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  1. Dear Desert Wanderers, Sadly, the time has come for me to leave @Carnity. It has been a wonderful journey and I'm grateful for all the fantastic memories I will carry with me, for all the great friends I have made in my 90 drives with the club (of which 47 as lead) for all the expertise that I have gained and for all the experiences that I have made. I started off-roading as a hobby, an extraordinary way to counter-balance the stress of life with genuine fun, passion, adrenaline and good company. Along the way, however, while I never lost the passion and the adrenaline and I surely made some new good friends, I believe I lost most of the fun, finding myself in a club that is going in a direction which is, unfortunately, no longer where I personally wish to go. It's therefore time for a change, time for new routes in the sand, new photographs, new off-roading experiences. After every dusk, after all, there is a new dawn. I wish to the whole @Carnityfamily, especially the Crew, the Marshals, the Advisors, the Support Team and all those members that I had the pleasure and privilege to meet and drive with, all the best and thank you all for your company, your support, your trust and appreciation. And, who knows, our tracks may cross again in the sand one day or another!
  2. Drive Brief This drive will allow to discover a beautiful and largely untamed stretch of desert, i.e. the area of Al Fayah in Abu Dhabi, on the south east side of E75 Al Fayah road. This area is known for its bright sand, its big dunes with sharp crests and its large swooping bowls. In such an ideal territory for a Fewbie Drive, we will enter at 7:00am from E75, heading east. After reaching an area of stunning rock formations unexpectedly emerging out of the sand, we will loop back to our entry point heading west facing the sunset, getting back on the tarmac of E75, hopefully carrying away a great deal of fun and memories from this inspiring discovery drive. General Infos This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: COVID19 Precautions Mandatory Safety Requirements Ban from Carnity Off-road Club Two Way Radio Guidelines Drive Details Level: Newbie and above (All Levels) When: 09 Jan 2022, Sunday Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: E75 Al Fayah Road - https://goo.gl/maps/pH1UmMLcUUawgqQAA Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and your own compressor for tire inflation. Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM End Point: E75 Al Fayah Road Limited Spots Available: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE BELOW CALENDAR EVENT
  3. Dear Desert Wanderers, this drive was a nice conclusion of our 2021 off-roading year! With a clear sky and a wet, mostly virgin sand after the rainfalls the drive was bound to be special, and indeed it was... We started our day deflating in a chilling 16°C air, but welcomed by a wonderful sunrise by the nearby pond at the start of Bab Al Shams road: The convoy was a bit slow in getting ready for the drive, and it was only 7:40 when we were really able to enter the sand, after our briefing. The first stint of the drive was across beautiful virgin dunes with literally no tracks. We soon had a couple of stucks with @haridas kt and @Mohammed Sirajuddin, our newest joiners both at their very 1st Newbie Drive. We've all gone through those first drives where everything seems overwhelming and complicated, instructions sound always unclear and handling the radio while acting on the steering wheel and the gear stick seems just too much to do at once... but don't worry, you'll get used to it and, for a first time, you both did incredibly well!! As we moved further north-east, we entered an area of nice long-range dunes where we could practice sustained side-sloping over and over again, getting practical demonstration why "do not fight gravity" is such an important recommendation for both new inexperienced drivers and seasoned, sometimes, overconfident ones. Meanwhile, the sun had shown up and we could enjoy a fantastic blue sky with a light refreshing breeze. As we proceeded south, we entered an area of way more complex and large dunes that required one-by-one guiding in order to get the convoy through some of the most challenging passages which, I'm sure, at first sight seemed totally beyond most drivers' own capabilities. In the end, everyone got a bit beyond their comfort zone, discovering that they (and their cars) could do way more than expected! Kudos to all, as the most complex passage was undoubtedly not far from a Fewbie drive level!! As time went by, the sky started to get