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  1. Thank you for the fun drive @Frederic @Davie Chase @Rizwanm2. Nice meeting many of you for the first time and looking forward to the next ride
    5 points
  2. Camel Trophy - Lisaili Drift: Drive Report "Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live" - Rumi One thing perhaps members didn't know when they joined this outing was that I usually like to scale my drives up a notch, based on the convoy's performance. The fact that I made the above quote from Rumi's my own and ran from what could have been a comfortable drive, should be a testament to the convoy's behavior during the first part of the drive. In fact, after a slightly longer briefing, designed to bring the Absolute Newbies up to speed with the required skills and safety elements (and as a reminder to the Newbie members), the first hour or so of the drive went very smoothly, with minimal issues, all quickly solved by the support team of @Simon D and @Patrick van der Loo. Streight crossing of dunes, side sloping, and convoy discipline were excellent, which inspired me to push to convoy to practice ridge riding, and eventually criss-crossing. Both skills were applied at first to very low and humpy dunes, of which Lisaili is well endowed, especially in the area between the pylons and the tight technical stretch heading toward the Solar Tower plant. Clearly, a few refusals and stucks occurred, but nothing that couldn't be used as a learning exercise by the whole convoy. The only moment of apprehension was when a refusal on a ridge very close to the exit was tackled a bit hastily by @Siby, who reversed down the somewhat steep slope at too fast a speed. Surely the mistake was due to the impression the driver had of being deeply stuck (which was not the case), and the lesson learned by the whole convoy was that 1) one exits the car to evaluate the situation, before attempting a self-recovery, and 2) backing down a slope should be done with minimal throttle, and carefully moving perpendicularly, and/or always toward gravity. With this in mind, I congratulate the Absolute Newbies @Misha Puskar, @GeorgeFJ, @Siby for completing an overall well executed first Carnity drive. My only suggestion, in particular to the FJer's (including @Georges Kazan), understandably shy with engine power, would be to familiarize themselves with the car, which is a powerful and relatively light vehicle, capable of sudden accelerations that will be very useful to tackle climbs, exit soft bowls, and sustaining side sloping and ridge riding, provided the right amount of throttle, and the right choice of gears are practiced, to become second nature with your driving style. All drivers, including @Klaus Pedersen, @Sajan.S, @Rashid Alseeni, @Ron.P and @rohit kumar, did great, navigating the total of 50.6 Km driven, in 2:11 hours of moving time, at a 23 Km/h average moving speed (in 4:13 total hours and 12 Km/h overall average speed). Hoping to see you soon again on the sand, I wish you all a great week.
    4 points
  3. @Ale Vallecchi thank you for the adventurous drive lesaons you shared today. Got more confidence with the dunes and ridges ans ofcourse to handle the car.. Loved it πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ The team was great and thanks to @Simon D @Patrick van der Loo @Sinol for the lead and support 😎🀝
    4 points
  4. First of all what an amazing drive amazing lead, amazing support and amazing carnity members. like how we never forget out first's of our life our fist friend, first job or even first breakup. this was my fist carnity drive which I will never forget not only because its my first but also because how it was designed and implemented to be more specific very good and detailed briefing was done by @Frederic and we started our drive with high spirits. i had my first stuck and yes it was not a very good feeling but everyone was so patient and calm with me. they helped me recover the car with self recovery. a beautiful blend of dunes along with good weather was amazing which added to the beautiful experience. @Davie Chase thank you for helping me get out of the sticky situation. thank you @Frederic for the encouragement. when I was loosing confidence. Made new friends and some beautiful memories. until next week. aadious amigos
    4 points
  5. first, i would like to thanks @Ale Vallecchi for making this drive happen. i would have to say its one of the most enjoyable Newbie drives i ever been part of. it was mix of most type of terrain, pace and difficulty combined with with a nice weather , amazing desert sand together with wonderful people . every one drove really well it was a pleasure to meet you all ( some of you for the 1st time ) @Klaus Pedersen, @Sajan.S, @Rashid Alseeni, @Ron.P , @rohit kumar, @Misha Puskar, @GeorgeFJ, @Siby I know how you might feel intimidated, ashamed and uncomfortable in some situations like stuck, refusals of certain maneuvers. your heart racing , sweating from everywhere and million thoughts crossing your mind !! this have happened to the best of us . but, what i would like to state that at @Carnity family you dont need to feel any of that as we don't judge you for these situations. we all share the love to Nature , Dessert and off-roading excitement and what makes us even happier is seeing the new members skills and confidence getting better by every drive. My Advice to all the newbie , get to know our car better ( maybe read the user manual ) check how to engage the diff-lock and 4L , check how to turn off Traction control, ABS, maybe a kill-switch is required in some situations etc. in addition to that remember that communication is prime in this sport! practice using the Radio and when you are having a stuck or a refusal announce your car number and the situation you are in and wait for the instruction from the Support or Marshal, and NEVER reverse without getting the clear instruction to do so as many times you might be reversing into a pit or even a cliff without you noticing. @Siby, i am glad that you only had a pop-out when you reversed down the hill ( God forbid ) it could have been much worse. i am sure lesson learned and you will be more in control of your car next time. @GeorgeFJ as @Ale Vallecchi already mentioned, you are always welcomed as long as you are willing to learn and get better every drive. Thank you @Patrick van der Loo for sweeping the convoy and making sure that no one is left behind. @Georges Kazan i will be posting some videos of the drive here i am not sure yours is part of them. anyone who have some pictures you could post them in the drive galley looking forward to see you all soon in the Sand 🍻
    3 points
  6. It was an absolute pleasure to be on this drive - and I totally loved it. I have gained a lot of confidence in my car after this drive πŸ˜› . hopefully will see you guys regularly now Thankyou @Frederic @Davie Chase@Rizwanm2for the clear guidance and instructions and keeping everyone on track. Thanks @Davie Chase - adding the app should be in the newbie briefing - the first trip becomes more memorable and the track becomes a part of memorabilia - is there a way to share this drive so I can dwell more into the stats. I got to know about this in the break we took and I switched it on from there but would have been great if I knew it at the start. But awesome stuff
    3 points
  7. Thank you everyone- that was an amazing first experience for me!! Truly enjoyed the ride and some challenging moments:) Special thanks to @Frederic and @Davie Chase for all helpful tips and guidance! Until the next time!
