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Old 11-01-2015, 01:45 PM
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Default 4th Annual RUN THE GULCHES

I would hate to see this run miss a year. I had originally planned on December 5th or 6th for this year's trip. It's very unlikely that I will be able to join, but would love it if someone else would take the lead and organize this fun, stock friendly, and always entertaining run.

I camped down at the bottom of Metberry just before my surgery and the area is looking great. There are a few different lines up/down Metberry Rock that should be fun for everyone. Hackett is also becoming more difficult, especially after the big hill where we had to stack rocks and use straps last year.

Last years TR can be found here.... with links to the first and second runs as well. Someone will need to write a story for Toyota Trails too!
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:36 PM
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Not sure if I'm up to lead it, but would love to make it down there this year with everybody!
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If it's alright with you, Stan, I'd be honored to lead this in your absence.

Is there anything special I need to do for it? Or just pick the specific trail(s) to do and a time to meet up?
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If it's alright with you, Stan, I'd be honored to lead this in your absence.

Is there anything special I need to do for it? Or just pick the specific trail(s) to do and a time to meet up?
A grill out at the bottom would be fun. I could bring something to share...
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:18 PM
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If it's alright with you, Stan, I'd be honored to lead this in your absence.

Is there anything special I need to do for it? Or just pick the specific trail(s) to do and a time to meet up?
You got it!

I would suggest keeping everything the same in terms of meeting up and trails. We had 14 or 15 last year, which means running two gulches is very difficult. Metberry has way more room at the bottom for everyone to gather and enjoy lunch. Last year, you might remember, I brewed coffee from a few different methods to see if we could tell the difference. (Just something fun to do during the lunch break) and that seemed to go over well. I like to brush up on my knowledge of the area just before the run too. I skim back through the fire report from 2002 so I can pass along some cool facts. I probably yak more than anyone on the radio when I lead trails... That may be annoying to some folks, I just like trying to make folks feel connected to the area we're traveling through.

I'm pretty bad with times. This is a FULL day. Keeping lunch to one hour or less is probably a good idea. If it was me leading this year, I would have just done Metberry. It's fun, the ruts are getting really deep so everyone gets flexed out. There are a few optional lines in a few different spots that give everyone a chance to have fun, and the entire trail can be done in a stock vehicle.

With all of that being said, this is your run this year. Make it your own and have fun. Wish I could join. There's always a chance I could make it.
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This sounds like a blast and yet a new place to discover with a great group of people. SIGN MY UP!!! My wife and I would love to attend a day run in the Gulches. I will keep checking for additional details/dates/times.
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Alright. Here's the deal, folks...


Dec 5th.
9 AM
Meet at the little country store at the T intersection in Deckers.
We will be running Mettberry Gulch.

Please don't be late, I'd like to leave out by 9:15ish.
It will be a full day event. So we need to get a move on. There will be plenty of time to hang out and chit chat at the bottom of Mettberry Gulch by the river.
Let's bring a couple small grills and have a cook out. I like that idea from Adam.
Bring stuff for your selves and some to share around. Please don't bring any alcohol on this run, or any club run, as we don't want to have to deal with that.
There may or may not be snow on the trail on this date. So please come prepared with warm clothes (also gloves, hats, and proper footwear for everyone in your vehicle), blankets in your car, plenty of water, food, snow shovel, make sure your rig is in good working order, and bring a camera, etc.

I'll bring some fire wood, as long as there's no fire ban, and we can have a small camp fire while we eat.

I'll see if I can find the address for that little store at the intersection. But if you google "Deckers Colorado" it should show you the intersection we're talking about.

Like Fishy said, this should be a stocker run. The trail is fairly mellow, but you will be flexing out. There's one giant rock slab to get down to and back up from the river. But as long as it isn't icy, we should have no problems.

If somehow we have some extra time by the time we come out, if there's interest, we can go down the road a little ways to the "Little Moab" place and play around on that obstacle and such.

Post up any questions.
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