covered again with heavy clouds, cumulating from the west side, in stark contrast with the bright sunlight we were still blessed with.. By the time we reached the area of the rocky formations on the south side of Moon Lake, the looks of it were quite a spectacle: Moon lake itself is always a nice stop to take a breathe of fresh air after a couple of challenging driving hours across demanding dunes and to enjoy some family time, as @Gregory did with a nice smile behind the masks: Before exiting, we had the chance for a quick detour back in the dunes to reach the last spring of the day, actually the one I always find most fascinating in Al Qudra: As our time was over, we quickly headed out across the sabkha, where we could see a couple of oryxes, then reached the dirt track that eventually took us back to our starting point next to Bab Al Shams, where we reached at approx 11:10am. Everyone did very well: @Gregory was an excellent 2nd lead, as always when I've had him in my drives: cautious, responsive and diligently following my instructions to reroute here or there. @haridas kt and @Mohammed Sirajuddin had quite an experience in their first Newbie drive, but I'm sure they learned a lot, especially about not being shy on the throttle when it comes to maintain momentum and speed along side-slopes and, most importantly, about not fighting gravity under any circumstance and steering down whenever momentum is lost!! They both improved as the drive proceeded and were eventually able to go successfully through some very tricky passages towards the end. Kudos to both!! @Ammar Naji and @Kolin were admittedly back in the sand after a long absence: well, if it was the case, we couldn't notice, as they both drove very well, handling their beasts without hesitation, even across the most difficult spots. Well done!! @Waqar Sarwar followed very effectively, showing great improvement since the last newbie we had toghether. Quite impressive! @Pacific enjoyed drawing nice lines along side-slopes, collecting awe-filled radio comments by the convoy. It was a pleasure to watch you go through! @Anoop Nair was a great Center Forward for the day, always ready to help, be it shoveling, handing over a rope or giving radio instructions or updates from the center of the convoy. Great support! @Tom V and @Claudio C cruised very well at the back, despite the churned up sand they had to go through. @Claudio C, in particular, had a fully loaded car with lots of passengers, who hopefully enjoyed the ride too! Last but not least was @Melenany, who was great support at the back, always present and responsive, ready to come over and help whenever needed. As the guys in the 2nd half of the convoy were all very good and had very little issues, he was more often in the front than at the back whenever a stuck or refusal happened!! Great job! Overall we drove 50.6km over a total time of 3h 34', of which 2h 24' spent actually moving and 1h 09' stopped for recoveries or short breaks. our average moving speed was 21km/h (a bit doped by the final stint along the dirt track), a very good average for a Newbie Drive. Thank you everyone for you company and see you soon in the sand. I wish you a wonderful new year 2022, full of dunes to ride on!!
  4. With more dropouts, we now have @Pacific and @topgear admitted as well. Please confirm both your attendance.
  5. Dear @Pacific, if you haven't secured any drive, then you are only waitlisted for 2 drives, this and another one, probably. In this case you have priority, and I have amended the P.S. in the post above to reflect it. At the moment, since @Br. San dropped out, @Kolin has been admitted to the drive. If he confirms his attendance, you will need to hope/wait for the next dropout. @Kolin, do you confirm your attendance since you have been moved from Waitlist to Attendee List? If not, @Pacific will take your place.
  6. Dear @Beide Worku, unfortunately you cannot be admitted to this drive and I had to remove your name from the RSVP. As every new member in @Carnity you are supposed to join an "Absolute Newbie Drive" as your 1st drive in the club, which is a drive specifically designed for absolute beginners, who are driving off-road for the 1st time or are anyway driving for the 1st time in the club, even if with previous experience. After completing an Absolute Newbie Drive, you'll have access to any of the Newbie drives posted every weekend. Please understand this is for your own safety, as during the Absolute Newbie Drive every new joiner is carefully assessed and guided by a Marshal, who also checks your car's worthiness for off-road use and will advise on the minimum required gear.
