Sand Hill. Shortly after the Slickrock Dome, and quite a few ups and downs over the slickrock terrain, we came to a sand hill. It's a steep descent to the bottom. At the bottom there was an optional sand hill climb. It was a sharp left turn and this guy tried to hug right and fell into a mud hole. With lockers no problem, he just backed up and tried again.
Here I gave it my best shot to climb the hill and made it about 1/3 of the way up. Only a handful of guys tried this climb and only one other guy made it further than I did...about four feet further! He was in a fully-locked Toyota pickup. So my bragging rights didn't last long. At least I can say I got as far as I did with open axles, not bad.
The best way to get up this sand hill is to back up with your rear bumper up against the slickrock and give it hell. The problem is there is only about 10-15 feet of level ground before you hit the loose sand, so plenty of RPM and torque coupled with locked axles will probably get you to the top. The more initial launch speed the better, reminiscent of my early drag racing days.
After closing the short loop around the Slickrock Dome and the sand hill, we found ourselves back where we started, although heading down this time. With my 65:1 crawl ratio, I still had to ride the brakes every now and then to keep my engine from whining. It never seems as steep while you're climbing, but coming down seemed steep. Maybe it's because I hate heights.
There are a lot of steps and ledges like this one. These are what make Moab Rim fun. It seems there is just one after the other. Notice how nimble my front suspension is? I removed my steering stabilizer bar when I lifted it and there are no limiting straps. It's been called a "Daddy Longlegs" at times when it's crawling over uneven terrain. The front fenders have been trimmed by a few inches and I still jam the tires into the fenders. Chevys don't accept big tires very easily without stop blocks etc.
A different no-name obstacle. It looks steep but I'm actually coming down hill onto it. I don't think I even stopped for any of these, just slowed down and went as steady as can be.
The first leg of the Z-Turn coming down. As you can see, it's pretty steep, so you understand why so many rigs did a lot of tire-spinning getting up this one. Supposedly, this is where most vehicles break down. Broken driveshafts, u-joints, etc. I think we had only one minor casualty here.