January 2002 - Anaconda
It has taken me 2 and a half years to get my Zuk to the point where I felt ready to tackle Anaconda 7 of us gathered early Saturday morning off of Table Mesa Rd. I took a moment to fix a steering problem that had been hindering me for a while, I had my pitman arm indexed wrong so I could not turn very well to the drivers side. We pulled out of the busy parking lot about 10am. There was a group of rigs going to Judgment Day and the Mesa 4 Wheelers were going to tackle the Terminators. Before I forget, hats off to all those who participated in the Table Mesa cleanup last weekend, the area looked great!
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Anaconda is a tight and twisty trail that snakes it's way thru the valley to the right of the Terminators. It consists of a series of waterfalls, hill climbs and a few tight sections to squeeze thru.
The first waterfall. Check out Brian's new front clip.
The second fall.
Brian coming up the second fall.
Jim struggled on some of the climbs, even with 4:1 transfer case gears and 4.57 ring and pinions he was hurting for gears. He tried the obstacle a couple times and then wisely called for the strap. I think Brian had higher gears but he was using the gas pedal to make up for it. This is definitely a trail where if you can't move slow it's going to be difficult.
Followed by Jack.
Here's the first tough obstacle. You need to climb the chute and avoid an 8 foot deep hole at the top.
I can see where full width axles would make this a very difficult section.
And if you make it to the top your not out of the woods yet, I had some fun trying to get over theses boulders.
Erik's Frankensammy coming up the chute. He had enough flex to dip his front tire in the hole.
Brian's first line was a little too far to the right. He nailed it on the second try.
The diff grabbers at the top of the chute. Just about everyone needed a push or pull here.
Jim made the climb look easy, skinny is good here.
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