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|19th June 2009, 12:06||#1|
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NIOC goes for a recce on 13th Jun 2009
We at NIOC went for a recce to explore new tracks last saturday. I was as usual away clicking pictures
I am copying and pasting recce accounts written on NIOC by RB sir, Amit Bajaj, Harjeev Chadha and Pushkin Ahuja
by Amit Bajaj's
Dear SSS MOD
We went in the jungle on the faridabad gurgaon road after turning left towards delhi about 3 km after TERI golf course. We entered the jungle from a pir on the rightside of the road
The track was great It was full of rocks and shrubs. We had to negotiate through. The boulders and rocks trying to move forward keeping the position of deferential and the possibility of Jeeps can climb or not.
This needed lots of direction from RBjee. The pace of movement was very slow because of the terrain. Infact we all bear the trophies (damages, scratches) of the track all through the Jeeps. Infact my snorkel contraption has been riped out. Besides the broken indicators and dented bumpers.
The track did not have the climbs and declines like the other tracks but it had the difficulty of trying to negotiate the rocks and boulders.
We need to explore the track more and put markers so that a track can be defined. On our way back we had got lost with persitent effort by MOD RBS, sanjeev and pushkin we made are way back.
On the whole a very promising track. Only thing is that this track will leave its trophies on the Jeep.
Harjeev has clicked few photos and would request other recce participants to share their views
by Harjeev Singh Chadha
In all aspects it was a great recce. the performance of all the vehicles was great and it wouldn't have been possible without the expert guidance of RB sir.
As Amit has already mentioned the track was actually in the wilderness, in the middle of nowhere and i was even having problems in getting mobile signals.
The track also required alot of skill and paitience from the drivers to negotiate through the thick shrubs, trees, rocks and boulders and wouldn't have at all been possible without the navigation help from our senior and experiences members.
The performance of my 3B was great I am happy that I got to test it at such a challenging terrain. Now I can say that it actually is a decent performer.
I also agree with Amit that we should put markers next time when we are exploring new tracks as this will help us when finding our way back.
I am currently on my way to Chandigarh and will return late tomorrow night. So will be able to upload pictures when I get back.
Eagerly waiting for the next time when we visit this track.
By Pushkin Ahuja
As you have learnt from Amit's account of the recce, the 'THORNY TRAIL' actually is a tough track, I'd like to put across a few parameters as to why its so challenging :
I would request RBS mod to give his account of the recce and Harjeev to upload the pictures for all members of the Jeeping Clan to enjoy. I would like to add that at least at this point in time the THORNY TRAIL is something we can / should attempt with a maximum of 5 - 6 Jeeps. The progress on the track is painstakingly slow and track extremely narrow. Once this is attempted 2 - 3 times more with different batch of NIOC members, we can explore the idea of a bigger OTR. A word of caution: the track at no point in time should be attempted in the dark as its very easy to lose direction and get stuck amongst the brush.
A token of thanks to the recce team: RBS mod, Arjun, Sanjeev, Pranshu & Naveen. You all made it possible and this was ONE HELL OF AN ADVENTURE. I ma sure that an account from RBS mod and pictures from Harjeev will do justice to yesterday's recce.
By RB Sir
As described the new track has a lot of new obstacles and the difficulty level is high. This track can be negotiated only by a small group (5-6 jeeps) as the progess is slow. The undergrowth is very dense and the shrubbery is repete with thorns of verious lengths. Not suitable for a large group like the 15th August OTR. Also not recommended for newbies.Certainly not for an evening OTR as finding ones way back will be difficult in the dark. Small groups must go on this track to hone skills.
Now for the pictures...
Last edited by harjeev : 19th June 2009 at 12:09.
|19th June 2009, 17:14||#3|
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These thorny bushes of Keekar ( Acacia ) can take a heavy toll on the tyres, one could have multiple punctures in this terrain.
How about a nice long winding forest track with puddles and slush which can be a daytime family affair. Lets explore for that.
This terrain is not for everyone, one has to be prepared for leaving the jeeps sidesteps behind, break a shocker, worst case crash the front differential and break it, and that will be hell of a job rescueing a Jeep from there.
This is the reason why I like an OTR where there is more distance and countryside to be covered.
If they are planning one then this is the ideal ground to shoot the next ''Kaanta Laga" video!
At 5.30 in the morning, half asleep, mind not on high alert, driving on this terrain where utmost attention is required along with physical effort to control a crude Jeep steering and 4WD transfer case, well one can't do it too often.
My best wishes to those who manage it with aplomb!
Last edited by desertfox : 19th June 2009 at 17:23.
|19th June 2009, 19:29||#4|
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Wow man, this looks like a good OTR trail find for you guys. A narrow rocky/boulder ridden trail is very exciting and challenging. I personally love such trails and such trails are great to learn & explore your skills & vehicles capabilities.
However, due to the narrow trail path, it can become a challenge to take too many vehicles in there and if breakdown happens -- it can be nasty.
Looks like you guys are going great guns -- it's always nice to find new challenging trails that's are of different kind.
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