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  1. Drive Report With the early sunrise, our 3 courageous convoys met up at three different locations. Since we had 30+ signups which would be a nightmare to gather at one meeting point, i decided to go for 3 different locations, but with the aim of all getting together at one point on a huge sabkha, where we could all meetup with the entire group and have some laughs and photos. Since we were all together, why not get into some action ? Upon arrival @Hani Howeedy hit a tiny tree stump that was sticking out of the sabkha and it punctured the tire in the sidewall. With the great help of many team members like @Ali-M, @Ahmed Wagdy, @Srikumarand @Gaurav, we quickly installed the spare and resumed our journey. We decided to stick together with all three convoys for part 2 as they had to follow the same track anyways. We had some good challenges and dune climbs along our way to the mountains, where donkey's were laughing at our foolishness, but nevertheless we fought through and reached Wadi sidr. As by now we encountered some delay, a few members decided to opt out for the wadi part, and made their way back to Dubai. Wadi sidr occasionally has water pools which makes for an interesting crossing. Unfortunately, yesterday the pools were tiny but nevertheless it was great fun, and we exited in Asimah (north of Masafi). The original plan was to head out towards Wadi Sena and head out into the mountains, but time was running out so i decided to go for wadi sidr only. I must thank @Srikumar and @Vanessa8580 for stepping up and leading a 2nd and 3rd convoy, which made it possible to do this adventure with a big group. Sure we had delays, stucks, and refusals, but we have lots of stories to share for years to come Thanks @Gaurav for the camaraderie and help along the drive, and for being Sri's co-pilot (Samir you are killing us!!!)....๐Ÿ˜ @Ranjan Das@Bjoern@Brette thanks for all the great help and support throughout the drive ! Fantastic driving by all of you, and no doubt we all learned something. 20psi in the dunes is not easy, but we made it out ! You can find our photo gallery below: Newbie - Scenic Sands & Wadis - UAQ - 04 Feb 2024 - Carnity.com See you all soon again in the sands or wadis !
    15 points
  2. DRIVE DETAILS Very few places on Earth can rival the mesmerizing beauty of Liwa, nestled within the Rub' al Khali, the vast expanse of the Empty Quarter โ€“ the largest uninterrupted desert on the planet! Embark on a thrilling two-day adventure that promises to unveil some of the most immense sand dunes you'll ever encounter! ๐Ÿช๐ŸŒ„ Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of nature, far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Camp beneath a blanket of stars, serenaded by the sounds of the wilderness. Share stories around a crackling campfire, bonding with fellow adventurers over shared triumphs and tales of adventure. Yet, traversing the expanses of the world's largest desert demands respect and preparation. This expedition entails a challenging off-road journey, offering breathtaking vistas at every turn. Brace yourself and your vehicle for an unforgettable test of endurance and exploration! Planning: *Meetup at 8AM in Khanoor: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rnGP9hxzHzt12Ewf7 Decimal Coordinates: 23.08584, 53.61100 * Full Day Drive, making our way towards Moreeb dune. * Set up camp around 6PM and enjoy the evening together. * Exit at Moreeb Dune the following morning around 10AM. Considering its seriousness to keep you and your vehicle safe, these strict rules will be applied to all. Maximum of one passenger allowed - No exceptions. 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 jerry can should be full upon arrival. (see fuel requirement below) Last petrol station with washrooms and food is ADNOC LIWA (977): https://maps.app.goo.gl/CqSnCNUTfUwySN2Y7 Last Petrol station nearby the starting point is ADNOC KHANOOR: https://maps.app.goo.gl/oxVfp85mBCdrWF6e7 Fuel requirement for every 4x4: Full main tank and 1 additional 25l jerrycan. Drive Details Level: Fewbie Plus and above When: 2 March 2024 Starting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Starting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rnGP9hxzHzt12Ewf7 Decimal Coordinates: 23.08584, 53.61100 You can come early and camp at the same starting point if you like. (you can head inside on the same dirt track) Last petrol station with washrooms and food is ADNOC LIWA (977): https://maps.app.goo.gl/CqSnCNUTfUwySN2Y7 Last Petrol station nearby the starting point is ADNOC KHANOOR: https://maps.app.goo.gl/oxVfp85mBCdrWF6e7 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, lunch, snacks, face mask, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: Between 10AM and 12 the next day. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 10 Fewbie Plus and above drivers. 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. RSVP HERE
    13 points
  3. @Richard Franks@Adam Black@Wilfredo Perez@khlief@Juzer Talib@Abdul Hannan@Vijay Cowlagi@Theo09@Nathan@Mohit Gurnani@Bjoern Meeting Point: Rashidiya: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9qKoAHpzkG4R3PCw5 When you arrive, there is no need for putting a flag. Please do deflate to around 20psi, it's not needed to go much lower than that. See you all Sunday morning ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @Ahmed Wagdy@Vipin M@GS periwal @Andrew John Melvill@Sumedh Krishna@Soufiane@Ali-M@Xavi Moyano@Rafey Hashmi@Gary F@Brette Meeting Point: -Falaj Al Mualla Spot2 : https://maps.app.goo.gl/EKYWdof4BYNDwRXE8 When you arrive, there is no need for putting a flag. Please do deflate to around 20psi, it's not needed to go much lower than that. See you all Sunday morning ! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @Amr Aydin@monkeywrench@Prithvi Raj@Hani Howeedy@Sandeep Nayar@karim hamandi@Mohammad Sayawoush Azad@Jeetu Sharma@Bhaskar@Mike M.@Ranjan Das Meeting Point: Falaj Al Mualla Spot1: https://maps.app.goo.gl/gngmhHmXvVsjd95U6 When you arrive, there is no need for putting a flag. Please do deflate to around 20psi, it's not needed to go much lower than that. See you all Sunday morning ! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DRIVE PLAN FOR ALL CONVOYS We have put 3 different meeting points so we can park and accommodate this amount of cars safely. The three tracks will run basically parallel (a few kms apart) from each other and the plan is to meet up with all three convoys at a nice tree on a huge sabkha in RAK. It will take around 1 hour to get there. After taking some nice photos with the three convoys, each convoy will move towards part 2 of the trip where we will head out into the mountains and small village roads. The exit point is also at the same spot. Below you can see Part 1 (up to the sabkha), and Part 2 of our adventure for Sunday.
