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  1. With the tremendous increase in the number of COVID cases in the UAE, we all have to be responsible while off-roading. Failing to abide by any single precaution at any time during the drive, will result in an immediate ban from Carnity Off-road Club. ZERO TOLERANCE First offender - 1 Month Ban. Second offender - 3 Month Ban. Third offender - lifetime ban and report to authorities. COVID19 PRECAUTIONS 2.0 All Carnity off-road drives will be LIMITED to driving only: No Socializing and gathering allowed at any time. No break for taking photos, breakfast, smoking, etc. No exchanging of off-road or recovery gears. Wear a mask at all times, while outside your vehicle. For passengers restrictions, follow RTA or NCEMA guidelines. All passengers should be inside the car, at all times. Maintain a minimum of 2-meter social distance at all times. Sanitize your hands and recovery gear after use. PS1. If you and your passenger cannot sit inside your vehicle for 3-4 hours please DO NOT JOIN CARNITY DRIVES. PS2. A Member who has RSVP the drive is RESPONSIBLE and LIABLE for their passenger's compliance. PS3. The above precautions apply to everyone irrespective of their vaccination status or schedule. PS4. You can confidentially submit the photo of any offender by sending an email to [email protected] How to comply Read the drive post before arriving at the meeting point, so that you know your convoy numbering and radio channel. Arrive at the meeting point and switch on your radio to the pre-set frequency of the drive. Stop your vehicle at least 10-20 meters away from each other. Deflate your tires, while wearing a mask, and then go back inside your car. All briefings will be done on the radio now, so pay full attention to a briefing for your own safety. After the briefing, fall in your convoy position just before the drive starts. While driving if you get stuck, announce on the radio and be inside your car at all times. Trip lead and/or support will guide you on the radio for self-recovery or tow-rope recovery. While there is a stuck or a refusal, everyone else supposed to be inside their car at all times. You can only take a bio-break during the drive, by requesting trip lead permission. Once the drive is over exit out to inflate by maintaining 10-20 meters distance from each other. While inflating, only the driver supposed to be out and with the face mask at all times. After the drive, you can talk on the radio for any feedback, suggestions or help you need.
    148 points
  2. Do you know your roles and responsibilities while off-roading? Offroad driving is one of the most famous adventure activities in the UAE. Everyone during the offroad drive is always nice and very welcoming to help each other. Due to the nature of this extreme and adventurous motorsport, sometimes things do get unpleasant and everyone involved needs to know their roles and responsibilities clearly. Desert worthiness vehicle: While off-roading every vehicle get pushed to its limit and for this reason, every off-roader needs to maintain, check and fix vehicle problem before every drive. Follow your owner's manual schedule maintenance for extreme driving (harsh environment) intervals and not standard road driving intervals. Preventative maintenance will save you much hassle and time in the long run. We are not mechanics - As much as Carnity trip lead and support offer the first level of vehicle assistance when things go wrong, but they are not mechanic and no one should rely on that emergency support to avoid any maintenance. We are not an Insurance provider - In case of an accident, please follow the UAE road accidents procedures and check with your car insurance company about off-road coverage and recovery plan (if any). We are not a desert recovery company - If your vehicle breaks down during the drive, Carnity trip lead and support will try as much as they can to help, but their vehicles aren't tow trucks to recover a dead vehicle or partially working vehicle out of the deep desert. There are professional desert recovery companies like AAA to assist you and take full responsibility for not causing any further damage while recovering a non-moving vehicle from the desert. We will never leave you alone - In case you ever need to leave your vehicle inside the desert to arrange insurance or recovery, then Carnity trip lead and support will drive you down to the nearest tarmac exit. Mechanical Damage / Failure: Every offroader is responsible for his/her own car failure/damage. Especially in the offroad use some minor long-pending issues might amplifies due to the off-road stress and it should not be blamed on anyone other than the owner of the car. If you have any remote doubt that something might fail in the upcoming off-road drive, then please get that fixed first and then join for next week's drive, rather than taking chances and/or increasing the existing damage. It's always a good practice to join a newbie drive first after some crucial repairs or maintenance to test your vehicle again and then join the Fewbie drive and then Intermediate (as per your off-road rank eligibility). Breakdown log reporting: Every trip lead is reporting the vehicle breakdown after the drive. Occasional breakdowns or accidents are totally acceptable, but repeat breakdown of the same vehicle will not be appreciated. Please look into repeat vehicle breakdown seriously before it becomes a concern for everyone. Two cars involved in an offroad accident: Please decide on the spot, whose fault it is, and report to the neighboring police station for appropriate green and red paper for repairs. Most insurance companies don't cover offroad damage so please make sure if you drive expensive 4x4 with comprehensive insurance, please check your offroad cover properly. Take a lot of pictures and videos of the accident site as Police always ask for this and also save the coordinates of the location as sometimes police like to revisit that area to verify the accident. Single car damage in offroad: In case your car flips or rollover or have any impact damage, take a lot of pictures and videos of the incident as Police always ask for this and also save the coordinates of the location. Tow point failure damage: Every offroader is responsible for their own car tow point strength, integrity, and load taking capacity. If your car tow point fails during "ANY" sort of recovery and damages the other offroader car, then you will be liable for all the damages including the car, driver, and passenger bodily injuries. To avoid such a situation always recover gently and gradually increase the intensity of the tug. If you still suspect that a lot harder tug is needed use the support strap, dampers, or sandbag to secure both ends of the tow rope. Damage while recovering: As much as every trip lead and support are trained to prevent the damage while recovering any vehicle, but the ultimate responsibility of any damage while recovering lies with the owner of the stuck car. Scenario 1: In some cases when your car nosedive in the sand pocket, the front bumper damage is already done, but it becomes visible when your car gets fully recovered out of the pocket. Scenario 2: While recovering a stuck car by a tug, if the stuck car doesn’t stop early enough after the recovery and hit the recovering car, then the stuck car owner is at fault and liable for all damages involved. Lubes / Spare Sharing: Many offroaders do carry a lot of spare fluids, oil, coolant, and other spare parts for emergency situations. If your car breaks down and someone offers you their spares or lubes, have the courtesy to pay or replace that in the next drive. Offroad Gear: Every offroader is 100% responsible for his/her own off-road gear, tools, and equipment and should know how to use them safely and how to take care of them in terms of regular maintenance (if any). If you lend your tow rope to someone, it's your responsibility to make sure that it doesn't have a knot. If you lend your metal shackle, brief that person to unscrew the last round so as not to get stuck. If you lend your jack, either stay around to see if it's placed on flat ground to not bend or brief them properly. If you lend your toolbox or tools, you need to make sure it's used as intended and they don't break. If you winch someone, you should know your winch capacity to do the recovery safely. If you lend your compressor, make sure it's not overheating or wait for it to cool down. Shovel, flag, radio, etc. is also your own responsibility & share it at your own risk. Off-road Promotions: As per Carnity Off-road Structure every off-roader has been assigned an off-road rank based on your driving skills, vehicle capability, and overall attitude towards off-roading. These promotions, ranks, and structures are in place to make sure that everyone is completely safe including you and your vehicle during all off-road drives. Due to safety reasons, there is zero-tolerance while promoting offroaders in Carnity off-road club. Once anyone applies for the off-road promotion, the request goes to all trip lead with who you have driven to access your off-road progress. Mostly all promotion requests are accepted immediately. For some, we request them to do a couple of more drives with the feedback in which you need to improve. Please accept and respect this club policy to help us maintain a safer off-road experience for everyone. Emergency details for all off-roaders: Please fill up all Emergency details here and also take a print out to keep the same in your glove box. It is mandatory for all off-roaders driving with Carnity Off-road Club.
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  3. As we have been respecting authorities guidance & Carnity COVID guidelines to resume desert drives with caution by keeping social distance and wearing mask at all times outside the vehicle Unfortunately few off-roaders have difficulty in understanding and abiding these guidelines. As published in the national newspaper of UAE, everyone need to understand that still there are no gatherings allowed and authorities are issuing fine for 10,000 AED for host and 5,000 AED for attendees. https://gulfnews.com/uae/health/people-caught-violating-covid-19-safety-instructions-prosecuted-1.1591381059748 If you spot anyone stepping out of the car not wearing a mask, please remind them on the radio immediately. As we all are in this together, so we all have to help each other to remind. Failing to abide below list of restriction will result in an immediate ban from Carnity Off-road Club: FIRST WARNING Minimum 1 month ban from joining any Carnity off-road Club drives. Written warning will be issued on your Carnity profile. SECOND WARNING Minimum 6 month ban from joining any Carnity off-road Club drives. Written warning will be issued on your Carnity profile. If you do not like these restrictions, please stay at home and do not join for any off-road drives. Every Carnity Off-road Club Member has to COMPLY WITH THESE COVID19 GUIDELINES FACE MASK IS MANDATORY, WHENEVER YOU STEP OUT - NO EXCUSES. LEARN TO CONFIGURE YOUR RADIO, before the drive. Nobody will teach you or exchange radios like before. Read the detailed instructions posted here - to configure. If you still cannot configure, ask on forum ahead of time. Click "TOTALLY AGREE" Emoji here before RSVP any drive or else trip lead will remove your name.
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  4. For safer off-roading, we request every off-roader to follow these mandatory safety requirements. Failing to abide by these mandatory safety requirements = NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE. Your safety is our top priority but ultimately it is YOUR responsibility. Seat Belt: is the most important safety feature in every car. It is illegal not to wear and is of paramount importance when off-roading. Seat belts constantly protect you from bumps and jumps during the drive. Everyone in your car should be wearing a seat belt at all times - without any exception, excuse or reasoning. Driver, passengers, guests, family, friends, kids everyone should wear a seat belt at all times. It's the driver's ultimate responsibility to make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt at all times. Failing to abide - even once - you will be banned forever from Carnity off-road club. All children should be sitting on age-specific child/kids/booster seats with the seat belt fastened. Nobody should lean outside the windows or sunroof from a moving vehicle for any reason. You can only accommodate maximum passengers, as much as the seat belts available in your vehicle. If you walk across to help to recover a car and then jump in another offroader car for reaching back to your car, please wear a seat belt even if your car is one dune away. If your car breaks down or is stuck and you join another offroader car, please wear a seatbelt at all times. Secure loose objects: Everything should be strapped and secured in your vehicle before you start the off-road drive. All off-road gear- Shovel, Jack, Board, Compressor, Fire extinguishers etc. should be either fully strapped with strong tie-down ratchet (no bungee cords and no spider net) or a boot partition should be installed with molle panels, dog guard, boot divider mesh or flexible straps. This is to prevent any off-road gear from freely moving in the cabin space and potentially causing a fatal injury during off-road bumps or any unforeseen accident. No camping gear, chairs, boxes or wood should be kept loose in your car boot. Clear Visibility and Focus: While off-roading, driver should have clear visibility and focus. Anything that blocks the clear visibility should be removed immediately from your car e.g. excessive front wind-shield tinting, loose sun-visor, etc. You should immediately stop driving off-road during sandstorms, foggy conditions, or any other natural conditions that hamper visibility to continue. Check and/or replace your wiper blades every month, as rubber degrades with time and if your wiper is not cleaning the windshield properly it may block your visibility. All distractions from passengers, music, phone calls, etc. should be avoided while off-roading.
    57 points
  5. Off-roading continues all year-round with Carnity. Our passion for off-roading does not stop when it gets hot, simply because we are as passionate as you are. What heats up the summer drives are the unique challenges and how we meet them to continue driving during hotter months - here's our summer schedule. Get ready to take your off-road skills to the next level with the Carnity ‘Summer Off-road Adventures’. As the mercury rises, we will be shifting our off-road drives to the cooler periods of the day in the Early morning, Twilight, and Night. Sunrise Drive Apr - 6 AM - 10 AM May - Aug - 5 AM - 9 AM Twilight Drive Morning - 4 AM - 8 AM Evening - 6 PM - 10 PM Night Drive Ramadan - 9/10 PM - 1/2 AM May - Aug - 8/9 PM - 12/1 AM The Fun Stuff After dusk, during the hot summer months, the desert offers welcome relief from the hot humid conditions in the city, with lower temperatures and a light breeze. It’s more peaceful and tranquil and a great opportunity to see wildlife that is less active and often hidden during the day. Driving at night adds a whole new element to your off-roading experience. Your car sounds and feels different, you have a whole new vista before your eyes. And of course, it's time to test your off-road lights and keep tinkering with adjustments to fine-tune. Day-time off-road drive adrenaline will be greatly amplified at night for more excitement and thrill when you climb up seeing the stars or coming down seeing nothing but just a few meters ahead of your car. These challenges will keep your heart racing to add an extra activity on your fitbit tracker. The challenge Driving in the dark involves a different skill set. You need to stay close to the car in front so as not to lose them, and far enough away to stay at a safe distance. You need your senses to be keen to pick up every visual and audible feedback to guide you through the dark. The sounds of the car in front, the glimmer from their headlights or yours, the sand crunching under your tires will all help you together. Testing your driving skills at night pushes you to new driving limits of sight, sound, and decision making as you’ll be taking split-second leap of faith decisions – literally driving into the dark. Requirements Lots of attention, focus, patience, and precision to master night driving skills. Off-road lights are highly recommended, but not mandatory. High beam headlights are mandatory. Attention to variable drive timings.
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  6. Get ready for exciting winter off-road drives with outdoor fun. We have used the Summer to create, plan prepare an exciting, new and challenging program of drives for everyone to enjoy through the Winter season. Make sure to look out for the callouts (below) in the drive calendar and posts to let you know the drive is different, when deciding to sign up. Take a good read and decide if these are made ‘just for you’. We can promise, each of these drives delivers something special, out of the ordinary, and designed to meet your demands. Lookalike - make, shape, colour or region specific vehicles Nature-lover – discover, fauna, flora, wadis and wildlife Passion play – join like-minded hobbyists R&R – family and fun times Skill Development (SDD) – crests, criss-cross, technical, climbs, recoveries Team Sport – drive hard, play harder Pet Drives – Fun for all the family Fitness – drive & thrive (run, ride, hike, stretch)
    50 points
  7. Congratulations to all the Superstars of Team Carnity Based on continuous support, dedication, teamwork and creativity. For Leading Maximum Drives During the month of Sep 2021 @Ale Vallecchi @Lorenzo Candelpergher and @Wrangeld For Supporting Maximum Drives During the month of Sep 2021 * @Hisham Masaad @Alex Raptor @Jeepie and @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ *Limited to AN, Newbie, and Fewbie drives only For Leading Best Creative Drive During the month of Sep 2021 @Islam Soliman Above and Beyond - Drive Support During the month of Sep 2021 @Brette @Chaitanya D and @Anish S Recovery and assistance of Renault Koleos that went into limp mode and was overheating. Recovery and assistance of Jeep Commander that had numerous issues. Helping the Prado owner remove the front bumper after the impact.
