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  1. Last updated: 7 June 2022 In line with the UAE new resolution to change the work timing from Monday to Friday, please follow the below changes to carnity off-road drives and announcements effective from 1 Jan 2022. All Carnity drives will be announced now every Monday (instead of Sunday). WhatsApp Announcement at 11 AM - Every Monday. All Weekend Drives will go live at 7 PM - Every Monday. Weekend Drives will be scheduled for Friday (New Change), Saturday and Sunday. Single Drive restriction starts from Monday 7:00 PM till Wednesday 11:59 PM. From Thursday 00:00 hrs onwards - RSVP on multiple drives will be open. Week Day Drives will be posted from Monday to Thursday. Weekday drives will be counted as an experience for your promotion. Weekday drives will not be counted as "one drive per weekend" restriction.
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  2. Congratulations to all the Superstars of Team Carnity Based on continuous support, dedication, teamwork and creativity. For Leading Maximum Drives During the month of Sep 2021 @Ale Vallecchi @Lorenzo Candelpergher and @Wrangeld For Supporting Maximum Drives During the month of Sep 2021 * @Hisham Masaad @Alex Raptor @Jeepie and @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ *Limited to AN, Newbie, and Fewbie drives only For Leading Best Creative Drive During the month of Sep 2021 @Islam Soliman Above and Beyond - Drive Support During the month of Sep 2021 @Brette @Chaitanya D and @Anish S Recovery and assistance of Renault Koleos that went into limp mode and was overheating. Recovery and assistance of Jeep Commander that had numerous issues. Helping the Prado owner remove the front bumper after the impact.
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  3. Fantastic morning with the most fantastic team members who came to push the envelope on their cars, focus, and skills. @Gaurav you have knocked it out of the park. From the meticulous planning, setup, merchandise, and covering all possible loopholes, you checked all the boxes. @Srikumar, @Asif Hussain as always present and up to any challenge xx A special thanks to @Hisham Masaad and his son for the help behind the screens, really appreciated all your efforts and help ! Also to @Lawrence_Chehimi who was willing to shift from his support role on the DCT, to supporting the Absolute Newbie drive the same morning, so @Vanessa8580 could focus on leading again after her hiatus and needed recovery. All of you are winners, i only saw smiling faces, camaraderie, and teamwork. All made it back safely out of this treacherous terrain and i salute all of you ! To ALL the trip leads, i can only imagine the pressure and adrenaline going through your minds, trying to find the sweetest/shortest/fastest track all while having hands on the wheel in this unforgiving terrain. Inbetween the morning breakfast and other tasks i was able to quickly launch the mini drone and capture some basic shots. Next time i should prepare more on the proper angles and footage. Will need to get some practice coming winter. See you all soon in the sand !
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  4. Scorpion Sting Despite this subject is well explained in many of the posts in our carnity forum, I wanted to create an awareness based on my personal experience. On Saturday night, we, 4 families along with kids were camping and star gazing in Al Quoa Milky Way spot. On this night, my spouse became an innocent victim to a scorpion sting when we were sitting on the sands. Before the incident happened, unfortunately she removed her shoes to clean up the sand and sat for some time with bare foot - which caused all this. Thanks to guidance from carnity, we had clicked a foto of that tiny thing, in order to show to doctor for proper diagnosis. Within the span of five minutes her entire left leg turned numb with deep burning sensation and she couldnโ€™t walk or place her leg on the floor (sting happened on her left leg foot, below the thumb finger). I immediately called the ambulance using 999 service, who rushed to the spot in less than 45 minutes and checked all her vitals including BP, pulse rate, blood oxygen etc. and confirmed that everything is normal. We went to the nearest seha hospital in the ambulance which is in Al Wagan area and the doctors treated her with pain killers and anti allergy injections. The pain (severe to moderate) lasted for 24 to 36 hours, post which she was able to walk comfortably. Pain still continues to exist (slight level) in the respective area, which should go off completely in next 24 hours. Key Takeaways: Do not panic and keep your hopes high and blood pressure at normal levels. If there is no giddiness after 15 or 30 mins, there is no problem at all. In case of giddiness, then this requires some quick treatment along with antidodes. Numbness and pain are quite normal in this case. As per Seha, none of the species in UAE desert are venomous and thus there is no antidode required. (They havenโ€™t given any antidode to my spouse). The hospital staffs said they see more than 5 cases in a day with such instances. Dont rush to hospital yourself, as this needs some specialises practical experience to treat such incidents. City Hospitals may lack that speciality. 999 ambulance is the right option. We visited NMC Urgent Care, the next day morning, due to severe pain - they reviewed the treatments provided by Seha and informed that there is no further treatment can be provided there. Time is the only heal for this pain with few pain killer medications. Be ready to withstand the pain for 48 hours. Lastly, never remove shoes. Special thanks to @Gaurav and @M.Seidam for your care and advice over the phone. Tons and Tons of Thanks to @Asif Hussain, who drove all the way during such late hours, to help my friends in removing the car from sand while I am attending my spouse in the hospital. Asif Bhai, you always hold a special place in our heart for your kindness and support. Our respects for you is on highest levels. Here is the photo of that black sheep.
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  5. WOW!! What an event!! Congratulations to the entire club for coming together to pull off such an event with such precision. Major credit has to be given to @Gaurav for conceptualizing, planning and executing every single detail. Salute to you buddy, I have learnt a lot just by being there this morning. Also thank you to Sohini Bhabhi for arranging all the food and refreshments. Big Shout out to @Frederic @Asif Hussain @Hisham Masaad and his son (Abdul Ghani) to start the preparation at the unearthly hour of 4 AM. Fantastic support and contributions by @Tbone @Anish S @Rizwanm2 for helping in every possible way. An equal mention to @Vanessa8580 @Lawrence_Chehimi @Brette for coming to help after just concluding their Absolute Newbie drive. At Carnity, we have always built a team spirit and helping attitude to one another. Today along with that we got to see a fantastic competitive spirit between the teams, starting from the Leads all through the team members. Standing at the finish line, with all the team rushing in to try and clock the fastest speed, one could feel the adrenaline pumping. I personally loved the strong competitive spirit displayed with the right sportsmanship, as that is what this Desert Champion Trophy was all about. Congratulations to all the drive participants, you were all winners today. But ofcourse we can have only One CHAMPION for this year, the Team of Arabian Red Fox comprised of @Ruan van den Heever @M.Seidam @Bernard Kalaani @Mario Cornejobrilliantly led by the Tech King Richard @Wrangeld to complete the course in 1 hour 32 mins. ALL HAIL THE CHAMPIONS !!
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  6. Thank you very much everyone for the whole-hearted participation to make this first-ever - Desert Champions Trophy so successful, entertaining, and thrilling for all of us. It was an AWESOME feeling to see everyone completing the entire course of an event without any breakdown, damage, or injury. And this is exactly what is going to motivate us to plan such events in the future. Secondly, we were also impressed with all team's patience and faith in us to respect the true Desert Champion, without any disputes, arguments or sad faces. This truly tells us that all team members and lead have taken this as a fair sporting event and understood that winning or losing is beyond any "Champion" title. Special thanks to all crew, marshals, experts, advisors and support team to help conceive this whole event with utmost dedication, creativity, and meticulous planning. And help us manage and deliver this event flawlessly.
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  7. The Ultimate Test of Off-road Skills, Recovery and Teamwork. Carnity Desert Champions Trophy will bring the best out of each off-roader in the most grueling terrain to rely on each team member for aim to secure this most prestigious title. Following Carnity ethos that off-roading is open to all stock and modified cars, new and old, powerful and underpowered cars, strongest and the weakest cars, this Desert Champions Trophy will be open to all Carnity off-road club members exclusively. WHEN: 19 November 2021 WHERE: Somewhere in Dubai Desert Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/SCJYQgPb6VH2iSqq6 To make everything more exciting, challenging and fair there will be a good mix of these key elements: Car: Any 4X4 with low range gearing and 8 - 10 Inches of ground clearance. Drivers: Fewbie, Fewbie Plus, Intermediate, Extreme, Support Team and Advisor. Lead: Expert, Marshal and Crew. Luck: Raffle draws will be held to decide the team lead, team names and members (at assigned levels). The first raffle draw - decides who has first pick, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on. The second raffle draw - decides the team names as picked up by the Team lead. The third raffle draw- decides the team members as picked up by the Team Lead. TEAM FORMATION Lead: Any Expert, Marshal / Crew Second Lead: Any Extreme / Advisor Third: Fewbie Fourth: Fewbie / Fewbie Plus Fifth: Fewbie Plus / Intermediate Sixth: Any Intermediate / Support Team TEAM NAMES (MAX 10 TEAMS) Arabian Camel Arabian Falcon Arabian Horse Arabian Leopard Arabian Oryx Arabian Red Fox Arabian Saluki Arabian Sand Cat Arabian Sand Gazelle Arabian Wolf TIMINGS Pre-opening: 25 Oct 2021, Monday Registration opening: 1 Nov 2021, Monday - 9:00 AM Registration closing: 14 Nov 2021, Sunday - 9:00 PM OR once we reach the limit of 10 Participants at each level. A maximum of 10 teams will be allowed. Team Formation: On or before 15 Nov 2021, Monday. Event Date: 19 Nov 2021, Friday. Meet-up: 6:00 AM Waypoints Distribution: 6:30 AM First Team Dispatch: 7:00 AM REGISTRATION CRITERIA Express your interest by filling Registration form - CLOSED NOW You will receive the pre-qualification response within 1-2 days. Selection will be based on the trip lead feedback you've driven in the past. The newbie can also express their interest, but they have to become Fewbie before 13 Nov 2021. Once you are selected, you will receive the link to Pay and confirm your participation. Upon completion of payment, you will be added to the events calendar. WEATHER 19 - 30 Degrees ๐Ÿ˜Š 64% Cloud Cover - โ˜๏ธ No rain - ๐ŸŒ‚ PARTICIPATION CHARGES AND CONDITIONS All Participating Members: 500 AED (Non-Refundable). Team Lead: Only for Carnity Expert, Marshal & Crew. Expert, Marshal & Crew: Not allowed to join as support. Open to all Carnity off-road club members ONLY. The newbie should become Fewbie before 13 Nov 2021. Experienced Newbie can transfer their off-road experience. RULES AND REGULATIONS All teams will receive the set waypoints on the day of the event. Each team member needs to store those waypoints prior to the start line. All team members should use a GPS app/device to record track and waypoints. One person per car - no passengers allowed. Everything in your car should be securely fastened. GAME ON Each team will require to cross through the desert consisting of small, medium and tall dunes. All waypoints will be placed in an area, which will be completely doable