqab-pt1-easy.gpx rak-wadi-naqab-drive.gpx
    12 points
  20. Dear Desertnauts. A few info about this drive, its spirit, and the possibility of accommodating as many members as possible. After many excursions in the area between Murqab, Lisaili and Solar Park, having acquired (hopefully) enough experience with the characteristics of these terrains, and having driven by a few recognizable landmarks (sabkhas, tracks, groups of trees, camel farms or feeding stations), I thought it may be time to add the element of orienteering to the drive, and proceed to manage the drive "blind", that is without the use of GPS maps. This will mean mostly that we may arrive at some dead ends, and loop back somewhere along the trail, or find obstacles that will need more careful navigation, and in any case, adjust the track according to whatever we'll face, on uncharted territory. Considering the great number of waitlisted members, we'll also do our best to allow as many members as possible to join the drive. With this in mind, I wish to thank @Vanessa8580, who has offered to lead a second convoy, along a similar route, leaving from the same starting point as Convoy #1. Thanks to this possibility, at the moment I will be leading the 10 members who will be signed up for the drive on Friday evening (considering the possibility of some drop-outs from the current list, and the automatic signing up of those waitlisted). At the moment Convoy #1 includes @Jaro Tuzinsky, @Gary F, @Sunil Mathew, @Abdul Basit Khan, @Stumpy Paj, @Ishak, @Frans M, @Adam James, @Bravoecho and @Stan (I will be supported by @Dodi Syahdar). Also at the moment, considering the first 10 members on the current waiting list (signed up for their 1st drive), Convoy #2 includes @Ahmed Wagdy, @FARAZ MOHAMMED, @Andrei S, @Thejas Uthran, @Sebb, @Krishna R, @Murtaza Bhuria and @Naim Aoun, @Shahid Mehmood and @Yaseen87 Givne the above, the updated waitlist includes, from #1 onward, @Rashid Alseeni, @Zubair @DanielN, @Ahmad Nerat, @Dimitrios Kalogirou and @Claudio C. More updates on the drive's details, and the convoys final composition and order in the next couple of days. Looking forward to see you all soon.
    12 points
  21. Super congrats to all of you for completing this unforgettable challenge ! Amazing job @Kailasfor taking up the lead in this kind of terrain and completing it wonderfully !
    12 points
  22. Dear @Kailas, thanks for a great drive! Also for the support from @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler and @Lawrence_Chehimi. Liwa is breat taking, especially when the car goed over the dune edge and the wide expanse opens before. @Kailas managed to always find a great bowl to play around in. The dust, smiles, waves says it all. I managed to capture some of the moments, but for sure not all. Thanks to @Senthil Kumar, @Jona, @Mus_hus78, @Alexanderrr, @imranaasghar81, @Brett Eicher, @Kailas, @Lawrence_Chehimi, @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler for sharing the day - I have loaded some pictures in the gallery. I trust it will keep the memmories of the day vivid! The full collection is at below link for the next 2 month's: https://photos.app.goo.gl/QCu7u8SGCn2Xrjqt7 Enjoy!
    12 points
  23. Videos courtesy of @Imran Kashif @Tom B @Haitham Khattab @Foxtrot Oscar Srikumar
    12 points
  24. We have been using and recommending securing the tow rope for harder tug always, recently I got to experience its real importance. In Liwa across soft sand patch, when we have to pull a dead car, where we have to have a slightly higher rolling momentum to release the car from soft sand and yet continue rolling. During that time, the stock tow point failed and the safety rope absorbed the potential trajectory and hit the tow point back into the sand. No damage was caused to Raptor (towing vehicle) or any human around. Here are the pics of the climber shackle rated for 200 kg and the safety rope rated for 500 kg. WhatsApp Video 2023-01-25 at 6.45.53 AM.mp4 WhatsApp Video 2023-01-23 at 9.28.28 AM.mp4
    11 points
  25. @Hisham Masaad

    © Mayank Garg

    11 points
  26. Thank you very much @Kailas for leading this incredible trip... such a fantastic weekend, and you made the route superb! Great highlights along the way. And such an amazing convoy of drivers... so many laughs and smiles, truly made it all so much better. And a special thanks to @Gertjan for providing such spectacular photos on top of being second lead.... you didn't miss a beat 😎 Already can't wait for the next one.