  7. Dear Desert Wanderers, this RSVP is now closed. Please find below the convoy order for our drive: @Gregory, @haridas kt, @Ammar Naji, @Mohammed Sirajuddin, @ahmed salama, @Waqar Sarwar, @Anoop Nair, @Sharat Nambiar, @Tom V, @Br. San, @KKIRAN, @Clau Co, @Melenany, this drive is going to be a an exciting exploration of the well known Al Qudra area, across a variety of terrains with multiple stops at interesting locations. The weather forecast shows a fairly clear sky in the early morning with increasing cloud cover with chances of rain and wind gusts towards the end of the drive, so it may get interestingly unusual: please make sure your wipers are in good working conditions and you have a full windshield wiping fluid tank. The drive will require your full and undivided concentration at every step, so make sure you come well rested and hydrated and that and you don’t have any reason for being distracted. We will be using Carnity Channel 4 (446.08125Mhz). Our meeting point shall be along Bab Al Shams road: https://goo.gl/maps/Dba5v92cWg8SXYWKA See you tomorrow morning, ready to go (i.e. already caffeinated, deflated, flagged and briefed) by no later 7:00am (sharp), so make sure you make it to the meeting point at least by 6:40am. P.S.: At the moment we have 4 waitlisted members: @Kolin, @Pacific, @topgear, @Pieter Potgieter for their 2nd. In case of any dropouts by the 12 listed above, you will be admitted in this order, if still interested.
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    Drive Details Level: Newbie and above (All Levels) When: 31 Dec 2021, Friday Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Al Qudra Bab Al Shams Road - https://goo.gl/maps/Dba5v92cWg8SXYWKA Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and your own compressor for tire inflation. Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM End Point: Al Qudra Bab Al Shams Road
  9. Drive Brief The stretch of desert around Al Qudra is very popular among Dubai residents for its famous lakes, easily accessible with normal vehicles. This drive, however, will offer the chance to explore the less known lakes and springs scattered around Al Qudra, those less known and less accessible spots that only off-roaders have the chance to see. We will enter from the north-west side end (near to Bab Al Shams) and head east in an area of fairly virgin sand, moving progressively across different terrains, ranging from small technical dunes to big, long range ones, stopping by some of the most significant lakes and springs in the area. General Infos This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely. MUST READ AND TOTALLY AGREE: COVID19 Precautions Mandatory Safety Requirements Ban from Carnity Off-road Club Two Way Radio Guidelines Drive Details Level: Newbie and above (All Levels) When: 31 Dec 2021, Friday Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions) Meeting Point: Al Qudra Bab Al Shams Road - https://goo.gl/maps/Dba5v92cWg8SXYWKA Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and your own compressor for tire inflation. Approximate finish time: 11:00 AM End Point: Al Qudra Bab Al Shams Road Limited Spots Available: Limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM. If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS. Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others. Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. PLEASE RSVP ON THE BELOW CALENDAR EVENT
  10. Without any doubt, after many trials, RAM Mounts. Specifically designed for off-road, they are simply perfect. I have the magnetic one: a small metal disk glued on the back of the phone cover and you can attach / remove your phone instantly.. but when it is attached, it will never fall, not even in the worst case. A bit expensive, but you'll need only one for the rest of your life. http://www.rammount.com
  11. Welcome to @Carnity dear @Juan Carlos Prego Perez. You are in good hands with @Vanessa8580 for your Absolute Newbie Drive. Have fun!! I look forward to driving toghether soon!
  12. Congratulations @MMansoor, from your very first drives with @Carnityyou have consistently shown passion, commitment and hunger to learn, which is now being rewarded by a well deserved promotion. Way to go to you and your beast!
  13. Just sand, that had been piled up by escavators to block the passage through the gate, as some grading works were being done on the opposite side. I tried to see if we could make it through (a bit ambitious 😂😂) but then we realized there was another opening 500m away