    3 points
  8. Hello everyone This is Georges with the black FJ. If someone took a video of me being towed with the rope, could you please share it? Thanks. Georges
    3 points
  9. Dear @GeorgeFJ, of course you are welcome to sign up for any drive you wish. Carnity's spirit is to train any desert lover, with any car (only 4x4 πŸ€“of course), and not leave anyone behind. Just practice building your own relationships with your car, as if it was your horse to ride and command! You have a very strong ride.
    2 points
  10. @Ale Vallecchi thank you for your advice and calmness following my mistake at the refusal on the ridge. In addition thanks to @Simon Dfor his help recovering my vehicle and pointing out the severity of my mistake. I would also like to thank @Klaus Pedersen for his words of encouragement following the drive as I was feeling terrible at the time. For some reason I’m very reluctant to use sufficient engine power which led me to a number of refusals and getting stuck which is something I need to work on as I have a cautious nature when driving. If you’ll have me, I’d like to join another Newbie drive as soon as I’m back from my work travels.
    2 points
  11. @Ale Vallecchi the briefing with the small demonstration kept us on track and gave much confidence to ha dle the wheels. Once again thank you for the great lessons and the chamce to get into the dunes and the ridges. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ Will defnitly see you soon..
    2 points
  12. Thank you Ale for a great morning out. I was very impressed by the briefings. Also a bit of a pleasant surprise were the big boys in the back - the LC’s and the raptor - handling the terrain at all speeds really well! thanks for having me on the drive as sweep, much appreciated!
    2 points
  13. @Fredericas always thanks for the relaxing yet engaging, flowing yet challenging drive. Not to mention your unique ability to understand the requirements of everyone from an absolute newbie to the more advanced members and prioritizing in the best way. The sands were quite firm this time so we had long spells of good movement, I think all of us had a really great time. @Davie Chase thanks for the calm and steady support, as also @Rizwanm2. Although even the absolute newbies were so steady that you didnt get to practice recovery skills much. However still got the opportunity to see a good demonstration of a winch recovery. And great team work from the rest of the convoy, was great to see so many small kids fully enjoying the moment, as only they can. All in, made for a enjoyable and relaxing drive. Thanks for the company everyone and look forward to meeting you on the sands next time!
    2 points
  14. Thank you all for joining the drive today in Faqa. The start was a bit slow I must admit, was it the cold morning temperature? the clouds? the many bushes grown in the area? we had a few stucks, one popout, it was a bit difficult to find the rhythm. And this technical area was not easy. Then finally the sun came out of the clouds, and we reached more open areas, and we could fully enjoy. Practicing the ridge riding was fun, and all of you did very well, improving the control of your car from one ridge to the other. By 11:00, everyone was fully awake, and asking for more. we extended for one last ridge, and the last run, looping back to the starting point was smooth and continuous, everyone remaining concentrated, and enjoying the scenery. @Stan well done for your first Fewbie drive, you are ready for more, @Bashar Beasha well done also, continue to practice, and enjoy the capabilities of the Super Safari, @Yaseen87 very good control of the Pajero, @Paul Zietsmanmaneuvering the long truck in the technical portions is not easy, but in the 2nd half of the drive, you were handling it like a normal car ! X-terra team @Krishna R, @Abdul Basit Khan, nice to see you after a long time, @Zulfikhar Naiyar, well done, always in control , @Humayun Ghias good to see you back ! @Frans M thank you for the 2nd Lead, you were attentive to my moves, and always ready to hold the convoy or to adjust the route as per the instructions. @Rob S, always a pleasure and a comfort for me as a lead to have you in the drive. you have always a good eye on the other drivers, and never hesitate to take the shovel out ! And welcome to the FJ Team, you will not be disappointed ! @Rajiv Sam thank you for the good support also. @Chris Wingthanks for the sweep and for watching the back of the convoy. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you soon !
