Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by Iqsaan » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:16 am

The photos are incredible !!! Those dunes look wicked -sharp crests with 'quicksand' bowls - a recipe for an awesome drive.
Can't wait for the drive reports...
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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by GKumar » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:23 am

Iqsaan wrote:The photos are incredible !!! Those dunes look wicked -sharp crests with 'quicksand' bowls - a recipe for an awesome drive.
Can't wait for the drive reports...
Ghost invaders are missing :-o :-o :-o
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Post by GKumar » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:23 am

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by brianj » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:16 pm

GKumar wrote:
Iqsaan wrote:The photos are incredible !!! Those dunes look wicked -sharp crests with 'quicksand' bowls - a recipe for an awesome drive.
Can't wait for the drive reports...
Ghost invaders are missing :-o :-o :-o
Drive report

I rolled over and stared at the numbers OMG 05.45am ...what where am I.... what day is it? Did I fall asleep on top of Pink Rock on thursday night?

Ah yes, Saturday morning's Ghost busters drive .....yay :D leaping out of bed I silently gathered my kit, passing by the kitchen for water and nuts. A quick fill at Labhab and I'm at Nazwa, evidently not the first.. I silently wondered if these guys had spent the night here after the sandstorm :))

Tyres deflated, flags up, Marshall Amjed announced the convoy's, we are off, quick stop on entry for each Marshall, Kumar, Ganesh, Ashok, Robinson & Amjed to brief their troops.

This reports troops led by Marshall's Kumar on the sharp end, Rein 2nd lead, Wasi, Carl and self as Sweep, steadily climbed though haphazard dunes towards the pyramids. Powering up we hit a series of hard and soft sand crests, the drive level gradually increasing. Our first stop at the crest of a the highest Pyramid lasted only long enough for a photo opp, there was a queue for this one as Ganesh and Robinson were hard on our heels.

Kumar led off the top and we made a series of swooping descents before turning North towards freshly cleansed, untracked sand. Hours and Hours later having climbed, side-sloped, crossed-over many dunes and their bowls, crests and pockets we emerged at the very top of Iftar from the rear.

I have to say that those hours were not totally without incident or challenge, however as they have been adequately reported in the various FB photo posts I shan't linger. Suffice to say all retry's /recoveries were swiftly and successfully executed with minimal convoy delay.

On from Iftar our track descended and edged out onto the badlands of the Ghost town approach. Kumar, ever vigilant for the sinking sands in this area, lead the convoy through intricate small dunes, hiding very soft faces, and we carved a track up, down, round and over those small tricky dunes, watchfully looking for Camels and Ghosts in the valleys. Within sight of the Minaret of Ghost Town's mosque the radio crackled.. our Marshall announced that we had 200metres to go, a convoy member responded with the comment "Ghosts busted" ...seconds later the same convoy member was grabbed and held very firmly in very soft sand :ymdevil: Moral never mock the Ghosts B-)

Ghost town first timers were provided with a hoard of photo memories and for some very small souvenirs of our visit plus DO :drive: group photo op. :D

A very special note has to be made of the outstanding commitment made by Marshall Robinson to the prevalent environmental issue of garbage. Unaided he collected a very large sack of jettisoned packaging. An example of personal commitment that I think we should all recognise and applaud :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

:thanks: To the TFT for organising the :drive: :)
:thanks: to Kumar for a brilliant lead through beautiful terrain ^:)^
:thanks: to Rein, Wasi and Carl for their company and good humour :-BD

Look forward to the next one ;)

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by DVG » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:44 pm

At Tawi Nazwah shops, early! All here? Yep! Ok, so after a quick head count we were divvied up into 3 groups, then, it was time for deflation and raising flags. There was great feeling in the air, but maybe this was only me because of my nervous anticipation of what was to come for me and my trusty ‘ship’ venturing onto new grounds.

Lead by Ganesh, 2nd me, 3rd Jason, 4th Gabriel and Sweep Robinson. I am not sure if being second to Lead is a good thing or not but as long as I am in there somewhere, I am happy.

