10th Annual Power Wagons in Moab 2017
DATES: May 1,2017 to May 7, 2017
WHERE: Moab, Utah
OFFICAL SITE: https://powerwagonsinmoab.com
Join us the first week of May for the 10th Annual Power Wagons in Moab. Whether your truck is stock or modified, there will be something for everyone. Take in the sights, make new friends and hit the trails to test your skills.
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Sleep Inn, Quality Suites are the closet hotels to the daily rally point with decent prices. Big Horn Lodge is one of cheapest hotels in town but is located more centrally in Moab. Ne sure to make reservations sooner than later.
There will be a group camping at Yellow Circle Road: 38.426606, -109.420002 Straight boondocking. No hookups, no water, notta. Pack it in, pack it out.
- Make sure your 4x4 is in good working order.
- Extra fuel - I recommend 2-5 gallons
- Good Set of AT or better tires on your vehicle.
- Spare tire, full size mandatory. At least 1.
- Air Pump for airing back up
- Tire deflators for airing down (I have these: http://amzn.to/2iGoDzz )
- Frame Sliders recommend but not required
- Tools for recovery. IE: straps, shackles, gloves, shovel, etc
- Basic hand tools for fixing broken shit
- Duck Tape, because duh.
There are LOTS of climbs. Trails are mixed; dirt and small rocks, Sand, Washboard roads etc... So be prepared. Don’t just count on someone else in the group being prepared.
* thanks to @aearles for compiling this information
We didn't have comms last year, but this year it's a requirement. We are using comms to keep things organized on the trail.
Official trail communications will be on GMRS/FRS shared channels. We believe this will be the easiest for most people to obtain, should perform better than CB, and doesn't require testing like ham. If you have a GMRS license, you can use a Midland MXT-105 mobile radio, or BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio handheld. I suggest using an external antenna if possible to improve range. You can obtain a GMRS license for $65 here:
If you do not want to get GMRS license/hardware, you can use FRS walkies on these same channels, you can get these for ~$30 at Walmart or Amazon. The range will be limited but should be acceptable with the size of our group and the speeds we'll be traveling. I highly recommend that you at least bring a walky to use, it will improve everyone's experience.
For those running Baofeng Handhelds, @aearles put together a small config with all of the relevant channels. You can use CHIRP to flash this image to your device.
Ham Baofeng Image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l5m1v3kkfbm5w ... m.img?dl=0
Non-Ham Baofeng Image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sivjcmir7v89n ... S.img?dl=0
Download CHIRP Here: http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download
Baofeng Programming Cable: http://amzn.to/2eTXMhe
The config contains the following memory slots:
1-3 FRS Primary, Secondary, and Backup. We will only change from primary if there is interference on the channel. If others are using our frequency it's best to just move to the next.
11-14 Common Ham Simplex Channels for monitoring. 13 is the assigned simplex frequency for Hams in our group. TX is disabled in the non-ham configuration.
21-25 Ham repeaters accessible in the area. TX is disabled on the non-ham configuration.
41-50 Weather channels, these are set to skip when scanning but are programmed in case you need to check weather forcast/conditions.
Those of us with Ham Radio licenses will plan to use 146.400 for simplex. This will allow us to communicate over greater distances than FRS/GMRS and we can relay to those nearby as needed. There's good repeater details in the first post as well, this should be helpful for reaching town or other hams without cell service.
If you're not licensed but are interested in improving your mobile communications, it's very easy to get licensed and has a lot of advantages. The test is very easy to pass, costs $0-$15 depending on the testing center, and licenses are issued within about one week. I can help you get started if you're interested, PM @aearles.
Each vehicle should have navigation of some type, be it paper maps or digital. I strongly encourage everyone to get a copy of
Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails. We will make use of this book during the trip and it will help you identify whats ahead on the trails we do.
You can get it here on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2i9qsYB
FIRST AID: Bring any special meds you need. Bring some general comfort items and SPF 30+ sunscreen. First aid is essential traveling in the back country. Don't rely on others.
Something as simple as an Adventure Medical Kit should suffice: http://amzn.to/2ifD12P and is good to have on hand in your vehicle anyways.
BRING WATER, everyone should have 1-2 gallons of water per day, per person in your vehicle. It’s the desert, and it’s hot. Don’t be stupid.
We are usually be on the trails for most of the whole day if not longer, so pack accordingly. Bring a cooler, bring snacks, sandwiches, whatever.
Don’t forget your camera!
Just reply that you are confirmed and I can add you. I want to gather our contact details so no one gets left out or missed when they arrive.
- Mr Crit
- n/a (facebook) Chris Sisseck
- Pit Slave
- n/a (facebook) Xavier Richardson
- n/a (facebook) Kish Ramirez
- n/a (facebook) Nicholas Baker
- Frq flyr