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  1. 67 points
    As we have been respecting authorities guidance & Carnity COVID guidelines to resume desert drives with caution by staying inside our car at all times. 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 we really like these offroad drives to continue, then everyone need to police each other at all times and remind everyone to be inside their cars at all times. If you spot anyone stepping out of the car after deflation and before inflation, please remind them on the radio to go back inside their cars, immediately. As we all are in this together, so we all have to help each other to remind and stop socializing during any stuck or at play area. Failing to abide below list of restriction will result in ban from Carnity Off-road Club: FIRST WARNING Minimum 1 month ban from driving with Carnity off-road Club. Written warning will be issued by the trip lead. SECOND WARNING Minimum 6 month ban from driving with Carnity off-road Club. Written warning will be issued by the trip lead. 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 Stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES - Except for inflating or deflating tires. For inflation and deflation - ONLY ONE PERSON IS ALLOWED TO BE OUTSIDE. FACE MASK IS MANDATORY, WHENEVER YOU STEP OUT - NO EXCUSES. No one is allowed to step out of the car for any reason: Not for stretching back and legs Not for taking videos and photos Not for socializing and chatting Not for smoking or drinking No kids playing/running If you cannot stay in your car for 3+ hours, please do not join the drives. 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. Only in case of EXTREME EMERGENCIES - You are allowed to step out By taking trip lead / seniors permission. By wearing face mask - Properly. By maintaining 2-5 meter social distancing. And go back in the car, immediately thereafter. Click "TOTALLY AGREE" Emoji here before RSVP any drive or else trip lead will remove your name.
  2. 20 points
    MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 10-20 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too.
  3. 18 points
    Trip Report. For me waking up in the morning is one of the most difficult things on a work in day. Thankfully my wife's complaint is on weekends I'm up and ready to go before the sun comes out. So rolled out as soon as the clock strike 6am, started my car, filled in gas and after a cup of tea and a quick sandwich I was well on my way to the deflation point. Upon reaching the meeting point I was glad to see all cars already deflated and ready to go, but there was another bunch of offroader getting ready for their own adventures. It seems more people are getting comfortable coming out to the desert again, but I really appreciate the fact that our convoy follow all the Covid19 precautions as instructed. After a quick deflation and putting my flag up, it was time for a quick brief. By this time @Brette was well positioned to arrange the convoy as per my list confirmed last night. Everyone was quick to respond and we were on our way to find what the day had in store for us. I was surprised by the slight but welcome coolness in the air and a more than gentle breeze to keep us comfortable with Windows down. As per our format we started of with some easy dunes just to get warmed up and increased to difficulty level gradually. After some awesome dunes and a convoy which could not be stopped by anything we reached our first play area. With me being the first to attempt I found it a bit bumpy but not with any risks as long as our teachings were put to good practice. No surprises there as everyone followed instructions and gave us a great glimpse of what a sand shower should look like. On second thought I was surprised by the extreme cool headed and cautious yet brave approach used by @syed salman raza to do this sideys on only his second drive. This goes to prove that some people take time to learn while some are quick to catch on. We moved from there and quickly found ourselves on through some treacherous dunes and on to the power lines track. As we were heading towards Fossil Rocks we met the other group just moving and said hi to @frederic who took a breather to greet us and inform us they were headed to Faya. With our convoy doing so well I told him we would meet up at Faya if we managed to cross Fossil Rock in good time. As we set off to the top of Faya we all reached on top in great time. @Brette again stepped up to take responsibility to send everyone down as per my instructions. As I made it down and announced the arrival of each member, he had them ready waiting up for the car ahead to clear. In no time and safely we found ourselves down and as agreed by all headed towards Faya. We started off well and it was just a matter of time before we reach Faya and play to our hearts content. But we had our first refusal. Bravely after a little time consuming recovery we started again towards Faya, but had a second refusal. At this point knowing full well that the Sun had decided to make it hot and difficult with the sand becoming softer and more difficult to manage we headed down to the track and decided to head out, leaving Faya for another day. As we were heading out the distance in the convoy meant we had a disconnect somewhere. However with somewhat easy tracks the rest of the convoy managed to find us and reunite as we headed out again. Upon reaching tarmac, we continued slowly towards some trees with shade so that we could inflate with social distancing and in the shade of the trees. All in all a great drive with @Incognitoes managing the second lead like a pro. She followed all my instructions well and on 2 occasions when I found myself in some trouble she was ready to stop and use alternate path as instructed to save the convoy from any danger. @marks followed in third position and managed well, with a few interesting conversations when we had the chance. @Yousef Alimadadi improving quite a bit from the last time I saw him drive, he is doing very well and will soon be knocking on our doors for a promotion. @syed salman raza with his mighty Jeep didn't seem like he has never been off-road before, but a short conversation with him revealed he was only following the lead and making sure to replicate what he saw. That is great observation and a great start for him in this sport. @Jun Zamora seemed more familiar with his Jeep and seemed to do much better as compared to his last drive with me. However there is still the radio issue that persists as I kept hearing a bell as he spoke and that radio needs to be tuned correctly or he might need a new set. @luwaimn has come a long way from the timid guy who wanted to get through without hurting his Prado to a more confident person finding a way to get through most situations without a scratch. However to grow to the next level he does need to take a few leaps of faith, I'm sure he will find his feet at some point. @Brette was amazing and hard working in that centre forward position to keep the convoy moving at all time and I think everybody realized that and is very appreciative of all his efforts. It was great to hear the voice [email protected]_macdxb from time to time as I saw him improve over his last drive. He seemed to be more confident and ready for most situations with some chatter which put life to the convoy. The enthusiasm of @Mehmet Volga was evident as he enjoyed learning and putting the skills he has obtained to good use. @Gregory Perkin although quiet but his presence was felt by the confidence with which he took on all the challenges. @AKR was a sight for sore eyes after a long break, but it was great to see him not having lost his touch, just his car looks much tougher than before, and his skill set makes his car look awesome doing things I've never seen it do before. @George Francis decided to leave his Jeep behind and give a chance to his other ride, which meant he was learning again the difference between his 2 vehicles. Last but the most important part of the convoy was none other than @Colin Jordan who brought along his mosterous Ram Hemi to keep the convoy together and moving at all times. He quietly managed the whole convoy and kept me updated about every movement to keep me at peace and moving from one challenge to another. Everyone please give yourselves a hand and pat your backs for an extremely great day out. Very proud to have such a fantastic team yesterday, and looking forward to learning and spending more time with you all on future drives. My pictures are posted in the gallery.
  4. 18 points
    The One with lots of Stucks I am writing this covered head to toe in sand. As @Jeepie will tell you, I hate sand, but nonetheless, there's a big grin on my face after what has been, to say the least, a challenging morning for everyone (with a few honourable exceptions). And it all started so well. Everyone on time, almost everyone at the right start point and everyone with a compressor. A rolling brief so we could get moving quickly and a brilliant lead by @Jeepie designed to wake everyone out of their slumber. Perhaps we should have noted the early problems and a very early pop out from @Lorenzo Candelpergher (glad to have made your son's day) and understood this was not going to be an easy day. The sand is deceiving and today it was truly summer soft. Which meant our journey to fossil rock took longer than planned. @Foxtrot Oscar did an amazing job in second lead throughout and in this early stage was up with the pace and any challenge. Despite looking for more accessible routes, there were more and more refusals and Stucks.... but nothing that could not be handled. @Nizam Deen gets a big thank you from @Vanessa8580 for being her first tow off a crest. The ropes would be busy today, but we did not realise quite how much. @Ale Vallecchi and @Frederic were busy at the back of the convoy. Not surprising because the sand was getting churned. @asifk in the Pajero and @J J and @Nacho handled this admirably in their jeeps. It seems the Toyotas and Mitsubishi teams found the goimg a little tougher @Rizwanm2 @Jolly Abraham had a few moments. @Jorge Stepniak Felippe with the LR4 even found the going challenging. Eventually we made it to the dirt track with the choice of ascending Fossil Rock or not. We decided against it because we hoped to make it to Faya. It was not to be. Technical dunes, which are not the easiest to navigate, but an essential part of the development of driving skills proved to be filled with soft sand and an as we went cross country toward Faya and the refusals and stucks increased. Even trying to navigate through existing routes and keeping away bigger dunes, the delays continued. And then, the big stuck. Or as we like to think of it, the learning moment as @Nizam Deen got bogged down in a sticky bowl, and adding insult to injury with a pop out. The unpredictability of this hobby showed its fangs as @Frederic managed to get the recovery vehicle stuck as well, leaving us with a lengthy and difficult double recovery to manage. A massive thanks to everyone who waited patiently while we handled these recoveries. Both needed multiple tugs, and repair of a pop out. Once we got under way again it was already late so we headed for a track to exit. On the way we saw a lot of playable dunes, but given the time and the heat we did not want to risk more people getting stuck so we exited and inflated. So ... Faya will have to wait (again) or will be the first objective of the day. For the new Fewbies, I guess you know now why promotion does not come so quick. Be careful what you wish for. For everyone esle, thanks for the great discipline and the teamwork that was shown to get everyone out. Perhaps we did not cover as many kms as we wanted, but we learned a lot, and getting out of these tricky situations will help as you encounter more difficult terrain in the future. Thanks especially to the seniors on the trip @Frederic @Ale Vallecchi @Jeepie and @Vanessa8580 as it was a busy day and everyone did an amazing job. A quick reminder of one or two things. Fewbie and turning up without a shovel .... I will just leave that there. Shoes ... I challenge anyone still wearing flip flops or sandals to be useful in the sand when it's this hot. See you soon in the sand.
