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Ale Vallecchi

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  1. Sorry to hear that @Daniel Rodas. Just to be sure, at this stage @Sam K, @Ashutosh Garg and @Yusuf Esaf, you are conareming your presence? Thanks for updating me.
  2. Dear Desertnauts, after a flurry of last-minute drops from the drive, it looks like we'll have a perfect sized convoy (7 cars in total) to push the drive to as close to a higher level as possible. We'll leave from the proximity of Lisaili's practice camel tracks, move along the pylon track to reach a point of entry beyond the track's fence, and, after passing through a small, but sometimes treacherous, technical area, we'll enter the first long range dunes. We'll alternate, as we move along, between long range open dunes, sabkhas and lower and more compact dune areas. We may loop back toward Lisaili, in case we move fast enough and have enough time once we reach thew outskirts of Solar Park (at the Three Trees area), or just exit at Solar Park. The convoy's positions will be: @Ashutosh Garg in Second Lead @Sam K at #3 @Daniel Rodas at #4 @Arda Yagcioglu in #5 @Yusuf Esaf at #6, and @James Thorn in Sweep. The Carnity radio channel will be #2 (446031). See you all tomorrow morning, looking for a speedy departure as close to 7:30 AM as possible. Have a great Friday evening.
  3. Dear @Alexanderrr, @Ignacio Quindósand @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler the meeting point is at Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/9R7vfqf4MkNqBBRS8 See you there. Dear @Alexanderrrsee above for the updated meeting point. Thanks
  4. Hello @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler. You can make a last moment decision if you wish. No problem. Just text if you manager to join. Thanks
  5. Dear Desertnauts, quick tips about tomorrow's drive. We are planning quite a long ride, so the small convoy will be helpful to make sure we move speedily and efficiently. The first part, from Tawi Nazwa, will skirt Pink Rock, and aim almost straight toward Big Red. It'll be mostly long-range dunes, and a few bowls, except for the climb of Big Red, and "the big dune before Big Red". After that, we'll cross the highway, and will aim directly for the further away star dunes, to avoid the ones closest to Badayer, which are packed with tourists. Our goal will be to reach the furthest point in the area, at Bezad Ranch. If unable to do so, we can exit anywhere past Super Bowl. The convoy will line up as follows: @Alexanderrr in Second Lead @Jona at #3 @Ignacio Quindós at #4 and @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler in Sweep. The radio channel will be chosen on the spot, as usual. You may be lazy this evening, as well as enjoy a lazy morning tomorrow, but be ready to rock and roll tomorrow afternoon. See you soon.
  6. We request every member that joins this drive to go through the below information and strictly follow these guidelines, etiquettes and responsibilities. MUST READ AND COMPLY Offroad Flag Guideline Two Way Radio Guideline Off road Driving Etiquette's Emergency details for all off-roaders Off Road Driving - Roles & Responsibilities Drive Details Level: Fewbie Plus and above Meeting time: 7:30 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Near the single lane camel track at Lisaili Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/yFFzpSNziFLhBd1HA Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM Action Plan: Lisaili is the home of Dubai's race camel farms, as well as the place where they train, on the circuit track, or the straight track. All along most of the Lisaili's plateau one can easily find camel tracks or run into herds or trains of these lanky animals. Inspired by a famous off-road race (The Camel Trophy), we'll exploit this wonderful area of camel farming and training to do our own training and racing across the dunes. As camels do, we'll move along, up, and over the yellow/white dunes of Lisaili, steadily and patiently overcoming all obstacles, until we'll be satisfied that we've had our fair share of "pasture". After practicing last week with a Fewbie drive, this session will be an upgraded, faster version of that one, exploring the deeper reaches of Lisaili. Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit and fire extinguisher. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE This drive is limited to 10 cars only. If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, once anyone drops, you will be moved to the RSVP list. RSVP will close a day prior to preparing a convoy list. Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  7. Hello @Pranjal Varsani1. Thanks for asking. When you have previous experience you may make a request for promotion through a link on the website (https://carnity.com/support/) but this is subject to approval by the Advisors' Team. Until that happens I cannot accept you. Please make your request ASAP, and if the promotion is approved then you may join. Thanks for understanding.
