Sleep Inn, Quality Suites are the closet hotels to the daily rally point with decent prices. Big Horn Lodge is one of cheapest hotels in town but is located more centrally in Moab. Be sure to make reservations sooner than later.
There will be a group camping at Ken's Lake in the Spanish Valley, just outside of Moab. This is a BLM campground, and is first come, first serve.
For additional info on Camping, visit here:
- Make sure your 4x4 is in good working order.
- Extra fuel - (2-5 gallons recommended)
- Good Set of AT or better tires on your vehicle.
- Spare tire (full size mandatory)
- Air Pump for airing back up
- Tire deflators for airing down ( EZdeflator Tire Deflator Kit )
- Frame Sliders (recommend but not required)
- Tools for recovery. IE: straps, shackles, gloves, shovel, etc
- Basic hand tools for fixing things that might break
- Duck Tape, because duh.
There are LOTS of climbs. Trails are mixed; dirt and small rocks, Sand, Washboard roads etc... So be prepared. Don’t just count on someone else in the group being prepared.
Official trail communications will be on GMRS/FRS shared channels. We believe this will be the easiest for most people to obtain, should perform better than CB, and doesn't require testing like HAM. If you have a GMRS license, you can use a Midland MXT-105 mobile radio, or BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio handheld. I suggest using an external antenna if possible to improve range. You can obtain a GMRS license for $65 here: wireless.fcc.gov
If you do not want to get GMRS license/hardware, you can use FRS walkies on these same channels, you can get these for ~$30 at Walmart or Amazon. The range will be limited but should be acceptable with the size of our group and the speeds we'll be traveling. I highly recommend that you at least bring a walky to use, it will improve everyone's experience.
For those running Baofeng Handhelds, @aearles put together a small config with all of the relevant channels. You can use CHIRP to flash this image to your device. You can view those details here.
Each vehicle should have navigation of some type, be it paper maps or digital. We strongly encourage everyone to get a copy of the Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails. We will make use of this book during the trip and it will help you identify way points and obstacles on the trails.
FIRST AID & SURVIVAL
Bring any special meds you need. Bring some general comfort items and SPF 30+ sunscreen. First aid is essential traveling in the back country. Don't rely on others.
Something as simple as an Adventure Medical Kit should suffice and is good to have on hand in your vehicle anyways.
BRING WATER, everyone should have 1-2 gallons of water per day, per person in your vehicle. It’s the desert, and it’s hot. Don’t be stupid.
We are usually be on the trails for most of the whole day if not longer, so pack accordingly. Bring a cooler, bring snacks, sandwiches, whatever.