  5. 18 points
    Many many congratulations @Jeepie. Very proud to have the first lead by a lady since the formation of our @Carnity off-road club. This is very fitting also as you show up week after week with so much enthusiasm and hunger to learn. Also proud of the fact that your lead today was so amazing it left all the boys and girls drooling for more. Even you well exceeded your 40 minutes time we had decided as we could not have enough. Congratulations and you make us proud @Jeepie.
  6. 17 points
    The One Where the Reputation was Under Threat @Rahimdad has a reputation for leading Newbie drives which are exciting and challenging and where there are no Stucks. This morning's drive stressed out that reputation beyond recognition ... but let'sget to that later. Everyone had deflated and put up their flags by the time our fearless leader arrived. This meant that with the briefing delivered, we were under way in record time. There was quite a large convoy today, and it was great to have @Vanessa8580 in 2nd lead, @Brette in centre forward position and @Jeepie sweeping up at the rear. As usual, the pace was great, the route interesting and enough challenges for everyone. We even had a wonderful breeze blowing so that sitting in the car with the windows open (yes guys, that is an option) was warm but not oppressive. I thought we were in for a relaxing, problem free day ... For about another ten minutes, until we had our first refusals. Thankfully, we were able to help with instructed self recoveries and I commend everyone for retaining their cool when things did not go as planned. The first major stuck of the day saw @Mehmet Volga recovered by @Brette for him to find himself stuck and in need of a quick tug. I think I ought to say here that for what ever reason it was not @Brette's day. It seems that on more than one occasion he did his job as centre forward perfectly, only to find himself refusing or stuck once the recovery was over. It turns out the mighty beast was suffering a transmission oil leak as well, which probably has some impact. It took almost 1 hour 40 to get to the base of Pink Rock because of the number of problems. BEFORE COVID on the same basic route plan we had arrived here within an hour. The sand can be a very changeable thing. @Yousef Alimadadi found he needs to train his Pajero better as it was initially difficult to climb Pink Rock. After a few attempts, he was up and over and the r est of the convoy climbed the hill without incident. The route to 2nd December cafe from there is a challenge for Newbies at the best of time. With the extremely soft sand today we faced a lot of Stucks and refusals. @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ needed a quick tug, @George Francis had a moment and @Brette needed recovering again. All thos took time so we really had no moment for play before we ended up on a track again and out to reinflate. There were some drivers really deserving of an 'honorable' mention, navigating their way round with aplomb. @Gregory Perkin excellent drive, and contributions to the seniors to advise on the situation as well as helping out other drivers, @Chaitanya D looks like you are getting to grips with the Xterra (we will see a bit more in the Fewbie drive ...) @Magellan you really have the FJ well under control. @Denizzalbayrak @Anish S the fact we did not hear anythjjng from you speaks volumes. Most improved driver of the day goes to @VipinShetty. Following your feet finding drive last week, you handled today's challenges really well and get extra credit for having no hesitation to ask @Rahimdad to help on a t echnical section where you felt unsure. Brilliant. As we are always told by the seniors, there is no shame in getting stuck or asking for help. We exited by 10.30 as planned, having all had another enjoyable morning, and I think it would be appreciated, if nothing else to retain the reputation of the superman that led us fantastically today if noone says anything about the stucks. See you soon in the sand
  7. 17 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone's safety. Moving forward and respecting guidance from the authorities all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we drive on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Maintaining social distancing is a strict requirement. We want to continue our desert drives throughout the year as we were able before this COVID crisis, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (200m - 300m) inside the desert track. Please take a good note of the meeting point so you do not join the wrong convoy. The meeting point is inside. Everyone should individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point so that there are no problems as the meeting pointis further inside than usual. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Just because you have clicked ‘Totally Agree’ for previous drives it does not apply to this drive and needs to be clicked again. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reach to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation Now, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above only When: 19 June 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Morning drive till about 10:00 AM Meeting Point: Mahafiz 200m further in from the Tree Shade – https://goo.gl/maps/bK3mMyn53rzufpwM8 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. WE WILL END THIS DRIVE ONTO TARMAC. COMPRESSOR COMPULSORY. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COMPRESSOR. WE CANNOT SHARE EQUIPMENT IN THIS COVID PERIOD. Approximate finish time: 10:00 AM End Point: https://goo.gl/maps/wfUKMWBWB2yViU6C9 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 1 Senior Member + 10 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  8. 16 points
    @Gaurav The WhatsApp with heading “BAN FROM CARNITY” nearly gave me a heart attack!!! I thought this was due to the ugly colour of my Xterra..
  9. 15 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety. Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. For members who are fasting, they can break their fast discreetly and convoy will be stopped during that time and until they offer their prayer. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. So, that you individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reach to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation Now, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above - (No Newbie and No Absolute Newbie Allowed) When: 3 Jul 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 5:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Morning drive till about 9:00 AM Meeting Point: Al Faya Entrance - https://goo.gl/maps/XeFSKJBCC1UXNCpZA Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 9:00 AM End Point: Depending on convoy response P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  10. 15 points
    Dear fellow Desertnauts - @asifk, @Jolly Abraham, @Janarthan, @Chaitanya D, @Anish S, @Denizzalbayrak, @Najeeb Mohammed, @Rinelle Sanaani, @J J, @RohanH, @Shiju Manuel, @Tbone and @Vanessa8580. Thank you very much for filling up the roster in a little over 4 minutes . Your enthusiasm is humbling. Just a few reminders for the trip: The meeting time (to start deflate) is 5:00 AM. Curfew has been lifted, and we'll take advantage of this to drive in the cooler hours of the morning. Please set double alarms, so that we are all able to be rewarded from our early wake-up with a timely departure, and a nice morning drive. Confirm having read the Covid-19 regulations and acknowledge by displaying the "Totally Agree" emoticon. This step is required for each single drive (it's not enough that you've done it in the past). Make sure your radios are fully charged. We have had occurrences of batteries dying in the middle of a drive, which will result in having to take the unlucky driver to the nearest exit. Please double check. For those unfamiliar with the area of Faya, it's a fascinating group of rather high dunes, joined by a low plateau to the famous Fossil Rock. Since approaching Faya from Fossil Rock can be tricky, it's happened in the past that convoys(especially if coming all the way from Mahafiz) have not reached Faya. This is why we have chosen to start off the drive at Faya, and tackle a couple of climbs while the sand is still cooler and less soft and shifty. We'll then proceed toward Fossil Rock, climb it as well, and return to Faya from a different side of the plateau. Depending on driving conditions and the spirit of the convoy, alternatively, we could even decide to turn left, and go toward Mahafiz, instead of looping back to Faya. More info on the drive to follow in a couple of days. Enjoy your week.
  11. 15 points
    This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to respect and follow these guidelines strictly in order to not jeopardize someone's health and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives. MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: All Levels When: June 26 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Morning drive till about 10:30 AM Meeting Point: Qudra Desert Track Entry - https://goo.gl/maps/9ZPffHWmnhioYKff9 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 10:30 AM End Point: Al Qudra Last Exit Parking - https://goo.gl/maps/L4UYFcLBtpYzFnxr7 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 5PM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 or 1 Senior Members + 9 or 10 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  12. 15 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety. Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. For members who are fasting, they can break their fast discreetly and convoy will be stopped during that time and until they offer their prayer. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. So, that you individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reach to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation Now, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above - (No Newbie and No Absolute Newbie Allowed) When: 19 Jun 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 4:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Evening drive till about 08:00 PM Meeting Point: Tawi Nazwa Farm - https://goo.gl/maps/ME9rkXLNYiMwj5L78 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 08:00 PM End Point: 2nd Dec Cafeteria - https://goo.gl/maps/HmdMcdMKftaN9VVS8 P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  13. 15 points
    COVID19 and the current economic conditions has brought enormous challenges. Carnity has always been about building a community of people, sharing knowledge, and helping each-other in times of need. If you are personally affected by the unstable economic condition, and are providing services or items that might be interesting for other Carnity members, please share them in this topic. We will not use it as a promoting tool for businesses, but more as a communication portal so you can tell us which business you are in, how you are affected, and how your services might be of use for other Carnity members. We will moderate the content and remove posts which are not in line with above vision. Example: You own a shop that makes curtains and were heavily affected: Post a small message to introduce us to your shop, location, and what you can offer. Carnity members that might have been driving in the same convoy probably even never knew that you had a curtain shop and might start making inquiries to help and support each other. Lets just share our expertise and services and try to help each other, even more in these extraordinary times!