    41 points
  8. With the tremendous increase in the number of COVID cases in the UAE, we all have to be responsible while off-roading. Failing to abide by any single precaution at any time during the drive, will result in an immediate ban from Carnity Off-road Club. ZERO TOLERANCE First offender - 1 Month Ban. Second offender - 3 Month Ban. Third offender - lifetime ban and report to authorities. COVID19 PRECAUTIONS 2.0 All Carnity off-road drives will be LIMITED to driving only: No Socializing and gathering allowed at any time. No break for taking photos, breakfast, smoking, etc. No exchanging of off-road or recovery gears. Wear a mask at all times, while outside your vehicle. For passengers restrictions, follow RTA or NCEMA guidelines. All passengers should be inside the car, at all times. Maintain a minimum of 2-meter social distance at all times. Sanitize your hands and recovery gear after use. PS1. If you and your passenger cannot sit inside your vehicle for 3-4 hours please DO NOT JOIN CARNITY DRIVES. PS2. A Member who has RSVP the drive is RESPONSIBLE and LIABLE for their passenger's compliance. PS3. The above precautions apply to everyone irrespective of their vaccination status or schedule. PS4. You can confidentially submit the photo of any offender by sending an email to [email protected] How to comply Read the drive post before arriving at the meeting point, so that you know your convoy numbering and radio channel. Arrive at the meeting point and switch on your radio to the pre-set frequency of the drive. Stop your vehicle at least 10-20 meters away from each other. Deflate your tires, while wearing a mask, and then go back inside your car. All briefings will be done on the radio now, so pay full attention to a briefing for your own safety. After the briefing, fall in your convoy position just before the drive starts. While driving if you get stuck, announce on the radio and be inside your car at all times. Trip lead and/or support will guide you on the radio for self-recovery or tow-rope recovery. While there is a stuck or a refusal, everyone else supposed to be inside their car at all times. You can only take a bio-break during the drive, by requesting trip lead permission. Once the drive is over exit out to inflate by maintaining 10-20 meters distance from each other. While inflating, only the driver supposed to be out and with the face mask at all times. After the drive, you can talk on the radio for any feedback, suggestions or help you need.
    41 points
  9. While offroading, we cross dunes by using different methods, based on how the dune is formed and what the drive level is. Once you have spent some time in the desert, you will slowly start to pay more attention to the dune formations and how we cross them. Once you reach Intermediate and Advance level, you'll need to start learning how to read these dunes in order to navigate and create your planned routes in the desert. As a rule of thumb, the prevailing wind in UAE is blowing from a North-Western direction to South-East direction from 10AM onwards. At night and in early morning it will be reversed and blow from the South-East to North-West. This is something you should remember and you will notice when you zoom into certain areas with your navigation app (Google Maps, Gaia, MotionX, Mytrails,...) you will notice that the wind from that side has caused the dunes to take on their shape. This is a general rule and will not always apply, as you will see that in certain areas where wind is coming from different directions, you will see for example "star" dunes appearing. There are different types of dunes which are separately described below. As you can see in below picture, a dune is formed when the prevailing wind blows on a mound of sand, where the grain will move into the wind direction and create a ridge. The sand which falls on the other side of the ridge, creates a slipface, and this sand is not compacted by the wind. This is the main reason why we generally drive on the prevailing wind side or the convex side of the dunes on the Newbie level. "A dune is a curiously dynamic creature," wrote Farouk El-Baz in National Geographic. “Once formed, a dune can grow. It can change shape and move with the wind. It can even breed new dunes. Some of these offspring may be carried on the back of the mother dune. Others are born and race downwind, outpacing their parents. [Source: Farouk El-Baz, National Geographic, February 1982] The shape of dunes is affected by things like the strength, direction and consistency of the winds; the consistency and amount of sand; the hardness of the terrain and the amount of vegetation. Below we will describe the most common dunes found in the UAE. Different Dunes Crescent or Barchan Dune This is the most common dune. It forms the shape of a crescent moon when the wind blows from one direction. We generally use the words concave and convex to describe both sides of the dune: * Concave is a shape that curves inwards. * Convex is a shape that curves outwards. Crescent-shaped mounds generally are wider than long. On the concave side you will have the slipface. These dunes form under winds that blow from one direction, and they also are known as barchans. Parabolic Dune A parabolic dune is similar in shape to a barchan, but it is just the opposite. The tips of this dune point into the wind, and its main body migrates with the wind, forming a depression between the tips. Because of this formation, parabolic dunes are also known as blowout dunes. These dunes often occur when vegetation stabilizes sediments and a U-shaped blowout forms between clumps of plants. Example of Parabolic dunes near Faya: https://goo.gl/maps/ob8xu3y8VJJvF6hk8 Longitudinal or "Seif" Dunes They are also often referred to to as "sand ridges" or "seifs". Their length can range from a few meters to many kilometers and their height from a couple meters high to a couple hundred meters high. Wind pushes the sand and forms ridges parallel to the prevailing wind direction with slip faces either side of the crest. Linear dunes are straight or slightly sinuous sand ridges typically much longer than they are wide. They may be more than 160 kilometers long. Linear dunes may occur as isolated ridges, but they generally form sets of parallel ridges separated by miles of sand, gravel, or rocky interdune corridors. Some linear dunes merge to form Y-shaped compound dunes. Many form in bidirectional wind regimes. The long axes of these dunes extend in the resultant direction of sand movement. Barchanoid Dunes These ridges are similar to Barchan dunes. They are connected in long crescentic waves as the sand supply is much greater than that which forms a Barchan Dune. Star Dunes These dunes are formed when there are several prevailing wind directions - there is a complex wind regime. Typically there are three or more slip faces, whilst the dunes do not migrate they grow in height. Star dunes are radially-symmetrical, spyramidal sand mounds with slipfaces on three or more arms that radiate from the high center of the mound. They are created when the winds blow equally from every direction, causing the sand dune to grow many extensions and resemble a star. They are rare and are fairly stable and remain in the same place. Some are landmarks with names. Example of a Star dune: https://goo.gl/maps/jRnYghQc8ACzVz6T7 With this knowledge, the next time you step into the desert, you can start looking at the different dune formations, and this will give you lots of knowledge that you'll be able to apply in the future when leading and navigating off-road drives.
    40 points
  10. In line with the UAE new resolution to change the work timing from Monday to Friday, please follow the below changes to carnity off-road drives and announcements effective from 1 Jan 2022. All Carnity drives will be announced now every Monday (instead of Sunday). WhatsApp Announcement at 11 AM - Every Monday. All Weekend Drives will go live at 7 PM - Every Monday. The absolute Newbie drive will be scheduled for Sunday. Weekend Drives will be scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Single Drive restriction starts from Monday 7:00 PM till Wednesday 11:59 PM. From Thursday 00:00 hrs onwards - RSVP on multiple drives will be open. Week Day Drives will be posted from Monday to Friday. Weekday drives will be counted as an experience for your promotion. Weekday drives will not be counted as "one drive per weekend" restriction.
    34 points
  11. While we have been enjoying night drives in this hot summer, it is important we are well aware as to what needs to be done in case of a creeper bite in the dark. Desert is their home and we are the "invaders" , and hence instinctively they can bite us in self defense. Scorpions and snakes are more active at night and hence it is required you know what needs to be done when this can occur SNAKES: a quick pictorial review of snakes which can be found in UAE. Snakes can be venomous (Poisonous) and non venomous(Non poisonous) Non venomous 1. Blind Snake Non venomous 2. Thread Snake Non venomous 3. Sand Boa Non venomous 4. Wadi Racer Non venomous 5. False Cobra Non venomous 6. Sand racer - Hissing snake Non venomous Venomous Snakes - Poisonous - the Triangular faced Vipers are dangerous which are the only poisonous snakes found in UAE 1. Saw Scaled Viper - Poisonous 2. Sand Viper - Poisonous 3. False Horned Viper -Poisonous Vipers are the only venomous snakes in the UAE, and are found mostly in desert and rocky mountain areas. Snake bites are extremely rare, and most occur when a snake is picked up/ felt it is in danger. The Venom from UAE Vipers is Haemotoxic (destroys blood cells) Sometimes puncture wounds can be seen at site of the bite. Bite is generally not very painful but within one hour copious bleeding is likely from the bite wound and any other wounds cuts or scratches the victim may have. Symptoms include a severe headache, nausea and vomiting. It’s helpful to restrict the blood and lymphatic flow, but it’s important not to cause bruising which can lead to bleeding under the skin. If Venom is spat in to a person’s eyes use any liquid available, preferably a neutral one such as water or milk – but anything at all will do, to flush out the eye. Do's and Don'ts of Treating Snake Bite Symptoms usually manifest soon after a snake bite, so observing the victim is extremely important. If no symptoms have occurred within half an hour of the bite then indications would be that it was not a venomous snake, it failed to inject any venom or the snake was very old and had little or no venom left. Do Try to identify the snake; color, size, shape of head, attacking method are useful. Take a picture with mobile if feasible but don't chase the snake. Loosen the Victim’s clothing and move them in to comfort. Keep the victim calm and still; movement will increase blood flow and transport the venom to the heart much faster. Immobilize the limb but do NOT restrict blood flow unless you are certain the bite was from a snake that delivers neurotoxic venom. Clean and dress the wound being careful not to apply pressure and cause bruising. Inform the trip lead/support IMMEDIATELY so that he/she can manage a exit quickly to the tarmac. Do Not While there can be differences of opinion as to what we should do for snake bites the consensus of opinion as to what not to do is reasonably consistent: Allow the victim to exercise or stress themselves. Cut the bite or attempt to suck the venom out. Give the victim anything to eat or drink especially alcohol. Use potassium permanganate crystals or solution near or on the bite wound. Use soapy water round the bite wound. Leave pressure bandages on too long. Leave the victim alone. Apply ice to the wound. Soak the affected limb in any solutions. How to avoid this extremely rare occurrence in the desert on Night drives 1. Compulsorily wear thicker full pants and ankle boots. Least being a full covered shoes. Coming in shorts and flip flops/slippers means you are voluntarily increasing the risk 2. Refrain from walking in bushy areas . 3. In a unusual scenario of shovelling near bushes make sure you have a clearly lit area to make sure there aren't any . 4. Please use a bright torch and look where you step while taking biobreaks! Do not take biobreaks near bushes. Safer you stay inside your vehicle at all times , unless needed. SCORPIONS: Scorpion stings are painful but rarely life-threatening. There are about 25 species of scorpion in the UAE, two of which are known to release venom that can lead to nausea, shock and irregular heartbeat. 1. Fat Tailed Scorpion - large and Black 2. Deathstalker - Smaller (about 5 cm) and Yellow in color - More Dangerous Signs and symptoms at the site of a scorpion sting may include: Pain, which can be intense Numbness and tingling Slight swelling Warmth What to Do in case of a bite Identify if possible , or take a picture Announce immediately for quicker exit How to avoid this occurrence in the desert on Night drives 1. Compulsorily wear thicker full pants and ankle boots. Least being a full covered shoes. Coming in shorts and flip flops/slippers means you are voluntarily increasing the risk 2. Refrain from walking in bushy areas . 3. In a unusual scenario of shovelling near bushes make sure you have a clearly lit area to make sure there aren't any . 4. Please use a bright torch and look where you step while taking biobreaks! Do not take biobreaks near bushes . Safer you stay inside your vehicle at all times , unless needed.
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  12. Offroading in the UAE desert requires you to deflate your tires. If you are lucky to be exiting nearby a petrol station, you can make use of their compressor to inflate your tires before going back on the tarmac, but that is not always an option. For that reason, having your own compressor will be a necessity and this should be a piece of your off-road kit that you know won't leave you stranded. Depending on the size of your tires, or the type of compressor you are using, inflating can be a task that will take you anywhere between 2-4 minutes and sometimes up to 25minutes. With the hot blazing sun shining down on us most of the time, we want to get this job done as quickly as possible. In below article we will be going through some of the technical issues related to using a compressor, and what to look out for when purchasing one. Hot, Hotter, Hottest The main problem with all compressors is that they run hot. The friction that occurs when air molecules are squeezed together generates heat. This heat can be felt at the piston head, but also on the hose itself. That is also the reason why most compressors have cooling fins and a piece of metal pipe at the outlet to allow the heat to dissipate and to avoid the hose from getting too hot. You should always be careful in handling a compressor after inflation, as it might burn your hands. It is normal for parts of the air compressor to get hot sometimes, especially if you are running the compressor for an extended period or if it is particularly hot outside. The best thing is to keep the compressor in the shade, run it for a limited amount of time, and not to exceed the duty cycle that is mentioned in the technical details. What to look after when buying a compressor ? 1) Warranty. A premium brand should provide 4-5 years warranty which will make the higher price worthwhile. This is hard to find nowadays. 2) Output in liters per minute (lpm). The more the better of course. Everything from 50lpm upwards should be fine. Some will show a rating in cfm (cubic feet per minute). 2.3 cfm = 65lpm. Unfortunately these values are not always very accurate, as manufacturers can put whatever they want on the box, and on top of that, some manufacturers will give a flow rate at 0psi (free air delivery), while others will give the flowrate at 40psi (which is quite demanding for the compressor). 3) Duty Cycle: Air compressors heat up when running so most have a limited consistent output before they need to stop and cool off. This run time in-between cycles is called a duty cycle. Manufacturers typically represent run time with a number, such as “20”, which means you can run the compressor for 20 minutes every hour. sometimes they show a percentage. 20 minutes would indicate a 33% duty cycle. Keep this in mind when you are using the compressor every week. Avoid exceeding the duty cycle time as in a short period of time it would overheat / destroy the compressor. 4) Quality of the coiled hose, pressure gauge, and clip-on chuck. 5) Automatic pressure shut-off function. This makes the compressor stop automatically when you are not engaging the trigger. 6) inline fuse and thermal overload protection. Will come standard with premium models. Below a typical specs example of a Bushranger Black Max: Duty cycle is 30 minutes @40psi at 24°C ambient temperature. Obviously the ambient temperature will be much higher for us here in the UAE, so you will need to take that into account. Keep the compressor in the shade while using (or even on the inside of the car if possible) and keep your engine running. These compressors are rated to work most efficiently at 13.8 Volts, so your alternator should be running. Below i will be going through most of the brands we have encountered in the club, and how we can rate them: Premium Brands (****) Brands like ARB, Bushranger, TJM, Dobinsons, and Mean Mother, are the most famous premium brands that will be providing a quality unit that should last years. ARB and Bushranger/Viair have the advantage that you will find spare parts for them, so if you are interested and savvy, you can rebuild your compressor later on. Price range of these compressor is from 750 AED upwards up to 2500+AED. The main reason why they cost more is due to the quality of materials used, higher duty cycle of their compressor, and of course marketing as well. ARB ARB has the single cylinder unit for about 1000AED, while its big brother will be around 2,700AED. They have by far the best quality of hoses and gauges. MeanMother The Mean Mother Adventurer is the only brand/model we know of in the UAE that offers 5year warranty, hence this model has become very popular in our off-roading community. You will find the Adventurer III model for around 750AED (150lpm), but now there is also the Adventurer IV which is having slightly better performance (180lpm) and costs about 999AED. We have heard about a few models failing but were replaced within warranty. Bushranger / Viair Bushranger/Viair has a range of different models with output ratings from 52lpm up to 72lpm. (Black Max for 800AED and Max Air III for 1120AED). The Max Air III has an automatic pressure shut-off. Their compressors are extremely reliable, but i have never been impressed with their yellow plastic coiled hoses and clip-on, except for the black hoses they use on the old SuperMax and the newer Max Air III model. Their smallest model (RV Air for 599AED) is the minimum in terms of output flow (52lpm) and will take quite some time to inflate your tires, but should work fine. Dobinsons Dobinsons have the Zenith model (170 lpm) that is being sold for 999AED. Quality looks top notch with good set of accessories and backed by a premium quality brand. Midrange Brands (***) Golden Camel The "Golden Camel" brand with its red compressors, sold in single cylinder and double cylinder models are fantastic performers for the price (200 AED for the single big cylinder 160lpm, and 280AED for the double cylinder compressor (300 lpm). Yes the hoses break, the electrics fail sometimes, and it won't be the most reliable compressor, but for that price it's worth a try if you want it. You will find the hoses also separarely in DM, and if you are a bit handy with a soldering gun you might make an attempt to replace the switches or solder a wire back on. They now even have a mighty big 4-cylinder unit, but we have not been able to get feedback of these units for a longer period of time in use. The problem nowadays is that you have even "fake" Golden Camel compressors, who look 100% identical, but their quality is even more of a question mark. I recently bought one and it started overheating and shutting off after only two tyres. The vibration coming from the compressor makes me wonder about the tolerances used in the manufacturing process. On the other hand i also have a single cylinder Golden Camel that has been going strong for 3 years now and never failed. Vitaly Vitaly is a brand that basically re-labels these Chinese compressors and sells them at a higher price in hardware stores like ACE and Speedex. Again they are a bit of a gamble and the only advantage you will have is you will get at least 1year warranty through these stores. T-Max These compressors are looking very similar to the DM Single big cylinder compressors and the Mean Mother Adventurer. There is a smaller 72lpm unit and a big 150lpm unit. Prices are similar to Vitaly, and T-Max seems to be a reputable Australian brand, so perhaps the build quality will be a slight notch above the DM compressors. Volcano I recently stumbled upon this brand via a shop in Ajman. They are manufactured in Taiwan and the K100 twin cylinder model costs about 350AED, is very small, and serves great as backup compressor (flow rate of 60lpm). Their biggest compressor model is the B850 which is being sold for about 650AED. Have seen them on sale in DM as well. They come in a sturdy box, with decent hose (like the Bushranger top model) and have a pressure gauge with automatic cut-off. Flow rate is 98lpm. Brands/ Models to avoid: -The smaller "Golden Camel" Compressor. Absolutely worthless. Also sold under the "X-Cessories" brand name. -Mini compressors to connect to the cigarette lighter: Will last only a few drives. Not made to inflate weekly from 15 to 35psi, unless you want to wait for 25mins or longer. Will overheat easily because of this. These are made for sedans and bicycles. The Black and Decker and Michelin models seem to work better, but it will take you upwards of 25 minutes to inflate your tires. If you happen to have one of those, i strongly recommend to only inflate to about 25psi you can then drive to the nearest petrol station and use their compressor. If you are in the market of buying a new compressor, i hope this article can shed some light and useful information that will guide you in the right direction. As you can clearly see, inflating tyres on a 4x4 in the summer heat requires a big powerful compressor that can quickly inflate your tyres before overheating or shutting down.
