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King of Pritchett ~ Fastest Known Time

JayMcJay

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Last October (2019) a bunch of us were wheeling out in Moab. We had a VRBO in the subdivision by the KOA south of down. I was sitting on the can thinking about things, like you do, and got to wondering how much time we spend standing around when we wheel, and how much time we spend wheeling. Getting a group of 5-6 rigs thru a trail like Pritchett usually ends up being a full day event for us. I was trying to subtract out the time we stand around and the time we wrench and whatnot, and hit up a buddy with the question 'how long would it take you and me to run Pritchett, door to door, if we didn't race....but we tried really hard'
His response was 'there's only one way to find out'
So we set up a plan to run it a few days later.
Here are the rules:
Start and finish at the same location somewhere along 191, between McDonalds on the North and where the trail dumps out on the South.
Don't speed on the roads
Pay the toll
Run whatever line you want

Took us 2 hours 21 minutes 25 seconds

What's it take you? Do it and post it up!
 
somewhere around 1.5 hrs. On dirtbikes, backwards. Done it a couple times.
2:22 is damn good uphill with 4 wheels.

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Just got back from my 1st trip to Moab a few weeks ago. Our group ran 5 rigs through Pritchett (including a spring under YJ on 33's) but then continued on to Behind the Rocks and spent the entire day on the trail. We had no breakage and minimal winching.
 
The part you left out is how you intentionally left out your other buddies on the trip Joel :flipoff2:
Seriously though, with the ride comfort in my rig, I'd be hard pressed to make it from the end of Pritchett to 191 in 2:21
 
The part you left out is how you intentionally left out your other buddies on the trip Joel :flipoff2:
Seriously though, with the ride comfort in my rig, I'd be hard pressed to make it from the end of Pritchett to 191 in 2:21

Uh....yeah......we pretty intentionally left 'a few' back at home.......
You're not fast? 🤷‍♂️
 
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Just got back from my 1st trip to Moab a few weeks ago. Our group ran 5 rigs through Pritchett (including a spring under YJ on 33's) but then continued on to Behind the Rocks and spent the entire day on the trail. We had no breakage and minimal winching.

We had hoped to run the Pritchett / BTR combo (at a different point in our visit), then spend the night out in the desert and shoot guns and whatnot.
One of the guys burned up an MSD box at Son of a Rock Pile so we left his rig on the trail and just camped.
Some day I hope to run BTR!
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When I'm riding passenger I'll sometimes start walking ahead along the trail while everyone has stopped to chit-chat. If I'm feeling energetic I'll keep walking a ways. The rigs wheel so slowly that they never catch up. I always have to walk back some of the trail to hitch up with them again.
 
When I'm riding passenger I'll sometimes start walking ahead along the trail while everyone has stopped to chit-chat. If I'm feeling energetic I'll keep walking a ways. The rigs wheel so slowly that they never catch up. I always have to walk back some of the trail to hitch up with them again.

Walking is definitely faster than wheeling most of the time. Walking while rolling even one 40" tire, maybe not!

Yeah Joel, I know I'm/my rig is slow... but if I had as much invested as you I could go fast comfortably I'd hope!
 
Me and another, Gavan, did it in just under 2hr and we were not trying, Assuming u r talking to the top of the 4th winch point. Then we did the 19miles of Beyond the Rocks in 2.5hrs. I dont think i would try to race out the backside 13 miles out of respect to other trucks and the cows.

2 years earlier it took us 13hrs for a group of 4 because of breakage. U never know when u r that far out.

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We had originally talked about leaving the house, driving to the trail, running the trail to the top of Yellow Hill after Rock Pile, then turning around and running the whole thing backwards to the house. But neither of us have ever run Pritchett backwards, so we really didn't want to run all those obstacles backwards at a 9/10 pace blind. I can't recall exactly, but I think we were about 45 minutes from house to the top of Yellow Hill.
Anyhow, since we did it as a loop, now y'all hafta do it as a loop too if you want to be faster!
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The 1st time I ran Pritchett (sometime before the first KOH) I thought "man this needs to be a race".

Timing it is cool, but im in a full width dumpster on timbrens and next trip will be with the kids so we'll be taking all the hard lines.
 
That guy on one side still trying to charge a toll to get to the trail through an access easement?
 
That guy on one side still trying to charge a toll to get to the trail through an access easement?

Yep. It's a campground or something.
so to keep it all on the up & up you gotta pay him his $3 or whatever it is for the FKT.
On our little jaunt my buddy locked in his hubs and shifted his rear case into 4LO while his wife put the money in the toob.
I run drive slugs and an Atlas, so I just sat in the rig while my buddy paid the fee..... :mr-t:
 
Yep. It's a campground or something.
so to keep it all on the up & up you gotta pay him his $3 or whatever it is for the FKT.
On our little jaunt my buddy locked in his hubs and shifted his rear case into 4LO while his wife put the money in the toob.
I run drive slugs and an Atlas, so I just sat in the rig while my buddy paid the fee..... :mr-t:

I'm pretty sure that's a public land access easement. He can't charge people to use that, and can't close it. I suppose he can put up a sign and bucket and see what he gets. I just drive past, as does everyone else I know.
 
The first time I ran it I was with 2 other rigs and we made it through in about 3 1/2 hours. The second time there were 10 rigs and we did it in about 4 1/2 - 5 hours.
 
So should we be paying cash into that little box on the side or what’s the story?
 
I figure the $3 I drop in that box every couple years is pretty cheap insurance that my kids will be able to wheel that trail some day.
If I put $50 in it over my whole lifetime I'd call it a win, cuz that's a lot of wheelin!
 
Hhmmm, I got a couple buddies I should try this with. We go wheeling and spend all day drinking beer. Like at Johnson valley we can run two trails a day tops. But that’s finding ways to make it hard, and bullshitting-beer breaks every 10 minutes. Then I go race KOH and do all the trails twice in 10 hours covering over 200 miles.
 
If you run KOH I'm guessing you'd beat my time by a long-shot!
I have a previous co-worker who bought Randy Slawsons 2019 (I think?) KOH car. He has a place in Moab so I hit him up on doing it and timing it. He said he doesn't have a plate on the Bomber so he can't do the road portion.........booooooooo!
 
If you run KOH I'm guessing you'd beat my time by a long-shot!
I have a previous co-worker who bought Randy Slawsons 2019 (I think?) KOH car. He has a place in Moab so I hit him up on doing it and timing it. He said he doesn't have a plate on the Bomber so he can't do the road portion.........booooooooo!

I don't understand the problem.

Him having to unload and reload the trailer should even the playing field. :stirthepot:
 
I don't understand the problem.

Him having to unload and reload the trailer should even the playing field. :stirthepot:

When did driving on the road without a plate ever stop anyone? :lmao: I mean really. I haven't run a plate on my trailer for like 11 years. It's been to 9 states not even a second look.
 
We did it back in 2012 with (3) 35" tired rigs (with a lot of winching) in about 5 hrs, we started early trying to beat the heat. Anymore, we run Hunters Canyon and a pretty good chunk of Behind the Rocks and just make an entire day of it or until everyone is ready to quit. We've talked about running it backwards to exit, but we haven't tried it yet.
 
I figure the $3 I drop in that box every couple years is pretty cheap insurance that my kids will be able to wheel that trail some day.
If I put $50 in it over my whole lifetime I'd call it a win, cuz that's a lot of wheelin!

Good attitude and we do the same.
 
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