Coming off the success of last week’s run to Sidewinder and Bronco Peak, the 4X4 Corps took to the road for a great Pinyon Mountain run. Comprised of some familiar faces mixed with new friends, eight Jeeps headed to the desert to take on The Squeeze and Heart Attack Hill. We left a fairly gloomy San Diego and found clear skies waiting at the trail head.
The Pinyon Mountain trails are absolutely beautiful. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s definitely important to keep your eyes on the road. I learned this the hard way when I hit a tree that jumped out in front of the Jeep. Fortunately, the only damage sustained was to my ego. I tried so hard to build my “trail cred,” taking on The Squeeze without a scratch, so I was pretty bummed that I succumbed to the “women driver” stereotype by nailing a tree. I wasn’t even rock crawling at the time, just driving down the trail! At least my antics provided some comic relief to all the guys. I have a feeling they’ll never let me forget it!The Squeeze was definitely a sight to see. There is absolutely no room for error in this short, but difficult obstacle. It was a proud moment when I made it through unscathed! The real fun was watching the JK’s squeak through with barely an inch to spare. Thankfully, all the Jeeps successfully conquered the challenge, and then it was off to Heart Attack Hill. Having never been to Pinyon Mountain, I had no clue what to expect. Jeff and Ron took full advantage of my naïveté, and directed me around a bend to show me where we were going to go down. If you watch the video you’ll see my reaction! After I realized they were showing me a cliff, and not the actual trail (duh!), I had a blast watching them trick the rest of the newbies!Heart Attack Hill was definitely intimidating. Watching the guys maneuver down a narrow passage with a steep cliff off to the side was intense. Good spotting was the key, and let me tell you, the video doesn’t do this obstacle justice! It was awesome to see these Jeeps working the trail. Looking back to the top of the hill once you’ve reached the bottom makes you extra thankful you actually made it down in one piece. One of the funnier moments on the trip was when we were stopped by a couple guys in a Suburban. They wanted to know if they could go up Heart Attack Hill and get through The Squeeze, in a SUBURBAN! Uh…no. The obstacles on this trail were surprising, and provided everyone a chance to show their stuff. While we’re not encouraging anyone to flip a Jeep, getting some tires off the ground always makes for a good time! Everyone always does a great job looking out for each other, and this run was no exception.
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