    2 points
  15. @Frederic thank you for the fantastic Newbie drive this morning, it is always a pleasure to support you and learn from you on each and every drive. @Joseph Sebastian Great second lead you kept us all moving fluently behind Freddie well-done. @Natalia Koryakovtseva@sohinik@Ahmad Quadri@Dorian Zissi@L. Petelczyc@Sammy Six @babaski@Arsalan Ehsan@Juan R@essam ibrahim@Ahmad Mehwi@FARAZ MOHAMMED@Tom V@Naim Aoun you guys drove amazingly well with very few stucks and refusals. This was a fantastic achievement especially given the fact that we had 4 Absolute newbies @Dorian Zissi @sohinik @Natalia Koryakovtseva @Ahmad Quadri i hope you all enjoyed the drive as much as we did and learnt oodles from the experience. I hope to see you all in the sand again very soon as we move along the Offroad enthusiast journey gaining Knowledge, Skills and Experience along the way. Thank you @sohinik for allowing me to christen my new winch, that made me very happy to finally find out that it worked and to justify the spend @Rizwanm2 brilliant support from you and fantastic to get to finally meet you. Some drive stats from todays GAIA GPS Have a great rest of your weekend :):)
    2 points
  16. DRIVE REPORT The area around Faqa is well known, but even though i have been there many times, i still discover new places and areas, and for this reason it's one of my favorite places to go offroading. We met up around 7.30 with most people arriving earlier so they had ample time to deflate, set up the flags, and enjoy the sunrise . Some new faces like @Dorian Zissi @sohinik @Natalia Koryakovtseva and @Ahmad Quadri who joined us for the first time and drove superb for their first drive !! The weather was pleasant and the company / convoy even more so. We had our bit of shoveling, and even tested christened Davie his winch for the perfect occasion. I kept the terrain difficulty rather easy as our convoy was very long, but never felt that someone is holding us back. All of you did amazing this morning. The brilliant support from @Rizwanm2 and @Davie Chase made sure that whenever we hit an issue, it was swiftly and professionally dealt with. @Joseph Sebastian we drove many times together, and i really like your calm and mature approach to offroading and your kills., and i could not have asked for a better second lead. Thank you for that ! At the end of the drive, i had to quickly rush to go and pickup my daughter. Sorry if i failed to greet you all before heading back onto the tarmac. I hope to see you all soon in the sand again !
    2 points
  17. Nice to meet you and all the group members,with my best wishes to all of you and thanks for all Managment leadership members for the lovely day . with all the best .
    2 points
  18. there should be a video of me doing the Octopus climb in 1 try πŸ˜…
    1 point
  19. @Zed ascending πŸ˜‰
    1 point
  20. It looks stable even from this angle πŸ˜‚
    1 point
  21. @Ale Vallecchi thank you so much for today's ride, I had so much fun! very useful info too
    1 point
  22. IM Convoy order 1. Gaurav Soni 2. Ranjan 3. Asif Bhai 4. Santoso 5. Anoop 6. Vaibhav 7. Sunil 8. Mario 9. Mayank 10. Pacific 11. Didi 12. Asad 13. Waqas 14. Gaurav Bhai Channel -9
    1 point
  23. If all agree we might push it to 14:15 not later please . @Imteeaz @Gerrit Bus and @Beide Worku
    1 point
  24. Dear Friends @Imteeaz @Daniel Rodas @Gerrit Bus and @Beide Worku Thanks for your Interest and RSVPing the drive. Since I started leading all my drives had never ended without driving for a while in technical terrain as I always believe that mastering this path along what it brings with it will make us a better off roaders . However in this drive it will be devoted let’s say 80 % of it driving along the tightest routes what Alqudra desert has to offer leaving the remaining for the way back to exit . The radio channel and convoy order will be announced on site at meeting point . please be on time in order to finish on time at sunset expected . see you tomorrow inshallah Seidam
    1 point
  25. Morning all I finished stress testing my roof mounted 360 cam ready for liwa πŸ’₯ Here's a short tame sample: (play in 4k in settings)
    1 point
  26. Amazing thanks! I spent two weeks scratching my head trying to remember where I left it… which gave my parents the perfect opportunity to force me to eat more peeled almonds. I can finally go back to being treated like an adult πŸ™„πŸ€£
    1 point
  27. Yes I do remember as I see that radio everydayπŸ˜‚.. I will get it fully charged..
    1 point
  28. the machine underwent some checks yesterday, and couple of cracked lower arm bushes being replaced now...gearing up to be in top condition!! i will be halting at a modest Airbnb at Madinat Zayed, Friday evening and will drive down to the meeting point (1hr+ drive). not much of a camping guy , although i am getting all the camping gear sorted for the overnight desert halt, which will be my first camping experience , praying, i dont miss anything πŸ™‚
    1 point
  29. Hi @Stav last year many ppl planned the same thing - and camped next to starting point. I am sure this year as well will be the same. Keep following the forum I am sure many with similar queries will post here (or other level drives)
    1 point
  30. Close to 600km on road, not sure about offroad lol, the tank capacity is about 144l so I'll be fine. Thanks.
    1 point
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