  14. 15 points
    The One Where Rahimdad Did Not Lead I would never have imagined six months ago after our first newbie drives that @Rahimdad would entrust the lead of a Carnity drive to @Jeepie and myself. But, to my great amazement that's what just happened and it's just sinking in. It's possible, even with a COVID sized break in drives that you can, with the guidance of our amazing crew and marshalls, learn enough so that you get the chance to take the lead of a drive (supervised of course) and get to feel what it's like to have to make the choices about where to go. It helps that the drivers in the convoy are all experienced, then you feel that if you go the 'wrong way' everyone can follow. So we arrived this morning to find the deflation point looking like the Dubai Mall car park as not only Carnity but another group were readying for the off. It was great to see our recently promoted expert @Javier M driving off into the distance. With @Jeepie at the wheel we set of with @Rahimdad in second lead. @Foxtrot Oscar followed with @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Shiju Manuel filling in the gaps to our new centre forward @Vanessa8580. In this early part of the drive @Vanessa8580 handled all the refusals with great advice, supported by @sertac who was sweeping the convoy today. @Jeepie having slowly but surely increased the intensity and led the convoy to the first play area and was rewarded with Rahimdad extending the period of the lead because, frankly everyone was enjoying the drive so much. The soft sand was becoming a little more challenging and we had more stucks as we slipped and sliced our way towards Fossil Rock. After an hour or so on the move we had a long dig out for @Shiju Manuel and It was decided that i would have a chance to take over the lead. We moved off, enthusiastically (well, I was any how!) but the going was getting less easy as the sand is very dry. It seemed everyone was enjoying the challenge @Kalahari @Mels Wolf @asifk and @Colin Jordan @J J all showed how three completely different makes of vehicles can all handle the dunes when in the hands of really competent drivers. We made or way quickly to our next play area. Unfortunately sorting out the pop out from @Vanessa8580 meant we had another delay, reducing the play time again. In the desert heat, having the patience to wait in the car is admirable. Once on the move again, we almost immediately stopped because there was the most amazing lizard in our sights. It was so exciting that @Rahimdad got stuck and had to be tugged free by sertac. With the increasing heat, it became clear that tyres needed to be checked again and unfortunately @Rinelle Sanaani had a problem with his radio. Despite there being a few spares in the convoy, COVID rules are clear. So Rinelle exited and the rest of us launched ourselves up Fossil Rock. Noone had any problems until we arrived at the top and found a few cars were overheating, so we sprayed the radiators, allowed fans to run and prepared for the quick descent down the slipface of the rock. With temperatures rising to hotter than the sun, we took the quick route out of the desert to reinflate as it was already past 10am. From where I sat, in the passenger seat, I think @Jeepie did an amazing job in her first lead. I just hope that the convoy enjoyed the part where I led, despite the stops, as much as I did leading. Thank you all for your indulgence. The excellent skills of the rest of the convoy made it a lot easier for both of us to think about where we were going instead of looking back the whole time to check everyone was OK. Thanks to @Rahimdad @Gaurav @Srikumar @Emmanuel and @Frederic who have given amazing support and guidance since we first braved the desert in our little jeep. My message to everyone who was on the drive today, in a few months that could be you too. The desire in this group is so strong to teach others and empower everyone to enjoy this sport that there are lots of people there to support you in what every you want from your off road experience. See you soon in the sand.
  15. 14 points
    Congratulations @Ale Vallecchi for reaching the Expert Level with Carnity Offroad Club. Ale has got the fastest promotion from Advance Certification on 25 May 2020 - Expert Certification on 27 Jun 2020. Within a month's time, he has been driving to learn and advance at 3 drives per week - accelerated pace. Based on your last fewbie drive lead and managing the drive impeccably from planning to implementation stage under Marshal supervision deserving this new off-road rank. Your love for off-road knowledge, experience, teamwork, suggestions, and feedback has always helped everyone around in a very positive manner on the off-road drives and on the forum. Keep it up and its time for you to work on your independent lead to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and passion. Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Expert: Number of drives 10 (46 Newbie + Fewbie + Intermediate drives) Level of drives Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune & sand reading + map reading & basic navigational skills + strategic convoy driving Off-road gear Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor, tool kit, rated recovery rope and 2 shackles, floor jack, jack board & GPS trackback Drive teamwork Capable of diverting the convoy to safe spot + part of sweep team Drive posting/joining Join any drive and lead fewbie & intermediate drives with Marshal / Crew permission Forum participation Share experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery + drive and route suggestions + post trip report + share route + track and waypoints + Help Marshal / Crew for alternate routing + marking safe exit Forum participation and helping with community spirit is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels. Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the Emergency contact details.
  16. 14 points
    The morning after the first official Carnity Weekday drive, here is a quick report of the trip, for future reference. We set out to explore an area that for most of us was completely unknown: Al Lisaili. I had driven past it many times, while on the way to Faqa, but never knew this region, hidden behind Dubai's major cameldrome and its connected camel farms, would be able to offer such an interesting off-roading ground. We started with @Wrangeld and @Jeepie in second lead, correcting perfectly my at times rougher trajectories, @Desert Dweller managing very smoothly in third, with @Foxtrot Oscar as her navigator, @Xaf piloting the way for an ever improving and fearless @Vanessa8580 and finally @Emmanuel watching expertly over the convoy as sweep. We followed the track under the pylons until we were able to go past a very long and well hidden camel race track, then proceeded to enter a very technical area of dunes with soft sand, through which we finally reached the more open, long range dunes, where the fun begun. We crossed many dunes, and did some ridge riding, on sand which was much firmer than at the beginning. No major problems occurred, other than a very nice self-recovery by Vanessa (after a bit of digging by the gentlemanly Xaf and Emmanuel), who also enjoyed the thrill of a little bit of flying, while crossing a steeper slope. Very few refusals during the whole drive, plus a couple of hard nose bumps with my FJ, while descending seemingly friendly steps, that ended on small but treacherous pockets. We managed to almost reach Solar Park, when a sudden engine oil light on Richard's Jeep prompted us to descend toward the dirt track and the exit point, which by the way allowed us to enjoy a beautiful sunset. All in all, a very relaxing drive, in a very nice patch of Dubai desert, that will surely see our Carnity vehicles again, soon.
  17. 14 points
    This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to respect and follow these guidelines strictly in order to not jeopardize someone's health and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 10-20 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: Newbie, Absolute Newbie and Above (All Levels) When: June 26 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Tawi Nazwa Farm - https://goo.gl/maps/LjPWf8DebrAuNSWg9 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 10:30 AM End Point: 2nd Dec Cafeteria - https://goo.gl/maps/MxnMF2fHeGnKZ4vf7 P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  18. 14 points
    This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to respect and follow these guidelines strictly in order to not jeopardize someone's health and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 10-20 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: Newbie, Absolute Newbie and Above (All Levels) When: June 19 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Mahafiz Tree Entrance 2 - https://goo.gl/maps/RBCafJhRiJZTm4Pr5 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 10:30 AM End Point: Adnoc- https://goo.gl/maps/gq17ZbqKFfERCRdk9 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  19. 14 points
    My apologies for penning a report on this drive late but I was quite tied up the last few days. Well for starters, Jun 19th, 2020, will be a memorable day for me as I managed my first official trip lead. @Srikumar has covered most of the details but from my perspective, I believe i was blessed to have such a lovely group of drivers to join me. @Roshan Abraham as my second lead did a great job in rerouting when we came across tricky spots. Followed by @Chaitanya D who was testing out the offroading prowess of his recently purchased X terra. I hope you get the heating issue sorted out soon buddy. I am glad we all had a lot of fun climbing up pink rocks and i could see that most of us weren't satisfied with just one go 😆 The rest of the lot - @Szymon Stankiewicz, @Febin Frederic, @Kalahari, @Rinelle Sanaani and @Najeeb Mohammed managed extremely well as I slightly bumped up the level at certain places and you all pulled through with flying colors. And a special shout out to @Desert Dweller for keeping a watchful eye on the convoy and providing support whenever required. I owe a majority of the success of this drive to @Srikumar as his guidance on my maiden lead trip was key. Thank you all for joining me on this special day and i am glad that you guys had a fun drive. I sincerely look forward to more. And a special shout out to the carnity seniors who taught me, supported me and believed in me, thanks to whom I finally managed to lead a drive - @Gaurav bhai, @Rahimdad bhai, @Srikumar, @Emmanuel and @Frederic.
