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
I just finished taking this photo when WillFJC radioed that he was off the trail and needed help.
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
Sheriff Steve at nightfall coming up "the hill"
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!
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.
"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."
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.