We spent our night on the rim of Salt Canyon with a world-class view. The wind picked up during the night, but was gusty rather than steady. The morning broke clear and bright. We broke camp at Salt Canyon overlook and headed back down the "ledge trail".
The photos below are what we saw.
from the overlook was breath-taking.
south was the flanks of the Abajo Range.
group headed out across the ledges. Above, Bill Burke
Brad's truck approached a drop-off.
spots Mark and Gail.
Mark passed without any incidents.
John approaches one
of the ledges.
He easily takes the
drop-off without excessive body roll.
Rob spots Vince over
a little ledge.
Even a small ledge like this, if taken on the wrong line, can cause problems.
Chris and Ann bring up the rear.
Looking toward Grand Junction, CO we saw a set of contrails that mark the passing to transcontinental aircraft. The Grand Junction VOR is under the middle of that triangle in the sky.
were looking at the contrails, this jet passed overhead at about
recent rains brought out some nifty flowers.
orange blooms were dusted in pollen.
completed the ledges, we headed to a cattle tank for some
winch training. Above, Chris drives into the tank to
simulate the stuck vehicle.
mis-spooled winch cable, so his rig was chosen as the pulling
vehicle. Given the weight of the vehicles and the terrain,
use of a pulley block was required. Above, Bill discusses
the issues of attaching shackles to cables.
correct attachment method for the pulley block. Note the
shackle pin is inserted from the top. It is important to
use a pulley block of adequate rating for the intended pulling
spools-in cable insuring that it wraps correctly on the drum.
demonstrates the correct method for attaching a safety strap on
the pulley block. The strap will help prevent damage or
injury should the pulley attachment point fail.
Mark spools-in under load. Note the routing of the control lines for the winch hand controller.
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