    11 points
  27. @Ahmad Shaker @Bjoern @Morshedi @Stav @Pascal @Richard Franks @premindra rajaram @Mohamad Anwer @Benjamin @Tharun Kumar V @Hisham Masaad @Srikumar @Varun Mehndiratta Good Morning everyone I hope you are all as excited as I am for this weekends Liwa Crossing. Please remember to go over the rules and drive preparation again so your vehicle and you are fully prepared for the drive. I would be devastated to sent someone back home on the meeting point .... It is highly recommended to drive alone, as it's a very serious and demanding drive to stay focused at all times. Maximum of one passenger allowed - No exceptions and trip lead will send you back. Make sure that passenger has no fear of heights, motion sickness and have been to full-day off-road drives before. As once we enter the desert, the only way out is from the other side, without any early exits for 100-150 kms. Everything in your car should be strapped and secured - All vehicles will be checked by the trip lead. Drive Preparation: Your car should be in 100% pristine working condition, so double or triple check everything. Full-size spare tire with a lug wrench to match your wheel nut size and its depth. For aftermarket rims - Your lug wrench also needs to match the wheel nut depth. As it's a long full-day drive, so catch up with enough sleep in advance. 5-10 liter of water per person. Snacks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and next day breakfast. Keep your car as light as possible by packing what is truly essential. Fully charged radio with spare battery and all other required off-road gears. Gas tank and required number of jerry cans should be full upon arrival. Last petrol station is ADNOC Khanoor (832): https://goo.gl/maps/FSUzbzURjQRGvFVN9 I would also recommend to everyone to bring 1 bag of wood each for the Saturday night camping, that way the wood is divided over more than one car and we will be definitely have enough wood to make a big camp fire to keep us warm. For people camping on the Friday evening, make sure you are as close as possible to the meeting point and you have refueled your car because you might not have time anymore in the morning. I want everyone to be at the meeting point at 7 am sharp, if you are late, I might leave you behind ! SEE YOU ALL IN LIWA !!!
    11 points
  28. It was a very eventful drive, to say the least, but as is with @Carnity, we all come out stronger at the end of the day. It was a sheer display of leadership, commitment , quick thinking and kudos to @Srikumar @Waqas Parvez @Tom B @Rob S for handling the situation(s) with absolute level headedness!! and @Imran Kashif @Haitham Khattab always ready with their helping hands for @Zed and ASAD Al Wagan and Pajero bowl, both were firsts for me, and i had never heard of these places until last week. Pajero bowl seemed to be challenging for me , as i started the run on first gear and kept hitting the rev limiter and losing the line on my first round and continued without crossing over, when Sri prompted me to upshift , i felt the strong lurch forward and improved momentum with which i could easily cross over and exit. I always though that an upshift would only slow me down due to reduced torque, so it was a good learning experience/paradigm shift. Good to see Angela @Foxtrot Oscar, back in action and hope to drive on one of your "Yalla" drives soon ... looks like its time to change your profile to "Dangerous Woman" or even Delta Whiskey, courtesy the AlAin cops , ........our @Tom B was almost certain that he would be forced to sell his LC to the guy, or else they would just confiscate it and put him in jail We made the best of the afternoon , finding some great rolling dunes where we all were at our bests, just flowing along the bowls, climbing, criss crossing our way freely , when @ASAD. had his issue ...breaking the cooling fan of a Toyota Prado, a rarity in itself , but stuff happens !! hope its sorted soon and see you on the upcoming liwa crossing . Good to drive again with @Anoop Nair, a long time carnity mate , see you soon on the liwa crossing if all stars align, that is!!