by stock cars. So instead of focusing on maximizing power and modifications, you really need to focus hard on your off-roading skills, creativity and wisdom - which makes the REAL DESERT CHAMPIONS - and not just the cars. Moderate GPS navigation skills are required to choose the fastest or the easiest path through the sabka, tall dunes or technical patches to get the whole team moving. You will not require any additional fuel, as a standard fuel tank will be sufficient for the whole event. Each team member needs to make a small circle at every waypoint to mark on its GPS track. All teams will start with 5-10 minute intervals to avoid crowding near the first few waypoints. The same duration will be subtracted from their total track time in the end. The team to cover all required waypoints and finish first in a minimum amount of time will have the honor to lift the Trophy with the most distinguished title of The Desert Champions for the next full year. In case of a tie, the team with the least kilometer clocked will win and lift the Trophy. SECRET Real off-roading is a lot more than just a full-throttle blast. And the off-roaders who know this secret will win this prestigious title. Keep the fluid momentum to get going with minimal disruptions. As a lead you need to find a track to accommodate all levels of cars and drivers. As a second lead, you need to fix the pitfalls and make it more smooth and doable for everyone behind. As a fewbie, you need to follow the track as close as possible to avoid getting stuck and refusals. As a fewbie plus and Intermediate, get ready to guide, dig and recover stuck cars as fast as you can. Go as slow as possible, and as fast as necessary. Have fun and drive safe. KEEP IT SIMPLE This is not a straight-line solo race or a challenge. It is a team sport to test your off-road skills, recovery skills and teamwork. The faster you will go, the slower you might get with continuous stucks and refusal. So instead, take it easy, be creative to think outside the box and maze of dunes with your complete team while having fun, taking pictures and making new friends. VEHICLE AND GEARS As you don't need any special vehicle to participate, your 4X4 should be in desert drive-worthy condition. Any 4X4 with Low range gearing. With a minimum of 8 - 10 inches of ground clearance. Front and rear tow hooks / eyelets / bolt-on hooks. Off-road gear as per Carnity off-road Structure. Same size spare tire in working condition. Bash plate and AT tires (Recommended). CONDITIONS APPLY Any vehicle breakdown will require immediate reporting to the control team. Once the control team arrives on the site, based on their fair evaluation you can leave the broken down car and driver to be rescued out by the support team to the nearest exit. As the control team may arrive within 15 min - 2 hours, so you will lose that time without any consideration of the vehicle breakdown. Including trip lead vehicle breakdown will be replaced with backup leads within 15 min - 2 hours, without any consideration of the vehicle breakdown. Tire pop-out, minor bumper damage, will not be counted as part of vehicle breakdown. Any accident requiring a police report will disqualify the whole team. Any tampering with GPS recording and data will disqualify the whole team. Any minor to moderate damage to any vehicle will give chance to the second or third team with no damage (if any). If all first 3 team comes with minor to moderate damage then the trophy will go back to the first team. WINNING TEAM PRIZES Desert Champions Trophy - Pride for life. 500 AED - Carnity Account Credit for each participant. Carnity's Winning Certificate for each team member. Social Media campaign for winning team with pictures. Part of "Desert Champions" User group on the site. Entitle to use: Winner of Desert Champions Trophy 2021 in signature. Carnity Weatherproof Safety Flag Carnity Metallic Weatherproof Sticker Carnity Cap Carnity T-Shirt So now, let's get started by expressing your interest to participate by filling this Registration form - CLOSED NOW. Based on trip lead, Marshal and Crew feedback, if you are selected, you will receive the web link to pay 500 AED to secure your participation. Once you complete the payment process you will be added to the events calendar.
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  8. Hello all of my fellow Liwa Crescent Explorers. To commemorate the successful completion of our drive, I am getting stickers printed. You can use the stickers on the rear windshield. Here is the sticker: Key Details about the Sticker Measures 7 cm / 2.75 in in diameter The sticker calls out the days and date of the crossing We had a beautiful moonrise night on the 19th which has been captured in the design A red line marks the final route that was covered from Gaia I have the following drivers from the three drive posts: Fewbie / 12 drivers: @Frederic + @JeromeFJ + @Karthik Raptor @AlexM @KKIRAN @Ahmad Shaker @Simon Dawood @Richard Franks @Trekado @salah2u @Salim Akhtar @Senthil Kumar Fewbie Plus / 9 drivers: @Gaurav + @Alphin Aloor @Looper @Zixuan Huang - Charlie @Waqas Parvez @Ashok chaturvedi @imranaasghar81 @Fabien Monleau Intermediate / 8 drivers: @Srikumar + @Mario Cornejo @Amir Amiri @Ranjan Das @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Xavier Treasurer @varunmehndiratta @Ahab Shamaa Collecting the sticker There is NO COST to you for a sticker, but I will have to limit one sticker per driver. Also, I won't be able to ship a sticker out to you if you don't live in Dubai or have it delivered to you. If any of you would like the sticker, you can either collect them from me on an upcoming drive we are in together, or I will release some locations I will be available at in the following week of the 21st.
    24 points
  9. Thank you everyone for amazing participation, fun and thrilling action during the first-ever Desert Champions Trophy. Congratulations to all the participating team members and lead for successfully, safely, and creatively completing the whole course of 5 waypoints spread across the Lisaili and Solar Park area. YOU ALL ARE TRUE DESERT CHAMPIONS. Congratulations to Team Red Fox for winning the trophy for completing the whole course in the shortest amount of time. Team Lead: Richard Kohn @Wrangeld Second Lead: @M.Seidam Third: @Bernard Kalaani Fourth: @Ruan van den Heever Sweep: @Mario Cornejo Winning Team Arabian Red Fox GPS Track Download: DXB-DCT-Richard.gpx All Team Timings: Team Arabian Red Fox - 1:32:05 Team Arabian Saluki - 1:43:50 Team Arabian Sand Gazelle - 1:44:02 Team Arabian Wolf - 1:55:22 Team Arabian Leopard - 2:13:49 Team Arabian Camel - 2:31:41 WINNING TEAM CELEBRATION All images have been uploaded to the gallery: https://carnity.com/gallery/category/1076-desert-champions-trophy-2021 All Hi-Res Images you can download from here: https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_1.zip https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_2.zip https://carnity.com/dct/dct_folder_3.zip Master video @Daniel Rodas @Werno @Javier Lucero @Zed @Alexander Alcala @Mario Cornejo @M.Seidam @Humayun Ghias @varunmehndiratta @Hisham Masaad @Anoop Nair @Niki @JamesThorn @Ruan van den Heever @Chaitanya D @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Jeepie @Kailas @JeromeFJ @Bernard Kalaani @Looper @Alexanderrr @Mus_hus78 @Daniel Yang @Wrangeld @GauravSoni @Matt.T @Warren Flay @Ale Vallecchi @Mohamad Anwer @Jorge Stepniak Felippe Requesting everyone to please share their valuable feedback Desert Champions Trophy -2021 Feedback Look forward to welcoming new "Desert Champions" in 2022....!
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  10. Post (Winning!) Drive Report: Arabian Red Fox When you are not the fastest (Leopard), Apex Predator (Wolves) or desert train (Camel) planning for the Desert Challenge depended on and excellent team effort, thinking through key focus areas and our strengths and potential weaknesses. How can I explain a drive which resulted in our arriving 11 minutes faster than the exceptionally close 2nd & 3rd teams on what I think was officially my 80th lead in Carnity? While still somewhat surprised (and undoubtedly delighted) us that we came in first, I think it's down to this: Teamwork: I may have 'led' the drive but without the agreements in the team that other drivers direct me if I was going off track, that we would deal with all recoveries through assigned team members and the trust we managed to build up over a few days of WhatsApp discussions, this would never have happened. From start to finish, the team operated like a perfectly oiled machine. Everyone looked out for everyone else. Everyone supported the decisions we made and everyone played an essential role in getting us across the line - especially once we knew we were ahead of other teams that left before us. There was a massive amount of trust in each other because we knew that we had each other's backs. Pancho Buitenhuis: I was channeling the Pancho in me yesterday. I can see the smile on the face of anyone that had the pleasure of driving with Pancho as I write this. I think our route map shows, the route that we navigated in the end was Route 1. The number of crests I broke over 90 minutes was incalculable. More importantly, and because in so doing I also had in mind that the team needed to follow me where ever I went, the team trusted me when I said that they could follow. And they did. We were not particularly fast across the sabkahs or through the long range dunes. We did not need to be because we had made up all our time through the 54321 route and making some creative choices through the technical dunes. Letting Go: In the week leading up to the challenge I was personally not in a great headspace. This was exacerbated by something that happened literally minutes before the start of the event. By the time we finally lined up, the briefing was completed, the team had agreed that we would follow the agreed route, and I had made my way into the driving seat despite a troubling bad back, I was so grateful for the team that had got me there; the result became unimportant. We were just going to have fun. After all, it's just driving in the desert and we do that every week. I checked in with the team that they were all OK and that all we wanted was to have a good time and get back safely. It all worked because @M.Seidam followed me like a hawk (or fox) and made any corrections needed without hesitation, @Bernard Kalaani was outstanding in following the lead and jumping out without hesitation if needed [total stopped time was less than 7 minutes], @Ruan van den Heever and @Mario Cornejo were course correcting from the rear of the convoy throughout, so we were almost pinpoint in our accuracy as we got to the waypoints. What were the highlights? The incredible banter going on on our radios throughout. When Marion and Ruan were not telling me where to go, they were reminding me in turn @Mario Cornejo that I had kept him in the desert 7 hours on one of my epic technical drives and requesting that I did not do the same again @Ruan van den Heever that the only other drives on which we had seen me were a night drive (so had not seen me) and coming with a group to recover a rolled over Jeep on a drive I was leading. @Ruan van den Heever comments and joy on telling @Mario Cornejo what a beautiful sight it was to see his car in the air after Mario had 'got some air' over one of the crests. While the referees were holding us in suspense, @M.Seidam concerned that his crest might have cost us the win and the look of pleasure and relief when it was announced that he did not need to worry about that 25 seconds. You had nothing about which to worry brother. @Bernard Kalaani imploring Ruan and Mario to go local with a recovery (definitely not regulation Carnity) instead of using a rope or digging - it worked. @Gauravthe organization was impeccable. @Frederic @Srikumar wonderful support. @Hisham Masaad you're my hero! And thanks to everyone that participated. By far the best part of the day was the face to face interaction, the chats over breakfast an while waiting for the other teams and the awards. This is what Carnity was always about: welcome back. See you soon in the sand.