  20. 14 points
    The One with the Master Class If you were on @Gaurav's Newbie drive yesterday through Al Qudra, think yourself extremely fortunate. Forget the refusals and stucks for a moment because what we all received yesterday was a master class in dune crossing: one of the most important techniques to learn in off roading if you want to progress and take the hobby further (and further into the wilderness). With everyone at the meeting point at the designated time, we did had a slight delay before moving off. @bunty_and_pops acted as second lead (and did a great job) with our newbie @Vipin Shettydriving the mighty Cherokee and @Magellan, @Janarthan (the new entrant in the Xterra club) and @Anish S making up the front of the convoy ahead of @Jeepie and myself. After the experiences leading the drive in the morning (see separate post if you wish) myself and @Jeepie truly enjoyed the start of this drive as we zig zagged through the cream white sand of AL Qudra. @Gaurav kept a fantastic pace - as did the convoy behind and I am sure that the more experienced drivers toward the back of the convoy @Tbone (another convert to the Xterra afer, as he put it, his Hummer 'retired hurt'), @E.C. TAN, @Rajeevan Vickneswaran and @siddharth maheshwari with @Ale Vallecchi enjoyed the opportunity to ride the dunes as the sand was quite forgiving and stable. As is often the case, it's the things we fear most that cause the problems and crossing the top of a dune, be it straight or criss crossing involves a moment of trust, and that milisecond of doubt is when the momentum is lost and problems are encountered. Even experienced drivers like @Tbone find that they can get stuck if there is that moment of hesitation. It's true to say that @Vipin Shetty did find the going tough in places, but that's what these drives are for. Practice, learn, get help from the seniors and deal with the challenges safely. Getting his car out from a couple of the stucks provided really valuable lessons as they were unusual and required quite a bit of thinking to find the best solution to recover. We also had the opportunity to help out another vehicle whose tyre had shredded in the heat and who did not have the correct tools to replace their wheel. Another lesson in desert etiquette. Even if we think that someone is unwise to travel into the sand alone (less than 3 cars), help them out when they are in trouble. So back to the master class. Not only were we shown how to approach, crest and then turn off a dune, @Gaurav too the time to explain clearly how to do this in words - and then found us moment after moment where this could be put into practice. As we moved to the more technical dunes, there were more challenges. There always are, but we all made it through and went in search of some more playable dunes on the other side of the nature reserve. On that side of Al Qudra, however, the sand was softer and as soon as we entered the dunes Gaurav decided to re route. That was a few seconds too late as we already had a recovery to make ... and then even Gaurav got cested on a dune. Our kinetic ropes will need the week until we are back in the sand to recover as there was quite some work to do with them over this weekend and to get the stuck cars free. It was moving towards dark so @Gaurav led us out to the tarmac through a more direct route a few kms from the gas station where everyone was able to reinflate and make their way home. So, another great drive to have enjoyed and even more lessons learned.
  21. 14 points
    @Foxtrot Oscar, @Nizam Deen, @Jolly Abraham, @Jorge Stepniak Felippe, @Lorenzo Candelpergher, @Vanessa8580, @Rizwanm2, @asifk, @Nacho, @J J, @Ale Vallecchi, @Frederic @Jeepie THIS DRIVE IS NOW CLOSED It's a lovely Thursday morning in Dubai/Sharjah and by this time tomorrow, We hope to be at the top of Fossil Rock, planning our descent to Faya and beyond. So here is the convoy list, so you know where you are and are expected to be. Radio Channel will be Carnity Channel 4 for this drive. If for some reason you did not yet program your radio, DO IT NOW. There is an excellent guide on how to do this written by @Frederic. There will be no time for nor anyone avaialble to reprogram your radio tomorrow morning. If you are really in trouble with the radio then ping a message here and we will try to help you through the prcess. So they can prepare themselves mentally. 2nd lead - @Foxtrot Oscar, Centre Forward @Vanessa8580 and likely intial drive lead @Jeepie - so it's a real power trio in charge. @Ale Vallecchi will sweep and @Frederic will be flying sweep. Sand conditions: The sand is soft and will suck you in, especially where we are headed ... but more on that tomorrow in the drive brief. Please deflate and get your flag erected as soon as you arrive so we can get moving ASAP. Morning Fewbie Drive Faya 19 June 2020 Attendees Level Car Radio Pos # Wrangeld Advance Jeep Wrangler Y 1 Foxtrot Oscar Fewbie Nissan Xterra Y 2 Nizam Deen Fewbie Toyota Landcruiser Prado Y 3 Jolly Abraham Fewbie Toyota Fortuner Y 4 Jorge Stepniak Felipe Fewbie Landrover LR4 Y 5 Lorenzo Candelpergher Fewbie Nissan Patrol Y62 Y 6 Vanessa8580 Intermediate Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Y 7 Rizwanm2 Fewbie Mitsubishi Nativa Y 8 Asifk Fewbie Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Y 9 Nacho Fewbie Jeep Wrangler Y 10 JJ Fewbie Jeep Wrangler Y 11 Ale Vallecchi Advance Toyota FJ Cruiser Y 12 Frederic Marshal Mitsubishi Pajero SWB Y 13 Looking forward to a great drive tomorrow. Have a lovely day. See you soon in the Sand.
  22. 13 points
    This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to respect and follow these guidelines strictly in order to not jeopardize someone's health and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 10-20 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. Drive Details Level: Fewbie+ (You MUST have minimum 4 Carnity fewbie drives experience) When: July 3 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 5:00 PM (already deflated) Meeting Point: Iftar Bowl entry point - https://goo.gl/maps/bptevCuZpPLC9LYZ6 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 9:00 PM End Point: depending on convoy response. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 9 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE BELOW CALENDAR
  23. 13 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety. Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. For members who are fasting, they can break their fast discreetly and convoy will be stopped during that time and until they offer their prayer. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. So, that you individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reach to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation Now, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: Fewbie and above - (No Newbie and No Absolute Newbie Allowed) When: 26 Jun 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 4:00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Evening drive till about 08:00 PM Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/iNzc9eLGoE34eAdX9 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 08:00 PM End Point: Solar Innovation Centre - https://goo.gl/maps/JSazrE15y8BrZL846 P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 15 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  24. 13 points
    Dear fellow Desertnauts. I am happy to share with you the first report after my first lead. I will not bother you (yet) with the different emotions that one feels before the lead (a concerned form of excitement), during (focused determination) and after (relieved elation). Before diving into the report itself, I wish to thank all the Carnity Marshals from whom I have been able to learn, in a relatively short period of time, the different tools of this exciting sport (incredibly, @Gaurav, @Rahimdad, Srikumar, @Frederic and @Emmanueleach has his own unique trade mark style, from which is easy to compile an encyclopedia of off-roading knowledge). Today's drive, the crossing from Al Faqa to Solar Park, started a few days ago, when I came to scout the location's trails with a few fellow Carnity drivers. Luckily, we discovered that the original meeting point was unreachable, due to the police's roadblocks at the border with Abu Dhabi, and changed the meeting point to the exit before Faqa. After a very punctual gathering and a quick deflation, we moved down the road for the briefing. With @Foxtrot Oscar executing a perfect second lead, the rest of the convoy was made of @Jun Zamora, with a much more efficient Jeep than during my previous drives with him, @Rizwanm2 whose Nativa performed impeccably (including a very nice climb of a high dune, with perfect side-sloping), @luwaimn working hard to control his powerful Prado, @Vanessa8580, as Center Forward, recovering impeccably the few stucks we got along the way (fortunately for her, this time we had decided to skip the shoveling, and immediately tug each stuck car, to save energies in the scorching sun), @AKR, @Rinelle Sanaani and @Kalahari, in perfect control of their machines, and last but not least @Srikumar sweeping and keeping a watchful eye over the convoy. Having started from a different point then planned, we proceeded to enter a few technical dunes, which initially I had intended to avoid, in order to spare the cars from overheating. With a bit of persistence we managed to get through with minor delays, and penetrated the depths of the Faqa dunes. This is a beautiful area, similar to a plateau, with medium height rolling dunes, dotted with groups of gnarly trees. We managed to move quite at quite a good pace, with just a couple of stucks, criss-crossing a good number of dunes, or riding their humpy tops. Along the way we found a very nice set of twin dunes, which all managed to side-slope impeccably, before moving toward another tall dune, at the end of the plateau, where we played almost until sunset. During his second drive up the dune Rizwanm2's Nativa spurted some white smoke, which prompted us to descend the plateau toward the sabkha in a very easy and relaxed manner. Sunset had started, while we were riding toward it. So, now you will ask yourself, did we reach Little Swehian? Yes and no: in fact, due to the softness of the sand, and the dark setting in, we decided to exit, after a couple of recoveries, to avoid getting stuck in the middle of this very challenging area. Hence, we coasted the dunes, along the sabkha, until we hit the small line of dunes separating us from the exit road. At this point @Srikumar took over as leader, due to my car’s night blindness (as someone in the group said: “note to self – buy desert lights”). And so the convoy reached Solar Park safely, after 66.5 Km and 4:14 hours of driving (minus the few stucks), at an average speed of 15.6Km/H, and a top speed of 64Km/H. This ends my report, but hopefully not my leading career. Thanks a lot to all for being part of this very special day for me. See you soon on the sand, again. PS. We had 2 last minute dropouts: @siddharth maheshwari due to car issues, and @Lucky sAm as his son was not feeling well. We wish Lucky Sam's son a prompt recovery, and Siddhart's car to be fixed swiftly. See you both soon on the sand.