The trip through to the Iftar Bowl was brilliant. A flowing drive over, up, down and around dunes that were all with fresh, sharply honed edges following the recent storms and it added to the stunning rugged beauty of the desert. Closer to the destination the ascents became steeper and longer as our fearless Leader guided us to the peak of a very high dune that offered great challenges as well as great rewards from the views had from the top. Robinson’s experience shone through, with thanks, on a few occasions to provide information and timely advice to help the “next generation” safely to our goals.

After the Peak, it was an undulating drive to the Iftar Bowl. Not enough photos can give perspective of the grandeur of this site. I felt like a pioneer breaking new ground and the urge to plant my Armada on top of the Bowl was over-whelming. However, not before I received some stern words of wisdom from my Ground Controllers prior to my launch. What I remember most about reaching the top was the look on Musbah’s face as I rounded his car to park next to him. I can’t say who had the bigger smile, him or me but I know that I still have that smile thinking about it even now. However, admittedly it is a lot steeper than it looks from the base but I am in high spirits to have made my first trip safely and memorable for my passenger, on-lookers and me.

Coming down from the highs to the low, tight, twisty and soft sand traps that take us towards the infamous Ghost Town was very exciting. We joined up with Ahsok’s band of merry men to go through to Ghost Town together. The small dunes seemed to go on and on relentlessly. Then, with my first sighting of GT just a few more short dunes away, nothing was going to stop us getting there clear and clean. It is worth all the effort and early rise out of bed. It is a great sight and perfect site to conclude the day’s fun.

What we did on this day was for me absolute vindication that I have chosen the right club/crew to indulge my passion for off-road as well as for adventure. My thanks go out to all Marshalls, Sweeps and co-drivers for a perfect day out.

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by GKumar » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:51 pm

Hey David, I should say you were rocking with your giant at all those tricky terrains \M/ \M/ \M/ Most important - executed it very safely :-BD :-BD :-BD
Nice job, keep it up :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by DVG » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:58 pm

GKumar wrote:Hey David, I should say you were rocking with your giant at all those tricky terrains \M/ \M/ \M/ Most important - executed it very safely :-BD :-BD :-BD
Nice job, keep it up :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
Highly appreciated comments Kumar,

Input from all the Marshalls is very important but what's more important is that as new drivers, we listen and apply as directed. I am all ears out there..................

Your humble DO student,

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by Iqsaan » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:02 pm

For us less fortunate individuals unable to attend ... At least I was able to share in this experience through your graceful play of words.

:thanks: Brian for your eloquent reporting ... :ymhug:
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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by Ganesh » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:21 pm

GKumar wrote:Hey David, I should say you were rocking with your giant at all those tricky terrains \M/ \M/ \M/ Most important - executed it very safely :-BD :-BD :-BD
Nice job, keep it up :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
Absolutely bang on Kumar..... David was the second lead in my convoy and I should really appreciate his skills. As we always say, the second lead has always a very important role to play in the convoy. He follows the main lead but the entire convoy follows him.

David has been following me perfectly and very cautiously. I absolutely had no worries in checking on any high dune as David use to wait for my orders to follow...

Excellent job David... well done bro :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: ... you have a bright future in offroading for sure.... keep driving and keep learning...

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Re: Ghost Invitation Drive on Saturday Morning 06.04.2013

Post by Ganesh » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:32 pm

David Gula has already given the complete report...have nothing to say more...but to thank all the members who joined in for the drive...

Saj and Mehboob couldnt turn up as Saj's mother had a heart attack on friday. Hope she recovers very soon. All our prayers are there for your mother Saj.... Take care buddy.

Everyone in my convoy drove very well.... Jason you did a great job too :ymapplause: and like the smile on your face knowing that you have seen the Iftar bowl for the first time.... :D

Gabriel - great driving and gradually improving week by week... :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

Robinson - Thank you for all the support and advice to the members - I felt very relaxed in leading the convoy with you at the sweep :ymhug:

The drive to ghost town with along with Ashokbhai's convoy was a good one with 11 cars in total... Everypne was given a brief about the terrain towards Ghost town and each one of you did a fantastic job :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: The dunes were much different than what we have seen before maybe because of the two day sand storm...

Kumar with his convoy reached the Ghost town soon and then everyone had a good time checking out the villas and also had a thought of having a BBQ session at this place sometime in summer very soon...

Overall a very good drive which started off well and also ended very pleasantly.... Thanks to everyone...

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