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  11. Thanks to everyone for attending the DCT - Team Formation. Here is the final list and good luck to everyone. Team 1: Arabian Sand Gazelle Kailas Daniel Yang Werno Looper Alexander Alcala Team 2: Arabian Wolf Ale Vallecchi Mohamed Anwer James Thorn Jorge Jerome FJ Team 3: Arabian Saluki Chaitanya Anoop Nair Warren Flay Matt.T Hisham Masaad Team 4: Arabian Camel Marjan (Jeepie) Zed Alexanderrr Javier Lucero Varun Mehdiratta Gaurav Soni (Spare to replace any no-show) Team 5: Arabian Leopard Lorenzo Daniel Rodas Mustafa Humayun Niki Team 6: Arabian Red Fox Richard Bernard Ruan Mario M.Seidam
    24 points
  12. Desert Champion Trophy - Arabian Wolves Report "Strip away your pride, and put on humble clothes" - Rumi Dear Desertanuts, after a couple of busy days, spent both on working matters and reflecting on the lessons learned last Friday, here's what I came away with, from the great event which has crowned the first Carnity Desert Champion. Speaking of crowning, before I get on with my report, I want to congratulate myself with King Richard @Wrangeld, to whom I wish to convey my greatest joy, and utmost respect, for his astounding achievement. It was truly a masterful and magic drive, which, I am very glad to say, must have repaid him of the many drives he has done in technical areas, some of which must have been tiring and frustrating. They have all paid off with this great and extremely deserved win. Sincere thanks also go to the other Leads ( @Chaitanya D, @Kailas, @Lorenzo Candelpergher, @Jeepie) and the Teams' members: they all provided an incredible incentive to bring out our best, pushing each other to the limits, especially during those exciting couple of times when 2 or more convoys came together in the proximity of the waypoints, challenging one another to choose better and faster routes. As for my analysis, the essence of the drive, and the final effect it has had on me, are captured by the words of the great Rumi, stated in the report's title. The challenge was, for me, a true eye-opener, and a humbling experience. After the initial disappointment of my final placement, I am actually welcoming the humbling aspect of the race. While during the past months I have been very successful with my drives, with almost always full, or overbooked houses. At the same time, I now understand that this "success" had made me overconfident. My post trophy self-criticism has made me realize that I have not been training enough in technical areas, while invariably going for the very long treks, favoring speed over finesse (at least in part), and preferring cleaner routes over more complex ones. Those who choose my drives know that I go to great lengths to minimize the technical areas, to the advantage of cleaner routes, with greater potential for longer and smoother treks. The fact that as a Carnity Lead I have, eventually, developed my own flavor of drives, may actually have ended up in my getting "stuck" in a rut, repeating what I had become better at, and neglecting the skills needed to become a thoroughly complete Lead. The greatest takeaway from the DCT, for me, has been the need to break out of the mould I have built for myself, and engage in more diverse locations, drives, and terrains. Having said this, I'll get back to my team's routing strategy. As previously reported by @Lorenzo Candelpergher, I had also chosen a 5-4-5-3-2-1 route as my Plan A. This would have allowed me to get back from WP#4, surrounded by the most technical dunes, to the area of long range cordons that I know better, and where I was confident the speeds I could reach would allow me to move very fast toward WP#3. Unluckily, 2 time-consuming incidents took place just after reaching WP#4, on the way back up to WP#5, and took away all the advantage we had on the other teams, as first starters. At that point, I did not feel like risking to go for Plan B, which I had marked on my map, and was quite similar to Richard's, but (in my opinion) entailed many more technical dunes. The fact that I have preferred to give my team as much a break as possible from technical dunes, with hindsight, was not the right decision in terms of winning strategy, yet may have been a good decision in terms of letting them get their confidence back, and ensuring the safety of the drive. The other reason why I did not feel we would have gained much advantage going for Plan B (in @Gaurav's words "as the crow flies") was because the distance between WP#4 and #3, going either my way or what resulted to be Richard's way, seemed to be almost equal. Hence I stuck to my faster speed approach, Vs. the mix of straight lines and technical dunes. Lesson taught by the Master of technical drives, and learned by the Long Range guy. As far as Team Wolves' performance, I must say I can only praise @JeromeFJ, @Mohamad Anwer, @James Thorn and @Jorge Stepniak Felippe, all equally, for a great drive - one that was probably my fastest ever, with non-stop "bat out of hell" speeds. Special kudos should go to their impeccable team work, in the occasion of the pop-out and the nasty stuck we had to solve. The pop out was sorted out in record breaking 6 minutes, while a troublesome double stuck (front and back, into a small V-shaped bowl), with no room to tug, was dug away in 8 minutes of shoveling and blip-blip self-recovery. I am very proud of how they responded after the two incidents, and how confident they were in driving at very high speeds, covering from half-way between Waypoints 4 and 5 to the finish line in 1 hour and 2 minutes of uninterrupted, impeccable driving. Lastly, thanks to @Gaurav, @Srikumar and @Frederic for the perfect organization, and thanks to @Asif Hussain, @Tbone, and @Rizwanm2 for their assistance and support. Could not have asked for a greater family feeling, and fun environment, where in the end we all came out as winners, and better off-roaders.
    22 points
  13. Time to find out the best combination of "4X4 + Driver" With the weather being nice now, it's soon gonna be time to have full-day drives. Number one in my wish list is to show the real off-roaders ULTIMATE testing ground, we have seen in the UAE. We have discovered this place by chance during Al Quaa and Wagan Drive back in 2018. I was deceived by a tire track on the top perimeter of this monstrous bowl. Went inside to try the same and failed within a few meters and sucked inside that humongous bowl that I have never seen before in my life. I tried my level best and failed several times to get out. Finally, we used my winch line (30 meters) and 2 or 3 tow ropes to pull me uphill. So we named it a "Pajero Bowl". A nice memory of defeat. Recently, we have seen some Insta videos of a few cars conquering that Pajero bowl, maybe by power (which my Pajero lacked) or some topography changes (we don't know), I wish to re-visit this area again with a full-day drive plan. So that all you Intermediate, extreme and above drivers with powerful 4x4 have a chance to test your "ride + skills". Trust me it's no joke, and only for serious, brave-heart YET sensible off-roaders - STRICTLY. Running a poll here before posting a drive, to see how many of you are actually up for experiencing such a place in UAE sand. Tentative Date: 26 Nov 2021. Due to technical difficulty in reaching this area plus limited space to park cars at the top, only spectators with a winch will be allowed. As we need all the winch power we have in the club to help people exit out safely. @Lawrence_Chehimi @Niki @Shaaz Sha @Ahab Shamaa @Hisham Masaad @Ilya @Christian Andras @Lorenzo Candelpergher Tag others who you might think would be interested in this. Bowl.mp4 Pajero Bowl Recovery.mp4 Thank you @Asif Hussain for digging this modified FJC climbing out that bowl. Hope this video gives better dimensions of what is really needed to get out. Mod FJC climb.mp4
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  14. All vehicle stickers just arrived with the team name and numbers...
    22 points
  15. Drive report ( enjoyable eventful night drive ) Dear Friends I am so glad that no one has missed the little surprise ๐Ÿ˜„ eventually as @Ashutosh Garg exit came just past midnight ! By 21:30 ๐Ÿ•ค I looked around and realised that the 13 cars including my self are ready so I took the lead after ensuring that every one is aware what is it like to drive in the night. Starting to move at 21:48 on the short dirt track passing Abdallahโ€™s dune looping around it to encounter our first stuck as @Ashutosh Garg by a foot slipped in and awkward like position with the rear of his X wedged almost in the V like pocket. with proper shovelling by the team and coordinated instructions from both sides ( by @munkybizness and myself ) he managed to get through amazingly. Proceeding forward to side sloping and crisscrossing with a period of pause on the radio indicating every one was enjoying their time till we reached Richieโ€™s bar where we had our official coffe break under the 3/4 โ€œred moon โ€œ now The next event of the night came when our friend @Ashutosh Garg had a nasty pop-out for his right front wheel while in oblique super soft incline upon descent along with it we realised that the rubber around the stem got torn which made a gap that couldnโ€™t be sealed and we had no choice than to replace the tyre which turned not same size which meant an exit for obvious safety reason. Thanks to all team for engaging in sorting out that issue. It took us a while ! the nearest exit was to run along the track to bab shams entry/exit known point to us and there the time already passed 12 by 15 minutes. the moon now becoming more glowing through the mild misty surroundings with a rainbow hallo around it or how my 27 year old eyes could see it ๐Ÿคฃ . Thank you guys for your sincere wishes. ๐Ÿ™ itโ€™s too early to finish early and with agreement of every one we vanished once more in the desert in a relatively faster pace than ever enjoying what was remaining. The third event came when @Tareq Al Turq managed to get his prado stuck as he lost momentum after criss cross and the car was hanged belly Free in between the two dunes. The only way is to pull from front after clearing the sand from the front bumper. The best would be to winch it the little uphill and luckily our sweep saviour @Ranjan Das did that like a pro after we cleared the recovery zone. the 4th event had to be mine and no one else as usual โ€œ the swimmer ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ sunk in the shallow water โ€œ as we say it ๐Ÿ˜…as we were approaching to exit. With little patience on the gas and fine steering and effective feedback communication from the outside team our ropes kept safe always ๐Ÿ˜„ The time pointed at 02:20 when we were on the new dirt track leading to our same point from where we started . I thanked every one for the lovely night for their tolerance patience and sincere wishes and forgive me for the time stretch in this report as well as the drive itself ๐Ÿ™ @Gregory you never missed a step in the drive nor an acknowledgment on the radio you gave the warnings even before my hand could grasp the radio . I hope your wife enjoyed the drive and wasnโ€™t late ending for her. Thank you my friend for being my second lead . @Dinesh Kumar A despite for being away for a while ( in carnity at least ) you managed your prado very well with good self recovery here and there. Nice meeting you for first time. @Tareq Al Turq you drove very good no doubt and you gave us the spice of winching you tonight . As you see the more easy on the gas with little patience will keep your vehicle easy on you too ๐Ÿ˜‰ @Ashutosh Garg nice to meet you too for first time . You have got a powerful machine for the desert . The more you know about it and itโ€™s spare parts the less trouble you will be in . Wish you best and please donโ€™t forget to replace the damaged tyre. @Joseph Raju second time we meet . I donโ€™t recall any issue maybe reattempt once or so . Hope you enjoyed the night drive and thanks for the hydraulic jack ๐Ÿ™. @topgear thanks for the company along with the others. Didnโ€™t hear you on the radio which explains enjoying the tranquility of the night drive. @Simon Dawood happy to see you bro . Driving no question. Thanks for the share and help. Do I really look like a 27 year old ? I thought younger ๐Ÿคฃ @Haitham Khattab pleasure meeting for first time . I wasnโ€™t wrong when I kept you with the wrangler pack behind . I am sure you enjoyed it a lot . Flawless and thanks for your stepping forward whenever the situation arise for help๐Ÿ™ @Amr Aydin I hope the distance you crossed from far was worth the night drive . Thanks a lot for actively helping in the pop out and unscrewing the bolts . You gave me the lever to lift up the convoy my dear ๐Ÿ˜… @munkybizness your presence especially behind the first part of the convoy was crucial . You are the true playmaker in any drive and you have always been so . Thank you ๐Ÿ™ @Zixuan Huang - Charlie I hope this drive could let you catch up from the last time in pink rock and for this one I am pretty sure you have got what you wished for ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks buddy for everything @Ranjan Das it has been for a while really since we drove together what a pleasure and peace of mind to know that you are at the rear of the convoy not letting any one to slip away in the dark .๐Ÿ™ Till we meet next time in another night drive take care drive safe and be good cheers Seidam
    21 points
  16. I finished my first fifty (50) drives in July 2021, 9 months after I joined, and in another 9 months I did a further fifty (50) drives. My First Drive was obviously an Absolute Newbie Drive - my 101st drive was also an Absolute Newbie Drive. Important Note: These are my driving statistics and are highly influenced by my bias and my decisions on which drives I choose and are not at all indicative of how the average drive in the club would be. Some more stats: Ale Plans some of the long-distance Drives (other than Liwa): Ale also plans some of the fastest drives - see moving speed: Liwa Drives tend to have the most moving time spent unless one planned by Ale: Some of the drives with least stoppage time- see Ratio (OT70 is the DCT Time) and again Ale's tops the count. Maximum drives at each drive level with another driver:
    21 points
  17. TEAM LEOPARD - DRIVE REPORT Dear Desert Wanderers, What a day! First of all, it was a fantastic event and @Carnity Crew, @Gaurav, @Srikumar and @Frederic and the whole Support Team cannot be congratulated and thanked enough for the amazing and impeccable organization. Equally thanked and congratulated must be all the Leads, @Wrangeld (aka The Desert Champion) @Chaitanya D, @Kailas, @Ale Vallecchi and @Jeepie for their great spirit of fair and safe competition, and all participants for their fearless passion displayed today. As far as the Arabian Leopard Team is concerned, it was a memorable experience, regardless of the outcome: of course, deep inside, I'm sure we were all aspiring to be higher up in the final ranking, but reality gave us a great lesson about our limits today, from Lead to Sweep, all included, but a lesson spiced up with great fun. As known, one of my features as a lead is that I lead fast, ie at high pace. That is, of course in those terrains that allow for such possibility. For this reason, when planning the route for today, we opted, unlike all other teams, for a Start-5-4-5-1-2-3-End route instead of going for the Start-5-4-3-2-1-End most obvious sequence. The rationale behind this choice was that, by adding only approx 3 linear km (say 5 or 6 real km) to our route, we would have kept it for almost 90% on fast terrains, ie sabkhas, flat tracks or long range dunes, where very very high speeds (2x, 3x, 4x) could have been achieved, thus gaining us valuable time and avoiding extended technical terrain with less risks. The idea, on the face of it, was intriguing and had its merit, so we all agreed on it, but it greatly underestimated how challenging those "only" 2 x 2.5 linear km in technical dunes from waypoint 5 to 4 and back could have been.. Was this tech stint too early in the drive, before the convoy could warm up? Possible. Were my lines as a Lead wrong and/or too ambitious for a convoy whose members I hardly knew? Very likely true. Was the choice to head back towards waypoint 5 from 4 against slip faces a gamble? Yes, for sure, but the potential upside was massive.. Or not.. Had this gamble worked, ie had we spent say 30-40' to go from 5 to 4 and back, which in theory seemed easily doable, we would have closed the drive in record time, considering that after getting back to waypoint 5, it took us only 47' to cover 30km through waypoints 1, 2 and 3 and get back to the starting point, at the astronomical average speed of 37.9km/h, with only 1 min stop when my car, 200m from the end, started overheating due to a malfunctioning radiator fan. Unfortunately... the gamble didn't work, as we totally underperformed on that first technical part across waypoints 5-4-5.. Those "only" 2 x 2.5 linear km caused 12 (!!!) consecutive stucks and corresponding recoveries and multiple, uncounted, refusals!! The fact that 9 out of 12 stucks occurred going south, ie against windfaces, stands to prove that the idea of going back to waypoint 5 from 4, ie against slip faces, wasn't totally crazy, but crossing that stretch of dunes both ways turned out to be a way bigger and time.-consuming challenge for all drivers than expected: despite our best team efforts in performing quick recoveries (mostly done winching, to be faster), we lost a hell of a time in those technical dunes! It indeed took us 1h 26' to get from waypoint 5 to 4 and back to 5. At that point our race was already doomed no matter how fast we could do the rest of the drive.. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ.. OK. We messed up big time over there, and clearly I proved to be no @Wrangeldwhen it comes to leading in small technical dunes, but... oh boy!, what followed was pure adrenalinic fun... We were literally flying across dirt tracks, sabkhas and long range dunes, reaching amazing peak speeds going from waypoint 5 through 1, 2 and 3 and then heading back across the Lisaili long range dunes and again on sabkhas and flat tracks. Overall, it was an excellent learning opportunity: @Mus_hus78, an outstanding 2nd lead, I believe the only one who neve got stuck if I'm not wrong, today discovered that drives in Dubai can be as fast and exciting as those in Sweihan ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚, especially when literally flying over the sand.. For @Daniel Rodas, today's drive proved that he and his Pajero can do far more than he thought and the (many and tricky) stucks today were part of an accelerated learning curve towards Intermediate ranking... @Humayun Ghias realized the hard way how Y62s and technical dunes can be a difficult match, especially when crossing crests, but he also learned that his 2.8 tons car can fly as a fighter jet. @Niki, always quiet and conservative, experienced today a whole new driving world, achieving speeds he had never even dared to imagine, while maintaining an admirable perfect Sweep role, calm, precise, reassuring, clear with instructions and comms over the radio. Despite the 12 stucks, the whole convoy was magnificent today. Fast, responsive, careful, supportive, focused. And always smiling. Thanks to all, you were the best convoy I could have desired for this race. Proud of you all. For me.. well for me it was immense fun and a great lesson. Let me try to summarize my takeaways: - First, I could have leveraged better the wisdom and experience of the team, asking for more help in navigation (as @Wrangelddid brilliantly) instead of doing most of it on my own except for the initial route planning, done toghether. - Second, quite evidently, I still have a lot to learn as leader in technical dunes, even more so now that my off-roading mentor, @Wrangeld, is a Desert Champion.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ -Third, I realized I'm not used to drive against time: some know I'm a maniac about ending on time my drives, but rushing against time isn't yet fully my thing, as it requires a different type of approach to route planning and navigation management (for example, I always navigate with North-Up display with very indicative bearings on my Gaia to set my route, whereas when following a route very closely and precisely as today, navigating with Direction-Up display probably works better). - last, no matter how well or smart you think you can plan, desert drives can be unpredictable and that's the beauty of it. In the end.. It was different than usual. It was hexilarating fun. No matter how we ended, we had a great time and we had an amazing day, feeling part of the wonderful @Carnity family. As @Jeepie rightly said, we were all champions today, it's only that @Wrangeld's team was faster. Kudos to all!
    21 points
  18. Thank you everyone for making this winter welcome drive so successful and beautifully graced with your friends and family. As our families support our passion every week, so we also need to treat them with an outing in nature to meet our extended carnity family. Spending time with loved ones and chill with friends to see each other faces than just names on the convoy list was an amazing feeling. I'm sure many of you must have seen each other for the first time. Thank you all advisors to make this WWD a great success with your brilliant planning, ideas, support, and responsibilities, without each one of your crucial roles this wouldn't have been possible. My wife has uploaded her pictures to the gallery. Looking forward to seeing your clicks soon. https://carnity.com/gallery/category/1013-winter-welcome-drive-qudra-dubai-15-oct-2021 @Usman Basit @Joseph Sebastian @Muhammed Saeed @Super Safari Girl @Zed @Savio Fernandes @Stav @Danish Mohammad @Ahmed Wagdy @Tom V @WaYan @Enrico Biscaro @Paul Zeitoun @Rsjiv Samuel @Joji varghese @topgear @Alain Canivet-Abikhalil @Christopher Assal @Raman_Dbx @Senthil Kumar @Richard Franks @Junaid Iqbal @Adnan Halepota @Hitham mohamed @Premjit Vappala @Jerry Han @Sudhanva Sonawane @Trekado @hasan hamadeh @qaiser ijaz @Ahmed Abdelsalam @Morshedi @jodha singh shekhawat @Lawrence_Chehimi @AlexM @Kishore S @Wrangeld @Srikumar @Chaitanya D @Alex Raptor @Tbone @Lorenzo Candelpergher @GauravSoni @Frederic @Asif Hussain @M.Seidam @Mehmet Volga @Jeepie @Janarthan @Luca Palanca Falsini @Yousef Alimadadi
    21 points
  19. Hello, boys. I think we all had a good time in Sweihan today. It was a beautiful day today, and we were all gathered at the meeting point, eager to get our fill of adrenaline. We began at 6 a.m., half an hour late, waiting for daylight, and proceeded gently towards the huge dunes of Sweihan. The terrain was wonderful, with plenty of room for an Intermediate convoy to explore and flourish. The convoy was able to handle all of the hurdles, and there were no major snags or refusals. We didn't use any recovery gear today, and we didn't even get out of the car except for short breaks. We had a last-minute surprise before the start today with @Asif Hussain joining the team.Thank you so much, @Asif Hussain bhai. It was a pleasure to have you on board. We kept cruising, conquering every dune on our way, with lots of sideys, lengthy climbs, and incredibly soft sand patches to put our skills to the test, and each one of you did a fantastic job today. At roughly 8.15 a.m., @MMansoor car overheated, and we decided to take a break to assess the situation beneath a tree shade beside a large bowl. Every one of us got a fair shot at attempting that huge bowl. We decided to proceed further after filling the coolant in @MMansoor car, but the vehicle overheated again. we decided to exit him at the nearest exit .It was 9 a.m. by the time we arrived at the pylon track, and @Asif Hussain also chose to exit with @MMansoor. The rest of the convoy agreed to continue for another half an hour , and after tackling a few more enormous dunes and sideys, our sweihan expedition came to an end at another pylon track . Thank you @Asif Hussain for participating in our effort and for all of your assistance, support, and guidance. It's great to hear you had a good time with us on your backyard drive ๐Ÿ˜„. Thank you @Ranjan Dasfor your excellent second lead in the second session, and thanks to @Pacific and @Looper for their support...Congratulations to @Gilbert Khalil on your first IM drive! Thank you @Waqas Parvez, @Vaibhav, @Rajiv Sam, @Anoop Nair, @Naveen Raj, @MMansoorfor joining the drive and for making it an epic one. @MMansoor, sad that you had out exit and hope your car gets well soon. ๐Ÿ˜„. It was nice and wonderful to drive with you guys and hope to see you all soon. Some pics in the gallery.๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™
    20 points
  20. @Carnity Dear friends I would like to share with you my experience in how came about and how I got my self out from what you are about to read below. Just for the one who doesnโ€™t know me I tell you that the only place where I am super vigilant is the desert ๐ŸŒต and all my solo trips with my little one or family for a slide or quick ride had never in a time was free of one refusal here or one simple stuck there or even passing by stuck people needed help and always we got away luckily with it . .. this time no little one was with me โ€œluckilyโ€ and I was totally alone ! Monday morning ,after a long weekend stuck in the hospital operating , I decided after I dropped the kids to school to take a detour toward Qudra my backyard my favourite and still it is ๐Ÿ˜„ for a quick spin looping most of its boarders north to south and west to east along, but this loop was meant to be completed on foot and not by car. Parallel with the pylon track and just two dunes to navigate to get to the sabkha from where I can cut short half the pylon to exit I got bogged sideway in a super soft sand when i knew i cannot make it without severely fight gravity and I came like that ๐Ÿ‘‡ It was almost 9:30 am . Got down to see from all angles and surrounding. I managed to slide the car step by step ( clearing the sand walls / sliding down sequence ) and I knew that there will be a pocket waiting fro me down that I needed to take all my skills and judgment to navigate away from it tell I realised that I got a pop out of my left front tire . At this moment it was time to leave after I called my wife and my friend @Chaitanya D telling them that I am leaving my car . saving the location and after that I abounded my Xterra it was 12:30 pm almost when I left my car and within 10 min climbing few dunes I was on foot standing on the pylon track . Luckily I got a lift by one passing car to the Main Street where I got a cap to my home โ€ฆ.later in the evening I went back to the car with my friend Dr Chaitanya @Chaitanya D to have a look and just to realize both of us that the daylight has better and safer eyes . Thank you a ton my friend for taking all the effort and risk in the dark but most important we got back home unhurt. next day I informed Carnity seniors about the story and on Wednesday 3 pm a group lead by @Gaurav we met my self , @Hisham Masaad @Shaaz Sha @Gaurav Soni and Abdulghani ( son of Hisham ) whom they picked me up from my home place ( thank you for that ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™) and reached where my stuck car was to start an extreme recovery that ended successfully with no complications . I wish if I have a better word of sincere thank you to all of you to say it ๐Ÿ™ i will leave you watch the clips for the process how we recovered the car which is better than any words Learning points 1. No matter how experience you are with all the skills and gadgets you have, unforeseen simple soft dune can turn your day upside down . I was lucky that I had half turn ๐Ÿ˜…. please donโ€™t venture on your own is the best idea . 2. The day light has better eyes where all resources can be available. 3. Keeping cool nerves like ice when you face your self against Mother Nature and hopefully what I did was the right time in the right place ( donโ€™t deepen in the middle of nowhere if deemed necessary solo ) 4. Analyzing the situation and giving proper feedback as accurate as possible before coming to the recovery zone. 5. Together you can do what seems impossible to be done . 6. Knowledge is power . technically I just learned that pulling the car against gravity utilizing the snatch block is so amazing. 7.itโ€™s all about team work what bring solutions into reality .