  25. 13 points
    Wonderful drive superman @Rahimdad. Thank you @Brette, @Vanessa8580 and @Wrangeld for guiding and helping everyone. Super exciting to drive a bit carefree now without worrying I will hit something or break something...but getting used to it a bit better. Some pictures uploaded in the gallery.
  26. 13 points
    Dear fellow Carnity members. While the posted drive is filling up, allow me to give you a first glimpse at the track we have prepared for you this coming Friday. With the support of @Srikumar, and the presence, so far, of @martin, @Vanessa8580, @Kalahari, @Rizwanm2, @luwaimn, @Rinelle Sanaani, @Jun Zamora, @Lucky sAm, @Mahmoud Hamzawy and @Desert Dweller, we'll cover one of the most varied terrains in Dubai. We should find much less vegetation than around Pink and Fossil Rock, with occasional group of trees hiding behind the dunes, a few technical dune areas, where we'll need to finesse our way around, several stretches of long dunes, where to practice side sloping, as well as some ridge riding and criss-crossing, and sabkha areas where we can make good time. The goal is to reach the area of Little Sweihan, and if possible, proceed from there, after a little playing around, toward our exit point at Solar Park. I will be more precise about the itinerary's conditions in a couple of days. In the meantime, PLEASE, remember to click on the "Totally Agree" icon to acknowledge having read and understood the Covid-19 compliance rules. All those who do not confirm this we'll not be accepted in the drive. See you Friday.
  27. 13 points
    Thanks everyone for an amazing morning in the dunes! Thanks to @Wrangeld and @Jeepie for a relly fun drive! Also thanks to @Frederic, @Ale Vallecchi, @Vanessa8580 for taking good care of the group as always! I would like to praise @asifk for his amazing drive today! Going behind you today was a pleasure,not only because of your good driving skills but also because you always keep the good route or adapt it making your follower's life easier and funnier! Thanks everyone! See you soon!
  28. 13 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety. Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. For members who are fasting, they can break their fast discreetly and convoy will be stopped during that time and until they offer their prayer. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. So, that you individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reach to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation Now, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Drive Details Level: Newbie and above - All Level When: 12 Jun 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Evening drive till about 10:00 AM Meeting Point: Mahafiz Tree Shade - https://goo.gl/maps/9imnNXYaGWiN8StC7 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 10:00 AM End Point: Adnoc- https://goo.gl/maps/gq17ZbqKFfERCRdk9 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 or 1 Senior Members + 12 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  29. 13 points
    Thank you all, I really enjoyed leading much more than I thought I would. Still learning, but I am also starting to realise that I can do more than I think I can and doing it will make me more confident. And of course it helps a lot having the support of Superman and the rest of the team. Learned a lot on the leaders lead drives, both by leading and watching others learn to lead. I had a great time yesterday Thanks
  30. 13 points
    [email protected] that you are a woman should not make any difference to how proud everyone is after your amazing lead, but the fact is you have the distinction of being the first female lead in Carnity. Brilliant lead. And great with recoveries. A real asset, man or woman, within Carnity. 😘
  31. 12 points
    Dear Carnity members @Rinelle Sanaani, @asifk, @Jolly Abraham, @Shiju Manuel, @J J, @RohanH, @Vanessa8580, @Najeeb Mohammed, @Chaitanya D, @Anish S, @Tbone, @Janarthan and @Denizzalbayrak. Thanks to all of you for promptly acknowledging the Covid rules. Very well done. Also, for any of you who feels the need to gain more information regarding some of the techniques which, as Fewbies, we'll practice during the drive, please read the chapter Dune Crossing Tutorial and Techniques available on the website. This drive will take place in a relatively technical area, where we will find some play zones, ideal for either climbing or side-sloping, and occasionally some ridges where we will do some crossing. Dunes will be neither too high nor too steep, so this should be possible for all. We will scale the drive up or down in difficulty, according to the convoy's "feeling". Lastly, if any of you thinks he may have to cancel, for whatever reason, please do so by tomorrow at midday, so that we may allow those on the waiting list (currently 2 other members) to join the drive in your place. Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday morning at 5AM sharp. Have a good ending of the week.
  32. 12 points
    Welcome to the COVID 19 "new normal" lifestyle with restrictions and precautions for everyone safety. Moving forward and respecting authorities guidance all desert drives will be done under strict control. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. We are only allowed to drive through the desert, the same way as if we are driving on the road now. Even though DUne Bashing is permitted with the loosening of soem COVID restrictions, the restrictions over social distancing still apply. So we will only do desert driving and stay sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. Please pay close attention to the meetings point as these have changed to allow enough space for everyone to arrive and deflate safely. Please make sure that you deflate quickly and off the tarmac. There should be only one person outside the vehicle when deflating before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Failure to acknowledge the "Totally Agree" on the concersation thread will result in your being removed from the attendee list. Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the pre drive convoy numbering and briefing here in this thread. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone except for people deflating or putting up a flag must stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. No radio = no drive. If your radio is not set to all the Carnity channels in advance there will be no time to reprogram on site. If you do not have the radio set up = no drive. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation For now and until the COVID restrictions are lifted, there will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Now Strictly no more sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery. Safety flag - Must for every car, like before. Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advice by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Drive Details Level: Fewbie and all above - NO NEWBIES ALLOWED. When: 26 June 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 4.00 PM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Afternoon to Evening drive + includes up to 1 hour of easy night drive Meeting Point: Badayer Shops - https://goo.gl/maps/ejocFKnH54fnhNRX9 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 8:00 PM End Point: ADNOC - Al Madam https://goo.gl/maps/NNuzbqdgQ3UaS9Ty8 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. 1 Lead Marshal + 1 Senior Members + 10 Members. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members arriving without all the required equipment will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  33. 12 points
    Trip Report through my eyes. As @Wrangeld mentioned all were on time, deflated and ready to go. So with a quick deflation, fixing flag and a quick check of everyone's radio working and having no absolute newbies we were well on our way. With no absolute newbies on our drive I was not thinking so much about the pace and the route taken, this meant we were just flying through for the exception of a few refusals. I must say everybody managed very well and we had reached the base of Pink Rocks with only 2 stucks very close to the base. With still plenty of time left for the drive to end and weather still not at its worst, I decided not to end the drive at 2nd December. Without a word being spoken I quickly made it to the top of Pink Rocks and rest did well to reach the top fairly quickly. At this point I jokingly announced that it was a good drive and please make it home safely from here. After a pause and I believe with a shock fro all I came with the option of continuing the drive which everyone agreed to. So now came the challenging 2nd part trying to make it to Bidayer. Once again a few refusals and fewer stucks but greatly managed by all. Truly a really bad stuck on a side where @Yousef Alimadadi was stuck like a poster on the wall. His greatest assets were his calm, following instructions and being very clear with his situation while communicating. His greatest challenge being the Rear difflock not coming on, our prime objective to get those difflockers going. After a little concentrated effort and little experiment it worked and difflock were on. Once the difflockers came on the car slowly but surely came on and we were out. Great effort by @Yousef Alimadadi and great lesson for all around. Be calm and be patient, every situation will end up teaching you something. With a quick tug to get @Brette out of some soft sand while he was trying to offer help to @Yousef Alimadadi we were off to the exit. With heat now kicking in I took the easiest way out, quick and everybody followed amazingly well. We were quickly out, inflating and with huge smiles all headed to the comforts of their home. Mission Accomplished. I would like @Vanessa8580 for accepting second lead and enjoyed this position, I think she also has a better idea now why I chose that position for her. @Yousef Alimadadi thank you for keeping your excitement in control and moreover to your calm while stuck in a precarious situation. @VipinShetty to quietly but smoothly negotiated all the dunes. @Denizzalbayrak for rocking on with the best Trailblazer I have seen in my 12 years. @George Francis for also progressing through the completely drive quietly but surely. @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ and his capability to float a whale through the desert when he was finally called out on the second leg for not having a low gear. @Gregory Perkin for quietly leading from behind, well done bro. @Mehmet Volga for closely following @Gregory Perkin which was a great decision. @Brette for being in his helping spirit even though his ride seemed to have a mind of its own. Later realized there was a leak which prevented the 4x4 system to kick in and that drowned him in a couple of places. @Anish S thank you for your quiet enthusiasm in the back and good to know that you have experienced first hand on how situations are taken care off in the back. @Magellan for showing us why the FJ and 2 smiling spirited souls can conquer everything everywhere. Big thanks to @Jeepie for keeping the convoy safe, together and moving at all times. My hats of to @Jeepie for @Brette recovery from the ridge, the recovery was made with the right angle in mind and was done with a very careful and gentle tug. Hope to see you all again soon. Proud to be part of such an enthusiastic and responsible group.
