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    Cool Maitland Mines......in the rain!

    So, this morning I looked out the window towards the Coega side of PE from my house in Bluewater Bay.....and I see the sun is shining. I get a SMS from Chris(CMCS) asking which trail Offcamber or Maitlands.....I reply with Offcamber. However as I drive towards the west side of the city, I realise there a storm happening and we end up going to Maitlands.

    We first went to the sand pit which was very easy due to the rain. I then took a completely different route in the sand pit which the disco got up with a bit of effort on the first attempt. Gordz and Chris made quite a few attempts each.....I think I stopped counting at 5

    Then as we drove up to the mudhuts, but it became apparent that it's very slippery and the non-stop rain didn't help much.

    Things went well as dropped down into the valley. The first rocky section was easy, first muddy water crossing not too bad, but at muddy crossing 2 my el-slicko Michelin's just had enough grip to get me up.
    Then we got to the last hill out of the valley, which is only about 10-15 degrees at the most, but it's 300m long and extremely snotty in the rain. I went first and told the guys I'd hoot when I make it up. I went in 3rd low and gave it bit of stick. There are some run-off humps on the way up, about 8 in total an by hump 3 it was going very well and I hooted for the guys to come up(which they actually didn't hear). The disco made it to the top with quite a bit of wheel spin, but still controlable.
    I then started walking down the hill to take some pics. About half way down I heard Chris coming up and waited for him. As he reached the hump just below me he lifted off a bit too much and started to slip sideways into the water run-off area. Gordz and I helped him reverse back over the hump by pushing the bakkie sideways as he reversed. Chris then went down to the previous hump to try again. I couldn't see him from where I was, but after I heard the diesel stopped revving I walked down a bit further to find the colt sideway on the hump. Then an 1.5 hour process started of Chris winching himself forward to straighten the bakkie and Gordz winching from behind to keep him on the road took place.
    During this process there was some very havy rain that turned the hill into a small stream, which actually helped for a while by removing the upper layer of snotty mud.
    When we got down I was 300m from the disco which was at the top and the hill was too slippery to walk up, so we had to go around the whole trail to get my disco!

    It was wet, cold, exhausting.....I'm full of bruses and cuts from falling in the mud and bouncing around in the back of Gordz's Isuzu.........but it was enormous fun.....I hope the other guys feel the same way about it

    I know you will be asking for it, but there aren't any pics yet.....my camera ended in the bottom of a stream as I was cleaning off the mud I'll leave it to dry for a few days and then see if there is still some life in it to get the pics off! Maybe Chris and Gordz have some pics.
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    Shoo Could have turned nasty (sideways on a slippery slope).
    So winches do add value after all
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    Cool

    great story great enjoyment especially when you all worked together. a nice camp fire story. we all seem to forget there is the wet side to a trail which can be very different.

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    OA, that's why I specifically chose this trail today, because it's a joke when it is dry and you can avoid the bits where you could get killed when it's wet. At the worst we would've had some bad scratches and maybe some dents if things really got bad, but nothing life threatning.

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    Was awesome and at least I got to try out my winch. Scary as hell though. Especially when the ABS also started with it **** again. So it's my mission this week to find out how to disable it.

    I stupidly wanted to slack down a bit to get over a bump I thought was going to be hectic on the other side, and everything just went wrong from there. I also noticed when I eventually came to a standstill that my difflock never engaged.

    I learned my lesson though, and the next slippery uphill (after the hours it took us to get out the bakkie) I just pulled a Barto-move and revved the moer out of the bakkie and let it climb up. Was quite surprised when it worked

    We didn't take any photos, a bit too wet for the wife to stand outside and take photos. And when we were stuck we could hardly walk on the slippery mud, let alone stand and take photos.

    Barto, you should be able to take out the memory card from the camera, dry it off and put it in a memory card reader. We can't let today's photos go missing!

    Thanks to Barto and Gordon for getting wet and dirty and bruised to get the bakkie loose. At least I made our Sunday more interesting than it would've been.
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    I just want to add that I'm getting other tyres this week still!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcs View Post
    I learned my lesson though, and the next slippery uphill (after the hours it took us to get out the bakkie) I just pulled a Barto-move and revved the moer out of the bakkie and let it climb up. Was quite surprised when it worked
    ......you need to get through that thin layer of snot and keep the tread clean, and the only way to do that on the type of incline we did and the type of tyres you and I have, is by spinning the wheels and keeping the revs up!
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    SWAMBO said she did take some photos. Here they are! They were taken in between panic attacks!
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    Bud, you shouldn't panic when I'm there
    Maybe I should've just made you feel more confident in our ability to get you out safely
    The best way is to go about this is to first relax and calm down, then assess the situation and then only act!
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    I meant Bernadette's panic attacks

    And I am always at ease when you're there with your expert advice! I was just a bit worried when it started slipping sideways. Different experience!

    I want to get into these situations so that I can learn from them, and it is quite exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcs View Post
    I meant Bernadette's panic attacks

    And I am always at ease when you're there with your expert advice! I was just a bit worried when it started slipping sideways. Different experience!

    I want to get into these situations so that I can learn from them, and it is quite exciting.
    Sounds hairy!! Was everyone safe without risk of damage to the vehicles?? If so that's the way to learn!!!
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    The vehicles were pretty safe, but that's why we put in all the effort to get Chris down the slope.....to keep his vehicle safe......otherwise he could've used the bushes to stop him

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    Damn! I missed out on a good learning experience then? (I should have made that call Chris.)

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    Yea, it was pretty safe.

    I must say, everytime either Barto or anyone else I've got with needs to help me, they're always just as concerned about not damaging my vehicle as I am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcs View Post
    Was awesome and at least I got to try out my winch. Scary as hell though. Especially when the ABS also started with it **** again. So it's my mission this week to find out how to disable it.
    CMCS. Have you found a way yet?

    Sounds like you guys had on hell of a good trip.

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    BR, I've gotten hold of a guy's number here in PE that aparently specialises in colts. Failing that I'm going to my cousin that's a mechanic to see if he'll know. And failing those I will just for the meanwhile remove the fuse (even though it's a lot of trouble)

    And yes, it was a nice trip
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    It was a good trip, Thanks guys, im glad my passport got caught up
    Lots of slipping and sliding. Well it was also the first time I really used my winch to! It was great fun helping Chris out, something learnt for me to!! I must get a few photos from my chicks camera later on.
    Maitlands mines is definatly better in the rain
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    What are the gps co-ords to this trail?
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    Well here are a few more pics of the trip, a bit late, but I just got them resized to work!!
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