*day four we explored around a bit up the
mountain and into the snow.
Well, it could've been just Bob stationed
solo with his faithful photog passenger,
but when we woke on Day 5 and the HG
Hadtogobacks were gone, a newcomer was
left in their place. Team Yellowsub,
Jonathan and Dana, had snuck into camp in
the wee hours and when the sun woke us and
the discovery was made, we had some antsy
fresh meat ready for someone to show them
around Moab. Being that it was their first
time, it appeared another Hell's Revenge
was in order. 2nd verse same as the first,
with a side of Potato Salad after.
Moving on to Day 6, we headed out to Steel
Bender. We ran it forwards this time (last
year we backtracked it) and had it pretty
much all to ourselves.
It really was a beautiful day out there
dipping in and out of the canyon. Instead
of taking the Flat Pass Road bypass, we
completed the whole trail, but we found
you don't really miss much if you do.
Obviously the biggest obstacle on this
trail is The Fall. The drop in requires a
little bit of angling, and the ability to
let it ride out instead of brake standing
if something were to go wrong. Picturewise,
it looked harder this year, but last year
going up it, quite a few people took the
rope (plus we also got to see a golf cart
quite a roll).
We took lunch in the shade shortly
after, met some bikers, then carried on.
There's a few more uphill obstacles that
are fun, but with lockers, not too
Once the snowy mountains came into view we
took another break and let Dana collect
some wildflowers. The most scenic part of
the trail is the end. The mountains in the
background at the tree shaded creek
crossing are definitely worth some pics to
come back to later. Since a creek dip was
becoming tradition on this trip, we went
to the end of the road at the dam and