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LOS COYOTES

By William Karstens
Photos by Anders Karlsson


Yucca Flats is a series of rounded granite slabs that makes for fun play. Here, we fooled around, ate lunch and fooled around some more. James made an attempt to go up a big slab that was about two feet high and nearly lost a steering box. A steering skid would have made the re-attempt possible. Scott rig, which had 35's, a Detroit Locker in the rear and an EZ Locker in the front, walked right up. Anders tried a down line, but got high-centered and had to be strapped off.

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Stock TJ taking Up Down Hill
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James flexed out in the slot

After the flats, the goal is to get to "Tobogan," which is a steep, slick, mudslide on one side, with a granite wall on the other. To the west of it is a small slot canyon that has a steep "driveway" down. Once through the canyon, there is a steep hill with big ruts carved in soft, powdery dirt. Almost everyone had made it through, but the stock YJ was inhibited by its frozen-on sway bars. Despite Scott's best spotting, The YJ had to be strapped up the hill.

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Scott stuck on all five tires
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No Scott, she ain't movin'

As time had taken it's toll and there was a long drive home, everyone decided to turn around and head back. On the way out, Scott decided to skip the driveway and take a nearly-vertical incline. About 1/4 of the way up, gravity pulled him back and he landed on his spare, with all five tires touching the ground in some way or another! Anders broke out a strap and up he came.

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