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SCCX General Discussion / Re: Stepping up my first aid game
« Last post by JFanaselle on December 27, 2021, 07:51:07 PM »
I'm resurrecting a very old thread here, but it's a good time to reiterate the importance of having a quality first aid kit with you when you're wheeling or camping. As my original post indicates, I pieced together a nice kit a few years back. I knew that it wasn't a matter of "if" this stuff would ever need to be used, but rather "when" it would need to be used. When I left the Xterra platform and got into my Tacoma last year, I transferred the kit to some new packaging and kept it behind the back seats of the truck.

Just over a week ago, on the Sunday before Christmas, I was off-roading in the Calico Mountains along with my cousin and some of his Jeep buddies. I had Gavin with me (my 9 year old son), and we stopped for lunch at the old Calico mine sites. After eating, we had plenty of time to walk around and explore. For those who have never been to the area, the mines are these large, open caverns in the sides of a mountainside, with a few narrow mineshafts that extend a few hundred feet or less. My son and my cousin's wife decided to walk back to the truck for a snack, and I continued to explore with the group. We entered one of the narrow shafts, and I bumped my head on a rock protruding from the ceiling. It wasn't a hard bump, but just enough to startle me and make me step backwards. As I stepped back unexpectedly, my right foot got caught between a couple of basketball-sized rocks that were strewn about the floor, and I lost my balance and fell over. As my body fell, my foot stayed firmly planted between the rocks, and I heard a pair of very loud "snap! snap!" sounds as I went down, followed by an immediate sensation of warmth in my lower leg and foot. The group rushed to my aid and slowly helped me to my feet, as I assured them that it was broken.

It took 20 agonizing minutes to hike back out of the mine and down to our vehicles, even with the significant assistance of several guys who were there. Once we got back to my truck, I sat on the tailgate and instructed someone to grab my kit from behind the seats. One of the guys there was a former military medic, and he used my Sam Splint and a couple of rolls of vet wrap to immobilize the break. We packed a few of the instant ice packs (the kind you crush and shake) in with the vet wrap, to help control the swelling. I also took a healthy (unhealthy?) dose of Tylenol and Advil to help with the pain.

With the break immobilized, I was able to drive my truck back out to the hardball (remember, this is my right foot that was injured), where my cousin aired up my tires for me. His wife was comfortable driving his jeep on the highway, so he took over in the driver seat of my truck, and I rode in the back seat with my leg up on the seat. Not too trusting of the medical care that I would receive in Barstow or Victorville, we decided to drive all the way back to the Temecula Valley to visit my local ER. This was also the better option for my son, as he was able to go home to my wife instead of having to sit with me for hours. With the Sunday Vegas traffic and the extended duration to get me out of the mountains, it was almost 6 hours after the injury that I was in the ER lobby. But thanks to the first aid that was administered, there were no complications other than extreme pain and discomfort.

Final diagnosis was multiple fractures to the fibula. I'm happy to report that the orthopedic surgeon says no surgery necessary, and that with a little luck, I'll probably only be in a cast for about 6 weeks.

TLDR: if you don't have a Sam Splint in your vehicle by now, please pick one up along with some vet wrap. You can find them pretty cheap on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SPLINT-COMBO-ORANGE-SPLINTS-COHESIVE/dp/B0093NZPCS/ref=asc_df_B0093NZPCS/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312061207123&hvpos&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2667091652578667661&hvpone&hvptwo&hvqmt&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl&hvlocint&hvlocphy=9031508&hvtargid=pla-569874470599&psc=1&fbclid=IwAR1frxMjxXUWk4Sir0ptbbGe3e4eaOOKjexRk1mjIMPAYTZhsW0mYZDTxQM

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SCCX Xcursions / Re: Mojave Road in late Jan/early Feb 2022
« Last post by SuperSlideStyle on December 26, 2021, 09:36:20 PM »
I got the Lava Tubes because it has signs to it.  What about the Mailbox?  I confued Tea Kettle junction with the Frog/Gnome Garden?  Anything else I'm missing
SCCX Xcursions / Re: Mojave Road in late Jan/early Feb 2022
« Last post by G.B.H. on December 26, 2021, 02:22:16 PM »
He didn't have the coordinates to the lava tubes but said that you turn left on Aiken Cinder Mine Rd. (If going west to east). It intersects with the Mojave Rd. Go not too far north and you will find the trailhead. If you get the book I mentioned you can find the tubes and the intersection on page 118.
SCCX Xcursions / Re: Mojave Road in late Jan/early Feb 2022
« Last post by G.B.H. on December 26, 2021, 01:01:53 PM »
I'm supposed to be out there around that time. Waiting for my friend to tell me the dates he can get off so we can finalize the time. He just said late Jan early Feb. I will follow this thread and post dates when I will be there when I know. Planning to run it east to west though but could be cool to meet a convoy in the middle if it works out.
As for GPS coordinates, get the new Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier. It has GPS coordinates and maps. Unfortunately, none to the GPS coordinates are to the attractions off the road but the maps tell you where to turn to get to them. I'll ask my friend if he has the lava tube co-ordinates for you. He marks stuff like that. Rock pile is on the road and in the book and Tea Kettle Junction is in Death Valley. Which is where I i'll probably be coming from to meet my friend in Bullhead City to start the Mojave.
SCCX Xcursions / Re: Mojave Road in late Jan/early Feb 2022
« Last post by Jayrat on December 26, 2021, 10:41:08 AM »
Avoid Soda Lake like the Plague it has been extremely sloppy the past few years, Still dealing with the rust from it.
Usually camp night before in Afton Canyon, then cross the river and take the RR tracks to jackass canyon (I think) then meet up with the Mojave Rd,
Normal camp spots are Beale Mtn (very windy) New York Mtns (can be cold)
Not sure of the coordinates
Wish I could join you.

Kelso Depot pretty neat to see if you haven't
SCCX Xcursions / Mojave Road in late Jan/early Feb 2022
« Last post by SuperSlideStyle on December 26, 2021, 09:08:02 AM »
Good morning everyone.  It's been a while since I've been on an SCCX Xcursion, but I have decided to Lead a run to the Mojave Trail from West to East. I have several co-workers who have never done this trail, but everyone is welcome, as always.
I've done the trail myself but it seems I have missed a couple of the highlight spots so I'm wondering if anyone has a map or GPS locations of the highlights along the route.  I also have a few questions.  Where to start?  Where to camp.  The Rock pile & the Lava Tubes are a given.  Frog/gnome garden?  Mojave Cross?  Mojave Mailbox?  Abandoned mines?
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Off Topic / Re: Trail welder
« Last post by Celt on December 25, 2021, 07:53:09 PM »
It seems Santa was very good to me this year but he somehow didn't get word I was interested in one of these. I did what any red blooded American would do and ordered it for myself. Hopefully in the next week there will be a portable welder accompanying us on the runs...
Off Topic / Re: Merry Christmas
« Last post by FBinSD on December 25, 2021, 12:57:35 PM »
Hope everyone has a great Christmas.  Looking forward to some trips next year!
Off Topic / Re: Merry Christmas
« Last post by Jayrat on December 25, 2021, 08:00:23 AM »
Merry Christmas Everyone , Hope this day treats you well
Off Topic / Merry Christmas
« Last post by Celt on December 25, 2021, 06:49:10 AM »
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all here on SCCX and your families. I hope we all get together more often in the upcoming year to share off road adventures and laughs around a fire.
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