Pics from the ARB Overland Training

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Camp the night before
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Staged at Whistlin' Jacks
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Heading up to the lecture spot
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Lined up for lecture time
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Winch Safety discussion
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Winching Backwards
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WillFJC
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OlympiaFJ60
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noworries
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Deputy Steve from the Yakima Co. Sheriffs office joined us in his Jeep
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vkfzj80
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SteveFJ
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WillFJC recabling
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OlympiaFJ60 preparing a winch recovery (everyone had to perform a recovery at this point in the trail with the gear that they brought with them, winch, strap, whatever...)
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OlympiaFJ60
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noworries
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Sheriff Steve
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FJSportfisher
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FJSportfisher
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Forest fire in the distance...
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My view for the day, Chris from ARB
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Living on the edge!
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One of the skills we performed was to have the vehicle owner spot, pick a passenger to verbalize the visual spot commands to the (owner chosen) driver who had his eyes closed... oh yea don't hit the cones either. ;p

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I just finished taking this photo when WillFJC radioed that he was off the trail and needed help.
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WillFJC - Chris from ARB showed us how to do a pendulim winch recovery using Will's winch and OlympiaFJ60s behind him. Hopefully more folks have pics of this as my camera lens was dying a slow death at this point
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Sheriff Steve at nightfall coming up "the hill"
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Our instructor Chris stalled his FJ60 (no EFI) 90% up this hill, I was next in line so I went up the left side (there were two paths, he took the right) to provide an anchor point from which to winch from. 6000lb FJ60 vs. 4500lb FJC means we needed another vehicle. WillFJC was next he headed up to strap to my front anchor point, rocks stacked behind all our wheels under load we were still trying to slide backwards, creepy feeling... It was a successful recovery but since Will & I were on the working end I have no pics, can't wait to see some!
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In case you are wondering, we were on...
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Very nice pics, I am not familiar to much with the other side of the pass.

Although a few weeks back we did take 70 from Greenwater all the way over the pass and dumped down close to Jack's, then we headed back West to home.

Looks like you had a great seminar.
 
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Looks like some nice trails. Sorry I couldnt make it when I was headed out at 3am thursday I noticed that the land cruiser she drives had a flat so I had to stay and get it changed. never would have made it there by 7:30 towing the fj40 on the trailer. Which sucks because there was no 40's there. I guess its better off that I didnt go. after talking to Brandon this morning I hear you guys didnt get back to camp until a little after 9pm. A little far from the 6pm time. I would have been in a bad mood knowing I wouldnt be getting home until after 1am. Plus I probably would have gotten a fine from the sherrif in the jeep since i noticed that my tabs expired on the 40 2 months ago. I guess that flat saved me some money.
 
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I think Steve B may. We were all pretty far away and it was hard to see what was going on. But Steve had his big lens and was taking a few pictures.
 
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Here's mine

Drove the 70 road over the crest to the 1900
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Setup camp at the Crow Creek camp ground
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Next to Steve from ARB
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The only one from the actual class. Chris's 60 and all his gear laid out for the days class.
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Awesome pics guys, I would love to see some more of me "stuck" off the trail. I had a great time and definitely appreciate the work that was put in to this class. Absolutely a first rate event.
 
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Email from Chris Wood at ARB -

"To all who participated in my recent Level 1 In-Field 4WD Training class, I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you for helping to make the class so enjoyable for me. Though I generally get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching the class, what really helps is the level of enthusiasm and camaraderie the students bring. All of you had that in abundance. Beyond that, I know that some of the exercises pushed the comfort level for a few of the newer drivers, what impressed me was their personal resolve and the support of the group. I often say that this dynamic is the cornerstone of a safe, enjoyable off-highway trip. Well done!! I will be mailing out certificates of completion to all participants who want one.

I’ll look forward to meeting up with all of your for another outing. For those who are interested, I plan to conduct Level 2 training next summer."

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I talked to him a little about the Level 2 training. It is a two day course with fewer vehicles. He leaves his rig at home and rides along with each driver for a while and you will see a little more technical trails. Sounds like fun. I think I will have to have the 40 ready for that though.
 
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I am definatly interested in level 2 training and would really like to see how many snatch blocks he would use to rig up a recovery scenario in a level two class :)
 

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