  8. We request every member that joins this drive to go through the below information and strictly follow these guidelines, etiquettes and responsibilities. MUST READ AND COMPLY Offroad Flag Guideline Two Way Radio Guideline Off road Driving Etiquette's Emergency details for all off-roaders Off Road Driving - Roles & Responsibilities DRIVE DETAILS Level: Fewbie Plus and above When: 16 November 2022, Wednesday Meeting time: 2:30 PM - Sharp (Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Take the Nazwa exit on the road from Lahbab to Badayer: Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/9R7vfqf4MkNqBBRS8 Action Plan: Fourth chapter of the Deep Purple saga, this time the song's title may be misleading. There is nothing Lazy about a tune playing at 188 BPM. The pace will be as fast as possible but will also be dictated by the terrain we'll face. In fact, the level of difficulty throughout the series has been escalated, upgrading it from Qudra to Ghantoot/Faqa, and to Murqaab/Lisaili. This time we'll take a route driven during the Star Trek Series - Tawi Nazwa to Bezhad Ranch - seeking to improve its time, average speed and/or cumulative climb. Therefore, our goals will be (singly or combined) to better 25Km/h moving average, 68 Km driven in 3:32 hours, and/or a cumulative climb of 1,118 meters. Approximate finish time: 6:00 PM Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit and fire extinguisher. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE This drive is limited to 8 cars only. RSVP will close on Wednesday - 12 PM. If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, once anyone drops, you will be moved to the RSVP list. RSVP will close a day prior to preparing a convoy list. Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE CALENDAR
  9. Dear @Zubair, due to this late drop out would you like to join the drive tomorrow? Thanks for updating.
  10. Burn (Deep Purple Series) - Drive Report "You know we had no time" - Deep Purple As picked by @munkybizness from the song's lyrics, we did know we had just enough time. To zigzag in Murqab, dash to Lisaili, near the camel track's entry point, run south-west to Solar Park's edge, and sprint back to Lisaili's planned exit at the mosque. Time was scarce, as this was the longest planned Deep Purple drive, and the one on the most varied and unfriendly terrain then the previous two. As the sun was setting to our left, while approaching the Lisaili pylon track on the way to our exit, the clock ticked 3:02 hours of total driving time, and 2:33 hours of actual driving, needed to cover 78.5 Km, moving at an average 31Km/h (26km/h total average). Knowing the nature of the terrain, the goal for the drive had been set at achieving an average of at least 30 Km/h, which in the end we managed to achieve. This speaks volumes of the convoy's skills and most of all concentration. Having driven in this area many times, I was indeed surprised by the speed at which we were moving, and the determination with which everybody took the challenge. We did have many more stucks than any of the previous 2 drives, all of them on crests, which were solved with good speed, and minimum waste of time. The difficulties were foreseen, as the planned track included technical areas with low vegetation, and many taller crests, which in the second half of the drive were being crossed from the slip faces. The surprise of the day was the extremely welcome presence of @Hisham Masaad, who escaped work to join at the last minute. His presence gave the whole convoy an extra level of safety, inspiration and determination. Thanks for coming. Very good Second Lead by @Pacific, followed by ever improving @Ashutosh Garg and @Jessica Lambert, @Senthil Kumar proved very valuable at the Center of the convoy, practicing recoveries, and tugs. Well done by everybody. Coming up next, yet another installment of the Deep Purple Series, titled Lazy (just the title not the song, at all). See you soon in the burning send.