  34. 12 points
    The One Where An Unfortunate Reputation MIght Start to be Formed Yesterday afternoon was a bit strange, starting with the confusion over how to get to the proper starting point at Badayer Shops. In the blazing temperature, it was excellent to see almost everyone wating in the parking area with the others arriving on time - having also been a bit confused by the ROAD CLOSED sign that MIss Google Maps has not yet been informed of! A word of warning to any trip lead looking ot start at Badayer and move to Iftar Bowl - enter the desert from the first roudnabout or you will like @Emmanuel end up in Al Madam before you can turn round. The end result, we entered the desert a bit later than planned. As it was showing 54C on the termerature guage in my car the later the better! With @Jeepie at the wheel, leading for 2nd time and @Colin Jordan in second lead, we moved off. It would not be an understatement to say that we had three recoveries within the first 500 meters and this was the theme of the day. As mentioned, it is a bit worrying that for the second week in a row the drive was defined more by the number of stops and recoveries needed than the driving fun. The summer sand was punishingly soft and a heavy long wheel based car will inevitably find the going harder than the three SWB Jeeps that handled the conditions quite well (I think @E.C. TAN who was sweep only had one or two moments - and he had to gind a new route after the sand had been churned by much bigger vehicles). A welcome back to the drives to @Roshan Abraham who was acting as centre forward, but even for an experienced driver thse conditions were not easy. The intention was to get to Iftar bowl and play. The challenge was that the desert from this direction was unforgiving, technical, and for newish fewbies a big challenge. @Shiju Manuel, @RohanH @Chaitanya D we tried valiantly to get a route that was less challenging from the start point and all of you will have learned from the experience - momentum is your friend (whether you approach a dune straight on or try to criss cross) and with a longer vehicle that becomes even more critical when the dunes are soft like they were yesterday. After the first hour and a half, i took over leading duties from @Jeepie who had done a magnificent job of taking the convoy forward and on a route that on any other day would probably have been less challenging. Every route she or I took seemed to end up with almost certain knowledge that if others tried to follow through the soft stuff, there would be even more stucks - and after the extreme revcovery of last week, I for one felt a bit once bitten, twice shy. A massive, massive thanks goes to @Emmanuel who shoveld, tugged and coached more in one afternoon than in probably many before all rolled up in one. And a massive thanks to everyone for your patience and persistence. We decided to exit sooner than planned, simply because the prospect of digging each other out in the dark after such a tiring afternoon seemed the right thing to do. For sure, next Badayer trip wil have a different entry point so we can get to the bowl and have some play time. So, back to that reputation thing ... second week of leading drives and second week of drivers having multiple stucks. We will see if that results in the take up for any new drives falling off! In my earlier reports I have written about the excitement and challenges of moving up from newbie and the experiences of what it it like being promoted in this game. The move from being a participant, even with responsibilities as centre forward or sweep, to actually planning and leading a drive is also a big leap. It creates renewed respect and admiration for the amazing marshalls of whom we have the benefit in this club. Learning to lead effectively and safely is not something that is going to happen the first time you sit behind the wheel of the lead car. There is an even steeper learning curve than when you move from other promotions. @Gaurav, @Rahimdad @Frederic @Srikumar @Asif Hussain @Emmanuel Hats off to you. You make the whole leading thing look so effortless - just like taking a drive out in the sand! Practice makes (well, not quite perfect) us all better. With the continued patience of our club members, I will continue to hone these skills in the aspiration of leading in some way comparable with these guys. I am keeping in mind that @Jeepie and I started this journey with Carnity in November last year. There's still a long way to go and lot of fun to be had. Bring it on. See you soon in the sand.
  35. 12 points
    @Rahimdad leading drives are always full of fun, becomes easier and enjoyable to everyone with excellent guiding and help by @Vanessa8580 @Brette @Wrangeld. Thank you to you all! @Brette 's first stuck was because of me rather than his bad luck maybe. I tried "not to fly" this time and pushed it less but that part was definitely needing more momentum indeed. The rest of the trip was good to me because I was driving behind @Gregory Perkin this time! He was excellent in all and I always followed his track and copied his movements - made it all problem-free! So impressed with @Yousef Alimadadi's self-recoveries with rear-lock shows! At the slope, I thought it was a huge "stuck" and no way to take off even with shoveling - absolutely be towed! It was amazing to learn many tricks of such self-recoveries! See you next week!
  36. 12 points
    It’s good to be back on @Rahimdad’s convoy after a long time. He can make newbie drives quite challenging and fun at the same time with his sence of humour. And again thanks to seniours @Wrangeld, @Jeepie and @Brette for taking care of rest of the convoy. I hope problems of Grand Cherokee can be sorted quickly. I may say 2nd part of the trip was a newbie plus level. Who ever liked this part as newbie, wait for what is to come on fewbie and above levels😊 After experiencing heating problems 2 months ago, my eyes were at the heat gauge literally every 3 min. Thankfully, It didn’t even reach to 100 degrees even with long idling times. I hope everybody enjoyed and had fun! See you guys next week.
  37. 12 points
    A super fun drive is what we come to expect when @Jeepie and @Wrangeld take the lead and we weren't disappointed. The terrain was unforgiving, the sand was like silt and the vegetation resembled an English meadow or perhaps it was more akin to a Scottish bog without the water element! In the desert, in the summer....who knew?! Add to that the challenging dunes and we were all tested to our limits, which is exactly what we want! I loved being behind you guys and thanks for the vote of confidence in making me second lead, I tried my best to read the route and offer an alternative path when it was needed, but sometimes I just got caught up in it and wanted to try the hard stuff too haha! There were so many learning moments, I picked up a few tips just from watching you guys toil in that melting sun. The efforts of @Ale Vallecchi, @Frederic and @Vanessa8580 are always greatly appreciated , especially when you are watching from the comfort of an air conditioned car.😝 I would have helped, honest, but you know this covid business is very serious and I wouldn't want to break the rules 😉 Well done everyone, can't wait for next week!
  38. 12 points
    Congratulations @Wrangeld for reaching the Advance level with Carnity Offroad club. Earlier your trip reports use to stand out only and now you are shining bright with your off-road knowledge, teamwork, and help to manage the convoy from the most critical standpoints, resulted in this well-deserved and prestigious off-road rank. Your cool, calm, and composed approach over difficult situations and challenges offer an excellent way to handle offroad difficulties to inspire and boost newbie confidence. Keep it up and its time for you to work on your recovery, routing, and navigational skills under the Marshal supervision. Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Advance: Number of drives 10 (36 regular drives) Level of drives Willingness to learn + Enthusiasm + Basic dune & sand reading + map reading & basic navigational skills Off-road gear Flag, deflator, tire gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio, compressor, tool kit, tow rope, floor jack, jack board & GPS Drive teamwork Actively participate in recoveries + drive in the second lead Drive posting/joining Join any drive and lead fewbie & intermediate drives under Marshal / Crew supervision Forum participation Share experience + feedback on forum and pictures in gallery + drive and route suggestions + post trip report + share route + track and waypoints Forum participation and helping with community spirit is recommended for faster upgrades at all levels. Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the Emergency contact details.