    12 points
  4. Dear Friends, great morning out in the sand today ! We managed to build a fluid convoy, flowing from one set of big dunes to another, riding the ridges, circling the bowls, climbing the big faces. We had a few challenges, starting by facing the rising sun, exactly in our eyes in the first hour, but also the beautiful contrast of climbing from a dark side in the shade, switching on a ridge to a bright sunny sand slope. Many cross tracks in some areas, but we could tick the big climbs of the Sweihan area. After the first hour, the sun was not a problem anymore, but the wind was rising, blowing sand everywhere, blurring the view for the crossings. At the summit of the Old Lady dune, it was impossible to see the actual ground, covered by the flying sand, and we dived directly into the steep descend. Unfortunately @Joji varghese had to leave us, his car deciding to go 2H only. In the last portion by Al Ain Airport, the big bowls were abused by cross tracks, and a motorbike/ buggy rally was in the way, but we managed to find nice virgin portions, steady climbs, before a fluid finish to reach the exit track. More than 70 km, average moving speed above 25 km/h, barely a few refusals, this is proof of the skills and focus of each driver, but also the cohesion we managed to build within the group. @Joji varghese @Mark B @Jaro Tuzinsky @Jona @Zed @Joseph Raju @Naveen Raj @Rajiv Sam @Amr Aydin, thanks again for joining today ! Enjoy the rest of the weekend
    10 points
  5. @Benjamin, @Mahesh_, @Cristian, @Deepak Eswar, @Alphin Aloor, @Emanuel, @Tareq Al Turq, @Mahmoud Taha, @Charbel, @Anoop Nair, @Imteeaz Thanks for joining for the Sunday morning quick fix drive. The objective is to have a quick drive in the Qudraโ€™s very own little Sweihan area. we will be strolling on channel 2 and this is the proposed convoy order. the convoy is arranged as per number of drives but, the JLs decided to stick it together at the front of the convoy.
    9 points
  6. During periods of unstable weather, the driving conditions in the desert change severely. Especially rain and heavy winds transform the dunes and will demand changes in your dune driving style. In this topic we will try to provide helpful tips to both leads and club members on how to prevent incidents when driving in this type of terrain. There are three main weather variables that we will cover. Heavy rains Heavy winds, sandstorms Foggy conditions Heavy Rains Off-roading during heavy rain should be avoided. It limits the visibility in the convoy, and the convoy should either halt and wait for the rains to stop or continue slowly to move towards another place where there is less rain. Driving in the dunes after rains might look very easy; the sand feels like concrete, but there are several issues that arise: 1. Tire pressure will need to be increased to mitigate pop-outs. If you drive on 10-12 psi, you will need to bring it to 15-16psi. 2. Cross-tracks, often found in busy desert areas, become more dangerous as driving in them might throw off the balance of your 4x4. 3. Ridges will appear fine but can crumble at the slightest impact. Additionally, along the length of a ridge you might suddenly find severe drops as where the rain gushed down and took a part of the dune with it. 4. Sabkhas can become mud pools. A sabkha or salt flat can look innocent, but after severe rains you might sink down while driving over it. Always approach a sabkha closer to vegetation or closer to the dunes, so you have a way to escape in case you start to sink down. When you approach with a convoy, let one vehicle go first and identify how deep his tracks in the sabkha go before following. 5. Sudden sharp steering will be penalized with a pop-out or even vehicle flip. Your 4x4 will slide more in the wet sand and there will be more slip. Drive extra carefully and do not overrate your skills. 6. Layering. During periods of rain, the absorption rate of the sand will depend on various factors, so as a result you might come across a dry-looking first layer, followed by wet portions of sand underneath. The combination of these two, being ripped open by our tires, will result in different traction at different locations. This unpredictability will make your 4x4 behave differently, and extra caution and focus will be needed throughout the drive, How layering would look like: Wet dunes, with colour variations that reflect the amount of water it carries in each location: Heavy winds, sandstorms During heavy winds / sandstorms, the terrain will undergo drastic changes. Apart from the limited visibility, which means you better halt the convoy, the dunes itself will shift and there will be temporary changes to the sand and ridges which makes the terrain very unpredictable to drive in. A small blowhole on the backside of the dune will now carry a lot of fresh sand and will make you sink in immediately. After heavy winds, and due to the sand shifting, there might be old vegetation popping up from underneath, which together with wet sand will form clumps and might cause pop-outs. Foggy conditions Especially in early mornings, fog can be a dealbreaker for an enjoyable off-road drive. Due to the limited visibility, it will be too dangerous to start driving with your convoy. You might need the help of your AC to dry down the inside cabin a bit in order to increase visibility. Give it some time for the fog to clear up.