  14. DRIVE REPORT Dear Desert Wanderers, What a drive, what a day!! It all started with some disappointment, as we made our way to Fossil Dunes at sunrise, ready to frame in some nice photo shots these incredible rock formations, but found that the whole area (visited just 3 weeks ago when I did my recce to prepare this drive) had been fenced and was no longer accessible. Luckily, the disappointment was meant to last for just a minutes: as we entered the sand on the south side of Wathba Canal, we immediately revved up our engines with a 15' fast paced warm-up around a wonderful set of large round and swooping dunes in a shining bright sand. The warm-up took us to the east end of Wathba Canal, from where we could admire the imposing size of the man-made excavation: As we moved away from the canal, we headed south-east across a long stretch of mid-sized dunes offering large and round ridges combined with sharp crests and long slip faces, totally virgin everywhere, with no tracks anywhere to be seen. As we kept moving south-east, we found ourselves in a progressively narrower strip of dunes, with two sabkhas on both sides (north and south). The fact that the strip was less than 500m wide didn't make it any less fun, as we roamed around poised for leaving our tyre marks on as many ridges as we could see: This first session of the drive was very fast and enjoyable, as the dunes were not too big, the ridges were often fat and round and thus easy to approach and the spacing allowed to roam around with some speed. The sand was humid on the surface but dry and soft just a couple of centimeters below which made it at the same time compact to drive on but also tricky when churned up. When we were about to exit to cross the sabkha on the south side, @Lawrence_Chehimi's back-seat passenger asked for a recess as she was struggling with motion sickness.. Unfortunately, this kind of drives are really not advisable for back-seat passengers, and in the future, also based on this experience, I'll make it clearer to avoid other uncomfortable situations, which are a pain as much for the passenger as they are for the driver who, as happened today, ends up quitting the drive earlier. In light of the situation, we made a quick 5km detour crossing the sabkha on the north side to let @Lawrence_Chehimi reach the nearest tarmac road. We then backtracked and moved to the south sabkha to continue our journey. Again to my surprise, the passage I had marked to enter the sabkha through a gate in the fence had been blocked by some huge piles of sand clearly moved there with escavators to block the way, but luckily @Looper noticed a Y62 crossing a bit more to the west side, so we followed through. We crossed the sabkha and headed south, in the 2nd great area of the day, where we found big dunes to climb and giant slip faces calling for endless slideslopes: We indulged in the area for quite a while: it was very difficult to drive away from those dunes which were as enchanting as singing syrens: When we eventually had enough, we started heading south-east, moving fast across a fairly easy and relatively flatter section of approx 12km, which eventually led us to the big dunes of Razeen. Having managed well our time, we were blessed with a full 90' mins non-stop, supercharged, fast-paced, high-adrenaline stint around Razeen. This image doesn't give justice to the amazing lines we followed all over the place: Endless climbs to the very top of super tall dunes were most of the time culminating in daring criss-crossings and dives down equally endless slip faces, in a totally addictive sequence that the convoy interpreted with an incredible performance with almost no stucks and refusals. As time was flying, the time came for us to exit. After almost 4h spent at top levels of focus and adrenaline, as soon as we had close visual on Razeen Road, the convoy started to relax and had a series of last minute stucks, among which a nice cresting by @Ranjan Das, definitely worth a shot: By 11:00am we were eventually out on the tarmac after 4h 13' of total drive duration, of which only 46' were actual stopped time, with an average moving speed of 27.4km/h across 99.2km of total distance, with an ascent of over +/-1000m. The convoy was stratospheric today: @Christian Andras, great second lead, @Ranjan Das, @Lawrence_Chehimi (for as long as it lasted), @Rawad, @JeromeFJ, @Looper, @Mario Cornejo and @Dodi Syahdar, perfect Sweep at the back, were all brilliant, capable of maintaining peak performance focus for the best part of 4h, resulting in minimal stucks and refusals. It was a memorable drive, too bad @Arman, @Thomas Varghese, @varunmehndiratta and @Mus_hus78 couldn't make it. They all missed a great one! Kudos to all, thanks to @Christian Andras and @Dodi Syahdar for the support and see you soon again!
