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Old May 10th, 2008, 11:23 PM
montanablur montanablur is offline
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The Plateau Posse...

So, I've been waiting on the rest of the gang to show up for three days, stuck in Southern Utah. I thought I would go out and see some of the sights... Here are my camps from the previous three nights...


Lake Powell


Canyonlands National Park-up over there... You can actually make out the point I am on in the next photo, right hand side two thirds of the way up you will see a faint plateau on the horizon.


Canyonlands National Park-down over this way

Heading down to do the Mormon Emigrant Trail tomorrow, I should be able to update by Thursday. I will also have all the shots posted up in the adventures section of Expedition Exchange, if Ho and John let me.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 07:26 AM
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I look forward to it!
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Old May 11th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Great photos. I look forward to viewing the photos from the trip. I think the desert is prettiest when it rains, the contrast from the clouds and sunlight is incredible, makes the desert colors pop out.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 09:17 AM
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Part I


The crew met up in Moab and headed South to the Mormon Emigrant Trail.


We rolled into a canyon camp under a blanket of stars.


The nice canyon driving wasn't going to last long.


Within a quarter mile of leaving camp the winch was out.


Within a mile Steve pulled his drive shaft to diagnose an ungodly noise. This about the time Nick's electrical nightmare took hold.


Not long after getting back on the trail and watching the weather move in, Rob lost a rear shock. The wind had to be blowing at 40 knots...


By the time we reached the crux of the trail the wind had subsided and rain took it's place.


Normally I wouldn't post a photo like this based on it being technically horrid, but I felt it illustrated what we were up against. The rain was coming down good at this point and it was getting dark, that photo was shot at 400 iso @ 80th to give you an idea. The trail was originally cut into the wall by Mormon pioneers for the width of a wagon, which by all accounts isn't much wider than a horses ass. Steve's rear tire is on the edge of that cliff in soft, wet sand. This is the last picture I took that day as I needed to be winched through that point and things just got worst as we camped at the next wide spot. I think Rob has pictures of the beginnings of a flash flood that traveled through our camp that night.



After a long night being battered by wind and rain we waited out the storm and headed out.



The rain had changed some of the obstacles for the better. This crack was filled in with close to 8 inches of sand making it infinitly easier.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 09:40 AM
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WOW!
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 09:53 AM
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Part II


Looking out over Cedar Mesa towards Monument Valley on our way to meet Marc.


We enjoyed a beautiful night under the stars in the Cheesebox area.


This is why you always, always have a filter covering your glass. A $70 new filter vs. a $1500 new lens.


Lake Powell.


Rob replaces his shock with one Marc brought down with him.


On to Nick's truck, who blew out a front shock on the way to the lake. Marc engineers a front Fox 12" travel shock out of a spare rear OME shock.


While the mad scientists re-engineered suspension components and rewired a fuel pump, Rob and I cut cord to length. We had all of our rear doors tied down because of the wind.


A lot of this...


To get to some of this...


Marc... Handy with a sling...


The sunsets were just awful this time around...


Chef Marc prepping his should-be-famous beef stew.


When you can smell it, its done...


A day rebuilding a drive shaft. It seems a rock or something was flung up into the CV and bent the balls cup causing all sorts of problems. Marc also spent a goo dpart of the day re-wiring Nick's truck, again.


Steve threw down the Korean BBQ for a sweet sunset meal that left all of us rolling in gluttony.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Part III


Nothing like a hot shower to get your day going right. Yep, you heard me right, hot shower. Marc will never cease to amaze and bewilder us common minded folks.


The Rob in his natural element. Anyone that has been out overnight with The Rob will appreciate this.


We saw three of these signs on our way into the Black Hole...


Lunch break in a massive amphitheater.


Frogs were all over the place as we reached the water.


The Rob drops into a crystal clear pool of water in a corkscrew maze of sandstone.


The Black Hole


Deeper into the Black Hole.


The salmon that The Rob brought was gobbled up pretty quick after 6 miles through the Black Hole.