    8 points
  7. Dear Desert Wanders @Federico Galbieri, @Abdullah N, @Rafey Hashmi, @Mehmet Volga, @Renier Venter, @Shaun J, @Robk, @frederic demolder, @Haneef Thayyil, @Mark B, @Aser, @Ahmed Farouk, @Julien Recan, and @Ali-M First of all let me thank each and everyone of you for showing up on time and helping me enjoy the mornings sunrise with a smile and some good cheer. our drive took us starting off at the beautiful Nahil desert leaving Abu Dhabi and crossing into Dubai and ending up at the Solar park. the terrain was a little tricky in places with soft dry sand on top and hard wet sand underneath. In some areas it was also hard on top turning almost to stone. We only had two refusals and zero stucks the whole drive which is testament to how well you all drove. we did have a couple of pop outs that were dealt with effectively and efficiently by the support team of Mehmet and Mark. Great second lead by @frederic demolder well done was a pleasure to have you behind me. @Mark B brilliant sweep my friend keeping me informed all the way until we started to inflate @Mehmet Volga fantastic support as always, a pleasure to have you in the convoy @Renier Venter hope you get everything sorted mate let me know if I can help with anything at all. Wanted to add that the true meaning of car its came out on the drive, Car plus Community, you guys were patient, knowledgeable and worked so well together as a team it was incredible to be a part of that type of community spirit. Well done to you all ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ enjoy the rest of your weekend and hope to see you all again very soon in the sand pit
    8 points
  8. Dear Desert Wanders @Federico Galbieri, @Abdullah N, @Rafey Hashmi, @Mehmet Volga, @Benjamin, @Renier Venter, @Shaun J, @Robk, @frederic demolder, @Haneef Thayyil, @Mark B, @Aser, @Ahmed Farouk, @Dr Tanveer Ahmed, @Julien Recan, @Ahmed Wagdy and @Ali-M Please see the convoy order below for tomorrows drive See you all bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning
    8 points
  9. Please have a look at your convoy number below. We will use Radio Channel 6. @Ale Vallecchi @Shaun J @Abdullah N @Dr Tanveer Ahmed @Aser @Julien Recan @Mohammad Sayawoush Azad @Imteeaz @rohit kumar @essam ibrahim @Deepak Eswar @Ishak @Emanuel @Mahmoud Taha @Imran Asghar Gaurav Silver Pajero Ale Vallecchi FJ Cruiser Shaun J 2022 Toyota FJ Cruiser - Blue Abdullah N 2012, Nissan, Patrol, GCC, White Dr Tanveer Ahmed 2010 Lexus LX 570, Gold Aser 2018 Jeep Wrangler - 4 door - black Julien Recan Jeep Wrangler 2022 Imteeaz 2019 SS Patrol Gold essam ibrahim Land carouser EXR 5 door - white Deepak Eswar 2023 Jeep Wrangler - 2 door - silver Ishak Pajero - LWB - Black/White Emanuel 2013 Mitsubishi, Pajero, 5 door LWB, GLS, Silver Mahmoud Taha Nissan Xterra Imran Asghar Toyota, FJ Cruiser Xtreme, White 2013
    8 points
  10. Great drive indeed, a bit short, but quite intense. This area of Ramlat Sweihan is very special because of the density of big bowls and sharp ridges. The beginning was a bit chaotic, with a near pop out of @Alexanderrr, due to the wet heavy sand, and shortly after @Ranjan Das's Jeep facing a fence pole from above, in the middle of a steep slip face. Both were solved with a combined support from @Zed, @Sunil and @Looper. This warm-up done, everyone was ready for bigger things, .... and bigger things were coming! The first bowl was not the best, with the flat bottom surface, and a bumpy entry, but was giving the dimension of the environment. and the Jeeps of @Zed and @Naveen Raj were already showing muscles. The second one, with a perfect circular shape, was more accommodating. The convoy gathered in the middle, and one by one the cars could circle around. We restarted climbing again, crossed the ridge and continued along the ridges until reaching the famous Death Bow. Perfect circle again, but requiring climbing up and down to follow the ridge. Everyone tackled it with determination, @Mohit Gurnani taking an extra challenge going down to the bottom, and spiralling up to exit. Another steep climb and the next bowl was already there, more open and with a regular shape, easier to handle, after the previous challenges. The last one was looking smooth and regular, even if the dimensions were impressive, but was hiding a few traps: a bumpy entry point, and a huge steep slip face, requiring to be light as feather on the brakes and steering to control the descend to the flat hard bottom. Everyone managed very well, even if @Alexanderrr had his scary moment. Time was flying already, so we reached the exit track, leaving the remaining bowls for the next time. We all had great learning opportunities, selecting the entry point, managing gears to have the right combination of torque and speed, controlling the line in the bowl itself, considering bumps and cross-tracks, controlling the descent or the deceleration, releasing smoothly all the energy accumulated by the car. You have seen that at this level, full concentration is needed, and every small detail becomes important. Nobody wants to be distracted by things flying in the trunk if you jump on a bump in the middle of your acceleration. Great driving everyone, thank you @Looper for the SL, and the videos to come @Mohit Gurnani, @Patrick van der Loo, very well done, each one with the capabilities of your cars, @Gary F @Mark B the gladiators were on the test bench today, @Zed you are always a great asset in the convoy, @Alexanderrr, you pushed the Pajero to the highest, @Sunil, my Toyota partner among the Jeeps, @Ranjan Das, thank you for the seep ! Enjoy the rest of the weekend !
