So the weather cheered up enough that we decided to go on a jolly jape over a local ridge we hadn't 'explored' previously. Looking on Google maps, it looked like there were 'trails' but we had no idea if they were still there, or what condition the trails were in.
We started off from Kapinovo, and pretty much aimed at the ridge 'as the crow flies'.
So, up the trail heads. A little slippy due to recent rain, but nothing major. The trails seem quite free of the huge ruts left by the Ural logging trucks.
Up a steel rocky incline. It doesn't look steep, but the road we are already was steep, and this went up further...
Took me a couple of goes to get up. The rocks whipping about under the tyres didn't help. Simon had 'extra' trouble with his new suspension, as it is so stiff. He seems to have lost much of his articulation. A quick tab break and he got up easily on his second attempt.
Onwards and upwards.
Getting to the ridge took a while, but we got there. The other side of the ridge was much more open, and far less 'mud' underfoot. It was more like compacted sand.
great view from the top. The lake we are heading to is in the distance. The panoramic is a pretty good shot with Si's phone. Click on it for a larger view.
Si's radio acting up. Nothing a quick battery disconnect didn't fix.
Recent storms left a fair amount of trees down throughout the trip. You either drive round, move them, or take another route.
Little play on the other side of the hill.
Over by the lake we looked for a camping spot.
Found one just meters from the lake. (Like the other panorama, you should be able to click it to see the full size image)
Now just titting about...
Found a bunch of fossils along the lakeside in the rock.
View from the other side of a little wood we squeezed through
Spot the Vitara
The mysterious white car with racing striped in the middle of nowhere, without a soul to be seen. Odd.
And a video of some of it, (warning, 35 minutes long!)