    20 points
  21. Dear Desert Champions, Here is the update on what to expect on the 19 Nov 2021 to identify the real champions (team). Based on my off-roading experience since 2006 in participating and designing such events, I like to share my two cents before revealing the plan to set the tone. For the sake of winning, of course, only one team will win, but for me personally, all participants will be true champions: If you can complete the whole course "safely" without any damage or accidents. If you can control your temptations, frustration, anger and rise above the game. If you can think it through in most difficult situations and still keep moving. If you can continue to keep a "razor-sharp" focus all the time consistently. If you can strike a balance as a good team player with sporting spirit. Revealing the Game Plan. All teams will be given 5-way points to cover however they like to target and approach. Roughly as per the below plan (almost finalized). Red is the starting point. You can start from left, right or center, however, you wish if it's more approachable, doable, less treacherous, less monstrous, less technical etc. No matter how well you plan in the beginning, you and your lead will always have to re-align the focus as per moving target to go with dunes construction, topography and sizes. So you will have lots and lots of fun at every waypoint to talk, discuss, and gather your thoughts as a good team does (sometimes). No masking tapes are allowed. These all points have been strategically positioned to cause "immense" confusion and temptations with endless permutations and combinations to test each team's strength and mental readiness of true champions. You are free to run any military-grade, tactical, navigational devices, apps and gadgets to find the shortest, sweetest path. Please remember it's just a fun and entertaining event to celebrate a true desert champion in you or in somebody else, so please keep it happy, keep it safe and keep it healthy.
    20 points
  22. Congratulations @Looper for reaching the Advisor Level with Carnity Offroad Club. Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the latest Emergency contact details. ADVISOR This level is the cornerstone of Team Carnity Structure as you will always remain an "Advisor" first even when you attain a Marshal rank. As an advisor, you will, constructively help, support, and advise other advisors with "respect" being part of this big multi-cultural family. You will be learning the basics of leading the convoy in the desert in three Leaders Lead Sessions: Advance sand reading, planning your lead, terrain, level, and emergency exits. Lead with navigational software to systematically scale the lead for all the cars in the convoy. Ability to lead, recover and manage the convoy in the most extreme desert available in the UAE. Carnity Contribution Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only Lead/Support: 3 drives per month at least Forum contribution to earn Carnity points Skills required Meticulous planning and preparation Ready for new challenges or unexpected situations Leadership skills to always put the team before yourself Car Worthiness Capable 4x4 vehicle with a low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle High profile tires Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor, tool kit, rated recovery rope and 2 rated shackles, GPS, Floor jack and jack board, tire repair kit, toolbox, tie-down straps, fluids. Drive Joining All Levels Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive
    19 points
  23. It's about time to have another EPIC off-road drive to enjoy the Worldโ€™s coolest winter in UAE. And what better way to aim to cross the Liwa Desert from one end to another, yes really...! Let's experience the magic of Rubโ€™ al Khali (Empty Quarter) the largest uninterrupted desert on Earth! Thanks to the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi to publish an open route to try Liwa Crossing so we can avoid the restricted areas and exits. It will be a 150 - 200 km off-road drive covered within 1-1.5 days through amazing breathtaking views and monstrous dunes of 200-300 meter height, that you have never seen before. Or only seen on star wars. The Abu Dhabi section of the Rub' al-Khali (Liwa Desert) was used in location shooting for the desert planet Jakku in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Wiki extract) The Liwa Crossing through Empty Quarter offers a chance to witness nature in its purest form and in itself is a transcendent experience. However, traveling through the largest desert in the world is not something that should be taken lightly. So we are giving some time ahead for you to plan your two full-day availability of 19 and 20 Feb to experience something that you have never seen before. We plan and hope to finish the majority of the drive on 19 Feb and then pitch a camp to experience the most memorable night under the clear sky in an empty quarter. We plan to hit the tarmac on 20 Feb by 10 AM - 12 PM, so that we all can drive back the same day. Get your house permission signed, stamped and locked. Get your car ready with all photo and video gear. And then hit the poll above at which level of drive you "surely" like to join. Based on the poll result, Liwa Crossing drives will be live on 14 Feb, Mon - Your Best Valentine
    19 points
  24. What is Yellow Truck ? Buried deep inside the Bu Hasa Desert near Madinat Zayed City, there is an abandoned water tanker truck, which due to its remote location, has become a pilgrimage for many Offroaders all over the UAE. How did it get there ? That remains part of the mystery..... What's the location ? https://goo.gl/maps/9aiJC29bUyRFHmvJ9 And why exactly should we go there as a club ? This area, together with LIWA Moreeb area, is the ultimate playground for offroading, where you will find monstrous dunes, stadium-sized bowls, and the sheer size and remoteness will make you really feel you are in a different world ! This will be an unforgettable experience and will make you become part of our yearly pilgrimage team ! When?? When ?? WHEN ?? We have several drives lined up during the UAE National Holiday Weekend of 2021. Check the drive calendar and BOOK NOW !
    19 points
  25. Trip Report TEAM SALUKI @Srikumar after a quick analysis and discussion with the whole team Saluki and especially with @Hisham Masaad we decided a route which was waypoints 4-5-4-3-2-1 . personally I felt a bit super challenged driving through to waypoint 5 as I had to caution some of my team members to be extremely careful. I humbly apologize if was a bit too vocal about it. As we were enroute to 4, I realized 5 was just beside and we all circled it and the went ahead to 4. Not to boast of ourselves but till we reached waypoint 4 , we had only one refusal if I remember correctly, this instilled huge confidence in me with my team that I can make the toughest technical from waypoint 4 to 3 ( although we had discussed we will backtrack to 4 and then go to 3). Honestly I made a silly mistake that I over shot waypoint 5 by about 100 to 200 m because my Gaia zoom was set at 500 m, only to realize when @Hisham Masaad told me I went past. We looped back there to make a circle and then proceeded to 3 . I chose a longer route compared to the champs ( @Wrangeld , mentioned R in the screenshot below ) as in the screen shot of the tracks below I believe this was the clincher for the champions lead by @Wrangeld, @Mario Cornejo, @Ruan van den Heever, @Bernard Kalaani and @M.Seidam. They chose a well planned shorter track from waypoint 4 to 3. But I would feel absolutely proud of my team Saluki - @Anoop Nair for being a perfect 2nd lead in a super tight split second decisions making area. @Warren Flay for being flawless - no refusal and no stuck , simply awesome. @Matt.T For great enthusiasm in the only one rope recovery we had to make it faster. @Hisham Masaad for being a perfect co-navigator to remind me of the areas I was entering and the waypoints. Of course reminding me to forget side sloping, ridge riding and cross crossing which came naturally to me once team Saluki came out of tight suffocating technical dunes. Really proud we came runners up , with 2 or 3 refusals (mainly by me) and one tug . Special thanks to whole @Carnityteam, crew ( @Gaurav @Srikumar @Frederic), all leads ( @Kailas @Ale Vallecchi @Wrangeld @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Jeepie) and support ( @Tbone @Asif Hussain @Anish S @Rizwanm2 & others if I missed any) ๐Ÿ™
    19 points
  26. @Daniel Rodas @Werno @Javier Lucero @Zed @Alexander Alcala @Mario Cornejo @M.Seidam @Humayun Ghias @varunmehndiratta @Hisham Masaad @Anoop Nair @Niki @JamesThorn @Ruan van den Heever @Chaitanya D @Foxtrot Oscar @Lorenzo Candelpergher @Tbone @Jeepie @sertac @Asif Hussain @Kailas @JeromeFJ @Bernard Kalaani @Looper @Alexanderrr @Mus_hus78 @Daniel Yang @Wrangeld @GauravSoni @Matt.T @Warren Flay @Ale Vallecchi @Mohamad Anwer @Frederic @Srikumar @Jorge Stepniak Felippe @Rizwanm2 Desert Champions Trophy - Final action plan Meeting time: 06:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/SCJYQgPb6VH2iSqq6 Arrive and deflate Place vehicle stickers Three stickers for each car Two on rear side glass window (left and right) One on backglass screen on the passenger side (top) Starting Point: To be sent to trip lead at 6:00 AM, 19 Nov 2021. Convoy ordering: Once you arrive at the starting point, line up cars as per your team numbers. Car recording: All car photos and videos will be taken from all sides to verify any damage. Waypoints distribution: Each team will have 30 minutes from receiving the waypoints to start their drive. All waypoints will be given in printed sheets and through WhatsApp to the trip lead only. Radio: Channel 1 will be used for all event coordination. Each team can choose use their channel number and announce. Time Record: Once the team crosses through the two tall flags their time starts and when the whole team returns through the same tall flags, their timing stops. Whichever team completes in the shortest amount of time, will win. Waypoints approach: There will be 5 waypoints that each team and team member needs to visit and make a circle to mark on the GPS track. Any break in the track of any member log will disqualify the whole team. 5-10 meter variance is acceptable for factoring in the GPS and devices anomalies. After completing those 5 waypoints, each team needs to return to the starting point and pass through the same tall flags to stop their timer. Time lag: Each team will leave after 5 minutes of the gap to avoid crowding on the first waypoints. Location sharing: Each team lead needs to share the WhatsApp live location for 8 hours, so we can monitor the progress for safety and verification purposes. The team lead can appoint another team member to share the live location for saving the battery or device usage. Support team and Backup leads: Two sets of backup leads (4 cars) will be positioned on two different waypoints. Reporting breakdown: Any car breakdown, mechanical failure or accident need to be reported to any crew immediately, so that we can mobilize the nearest support. Gaurav - 050 5258706 Srikumar - 055 9567471 Frederic - 056 5042632 Refreshments: Breakfast and beverages will be served after each team returns. P.S. Bring your camping chairs, umbrellas, canopy (if you have) as you might have to wait until all team finishes.