    8 points
  11. Thanks alot @Davie Chase@Imran Asghar@Patrick van der Loo@Emanuel @george charbel @Gurcharan Mehta @W a q a r @Rafey Hashmi @Bjoern @Alphin Aloor for your help and support Thanks God it's in Car and it can be replaced. Everything is OK and I'm fine i returned back to my family.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Thanks a lot for All.๐Ÿ˜
    8 points
  12. @JeromeFJ @Rk ram @Emanuel @Deepak Eswar @Gertjan @Mohit Gurnani @Ranjan Das Friends and fellow desert driving enthusiasts, It was a really good drive yesterday with many thrills. The heights we were at was amazing. Here is a video of our travels together. Smash the Like button on YouTube if you enjoyed it.
    7 points
  13. DRIVE DESCRIPTION 14th Feb - Valentines day also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated annually on February 14 . It originated as a Christian feast day honouring a martyr named Valentine and through later folk traditions, it has also become a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the "lovebirds" of early spring. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion for couples to express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. What better than starting the day, with your partner on this Couples only Drive. This drive is a highly likely chance to have your partner's permission renewed for a reasonable period of weekend desert drives - thanks to you - that your partner will be happy to start the day with you, while moving swiftly through Lisaili dunes, with a romantic view of those Hot air balloons in sight and a beautiful sunrise. Please note : This will be strictly a on time start and on time end - The idea is more to gather as a group, have a relaxed drive, take a break for coffee/muffins, have some photos clicked and then head back to start point to be able to exit on time. Dress code : Not mandatory but encouraged - Red + Black. MUST READ AND COMPLY Environmental Policy Offroad Flag Guideline Two Way Radio Guideline Off road Driving Etiquette's Emergency details for all off-roaders Off Road Driving - Roles & Responsibilities DRIVE DETAILS Level: Newbies and above (Only with your partners) When: 14 February 2024, Wednesday Meeting time: 06:45 am - Sharp (Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/KGF6L8VwXMza3tJz7 Approximate finish time: 8:45 am 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, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit, Tow Rope, 2 Shackles and fire extinguisher. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE This drive is limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Tuesday- 12 PM. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you find you are unable to join, so your spot can be taken by others in the waitlist. If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, if an RSVP attendee removes themselves, you will be moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list as an attendee. A convoy list will be sent out the day prior to the drive. Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON BELOW CALENDAR
    7 points
  14. Dear Desert Drivers, Thank you for joining the drive today, with a spirit of adventure and discovery. We were lucky to have very nice sand conditions, slightly compacted by the rain of the previous days, and the dunes were clean, with very little cross tracks. After the entrance track, we started smoothly riding the dunes, passing from one side to the other, testing the grip of the tyres, giving a bit of gas to climb a steeper dune. We tested the first crossing, trying to get sufficient momentum to cross, but not too much to avoid flying. We had all the configurations, with a few cars crested, good opportunities to test shovelling, and recovery with a rope. Every one improved from one crossing to the other. In the second portion, the dunes were becoming higher, and we did a few nice climbs, pushing the revs, and getting the feeling needed to control the car in the descents. We continued climbing, keeping an accurate line to avoid the deep sand pockets, until I got stuck on a flat patch of soft sand. @Davie Chase helped me out with his winch, and we reversed our way. On the way down, a narrow crossing was the challenge of the day. Climbing straight, going down into a V shaped pocket, and pushing straight to exit. @Sviatoslav had a pop out, again an opportunity to understand in which configuration it can happen, and how to fix it ! The next cars crossed one by one, great achievement from each of you. After a small "educational" break, we finished the descent crossing a technical portion to reach the sabkha, and from there the exit track. @Sviatoslav thank you for the 2nd lead, and congratulation for your 1st Newbie drive with Carnity. You need to get the feeling of the momentum, but it will come with more drives. Very well done. @Wilfredo Perez, same here, you were too fast on the first crossing, but for the rest, very well done. You will get used to the different sand conditions. @Juzer Talib nice control of the Pajero, you were comfortable in most of the situations. @Tatsiana Chase very nice handling of the Jeep, perfect adjustment of the power for the crossings, you will get more confident with practice. Continue to enjoy ! @Damian, you made the best use of the LC, a bit too much power in some occasions, but nothing critical. You will enjoy more and more the capabilities of you car. @Hani Howeedy taking the long truck across sharp ridges is not easy at all. You ticked your 3 crests ! Well driven along the different challenges of the day. @ozgu, smooth riding with the Y61, continue to enjoy! @SamBha the second Y61 very well done also. We will find more technical dunes the next time ! @Mehmet Volga it was a pleasure and a great comfort for me to have you in the back, thank you for joining with your new ride ! @Davie Chase, the most helpful passenger of the day ! Thanks again for the great support! Thank you all for the common effort during the recoveries, your patience when needed, and your willingness to learn ! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and see you in a next drive !