    30 points
  13. Fantastic morning with the most fantastic team members who came to push the envelope on their cars, focus, and skills. @Gaurav you have knocked it out of the park. From the meticulous planning, setup, merchandise, and covering all possible loopholes, you checked all the boxes. @Srikumar, @Asif Hussain as always present and up to any challenge xx A special thanks to @Hisham Masaad and his son for the help behind the screens, really appreciated all your efforts and help ! Also to @Lawrence_Chehimi who was willing to shift from his support role on the DCT, to supporting the Absolute Newbie drive the same morning, so @Vanessa8580 could focus on leading again after her hiatus and needed recovery. All of you are winners, i only saw smiling faces, camaraderie, and teamwork. All made it back safely out of this treacherous terrain and i salute all of you ! To ALL the trip leads, i can only imagine the pressure and adrenaline going through your minds, trying to find the sweetest/shortest/fastest track all while having hands on the wheel in this unforgiving terrain. Inbetween the morning breakfast and other tasks i was able to quickly launch the mini drone and capture some basic shots. Next time i should prepare more on the proper angles and footage. Will need to get some practice coming winter. See you all soon in the sand !
    30 points
  14. After over 13 years in Dubai, it was only in early 2020 that I eventually discovered off-roading. Having been a hopeless workaholic for most of my adult life, until then I had never had a hobby nor any free time to practice one. I even used to say my work was my hobby.. If I think of it now I can hardly believe it. In February 2020 I had just bought a new Nissan Patrol, the Platinum City model, definitely not meant for off-roading and definitely meant to be a quiet Business / Family car. Then, a newly met acquaintance, who then became a dear and close friend, @Luca Palanca Falsini, persuaded me to join him on a family drive organized by one of the famous off-road garages in Dubai. I joined the drive with wife, children and even mother-in-law (no I wasn't planning to drop her in the middle of the desert.. 😂😂). I didn't know what to expect, I had made no preparations and nobody had given me any briefing.. I just drove into the desert and returned home with crashed front and back bumpers. Luca was afraid I'd never talk to him again, but quite on the opposite, I walked out of the car smiling from ear to ear and thanked him for the opportunity. That was the start of what was meant to become the very first and only real hobby that I consistently practiced in my life. More than I hobby, I'd say it became a passion. After driving a few times with other clubs, my engineering mindset urged me to seek for a more structured approach and, in my search, I discovered @Carnity. I was intrigued by almost everything about it and decided to give it a try. My first drive with @Carnity was on 20.03.2020, at Pink Rock, with @Rahimdad leading and @Wrangeld in support. I loved that drive, which I still remember as incredibly inspiring and exciting as we first approached and then climbed the Rock. With Covid-19 pushing stress levels through the roof, off-roading became not only a passion, but also a powerful stress reliever, allowing a weekly mind reset that kept me functioning across one of the most difficult times of my entrepreneurial career. Drive after drive, stuck after stuck and pop-out after pop-out (many, many pop-outs 😂😂) I learned how to handle my Y62. From Newbie to Fewbie to Intermediate, it was a great learning process, in a great environment, where I felt welcomed, supported, challenged to go a bit beyond my comfort zone, but always safe in doing so. I received precious feedback before, during and after every drive, I was congratulated on my achievements and cheered up on my mistakes, I was always overwhelmed with help whenever needed and felt compelled to help back, in a contagious, addictive team spirit, whenever others were in trouble. For months I've had my alarm set at 6:59 pm on Sundays to make sure I'd be able to respond to the RSVP of my favorite drive, feeling as excited as a child, for the first time in my life taking some time for myself and with a new goal to achieve: I wanted to master my off-roading driving skills. Moving to the Advisors team was a great amplifier of the whole experience, making me aware of the great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to make @Carnity function as a Swiss clock and growing even more my appreciation for this great club and the wonderful people who come together in it. I kept on polishing my driving skills, but also learned about recoveries, and progressively shifted my focus from my own driving to that of all the others around me, as the whole purpose was, at that point, enabling others to live the same wonderful experience as I was experimenting. A whole new world of opportunities came with the Leaders Lead course brilliantly delivered by @Gaurav to @Luca Palanca Falsini, @Janarthan and myself and with the subsequent possibility to lead convoys. To my surprise, I discovered that the pleasure of leading and, in so doing, making people enjoying themselves while following my lines, by far exceeds the pleasure of driving for the sake of driving... The possibility to choose where to go, when to go, which level to drive, the fine line between pushing the convoy to do a bit more without doing anything unsafe, the challenge to set the level so that everyone has fun but the weakest driver can make it through, the pleasure of planning a route to unveil a scenic sunrise driving east in the morning or west in a burning sunset in the afternoon, the satisfaction to see your convoy conquering a mighty dune, a giant bowl, or tricky technical terrain, the sense of adventure exploring new territories... are pure magic. I felt blessed and honored in every drive I led and enthralled by the feedback from those who followed my tail. In less than one year I made it to Expert level in my Y62 until, in February this year, a distraction reminded me the hard way how still inexperienced I was in reality.. I paid my toll, grounded for six endless weeks with an outlook to have my Y62 back only after 6 months 😭😭). As a real desert addict, I couldn't bear the waiting, so I finally came back on a new Jeep Wrangler, with my glorious Patrol returning to more important family duties just a few weeks ago. I know I disappointed many, including @Islam Soliman, opting to leave on the tarmac my white whale for an easier off-road ride... but those 12 months on a Y62 made all the difference of the world and I'm glad Marshals and Crew never discouraged me despite my heavyweight Nissan. Thanks to the Crew, @Gaurav, @Srikumar, @Frederic, who believed in me and gave me the chance to grow at my own pace and in my own way, coming to terms, from time to time, with my impatience to do always more, to count, to measure and to ALWAYS speak my mind (😂😂).. Thanks to the Marshals and Experts, @Ale Vallecchi, @Brette, @Chaitanya D, @Vanessa8580, @Jeepie, @sertac, @Anish S, @Luca Palanca Falsini and especially @Wrangeld, my off-roading mentor, who all took me on their convoys and later entrusted me in supporting roles setting the example of what a convoy leader should be. I regret I never had the chance to join @Emmanuel in a drive, but who knows what the future may reserve for us... Thanks to the Advisors, @Hisham Masaad, @M.Seidam, @marks, @Yousef Alimadadi, @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ, @Alexander Alcala, @Nivin, @Rizwanm2, @Shaaz Sha and the Support Team, @Alex Raptor, @Dodi Syahdar, @GauravSoni, @Veedooshee who joined my drives in support making my leads always easy and relaxed. Thanks to all those who joined my drives, too many to name one by one, except for @Danish Mohammad, who, this last summer, gifted me with the best present a lead could ever receive, i.e. the chance to watch an off-roader blossom in confidence and skills drive after drive, following my lines. And thanks to all those others who patiently tolerated my endless early pop-outs and stucks, to those who drove in the churned up sand left behind by my Y62, who shoveled under my belly, who tugged me out.. What a fantastic experience all this has been and what a fantastic experience it is going to be! I'm proud and honored to have, even more so now as a Marshal, the chance to give back what I have received from this wonderful team sport and within this amazing club. I guess I'll never give back as much as I really received, but I'll do my best, of that you can be sure.. as much as you can be sure about my fast pace in the next drive!!
    30 points
  15. WOW!! What an event!! Congratulations to the entire club for coming together to pull off such an event with such precision. Major credit has to be given to @Gaurav for conceptualizing, planning and executing every single detail. Salute to you buddy, I have learnt a lot just by being there this morning. Also thank you to Sohini Bhabhi for arranging all the food and refreshments. Big Shout out to @Frederic @Asif Hussain @Hisham Masaad and his son (Abdul Ghani) to start the preparation at the unearthly hour of 4 AM. Fantastic support and contributions by @Tbone @Anish S @Rizwanm2 for helping in every possible way. An equal mention to @Vanessa8580 @Lawrence_Chehimi @Brette for coming to help after just concluding their Absolute Newbie drive. At Carnity, we have always built a team spirit and helping attitude to one another. Today along with that we got to see a fantastic competitive spirit between the teams, starting from the Leads all through the team members. Standing at the finish line, with all the team rushing in to try and clock the fastest speed, one could feel the adrenaline pumping. I personally loved the strong competitive spirit displayed with the right sportsmanship, as that is what this Desert Champion Trophy was all about. Congratulations to all the drive participants, you were all winners today. But ofcourse we can have only One CHAMPION for this year, the Team of Arabian Red Fox comprised of @Ruan van den Heever @M.Seidam @Bernard Kalaani @Mario Cornejobrilliantly led by the Tech King Richard @Wrangeld to complete the course in 1 hour 32 mins. ALL HAIL THE CHAMPIONS !!
    27 points
  16. Scorpion Sting Despite this subject is well explained in many of the posts in our carnity forum, I wanted to create an awareness based on my personal experience. On Saturday night, we, 4 families along with kids were camping and star gazing in Al Quoa Milky Way spot. On this night, my spouse became an innocent victim to a scorpion sting when we were sitting on the sands. Before the incident happened, unfortunately she removed her shoes to clean up the sand and sat for some time with bare foot - which caused all this. Thanks to guidance from carnity, we had clicked a foto of that tiny thing, in order to show to doctor for proper diagnosis. Within the span of five minutes her entire left leg turned numb with deep burning sensation and she couldn’t walk or place her leg on the floor (sting happened on her left leg foot, below the thumb finger). I immediately called the ambulance using 999 service, who rushed to the spot in less than 45 minutes and checked all her vitals including BP, pulse rate, blood oxygen etc. and confirmed that everything is normal. We went to the nearest seha hospital in the ambulance which is in Al Wagan area and the doctors treated her with pain killers and anti allergy injections. The pain (severe to moderate) lasted for 24 to 36 hours, post which she was able to walk comfortably. Pain still continues to exist (slight level) in the respective area, which should go off completely in next 24 hours. Key Takeaways: Do not panic and keep your hopes high and blood pressure at normal levels. If there is no giddiness after 15 or 30 mins, there is no problem at all. In case of giddiness, then this requires some quick treatment along with antidodes. Numbness and pain are quite normal in this case. As per Seha, none of the species in UAE desert are venomous and thus there is no antidode required. (They haven’t given any antidode to my spouse). The hospital staffs said they see more than 5 cases in a day with such instances. Dont rush to hospital yourself, as this needs some specialises practical experience to treat such incidents. City Hospitals may lack that speciality. 999 ambulance is the right option. We visited NMC Urgent Care, the next day morning, due to severe pain - they reviewed the treatments provided by Seha and informed that there is no further treatment can be provided there. Time is the only heal for this pain with few pain killer medications. Be ready to withstand the pain for 48 hours. Lastly, never remove shoes. Special thanks to @Gaurav and @M.Seidam for your care and advice over the phone. Tons and Tons of Thanks to @Asif Hussain, who drove all the way during such late hours, to help my friends in removing the car from sand while I am attending my spouse in the hospital. Asif Bhai, you always hold a special place in our heart for your kindness and support. Our respects for you is on highest levels. Here is the photo of that black sheep.
    26 points
  17. Thank you very much everyone for the whole-hearted participation to make this first-ever - Desert Champions Trophy so successful, entertaining, and thrilling for all of us. It was an AWESOME feeling to see everyone completing the entire course of an event without any breakdown, damage, or injury. And this is exactly what is going to motivate us to plan such events in the future. Secondly, we were also impressed with all team's patience and faith in us to respect the true Desert Champion, without any disputes, arguments or sad faces. This truly tells us that all team members and lead have taken this as a fair sporting event and understood that winning or losing is beyond any "Champion" title. Special thanks to all crew, marshals, experts, advisors and support team to help conceive this whole event with utmost dedication, creativity, and meticulous planning. And help us manage and deliver this event flawlessly.