    19 points
  27. Carnity is observing 3 days of mourning with respect to the passing of HH. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. All off-road drives have been canceled for 13-16 May 2022, for keeping the UAE desert quiet.
    18 points
  28. DRIVE REPORT There is no denying that LIWA lies very close to our hearts. It's one of the very few places where you genuinely feel like you are finding yourself on a different planet. The scale and vastness of this terrain is humbling, and the plan we had in mind to cross it from West to East entirely was no small feat. For the last weeks, with the help of @Asif Hussain, we were zooming in and out on our satellite maps, and trying to plan ahead, knowing well that you can and should plan well in advance, but a LOT of improvising would be needed to make our way through. We were quite strict on the rules prior to launching these drives, I think for the ones that joined us over the last two days will no doubt understand now what we meant. This is the kind of terrain that tests everyones physical and mental abilities. I knew that teamwork was going to be needed and it was one heck of a team that I was lucky to drive with. @Ahmad Shakeryou probably look like the most relaxed and chilled out driver in Carnity, but being in second lead you did a marvelous job and I needed a coolheaded guy on my back. The extra hard work you and @Trekado did with mounting go-pros and taking tons of photos really show your passion and friendship. It was great to see two friends having a blast together. @Trekado I am a fan of your Pajero and you driving it with the wide smile and dune buggy goggles. It was clear you had a great time and kept our spirits high ! @Salim Akhtaralways humble, quiet, but pushing the Pajero so well. It was a pleasure to have you joining us and I have seen you growing well over the past few weeks. Keep it up ! @Simon Dawood you carry so much energy, and if it wasnt for reaching Waypoint 25 and exiting out, you probably would kept driving towards Oman ! Super drive skills and super Team player. @AlexM you did not skip one single beat on this drive. You possess fantastic drive skills and keeps a cool head at all times. Really really impressive ! @Karthik Raptor could finally unleash all the horses in the Raptor, and he did that with a big smile on his face. Navigating this big truck through the difficult portions was extra difficult but you managed it brilliantly ! The Patrol boys @KKIRAN, and @salah2u (who flew in from Londen especially for this drive) taking the mighty Patrol in its natural habitat is what its all about. Excellent driving guys ! The Red army was on our backs, with @Senthil Kumar and @Richard Franks, who we now refer too as "Gentleman Richard" after seeing his amazing mini BBQ. You guys rocked ! This was the kind of drive where a good support was essential. Not often do I find someone in this role who is completely in tune with my thoughts and actions, and his support and hard work throughout this drive was exemplary. @JeromeFJ with you in my convoy I am ready to drive from Liwa to Medina. Boys and Girls, soon we will see him leading drives, and I know now already they will be very sought after and EPIC as well. With regards to the drive, as we created 25 waypoints, those were used as milestones for all three convoys, and I was super delighted to be able to camp with all three convoys together and see the smiles of everyone after a successful first day. We shared some good stories and had good entertainment from some of our guys (you know who you are) The first couple of waypoints I intentionally kept it easy and just drove straight towards them without venturing off too far. The reason was so that way we could scope the terrain and fine-tune our pace. After a couple of hours we really were all-in and had to navigate through numerous technical areas with razor sharp edges and mighty deep pockets. There was little to no error for margin but all of you navigated so well and worked together as a team. Every once in a while we came across @Gaurav his convoy, and we could smile and wave from a few dunes away and have a little chat over the radio. The struggles he had were also some of the struggles we had, and we all overcame them and kept going and going ! We finally exited the second day at waypoint 25 around 1PM, and I was extremely delighted to see that last sabkha appearing in front of us. The long winding exit track served as a little contemplation time for me to grasp what we had just done. We took 3 Carnity convoys through this stretch of remote desert and all came out unscathed, without breakdowns or issues. A big applause to @Srikumar who had the challenge of balancing a high level drive in this kind of terrain where all of us feel small and insignificant standing in front of those enormous monster dunes. @Gaurav taking his FB Plus team and not being afraid of venturing and exploring the terrains in his own unique way. Hats off to both of you ! Eventually we covered almost 135kms, and yes we had some refusals and stucks, but far less than I expected and the teamwork and camaraderie made it fun anyways. I genuinely thank all of you for joining in and hope we can share more adventures like this in the future ! Check out Liwa Crossing 2022 FNU-FB on Relive! https://www.relive.cc/view/vdvmdGRRxxq
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  29. Truly sorry that feel that there is no alternative to this decision. You've been loyal to a fault, dependable, supported more drives (and usually those where other support did not want to because it was not going to be sufficiently exciting) than most and taught more people to steer down than I care to mention. If this means that I have a passenger in my car on more regular occasions, that is the single potential beneficial outcome that I can see of this decision. I am losing my most regular and competent support on drives, routefinder and partner in crime. For you, perhaps, you'll be sleeping late on the mornings that I get up early to lead drives, but knowing that will mean a lot less joy from the experience from the driving than there has been ever since that day on 25th November 2019 when we first ventured into the sand together. This is a terrible loss to this club. A great shame. I feel sorry for those that will not benefit from your experience in the future.
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  30. @Mario Cornejo since i am a certified Emergency First Responce Master trainer I think i should organise with @Gaurav and @Frederic to conduct a couple of First Aid courses within the carnity family. The Most important part of the EFR courses is the injury assessment and accident control part.
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  31. @Lorenzo Candelpergher@Mus_hus78 @Daniel Rodas @Humayun Ghias what a great day out, what a great week prior (on our WhatsApp chats)! It was fun above all! @Lorenzo Candelpergher (our fastest lead) being paired with me (Carnityโ€™s slowest and most conservative driver) could have only happened with the fairness of a random draw! From the build up, the execution of team formation, the banter in the event thread, the morning competitive spirit and the ceremonies to end the day - thank you team @Carnity for a perfect day out! @Hisham Masaad appreciated and loved you opening a pop-up fresh coffee shop for allโ€ฆ your generosity has not limits! and to the winnersโ€ฆ worthy and setting the standards for next year!
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  32. First, I would like to felicitate @Carnity and the organiser for coming up with the idea and making the tournament happen. I must say that it was a great success, i was very surprised with the whole event and especially with all the attention to details you cared of. Hats off to all Leaders who participated in the challenge. It takes lots of bravery and determination to lead a team for a competition, it must be very hard to manage and lead under such pressure. You all made it safely through the waypoints and back with your whole team. Kudos to all participants for having the courage to accept the challenge and joining forces together for your team to win. Now u can fly your Carnity Flag proudly. Congratulations and big Bravo ๐Ÿ‘ to the whole team Arabian Red Fox for winning the Carnity Desert Champion Trophy, Great accomplishment team.
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  33. @Wrangeldlead team 6 with @Mario Cornejo , @Bernard Kalaani, @Ruan van den Heever and @M.Seidam. congratulations ๐ŸŽŠ
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  34. During the drive you might face static, noise, or interference on your walkie talkie. There are many possible reasons for that. I will list them as per most likely: 1) Our Frequency range is License-Free, hence it can be used by anyone. In busy areas or high altitude this can be an issue. 2) Our radios are not professional grade, and more prone to interference compared to the branded expensive ones (which need a license to buy). We see good results from the Crony/Motorola MT777 and the Kangda branded radios. The Baofengs are ok but seems to be more sensitive. 3) Your vehicle. Yes that's right, we have seen cases in which there is constant interference while sitting inside the vehicle, and this stops when exiting the vehicle. There is lots of electronics in the car which can cause this. To reduce interference, there is a setting called "SQL" on your radio which sets the "sensitivity" to which the radio will open its channel. The higher the setting the less sensitive it becomes, so you can experiment with this. It works a bit like an aperture setting on your camera lens On the Baofeng UV5R, which is a great radio especially for that price, this model is known to be a bit more sensitive, and a hack was created a few years back to change the SQL limit from 9 into a much higher level. This involves using the Baofeng USB cable (which you can find on Amazon) and the free software called "CHIRP". Below a description on how it works: https://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Squelch.php Baofeng USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R,BF-F8HP, BF-888S,UV82HP,UV-9S,UV-R3 Handheld ham Radio transceiver Ham Two Way Radio with Driver CD: Buy Online at Best Price in UAE - Amazon.ae Download - CHIRP (danplanet.com)
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  35. Congratulations @M.Seidam for reaching the Marshal level with Carnity Offroad Club. Seidam joined Carnity in mid-2020 with his Jeep Grand Cherokee and great enthusiasm for off-roading. Later it got upgraded to Xterra to continue the passion and excitement to conquer every dune. With a very inquisitive nature, Seidam has learned and mastered many skills very quickly and always supported everyone. Exploring new areas and pushing new boundaries made him a seasoned off-roader with good knowledge and experience. With a prudent and cautious approach, he very well established his leading skills and tasteful drives to position himself as an integral part of the carnity family. MARSHAL is one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles that comes after a lot of hard work, patience, tolerance, and dedication. Just like all the levels in Carnity offroad club is "NOT" only based on driving skills but instead based on the combination of your personality + intelligence + team spirit + adventure. This Marshal title is an epitome for all levels in the offroad grading structure. So if anyone wants to grow, they can set any of Carnity Offroad Club Marshal as a PERFECT example for not only following the driving skills and style but also observing their behavior, teamwork, presence of mind, calculative approach, patience and tolerance to teach and support new offroaders.