  39. 12 points
    This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to respect and follow these guidelines strictly in order to not jeopardize someone's health and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives. MUST READ: Not following these rules and precautions = Not allowed to drive. No Gathering | No Briefing | No BBQ | No Eating Together | No Touching | No Hugging We are only allowed to drive through the desert, as we are driving on the road now. So we will only do the desert driving just by sitting inside our cars at all the times and leave the drive without socializing or coming close to each other. Just like before we like to continue our desert drives through out the year, but this time we need your immense support to understand the strict control and to help everyone follow them all the time. How to maintain "STRICT" Social Distancing Meeting point will be set slightly (100m - 200m) inside the desert track. You individually deflate your tires on the tarmac before reaching the meeting point. While deflating tires, stop cars 10 meters away from any other car. Drive signup on calendar will be closed on Thursday morning by 9 AM. Convoy numbering and briefing will be posted here on this drive post before 6 PM on Thursday. All participants need to read & acknowledge the briefing by clicking "Totally Agree" reaction Switch on your radio when you reach the meeting point on the set frequency advised by the trip lead in the critical briefing here. Once everyone reaches to the meeting point, everyone stay inside the car at all the times. Trip lead will do the roll call, convoy numbering recap, critical briefing over the radio. Any suggestions or issues will be discussed over the radio too. You can also speak to other members through the radio only. So please make sure that your radio battery is fully charged. Once all set, trip lead will start the drive as before. Refusal and Recoveries with Social Distancing Every drive will have 1 lead Marshal and 1 or 2 supporting senior members/crew. Whenever there is a stuck or refusal, only a Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is allowed to handle the situation. Everyone else including the stuck car driver, stay inside the car - AT ALL TIMES. Marshal / Senior Member / Crew is only allowed to step out to access the situation and do the recoveries: They will wear mask and gloves at all times when they are outside their car. They will try to help self recover through the radio guidance. If not they will use required recovery gear and do the needful (shovel, tug or winch, as required). If at any time Marshal require help, then only you are allowed to step out by wearing face mask and gloves at all times. Drive completion and inflation There will not be any gathering or sitting down together for food-break like before. Once drive is finished, after reaching the tarmac, everyone is requested to move away 50-100 meters before starting their inflation. For drivers having no compressor, can head to the near by fuel station. If drive is ending at a place where there is no fuel station near by, then trip lead will inform in advance so that drivers having their own compressor can join only. Strictly no sharing of compressors, radio, shovel or any recovery gear, at any times. Mandatory things you require to attend the drive Face mask - at least TWO face mask is needed in case one get damage or fly away. Disposable rubber gloves - at least two sets are needed. Wear face mask and gloves at all the times, when you are out of your car. Carry plenty of hand sanitizer and object sanitizer (spray). Use your sanitizers generously, whenever you step out to help or recover. Sanitize your hands before getting back into your car. Sanitize your recovery gears, if you have used them. Fully charged and programmed radio - without any excuse - No radio = No drive. Shovel - Must for every car, to do little self recovery Safety flag - Must for every car, like before Compressor - If joining the drives that is ending far from the fuel station. Mandatory precaution that you need to take at all times Do not step out of your car UNLESS/OTHERWISE advised by Marshal / Senior Member / Crew. No shaking hands, hugs or touching each other. No sharing of food, drinks or recovery tools. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and take a lot of rest. If you have travel in last 14 days, then please do not attend this drive. If you feel unwell during the drive, please let trip lead know so he can plan an early exit. Not more than 3 pax in a car and if all 3 aren't living together, then they should wear the mask inside the car too. Two Way Radio Guidelines Every Offroader brings his own radio, programmed to the frequencies described in below advice topic. We will not share spare radios or program your radio on the drive. If you need assistance in programming the radio, post a topic on the Carnity website with your questions and we will help you out. Make sure your radio is fully charged. It will be your only way of communication while driving. Before buying, please carefully read below advice so you are informed properly on which model / cost / shops... No radio = No drive. It is an essential tool and you should make sure you bring it on every drive and learn/practice how to use it. MUST WATCH: OUR NEWBIE VIDEO BRIEFING: Drive Details Level: All Levels When: June 12 2020, Friday. Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Action Plan: Morning drive till about 10:30 AM Meeting Point: Qudra Desert Track Entry - https://goo.gl/maps/9ZPffHWmnhioYKff9 Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 10:30 AM End Point: Al Qudra Last Exit Parking - https://goo.gl/maps/L4UYFcLBtpYzFnxr7 LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday -5PM. 1 Lead Marshal + 2 or 1 Senior Members + 9 or 10 Members. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  40. 12 points
    As Rahim bhai said, its a proud moment that we have women who are now leading our drives. While we pride ourselves in being a multicultural group we can now also proudly say that we have women who are leading our convoys, and very soon we will have women Marshals as well.
  41. 12 points
    RSVP is now Closed. Please find your convoy number below. First 30 minutes 1. Jeepie 2. Rahimdad 3. Foxtrot Oscar 4. Lorenzo. 5. Shiju Manuel. 6. Vanessa 7. Mels Wolf 8. Asifk 9. Colin Jordan 10.Kalahari 11.Rinelle 12.J J 13.Sertac Second 30 minutes 1. Richard 2. Rahimdad 3. Foxtrot Oscar 4. Lorenzo. 5. Shiju Manuel. 6. Vanessa 7. Mels Wolf 8. Asifk 9. Colin Jordan 10.Kalahari 11.Rinelle 12.J J 13.Sertac Radio frequency will be: Carnity Channel 1: 446.00625 Mhz. Please make sure your radio is charged and set to all 5 Carnity frequencies when you arrive at the deflation point, as we might change the channel if there is disturbance on Channel 1. Keep your distance when deflating and do not "gather" upon arrival. Deflate your vehicle and step back in the car so we can convey the briefing over the radio. Whenever you need help to deflate, announce on the radio and a senior or marshal will come to assist. Make sure you have a deflator, flag, and your radio. Depending on how time and heat permits we will be ending nearby the gas station or at Faya, so a compressor is an added advantage. See you tomorrow ! @Kalahari, @Foxtrot Oscar, @Vanessa8580, @Rinelle Sanaani, @asifk, @Colin Jordan, @Lorenzo Candelpergher, @Mels Wolf, @J J, @Shiju Manuel, @Jeepie and @sertac,
  42. 12 points
    It's no understatement to say we braved the heat yesterday afternoon in Al Qudra. Even the vehicles sitting under the shade of the few trees could not be protected from the oppressive heat at 4pm. As we all started to deflate and flag up, however, the prospects of a good long drive awaited so everyone was in great spirits. I think I will call this report, "The One with the Touareg". @amro elshafey arrived as newbie to try out the Touareg in the desert and after a very detailed check and careful additonal briefing from @Gaurav we lined up in convoy order to move. It's a particular bugbear of mine that if you're coming in a drive you get there on time. It's simply not fair on the people who do get themselves there when we have to wait to get moving - particularly when the ambient temperature is 40+C and you drive a Jeep (yes, there is always the worry of overheating). Despite @Gaurav stretching the briefing to see if the final convoy member would arrive, after 25 minutes we had to get moving. And move we did. @Matti Brockman did a fantastic job in second lead, paying attention to distance and all of the instructions on where to rereoute and what to do, and to be honest it was a surprise to find that the first refusals were not from the Touareg, but other supposedly more capable vehicles. These were none to serious and nothing a quick tug or moment of thought could not sort out. @syed salman raza @Yousef Alimadadi and @Mehmet Volga represented the Pajero club on this drive with our lead, as pretty much everyone else was in a jeep and it's always interesting to watch the different way these makes of vehicles perform in the sand. With @Ale Vallecchi as Centre forward, the stucks that there were, and we did have a few people bogged in soft sand or cresting their cars, we managed so that the drive was fast paced and we could take advantage of the sweeping dunes in Al Qudra and keep the vehicles moving. After an hour or so, and as agreed before we set off our @amro elshafey exited onto the road, quite honestly having impressed the heck out of the rest of us by handling the challenge so well. We have no idea what the next plan is, but we really apprecaited your company and hope to see you back. On from here we went to the first play are of the day, back through some technical dunes and had the chance to do some side sloping and testing of nerve and vehicle. Wrangler drivers @siddharth maheshwari @E.C. TAN and @bunty_and_pops all showed how they are developing as drivers and controlling their vehicles. From the previliged position as sweep, myself and @Jeepie can see how you have started to take your own lines through the dunes if it looks like a challenge and how you get through the more difficult areas normally with ease. Nothwithstanding the wonderful sweeping dunes we did hit a problem area with two symultaneous stucks. @Yousef Alimadadi was sorted by @Ale Vallecchi while myself and @Jeepie eventually decided that it was too hot to dig and pulled @siddharth maheshwari off the crest where he had landed himself. It was all good fun and we continued to sweep our way through the dunes in search of a new play area. Having decided it was time to play, @Gaurav went for a trial run for a sidey. It was abruptly stopped when the sidey ran out of side and we were able to watch a master at work as Gaurav self recovered and we continued along the way. (Pictures in previous posts after Gaurav got free!) As evening fell, the plan had been to take a few minutes for a night drive so we made our way to the technical dunes where we were planing for this to happen, but as so often is the case in the desert, other events intervene and @Gaurav had to leave us to support a recovery from another drive. We were not far from the road so I rerouted and led the convoy back to the last exit to reinflate and make our way home. It was a great drive. Full of omvement, good lessons learned, good discipline from everyone and a great attitude. One small request, echoing what @E.C. TAN said. Communication on drives is key. If you are dropping out, please, please tell us. We don't know if it's because you have a problem, you want a bio break or you just want to go home. Unless you announce it. As you saw by Gaurav leaving to help out another crew, the Carnity approach is never leave anyone behind. So if you go missing, we will be worried aobut you and go looking. See you soon in the sand.