    26 points
  18. The Ultimate Test of Off-road Skills, Recovery and Teamwork. Carnity Desert Champions Trophy will bring the best out of each off-roader in the most grueling terrain to rely on each team member for aim to secure this most prestigious title. Following Carnity ethos that off-roading is open to all stock and modified cars, new and old, powerful and underpowered cars, strongest and the weakest cars, this Desert Champions Trophy will be open to all Carnity off-road club members exclusively. WHEN: 19 November 2021 WHERE: Somewhere in Dubai Desert Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/SCJYQgPb6VH2iSqq6 To make everything more exciting, challenging and fair there will be a good mix of these key elements: Car: Any 4X4 with low range gearing and 8 - 10 Inches of ground clearance. Drivers: Fewbie, Fewbie Plus, Intermediate, Extreme, Support Team and Advisor. Lead: Expert, Marshal and Crew. Luck: Raffle draws will be held to decide the team lead, team names and members (at assigned levels). The first raffle draw - decides who has first pick, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on. The second raffle draw - decides the team names as picked up by the Team lead. The third raffle draw- decides the team members as picked up by the Team Lead. TEAM FORMATION Lead: Any Expert, Marshal / Crew Second Lead: Any Extreme / Advisor Third: Fewbie Fourth: Fewbie / Fewbie Plus Fifth: Fewbie Plus / Intermediate Sixth: Any Intermediate / Support Team TEAM NAMES (MAX 10 TEAMS) Arabian Camel Arabian Falcon Arabian Horse Arabian Leopard Arabian Oryx Arabian Red Fox Arabian Saluki Arabian Sand Cat Arabian Sand Gazelle Arabian Wolf TIMINGS Pre-opening: 25 Oct 2021, Monday Registration opening: 1 Nov 2021, Monday - 9:00 AM Registration closing: 14 Nov 2021, Sunday - 9:00 PM OR once we reach the limit of 10 Participants at each level. A maximum of 10 teams will be allowed. Team Formation: On or before 15 Nov 2021, Monday. Event Date: 19 Nov 2021, Friday. Meet-up: 6:00 AM Waypoints Distribution: 6:30 AM First Team Dispatch: 7:00 AM REGISTRATION CRITERIA Express your interest by filling Registration form - CLOSED NOW You will receive the pre-qualification response within 1-2 days. Selection will be based on the trip lead feedback you've driven in the past. The newbie can also express their interest, but they have to become Fewbie before 13 Nov 2021. Once you are selected, you will receive the link to Pay and confirm your participation. Upon completion of payment, you will be added to the events calendar. WEATHER 19 - 30 Degrees 😊 64% Cloud Cover - ☁️ No rain - 🌂 PARTICIPATION CHARGES AND CONDITIONS All Participating Members: 500 AED (Non-Refundable). Team Lead: Only for Carnity Expert, Marshal & Crew. Expert, Marshal & Crew: Not allowed to join as support. Open to all Carnity off-road club members ONLY. The newbie should become Fewbie before 13 Nov 2021. Experienced Newbie can transfer their off-road experience. RULES AND REGULATIONS All teams will receive the set waypoints on the day of the event. Each team member needs to store those waypoints prior to the start line. All team members should use a GPS app/device to record track and waypoints. One person per car - no passengers allowed. Everything in your car should be securely fastened. GAME ON Each team will require to cross through the desert consisting of small, medium and tall dunes. All waypoints will be placed in an area, which will be completely doable by stock cars. So instead of focusing on maximizing power and modifications, you really need to focus hard on your off-roading skills, creativity and wisdom - which makes the REAL DESERT CHAMPIONS - and not just the cars. Moderate GPS navigation skills are required to choose the fastest or the easiest path through the sabka, tall dunes or technical patches to get the whole team moving. You will not require any additional fuel, as a standard fuel tank will be sufficient for the whole event. Each team member needs to make a small circle at every waypoint to mark on its GPS track. All teams will start with 5-10 minute intervals to avoid crowding near the first few waypoints. The same duration will be subtracted from their total track time in the end. The team to cover all required waypoints and finish first in a minimum amount of time will have the honor to lift the Trophy with the most distinguished title of The Desert Champions for the next full year. In case of a tie, the team with the least kilometer clocked will win and lift the Trophy. SECRET Real off-roading is a lot more than just a full-throttle blast. And the off-roaders who know this secret will win this prestigious title. Keep the fluid momentum to get going with minimal disruptions. As a lead you need to find a track to accommodate all levels of cars and drivers. As a second lead, you need to fix the pitfalls and make it more smooth and doable for everyone behind. As a fewbie, you need to follow the track as close as possible to avoid getting stuck and refusals. As a fewbie plus and Intermediate, get ready to guide, dig and recover stuck cars as fast as you can. Go as slow as possible, and as fast as necessary. Have fun and drive safe. KEEP IT SIMPLE This is not a straight-line solo race or a challenge. It is a team sport to test your off-road skills, recovery skills and teamwork. The faster you will go, the slower you might get with continuous stucks and refusal. So instead, take it easy, be creative to think outside the box and maze of dunes with your complete team while having fun, taking pictures and making new friends. VEHICLE AND GEARS As you don't need any special vehicle to participate, your 4X4 should be in desert drive-worthy condition. Any 4X4 with Low range gearing. With a minimum of 8 - 10 inches of ground clearance. Front and rear tow hooks / eyelets / bolt-on hooks. Off-road gear as per Carnity off-road Structure. Same size spare tire in working condition. Bash plate and AT tires (Recommended). CONDITIONS APPLY Any vehicle breakdown will require immediate reporting to the control team. Once the control team arrives on the site, based on their fair evaluation you can leave the broken down car and driver to be rescued out by the support team to the nearest exit. As the control team may arrive within 15 min - 2 hours, so you will lose that time without any consideration of the vehicle breakdown. Including trip lead vehicle breakdown will be replaced with backup leads within 15 min - 2 hours, without any consideration of the vehicle breakdown. Tire pop-out, minor bumper damage, will not be counted as part of vehicle breakdown. Any accident requiring a police report will disqualify the whole team. Any tampering with GPS recording and data will disqualify the whole team. Any minor to moderate damage to any vehicle will give chance to the second or third team with no damage (if any). If all first 3 team comes with minor to moderate damage then the trophy will go back to the first team. WINNING TEAM PRIZES Desert Champions Trophy - Pride for life. 500 AED - Carnity Account Credit for each participant. Carnity's Winning Certificate for each team member. Social Media campaign for winning team with pictures. Part of "Desert Champions" User group on the site. Entitle to use: Winner of Desert Champions Trophy 2021 in signature. Carnity Weatherproof Safety Flag Carnity Metallic Weatherproof Sticker Carnity Cap Carnity T-Shirt So now, let's get started by expressing your interest to participate by filling this Registration form - CLOSED NOW. Based on trip lead, Marshal and Crew feedback, if you are selected, you will receive the web link to pay 500 AED to secure your participation. Once you complete the payment process you will be added to the events calendar.
    25 points
  19. Hello all of my fellow Liwa Crescent Explorers. To commemorate the successful completion of our drive, I am getting stickers printed. You can use the stickers on the rear windshield. Here is the sticker: Key Details about the Sticker Measures 7 cm / 2.75 in in diameter The sticker calls out the days and date of the crossing We had a beautiful moonrise night on the 19th which has been captured in the design A red line marks the final route that was covered from Gaia I have the following drivers from the three drive posts: Fewbie / 12 drivers: @Frederic + @JeromeFJ + @Karthik Raptor @AlexM @KKIRAN @Ahmad Shaker @Simon Dawood @Richard Franks @Trekado @salah2u @Salim Akhtar @Senthil Kumar Fewbie Plus / 9 drivers: @Gaurav + @Alphin Aloor @Looper @Zixuan Huang - Charlie @Waqas Parvez @Ashok chaturvedi @imranaasghar81 @Fabien Monleau Intermediate / 8 drivers: @Srikumar + @Mario Cornejo @Amir Amiri @Ranjan Das @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Xavier Treasurer @varunmehndiratta @Ahab Shamaa Collecting the sticker There is NO COST to you for a sticker, but I will have to limit one sticker per driver. Also, I won't be able to ship a sticker out to you if you don't live in Dubai or have it delivered to you. If any of you would like the sticker, you can either collect them from me on an upcoming drive we are in together, or I will release some locations I will be available at in the following week of the 21st.
    24 points
  20. Thank you everyone for amazing participation, fun and thrilling action during the first-ever Desert Champions Trophy. Congratulations to all the participating team members and lead for successfully, safely, and creatively completing the whole course of 5 waypoints spread across the Lisaili and Solar Park area. YOU ALL ARE TRUE DESERT CHAMPIONS. Congratulations to Team Red Fox for winning the trophy for completing the whole course in the shortest amount of time. Team Lead: Richard Kohn @Wrangeld Second Lead: @M.Seidam Third: @Bernard Kalaani Fourth: @Ruan van den Heever Sweep: @Mario Cornejo Winning Team Arabian Red Fox GPS Track Download: DXB-DCT-Richard.gpx All Team Timings: Team Arabian Red Fox - 1:32:05 Team Arabian Saluki - 1:43:50 Team Arabian Sand Gazelle - 1:44:02 Team Arabian Wolf - 1:55:22 Team Arabian Leopard - 2:13:49 Team Arabian Camel - 2:31:41 WINNING TEAM CELEBRATION All images have been uploaded to the gallery: https://carnity.com/gallery/category/1076-desert-champions-trophy-2021 All Hi-Res Images you can download from here: https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_1.zip https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_2.zip https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_3.zip Master video @Daniel Rodas @Werno @Javier Lucero @Zed @Alexander Alcala @Mario Cornejo @M.Seidam @Humayun Ghias @varunmehndiratta @Hisham Masaad @Anoop Nair @Niki @JamesThorn @Ruan van den Heever @Chaitanya D @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Jeepie @Kailas @JeromeFJ @Bernard Kalaani @Looper @Alexanderrr @Mus_hus78 @Daniel Yang @Wrangeld @GauravSoni @Matt.T @Warren Flay @Ale Vallecchi @Mohamad Anwer @Jorge Stepniak Felippe Requesting everyone to please share their valuable feedback Desert Champions Trophy -2021 Feedback Look forward to welcoming new "Desert Champions" in 2022....!
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  21. Post (Winning!) Drive Report: Arabian Red Fox When you are not the fastest (Leopard), Apex Predator (Wolves) or desert train (Camel) planning for the Desert Challenge depended on and excellent team effort, thinking through key focus areas and our strengths and potential weaknesses. How can I explain a drive which resulted in our arriving 11 minutes faster than the exceptionally close 2nd & 3rd teams on what I think was officially my 80th lead in Carnity? While still somewhat surprised (and undoubtedly delighted) us that we came in first, I think it's down to this: Teamwork: I may have 'led' the drive but without the agreements in the team that other drivers direct me if I was going off track, that we would deal with all recoveries through assigned team members and the trust we managed to build up over a few days of WhatsApp discussions, this would never have happened. From start to finish, the team operated like a perfectly oiled machine. Everyone looked out for everyone else. Everyone supported the decisions we made and everyone played an essential role in getting us across the line - especially once we knew we were ahead of other teams that left before us. There was a massive amount of trust in each other because we knew that we had each other's backs. Pancho Buitenhuis: I was channeling the Pancho in me yesterday. I can see the smile on the face of anyone that had the pleasure of driving with Pancho as I write this. I think our route map shows, the route that we navigated in the end was Route 1. The number of crests I broke over 90 minutes was incalculable. More importantly, and because in so doing I also had in mind that the team needed to follow me where ever I went, the team trusted me when I said that they could follow. And they did. We were not particularly fast across the sabkahs or through the long range dunes. We did not need to be because we had made up all our time through the 54321 route and making some creative choices through the technical dunes. Letting Go: In the week leading up to the challenge I was personally not in a great headspace. This was exacerbated by something that happened literally minutes before the start of the event. By the time we finally lined up, the briefing was completed, the team had agreed that we would follow the agreed route, and I had made my way into the driving seat despite a troubling bad back, I was so grateful for the team that had got me there; the result became unimportant. We were just going to have fun. After all, it's just driving in the desert and we do that every week. I checked in with the team that they were all OK and that all we wanted was to have a good time and get back safely. It all worked because @M.Seidam followed me like a hawk (or fox) and made any corrections needed without hesitation, @Bernard Kalaani was outstanding in following the lead and jumping out without hesitation if needed [total stopped time was less than 7 minutes], @Ruan van den Heever and @Mario Cornejo were course correcting from the rear of the convoy throughout, so we were almost pinpoint in our accuracy as we got to the waypoints. What were the highlights? The incredible banter going on on our radios throughout. When Marion and Ruan were not telling me where to go, they were reminding me in turn @Mario Cornejo that I had kept him in the desert 7 hours on one of my epic technical drives and requesting that I did not do the same again @Ruan van den Heever that the only other drives on which we had seen me were a night drive (so had not seen me) and coming with a group to recover a rolled over Jeep on a drive I was leading. @Ruan van den Heever comments and joy on telling @Mario Cornejo what a beautiful sight it was to see his car in the air after Mario had 'got some air' over one of the crests. While the referees were holding us in suspense, @M.Seidam concerned that his crest might have cost us the win and the look of pleasure and relief when it was announced that he did not need to worry about that 25 seconds. You had nothing about which to worry brother. @Bernard Kalaani imploring Ruan and Mario to go local with a recovery (definitely not regulation Carnity) instead of using a rope or digging - it worked. @Gauravthe organization was impeccable. @Frederic @Srikumar wonderful support. @Hisham Masaad you're my hero! And thanks to everyone that participated. By far the best part of the day was the face to face interaction, the chats over breakfast an while waiting for the other teams and the awards. This is what Carnity was always about: welcome back. See you soon in the sand.
