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We are just hitting our summer monsoon season here in Phoenix, AZ and had an itch to get back to our desert trails that needed to be scratched!

One of my friends at the office had plans to run a short trail named Terminator in his Jeep with one of his buddy’s. I asked if I could tag along in my side by side as it's one of my favorite trails that's close to home. Of course he didn't mind, so we made plans to meet Saturday morning at 7:00 AM so we could be done before the rain and heat came in. At least it was only supposed to be 104° instead of the 110°+ temperatures we've been seeing for the last couple of months.

We met at the staging area at 6:45 AM, unloaded and got ready to head out just as a BLM Ranger pulled up. He wanted to warn us about the creek crossing since we've had some devastating flash floods in our state that have taken some lives recently. We thanked him and told him we would only be out for a few hours and would keep our eyes on the sky to the north.

He was right about the creek looking like chocolate milk because of the rain the last couple of days.

The start of Terminator is only a couple of miles from the staging area. It is in a wash area that the BLM has designated as a rock crawling trail. Fortunately there are many such trails in this area. I always love the colors of the rocks on this trail, when it is cloudy the rocks take on a bright blue color which is awesome!

The Jeeps put on a good show at the entrance of the trail on one of the rock obstacles.

Robert was testing out the scratch guard ring on his Level 8 Bully Pro wheels and the sidewalls on his Milestar Paragonia M/T tires. He always pushes the limit on his tires and wheels and does a great job of picking the right line.

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I wasn’t going to sit back and let them have all the fun so I lined up for a tough climb in my Wildcat X that is shod with prototype Gladiator X-Comp ATR tires. The tires grabbed the rock face hard, but as I neared the top of the rock wall it pushed me sideways towards the driver’s side and almost put me on my lid. That was not a comfortable feeling at all! After backing down I readjusted and went up the other side.

Robert in his JKU went up the wall easily, although the 2 door JK struggled a bit. There are times when wheelbase and weight have their advantage.

We were having a blast playing follow the leader through the rocks. It was fun to see how each vehicle performed although the built up Jeeps had an advantage over me but I was having a blast just the same.


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Just before the first part of the trail ends, there is a very tough climb where I once watched an extremely well built Jeep try in the past. This built machine could not make it up this obstacle, albeit it was wet that day. Robert, poised for the challenge, headed for the rock face and had to light up his Patagonia M/T tires to get them warmed up before making an impressive climb up the crack to the top. He had to do a 4 or 5 point turn just to get back down the trail to the wash.

The heat was starting to get to us, especially with the added humidity in the air, so we decided to head back to the staging area. On the way I stopped to show them an Indian ruin that's located off the main road.

We also saw about 10 wild burros on a road near us and just had to get a closer look. There were several adults and youngsters in the group. I always enjoy seeing the unique wildlife that we are fortunate to come across in the deserts of Arizona.

On the way back there is a steep, loose and rutted hill climb that I always love tackling, so I asked if it was alright if I ran up and down it a couple of times. I wanted to see how well the Gladiator X-Comp ATR tires would do in the loose, rocky terrain.

As it turns out, they performed awesome!

These prototype Gladiator X-Comp ATR tires have proven themselves to be a very dependable tires. In Moab they delivered consistent traction on the slick rock and have held up to the abuse on our harsh desert trails here in Arizona; they show no cuts, tares or chunking. We'll keep the boards posted if/when these tires come to market.

At the creek crossing, Alan in his white Jeep took it easy going through the water, but Robert thought his Jeep wasn't quite dirty enough, so he fixed that by pushing up a wall of muddy water over the front of his Jeep.

Back at the staging area we had fun reflecting on the short ride as we suck down one more bottle of water before hitting the road home.

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