  43. 11 points
    @Rajeevan Vickneswaran @syed salman raza @sertac @Mehmet Volga @Incognitoes @marks @Leo Francis @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Jun Zamora @George Francis @Febin Frederic @Yousef Alimadadi @Wrangeld Please acknowledge that you’ve read the COVID-19 precautions topic by clicking on “Totally Agree” in below topic: This topic will remain open, so once you’ve agreed for this weeks drive it will be saved for future drives. Thanks.
  44. 11 points
    @Ale Vallecchi it was a great lead sir. I really enjoyed following your lead and ..and learning from u and the crew @Srikumar @Vanessa8580 @Foxtrot Oscar.. its always fun to drive with u guys
  45. 11 points
    @Colin Jordan @Shiju Manuel @Lorenzo Candelpergher @RohanH @Chaitanya D @Roshan Abraham @E.C. TAN @Emmanuel @Jeepie Thanks for signing up for the Badayer/Iftar Bowl drive tomorrow afternoon, evening. HIS DRIVE IS NOW CLOSED It's a lovely Thursday morning in Dubai/Sharjah and by this time tomorrow evening , We hope to be out of the desert having visited Iftar Bowl, and enjoyed a Fewbie drive that should be a fun and challenging drive. The drive tomorrow is planned to take us through some excellent long wide dunes so we can practice driving across the dunes. We will also try to pay attention to get some more basic practie in some less practiced skills in the Newbie drives such as criss corssing and ridge riding. There should be plenty of time for 'play', depending on the number of stucks and how busy the dunes are at that time of the afternoon. So below is the convoy list, so you know where you are and are expected to be. Radio Channel will be Carnity Channel 4 for this drive. If for some reason you did not yet program your radio, DO IT NOW. There is an excellent guide on how to do this written by @Frederic. There will be no time for nor anyone avaialble to reprogram your radio tomorrow morning. If you are really in trouble with the radio then ping a message here and we will try to help you through the prcess. So they can prepare themselves mentally. 2nd lead - @Colin Jordan, Centre Forward @Roshan Abraham @E.C. TAN will sweep and @Emmanuel will be flying sweep. Sand conditions: The sand is soft and will suck you in, especially where we are headed ... but more on that tomorrow in the drive brief. Please deflate and get your flag erected as soon as you arrive so we can get moving ASAP. If you can move away from the stores at the meeting point that would be best so that we are not seen to congregate or 'gather. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow afternoon. Should anything unexpected happen and you are unable to attend, please let us know. Otherwise, we will leave without you. Attendees Level Car Radio Pos # Wrangeld Advance Jeep Wrangler Y 1 Colin Jordan Fewbie Jeep Wrangler Y 2 Shjiu Manuel Fewbie Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Y 3 Chaitanya D Fewbie Nissan Xterra Y 4 Roshan Abraham Fewbie Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Y 5 RohanH Fewbie Mitsubishi Pajero LWB Y 6 E.C Tan Fewbie Jeep Wrangler SWB Y 7 Emmanuel Marshal Nissan Xterra Y 8
  46. 11 points
    Great report @Wrangeld, and very well raised points about the dune's crossing and ridge riding. I commend @Vipin Shettyfor his patience. Every time he found himself in difficult situations, he communicated very calmly, listened with attention, and followed instructions without ever panicking. As soon as he'll get more familiar with his car's performance and potential on the sand he'll do great.
  47. 11 points
    Some drives will test the limits of your patience, skills, and endurance. This was one of those drives. Seeing most people arriving before 7 and starting deflation is a wonderful thing to see, as we are battling the heat and want to head out as soon as possible. It was however disappointing to see few members in the wrong convoy that we had to go and collect. Which set us back quite some time. PLEASE always look at the meeting point coordinates and do not just join the bunch of cars from another drive you see further down the road. The drive lead specifically mentioned this in the drive topic. Furthermore, the briefing video has specific points mentioned that were put there for a reason. Bringing a shovel, and wearing closed shoes, is particularly useful in 40 degrees and the shovel is even a mandatory item. Testing new equipment should be done beforehand, not on the deflation point. From FEWBIE level onwards this is a hobby that requires some preparation and focus. This is not a Desert Safari Tourist Trip anymore. Having said that, the desert can be unforgiving, and the soft sand meant we had to deflate further down. The route from Fossil Rock towards Faya is consisting out of some technical dunes, and lots of pockets and ditches. This is perfect terrain for Fewbies to practice the use of momentum and pointing the nose of the car perfectly spot on the ridge riding it high enough to avoid ending up in the ditch. Most of them mastered this very well by now, some others kept using the raw power of the vehicle and came to realize soon enough the raw power alone is not enough. Despite the pop-outs and some challenging recoveries we kept a cool head (at least we tried in this heat), and got everyone out safely. A big thanks to the convoy for keeping their patience and offering help over the radio. An excellent drive lead from both @Wrangeld and @Jeepie, a wonderful second lead by @Foxtrot Oscar, great recoveries done by @Vanessa8580 and @Ale Vallecchi, and some of the fewbies really showed their worth. Well done guys !
  48. 11 points
    Wow, I'm lost for words. Wasn't expecting this. @Gaurav @Rahimdad @Emmanuel @Srikumar @Frederic thank you for the endless support and patience you'll have had in helping me throughout this journey. @Xaf @Ale Vallecchi @Wrangeld @Jeepie @Shamil @Javier M thank all of you too for the help and assistance whenever required. Been a fun ride and looking forward to what the level brings.
  49. 11 points
    This truly means a lot to me @Rahimdad! And you are totally right. Since I found Paco, I have been learning so much. Even before, I was lucky to have you around, accepting me as co-pilot and teaching me everything there is to know whenever the opportunity arose. I extend my thanks to @Emmanuel, @Shamil, @Srikumar and the big boss @Gaurav. I also want to thank @Foxtrot Oscar for allowing me to wreck her car at the very start of this amazing experience! 😁
  50. 11 points
    TRIP REPORT Al Qudra is an area that offers something to every level of offroaders. Seeing the sign up for this drive, which was mainly a Fewbie convoy except for a couple of Newbies I felt that if the convoy drives well, this is a perfect convoy to scale the level along the drive. Everyone reached with a max 5 mins delay, which is really appreciated, as time is extremely precious in the month of June. Newly promoted @Shiju Manuel was my second lead and he did a very good job of following instructions and rerouting the convoy as required. @Tero Vallas and @paolo dassi were the Newbies in the convoy, but they showed confidence in approaching the dune, good steering control and following exactly the car in front. Seeing that the convoy was managing well and with no major refusals or stucks, it gave the confidence that we can up the level. So we started side slopping closer to the ridge and wherever the opportunity provided to crisscross over to the other side. Mistakes were made by trying to fight gravity, but once it was explained to everyone individually they knew what was required and from the next dune onwards, one could see the vast improvement. And this is what makes a good offroader, to learn from the past mistakes and keep improving. Well done to all the Fewbies on the convoy, @Chaitanya D @Kalahari (in his new Red toy), @Jun Zamora, @Nikhil Saju Paul @asifk Big thanks to @Ale Vallecchi and @sertac for supporting the drive and helping with recoveries.
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