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Everything posted by munkybizness

  1. And for the rest of the convoy, @imranaasghar81 is an amazing camp-mate to have. So if any of you feel the fancy to do so, you'll be in phenomenal company.
  2. Doc @Chaitanya D intentionally left out a crucial detail... 😛
  3. @Suneedh Kkumar - even if you end the drive at 9.45am, it will take you a minimum of 20 to 30mins depending on the speed of your air compressor to re-inflate your tyres back up to on-road driving. So you need to essentially, always keep at least 1 - 1.5 hours gap between your next engagement. As such, if you're finishing at 9.45am, you won't be able to get to Barsha before 10.45am/11am at the earliest.
  4. Hi @CasperPL - I see that you're already registered for the Afternoon Newbie Drive in Lisailli so you're already signed up for it. And, from what I can tell you're also not showing as registered on this Morning Drive anymore. So you're all set (barring any questions that the marshal will have) Also, tagging @Gaurav for his visibility on the same.
  5. While many of us turn to off-roading for the sheer adrenaline that is produced as we tackle ridges and climbs, it is really in the moments between and during that we miss out on when on the "rails of speed" Which is why, drives like these, are so important. They enable us to slow down and truly appreciate what nature creates and nurtures. And there's so much to see and experience. For that alone, thank you for always organizing drives like these @Frederic. It is why I took up off-roading - not for the speed, but for the opportunity to see what's off the road, tucked away between dunes, and off the grid. As @Simon Dawood said to me post, "I've always seen this area on my way to RAK and wanted to explore it," here was our chance to see it. I think we also have beautiful entry from Falaj Al Mualla into those lovely play areas towards the end Capping off the drive for me was the attendance of families. It's so refreshing to see children on these drives. It takes me back to my childhood and my dad, taking us out into the woods and wadis. Remnants of those memories are what laid the seeds for me to take this up. As far as driving goes, no real challenges here. The convoy did excellently and the stucks were normal for a drive like this. Actually, I would say, stucks are all part of it. Rather, if we're not getting stuck, we're not trying hard enough I do want to call out the entire convoy for getting involved with the shoveling and recovery efforts. And for the excellent support down the middle in ensuring that the entire convoy got out of tricky areas, thank you @Vaibhav. It was truly appreciated. Every time, there was an issue, I could see you immediately flanking up to the front to help. Great job! See you all out on the sands, rocks, camel tracks, wadis and mountains soon... [ 🐵 ]
  6. @Brette, I guess it’s going to be BFG for me then next. My luck with the Yoko Geos has not been great either. With cuts on the bead lining, and a fully ruptured sidewall on two separate MY2021 tyres barely 12k kms in, I’m not the biggest fan of Yokos either but they are the best of what I can find.
  7. Completely missed out on the Coopers. Good shout @Vaibhav! Anybody here have experience on the AT3 XLT? I’ve seen a few around on drives.
  8. @Ahmad Shaker, it will come down to your usage & needs: 1. If your car is a daily driver + you spend all your time in the desert: Yokohama Geolandars G015 is a great tyre. The softer compound makes them a dream to drive on-road and float offroad. You can also use it for some light loose rock driving. Having owned the G015s, I love their on-road performance and their soft pliability in the dunes but now that I'm beginning to venture more into the hills and rocky terrain, I don't trust them there so much. 2. If your car is going to spend an equal or >30% of the offroad time in Wadis and rocky environments, you will need a tyre with a stronger sidewall. The BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 is a crowd favorite on this front. This tyre is heavier than the Geolandars so if you only do desert driving, you will lose acceleration to better grip. The KO2s are also noisier than the Geos on-road. Yokohama also makes a X-AT (Extreme, All-Terrain) tyre which I'm very keen to review.
  9. My first drive in over a month, and what better way to take the edge off than a night drive with Doc @Chaitanya D. I also haven't been to the gym in over a month - thank you for taking care of that too 😛 The last time I was in Sharjah, at night, was at least a couple of months ago with Srikumar where we encountered very similar challenges to the one we faced last night. Of course, that was a higher-level drive in the Area 53 side of the Sharjah's dunes. But the results were not too dissimilar. And I don't think any driver should be thinking too hard about any of the refusals last night. These are all part of the process in offroading. It was great experience in learning how to do complex recoveries including self-recovery, tethered support, and the tugs of course. So much on the learning agenda in one night. What was extremely surprising and perhaps one of the largest challenges as I followed Doc, was that while the climb up to the top of the dune was hardened, there were deposits of soft sand at the top on seemingly flat surfaces. This required a change in driving styles as most of us let off the power just as about half the chassis clears the top of a dune. Thank you Doc, for giving us the opportunity to still play around at Big Red in the wee hours of the morning. I also felt so much more comfortable returning to the sand in the presence of so many familiar faces, names, and of course the supremely more capable support peers in @Waqas Parvez & @Rajiv Sam. Having you gents around takes the edge off @Dinesh Kumar A - most of your refusals were down to just a general hesitation in powering through. This will go away as you get more comfortable, or blind 😛 @Andrei S - seeing you sideways in the first 30 minutes was quite a sight. I'm certain that the mood inside the cabin was a lot more tense but you handled that supremely well. You worked hand-in-hand with Doc's advice and the result was a recovery executed perfectly. @Felix Obst, @Ashutosh Garg: great driving all around. For all the other familiar faces, thank you for making my night back out so much fun. See you all out on the sands soon! [ 🐵 ]
  10. Supremely well deserved @Hisham Masaad. I think that the page after page of wishes for your promotion is a great testament to the wonderful legacy you've built and nurtured here. I have and will continue to learn so much from your drive, commitment and involvement here on the forums as well as on the scene. Congratulations, and I can't wait to see the amazing drives you will be launching to pass this bug onto so many future off-roaders. P.S. Sorry for egging you on to bump up the level in your exam drive 😛
  11. What an absolutely phenomenal way to fly into this level after those epic ridge rides this past weekend. Congratulations @Karthik Raptor!
  12. Time to kick it up many notches! Enjoy the new level @DP1011 , Deepak wrangler 💨 and good to finally meet you too!
  13. Love the energy you bring to the drives. Congratulations and enjoy the new level @Santoso Marjuki 🚀
  14. Thanks @varunmehndiratta🙏🏽 When the drive is full, I’m unable to choose the manage option. I should’ve informed you earlier. It’s been a while since we’ve driven together and this time in your lead too. Super excited! You know which “tunes” I’ll be playing 😎
  15. Congratulations @Ahmad Shaker! Enjoy the madness 🔥🚀💨
  16. @Waqas Parvez Bhaaiii!! Well done I know how much you’ve wanted this, not just for 7pm trigger release, but more for the immense love you have for being in the outdoors. Combined with the skill, that love only makes the experience exponentially more powerful for yourself and those around you. Also, now that you’re support too, I’ll let you pull out the rope first 😂
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