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  36. It's taken me 10 months from my first Absolute Newbie drive to get back into a drive with @Srikumar. To say that he's the first person responsible for me wanting to be a part of @Carnity would be an understatement. On that humid morning in mid-July last year, I arrived at the meeting point in Qudra, 10mins late, and never having deflated a tire before with those quick-release gauges I'd bought the day before. Sri was the perfect host, welcoming me in, calming my nerves (from being late), and sending help with a support team member to help me get down to the right pressure. And before we could leave, we had a Pathfinder whose tire was leaking air. Unlike most other clubs, which would have sent that driver back, Sri rolled up his sleeves, got under the car, pulled out the spare, and then helped the driver swap his tyre. The entire ordeal set us back by 40mins, which in the summer would have been brutal. But he did that nonetheless, and I've never respected and admired an individual as much as I did him on that warm morning. And then, on this Absolute Newbie drive, he also made me his second lead which heightened my nerves to no end. Fast forward, ten months to yesterday, when I finally again found myself on his drive, he walked up to me and asked me to repeat that role all over again. The serendipity wasn't lost on me. And it helped cap my 49th off-road drive, bringing the journey a full circle. To say that our drive was eventful, too would be an understatement. With two pop-outs - one on my car, and the other on @Waqas Parvez, and a sensor failure on @Vanessa8580's "Big Blue", we ensured that much of the time that Sri wanted us to fight off through an early start and sleepy eyes, was lost to fixing them. Much was remarked about how Old Lady may not have given her all of her blessings, but I believe these were just the sacrificial rituals she warranted for a lot of new faces traversing these slopes. Of course, it doesn't take away from the error I made climbing up where I should have exited 20 seconds sooner. With the steep gorge at the top, I then landed my right wheel smack into the middle of a little wall where Vanessa and I both heard the air escaping as the bead unsettled itself. About an hour into the drive, and having just left Old Lady in our rear view, I had the good fortune to also bring @Vanessa8580 into my cabin. This came off the back of her misfortune, but it gave me the opportunity to really get to know her, the Marshal she is, and gain access to a second pair of trained and experienced eyes. For this experience alone, thank you Vanessa. I learned so much from hearing about your story, and for the advice that I intend to carry on with me in drives to come. I also hope that the "Big Blue" is back in its natural habitat soon, putting to test, those lovely new riveted flared fenders. With the Pajero parked on the track, we continued back inwards into the dunes, and this is where I saw Srikumar's penchant for not looking back. I also was witness to where he sees a path emerging. And it is quite unique to many of the marshals I've been out with. With every marshal, this close up front, it's a special treat to see where they are seeing a path through. It gives you a view into how they plan a track and then lay it down - in the moment. At some points, I did lose sight of him because he is like a child with endless wonder darting from corner to post and back again, but as long as I kept my eye on the little red flag bobbing in the wind, and the deep tracks of the Cherokee, I knew where I needed to head. The virgin, almost untouched sands, ensured that his were the only ones there. But most of all, seeing Sri lead, and being in the second seat right behind gave me a newfound perspective on some of the angles I would have previously thought I should not attempt. I learned first hand yesterday, how a marshal also uses every passing car including his/her own to force into compliance a step that will eventually disappear when car #6 gets there. Sand, unlike tarmac compresses. And good marshals will use that knowledge to create paths where you may not see them at first. A fantastic lesson for me. Sitting at the top of the hill, I think @Salim Akhtar, you really deserve the most honors for not giving up. With @Vanessa8580's tested advice from years driving the Pajero, the 4HLC unlocked a new avenue of power delivery for you. And you put it to great use. Well done in your first Fewbie Plus drive, and also for being the first at the meeting point. Your eagerness to participate and fly through the hills was felt by all. To everybody else in the back, including some of my favorite people, thank you for making this such a great day out. And @Srikumar, the spell is broken, and I hope to return to see Sweihan or wherever you call us to go, much sooner than this last one. See you all out on the sands soon. [ ๐Ÿต ]
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  37. @Karthikeyan Govindarajan Thank you and appreciate sharing this important incident which is quite not rare in the desert to encounter. and yes and thank you for emphasizing few important points that we always stress on it and its in the AN online clip brief too when encountering such situation No Panic , take a picture of the offending creature when at all possible , and fortunately that the vast majority of scorpions are of the ' blondy ' type which is non venomous in UAE . and always wear closed foot shoe where especially in the night . i am glad to learn that all is good eventually . and its great pleasure if i and team could be of any help always beacuase this what we always do. see you tomorrow for in the drive buddy . Seidam
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  38. Thanks, everyone here for your inputs on the tricky Paolo's FJ recovery. A great round of applause for everyone to pitch in and coordinate with whatever they can to make things right and safe as soon as we can at such a tricky angle and a huge slip face. Here are my learnings, mistakes, and takeaway from such incidents. FJ Cruiser: Lifted with dangerous height without compensating the center of gravity by widening the stance. I noticed that in the morning and I think it's 4-6 inches above standard FJ height. I didn't ask or mention anything assuming (my mistake) that Paolo must be driving this super lifted FJ for a long time as he has reached IM level, so he has been safely married to this higher stance. FJ Cruiser from the factory has a borderline tipsy center of gravity, so FJ owners who lift FJ more must be 200% aware of this ridiculously bad center of gravity and MUST adjust their drive style accordingly. Paolo: As Paolo already accepted his driver error, that starts the journey for learning after the acceptance. He didn't follow the same line as Shaaz and Ranjan. He didn't exit and come down to re-attempt. Kept fighting gravity until the whole momentum was lost. Switched off the car after 14:45 minutes on side slope stuck. Paolo refused to come out after the side flip (GRAVE MISTAKE). This alone could have cost much trouble for everyone. In case of side flip or roll-over - NUMBER ONE PRIORITY is to get human life out and then figure out ways to think it through to control the situation. After removing the seatbelt and sitting in a flipped vehicle on a slip face with 30-40 meter height could have been a nightmare if FJ rolled. In a side flip position with leaking fluids, the car could have caught fire. If Paolo loses consciousness in such a side flip position, we need to risk more lives to get him out. Learning: If you lost track or line, exit safely and make a second attempt. If you can't make it a second attempt, request lead to re-route. Switch off the engine ASAP when you have a roll-over or side flip. Exit the vehicle ASAP if you have secured the vehicle and removed your seat belt. Shaaz: Managed to recover the vehicle in the best possible ways but due to inherent damage caused by 50-60 degree tilt it was almost inevitable to avoid the side flip. He requested Paolo to switch off the engine, which probably got missed on the radio, and reconfirmation of the same would have at least saved the engine (maybe). He could have comforted and assured Paolo that the car is secured with 2 cars and its safe for him to get out from the boot door. Gaurav: While in an attempt to reach them faster I went in a straight line in big dunes, which cost us a couple of refusals until I decide to backtrack and look for a straight but long way to reach them. I could have comforted Paolo over the phone and made him convince to get out of the car by explaining the risk involved. Extreme Recovery While in extreme recovery, we all know that we need to follow certain standards and steps to handle the situation. These steps are designed to provide maximum safety and control. Switch off the engine Get the driver and passenger out Bring the vehicle back on its wheel Let it sit for a while so that engine oil and other fluids can settle down. If a vehicle is not switched off immediately, the car will not start due to internal engine damage. Making extreme recovery more tedious and time-consuming to tow the vehicle out or seek expensive desert recovery trucks. If the engine is cranking and not starting then the spark plug need to be removed. If the engine is not cranking (turning over) means some internal damage is already happened by a delay in switching off the vehicle. That's why I suggested moving the engine crank by hand. Jumpstart and car started but with loud clanking noise of piston or connecting rod that must have starved due to lack of lubrication and stalled the engine. If the vehicle starts after the flip or roll, let the white smoke subside within the first 2-5 minutes, and then it's safe to be driven out till tarmac (but not with white smoke). If we would have used a car engine to push for those 20 meters incline with clanking noise it could have either stalled or blown the piston out when it's clearly hitting some hard metal inside the chamber at 750 rpm, imagine a blow at 4-5K rpm, might cause an instant engine burst. Trip lead is prime Every Carnity trip lead has been selected after rigorous testing (attitude and skillset) from all existing Marshals and crew based on several drives, incidents, initiative, and presence of mind. Every Carnity trip lead then goes through the intensive leaders lead training to cover all aspects of leading drives, navigation, basic troubleshooting, and extreme recovery. And then allowed to lead the first few drives under supervision before they embark on leading their individual drives. Shaaz has completed 79 drives with Carnity in the last 16 months and has successfully completed all the pre-requisites to lead a drive in Liwa. Unfortunately, Shaaz has seen such extreme recovery too soon, but it doesn't make him a lesser lead or junior lead in anyways. Such accidents or incidents are part of this extreme sport and that's why we always remind everyone during the briefing not to lose track or fight gravity. I humbly request everyone for big learning and take away that please abide by trip lead instruction (new or old) at all times considering your safety first. Always support the trip lead with whatever they request you to contribute, as keeping trip lead car and mind free to gain complete control during such extreme situations. Be more nice and gentle with your suggestions for them to evaluate accordingly. Keep a calm demeanor during extreme recoveries so that everyone can think it through and make the right decisions. Replacement Yellow Truck - IM drive We will soon plan a replacement drive for all IM drivers who missed this drive and boldly supported such extreme recovery with all the best efforts, tools, vehicles, and knowledge to display brilliant teamwork at the end.
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  39. Just received the most prestigious - Desert Champions Trophy. Let's see who will have the honor to lift it on 19 Nov 2021.
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  40. Thank you for your great response on the pre-opening form submission. As we were struggling with few merchandising, so here are the final: WINNING TEAM PRIZES Desert Champions Trophy 500 AED - Carnity Account Credit for each participant. Carnity's Winning Certificate for each team member. Social Media campaign for winning team with pictures. Part of "Desert Champions" User group on the site. Entitle to use: Winner of Desert Champions Trophy 2021 in signature. Carnity Weatherproof Safety Flag Carnity Metallic Weatherproof Sticker Carnity Cap Carnity T-Shirt
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  41. Thank you everyone for a smashing morning. @Frederic @GauravSoni @Amr Aydin @Alexanderrr @Simon Dawood @Zed @Waqas Parvez @ASAD. @Vaibhav@DP1011 , Deepak wrangler @Anoop Nair @Tom B @Looper The heavy fog gave us all the rare moment where we could spend sometime having a few good laughs and chats, getting to know each other a little better. After loosing almost 2 hours of the planned drive time when the sun came out, it was in it's full glory creating TBH a pretty unbearable weather. However, with us able to start the drive it was just a little bump on what otherwise was a perfect day. As we were approaching Old Lady Dune to take in her blessing @GauravSoni messaged on the radio that his car was having issues. Since we were starting the drive already pretty late it was decided that's it would be best for him to exit out. Hope the issue is a minor one and that things are fixed pretty soon.. After Gaurav's exit we headed East closer to Al Ain airport where we were treated to 2 absolutely beautiful bowls. If the weather was not hot enough you could feel the added heat of each driver trying to climb higher and faster than the previous. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What followed after was probably the best session of fast paced offroading I have been a part off. The criss crossings, sharp ridges, rolling dunes along with a fantastic bunch of drivers gave me the freedom to really push the limit. With the weather getting increasingly hot and since we had already offshot our planned exit time, it was decided to head to the tarmac. Thank you @Looper for taking care of the sweep duties, with so many heavy bulldozers in the convoys I am sure there would have been no tracks remaining. But it was very reassuring to know that you were at the back of a very long convoy. Finally to my very close buddy @Frederic thank you for joining this drive. It has been way too long since we have driven together on an IM drive. The moment you mentioned last Sunday that you were going to join, I was doubly excited for today's drive. We were only missing our 3rd musketeer @Gaurav, hopefully we can have another drive soon with all of us in it. Thank you Sweihan boys once again. Take care.