    7 points
  15. Smooth and safe drive. Really enjoy. Thank you @JeromeFJ for the wonderful drive. We expected a lot of convoy because of some treasure hunt. But we also find some nice dunes to play and it was really nice. Convoy was really good. All are experienced drivers. Only a few refusals ( one is mine) @Joji varghese was amazing second lead, but due to some technical issues with his car, he has to leave the convoy early and his place and role was really covered by @Rajiv Sam. Amazing support by @Zed as center forward. I was following him and saw his jeep power (I already had a experience before) Sweep role was really fulfilled by @Amr Aydin . Most of the time radio was silent which showing the concentration and driving skills of the convoy. It was very nice to part of such convoy.
    7 points
  16. Dear Desert Wanderers @Aser @Prithvi Raj @Hani Howeedy @Shaun J @Abdul Hannan @Rob S @Sandeep Nayar @Abdullah N @Harshal @Simon D Thank you all for allowing me to take the second convoy I thoroughly enjoyed our drive together on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. we had a bit of everything, start off we had a technical patch to contend with then the dreaded bushes, reared their heads and then some mid range dunes as we entered lisalli, which allowed us to practice sidies. you all drove amazingly well with only a few stucks and refusals great second lead by @Aser you kept a good distance to allow me time to call out left or right by X car widths or the don't follow command, you executed this with perfection which made the drive a lot smoother so well done and thankyou Thanks you @Rob S for coming in @center forward always a pleasure to have you support my drives as it relieves a lot of the pressure having someone as calm and knowledgeable in the middle of the convoy, thanks and appreciated. Our sweep for the day was @Simon D, hope your father enjoyed his day out with us he seemed to have a big smile on his face at the end. Great sweep my friend taking care of the rear of the convoy allowing me to focus on the lead. Appreciated and thank you. Have a great rest of your weekend one and all.
    7 points
  17. Dear desert wanders @Patrick van der Loo, @Issam Atra, @Emmanuel, @george charbel, @Bjoern, @Gurcharan Mehta, @W a q a r, @Rafey Hashmi, and @Alphin Aloor first of thank you all for a fantastic drive this morning. everyone drove exceptionally well. A big thank you to: My Second Lead @Emmanuel you did a fantastic job if keeping enough distance to adhere to my call of slightly left or right or stop don't follow. so well-done mate was a pleasure to have you behind me. Our fantastic Sweep @Patrick van der Loo excellent job assisting with a few refusals at the back and helping me where I needed help, thank you and very much appreciated. Our Center Forward played a blinder as always taking control of the center of the convoy and managing the few stucks we had, as always @Imran Asghar a please to have you along and makes my life easier having you there. We had one incident that required so work to recover the vehicle, so a special shout out to @Gurcharan Mehta for putting the power of the 392 to good use in towing our stricken FJ out to the subcar and onward to the recovery point, we could nor have done the recovery so quickly without you. So an extra big thank you from me to you my friend and hope to see you with us in the sand very soon. @Issam Atra I hope you are feeling ok, and please remember that all that matters in these situations is that you are safe and sound and arrived home with your family. I hope you get everything sorted my friend and if i can help at all please do not hesitate to contact me. Hope that you all can enjoy what is left of the weekend. See you all again in the sand very soon.
    7 points
  18. On the highest squelch level, your radio keeps picking up even the smallest of noises? Do you keep getting distracted by static noise during your drive? Then you need to adjust the internal squelch levels. This tutorial is valid for Baofeng models UV5R, UV82, F8HP, and 82HP. It is not valid for models UVB5/B6 or BF888S. You will need to: - purchase the Baofeng USB programming cable - download CHIRP The fix needs a bit of programming (that's why the USB cable), but it's easy enough and all the steps are explained in detail in this article: Adjusting the internal Squelch Levels - UV5R / UV82 / F8HP / 82HP series TL;DR The factory's internal squelch level settings have long been known to have little or no impact on the actual squelch range. The smallest noise burst would easily open the squelch regardless of setting 0 through 9. Most standard Baofeng factory squelch levels range from a low of 14-22 to a high of 40-48, both of which are low, and offer very little variation of squelch levels.