    11 points
  29. Trip Report Me and My little copilot Abdallah arrived around 14:40 and we met for the first time @Bashar Beasha with his awesome black y61 who was almost ready . It was real pleasure. As the time was passing we realised that @Ahmad Nerat was mislead by google map somewhere near Damac hills 2 😱where the others were not far from us at the entry next to tarmac already ready to move. by the time I was checking every one and their vehicles @Ahmad Nerat has just arrived And in no time was ready and joined the briefing which was just started . Emphasis on the safety points and convoy discipline was well acknowledged and appreciated throughout the whole drive including the night drive the last hour. starting to to realign the convoy in order as we moved and within couple of minutes we arrived at our first ♾️ loop . At Fewbie level practicing safely how to ride the ridge and criss cross demands attention from both the participant and the lead / support as well . Therefore I found the “ infinity like loop “ model would serve both purposes by giving the chance to cross one dune from right , left as well as the classical straight up / down fashion along the loop and in the same time I could observe as a lead the entire convoy how they do that from different directions few times more or less we kept on doing it and obviously the whole convoy enjoyed it. the second half of the trip started with a break at Riche’s bar and ended with the last break enjoying the sun set at the crescent lake and in between driving driving and driving where ever the dunes took us along it’s breath taking reflection of the inclining sun toward the far west . The third and last part was the night drive action where all the senses aroused and the heart beats increased taking us back to last exit our final destination via Al Qudra Yoga Center ( the mushroom like shaped ) 😅 I have to say that this part although for some was first time but paradoxically was bit faster in pace at some points and free of any issues at all . Looks like the infinity loops was fruitful at the end of the day 👍😉. @Benjamin despite your very young age , you drove exceptionally very well with vigilance and you corrected to perfection my little drops even before I instruct you to do . You played the second lead amazingly well. Nice to meet you for the first time 👍. @Tharun Kumar V third time we meet I believe . very well driving . However keeping bit more of distance would be more safer to react faster . You self recovered nicely with bit of help and our ropes remained in the trunk untouched. 👍 @Ahmad Nerat second time we meet after the pink rock I believe . Today you managed your heavy LC especially in the technical patched and tight twistes like a pro well done 👍 The two Nissans y61 after each other black and white what an awesome combo @Bashar Beasha and @Sebb pleasure meeting both of you first time . Apart from one refusal or two here or there I would say you did really good . Just keep on practicing 👍 @Tareq Al Turq being in the middle connecting the first to the second half of the convoy was like a walk in the park for you my friend. Very well done 👍 @Pranjal Varsani1 pleasure meeting you once more after that trip from faqa to nahel. Flawless drive bro 👍 @Zubair also first time we drive together I believe you enjoyed the white FJC like every one did. Pleasure and well done 👍 @Mike M. Being in the back couldn’t see much but in the infinity loops part definitely you did great . Keep it up bro 👍 @Harshal hearing the roar of the mighty Tundra from that far I knew that you were enjoying your time . I hope you are ok now after you exited right after the crescent lake . last but not the least special thanks 🙏 for @Fabien Monleau for supporting the drive and guiding our friends whenever was needed. all and all it was a smooth enjoyable day out with you fine ppl this afternoon . till we meet again take care and drive safe . cheers 🌺 Seidam
    11 points
  30. Drive report. Please look above 👆🏽. Thank you @Ahmad Nerat for posting the drive report, making it easy for me. Amazing company. You guys made the drive, with less issues, you allowed me to keep moving. At first bowl, and as usual we for FB level drives, and to keep it safe, we make it one by one. This will allow to watch and evaluate performance of each one. Happy to see all made it without any comment. This was encouraging to relax to move forward with more confidence. At first large bowl was somehow worried to allow every one to make it, but when I saw all are asking and confident they can make it, i thought yes, they should, and 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 all were perfect. Thank you @Mohamad Anwer @Glenn W @Bashar Beasha @Mark Gladiator @Vaibhav @Albarqawi85 @Adam James @Stumpy Paj @Tareq Al Turq for making the drive fun and successful. Well done, and look forward to see you again in sand. Nice week end, and week ahead.
    11 points
  31. @Gaurav @Srikumar @Asif Hussain @GauravSoni @Waqas Parvez @ASAD. @Ranjan Das @Dodi Syahdar @munkybizness @Santoso Marjuki @Pacific @Ishak @Bjoern @Hisham Masaad @Tharun Kumar V @Anoop Nair I had a pair of soft shackle which was given during the recovery. I got one which was on the line between @Hisham Masaad and @Anoop Nair car. But one is missing. So the other soft shackle is lonely and missing the other soft shackle. If anyone mistakenly has taken it do let me know. Below is the picture of the happy couple .
