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Number 7
07-14-2007, 02:35 PM
We just got back from Northern California where we met Jim with his Dad (Jim0352) and George (geepmetrailrider) to run the Rubicon Trail.

We left Saturday, 7/7 and got to Lake Tahoe Sunday night, then we all went down to Placerville Monday. That's where that picture Jim posted was taken.

Tuesday we went to Georgetown for breakfast and then hit the trail.

http://inlinethumb12.webshots.com/7371/2725366700100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2725366700100085335IddvAe)


We ran the whole traditional trail even though much of it is paved out of Georgetown. The first day we went from Georgetown through Wentworth Springs and the Devil's Playground across the Granite Bowl to Loon Lake where we camped.

Our first stop was at Uncle Tom's Cabin.

http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/4795/2885925370100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2885925370100085335dtshgO)


We finally hit the actual trail at about noon Tuesday after a couple of wrong turns.

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/3474/2141497040100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2141497040100085335kzifVU)


We went through the Post Pile in the Devil's Playground where it started to rain.

http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/4288/2511691410100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2511691410100085335EhzfQp)


The rain made it very difficult to find the trail to Loon Lake once we made it to the Granite Bowl.

http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/6656/2115024630100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2115024630100085335xaHFjG)

http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/5384/2566445000100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2566445000100085335bytUUK)

http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/3983/2658668070100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2658668070100085335VZZKBY)

http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/5359/2373976360100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2373976360100085335iTKnuj)

http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/5056/2709536010100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2709536010100085335bklYFo)

We saw this Jeep broken down on the Granite Bowl; they were still there the next morning on our way back out.

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/4862/2078220340100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2078220340100085335NWdUAV)

To be continued . . .

Deviljeep
07-14-2007, 02:53 PM
We just got back from Northern California where we met Jim with his Dad (Jim0352) and George (geepmetrailrider) to run the Rubicon Trail.

We left Saturday, 7/7 and got to Lake Tahoe Sunday night, then we all went down to Placerville Monday. That's where that picture Jim posted was taken.

Monday we went to Georgetown for breakfast and then hit the trail.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2725366700100085335IddvAe.jpg

We did the whole traditional trail even thought much of it is paved out of Georgetown. The first day we went from Georgetown through Wentworth Springs and the Devil's Playground across the Granite Bowl to Loon Lake where we camped.

Our first stop was at Uncle Tom's Cabin.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2885925370100085335dtshgO

We finally hit the actual trail at about noon Tuesday after a couple of wrong turns.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2141497040100085335kzifVU

We went through the Post Pile in the Devil's Playground where it started to rain.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2511691410100085335EhzfQp

The rain made it very difficult to find the trail to Loon Lake once we made it to the Granite Bowl.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2115024630100085335xaHFjG

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2658668070100085335VZZKBY

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2566445000100085335bytUUK

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2373976360100085335iTKnuj

We saw this Jeep broken down on the Granite Bowl; they were still there the next morning on our way back out.

http://family.webshots.com/photo/2078220340100085335NWdUAV

To be continued . . .


Fixed...nevermind, didn't work...hmmm

Number 7
07-14-2007, 03:06 PM
Yeah, sorry about that, took me a minute to figure out which link to insert . . .

=)

Number 7
07-14-2007, 04:03 PM
Wednesday morning we headed out from Loon Lake:

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/5246/2489407530100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2489407530100085335VdpEPe)

Through a bit of rock garden:

http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/6904/2560401270100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2560401270100085335acWUFq)

http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/5804/2283266440100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2283266440100085335qMlLtE)

Back onto the Granite slabs. We saw the Marlin Crawler Toyota and Marlin himself, looking for one of his clients who was broken down somewhere on the trail.

http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/7275/2771307670100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2771307670100085335wCDSKv)

Here we are on the way to Ellis Creek:

http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/4282/2507985760100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2507985760100085335NFtfFV)

Here's George trying to figure out how to go through a tough spot just after we passed Ellis Creek:

http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/4652/2275848670100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2275848670100085335ntYWkY)

We sustained our only trail carnage on the way to Walker Rock (see passenger fender):

http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/2205/2948028580100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2948028580100085335eKSDxY)

Unfortunately I didn't get any stills on Walker Rock, but I'll get some out of my video later and post them up. That was for sure a fun obstical.

Here's lunch Wednesday, a beautiful spot over looking lakes down the canyon:

http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/7153/2999960340100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2999960340100085335UTZewO)

More . . .