  11. Dear Desertnauts In preparation for tomorrow's drive, considering that this will be my first drive with most of you, please feel free to write me about any question you may have, or to share any information about your experience, or any concerns and questions you may have about tomorrow's itinerary. We will meet at the beginning of a sand track running along the pylons in the direction of Solar Park. We will need to stay on this track for a few Kms, in order to avoid running into a camel training track that coasts the pylons and block the entrance to Lisaili's dune range. Past the camel track, the entrance to Lisaili proper will be through a small but tricky patch of technical dunes (low but sharp, and very close together, creating relatively deep bowls with soft sand at the bottom). After this first test, we'll move into the taller and longer range dunes of Lisaili. where we will warm up with some side-sloping, before picking starting to criss-cross the ridges, and move at a faster pace. Based on the convoy's performance and behavior, we'll decide whether we'll move forward all the way to Solar Park, or we'll loop back to Lisaili. The convoy order will be the following: @Nathan L in Second Lead @Lukas at #3 @Yerem Davtyan at #4 @Krishna R in #5 @Andrew McCarthy at #6 @Rajat Verma #7 @Jad Moussalli #8 @Mark Birch at #9 @Andrei S #10, and @Paolo Pellegrini in Sweep. Please reach the meeting point in time for a speedy departure. Once arrived start deflating, and tune into Carnity Radio Channel 2 (446031). Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.
  12. The Lahbab Circuit - Drive Report I always find this area attractive for a Fewbie drive. It offers a varied terrain, allowing to practice virtually every move, as well as it presents sights like camel trains, gazelles, falcon training grounds, and other signs of frequent use by locals, with virtually no presence of other convoys. This drive, in particular, was as smooth as they come, with an efficient convoy moving easily through the area. The more challenging segments, usually the two technical areas just past the crossing of the gas pipeline, were dealt with comfortably. This time, with a much cooler and harder packed sand, it was possible to cross these tighter dune areas by riding on the crests as much as possible, which allowed us to avoid bumping up and down while straight crossing the ridges, permitted to maintain a steady pace while following the ridges' lines, and gave us a much better visual from the higher viewpoint to choose the smoother path ahead. Another main feature of this area, and a highlight I enjoy exploiting to full advantage, is the set of red sand bowls located very close to the Margham road, leading toward Nazwa. This is a preview of the much taller pyramids of Badayer, and it allows a fast-paced drive in and out of large bowls, and across many interesting ridges, almost always while enjoying a beautiful view of the Nazwa oasis, and occasionally of Pink Rock beyond. The only drawback of the drive has been the construction works going on, first of a new track leading toward the gas facility, and later in the drive, on the way back toward Lahbab, of a deep trench, probably made for a new gas pipeline. These two unexpected obstacles made us detour a bit, and hopefully will not constitute an obstacle to future drives in the area or make the location too much trafficked. All in the convoy drove in an excellent way, with the more junior members slowly warming up, and overcoming any hesitancy or uncertainty in their driving as the drive progressed. Thanks to @Ignacio Quindós with a great Second Lead, @Fabien Monleau assisting at the Center of the convoy, @Karthik Raptor Sweeping safely, and to @Yaseen87, @premindra rajaram, @Paolo Pellegrini, @Pieter Potgieter, @Harshal and @Senthil Kumar for the companionship and team spirit. The circuit covered 50 Km, in a total of 2:41 hours (of which 1:53 of driving), at an average moving speed of 26 Km/h (19 Km/h total). Looking forward to seeing all of you soon. Have a nice weekend ahead.
  13. Dear @Krishna R. Thanks for joining the drive. As I see you have listed 2 cars, which one will you take to the drive? It would help me knowing it to finalize the convoy order. Thanks
  14. Just checking @Tareq Al Turq, you are NOT coming, right? If so, hope to see you next time. Thanks
  15. Dear Desertnauts, let's get ready for tomorrow's installment of the Deep Purple Series. As announced, differently from the previous two runs, this one will see greater difficulties in terms of terrain, presenting a greater variety of challenges: from bushier areas (we did encounter a few especially in Qudra), to technical areas (never ran into any significant ones in the previous drives). Consequently, the goal will not be to break the 38 Km/h speed of the previous drive, but to stay above 30 Km/h - everything we'll achieve over this target will be a bonus. The convoy, of medium size compared to the previous two drives, will line up as follows: @Fabien Monleau in Second Lead @Ashutosh Garg at #3 @Senthil Kumar at the Center @Jessica Lambert at #5 @Tareq Al Turq in #6, and @Pacific in Sweep. The meeting place, hoping that Google doesn't scramble our maps, will be facing the mosque, just to the right after exiting at Murqab. The radio channel will be confirmed at the meeting place. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
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