    10 points
  32. Thanks @Ale Vallecchi and everyone for a great drive today. And @Vanessa8580 hopefully you and the X-terra can recover soon and back on the sand dunes. Wish you all the best. The last 5 cars drive was amazing. See you all again next time.
    10 points
  33. Thanks @Vanessa8580 for giving me the opportunity to join your convoy on such a short notice .. it was great meeting yo, @Ale Vallecchi, and the entire group today and be back on the sand after such a long break. Hopefully the blue X is back on the sand soon too. A huge applause to everyone on both convoys today for the great team work and the outstanding support during the recovery.. you guys all rock.. looking forward for driving with you all soon
    10 points
  34. Absolute amazing drive @Vanessa8580 every dune I crossed got me closer to believing I was on Tatooine 😁 and you did a great job leading us into Liwa and out no matter what the scenario @Brette did an amazing job in second lead no matter the difficulty of the landscape @Srikumar and @Varun Mehndiratta who didn’t back down when it came to helping a hand We had a great support team that lended a hand around every corner we took. Especially the camp fire at the end of the day which reminded me of the times in beavers/the small time I had in Scouts.
    10 points
  35. Evening All, I have started uploading the Liwa videos - I have not edited them allowing you to spin the camera to spot your car. Hope you enjoy the footage I will most likely release 5 - 10 videos a day until its all uploaded. Please subscribe and activate notifications so you will be alerted of new content. Imrans Offroading - YouTube Just wanted to say it was a blast driving with you all through Liwa Thank you to Gertjan Kailas and Deepak @Gertjan @Kailas @DP1011 , Deepak wranglerfor keep us all safe whislt keeping us in awe of the beautiful surroundings whislt having lots of fun. Thanks to all on the camping night to make my son feel at home and keeping him well fed (Hisham, Hishams Son and Mohammad) Thank you, Imran
    10 points
  36. And the video's of the slide down the sand wall: The sound is a lot less than expected @Alexanderrr: https://youtu.be/dZ2fMR2cNaQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asahNFTcR2A @imranaasghar81: https://youtu.be/mJ8roLOKKQ8 https://youtu.be/YyeRTO_S_4g @Senthil Kumar: https://youtu.be/mJ8roLOKKQ8 @Sunil Mathew: https://youtu.be/cJa-BsQFNGI @Lawrence_Chehimi: https://youtu.be/WraNAm8syvc https://youtu.be/NfvBPITNnqc @Brett Eicher: https://youtu.be/6Y96xxbX4CY @Kailas: https://youtu.be/HdSvoufnXUw
    10 points
  37. Hello all, hope everyone got back safe yesterday, thank you all for amazing trip, I hope to be the drivers seat next year, I had a brilliant driver in @Benjamin , but in the passenger seat I got to see the beautiful scenery. Thanks @Vanessa8580 for your safe leadership and path finding , to all the support team and everyone one in attendance from all the groups making this a memorable experience. @Bjoern hope you managed to safely use the winch.
    10 points
  38. Thank you all for joining the drive today in Faqa. The start was a bit slow I must admit, was it the cold morning temperature? the clouds? the many bushes grown in the area? we had a few stucks, one popout, it was a bit difficult to find the rhythm. And this technical area was not easy. Then finally the sun came out of the clouds, and we reached more open areas, and we could fully enjoy. Practicing the ridge riding was fun, and all of you did very well, improving the control of your car from one ridge to the other. By 11:00, everyone was fully awake, and asking for more. we extended for one last ridge, and the last run, looping back to the starting point was smooth and continuous, everyone remaining concentrated, and enjoying the scenery. @Stan well done for your first Fewbie drive, you are ready for more, @Bashar Beasha well done also, continue to practice, and enjoy the capabilities of the Super Safari, @Yaseen87 very good control of the Pajero, @Paul Zietsmanmaneuvering the long truck in the technical portions is not easy, but in the 2nd half of the drive, you were handling it like a normal car ! X-terra team @Krishna R, @Abdul Basit Khan, nice to see you after a long time, @Zulfikhar Naiyar, well done, always in control , @Humayun Ghias good to see you back ! @Frans M thank you for the 2nd Lead, you were attentive to my moves, and always ready to hold the convoy or to adjust the route as per the instructions. @Rob S, always a pleasure and a comfort for me as a lead to have you in the drive. you have always a good eye on the other drivers, and never hesitate to take the shovel out ! And welcome to the FJ Team, you will not be disappointed ! @Rajiv Sam thank you for the good support also. @Chris Wingthanks for the sweep and for watching the back of the convoy. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you soon !