Number 7
07-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Back on the road after lunch:

http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/5529/2158051690100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2158051690100085335YjBcqJ)

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/3474/2166513610100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2166513610100085335VuTWMq)

http://inlinethumb12.webshots.com/5195/2551141490100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2551141490100085335qGpdsx)

Here we are on the Granite Slab by-pass to Little Sluice. I didn't get any pictures of Little Sluice, maybe someone else did . . .

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/5074/2393831810100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2393831810100085335ofFtQS)

Coming down from the by-pass to Little Sluice:

http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/4504/2495038640100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2495038640100085335WffXAA)

http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/3581/2247860240100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2247860240100085335FOgxGO)

http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/5611/2869750840100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2869750840100085335HwmsPj)

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/5677/2760685050100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2760685050100085335RFYtgZ)

http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/6278/2958974510100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2958974510100085335VYqMKf)

http://inlinethumb23.webshots.com/5718/2663731290100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2663731290100085335bugQWZ)

Con't.

Number 7
07-14-2007, 04:20 PM
And to be honest I really don't remember where this was taken:

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/6546/2110254640100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2110254640100085335AHrlFS)

We originally set out to camp at Buck Island Lake but ended up going down Big Sluice into Rubicon Springs. This was at Big Sluice, a spot where we almost flopped it down the side of the hill:

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/5513/2733275980100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2733275980100085335tGgRrH)

Crossing the Rubicon

http://inlinethumb35.webshots.com/4578/2951338710100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2951338710100085335rCBprS)

The last day we headed out for our last big obstical, Cadilac Hill. This is Sid's Grave at the base of Cadilac Hill.

http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/4674/2211070240100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2211070240100085335vBQyjF)

I was busy video taping, so I didn't get any still shots on the way up Cadilac Hill, but here we are at the top:

http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/4234/2117092970100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2117092970100085335JzfZSk)

After Cadilac Hill we thought we were basically done, but as it turned out there were still a few rough spots to get through. On one tight squeeze George shredded a valve-stem off.

http://inlinethumb37.webshots.com/5796/2605552970100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2605552970100085335asgpSk)

And finally we made it to Observation Point

http://inlinethumb33.webshots.com/5792/2985825880100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2985825880100085335AuKGVQ)

http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/5574/2462853730100085335S500x500Q85.jpg (http://family.webshots.com/photo/2462853730100085335UpzPLe)

I think Jim & his Dad have a lot more pictures, and like I said, I'm going to pull some off video. I'll post the good ones.

Di

vtchopper
07-14-2007, 04:25 PM
sweet pics... cant wait to get there.

ROKCRLR
07-14-2007, 04:57 PM
Awesome pics! I can't wait to make that run next summer. Got any close ups of the body damage?:D

jim0352
07-14-2007, 06:12 PM
I just got home after dropping my Dad off in San Diego. Great pics guys and thanks again for the invite. It's hard to put into words just how great that trip was for us. It is a long drive there and back but it is well worth it. The trail and scenery are spectacular, better than I could have hoped for. I took nearly 300 pictures and my Dad took nearly 150, plus video. I'll start going through them this afternoon and post up the good ones. Right now, I'm beat and I'm gonna relax for a few.


Jim

ademster
07-14-2007, 06:13 PM
Who is Sid?

desertdawg
07-14-2007, 06:13 PM
Nice pics! Wish I could have made it. I dig those giant diapers!:D

Number 7
07-14-2007, 06:24 PM
I dig those giant diapers!:D

Yeah, those were tarps coated on one side with roof coating. They came in handy when it started raining since all our tents, sleeping bags, etc. were on the roofs! It kind-of became a survival mission at some point . . .

Number 7
07-14-2007, 06:27 PM
Who is Sid?

Sid's dead. . .

Sid's grave is the site of several mock graves dedicated to the memory of several trail enthusiasts. Originally named in jest Sid Mainwaring, one of the Jamboree Committeemen and a Forest Service employee.

ob1jeeper
07-14-2007, 06:28 PM
Who is Sid?
Sid Mainwaring... One of the original founding members of the Georgetown Califormia area group which put on the event, that became known as the Jeepers Jamboree. 4th & 5th generation Mainwaring family members are still involved...;)

Sid was a larger-than-life type character, who LOVED pranks and "funnin'"..., but he also had a heart of gold...;)

PS: GREAT pic's... Thanx for sharing...;)

jkdup
07-14-2007, 07:32 PM
Awesome pics absolutely beautiful! Diane you convinced me I am in next trip even if it is just me and Chewy (and maybe Taos too).