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  22. Thanks to everyone for attending the DCT - Team Formation. Here is the final list and good luck to everyone. Team 1: Arabian Sand Gazelle Kailas Daniel Yang Werno Looper Alexander Alcala Team 2: Arabian Wolf Ale Vallecchi Mohamed Anwer James Thorn Jorge Jerome FJ Team 3: Arabian Saluki Chaitanya Anoop Nair Warren Flay Matt.T Hisham Masaad Team 4: Arabian Camel Marjan (Jeepie) Zed Alexanderrr Javier Lucero Varun Mehdiratta Gaurav Soni (Spare to replace any no-show) Team 5: Arabian Leopard Lorenzo Daniel Rodas Mustafa Humayun Niki Team 6: Arabian Red Fox Richard Bernard Ruan Mario M.Seidam
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  23. I had a center diff lock issue few weeks back: after self-recovery the center diff lock remained locked and would not unlock, causing heavy steering when driving home. My mechanic was trying to solve the center diff problem by isolation: whether it was mechanical (possible fix: change center diff lock actuator), or was it electrical (possible fix: clean dirty connections). While he was doing that, I was reading the materials from my Land Cruiser Repair Manuals and some other sources. Thought I'd share my "differential enlightenment" here, and try to explain it as non-technical as possible 🙂 FYI, I've arranged it so that everyone knows the context and working background of a diff before using this knowledge to our offroad driving, so read from 1-2-3-4, but if you wanna go straight to how we use diff locks, go ahead to point #4 below: 1. The Minimum 3 Diffs required for most cars Forget if you have 3 buttons with labels: RR/Rear Lock, Center Lock, FF/Front Lock. Forget the IFS vs Solid Axle debate for front drive. Turn your 4WD car upside-down (or easier to look at the underbody diagram in your manual 😁 ), it better have 3 differentials: Rear Diff (Red Sphere), Center Diff hidden in what's known as Transfer Case that also holds the 4LO low-gearing (Purple Sphere) and Front Diff (Blue Sphere). What's that, you don't like this 3D illustration? Let's show a real example with an old Toyota Fake Jeep #whoops I meant FJ 😂 You can see I circled the 3 "pumpkins" casing showing the 3 differentials location 👇 2. Why do we need those spheres/pumpkins/diffs ? The picture below shows 2 tyres on an axle with NO DIFF. Do you think it will turn nicely without slipping? Do we want this kind of horse carriage in our modern 4WD systems? 😅 So there you go, we need Diffs to make smooth turnings without stressing the driveline. In the illustration below, when we turn the Red Curve is longer (travel more distance) than the Blue Curve (travel less distance), so how can they turn at different rates when the engine gives the same power of 1,000 rpm? The answer: the magical mechanical device called a differential 😊 General Motors made this video long long time back, even though it's in Black & White, it explains how the concept of Differential came about (also explained how the Spider Gears work!). The video is optional, only for the technically-inclined and curious ones... 3. Why do we need that Center Diff? So from point #2 above, we know Diffs are used for turning the car, so front & rear diffs make sense, but what does a center diff do? Tilt the car? Refer to sketch drawing below: The car is turning left. Each wheel follows a different curve path: the inside wheels don't need to turn so fast, so in this diagram the front inside wheel needs 50 rpm and the rear inside wheel needs 48 rpm. BUT in order to turn, the front wheels need to turn faster than the rear wheels: thus the outer front wheel needs 54 rpm and the inner outer front wheel needs 50 rpm. Both front wheels are rotating faster than the rear wheels. If you add all the power required, Total Front Drive Power Needed = 54 + 50 = 104 rpm and Total Front Rear Power Needed = 52 + 48 = 100 rpm. WITHOUT CENTER DIFF, the transmission outputs 100 rpm to both Front and Rear drive shafts. So what? Well, that 104 rpm needed to turn wheels is greater than then 100 rpm, so extra stress is created... if continous stress is accumulated, this may lead to the image below, kablooi! So the Center Diff is similar to point #2 above, but instead of allowing inside wheel & outside wheel turn at different rates, the Center Diff allows the front axle and the rear axle to get different power output. Refer to diagram below now: So by having that Sphere/Pumpkin/Diff in the middle, the front drive shaft gets more power to accelerate faster than the rear drive shaft which move slower. Don't believe this paper drawings and theories? Well let's watch how the World Rally Championship uses Center Diffs to make turnings smoother and then lock the Center Diff to distribute power in a straight-line driving: 4. Press that Center Diff Lock! Finally we can use all that theories to use. Refer to below illustration: Red Axle is the rear and Blue Axle is the front. The Front-Right wheel is slipping while the rest of 3 tyres got some traction. Why won't the car move? Here's a little secret: Diffs are great for helping to turn, but the side-effect of a diff is that the output power from transmission will go to the wheel with the least traction. In the diagram above, that means the Front-Left Blue tyre will not turn at all! BUT we still have the 2 Rear Red tyres with traction, don't we? Yes, but from Point #3 we know an open Center Diff allows front & back axles to turn at different rates, so in this case more power is given to the Front Blue Axle because of that spinning wheel that has the least traction... thus the rear tyres spin r.e.a.l.l.y s.l.o.w.l.y , making the driver frustrated and leaving him sweating 😂 Now we hear those famous words from the radio: "Engage 4LO and (Center) Diff Lock" We'll talk about 4LO some other time, but the effect of pressing the Center Diff Lock is now this illustration: No it's not the same image... ok yes, but watch the rotational arrows at the back. You see that Front-Right Blue slipping wheel? That one is stealing all the drive power. BUT because of Center Diff Lock, we now forced the Front & Rear axles to turn at the same rate. So if the Front-Right Blue is stealing 100 rpm slipping, then now the Rear Tyres are also spinning 100 rpm, with probably 50:50, so Rear-Right is 50 rpm and Rear-Left is 50 rpm. Because the Rear Tyres have traction (those brown balls), then the rear tyres move the car forward... or down-right depending on the angle you wanna recover. 5. Press that Rear Diff Lock! So you think Center Diff Lock is enough and no need for a rope tug? Well check the illustration below: Now we have 2 wheels spinning: one in the front (Front-Right Blue) and one in the back (Rear-Left Red). You press Center Diff: nothing is moving. Why? Well the Center Diff allows front & back axles to turn the same, that bit is right... BUT because power is lost to the least wheel with traction, the transmission output will just spin both wheels (Front-Right Blue & Rear-Left Red). Calculatively: Front-Right: 50 rpm spinning Front-Left: Zero rpm not spinning (refer to disadvantage of diff in Point #4) Rear-Right: Zero rpm not spinning (refer to disadvantage of diff in Point #4) Rear-Left: 50 rpm spinning (same speed as Front-Right due to Center Diff locked) Here's what's gonna happen if your 4WD is lucky enought to have a Rear Diff Lock button: It's the same image again? Yessirree but look at the rotational arrows, especially at the rear red axle. So now Rear Differential is locked, splitting 50:50 drive power to the Rear-Right Red tyre and the Rear-Left Red tyre. Now instead of Zero RPM, that Rear-Left tyre will get 25rpm and might just nudge the car forward a bit... slowly but steadily, you might self-recover! Calculatively: Front-Right: 50 rpm spinning Front-Left: Zero rpm not spinning (refer to disadvantage of diff in Point #4) Rear-Right: 25 rpm (due to Rear Diff Lock) Rear-Left: 25 rpm spinning (due to Rear Diff Lock + Center Diff Lock) Yes you have to do Double-Locking: press Center Diff Lock first, then Rear Diff Lock. 6. Press that Front Diff Lock! That situation in Point #5? Well you have a higher chance of self-recovery if your beloved 4WD also has a Front Diff Lock. Refer to illustration below: Calculatively: Front-Right: 25 rpm spinning Front-Left: 25 rpm (due to Front Diff Lock) Rear-Right: 25 rpm (due to Rear Diff Lock) Rear-Left: 25 rpm spinning (due to Rear Diff Lock + Center Diff Lock) You can now do Triple Locking: get out of the car, assess the situation, then press the magic 3 buttons: Center Diff Lock On, Rear Diff Lock On, and Front Diff Lock On. 7. Cars with Triple Locking from Factory If you made it to this point, then you may want to now look for second-hand 4WDs that have triple-locking from the factory 😊 Here are 3 that I know of (please add if you know more): 7.1. Land Cruiser 80 Series: just look at the diff lock indicators on that dashboard. No custom aftermarket buttons to show if your car is triple-locked 😁 7.2 Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. Do you know why I said the order is Center Diff Lock then Rear Diff Lock then last is Front Diff Lock? It's because Mercedes Benz labelled it in that order too! 7.3 Land Cruiser 300: well, this one you have to wait, and there's no second-hand market yet, so this is the most expensive triple-locked currently 😅 Sources: The nice 3D Illustrations are from the Land Cruiser Cool Project.
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  24. My drives journey has hit a milestone. I have scored half century this past Friday. While my drive count shows 51 on the forum - I was absent on one afternoon drive, which was my 2nd drive of the day. These are a snapshots of my drives till date. Looking forward to many many more. Any and all criticisms are welcome.
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  25. Desert Champion Trophy - Arabian Wolves Report "Strip away your pride, and put on humble clothes" - Rumi Dear Desertanuts, after a couple of busy days, spent both on working matters and reflecting on the lessons learned last Friday, here's what I came away with, from the great event which has crowned the first Carnity Desert Champion. Speaking of crowning, before I get on with my report, I want to congratulate myself with King Richard @Wrangeld, to whom I wish to convey my greatest joy, and utmost respect, for his astounding achievement. It was truly a masterful and magic drive, which, I am very glad to say, must have repaid him of the many drives he has done in technical areas, some of which must have been tiring and frustrating. They have all paid off with this great and extremely deserved win. Sincere thanks also go to the other Leads ( @Chaitanya D, @Kailas, @Lorenzo Candelpergher, @Jeepie) and the Teams' members: they all provided an incredible incentive to bring out our best, pushing each other to the limits, especially during those exciting couple of times when 2 or more convoys came together in the proximity of the waypoints, challenging one another to choose better and faster routes. As for my analysis, the essence of the drive, and the final effect it has had on me, are captured by the words of the great Rumi, stated in the report's title. The challenge was, for me, a true eye-opener, and a humbling experience. After the initial disappointment of my final placement, I am actually welcoming the humbling aspect of the race. While during the past months I have been very successful with my drives, with almost always full, or overbooked houses. At the same time, I now understand that this "success" had made me overconfident. My post trophy self-criticism has made me realize that I have not been training enough in technical areas, while invariably going for the very long treks, favoring speed over finesse (at least in part), and preferring cleaner routes over more complex ones. Those who choose my drives know that I go to great lengths to minimize the technical areas, to the advantage of cleaner routes, with greater potential for longer and smoother treks. The fact that as a Carnity Lead I have, eventually, developed my own flavor of drives, may actually have ended up in my getting "stuck" in a rut, repeating what I had become better at, and neglecting the skills needed to become a thoroughly complete Lead. The greatest takeaway from the DCT, for me, has been the need to break out of the mould I have built for myself, and engage in more diverse locations, drives, and terrains. Having said this, I'll get back to my team's routing strategy. As previously reported by @Lorenzo Candelpergher, I had also chosen a 5-4-5-3-2-1 route as my Plan A. This would have allowed me to get back from WP#4, surrounded by the most technical dunes, to the area of long range cordons that I know better, and where I was confident the speeds I could reach would allow me to move very fast toward WP#3. Unluckily, 2 time-consuming incidents took place just after reaching WP#4, on the way back up to WP#5, and took away all the advantage we had on the other teams, as first starters. At that point, I did not feel like risking to go for Plan B, which I had marked on my map, and was quite similar to Richard's, but (in my opinion) entailed many more technical dunes. The fact that I have preferred to give my team as much a break as possible from technical dunes, with hindsight, was not the right decision in terms of winning strategy, yet may have been a good decision in terms of letting them get their confidence back, and ensuring the safety of the drive. The other reason why I did not feel we would have gained much advantage going for Plan B (in @Gaurav's words "as the crow flies") was because the distance between WP#4 and #3, going either my way or what resulted to be Richard's way, seemed to be almost equal. Hence I stuck to my faster speed approach, Vs. the mix of straight lines and technical dunes. Lesson taught by the Master of technical drives, and learned by the Long Range guy. As far as Team Wolves' performance, I must say I can only praise @JeromeFJ, @Mohamad Anwer, @James Thorn and @Jorge Stepniak Felippe, all equally, for a great drive - one that was probably my fastest ever, with non-stop "bat out of hell" speeds. Special kudos should go to their impeccable team work, in the occasion of the pop-out and the nasty stuck we had to solve. The pop out was sorted out in record breaking 6 minutes, while a troublesome double stuck (front and back, into a small V-shaped bowl), with no room to tug, was dug away in 8 minutes of shoveling and blip-blip self-recovery. I am very proud of how they responded after the two incidents, and how confident they were in driving at very high speeds, covering from half-way between Waypoints 4 and 5 to the finish line in 1 hour and 2 minutes of uninterrupted, impeccable driving. Lastly, thanks to @Gaurav, @Srikumar and @Frederic for the perfect organization, and thanks to @Asif Hussain, @Tbone, and @Rizwanm2 for their assistance and support. Could not have asked for a greater family feeling, and fun environment, where in the end we all came out as winners, and better off-roaders.
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  26. Time to find out the best combination of "4X4 + Driver" With the weather being nice now, it's soon gonna be time to have full-day drives. Number one in my wish list is to show the real off-roaders ULTIMATE testing ground, we have seen in the UAE. We have discovered this place by chance during Al Quaa and Wagan Drive back in 2018. I was deceived by a tire track on the top perimeter of this monstrous bowl. Went inside to try the same and failed within a few meters and sucked inside that humongous bowl that I have never seen before in my life. I tried my level best and failed several times to get out. Finally, we used my winch line (30 meters) and 2 or 3 tow ropes to pull me uphill. So we named it a "Pajero Bowl". A nice memory of defeat. Recently, we have seen some Insta videos of a few cars conquering that Pajero bowl, maybe by power (which my Pajero lacked) or some topography changes (we don't know), I wish to re-visit this area again with a full-day drive plan. So that all you Intermediate, extreme and above drivers with powerful 4x4 have a chance to test your "ride + skills". Trust me it's no joke, and only for serious, brave-heart YET sensible off-roaders - STRICTLY. Running a poll here before posting a drive, to see how many of you are actually up for experiencing such a place in UAE sand. Tentative Date: 26 Nov 2021. Due to technical difficulty in reaching this area plus limited space to park cars at the top, only spectators with a winch will be allowed. As we need all the winch power we have in the club to help people exit out safely. @Lawrence_Chehimi @Niki @Shaaz Sha @Ahab Shamaa @Hisham Masaad @Ilya @Christian Andras @Lorenzo Candelpergher Tag others who you might think would be interested in this. Bowl.mp4 Pajero Bowl Recovery.mp4 Thank you @Asif Hussain for digging this modified FJC climbing out that bowl. Hope this video gives better dimensions of what is really needed to get out. Mod FJC climb.mp4
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  27. All vehicle stickers just arrived with the team name and numbers...