  15. DRIVE REPORT Dear Desert Wanderers, It was a nice and chilling dawn when the convoy met yesterday at 6:30am. Everyone made it to the meeting point quite on time and after an extensive briefing we were ready to move by 7:05am. We warmed up crossing a long sabkha heading north east, then entered an area of nice long range dunes, where we spent quite some time roaming around and practicing some fun sidesloping. The sand in the area was very churned up and with many tracks, which made the exercise way more complex, but worth it. To the surprise of most in the convoy, we encountered several rock formations, which made the landscape, in the sunrise light, even more fascinating. As we moved further deep into the desert, we managed to get some distance between our convoy and the other two that were roaming in the area, one of which led by @M.Seidam. Quite early in the drive @Vishal Nair's Pajero, if I am not mistaken, showed some transmission overheating problems, so we stopped to address the issue. As discussed, most Pajeros suffer from transmission overheating which is often solved by installing a small additional fan in front of the dedicated radiator. Many Senior members in the club will be able to help on this. Our Marshal @Vanessa8580our Expert @Mehmet Volga or@GauravSonifrom the Support Team will be surely able to give you some advice. As the convoy was doing very well, I decided to raise the bar a little and to throw in some more fun stuff, including a few straight-up / straight-down dune crossing. It was approaching a high crest, followed by a long and steep descent, that @Asem Rashwan got crested in a moment of hesitation, giving Russ the chance to demonstrate to the whole convoy how a proper rope recovery is done. The stop and regrouping came handy to review some basic concepts about sidesloping, dune crossing and fishtailing, after which we were again on the move. With a few more refusals here and there we made our way further North, approaching the area of the Mighty Lisaili Dunes, maintaining a nice and fluid pace. Too good to be true, me and @Russ were thinking.. Then it happened: @Asem Rashwan's Ford Explorer, after a severe overheating caused by repeated attempts to recover from a stuck situation in supersoft and churned up sand, totally lost power, with no chance to get the engine running. Given the situation, as @Carnity's motto is that we never leave anyone behind, it was decided that we would attempt to tow the Ford Explorer out on the tarmac using my winch first, to get him on the flat, and then the endless horsepower of @Russ' beast. Winching uphill a dead load was hard but it worked out, so the towing was next, but probably the tow point (a bolted one) had been taxed enough and it collapsed as soon as @Russ started to pull. Luckily no one was injured and nothing was damaged by the steel projectile and we are all here adding this story to the many adventures of our off-road memoirs. Having explored in advance the best route out, the convoy had an easy exit to the Sabkha and eventually to the tarmac on D63 Seeh Al Salam Road, where we reached at 11:05am, exactly 4h after our departure. Everyone in the convoy did extremely well @Marcin Wronowski was an excellent 2nd lead. Always responsive to my instructions for small deviations. @Premjit Vappala did very well with his Pajero. With time you'll learn to be less shy on your throttle and get addicted to flooring it 😂 @Mawy followed in a very disciplined and focused way, with a brilliant performance. I also appreciated his many smart comments and useful suggestions on the radio. Well done! @Simon DawoodDawood had sometimes the temptation to fight gravity while sidesloping. Practice will help you control your fishtailing with the right combination of gas + countersteering , which will ultimately lead you to sustain longer sideslopes without challenging the unbeatable gravity. @Vishal Nair proved to be more efficient with manual shift than his automatic gearbox when it comes to preventing transmission overheating 😉. Other than that, some refusals here and there were all part of the game, especially in non trivial terrain as the one we drove through yesterday. @Asem Rashwan drove overall very well and had his good share of Desert Adventure for the day, but all is well what ends well. As @Russ recommended, please do not join any other drive before replacing both front tow points with proper ones, adequately strong and rated to withstand harsh tugs as happen off-road. @Usman Basit had a moment of concern when he heard some weird noise from his front left wheel, but it disappeared as suddenly as it appeared, so he could continue the drive and get a full blast of fun with the rest of the convoy. His hesitations here and there will fade away with time and practice. I had less visual on the cars at the back, but both @Rouaj and @Muhammad Qasim leveraged well their capable FJ Cruisers, struggling here and there in churned up sand, which was however quite unavoidable yesterday. @Sergio Big Dawg certainly showed he has a few more drives outside @Carnity under his belly. Also, his legendary Y61 is, by definition, almost unstoppable.. @Tom B at the back led his capable Land Cruiser, a great (but heavy and thus not easy) off-roader. Coming to terms with counter-steering to control fishtailing will take time and practice, but is particularly important on a heavy long wheel base ride like his. @Mohamad Ziad Alhennawi was comfortably at the back with his giant Hummer. As he noticed, the heavy weight of his beast requires a lot of ability in never losing momentum, as gravity won't make any discounts on an H3 😂😂. Overall we covered 43.6km in 4h net, moving for 2h 33' and stopping for 1h 27'. While in movement, we kept an average speed of 17.1km/h, which means it was a fairly fast paced drive as most of the terrain allowed for a fast ride. Congratulations to all, very well done but, most importantly, special thanks to @Russ who was all over the place, tugging, shoveling, giving instructions, providing valuable guidance, making my life way easier. Look at him at the top of a long slip face descent, guiding the whole lot down: A perfect support and an excellent towing exercise at the end. Bravo! See you soon in the sand!
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