And yes we want to see a better pic of the body damage!

Number 7
07-14-2007, 07:56 PM
And yes we want to see a better pic of the body damage!

No better pics of the bent fender. The other George straightened it out even before I could take a good look at it. It was nothing, really.

:D I guess that's a good thing!

jim0352
07-14-2007, 08:29 PM
I think it is safe to say that good times were had by all. The pictures don't do the trail justice as you just can't quite capture the true beauty of the trail. It was two and half very long days, but so worth it. Here are a few pictures

Airing down, ready to go
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0461.jpg


The start of the Rubicon Trail from the Georgetown side
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0469.jpg


The Jeep did great the whole time. The longer wheel base seemed to really help.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0498.jpg

George working his way through the Post Pile
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0510.jpg


We finally reached the area near the granite bowl after working our way from Georgetown. The road across the dam is in the distance, but still a ways away. And, it is getting ready to rain.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0512.jpg


George (Number 7) working his way through the trail
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0549.jpg


Me in the same spot
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0559.jpg

More to come

Jim

jim0352
07-14-2007, 08:36 PM
I think it will be a while before I try the Little Sluice
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0591.jpg


These folks were part of a tour group driving stock JK Rubicons through the trail. The group was all Chrysler employees and were from New Zealand, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and China. The folks from China were having an absoulte blast on the trail and were hilarious to watch. It must be nice to bash somebody else's Jeep on the Rubicon Trail
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0598.jpg


This was steep. That's all I've got to say about that.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0610.jpg


And this is why you go to the Rubicon Trail
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0649.jpg


This was right by our campground at the Rubicon Springs
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0677.jpg


My Jeep is finally home. A Rubicon on the Rubicon.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0718.jpg

Next time, I'll bring a can of gas. This is how it looked when I pulled into the gas station at the end of the day.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a6/jim0352/Rubicon%20Trip%202007/IMG_0731.jpg


It was very cool that the only trail carnage was one valve stem. All the Jeeps and drivers did great making it a very enjoyable trip.


Jim

Wind_Danzer
07-14-2007, 08:54 PM
Wow, next time I'm not moving. ;)

Looked like a blast, sorry I missed out Diane.

Jim,

That pic of the "Rubicon on the Rubicon" is an awesome shot!!!

geepmetrailride
07-14-2007, 08:57 PM
First I would like to thank George & Diane for the invite I think good times were had by all. It was a ultimate adventure,the wheeling was so much more than even the pics can show all ready looking forword to Number 7's Ultimate Adventure 08.

Jdemonto
07-14-2007, 09:10 PM
Sid Mainwaring... One of the original founding members of the Georgetown Califormia area group which put on the event, that became known as the Jeepers Jamboree. 4th & 5th generation Mainwaring family members are still involved...;)

Sid was a larger-than-life type character, who LOVED pranks and "funnin'"..., but he also had a heart of gold...;)

PS: GREAT pic's... Thanx for sharing...;)


Is here burried there????? Or is it just a memorial???? currious


Great photos...some day I will do the rubicon..Maybe next year.....

Jason


Jason

jim0352
07-14-2007, 09:26 PM
Jim,

That pic of the "Rubicon on the Rubicon" is an awesome shot!!!


It took a while to get it just right, but it worked out pretty well. Now my Jeep is trail rated!


Jim

Number 7
07-14-2007, 09:32 PM
Is here burried there????? Or is it just a memorial???? currious


Great photos...some day I will do the rubicon..Maybe next year.....

Jason


Jason


It's a memorial.

Number 7
07-14-2007, 09:35 PM
It took a while to get it just right, but it worked out pretty well. Now my Jeep is trail rated!


Jim

Yeah, now your Rubicon is a Rubicon. :p

And, I guess our little mule is a Rubicon also . . .

Wayco
07-14-2007, 09:58 PM
Little Mule, " Joan Wilder? I read all of your books" That is one of my favorite scenes!

Number 7
07-14-2007, 11:23 PM
Little Mule, " Joan Wilder? I read all of your books" That is one of my favorite scenes!

Yup, and even though it's not from that movie, now you know how Number 7 got his name. Just like the devoted little mule from Grizzly Adams.

RokNRich
07-14-2007, 11:36 PM
Great pic's and report. Definately on the list of things "to do".

Thanks for sharing.

joedokes28
07-16-2007, 09:03 AM
Great pics of an awesome trail. Glad everyone had a good safe time.