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California MogFest is usually held every fall in the October
timeframe. 2011 was no exception. This year, the location
chosen was near the Salton Sea just south of Truckhaven Hills.
The weather was sunny and very hot. I think that most of the crew
were happy to be leaving after 3 days of intense solar exposure.
The photos below are what we saw.
arrived at the camp site on Thursday afternoon and got to witness the
arrival and setup of most of the rigs that attended. Above is a
nice rooftop camping setup on a Pinzgauer.
6x6 Pinz had a very cool custom trailer with a kitchen and sleeping
416 DOKA mog.
404 was basically stock.
our host, makes preparations on his 406 for some trail work.
drove our custom 1017A with HiLo camper but did not take it on the
trails. Simply put, it would not fit as you will see below.
Westfalia camper has been fitted to a standard radio box on this 404.
very rare diesel Pinz. Take note, this rig is for sale.
Pinz 710K radio box.
710M troop carrier.
of the group went on the Saturday trail run. The large number of
vehicles raised great clouds of dust. Above, the Haflinger yields
to faster traffic and lets them pass.
headed south along Pole Line road toward the mud hills.
miles in, we turned to the east toward the Gas Domes.
line of vehicles stretched for several miles.
Ocotillo Mountains are visible in the distance.
got out to inspect the Gas Domes. While not very impressive by
Yellowstone standards, these gas seeps are indicative of some
interesting sub-surface geology. The bubbles are escaping CO2 gas
which is also drawing up water with it. The water is cool rather
the gas domes, we got our first look at the Salton Sea in the
distance. The blue at base of the far mountains is actually water.
was acting as trail boss for this run.
404 DOKA was back in the pack. Eric cooked an awesome fried
turkey for the pot luck dinner on Saturday night.
led the group into the mud hills on a narrow trail with tight
turns. The tightness proved to be a problem later.
trail barely fit a full sized vehicle.
finally hit a tight turn that forced a reassessment of the
situation. Most of the group turned around. But, given the
narrow trail, even turning around was a challenge.
Why does Joe have a tow strap hooked onto his roll bar? Any
guesses? And why, pray tell, is the other end of that strap
hooked to a Jeep? The shame!!
712 Pinz was required to perform unnatural acts to turn around.
turning points later, the job was 1/2 done.
was able to back up the side of the canyon wall to get out of the way.
and a couple of the Jeepers came over the nearby ridge.
came down the ridge and into a side canyon raising a nice curtain of
dust along the way.
number of the group decided that we could make it past the tight spot
and proceeded up the trail.
rock ledge has taken its toll on side windows and cabs. John
narrowly missed the point of rock.
John was through the tight spot, he parked his Synchro and came back to
spot folks through the tight spot.
to John's spotting prowess, the Pinz made the turn with room to spare.
considered in terms of number of turns-and-backs that were required,
the Haflinger seemed to be the worst of the group.
Blazer has a divorced rear axle that allows running the front axle to
do a "dig" without powering the rear. The dig got him around the
corner without incident.
got out of the canyons and onto the rim. From the rim, we could
clearly see the Salton Sea beyond the mud hills.
the distance we could see Joe, Zach and the Jeepers looking at
something in one of the canyons.
We finished the trail run and headed back to camp for lunch and beers. It was hot, so we laid low until sundown, then cooked food for the potluck. Eric Lint cooked an awesome fried turkey for the group.
2011 was great fun despite the heat. It was great to see the crew
again. Thanks to Alan and Eric for their hard work and to all who
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