    10 points
  39. Dear desert expeditioners/ dune surfers! @Waqas Parvez @ASAD. @Vaibhav @Sunil Mathew @Anoop Nair @munkybizness @Santoso Marjuki @Mario Cornejo @Imran Kashif @Gaurav @Dodi Syahdar @Pacific@Ranjan Das welcome to the Liwa Expeditionary Adventure Drive “LEAD” ! We are all looking forward for this weekend with utmost excitement in anticipation of the thrilling adventure ahead! Please ensure that your mean machines are in top condition with any known issues sorted out and tested. I advise you all to be properly rested with sound physical and mental preparedness for this drive. Hence i suggested to avoid long drive on Saturday morning from Dubai to meeting point. i am planning to reach the starting point around 5 pm (while we still have daylight) on Friday and then find a suitable camping spot. Hi Anoop, I believe that you would be joining the drive..
    10 points
  40. Hi @Ahmad Quadri Welcome to the club! To be honest, as your very first Newbie drive, people in the club will be very accomodating. That air compressor you posted won't really be up to the task of inflating all your tires from sand pressures. Just check with someone is okay sharing their air compressor, and if you have a lot of fun and want to do it again, look to get a 'real' compressor. The problem with the one you linked is, unfortunately, it will overheat quickly, and cut out, and the inflating will be slow. Painfully slow. Great for emergency tire changing, not so great for offroad useage. But you also don't want to spend several hundred AED on a decent one until you've even given the hobby a real try 😃 The flags... many of us have mounting brackets we can buy for our specific vehicle make and models, you can probably just google for your own vehicle. Or get a custum bracket made to fit from a local fabricator. Both are very popular. Another option is suction cups that will suction to your rear windows... this is quite non-intrusive, and maybe a direction you take for your first run. (amazon search: 'desert flag' for a flag and mount). For an absolute first time experience... I would say the non-negotiable items would be a radio, recovery points, and flag. The club can help support in other gear, just check first with the marshall and club members on the drive you sign up for. After that first dip in the pool, if you're excited and keen for more, build up the recommended club gear, but with gear that will do the job (ie, a decent air compressor). Hope this helps!
    10 points
  41. Another great morning out with Carnity Family ! It was fantastic to meet you all again in the sand ! With @Melenany , @Hisham Masaadand @Abdelghani as my sidekicks i knew we could do anything. It was great meeting you again after a long time. @Sajan.S was our only Absolute Newbie but after a couple of dunes became more comfortable and you drove superb for your very first drive ! Hope to see you soon again. Most hitch receiver that are for sale are 2 inch, for the explorer this is less so it might be a little bit more difficult to find the right type. We had a driver with us last year @Asem Rashwan who had below setup: You do not need the towball, but more importantly with this setup we can put a soft shackle around that middle shaft. Please have one installed before your second drive. @babaski @Arsalan Ehsan@Ishak@Bravoecho@Theo09@Abdelghani@Frans M@Quresh. @Stumpy Paj you guys managed whatever i threw at you like champs. We kept it on a gentle pace to make sure everyone was comfortable and we could enjoy the fantastic weather and scenery. I hope you all enjoyed it. @GauravSoni and his superb convoy arrived just after us, and it was great to see such a large group (25+ cars) all together and Carnity was in full strength that morning. Thanks again buddy for taking on the second convoy so everyone had a great morning out. See you all in the sands soon again !
