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Members of the Waypoint : Gemini team met in Moab, UT for a weekend of camping, off-roading, and exploring.
Day 1 of Waypoint : Gemini had a portion of the team meeting in CO and driving across to UT. Members of the TAD community came from Colorado, Arizona, and Texas. Once in UT, other members joined the convoy at the trailhead and the group began the climb up the canyon to establish a basecamp. The change in terrain made for incredible views that were hard to ignore while trying to focus on navigating the trail.
With basecamp established, the team began to explore the canyon and get a lay of the land while waiting for the next group to arrive. Everyone pitched in to help make camp life easy. It didn't take long for everyone to bond like family and for the smiles to endlessly flow.
After setting up basecamp and exploring the surrounding areas, the team piled into the rigs once more and went for a night rally in the canyon.
Night life during the adventure was filled with warm meals, strong drinks, roaring fires, and incredible views of the solar system. With the only light coming from headlamps and fire, the view of the constellations was absolutely outstanding. The team stayed up till midnight to bring in one of the members 31st birthday with a shot of whiskey and some cigars.
Sunrise started to warm the canyon up from the below freezing temps as the Waypoint : Gemini team prepped for a full day in the field. TAD Team members passed out gear to the participants and it wasn't long before the entire convoy was on a roll to the first destination of the day.
The Waypoint : Gemini team explored surrounding geological features on foot as the distant storm began to roll in. Some members found a 13 year old geocache hidden within the rocks. They signed and dated a TAD patch to contribute to the cache. With weather moving in fast the team loaded back up in the rigs and headed for the next stop.
Before the team could hit the next destination, rain settled in. The Raptor Hoodies, Stealth Hoodie LT's, and Talisman Jackets were deployed and the team pressed on investigating petroglyphs and exploring the area for arches. The team attempted to climb a small slot canyon to reach the top, however turned back due to the rock growing increasingly slick and dangerous to climb without proper equipment.
The crew pressed on through the rain that turned to light snow as they gained elevation. Then, in a serendipitous moment, the weather broke as the team reached the top of the pass. As the sun rose and burned the low clouds away they explored Hurrah Pass and soaked in the views.
As the day ended, a group of Waypoint : Gemini team members decided to try the slot canyon ascent one more time since the wet weather had passed. After successfully climbing up the canyon they were great with a large arch and another rocky playground to explore. The team sat on the arch and watched the sun set over the landscape. It was also one of the team members birthday, so the gang celebrate with a toast of Buffalo Trace to finish the day off properly.
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