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Old 05-17-2015, 07:04 PM   #1
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May 18th, 2015: Lion's Back

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Located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, in Utah, in the western United States, between scenic red rock cliffs of Arches National Park and the incredible sandstone landscapes of Canyonlands National Park, the town of Moab offers endless opportunity for sightseeing and exploration.
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One particularly difficult trail, appropriately named Hellís Revenge, consists of an 8.4 mile roller coaster ride across dangerously steep sandstone domes and ledges that are not for the faint of heart. Itís a challenging and difficult trail, recommended only for very experienced drivers with advanced equipment. As challenging as it is, Hellís Revenge is also a very beautiful trail that takes you to high vantage points offering great views of the La Sal Mountains, Negro Bill Canyon, Abyss Canyon and the Colorado River.
This is Lion's Back...



No big deal, you just drive up it and drive back down.


..Just don't go too fast and don't fall off.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:16 PM   #2
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The temporarily closed sign is temporarily closed.
Hard to believe that it is open at all.
And somebody's house at the bottom.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:39 PM   #3
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I think the house is part of the wilderness campground, Jim.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:16 PM   #4
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See that bicycle in the back of the truck? I'd be more impressed if he used that. Up or down, rider's choice.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:23 PM   #5
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Seems a funny kind of "wilderness."
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:45 PM   #6
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Long time ago, saw a definite fail at this location. Brakes gave out on the way down. Interesting to see a new rectangular truck turned into a round lump.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:06 PM   #7
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This is Lion's Back...
Somehow xoB's pic reminds me of another posting about the evolution of a mountain into a sleepy pebble.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:04 PM   #8
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Seems a funny kind of "wilderness."
How do you define wilderness? When it takes 9 days to drive specially prepared vehicles 8.5 miles and the alternative is helicopter or shanks mare, I'd call that wilderness. I've seen a lot of official US Government grade A prime wilderness in Alaska, that had roads through it you could drive an ordinary pick-up on, which is more than this has.

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Long time ago, saw a definite fail at this location. Brakes gave out on the way down. Interesting to see a new rectangular truck turned into a round lump.
I remember that, although they probably had five point harnesses and roll bars, it's a miracle nobody was killed.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:39 PM   #9
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the multiple camera angles though...
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Old 05-19-2015, 03:32 PM   #10
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How do you define wilderness?
Shanks mare [sic] is a good start.
Wkipedia finishes it:
"The main feature of them is that human activity is restricted significantly."
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