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Youtube videos of a difficult climb out

A buddy went with me Saturday, camera in hand, for a little bit of Jeep testing. The sun finally came out after we ate a big bífast at our favorite greasy spoon. We put the XKís traction control to the test on a stair-stepped gully hill.

Other 4x4ís have created dig holes with spinning tires, making for 30 inch foot deep 'stair steps.' The Jeep rocks backwards into an uncomfortable zone as well as two wheel teeters as she climbs up and out. But, unlike others out there who have to go balls-to-the-wall up the same hill, the XK just walks up and out at 50% of walking speed. The gully is about 40 feet deep.

In one youtube video, I stopped half way up because I didnít know that Mike was already filming. Then I just start moviní on up again, then up and over. (Yawn)

Interestingly enough, after Iíd climbed it a few times, we noticed thereís very little moved earth. We could see where a tire moved a little dirt before it lifted away into a two wheel teetering position. There was NO flinging dirt everywhere, it just crawled up and out like it had tank tracks.

There is another, more challenging place in the same gully, but father east. There was a group of people parked at the top, and since Iím driving blind with a windshield aimed skywards, we didnít try that one. Next time out weíll take more video, and try that place.



My only annoyance is that the videos looked okay in the viewfinder during on-the-spot reviews, but the hill looks as tame as a sidewalk's driveway cut on a bigger screen. I looked at the hill from the bottom before going up, then after we topped out, I got out and looked. It looked semi-impossible to drive up while standing there seeing it.


Note: a couple are still processing, so they might not work yet.


Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s3D80I6PAQ


Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQittl7Sx34


Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fe9s3KLgvE


Part 4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhd3QQT0ePE
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nice vids first vid however is jacked up, would not play
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First video no workie.

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First video no workie.
See post #2
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Saw it -- just confirming.

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Great vids. I always hate it how the camera takes off 10 degrees.

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Looks like a nice place to test out your jeep.Its hard to tell how steep it really is from the video. I have videos like that too. when you are there in person it seems impossible to go up, but the camera never shows the true angle.

One idea is to do like Phunkey did in MOAB where he to a video of walking up and down the climb to show just how steap is it to even walk up or down.
Also, I think hill climbs never look as steep when shooting video down from the top.

Looks like it was a fun test.

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Sunshine or not, the wind was blowing and it was 38 degrees. It doesn't make anyone want to spend a lot of time standing outside running a camera. Of course, I was nice and warm, sitting on a heated seat.

We'll go back there soon, maybe in a couple of weeks. The cam-man needs to be off to the side hand holding it and following along (with panning) as the Jeep climbs. Another person standing behind the Jeep and acting as a 'vertical marker' would help too. If we learned anything at all, a camera on a tripod at the top of a hill does a real nice job of flattening said hill. That gully is pretty much U shaped.

I'm getting used to the idea that I don't need to pull up on the steering wheel and step down on the gas pedal like I'm pulling on a pair of pants to get up a hill like that. In the good ol' days it was 40 MPH runs at stuff like that.
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Well done ,, the last vid shows how steep the hill is,, the Traction Control does very well in such situations
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