From Friends of the Rubicon:
2014 Cantina for the Con is coming up fast the dates are August 30-31 Labor Day weekend. RTF is looking for volunteers to help with the event whether it is cooking, serving food or selling raffle tickets. If you as an individual or your club is interested in working this event please email Matt Warden at mattw75@Hotmail.com. This is the tenth year and RTF is expecting a big turn out so any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
The Madhatters web site has new updates.
- Calendar. The Gold Lake run has been set for July 12-13. Sparky is our Trail Boss.
- Photo Album. Pictures from the May 2-4 Lost Coast club run are uploaded to our Flickr site. A link is available from the Photo Album page. Thanks to James and Mary for providing pictures of the event.
The MUDSLINGER minutes from the May 27 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.
Carol &I are going to camp at Loon Lake with FOTR Jerry, June 30 – July 3. I was thinking some of my retired buddies; Larry, George, Dennis, Mike Navone and yes you Wild Bill would like to join us and spend a couple hours cleaning silt out of the water bars. Bill I don’t know who you’re mad at but the adopt a trail was your idea.
Larry thinks I should just pick a day and do it but I think I’ll end up doing it by myself. If no one is interested in helping we’ll just have to let someone on the list have it. I am available any time a couple of people are willing to help me. After 4 years working to get one of the most desirable sections of the trail, it would be a shame to have to give it up. If we lose this section we won’t get it back. I did this because most of you wanted it. It really doesn’t matter to me, I’m still going to continue working on the trail with FOTR, RTF and if we don’t have an adopt a trail I’ll help Foresthill with theirs. Let me know your thoughts. I’m not mad I just want to know what you guys want to do?
It’s my fault that I don’t go to the meetings but after going to the meetings for 31 of the last 35 years a 5 hour turn around to eat pizza doesn’t sound so appealing. My bad. Please let me know if any of you have time to help
Some updates on the WH3 work
And even with all the work, shortly afterwards someone is still going off trail :-/
THIS JUST IN – the Madhatters won the 1st place trophy for Classic & Custom Vehicles
Trail Boss is Sparky – we will run the Gold Lake trail on Saturday. If anybody wants to go in on Friday the 11th, there is great fishing.
What a great turnout, we had 17 rigs in all …8 member rigs and 9 guest rigs. We staged at the parking lot at 4th & M Streets. Lots of people came by and talked to us and checked out our rigs. Sparky and his Hi-Lift jack saved the day for some kids and their float. We lined up single file then staggered out going down the road. We looked great! We passed 4 announcer stands, in fact one misread our “about the club” and said we were established in 1879. John looked at me and said, “that sure makes Craig old”. I had a great time and thanks to everybody who participated.
RUBICON TRAIL 2014
Thursday: Throughout the evening the majority of folks arrived to spend the night at the Loon Lake Chalet that the Madhatters reserved. It was a relaxing start to a fun filled weekend on the ‘CON.
Friday: By morning we had 10 rigs ready to hit the trail. As planned, all rigs were aired down and ready to go at 7am. After a quick driver meeting, we departed the Chalet at 7:20 and went straight to the trail. We kept up a good pace to Ellis Creek where we took a break, inspected the newly constructed bridge and made a pit stop. The good pace continued to Buck Island Lake where we stopped at 1pm for lunch. Surprisingly, we had the lake to ourselves. Back on the trail, the pace continued to Big Sluice. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, somewhere along the way a Bronco got high centered by a boulder that rolled onto the trail out of nowhere. After the use of a wheel sling and highlift jack, the Bronc was back on four hooves galloping down the trail. Big Sluice was a little slow going with a couple rigs getting high centered on diffs and such. As time went on we could see thunderstorm development overhead and by the time we were at the lower end of the Sluice it let loose with rain and hail. Tarps came out to cover gear and on we went down the trail. John’s rig experienced the only breakage of the day when his jeep slid off a wet-slickened rock and broke a shock mount off the axle housing. We made it to Rubicon Springs at 4:30 and by then the thunderstorms had moved on. 4 rigs set up camp at the slabs near the pools and 6 rigs camped at Dirty Dozen camp area.
Saturday: Jenni’s family and Matt left in the morning to exit the trail via Cadillac Hill. At camp, we kept in contact with them via HAM radio until they were safely past observation point. In Madhatter form, they helped a Toyota without lockers through Cadillac–good job guys!! The rest of the day we all did as we pleased–relaxing, GEO Caching, hiking and taking a dunk in the river. Saturday evening, friends of John & Rene limped into their camp with a rig that had a broken steering box mount. “SPARKY” sparked up his onboard welder and in true Madhatter form set off to spend much of the night making weld repairs to the rig. Icing on the cake was when shutting down his onboard welder resulted in the jeep’s alternator being fried and rendering the charging system inoperative. (I’ll let John & Rene go into details at the next meeting).
Sunday: Due to John’s jeep having to run on only battery power, 3 rigs departed camp early to be sure to not hit traffic going up the trail. They reported via radio that they had made it, uneventfully. The rest of us (5 rigs) departed camp about 9:30. There was another group of about 15 rigs ahead of us on Cadillac Hill. Surprisingly, we progressed consistently through Cadillac Hill, Squeeze Rock, Stairstep and up to Observation Point with only a few short stops. We made Observation Point at 11:15 and at 1:30 we exited the trail. At the staging area we aired up, said our good byes and headed home.
Other than a few bumps and bruises, we all made it through the ‘CON safe and sound. Thank you Craig for assuming the Trail Boss post! Your extensive Rubicon Trail experience and skillfull spotting is apppreciated. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.