Liwa through my eyes.
My respect too all who joined us in Liwa after all the challenges. The testing for Covid19, driving around 350 kms on road each way, crossing the border into Abu Dhabi, being prepared to travel light and yet have all the essentials at hand. I remember seeing and hearing about Liwa and getting scared, preparing myself for that pilgrimage every serious off-roader ultimately makes. It took me 2 years to muster up the courage to say yes I'm ready to take on what Liwa has to offer. There was a strange feeling in my stomach when I first laid eyes on those huge dunes, a feeling I still get today after several trips here. Firstly I thank God Almighty for giving us such a beautiful terrain and thank Him again for giving us the means to experience it from the inside.
My sincere respect to all who signed up for @Gaurav bhai dream to take all levels into and out these awesome but fearful dunes. I have to thank each and every senior off-roader from our club to pitch in and support in every way possible. @Gaurav, @Srikumar, @Frederic, @Asif Hussain and @Emmanuel thank you all for your wonderful leadership. @Wrangeld, @Jeepie, @Vanessa8580, @Desert Dweller, @Foxtrot Oscar, @Brette, @Lorenzo Candelpergher, @Tbone, @Janarthan, and @Pancho for a support without doubting that we could get everyone participating through the toughest terrain known to mankind. Atheist in our region.
@Asif Hussain who led our team from the front, thank you for your careful planning to successfully complete an entire set of dunes to trying our best and making it on top of Moreeb dune for an amazing moment to be with the entire Carnity team. @Ahab Shamaa I have liked you from your participation on the forum, but meeting with you in person I've fallen in love with you brother. Your second lead was perfect and allowed us to avoid any difficulties. Plus your winch once discovered was a huge blessing and worked well throughout except when we needed it for you. We only used the tow rope to recover the winch. Keeping a cool and calm head in times of difficulty allowed a clear thinking which avoided any disasters.
@Ashok chaturvedi your Pajero made it all the way to the end. It might be a bit old and tired, but processes the heart of a lion just like you. Liwa is a scary terrain, but you and your Pajero marched on and survived to come out stronger and happier the next time around. @Sinol I saw you throughout the day and you might have started weak. But you kept up with the convoy and the challenges Liwa has to offer. You learned and progressed and felt more comfortable as the drive progressed. It was a pleasure to watch you grow in a day in a terrain which can easily throw you off your ride. You even surprised me towards the end as you crossed over some really difficult sections all by yourself and with good control.
@Brette you have a new pronunciation to your name by the end of the day. Your courage, positive energy, willingness to help and all without coffee was commendable. You never tired ostensible, atleast you never showed it as you were rushing everywhere as and when required. @Arda Yagcioglu you managed the whole terrain without any help. It was a treat watching you coming through the toughest of patches with a lot of confidence. Why it is special is it gives the support team to pay more attention to those who require it. Your patience through situations where we needed to assist certain drivers is highly appreciated and helpful in so many ways.
@Archibald Jurdi with his awesome Wrangler was a treat to watch specially handling his manual gear as he scaled some of the highest dunes. You needed the minimum of assistance and self recovers yourself from a very soft pocket with a little help from a friend.
@Francois Germishuys made it to Liwa but still finds it difficult for us to pronounce your name. I hope I finally got that right. It was a great pleasure to have you ride just in front of me. I loved to watch you drift whenever there was an opportunity. You are not only a very capable individual who is ready to help whenever required, but great company as and when I had the opportunity to chat with you. After 12 years of thinking sand rails don't work, you have changed my mind as on 3 - 4 occasions you've proved me wrong. Well done. Even though at one point I had you flying across the FJ. But a well timed help and concentrated effort my long time misconception of the sand rail has been broken.
I had the most wonderful time with our convoy and would not trade it for any other for a wonderful Liwa experience. My pics including @Ahab Shamaa in his cliff hanger have been added to the Gallery.