    10 points
  42. Dear Dune surfers @Frans M @Imteeaz @Tharun Kumar V @Senthil Kumar @Zulfikhar Naiyar @Mark Gladiator @Albarqawi85 @Gary F @Mahmoud Taha @Pieter Potgieter @Pierre de Maigret @Yaseen87 @Bhaskar @Benjamin@Alphin Aloor @Dimitrios Kalogirou @imranaasghar81 @Dodi Syahdar Special thanks to @Varun Mehndiratta for stepping up to lead a split convoy making sure everyone has a drive this Sunday. please find the convoy order as below Convoy 1 : 44600625 channel 1 Convoy 2 : 44605625 channel 3 The meeting point is Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/HG7gTUpRTDGU6Vp26?g_st=ic see you all at 7 am
    10 points
  43. It was a great drive as well on convoy G. Thanks for the challenges led by @GauravSoni , thanks for the advise @Davie Chase, second lead @Tharun Kumar Vsupport team @Chris Wing , and thankyou everyone for the teamwork. I did learn today by watching everyone conquering the sand dunes and hills. Ridges is still a big challenge with refusals 😅
    10 points
  44. @Frederic thank you for the fantastic Newbie drive this morning, it is always a pleasure to support you and learn from you on each and every drive. @Joseph Sebastian Great second lead you kept us all moving fluently behind Freddie well-done. @Natalia Koryakovtseva@sohinik@Ahmad Quadri@Dorian Zissi@L. Petelczyc@Sammy Six @babaski@Arsalan Ehsan@Juan R@essam ibrahim@Ahmad Mehwi@FARAZ MOHAMMED@Tom V@Naim Aoun you guys drove amazingly well with very few stucks and refusals. This was a fantastic achievement especially given the fact that we had 4 Absolute newbies @Dorian Zissi @sohinik @Natalia Koryakovtseva @Ahmad Quadri i hope you all enjoyed the drive as much as we did and learnt oodles from the experience. I hope to see you all in the sand again very soon as we move along the Offroad enthusiast journey gaining Knowledge, Skills and Experience along the way. Thank you @sohinik for allowing me to christen my new winch, that made me very happy to finally find out that it worked and to justify the spend @Rizwanm2 brilliant support from you and fantastic to get to finally meet you. Some drive stats from todays GAIA GPS Have a great rest of your weekend :):)
    9 points
  45. Thanks @Srikumar for a wonderful day at Waqan. It was only around 1pm that we actually started the drive before which we weren't sure if we would be even getting a drive at all. So hats off to your leadership for still making it a memorable drive like you said the run was special is an understatement .That i managed to shred the radiator fan of a toyota is probably a testament 😂. Thankfully, the engine looks fine as i was still able to drive for short bursts. Also thanks for trusting me as your 2nd lead, i can assure you its not easy 😅. @Tom B @Waqas Parvez & @Rob S. cant thank you guys enough for helping me out with the tug, great teamwork as usual. To the rest of the gang, great driving. @Zed so glad to see you in high spirits as always. Look forward to seeing the LC2000 back in the sands soon. PS: Have some wonderful videos of the pajero bowl, will be sharing once i catch my breath 😄.
    9 points
  46. My first off-road drive of 2023 started rather funny, with me getting stuck in an area with construction sand, nicely wedged inbetween two dunes. Thanks to @Fabien Monleau and a bit of shoveling, we could re-direct the car, and resume the drive within 20mins. The first part in Remah in an area named after the Racetrack dunes, were super virgin and we had a blast with endless loops and climbs. Everyone drove magnificent but as we kept looping in the same area, my initial plan to make it to Nahel was getting impossible. Eventually we crossed Sweihan road and had our fill in the fantastic dunes of Sweihan who were quite scarred with muddy crosstracks. I think we all had the opportunity to wake up our cars after their Christmas sleep, and we covered a good distance. When @VipinShetty announced he felt a bit queazy, it was the time to exit anyways so we took the dirt track to the Sweihan entry point. @Salim Akhtar you drove brilliant as second lead. Keep it up ! @VipinShetty i know the Grand Cherokee is a tricky car to drive, but you mastered it like a pro ! @Karthikeyan Govindarajan your experience shows on this drive, taking perfect lines and using the massive torque of your 4x4 @Daniel Rodas you are mastering the Pajero and the terrain wonderfully, great to see you drive like that ! @Jona I really love the FJ cruiser, and you take it through the terrain very skillfully ! well done ! @Dodi Syahdar as usual, in full control of the massive power, and with a big smile surfing through the dunes ! @Amr Aydin usually somewhere to be found in second lead, but this time all the way at the back Well done !! @Fabien Monleauyour presence is always re-assuring, and your eagerness to help is perfect for a sweep ! Thanks so much. Wishing you all a nice cloudy remainder of the weekend ! See you all soon !
    9 points
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