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Pennsylvania Rausch Creek Rides

Discussion in 'United States' started by Westtown Willy, May 17, 2018.

  1. Westtown Willy

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    I’m tentatively planning on an 8am start this Saturday (May 19) but it doesn’t look like this monsoon will relent by then, either way I’m also planning on kicking Memorial Day weekend off a day early with a Friday May 25 run – anyone interested lemme know, Marc
     
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    Hey @Westtown Willy

    Not sure if your familiar with the Jeep Badge of Honor program, but there are 3 Jeep BoH trails within Rausch Creek Off Road Park that you could potentially run and collect the badges! Just a heads up if you didn't know already, and could be some fun incentive for a small group meet-up. Make sure you have downloaded the "app" ahead of time and create your account before you head out if you want to be able to "check-in" at each trailhead.

    I have been there before and run these 3 trails, they are all really fun and each with their own challenges. Curious to see how you make out and good luck out there!
     
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    EJD, I was aware of program, I do trail 11 all the time which is one of them, it's pretty easy but a lotta fun; crawl daddy on the other hand is way outa my league, pretty sure I'd need a heavy lift helicopter to drag my TJ through there & even then,,, :ambulance:. I'm not sure what the 3rd one is though? Someone once told me it was the Topples for Tatas trail which is a blue/moderate rated trail, if that is one it's not bad at all, did it maybe 10 or more times already, it's just really rocky but nothing really big. Tight too, that's the kind of trail that the JKU crowd really slows down on with all their 7 point turns to line up for squeezing through trees - God I love my TJ wheelbase :campeon2:
     
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    Oh absolutely! The TJ wheelbase is just awesome.
    The other trail is Crawler Ridge and also rated pretty high, i've done parts of it. Trail #11 is pretty good though, classic Rausch Creek.
     
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    ok that makes more sense & I've done parts of it too, usually skirt up the right side & around the perimeter like the guy in this video but I avoid the rest:



    weather for tomorrow is looking more & more like steady rain but I'm thinking of heading up anyway, with the exception of the middle of the summer it's almost always soaked up there anyway even if it's not raining; I'll have to see if my two comrades are still on board...
     
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    Had a blast yesterday, poured non-stop until around 1pm when it began tailing off which is around the time we wove our way over to Crawlers Ridge, picture is from up top of the center section, I skirted up & down two edges of it – I’m not about to mess with those big rocks. First video is going up 2 different sections, last part of it is some random blue trail. It was just me & a buddy in his JK, oddly enough we had good traction all day, no lockers or winches were used or harmed in the making of the event :aplastao:.

    Second video is a washout on the base of the 101 trail that connects the east & west properties, just a fun little spot that's a good bit steeper than it appears on screen. Heading back on Friday provided I can talk at least one other living soul into playing hooky from work

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    Man, looks like you guys had the place to yourselves!

    Whats your camera situation, cell phone?
     
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    yup, crappy iphone suctioned to the windshield or hanging out the window in my hand. I have an old GoPro I used to use but that seemed even worse, not sure I ever really knew how to use it correctly. And yea, when I pulled into the parking lot at 7:30 there wasn't a soul to be seen other than a few people over in the camp area. We did run into a couple guys from Canada in a CJ & TJ during the day, weather didn't seem to be much of an issue for them :applaudit:
     
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    Looking to play hooky one day this week (either June 6th, 7th or 8th) if anyone's interested lemme know, Marc
     
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    Next wheel is this coming Saturday, June 16 @ 8am, anyone interested?
     
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    great day yesterday, I managed to assemble a group of 7 experienced guys in very well built rigs, 3 JKUs on 37s, an LJ & an LJ Ruby on 35s, and 2 TJs, one on 35s & me as the runt of the litter on 33s – funny I still ended up leading the group all day. The consensus was black trails and connecting blues; we did the Lake Christy hill climbs (I ended up doing Roxy’s way alone which I ended up on at the top of one of the hill climbs & was through it before I realized where I was), Jotter’s Way climb, Trail 5 hill climbs, Trail 17 hill climbs & some others I can’t remember. Early on in the day we went to Yellow Jacket where I pulled off to watch, the first guy through was hung up for about 15 minutes in the same spot (JKU) but finally squeaked through however the next guy in (TJ) blew his front axle shaft when he got himself wedged in tight & started bouncing – Boom! I permanently skipped that obstacle :rolleyes:.

    Our final stop was the Quarry, one of my favorite spots & I took my first shot at Shoot the Moon. Started at the base of the quarry & did all the blues then up through the moon, I've gotta say the TJ rolled through that obstacle with far, far less difficulty than the much larger U's which experienced a whole lot of banging & scraping, lots of hung up axle tubes.

    It was a pretty intense day so I didn’t get many photos. The first one is the group at the base of the Christy hill climbs, the TJ brigade minus our fallen comrade, a couple from the back end of Shoot the Moon plus a video I found on Youtube so you can see the lay of the land. Also a couple shots of the TJ on Yellow Jacket & the carnage that resulted plus a video of Yellow Jacket:

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    Shoot the moon



    Yellow jacket:



    Next trip: June 30!
     
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