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FJ's in Big Bend!

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2015, 02:22:09 PM »
BlindWilly,

In that bottom photo, is that the top of Christmas Mtn? (Or Nowhere?).  And also, is the road to the top of Christmas Mountain private or public?
Apache, it is the top of Christmas Mountain. The road is private. Our group coordinater went through the folks at Terlingua Ranch to get us access. I believe they allow drives up there as long as the trail is in decent shape. They wouldn't allow a lifted Chevy Tahoe and a Nissan Armada up there, as they were "too wide".
I think they both would have done just fine that day.
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2015, 02:28:28 PM »
Here's the "Down Christmas Mountain" I mentioned earlier.
I mounted the camera on a friends FJ and he took off like a bat out of hell, HAHA. Had to radio him and remind him to slow down.


EDIT: I have since fixed the link to the correct video. This is Glenn Springs Rd heading back north-ish.



And Lastly, a short vid from the Mariscal Mine
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2015, 05:23:44 PM »
Great Christmas tunes, Willy!

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2015, 10:27:05 AM »
Great Christmas tunes, Willy!
Thank you, thank you :)
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2015, 01:16:56 PM »
About a month ago I re-edited a couple of my videos.
The first one is Black Gap Road (1 complete video instead of 2 parts now)

The other is a "Highlights" of BBRSP offroading
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2017, 01:10:57 PM »
I just picked this up last week. I can't wait to introduce it to Big Bend NP!


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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2017, 02:02:47 PM »
That's a good looking FJ!
It's the perfect vehicle for that part of the state.
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FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2017, 02:23:17 PM »
I just picked this up last week. I can't wait to introduce it to Big Bend NP!

Boy, those FJs really have some grip !


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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2017, 07:19:41 PM »
Nice! I almost bought an FJ but went with a 100 series instead. I'm glad that you put the videos out. I was wondering what the difficulty of Black Gap is for a long time. Not bad at all. I expected something like the alpine loop in Colorado.

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2017, 08:52:06 PM »
I was wondering what the difficulty of Black Gap is for a long time. Not bad at all. I expected something like the alpine loop in Colorado.
Heavens no. Black Gap is basically a single obstacle - a very short semi-steep drop (or step depending on direction), with a few nice turns and rocky bits. Nothing at all like the numerous crossings, gullies, and switchbacks offered on the Loop.
Making ice cubes FROM THE SUN!!!

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2017, 09:07:14 PM »
I was wondering what the difficulty of Black Gap is for a long time. Not bad at all. I expected something like the alpine loop in Colorado.
Heavens no. Black Gap is basically a single obstacle - a very short semi-steep drop (or step depending on direction), with a few nice turns and rocky bits. Nothing at all like the numerous crossings, gullies, and switchbacks offered on the Loop.


Yeah, It's been a few years but I went over Ophir Pass in my '08 Silverado 4WD. There was some snow so it was a little interesting. Prior to that I started up Engineer Pass but it had rained a lot earlier in the month and the silt between the rocks was gone. So after picking my way rock to rock for 45m and not even getting a mile into it I bailed and went back. A year later I had my LC and this time the snow was more like ice crust from the constant freeze thaw cycles it had endured. We didn't get to do the loop that year either. This year I will be there all of September so some weekend I'll get to do the loop.


Black Gap was my last hope for having some adventure in Texas :) Ah well... that's what Utah and Colorado are for I guess. Still worth taking a drive though

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2017, 10:32:58 PM »
Black Gap was my last hope for having some adventure in Texas :) Ah well... that's what Utah and Colorado are for I guess. Still worth taking a drive though

I think you'll enjoy Utah & Colorado much more.  My son and I drove Black Gap a few years back.   We're not 4-wheelers by any stretch of the imagination and we were underwhelmed.  The hike out to Elephant Tusk and back was more eventful.

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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2017, 11:39:01 PM »
Black Gap was my last hope for having some adventure in Texas :) Ah well... that's what Utah and Colorado are for I guess. Still worth taking a drive though

I think you'll enjoy Utah & Colorado much more.  My son and I drove Black Gap a few years back.   We're not 4-wheelers by any stretch of the imagination and we were underwhelmed.  The hike out to Elephant Tusk and back was more eventful.

Black Gap is an over-hyped, non-event for anyone having even low-moderate 4WD skills. It is so unremarkable that it doesn't even register among the tens of thousands of other places across the west that present actual challenges to navigation. Chalk it up to the usual NPS practice of making things sound more daring than they are and blowing things out of proportion to actual conditions.
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2017, 09:36:03 AM »
Black Gap was my last hope for having some adventure in Texas :) Ah well... that's what Utah and Colorado are for I guess. Still worth taking a drive though

I think you'll enjoy Utah & Colorado much more.  My son and I drove Black Gap a few years back.   We're not 4-wheelers by any stretch of the imagination and we were underwhelmed.  The hike out to Elephant Tusk and back was more eventful.


Black Gap is an over-hyped, non-event for anyone having even low-moderate 4WD skills. It is so unremarkable that it doesn't even register among the tens of thousands of other places across the west that present actual challenges to navigation. Chalk it up to the usual NPS practice of making things sound more daring than they are and blowing things out of proportion to actual conditions.

Agreed.  While driving Black Gap I asked a buddy where the hard part was at.
He replied "You come out here for the incredible views, not the 4 wheeling".
The State Park has better trails and some of them are a little challenging.
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Re: FJ's in Big Bend!
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2017, 09:45:33 AM »
Nice! I almost bought an FJ but went with a 100 series instead. I'm glad that you put the videos out. I was wondering what the difficulty of Black Gap is for a long time. Not bad at all. I expected something like the alpine loop in Colorado.

Very cool! I went the opposite route. I searched high and low for a solid 60-62, then went through several 80s before I gave up.

 


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