Steel Bender Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Day 5 of Easter jeep Safari.  Today we are doing Steel Bender, this another Jeep Badge of Honor trail.  Red Rock 4 Wheelers  rates this trail as a “6”.

The morning starts out South of Moab at a gas station where we all meet up.  Because the trail head is close to the meet up location, this is where we all air down, disconnect our sway bars and have the drivers meeting.  This is a difficult trail and long, so we need to keep a good pace to get the while trail completed.  

We make our way to the first obstacle, “The Wall”.  It’s a fun step ledge that we have to climb, 4Low and lockers  engaged, and I make it up with no problem.  

The next obstacle that we have is a long downhill ledge that is broken into two parts.  Between the two sections is a 180 degree turn.  This is going to be challenging, and the “pucker factor” is up there.  The first ledge is about 2-3 Jeep lengths long.  You cant see much over the hood, so spotters are a must.  Trust your spotter!  Having good brakes is also a MUST!  Don’t want to lost them here.  I slowly make it down, brakes squealing, but they hold.  The last 3 feet you just slide, brakes locked, you just slide!  The 180 degree turn is fine, and the second section isn’t as bad as the first, you have some sight where your going.  The whole group makes it down in about 45 minutes.  

The sun burns off the morning clouds and we have a grata trail side lunch.  Where were have lunch are alot of bore holes where drilling happened looking for uranium, back during the cold war.  

After lunch we have one last set of step to make it over.  The “MOAB BUMP” gets up up and over.  

The end of the trail you have descent into a creek and then right out.  The difficult part I sth rock and tires are wet, so you just need speed and some luck and you’ll make it over.  It’s not hard, might need one or tow tries.

 The trail end far south of town, so there is an area where we can air up.  

This was a great trail, challenging, bu the views were outstanding, but you cant get a bad view in Moab!

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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