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Unread 12-21-2009, 06:44 PM
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I love Southern Utah. I was married deep in Escalante Canyon with the Cottonwoods changing colors, I have lived in Moab and Boulder at different times of my life. My wife and I are constantly looking for property in Boulder to buy and setup our home for the Golden years, so it's natural that I am constantly going back, finding new routes from point A to Point B.

While I think Moab is the armpit of all of Southern Utah, it serves it's purpose as the industrial recreation capitol of the West. Just keep them there. For some reason or another I am always drawn to the old uranium boom town, even if just for a couple days, to remind how good it is elsewhere.

So for the sake of this "trip report" I am combining 5 years worth of trips across Southern Utah in what I think is the definitive Overland Trail from St George to Moab. While I have never done it from start to finish I will some day and I am dubbing it the Utah Traverse. I have broken it up into sections, which could be compressed into days if wanted, but I suggest spending more time per section than a scant 24 hours.

I don't have GPS coords or a map so please don't ask, it's all there in the pictures, fill up your tank and let your mind wander while your curiosities guide you, it worked for me and it will work for you.

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My jumping off point for all of my Utah trips has been St. George ever since I moved to Los Angeles in 2003. I like to camp just outside Zion National Park high on a mesa. This is a good start as it's 45 minutes from the interstate, but a world away from Southern California.

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From there it's East to a well traveled canyon route criss crossing the river for what felt like a million times... I wouldn't suggest camping within the confines of the canyon, while there are places to do it, the canyon serves as a massive drainage and can carry a lot of water during a flash flood. Once the canyon widens toward the southern end there are plenty of playas to spread out on... Lot's of quicksand in this one...
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To see the full trip report with lots of pictures click here.
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Thanks for posting Sinuhe!

Before anyone mentions that there is no AEV gear in the above posts, I'll introduce Sinuhe as a good friend of AEV. He is not only one of the finest photographers in the industry, but he knows the Utah back country extremely well and oh yeah, he's originally from Montana AEV is considering doing a guided trip of the Utah Traverse...in its entirety, for AEV Customers with Scott Brady (of Overland Journal) and Sinuhe as the guides, let this post be the introduction to the trip.

We also just got off of another trip where Sinuhe guided us on about a 400 mile trip in an area south of Moab. It was intended to be the "Grand Loop" which was a 480 mile circumnavigation of Canyon Lands National Park but due to weather we had to change it up a bit. AEV was product testing the new Savegre Wheels, VVT HEMI Conversion, Recovery Rack for the Rear Bumper and Roof Rack Mounts around Moab with Scott Brady, Sinuhe and the Speed Channel. We were lucky enough to be there just in time for the worst storm in 40 years.

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Thanks for posting Sinuhe!

Before anyone mentions that there is no AEV gear in the above posts, I'll introduce Sinuhe as a good friend of AEV.
No worries Dave!

I think pics with more and more AEV gear will be popping up sooner than later...
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Can't wait to lure you away from "that British Engineering"


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We had an excellent trip through Southern Utah this past week, and enjoyed testing the JK Hemi and the Brute. I will post a few more images after the holidays.





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Wow, simply amazing. I saw the photos on the link and am stunned. Looks like an awesome adventure.
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AEV is considering doing a guided trip of the Utah Traverse...in its entirety, for AEV Customers with Scott Brady (of Overland Journal) and Sinuhe as the guides, let this post be the introduction to the trip.

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Dave,

I would be very interested in participating in this trip.

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Default Tires on the Savegre JK on that trip?

Dave et al;

Am I wrong or does the Savegre have different shoes on in the pics from your December Moab trip than it did at the SEMA show? They look taller at a minimum. Am I crazy?

Also, what can you tell us about how the VVT was on a longer offroad adventure?
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Savegre is on the same wheels and tires as it was at SEMA, only thing we did before taking it was to change out the Optima battery that was internally shorted at SEMA and added a Viking winch rope and plastic rollers to the fairlead.

VVT was really nice on the trip. Consistently logged the same or better mileage as the Jeep Overland 3.8L Scott was driving. Beautiful low end grunt and excellent near stall engine control (its a manual), the calibration didn't try to over rev and run off when lugging it down really low. I didn't realize the Savegre had it until I was down there, but the Hill Start Assist works really well with the HEMI, makes you look like a rockstar in the techy stuff I think everyone on the trip would agree, the JK VVT was the vehicle to drive. VVT sets a new standard in idle smoothness too (which you tend to notice when you have a film crew asking to do things differently than you normally would), you can hardly tell its running...like a Lexus or something.

We gave the suspension on both JKs a true workout, both were way heavy with gear and people, its amazing how much stuff is required when the temps don't get above 15 for most of the trip.

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