    7 points
  19. Thanks for the drive @Davie Chase always a pleasure to drive with you! the convoy drove brilliantly! Was expecting more refusals etc with the long convoy but everyone did great! look forward to seeing you all again soon ๐Ÿ˜Š
    6 points
  20. Dear Desert Wanders @Federico Galbieri, @Abdullah N, @Rafey Hashmi, @Mehmet Volga, @Benjamin, @Renier Venter, @Shaun J, @Robk, @frederic demolder, @Haneef Thayyil, @Mark B, @Aser, @Ahmed Farouk, @Dr Tanveer Ahmed, @Julien Recan, @Ahmed Wagdy and @Ali-M I have added all from the waitlist to tomorrows drive. As this is a large convoy, please go in and remove your RSVP if your plans have changed so that we can accurately put together the convoy order. Thanks in advance, I will post the convoy order later this evening, we will be using Ch4 (446.081) see you all in the Morning
    6 points
  21. Our visitors from Dublin loved the exploration drive @Gaurav. Thanking you, @Ale Vallecchi, @Imteeaz and @Imran Asghar for leading us through this area safely on this unusually wet day.
    6 points
  22. @Looper @Mohit Gurnani @Patrick van der Loo @Gary F @Mark B @Zed @Alexanderrr @Sunil Mathew @Naveen Raj @Ranjan Das Dear Desert Drivers, Last updates for tomorrow Meeting at 07:00 am at https://maps.app.goo.gl/sFLVqbKmpcfLhqVY6 The convoy order will be We will use Carnity radio Channel 4 Enjoy the evening, and get as much sleep as you can. You will need all your awareness tomorrow morning !
    6 points
  23. Hello Again Fayah lovers ! @Rafey Hashmi @Amr Aydin @PAJERO petelczyc luke @Rk ram @Juan R @Andrei S @FERNANDO SYRIO @Lala G ! Thanks for showing your interest for this one ! I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday for some nice pace and technical challenges that the pristine dunes of Fayah offers. I hope you dont have any other plans, even if you have, You have the freedom to cancel your plans and not change your RSVP ( we dont have any WL as well ) Please do carry a chair each, so in case weather permitting, we can have a nice coffee break - and this is highly likely . Black coffee is on me, cappuccino lovers pls carry milk & sugar for yourselves Co-passengers - I let you decide on if you want to get any co-passengers and their ability to handle ups and downs on a pace drive. NO exits will be made for any of co-passengers having off-road sickness ! Convoy order will be shared tomorrow ! We will have a lot of traffic at the meeting point - thanks to @Frederic who loves Fayah as much as we do, and the overwhelming response to his drive with 12 NBs and 9 in WL and some solid experience in his manage tab ! So we will meet just at the right turn after you enter the entrance through barricades !
    6 points
  24. So, Frederic got this knack for dreaming up cool adventures and he's earned titles like "Master Planner" and "Creative Genius" for it. Every season, he surprises us with new ideas, and we're lucky and grateful for adventurous souls like him who lead us with such cool combo concepts. I totally missed out on the 7 Emirates drive, but luckily, I managed to jump into the Scenic Sand and Wadi Adventure last minute. Big shoutout to @Srikumar for letting me tag along in the car and enjoy those rare moments. The turnout for the adventure was impressive, providing an excellent opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces at the expansive sabkha. That little mountain hike offered breathtaking views, reminding us of the joys of exploring on foot. Surely, Fredy, the master planner, selected the three convoy meeting points with similar intentions. Navigating through the winding mountain paths amidst natural elements was truly mesmerizing. The whole convoy waiting for the sheep crossing was the cutest part, the second one was the farm full of black sheep, lol. Despite unexpected delays prompting Fredy to shorten the drive, I found myself hoping the drive would last longer - an indication of the sheer joy experienced, a rarity in off-roading. Thank you @Frederic for your unwavering commitment, brilliance and efforts for multiple recces, and huge patience for handling multiple convoys for such a long drive.
    6 points
  25. There used to be a time where Chinese 4x4's were rare in the UAE, and the overall consensus amongst the public would be to avoid them, or walk around them with some curiosity, not really being sure as what to expect and how these would perform in the UAE deserts. Over the last couple of years, we have seen the introduction of several 4x4's in the UAE coming from the Far East, often with a big marketing campaign and lots of bang for the buck. Often accompanied by very interesting warranty and service deals. In below topic, the aim is to compare the most recent models and discuss their potential performance and pricing. We will focus mostly on the 4x4 capabilities, and not so much on the comfort creatures or technology. To value these vehicles on their performance in the desert is not easy. But by looking at their specs in terms of power, ground clearance, and approach/departure angles, we can have a fairly good impression on what to expect from them. Of course, the real answer will only come after a couple of years to see if they really can rival with the Japanese reliability or the Jeep versatility and power. For now, let's have a look at below selection of 5 4x4's we compared: Jetour T2 BAIC BJ40 Plus Haval H9 Haval Dargo Tank 300 @frederic demolderand @Faraz94 are proud owners of BAIC and Haval 4x4's, and drive regularly with us. Would love to hear their comments and experiences, and invite everyone to chip in with their feedback and opinions !
    6 points
  26. Great to see so many people sign up and them showing up. Really shows the strength of Carnity. @Vanessa8580 great to see you again & thank you for leading the convoy! @Frederic Thank you for the amazing pictures and letting me in. Whole different energy with you around haha @Ali-M Tea was amazing! @Xavi Moyano Great catching up - see you on the next drive (will get 'it' from Pakistan on my next visit) As we are dropping suggestion, I would like to too. Option A: 5 day Oman trip powered by our master planner @Frederic Option B: Season 2 of 7 emirates - due to the weather and most of the gang in the country, Ill volunteer to make the logo for it @Vanessa8580 told me how proud you were on the logo badge Option C : Wadi only drive with BBQ Have a great week all!