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  28. Team Carnity is the driving force that manages the off-road club. This management ensures consistent drives, the development of all off-roaders, and the advancement of Carnity off-road club. All Team Carnity ranks demand a substantial voluntary time and effort both physically and mentally. Teamwork and commitment are the most important factors here, much more than individual driving capabilities and skills. The Team Carnity Grading Structure provides you with a clear road map for the next level of your off-road journey and rewards selective offroaders based on their Capabilities, Contribution, and Commitment. Consistent with Carnity's commitment to community and contribution, there are special benefits for senior off-roaders who commit to embracing Carnity's long-term vision and contributing to the success and growth of Carnity and its off-road club. Team Carnity ranks will prepare you for bigger "Commanding and Leading" roles within Carnity Off-road Club. SUPPORT TEAM Pre-requisite 1) Minimum 10 any level "Carnity" drives are required after your Intermediate promotion. Once you decide to join Team Carnity to excel further with your off-roading, people, and commanding skills, you will be extensively trained by the whole Team Carnity from Expert - Marshal - Crew at various stages by supporting different levels drives. Stage 1 After your Support Team promotion request is accepted, you will receive a Desert Recovery Champion training to be fully equipped to handle the most levels of support requirements: Basic self-recovery techniques Tow rope recovery – basics Recover vehicle without tow points How to fix tire pop out / change How to deal with extreme recoveries Advance survival techniques How to deal with vehicle overheating First-Aid response Firefighting response Stage 2 (optional) Pre-requisite 1) Minimum 10 "Carnity" Intermediate drives are required within the last 6 months. 2) For progressing further to Advisor level, you need to receive a minimum of 4 different Marshals / Crew approval by supporting 4 or more Newbie drives, so that you can attain adequate exposure for bigger roles that come with more responsible and commanding tasks in the future. To learn and demonstrate your recovery and self-recovery skills. Help individuals to self-recover or use tow rope or winch recoveries. To demonstrate your convoy commanding skills in difficult situations. And people interaction skills to manage the convoy with clear communication. Once you receive 4 different Marshals / Crew approval, then you will be eligible for your Advisor promotion. Eligibility criteria: Maximum two rounds of 4 Newbie drives each will be assigned to you with different Marshals for demonstrating your skills, knowledge, commitment, and team player attitude. You must attain a full consensus of all 4 Marshal / Crew in either the first or the second round as a qualifier. Full 4 drives consensus need to be achieved in either round for you to proceed, else your promotion request will be rejected permanently. You may of course continue in the Carnity Off-road Club at your previous rank. Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback. ADVISOR Before applying for the ADVISOR, your community reputation has to be at least at the "Good" level. Neutral - 0 points Fair - 200 points Average - 500 points Good - 1,000 points Excellent - 2,000 points Simply because your community reputation is the first benchmark that identifies your helping, supporting and contributing nature. Secondly for selecting you for commanding roles, your community reputation plays a vital role so that other off-roaders are acquainted with your name, knowledge and leadership skills. Based on our experience, leaders with higher community reputation and social presence develop better fan-following, commands respect faster and control convoy management efficiently. You can earn community reputation points by making more meaningful contributions through new topics, replying to posts, trip reports, gallery images and helping others based on the below points allocation. P.S. Any unfair activity to influence your community's reputation will result in permanent rejection. This Advisor level is the cornerstone of Team Carnity Structure as you will always remain an "Advisor" first even when you attain a Marshal rank. As an advisor, you will, constructively help, support, and advise other advisors with "respect" being part of this big multi-cultural family. You can discuss or even question ideas at any level but respectfully and professionally by keeping all the dialogue exchange confidential for internal use only. Your biggest transformation from an off-roader to a leader will be done at this level. With a solid experience of supporting drives and handling recoveries, you will join the most comprehensive and power-packed Leaders Lead sessions. The Leaders Lead Sessions, which consists of 3 drives and significant homework and preparation in advance of the drives, will eventually teach you all about leading and navigating in the desert, extreme recovery scenarios, and learning to lead the convoy in the various terrains UAE has to offer. These sessions are conducted by a crew member, tailored specifically for you, and be done for a handful of members only at a time. This is invaluable information and exclusive training that you will only receive at the Advisor level with Carnity. You will be learning the basics of leading the convoy in the desert in three different steps: Advance sand reading, planning your lead, terrain, level, and emergency exits. Lead with navigational software to systematically scale the lead for all the cars in the convoy. Ability to lead, recover and manage the convoy in the most extreme desert available in the UAE. Once you complete these 3 sessions then you will be eligible to lead drives under supervision: Minimum two partial leads for any daytime Fewbie drives under Expert/Marshal/Crew supervision. Plan, post, and a lead minimum of four daytime Fewbie drives under Expert/Marshal/Crew supervision. You can extend above two partial or four full leads beyond if you need more time to develop confidence. Once you successfully, complete the minimum of two partial and four full leads under supervision, then you will be eligible for your Expert promotion. Carnity Contribution Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only Lead/Support: 3 drives per month at least Forum contribution to earn Carnity points Skills required Meticulous planning and preparation Ready for new challenges or unexpected situations Leadership skills to always put the team before yourself 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 Joining All Levels Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback. 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 Off-road Certification with rank and skills achieved. Full access to Carnity without any paid subscription. Join any drive in the “Manage” tab. Carnity Contribution Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only. Lead/Support: Minimum of 3 drives per month. 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 others’ 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. Once you complete leading 20 - 40 Independent drives then you are eligible for Marshal promotion. Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback. MARSHAL Marshal is an epitome for all levels in the off-road grading structure. At this level with all your experience and knowledge, you are required to engage in mentorship roles, develop new off-roaders, and help advance the off-road club growth. Your continuous commitment and passion for off-road needs to rise above and beyond any other advisor to support, lead, rescue, explore new areas, or drives. Without any checklist or number counts your dedication and commitment should be very visible and motivating for all other advisors and off-roaders to follow. Carnity Benefits Earn reward and recognition from Desert Driving Courses Off-road Certification with rank and skills achieved Full access to Carnity without any paid subscription Join any drive in the “Manage” tab. Carnity Contribution Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only Lead/Support drives as per Carnity drive planning Carnity off-road club betterment and advancement What you'll learn Trip route planning as per convoy’s response Drive topic and calendar posting and management Deal with different cultures, mindsets, and nationalities Explore new areas and conduct recce trips independently Basic car technical and electronic management skills Skills required A humble, approachable, and social person Matured, pro-active, calm, and composed Mentor-ship skills to train off-roaders at all levels 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 ALL LEVEL drives independently Assign and manage second lead, center forward and sweep Support and supervise senior offroaders at all levels Drive Joining All Levels Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback.
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  29. Thanks a lot @Gaurav for the nice words and all Team Carnity for this trust you have placed in me. I still remember my AN drive with @Srikumar in July last year just after the lockdown started to ease out and I never though this will take me here.. countless number of stucks and refusals and car parts that were flying left and right on the sand and we just kept piling them up in the trunk 😂 it’s only due to the leadership and coaching of every leads and support teams in these drives, the patience from all fellow drivers, and the friendships made on the sand that I got here and didn’t give up. I had my first pop out with @Srikumar on my 3rd NB drive and I still remember my feeling then.. once he told me you have a pop out! , I thought I am dead.. had no clue what that means and what happens now.. then I stood their mouth opened astonished watching him and @Vanessa8580 getting on their knees and working it out to fix it. I remember my first drive with @Gaurav.. I think was my 4th.. and I was 3rd place next to a Duster and I saw how he carefully picked the path to match the tiny underpowered Duster and the behemoth Yukon behind it until he had to step him self into the Duster to bring it up on top of Fossil rock. I remember my fewbie drives with Richard @Wrangeld who got me hooked into technical drivers and how patient he was to help me out through these tiny pockets.. I miss these briefings of yours Richie. @Emmanuel who was the first to take me on top of Faya. I think this was the time when together with @Chaitanya D we spent an hour trying to fix a pop out on an X (not sure who was it).. and then in Dec was also my first time to Liwa with him. my first night drive led by @Frederic and then the first drive I led and my first NB drive led was also with @Frederic. i remember @Ale Vallecchi’s look at my car and I can see all the question marks in his head wondering what this car is doing here 😂 but never said a word other than encouragement and fully embraced the challenges I brought to his drives. @Chaitanya D I can’t count how many drives I had with you 😂 I definitely won’t forget the one in Sweihan. Can’t forget my first driver behind Angela @Foxtrot Oscar and I became a permanent RSVP on every drive afterwords to Area 53 and Faqaa which were both dominated by her black X and Yalla Yalla. @Lorenzo Candelpergher whom I loved how he managed fast paced drives with his mighty Y62 (sorry still prefer it over your Rubicon).. @Brette whom I never had the pleasure of joining his drives yet but still remember when he was supporting my 2nd NB drive where I kept trying for 30mins to get out of a bowl and he never gave up on helping me with advise and directions. @Kailas @Mehmet Volga @Anish S @Janarthan @Tbone @marksWhom I always loved being on drives or being together in the same drive. I can go on and on and will never have enough words to thank everyone in Team Carnity and all club members for the wonderful experience I had over the past year and how much change this brought to my life.. The journey continues and looking forward for more fun and more friends in the Carnity Family..
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  30. In the UAE, we have a myriad of terrains to choose from when it comes to desert driving. For many new members who might be asking themselves what the differences actually are, I wanted to compile the most known areas we drive in, and give some information about the area and what you can expect when you join a drive with us in that area. We will be focusing on the sand driving. Northern Emirates (UAQ and RAK) Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah have some very nice areas that we often explore, with plenty of vegetation, wildlife, and the mountains are never far away. On these drives, the emphasis is more on exploration than on the typical dune bashing. Scenic Score: 95% Excitement Score: 70% Versatility Score: 95% Fossil Rock - Faya - Sharjah From the moment you drive on the Sharjah - Kalba road, you'll see the majestic Fossil Rock mountain on the right hand side. It has got its name due to the ancient fossils that you can find on the rocks, and the surrounding red dunes are a delight to drive. Usually starting from Batayeh-Faya road, the dunes gradually go from small and bushy until you reach the nice open areas with "The Long Lady" as one of the most popular dunes to showcase and practice your sidesloping skills. The cherry on top is the climb on Fossil Rock itself which provides an amazing scenic view on the area and Mleiha town below. A must for every beginner level driver ! To even up the challenge you can take on the nice bowls behind Fossil Rock, or head out to Faya which is also called "The Saddle". Scenic Score: 90% Excitement Score: 70% Versatility Score: 90% Pink Rock - Big Red - Sharjah Nearby Fossil Rock, you will find Pink Rock, which got its name from the pinkish hue the rocks have. This very popular off-road area is known for the smooth gentle dunes at the start that gradually move to challenging bowls nearby the base of Pink Rock. Climbing Pink Rock is the ideal challenge for beginners and provides a fantastic view as well. From Pink Rock you can head out to Big Red which will up the challenge and entice every level of off-roader. The Big Red area is an off-roader hotspot during the season. Scenic Score: 80% Excitement Score: 70% Versatility Score: 75% Bidayer / Area 53 / Schuwaib - Sharjah This area is not for the faint of heart, and the big dunes will demand you to keep momentum at all times, while the massive hills such as Iftar Bowl and Super Bowl are ultimate play areas one can find in Sharjah. This area tends to be extremely busy during the offroad season. Scenic Score: 60% Excitement Score: 80% Versatility Score: 65% Margham / Lahbab - Dubai A little less known area, but very versatile with nice technical areas, playable bowls, and overall a terrain where any level offroader can practice and hone their skills without encountering too many cross tracks. Scenic Score: 70% Excitement Score: 70% Versatility Score: 75% Murquab - Lisaili - Faqa - Dubai This area is located on the Dubai-Al Ain road and offers so much. From technical terrain, to the arboretum in Faqa, long range dunes in both Faqa and some areas of Lisaili, and the most amazing creamy dunes below the Maktoum Solar Park which we have now called "Little Sweihan". This area never disappoints and there is a reason we have it on our weekly drives schedules ! Scenic Score: 85% Excitement Score: 80% Versatility Score: 95% Al Qudra - Dubai Al Qudra has become one of the most well known Offroad areas in Dubai, mainly due to the close vicinity to the city, but also because of its versatility, nearby facilities (Last Exit, Love Lakes), and the wildlife than can be spotted while off-roading (gazelles, oryx). This area stretches out to Murquab in the East via Al Hathmah area, on to Faqa going South below the Solar Park, and up to the Bab al Shams resort in the West. Scenic Score: 85% Excitement Score: 75% Versatility Score: 95% Sweihan - Abu Dhabi / Al Ain The Sweihan area in Abu Dhabi has to be experienced, and the proximity to Dubai brings lots of Dubai residents to Sweihan to explore the massive long range dunes and versatile area that has something in store for every off-roader. Sweihan never disappoints and the Nagrah area which alternates between monstrous dunes and deserted sabkhas will leave you hungry for more every single time. Scenic Score: 80% Excitement Score: 90% Versatility Score: 95% Al Khatim - Abu Dhabi A very popular and versatile offroader destination for Abu Dhabi residents with exhilarating dunes and technical areas that will challenge any offroader. Scenic Score: 80% Excitement Score: 90% Versatility Score: 80% Wagan / Umm Al Oash / Bu Tais - Abu Dhabi / Al Ain In search for monstruous dunes where momentum and pace are critical and where your vehicle will be pushed to its limit ? You have come to the right place as this area is spoiled with massive dunes, alternated by long flat sabkhas where you can get your bearings back before heading in again, and again ! Scenic Score: 95% Excitement Score: 100% Versatility Score: 80% Liwa Madinat Zayed - Abu Dhabi The Madinat Zayed area is famous for its Yellow Water Truck, which was left behind many years back, but no-one really knows how it got there. This area is consisting of massive dunes, and you can easily scale the level up or down in this area based on the convoy you bring there. From this place onwards and further down south into Liwa Crescent you will feel like you are on a different planet. Scenic Score: 90% Excitement Score: 100% Versatility Score: 90% Liwa Crescent - Abu Dhabi Seeing LIWA for the first time will leave you astonished, baffled, and beyond comprehension. From Himeem in the East, to Khanoor in the West, this whole area is filled with some of the biggest dunes on this planet, massive slipfaces that will make you shiver when descending, and extremely technical dunes that will require your utmost focus. This area is unforgettable and every off-roader should have this on his bucket list ! Scenic Score: 100% Excitement Score: 100% Versatility Score: 100%
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  31. Congratulations to the top 10 HOT SHOT Photographers, based on Facebook reach. @TT_Dubai @Veedooshee @Charbel @JeromeFJ @Jeepie @Chinthaka Ruwan @M.Seidam @Mario Cornejo @Looper @Lakshmi Narasimhan
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  32. I finished my first fifty (50) drives in July 2021, 9 months after I joined, and in another 9 months I did a further fifty (50) drives. My First Drive was obviously an Absolute Newbie Drive - my 101st drive was also an Absolute Newbie Drive. Important Note: These are my driving statistics and are highly influenced by my bias and my decisions on which drives I choose and are not at all indicative of how the average drive in the club would be. Some more stats: Ale Plans some of the long-distance Drives (other than Liwa): Ale also plans some of the fastest drives - see moving speed: Liwa Drives tend to have the most moving time spent unless one planned by Ale: Some of the drives with least stoppage time- see Ratio (OT70 is the DCT Time) and again Ale's tops the count. Maximum drives at each drive level with another driver:
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  33. TEAM LEOPARD - DRIVE REPORT Dear Desert Wanderers, What a day! First of all, it was a fantastic event and @Carnity Crew, @Gaurav, @Srikumar and @Frederic and the whole Support Team cannot be congratulated and thanked enough for the amazing and impeccable organization. Equally thanked and congratulated must be all the Leads, @Wrangeld (aka The Desert Champion) @Chaitanya D, @Kailas, @Ale Vallecchi and @Jeepie for their great spirit of fair and safe competition, and all participants for their fearless passion displayed today. As far as the Arabian Leopard Team is concerned, it was a memorable experience, regardless of the outcome: of course, deep inside, I'm sure we were all aspiring to be higher up in the final ranking, but reality gave us a great lesson about our limits today, from Lead to Sweep, all included, but a lesson spiced up with great fun. As known, one of my features as a lead is that I lead fast, ie at high pace. That is, of course in those terrains that allow for such possibility. For this reason, when planning the route for today, we opted, unlike all other teams, for a Start-5-4-5-1-2-3-End route instead of going for the Start-5-4-3-2-1-End most obvious sequence. The rationale behind this choice was that, by adding only approx 3 linear km (say 5 or 6 real km) to our route, we would have kept it for almost 90% on fast terrains, ie sabkhas, flat tracks or long range dunes, where very very high speeds (2x, 3x, 4x) could have been achieved, thus gaining us valuable time and avoiding extended technical terrain with less risks. The idea, on the face of it, was intriguing and had its merit, so we all agreed on it, but it greatly underestimated how challenging those "only" 2 x 2.5 linear km in technical dunes from waypoint 5 to 4 and back could have been.. Was this tech stint too early in the drive, before the convoy could warm up? Possible. Were my lines as a Lead wrong and/or too ambitious for a convoy whose members I hardly knew? Very likely true. Was the choice to head back towards waypoint 5 from 4 against slip faces a gamble? Yes, for sure, but the potential upside was massive.. Or not.. Had this gamble worked, ie had we spent say 30-40' to go from 5 to 4 and back, which in theory seemed easily doable, we would have closed the drive in record time, considering that after getting back to waypoint 5, it took us only 47' to cover 30km through waypoints 1, 2 and 3 and get back to the starting point, at the astronomical average speed of 37.9km/h, with only 1 min stop when my car, 200m from the end, started overheating due to a malfunctioning radiator fan. Unfortunately... the gamble didn't work, as we totally underperformed on that first technical part across waypoints 5-4-5.. Those "only" 2 x 2.5 linear km caused 12 (!!!) consecutive stucks and corresponding recoveries and multiple, uncounted, refusals!! The fact that 9 out of 12 stucks occurred going south, ie against windfaces, stands to prove that the idea of going back to waypoint 5 from 4, ie against slip faces, wasn't totally crazy, but crossing that stretch of dunes both ways turned out to be a way bigger and time.-consuming challenge for all drivers than expected: despite our best team efforts in performing quick recoveries (mostly done winching, to be faster), we lost a hell of a time in those technical dunes! It indeed took us 1h 26' to get from waypoint 5 to 4 and back to 5. At that point our race was already doomed no matter how fast we could do the rest of the drive.. 😭😭.. OK. We messed up big time over there, and clearly I proved to be no @Wrangeldwhen it comes to leading in small technical dunes, but... oh boy!, what followed was pure adrenalinic fun... We were literally flying across dirt tracks, sabkhas and long range dunes, reaching amazing peak speeds going from waypoint 5 through 1, 2 and 3 and then heading back across the Lisaili long range dunes and again on sabkhas and flat tracks. Overall, it was an excellent learning opportunity: @Mus_hus78, an outstanding 2nd lead, I believe the only one who neve got stuck if I'm not wrong, today discovered that drives in Dubai can be as fast and exciting as those in Sweihan 😂😂, especially when literally flying over the sand.. For @Daniel Rodas, today's drive proved that he and his Pajero can do far more than he thought and the (many and tricky) stucks today were part of an accelerated learning curve towards Intermediate ranking... @Humayun Ghias realized the hard way how Y62s and technical dunes can be a difficult match, especially when crossing crests, but he also learned that his 2.8 tons car can fly as a fighter jet. @Niki, always quiet and conservative, experienced today a whole new driving world, achieving speeds he had never even dared to imagine, while maintaining an admirable perfect Sweep role, calm, precise, reassuring, clear with instructions and comms over the radio. Despite the 12 stucks, the whole convoy was magnificent today. Fast, responsive, careful, supportive, focused. And always smiling. Thanks to all, you were the best convoy I could have desired for this race. Proud of you all. For me.. well for me it was immense fun and a great lesson. Let me try to summarize my takeaways: - First, I could have leveraged better the wisdom and experience of the team, asking for more help in navigation (as @Wrangelddid brilliantly) instead of doing most of it on my own except for the initial route planning, done toghether. - Second, quite evidently, I still have a lot to learn as leader in technical dunes, even more so now that my off-roading mentor, @Wrangeld, is a Desert Champion.. 😉 -Third, I realized I'm not used to drive against time: some know I'm a maniac about ending on time my drives, but rushing against time isn't yet fully my thing, as it requires a different type of approach to route planning and navigation management (for example, I always navigate with North-Up display with very indicative bearings on my Gaia to set my route, whereas when following a route very closely and precisely as today, navigating with Direction-Up display probably works better). - last, no matter how well or smart you think you can plan, desert drives can be unpredictable and that's the beauty of it. In the end.. It was different than usual. It was hexilarating fun. No matter how we ended, we had a great time and we had an amazing day, feeling part of the wonderful @Carnity family. As @Jeepie rightly said, we were all champions today, it's only that @Wrangeld's team was faster. Kudos to all!