Our last morning together as a group. You can see the La Sal mountains between the trucks on the horizon and the Abajo mountains on the far right of frame. Those mountains are 60 miles apart and we are 90 miles west of the La Sals at 9000 feet.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 09:25 AM
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hi guys,

I had a blast on this trip, like i always do when the guys invite me to join them. I cant think of a better way to recharge the batteries.
I had to call it quits a bit earlier than planned since my truck decided to revolt against me on this trip..mostly my fault for not taking care of the little things...note to self.
Thanks to Marcs and Steves Rover skills, i was able to get on the road every time.
I dont have much to add to this thread picture wise since all the guys pretty much covered everything, but i figured i add a couple that i took with my point 'n shoot.


first of course would be Sinuhe The Explorer pointing out our destination. Some might poke fun at the hat... but it was a beacon for all of us.



The Rob in its natural habitat... it took 2 Snow Peak torches to get him out of there.



Sinuhe negotiates this little deal...Chacos and all.



heres The Rob



the road to Lake Powell that claimed my front shock.



but it was worth it





Steve always seems so casual.. like hes going to the store to pick up Pop tarts while the rest of us scrape and grind .



it's a sort of rebirth of the Chuck Wagon if you think about it....but we now have the Cheddar Brats, of course..





Sinuhe negotiated what with the weather and conditions i thought was a "knarly trail" (yes...Knarly) with a 5 speed truck, i was impressed.



Heres a funny picture..to me. Last time we did a canyon with Marc, we encountered "unexpected elements", mainly extremely cold water... i mean, the kind that empties your lungs of all air when you hit it and your brain goes into spasms while you try to get your limbs to flail around enough to keep you afloat and get you to the other side... cold.

so here we were..again, in a canyon that was supposed to be dry blah blah...and Steve is in in the lead... i catch up to him and behind him as all that water and he has that smile on his face, "its a swimmer"...priceless.
Of course as easy as it was to give Marc hard time for it, it is nature, anyone that thinks they can predict it is in for a world of hurt.

but, like last time when we finished, i thought it was just awesome and couldnt wait to do it again, weird.

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Old May 28th, 2008, 10:13 AM
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I did forget one important aspect of the trip... The Rob brought me a wonderful gift of Absinthe, complete with carrying case, spoon and sugar cubes... But alas, we were not man enough to dive into that worm hole to see what was on the other side. So my bottle of Absinthe sits waiting for our next outing when excuses will be disregarded.

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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:01 AM
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Sinuhe, I urge you not to wait, but to enjoy that as soon as Steph returns.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:32 PM
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just thought i'd continue Steve's theme of abusing the man behind the many face's.
this is the only video i shot
it was on my pentax waterproof point-n-shoot.
i was able to get i camera wet, unlike Sinuhe, who had to double wrap his gear in 2 dry bags, which were then wrapped around his clothing and stuffed into his backpack, leaving poor sinuhe half naked with a very cold pothole swim ahead of him...VICTIM!!!!


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Old May 31st, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Wow... Thanks for all the compliments on the photography. I actually wasn't all that pleased, some of my experiments didn't work out and with all the mechanicals, we didn't get to all the places I had wanted, so it is great to hear that the images are appreciated.

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Originally Posted by marc olivares
i was able to get i camera wet, unlike Sinuhe, who had to double wrap his gear in 2 dry bags, which were then wrapped around his clothing and stuffed into his backpack, leaving poor sinuhe half naked with a very cold pothole swim ahead of him...VICTIM!!!!

That was truly a very cold swim...

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i'm lovin the pith helmet. Sinuhe, where did you score such an awesome lid?

It is a Dorfman Pacific Linen Pith Helmet... I found it in the gardening section of OSH.

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Originally Posted by parantaeyang
Well...
I went home and decided to try the slow shutter trick.
and it DOES work!

I wouldn't lie to you...
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Old June 1st, 2008, 01:15 PM
parantaeyang parantaeyang is offline
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I wasn't doubting your statement. Because I took your word as a fact, I was having trouble understanding the process.

I think what threw me off was that your photo had distinct shadow and lit areas, creating a look of daylight-like contrast. And that, in the back of my mind, made me think there should be enough exposure for the moving object to be registering.
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