    6 points
  27. Todayโ€™s afternoon's desert drive at Lisaili, masterfully led by @Davie Chase, unfolded as an adventure that those of us present will pleasingly remember about. I had the honor of serving in the Second Lead role, for which I am immensely grateful. Thanks for the faith. The drive was marked by some inviting cool dunes and also cool was the camaraderie and spirit of adventure displayed by all, especially Mr. Essam. Despite facing several challenges and getting refusals at times, @essam ibrahim your unwavering enthusiasm and adventurous spirit were truly inspirational, reminding us all that age is but a number when it comes to embracing the thrills and having fun. The climate was the highlight of the drive, with the cool air aiding a refreshing touch to our desert escapade, making the experience even more enjoyable. Davie's leadership throughout the drive was exemplary, your effort ensured a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The drive through Lisaili was not just about testing our skillsโ€”which were indeed impressive across the boardโ€”but also about appreciating the beauty of the desert, the joy of adventure, and the value of teamwork. @Ahmed Farouk superb driving bro. I had to keep looking for you. The gaps were quite wide between us at times. Of course you were always on perfect track nevertheless. @Shiju Raju that cresting caught you off guard. I happened to watch you exact at that time you were right behind when@essam ibrahim paused momentarily on that ridge which probably you had to brake causing you that stuck on the ridge. A slight gap would have avoided it. @Julien Recan @frederic demolder rock solid guys. Your BAIC is getting itโ€™s fair share of fans bro. @Mohit Gurnani Great going bro. You really completed Davie in your sweep and kept us all together and safe. Once again. Thanks to all. Hope to see you all soon. Cheers! And have a wonderful weekend. Will be adding some random photos on the gallery soon.
    6 points
  28. Congratulations @Simon D for reaching the Expert Level with Carnity Offroad Club. Looking forward to seeing you grow further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the latest Emergency contact details. EXPERT This level will be the most essential in your off-road development as you will start leading and managing drives independently with the support of other senior advisors. And also you will help in developing new advisors to pass on the knowledge, experience, and skills for managing adventurous yet safer off-road drives. The expert level will offer you continuous improvement in your overall development by alternating between the lead and supporting the drive every week. This way, you will still learn and advance your knowledge by supporting other trip leads in different terrain to understand the complexity and challenges involved and practicing independent lead and convoy management. Carnity Benefits Full access to Carnity without any paid subscription. Join any drive in the โ€œManageโ€ tab. Carnity Contribution Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only. Lead a minimum of 6 weekend drives per quarter (3 months). Forum contribution to earn Carnity points. What you'll learn Navigating with or without GPS on the fly. Trip planning, safety exits, and recce skills. Response to vehicle breakdown and accidents. Skills required A resilient, calculative, and rational thinker. Self-reliance, positive attitude, and forward-thinking. Kind, selfless, and considerate of othersโ€™ concerns. Car Worthiness Capable 4x4 vehicle with a low range gearing. Suitable approach and departure angle. High profile tires. Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor, tool kit, rated recovery rope and 2 rated shackles, GPS, Floor jack and jack board, tire repair kit, toolbox, tie-down straps, fluids. Drive teamwork Lead Fewbie, Fewbie Plus, Intermediate, or Extreme drives. Inspect the vehicle for safety before the off-road drive. Support all other level drives, proactively. Drive Joining All Levels. Forum participation Active participation in the forum. Share drive experience + feedback. Share drive pictures in the gallery. Post trip report after the drive.
    6 points
  29. Good news All ! @Vanessa8580 has volunteered to take a second convoy, so we will be able to take 2 full convoys on this drive. Due to the large size we will put two different meeting points, but the route itself will be 99% the same. The convoys list will be shared on Saturday. PS this is not a dunebashing drive, as we will be mostly using farm-tracks to drive in the area due to lots of vegetation. The aim is to enjoy the scenery, make unforgettable photos, and do some gentle wadi driving
    6 points
  30. Hi all @M.Seidam @lucas amat @Ahmed Farouk @Renier Venter @Mahmut @Marek_was003 @Shiju Raju @Robk @Mahesh_ @Gautam Banka @essam ibrahim @Benjamin @Imteeaz Please find below convoy order . We will use Radio Channel 2 : 446.031. Please be on time ,deflated and ready for briefing at 7am AND please also be prepared for 1 hour buffer time, for any plans post drive - as highlighted in drive plan.
    6 points
  31. Thanks to @Davie Chase who will lead the second convoy, so extended the drive RSVP. @Aser @Salim Akhtar @Sandeep Nayar @Guido Ferriani @Nizar Shawwa @Andrew John Melvill @GabrielH @Wilfredo Perez and @TIMMY you have been moved to RSVP. Please confirm if you still like to join this drive.