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  34. Thank you everyone for making this winter welcome drive so successful and beautifully graced with your friends and family. As our families support our passion every week, so we also need to treat them with an outing in nature to meet our extended carnity family. Spending time with loved ones and chill with friends to see each other faces than just names on the convoy list was an amazing feeling. I'm sure many of you must have seen each other for the first time. Thank you all advisors to make this WWD a great success with your brilliant planning, ideas, support, and responsibilities, without each one of your crucial roles this wouldn't have been possible. My wife has uploaded her pictures to the gallery. Looking forward to seeing your clicks soon. https://carnity.com/gallery/category/1013-winter-welcome-drive-qudra-dubai-15-oct-2021 @Usman Basit @Joseph Sebastian @Muhammed Saeed @Super Safari Girl @Zed @Savio Fernandes @Stav @Danish Mohammad @Ahmed Wagdy @Tom V @WaYan @Enrico Biscaro @Paul Zeitoun @Rsjiv Samuel @Joji varghese @topgear @Alain Canivet-Abikhalil @Christopher Assal @Raman_Dbx @Senthil Kumar @Richard Franks @Junaid Iqbal @Adnan Halepota @Hitham mohamed @Premjit Vappala @Jerry Han @Sudhanva Sonawane @Trekado @hasan hamadeh @qaiser ijaz @Ahmed Abdelsalam @Morshedi @jodha singh shekhawat @Lawrence_Chehimi @AlexM @Kishore S @Wrangeld @Srikumar @Chaitanya D @Alex Raptor @Tbone @Lorenzo Candelpergher @GauravSoni @Frederic @Asif Hussain @M.Seidam @Mehmet Volga @Jeepie @Janarthan @Luca Palanca Falsini @Yousef Alimadadi
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  35. To be very honest, you were quite lucky today that the coolant hose ruptured was small and easily accessible to be patch with mseal, duct tape and cable ties. We always try to do whatever we can but we arent mechanic so our capabilities are very limited for such emergencies repair. This incident should remind everyone to be 200% sure on keeping regular maintenance and checks for their desert vehicles. Hope your explorer doesnt become exploder again. Thanks @Mukundan Nair and @Gaurav Soni for excellent teamwork and patience for such emergency repair job and rescue drive.
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  36. Hello, boys. I think we all had a good time in Sweihan today. It was a beautiful day today, and we were all gathered at the meeting point, eager to get our fill of adrenaline. We began at 6 a.m., half an hour late, waiting for daylight, and proceeded gently towards the huge dunes of Sweihan. The terrain was wonderful, with plenty of room for an Intermediate convoy to explore and flourish. The convoy was able to handle all of the hurdles, and there were no major snags or refusals. We didn't use any recovery gear today, and we didn't even get out of the car except for short breaks. We had a last-minute surprise before the start today with @Asif Hussain joining the team.Thank you so much, @Asif Hussain bhai. It was a pleasure to have you on board. We kept cruising, conquering every dune on our way, with lots of sideys, lengthy climbs, and incredibly soft sand patches to put our skills to the test, and each one of you did a fantastic job today. At roughly 8.15 a.m., @MMansoor car overheated, and we decided to take a break to assess the situation beneath a tree shade beside a large bowl. Every one of us got a fair shot at attempting that huge bowl. We decided to proceed further after filling the coolant in @MMansoor car, but the vehicle overheated again. we decided to exit him at the nearest exit .It was 9 a.m. by the time we arrived at the pylon track, and @Asif Hussain also chose to exit with @MMansoor. The rest of the convoy agreed to continue for another half an hour , and after tackling a few more enormous dunes and sideys, our sweihan expedition came to an end at another pylon track . Thank you @Asif Hussain for participating in our effort and for all of your assistance, support, and guidance. It's great to hear you had a good time with us on your backyard drive 😄. Thank you @Ranjan Dasfor your excellent second lead in the second session, and thanks to @Pacific and @Looper for their support...Congratulations to @Gilbert Khalil on your first IM drive! Thank you @Waqas Parvez, @Vaibhav, @Rajiv Sam, @Anoop Nair, @Naveen Raj, @MMansoorfor joining the drive and for making it an epic one. @MMansoor, sad that you had out exit and hope your car gets well soon. 😄. It was nice and wonderful to drive with you guys and hope to see you all soon. Some pics in the gallery.👋🏿🙏
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  37. @Carnity Dear friends I would like to share with you my experience in how came about and how I got my self out from what you are about to read below. Just for the one who doesn’t know me I tell you that the only place where I am super vigilant is the desert 🌵 and all my solo trips with my little one or family for a slide or quick ride had never in a time was free of one refusal here or one simple stuck there or even passing by stuck people needed help and always we got away luckily with it . .. this time no little one was with me “luckily” and I was totally alone ! Monday morning ,after a long weekend stuck in the hospital operating , I decided after I dropped the kids to school to take a detour toward Qudra my backyard my favourite and still it is 😄 for a quick spin looping most of its boarders north to south and west to east along, but this loop was meant to be completed on foot and not by car. Parallel with the pylon track and just two dunes to navigate to get to the sabkha from where I can cut short half the pylon to exit I got bogged sideway in a super soft sand when i knew i cannot make it without severely fight gravity and I came like that 👇 It was almost 9:30 am . Got down to see from all angles and surrounding. I managed to slide the car step by step ( clearing the sand walls / sliding down sequence ) and I knew that there will be a pocket waiting fro me down that I needed to take all my skills and judgment to navigate away from it tell I realised that I got a pop out of my left front tire . At this moment it was time to leave after I called my wife and my friend @Chaitanya D telling them that I am leaving my car . saving the location and after that I abounded my Xterra it was 12:30 pm almost when I left my car and within 10 min climbing few dunes I was on foot standing on the pylon track . Luckily I got a lift by one passing car to the Main Street where I got a cap to my home ….later in the evening I went back to the car with my friend Dr Chaitanya @Chaitanya D to have a look and just to realize both of us that the daylight has better and safer eyes . Thank you a ton my friend for taking all the effort and risk in the dark but most important we got back home unhurt. next day I informed Carnity seniors about the story and on Wednesday 3 pm a group lead by @Gaurav we met my self , @Hisham Masaad @Shaaz Sha @Gaurav Soni and Abdulghani ( son of Hisham ) whom they picked me up from my home place ( thank you for that 🙏🙏) and reached where my stuck car was to start an extreme recovery that ended successfully with no complications . I wish if I have a better word of sincere thank you to all of you to say it 🙏 i will leave you watch the clips for the process how we recovered the car which is better than any words Learning points 1. No matter how experience you are with all the skills and gadgets you have, unforeseen simple soft dune can turn your day upside down . I was lucky that I had half turn 😅. please don’t venture on your own is the best idea . 2. The day light has better eyes where all resources can be available. 3. Keeping cool nerves like ice when you face your self against Mother Nature and hopefully what I did was the right time in the right place ( don’t deepen in the middle of nowhere if deemed necessary solo ) 4. Analyzing the situation and giving proper feedback as accurate as possible before coming to the recovery zone. 5. Together you can do what seems impossible to be done . 6. Knowledge is power . technically I just learned that pulling the car against gravity utilizing the snatch block is so amazing. 7.it’s all about team work what bring solutions into reality .
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  38. Now that we have more Fewbies in Abu Dhabi and even coming from outside, plus to help the R&D / Exploration Department of @Frederic, @Chaitanya D, @Kailas , I'll list here the tracks that were endorsed by DCTAD (Department of Culture and Tourism) and mentioned in VisitAbuDhabi page (just in case the page is offline in the future). I've only tried one-and-half of these tracks: Remah to Nagrah route and that's because it's marked "Easy". I didn't find it that "easy" since Remah is soft sand + technical up-down & criss-cross; maybe a good warm-up before reaching Nagrah and playing with power & speed. The other half is Al Fayah South to Khaznah, maybe we can do that for Al Fayah Part 2 Fewbie+ next time 😁 Anyways for the rest of the trails, I prefer someone more senior to guide me and hopefully these will be inspirational for future Abu Dhabi drives: 1. Remah to Sweihan (Easy according to DCTAD, but I would categorize it "Fewbie") One of the highlights of the Al Remah Route is an authentic Camel Racing Track. Close by, you will find the Telal Nature Reserve with the possibility of spotting some deer. Other highlights include beautiful desert trees near Tawi Naqara and an amazing selection of high dunes, beautiful Gaff trees. Remah Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here 2. Wagan To White Sands (Easy according to DCTAD, but I haven't ventured here, maybe Fred will start this trip for Fewbie 😁 ) Regularly driven by Bedu (local farmers), there are often tracks to follow. Can be done in reverse, however in some areas it will be more difficult. Be mindful of water pits, as the groundwater table is very close to the surface. Look out for camels, including camels training for racing, usually later in the day and early morning. Wagan Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here 3. Al Fayah to Al Khazna Route (Advanced according to DCTAD, cc @Frederic this is the "southern" side of Fayah that I was talking about in our Faya Exploration Fewbie+ trip) This advanced route takes three to four hours to complete, with steep climbs, sharp drops, deep bowls and highly technical dunes. Khazna Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here 4. Umm al Oush (Intermediate/Advanced according to DCTAD, near the border of Oman) Advanced moves required, like side-sloping and side-cresting. Easier to tackle with a long wheel-based car that has a 2” lift. Can’t be done in reverse. Sights include enormous dunes, starfish dunes (cc @Frederic), and incredible scenery. Umm al Oush Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here 5. Hameem Loop / Tropic of Cancer (Intermediate according to DCTAD, near the Saudi border, save this for Winter-time driving) Expect slipfaces and deep bowls. Can’t be done in reverse. Sights include plenty of gazelle, an abandoned Nissan Patrol and solar power bank, and camel and goat farms. Hameem Loop Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here 6. Liwa Crossing (Advanced according to DCTAD, near the Saudi border, save this for Winter-time driving) This is an advanced route with huge dunes, some of the largest in the UAE. There are some very tricky crossings and this remote route may take 1.5-2 days to complete. Make sure you take everything you need with you - early exit from this route is not possible. Liwa Crossing Google Maps Track / KML file that can be imported to GPS app here Source: Visit Abu Dhabi page - Offroad Driving
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  39. Dear Desert Champions, Here is the update on what to expect on the 19 Nov 2021 to identify the real champions (team). Based on my off-roading experience since 2006 in participating and designing such events, I like to share my two cents before revealing the plan to set the tone. For the sake of winning, of course, only one team will win, but for me personally, all participants will be true champions: If you can complete the whole course "safely" without any damage or accidents. If you can control your temptations, frustration, anger and rise above the game. If you can think it through in most difficult situations and still keep moving. If you can continue to keep a "razor-sharp" focus all the time consistently. If you can strike a balance as a good team player with sporting spirit. Revealing the Game Plan. All teams will be given 5-way points to cover however they like to target and approach. Roughly as per the below plan (almost finalized). Red is the starting point. You can start from left, right or center, however, you wish if it's more approachable, doable, less treacherous, less monstrous, less technical etc. No matter how well you plan in the beginning, you and your lead will always have to re-align the focus as per moving target to go with dunes construction, topography and sizes. So you will have lots and lots of fun at every waypoint to talk, discuss, and gather your thoughts as a good team does (sometimes). No masking tapes are allowed. These all points have been strategically positioned to cause "immense" confusion and temptations with endless permutations and combinations to test each team's strength and mental readiness of true champions. You are free to run any military-grade, tactical, navigational devices, apps and gadgets to find the shortest, sweetest path. Please remember it's just a fun and entertaining event to celebrate a true desert champion in you or in somebody else, so please keep it happy, keep it safe and keep it healthy.
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  40. Dear Desertnauts ! It has become time to meet new business challenges in another region and hence me and my family will be relocated out from UAE. Maybe this folder isn't recommended to use for these messages, but as there has been so numerous people, who I have met, I couldn't find any better locations either. It was evident from very first drive I joined that Carnity is safety minded, professionally lead community. It was pleasure to listen @Gaurav, @Frederic, @Ale Vallecchi,@Emmanuel, how drivings should be conducted. Since there has been so many more pros in leaders as well as among drivers, that I cannot list all you here. All I just want to say is huge thank you for all of you marshals & leaders and drivers & members I have been driving together. It has been a new hobby to me, which with all preparations has fulfilled my head with other issues than business on weekends. That is important to me, to be able to recharge. From here on I can again focus to aviation / competition aerobatics, which has been my passion since 10 year old kid. In other words when one lose something, one also gains something positive. All the best to you all Carnitiers & Desertnauts ! Enjoy UAE and drive safely ! Tero
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  41. Today's desert drive was one of the best so far, however my vehicle broke down towards the end. Recovering my vehicle would not have been possible without the excellent commitment and dedicated support of the Carnity team @Gaurav @Mukundan Nair @Gaurav Soni; who after leading the remaining convoy to the exit, spent three hours to make it possible to bring my vehicle to the area where recovery service was accessible .It is thanks to them that I was able to prevent abandoning my car in the desert. I have reached my home safely and my car is in the workshop and many thanks to the team for this.