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  42. Thanks, everyone for your wholehearted support and participation in an epic Grand Iftar drive, which was much awaited after 2 years of covid gap. It was very nice to put faces to names and car pics we see in the gallery every week and an awesome outing with the whole family where kids and wifey's also enjoyed and relaxed with pleasant evening weather. Special thanks to all Advisors, Support, and Team carnity to help plan and execute all the arrangements to secure the best location to enjoy the hill-climb show and rev battle throughout the evening. Many thanks, everyone for sharing your special delicacies and sweets with utmost love and respect, that for the next Grand Iftar, I will fast for two days.
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  43. Please find the final plan and convoy list for tomorrow's EPIC Grand Iftar Drive. We will be having 4 convoys and the core objective of all convoys is to reach Iftar Bowl as soon as possible to secure an area where we can accommodate 50+ cars in any square or rectangle formation. Once all 4 convoys are there, then anyone (Fewbie and above) is free to play at the Iftar bowl by informing their respective trip leads. While arriving at the meeting point, look for your trip lead car and park behind his car/convoy and start deflating to 14 PSI for HT tires and 12 PSI for Off-road tires. Few important things to adhere to: Everyone in your car needs to wear a seatbelt, including kids and babies. After reaching the Iftar bowl, adhere to trip lead and support team guidance over walkie-talkie radio to park your car, precisely. While parking your car keep 1 car gap in between (not too far and not too tight) depending on how much space is available for us. After parking you can place your mats or chair and tables in front of your cars and join the setting with the neighboring car as per the below tentative plan. Bring food and drinks for yourself and a little bit extra to share, not too much. If you plan to leave your parking then make sure to leave a chair or mat in your parking spot to secure it. Be gentle (no sand splashing) and respectful (no eating and drinking in the open) to everyone around. The whole area will be too crowded and filled with cross-tracks, so if you stay in one place and use this time to interact with other off-roaders will be nice and highly recommended. Exit Planning 7:30 PM - M.Seidam (+971 55 4045278) will leave first and use channel 8 - 446.181'25 so if anyone wants to leave early, please inform him in advance, so that he can plan his convoy. 8:00 PM - Asif Hussain (+971 50 6990411) will leave second and use channel 7 - 446.156'25. Rest all 4 convoys will leave at 8:30 PM and will use the same respective channels. Srikumar will replace Asif Hussain and will lead the convoy 2 out using the same frequency assigned below. Shaaz will replace M.Seidam and will lead the convoy 3 out using the same frequency assigned below. @Frederic @topgear @fayez @Ajay Kakkar @Amit Mathu @Elsinno @Shanky Ochani @Shama Zamora @James Lovell @Sita Sharma @Beide Worku Convoy 1 - Radio Channel 6 - 446.131'25 Frederic - Green Isuzu Trooper topgear - FJ Cruiser fayez - Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Grey Ajay Kakkar - Pajero LWB Grey Amit Mathu - Nissan Patrol 4 Door White Elsinno - Ford raptor Gaurav - Pajero SWB Silver 99 Shanky Ochani - Pajero SWB Black Shama Zamora - Jeep Wrangler SWB Red James Lovell - Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Silver Sita Sharma - Jeep Wrangler SWB Yellow Beide Worku - Ford F150 Blue @Asif Hussain @Salim Akhtar @Savio Fernandes @Mohammed Yazir Thattarathil @Amr Paple @Abed M @Srikumar @pramod @Ashutosh Garg @Sunny84 @Quresh Pajero @Ahmad Shaker Convoy 2 - Radio Channel 7 - 446.156'25 Asif Hussain - White Nissan Xterra Salim Akhtar - 2017 Pajero Savio Fernandes - Nissan Patrol Y62 Mohammed Yazir Thattarathil - SWB Pajero Amr Paple - White Xterra Abed M - Red Jeep Cherokee XJ Srikumar - Green Jeep Cherokee XJ pramod - White Land Cruiser Ashutosh Garg - Silver Xterra Sunny84 - Grey Pajero Quresh Pajero - White Pajero Ahmad Shaker - Grey & White FJC @M.Seidam @Abdul Basit Khan @BHANU PRAKASH VISHWANATH @paolo dassi @Vishal Nair @Tom V @Shaaz Sha @Amr Aydin @Krishna R @Mahmoud Taha @Harshal @Danish Mohammad Convoy 3 - Radio Channel 8 - 446.181'25 M.Seidam - White Nissan Xterra with Black Star Abdul Basit Khan - Blue Xterra BHANU PRAKASH VISHWANATH - Pajero paolo dassi - Pajero Vishal Nair - Pajero Tom V - Xterra Shaaz Sha - Xterra Fauzia - Pajero Amr Aydin - Green Wrangler Krishna R - Infiniti QX56 Mahmoud Taha - White Xterra Harshal - Green Tundra Danish Mohammad - White SWB Pajero @Hisham Masaad @Mohamad Anwer @Felix Obst @AlexM @Thomas Varghese @ASAD. @imranaasghar81 @Rizwanm2 Convoy 4 - Radio Channel 9 - 446.206'25 Hisham Masaad - Black FJ Cruiser Mohamad Anwer - Beige LC70 Felix Obst - White Wrangler AlexM - Green Rubicon Thomas Varghese - White Xterra ASAD. - White Prado imranaasghar81 - White FJC Rizwanm2 - White Xterra
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  44. Mandatory rules for Liwa Crossing (exceptional) drive. Considering its seriousness to keep you and your vehicle safe, these strict rules will be applied to all participants. If you are newly promoted (1-2 drives), then select one level lower drive than your current off-road rank. If you were away on a long break (more than 2 months), then select one level lower drive than your current off-road rank. It is highly recommended to drive alone, as it's a very serious and demanding drive to stay focused at all times. Maximum of one passenger allowed - No exceptions and trip lead will send you back. Make sure that passenger has no fear of heights, motion sickness and have been to full-day off-road drives before. As once we enter the desert, the only way out is from the other side, without any early exits for 100-150 kms. Everything in your car should be strapped and secured - All vehicles will be checked by the trip lead.
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  45. Team Arabian Leopard, Convoy order while airborne: 1. @Lorenzo Candelpergher 2. @Mus_hus78 3. @Daniel Rodas 4. @Humayun Ghias 5. @Niki That is, of course, as long as we will cruise within reasonable supersonic range, say below Mach 5 (approx 4900 km/h). For this part of the drive don't forget your anti-G suit and your ear-plugs for the supersonic bang (see image below). Later in the drive, as we will approach light speed, as you know, the spacetime continuum will start to warp, therefore convoy numbering will be no longer meaningful as we normally understand it, given that most likely we will finish the drive well before the departure time in a space-temporal paradox (see image below), possibly ending younger than when we started. But hey.. as discussed, remember that tomorrow won't be a competition about speed, we are just strolling around for fun.
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  46. @Rawad @Islam Soliman @Humayun Ghias @Russ @JeromeFJ @PaoloMaraziti @Sunil Mathew @Danish Mohammad @Looper @Ranjan Das @Josh T. @munkybizness @Chaitanya D @Reggie Landicho @Shaaz Sha @Ale Vallecchi @Chinthaka Ruwan @Gregory @Hisham Masaad @Rizwanm2 @Mehmet Volga @Niki @Wrangeld Thank you for your trust and your kind words. Since my Masterclass with @Wrangeld in March, and after a few newbie drives I got inspired by the energy of the leaders and the dedication of the support team. Even though it was never a race, I was looking forward for that stepping stone. The desert is a peaceful haven, driving in the dunes is a challenging sport and I will gladly support and share this passion with others, in respect of @Carnity values and guidelines. Merci !
    16 points
  47. Getting stuck and unstuck is an integral part of the off-road journey. To get unstuck with minimum efforts, tools, gear and time is an art. With an aim to teach the real art of recoveries we need a stand-alone training session so that you can learn the basics, tricks and techniques with complete peace of mind. Bring your camping chair, shovel, water, hat and a willingness to learn. What you'll learn: Basic self-recovery techniques Self-recovery with steering Crawling out of difficult situations When & where to dig & shovel or not Learn to self-recover by yourself Side slope recovery with a shovel How to self-recover from dune crest Soft sand stuck recovery with steering Tow rope recovery โ€“ basics Identify & inspect tow points Secure tow rope & shackles How to give tow rope tug, safely Recover vehicle without tow points Identify alternate points to tug Safely securing with bridle support Executing coordinated tug & recovery How to fix tire pop out / change Safe lifting procedures Clean tire for safe sealing Inflate to use the same tire How to deal with extreme recoveries Vehicle roll-over / flipped sideways Safe jacking points and angles to lift Safe anchoring points for securing How to deal with vehicle overheating How to stop engine overheating How to avoid transmission overheating How to prevent clutch overheating First-Aid response In case of scorpion or snake bites Accident or roll-over first response Coordinate with paramedics or ambulance Firefighting response First emergency response Escaping from a difficult situation Correct use of fire extinguishers Drive Details Level: Selected Support Team only @Mukundan Nair @Veedooshee @Melenany @Dodi Syahdar @Niki @Lawrence_Chehimi @GauravSoni @Rizwanm2 @MUHAMMAD Kashif RAZZAQ @Alex Raptor @Russ When: 30 Oct 2021, Saturday Meeting time: 3:00 PM, (Sharp, without any exceptions) Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/QcWUZQnkeyw6U8QF9 Solar Park Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. Approximate finish time: 08:00 PM Please RSVP on the below calendar:
    16 points
  48. It was heartwarming to see so many people together, from different walks of life, all enjoying the serene desert and getting to know one another. More than any dunebashing session or sidesloping tactic, this is the true essence and reason I joined this club. I hope for many more of these evenings, spending time with friends, fellow desertnauts, and sand junkies ๐Ÿ˜€
    16 points
  49. Last one of the night I promise! @Hisham Masaad @Ahab Shamaa
    16 points
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