    6 points
  32. That waa a fantastic drive @JeromeFJ @Ranjan Das... thank you ... added to the fun was the convoy in sync through out... couple of crestings but otherwise it was super. @Emanuel your vedio is beatutifuly done ... thanku
    5 points
  33. For the first timers, Google Maps is little bit crazy about this meeting point. It takes you all the way to the innovation centre and makes you come back. Please keep an eye on the following roundabout, donโ€™t go further ๐Ÿ˜… See you all tomorrow in sand ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
    5 points
  34. Thanks @JeromeFJ for an amazing drive! Some very good challenges and overall very smooth! PS: Shackles and radio frequency issue sorted - thanks for a accommodating it this time!
    5 points
  35. @JeromeFJ thanks for a great drive in a beautiful area! Thanks all for a lovely morning out in the dunes! See you all soon on the sand again!
    5 points
  36. H Gaurav, Thank you for organising yet another remarkable drive. The rain shower added a refreshing twist to our drive, making it even more exhilarating. Big Thanks to @Ale Vallecchi, @Imran Asghar and, and @Imteeazfor their steadfast support and contribution to making the drive safe and enjoyable for everyone. Thanks to all the other enthusiasts who joined the drive; your spirit made it special. See you all soon on another drive!
    5 points
  37. Thank you @Frederic fir the drive today with such a large convoy but still had fun on the route. Also great support from the team @Mehmet Volga, @Imran Asghar and @Islam Soliman always on the lookout and saving us with the experience and knowledge with tge stubborn stucks . See you next ride
    5 points
  38. Great drive @JeromeFJ thank you everyone for a really enjoyable morning! @Looper do you have a link to your Instagram! Looking forward to seeing those videos ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
    5 points
  39. Thank you so much @JeromeFJ - like you say a lot of learnings today. With a manual this area makes for a lot of unexpected shift moments. Loved it! Amazing also to see how the same cars in different gears react differently.
    5 points
  40. Well done @Ale Vallecchi beautiful dragon !๐Ÿ‘ mission accomplished ! ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you for this beautiful afternoon drive ๐Ÿ™ Have a nice weekend !
    5 points
  41. Hi @Gary F all well thanks mate and will actually be back in the sand on Friday with @Stumpy and his new toy. Been busy getting the car back on the road and putting the toys back on. After reviewing hours of footage I have come to the conclusion that the cause was the writing was on the wrong side ๐Ÿ˜œ
    5 points
  42. Here is the much anticipated video of our drive yesterday. Some moments inspired by watching some of @Looper's videos.
    5 points
  43. Thanks @Looper, @Benjamin, and @Imteeaz for leading and supporting another fabulous drive in a new area for me at least. It was challenging in the middle and another learning opportunity provided by @Looper for dealing with radiator issues and getting to the road again. Hope the repairs go well and not too expensive. See you on the sand again soon. My video of today's drive is under processing. Watch this space.
    5 points
  44. Dear Desert Wanderers, @frederic demolder, @sohinik, @essam ibrahim, @Ahmed Farouk, @Shiju Raju, @Lala G, @Julien Recan, @Arravind, @Shaun J, @Mohit Gurnani and @Pacificwe will be meeting at Lisalli, flags up & ready for briefing at 1300 tomorrow. The convoy order will be as per the below and we will be using Ch4 (446.081). Please bring plenty of enthusiasm with you and that all important willingness to learn See you tomorrow Afternoon
    5 points
  45. Dear Challenge seeker, I hope you are excited for our tomorrow's drive. Due to the rain rain showers the past few hours , i will kindly ask you to be extra focused on the drive and keep a very good control of our vehicles avoiding even the slightest fishtailing!! as the sand could be unexpected . always emphasized and required that everyone make sure of your car is in a perfect shape and have all your gear as per your rank. Meeting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8h8yf4zznDE4jQbJ6 Meeting time is 07:00 AM Sharp We will use Carnity Radio Channel 7. The convoy order will be as the following :
    5 points
  46. Iโ€™ve seen many guys with deep pockets going for 50kAED mods, only to realize 6 months down the line they like tennis more ๐Ÿ˜œ
    5 points
  47. I wish lighting conditions were a bit better today for photos, but the sun was hiding behind clouds for almost all the drive today: @Renier Venter @Ahmed Farouk Pajero Power! @lucas amat Sparkling blue @Shiju Raju The whole fellowship when the sun was finally out: And the might Gladiator @Robk
    5 points
  48. Dear Confirmed members @lucas amat @Ahmed Farouk @Renier Venter @Mahmut @Marek_was003 @Shiju Raju @Robk @Mahesh_ @Gautam Banka @essam ibrahim @Benjamin @Imteeaz - Thanks for signing up for this drive - Please note the meeting point has been updated and convoy numbering will be published later today. If you have change in plans please update the RSVP accordingly so I can include the others in wait list . Meeting point : https://maps.app.goo.gl/gzefDEDbKTjc9xAMA . Looking forward to seeing you all in sand tomorrow @DP1011 & @M.Seidam
    5 points
  49. Thanks @Zed for the heads up. As it is already late we will keep the same meeting time and location, and will advise tomorrow morning Meeting at 7:00 am at https://maps.app.goo.gl/6Ggs62b9yGEzyZi26 Convoy Order Take a good rest and see you tomorrow morning !
    5 points
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