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  42. Post Drive Report Convoy #2 There was a thought at some stages of Saturday morning when I thought that this drive was cursed. Not one, but two leads pulling out due to car problems, 26 drivers arrving to potentially the longest convoy in many a month and then, our angel, @Foxtrot Oscar conveniently being awake and amazingly prepared to come out and lead the convoy at a single minute's notice. There's a reason how and why people are prmoted to marshal in this club. With an exceptionally frustrated @Jeepie by my side we did get under way. As she said herself, she had a plan for the drive (as it was supposed to be her lead and not mine) and I apparently went off plan within around 200 meters of entering the sand. Not having your own vehicle and being a passenger when somesone else is driving 'your' drive is nowhere as much fun. It's been a while since I drove at Pink Rock. I tend to avoid this area because the dunes are normally very heavily used and it's a challenge to find a route that is not covered in cross tracks. Up to Pink Rock itself, we did well to find a lot of virgin sand. We could see glimpses of Convoy #1 in the distance, there were not so many convoys operating in the area and our drive was quite incident free all the way up to the base of Pink Rock. Seeing that our club compatriates were crossing the Rock, we decided to follow suit. I am not sure what was happening inside @Danish Mohammad Pajero that it has problems getting up the hill - and eventually it managed and we were on our way once again. Climbing up through the cross tracks to what has now been named 'Bird Bowl' we saw beautiful birds before swooping down ourselves in the direction Big Red and the slight less Big red dune nearby. There was a point at which I think there was someone did a radio check to make sure that the radios were still working, so slilent and trouble free was the convoy initially as we enjoyed a smooth ride on our way to the bigger dunes. @imranaasghar81 was doing a great job in 2nd lead, @Watteau relaxing in the Raptor will little to do apart from the odd reroute or self recovery and @Arman was doing sterling work at the back. We started to have a few refusals as the soft shifting sand impacted the back markers - totally expected on a drive like this as we approach summer. @Russ even got stuck at one point, much to our and indeed, his surprise: probably an aural relief for Danish. It's hard to pick out anyone from the convoy who was not perfroming exceptionally well. @Abdul Rahman AK, @Nithin Vaidir @Humayun Ghias, @Chris [email protected] @JeromeFJ and @Thomas Varghese were making it all very easy and we all enjoyed the fun of chasing, and being chased by Convoy #2. For me it's a real pelasure knowing that there are club drivers close by on another convoy, doing the same, enjoying themselves and learing their way through a drive. It was also great to have multiple drives over the long break with the same people, so I can see how you react to different challenges. And then, as we got into the higher more challenging dunes, two pop outs and a very difficult FJ stuck in a pocket and we had some receovety work to do. This slowed down progress on the way to big red, but was a great learning experience for all concerned. @Abdul Rahman AK and @JeromeFJ - thanks for the lessons. Once again, we played tag with the 1st convoy. I wish someone could have got a picture of the Raptor moment on the hill with @Dodi Syahdar, @Watteau and @Russ all powering up and down at the same time, the two leadfoot beasts looking like a stereo picture as they misirrored each other. This was great fun and we were all planning to leave the area when suddenly @Thomas Varghese vehicle literally concked out. It turned out the batter was simply exhausted and hd given up the ghost, but meant we had to quickly lead everyone out of the desert and then leave a small group to return to recover the stricken Xterra. Special call outs for the day. @Jeepie sorry you missed out on your lead. @Foxtrot Oscar the saviour of the day and shall now be known as St. Angela @Arman who impressed so much as the sweep @Watteau a wing man that antone would be proud to have on their side @Nabil Bishara well done on your first lead Strangely, this was officially my 50th lead and I have apparently clocked more than 100 drives. Truly, these numbers mean nothing because I continue to learn every time I take a vehicle out into the desert. There's so, so much more than I need to learn and to practice and try to perfect that every drive feels a bit like the first. See you soon in the sand.
    20 points
  43. Thank you all for the kind words. I am so honoured to have been awarded this position. (It does feel like an award) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be a Carnity Marshall. I’m chuffed to bits I remember my first drive with @Desert Dweller(Jamy), who introduced me to Carnity, I was her passenger, and we were both really scared with the first up and over dune. We looked at each other and said “They want us to do what? OMG!” 🤣 However, under the incredible guidance of the Marshalls at that time @Gaurav, @Emmanuel, @Frederic, @Srikumar @Ale Vallecchiand @Rahimdad. I found my desert wheels, and my confidence grew. I met others along the way, @Wrangeld @Chaitanya D @Vanessa8580and @Brette all of whom helped me and passed on their knowledge. I’ve had terrible drives, Sweihan springs to mind, where I think I was stuck more than I was driving with @Srikumar. And I’ve had great drives, ridge riding with @Ale Vallecchi as his 2nd lead. IM drives with @Emmanueland more recently night drives with @Chaitanya D. all of which taught me something new. I was then given the opportunity to take my desert driving to the next level and join “Team Carnity’ and under the tutelage of @Gaurav with his infinite pool of knowledge the learning experience grew exponentially . If you think you know it all , trust me, you know nothing until you lead , Again I was taken from my comfort zone and the memory of coming up the back of Faya with @Frederic behind me and no one in front of me, when once more I was gripping the steering wheel and thinking OMG!! Is never far from my mind when driving. But t’s not just the driving, which I absolutely love. It’s the Carnity community, I love being out there with you all. I know we all have each other’s backs and we all try to have a good time on our adventures. So thanks to everyone I have ever driven with, who have helped me along the way and made me roar with laughter. Aside from @Craig Finlayson….he’s a bad un😎
    20 points
  44. It's about time to have another EPIC off-road drive to enjoy the World’s coolest winter in UAE. And what better way to aim to cross the Liwa Desert from one end to another, yes really...! Let's experience the magic of Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter) the largest uninterrupted desert on Earth! Thanks to the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi to publish an open route to try Liwa Crossing so we can avoid the restricted areas and exits. It will be a 150 - 200 km off-road drive covered within 1-1.5 days through amazing breathtaking views and monstrous dunes of 200-300 meter height, that you have never seen before. Or only seen on star wars. The Abu Dhabi section of the Rub' al-Khali (Liwa Desert) was used in location shooting for the desert planet Jakku in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Wiki extract) The Liwa Crossing through Empty Quarter offers a chance to witness nature in its purest form and in itself is a transcendent experience. However, traveling through the largest desert in the world is not something that should be taken lightly. So we are giving some time ahead for you to plan your two full-day availability of 19 and 20 Feb to experience something that you have never seen before. We plan and hope to finish the majority of the drive on 19 Feb and then pitch a camp to experience the most memorable night under the clear sky in an empty quarter. We plan to hit the tarmac on 20 Feb by 10 AM - 12 PM, so that we all can drive back the same day. Get your house permission signed, stamped and locked. Get your car ready with all photo and video gear. And then hit the poll above at which level of drive you "surely" like to join. Based on the poll result, Liwa Crossing drives will be live on 14 Feb, Mon - Your Best Valentine
    19 points
  45. Trip Report TEAM SALUKI @Srikumar after a quick analysis and discussion with the whole team Saluki and especially with @Hisham Masaad we decided a route which was waypoints 4-5-4-3-2-1 . personally I felt a bit super challenged driving through to waypoint 5 as I had to caution some of my team members to be extremely careful. I humbly apologize if was a bit too vocal about it. As we were enroute to 4, I realized 5 was just beside and we all circled it and the went ahead to 4. Not to boast of ourselves but till we reached waypoint 4 , we had only one refusal if I remember correctly, this instilled huge confidence in me with my team that I can make the toughest technical from waypoint 4 to 3 ( although we had discussed we will backtrack to 4 and then go to 3). Honestly I made a silly mistake that I over shot waypoint 5 by about 100 to 200 m because my Gaia zoom was set at 500 m, only to realize when @Hisham Masaad told me I went past. We looped back there to make a circle and then proceeded to 3 . I chose a longer route compared to the champs ( @Wrangeld , mentioned R in the screenshot below ) as in the screen shot of the tracks below I believe this was the clincher for the champions lead by @Wrangeld, @Mario Cornejo, @Ruan van den Heever, @Bernard Kalaani and @M.Seidam. They chose a well planned shorter track from waypoint 4 to 3. But I would feel absolutely proud of my team Saluki - @Anoop Nair for being a perfect 2nd lead in a super tight split second decisions making area. @Warren Flay for being flawless - no refusal and no stuck , simply awesome. @Matt.T For great enthusiasm in the only one rope recovery we had to make it faster. @Hisham Masaad for being a perfect co-navigator to remind me of the areas I was entering and the waypoints. Of course reminding me to forget side sloping, ridge riding and cross crossing which came naturally to me once team Saluki came out of tight suffocating technical dunes. Really proud we came runners up , with 2 or 3 refusals (mainly by me) and one tug . Special thanks to whole @Carnityteam, crew ( @Gaurav @Srikumar @Frederic), all leads ( @Kailas @Ale Vallecchi @Wrangeld @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Jeepie) and support ( @Tbone @Asif Hussain @Anish S @Rizwanm2 & others if I missed any) 🙏
    19 points
  46. @Daniel Rodas @Werno @Javier Lucero @Zed @Alexander Alcala @Mario Cornejo @M.Seidam @Humayun Ghias @varunmehndiratta @Hisham Masaad @Anoop Nair @Niki @JamesThorn @Ruan van den Heever @Chaitanya D @Foxtrot Oscar @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Tbone @Jeepie @sertac @Asif Hussain @Kailas @JeromeFJ @Bernard Kalaani @Looper @Alexanderrr @Mus_hus78 @Daniel Yang @Wrangeld @GauravSoni @Matt.T @Warren Flay @Ale Vallecchi @Mohamad Anwer @Frederic @Srikumar @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Rizwanm2 Desert Champions Trophy - Final action plan Meeting time: 06:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/SCJYQgPb6VH2iSqq6 Arrive and deflate Place vehicle stickers Three stickers for each car Two on rear side glass window (left and right) One on backglass screen on the passenger side (top) Starting Point: To be sent to trip lead at 6:00 AM, 19 Nov 2021. Convoy ordering: Once you arrive at the starting point, line up cars as per your team numbers. Car recording: All car photos and videos will be taken from all sides to verify any damage. Waypoints distribution: Each team will have 30 minutes from receiving the waypoints to start their drive. All waypoints will be given in printed sheets and through WhatsApp to the trip lead only. Radio: Channel 1 will be used for all event coordination. Each team can choose use their channel number and announce. Time Record: Once the team crosses through the two tall flags their time starts and when the whole team returns through the same tall flags, their timing stops. Whichever team completes in the shortest amount of time, will win. Waypoints approach: There will be 5 waypoints that each team and team member needs to visit and make a circle to mark on the GPS track. Any break in the track of any member log will disqualify the whole team. 5-10 meter variance is acceptable for factoring in the GPS and devices anomalies. After completing those 5 waypoints, each team needs to return to the starting point and pass through the same tall flags to stop their timer. Time lag: Each team will leave after 5 minutes of the gap to avoid crowding on the first waypoints. Location sharing: Each team lead needs to share the WhatsApp live location for 8 hours, so we can monitor the progress for safety and verification purposes. The team lead can appoint another team member to share the live location for saving the battery or device usage. Support team and Backup leads: Two sets of backup leads (4 cars) will be positioned on two different waypoints. Reporting breakdown: Any car breakdown, mechanical failure or accident need to be reported to any crew immediately, so that we can mobilize the nearest support. Gaurav - 050 5258706 Srikumar - 055 9567471 Frederic - 056 5042632 Refreshments: Breakfast and beverages will be served after each team returns. P.S. Bring your camping chairs, umbrellas, canopy (if you have) as you might have to wait until all team finishes.
    19 points
  47. Congratulations @Ahab Shamaa @Francois Germishuys @Ilya @Christian Andras @Craig Finlayson @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Kalahari @Shaaz Sha and @Tero Vallas for reaching the Extreme Level with Carnity Offroad Club. Based on your previous Extreme drive participations with various trip lead all of you have been promoted to Extreme rank. We will be rolling out Extreme rank pre-qualification drive, soon, for all aspiring Intermediate members. Looking forward to seeing you growing 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. P.S. Trip lead might deny your participation if you don't have required off-road gear. EXTREME Drives Attended (Indicative) Minimum 10 Intermediate drives are required within last 6 months for Extreme promotion. To be eligible for applying for Extreme Promotion Extreme promotion will be based on below order: Vehicle capability Driver skillset Drive safety Performance Experience What you'll learn Extremely fast pace Intermediate level off-road driving High speed maneuvers with utmost precision. Advance vehicle handling in extreme terrain. Extreme and long side sloping and hill climb Clear radio communication skills Advance recovery skills Self recover from dune crest Soft sand recovery Pop-out fixing Skills required Able to manage Intermediate drives regularly and without any repetitive stuck or refusals. Able to keep constant focus at high pace driving with caution and yet courageous. Able to do continuous long hill climb without any gearing or power-to-weight issues. Able to drive without fishtailing, ride the ridge and crisscrossing safely. Able to manage high speed maneuvers without slowing down the convoy. Car Worthiness VERY Capable 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle High profile tires Fully protected proper 4x4 with LO gear Better power to weight ratio 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. Drive teamwork Manage center forward position with Trip Lead’s permission Learn/assist recoveries under Trip Lead’s supervision Re-route convoy and coordination, when needed Learn to lead small portion of Intermediate drive under Marshal supervision Drive Joining Join All Level drives. Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive
    19 points
  48. @Thomas Varghese i really do not understand why people are pushing so hard for "promotions". This is all a hobby for us and we want to have some relief from stress, this is not a cut-throat business where you need to get your quota. We have a large number of members in the club who happily stay in their current level because it fulfills their needs and car capabilities. Rest assured if your promotion was held back, this was done for a clear reason as the safety of yourself and all our members is our highest priority. Furthermore, as you can see in the grading level, becoming eligible for a promotion is not purely based on the drive count. We work hard behind the screen to assess every request and every promotion is being discussed amongst the seniors of the club. If you are driving in another club merely due to your dissapointment of not getting promoted i think you need to re-calibrate your expectations and keep in mind this is a hobby, not a Formula One race.
    19 points
  49. As a proud husband, what can i say ? From the very early stages she has understood the Carnity DNA, by mastering her own skills and at the same time supporting other Offroaders to take the journey together. Carnity has become for both of us a big part of our life, from the first year i was in Carnity she would often complain i would come home covered in sand, while now we both come home covered in sand and laugh about it every week. Her main strength is the ability to overcome any situation and come back stronger, and her ability to grasp the drive planning, support, and entire organizational structure behind the club. I mentioned many times to her that becoming a Marshal is not an endpoint, but only the beginning of many new adventures and challenges !!
    19 points
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