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wayoflife
06-12-2013, 07:00 PM
Out on the east side of the Panamint Valley, there's a trail that takes you up the Argus Range and ultimately to an old tungsten mine known as the Defense Mine. While the trail is for the most part short and easy, there are a few challenging sections along the way that can be a lot of fun if you choose to take them. The biggest obstacle on the trail is known as Waterfall Zero or Zero Fall and, as the name suggests, it's essentially a big dry waterfall made of marble, polished smooth and shaped like a chute. If you're not careful, it's definitely one that can do some real damage. Just past it, there's an optional route to the top known as the Cummings Cutoff and, if you choose to take it, you'll find yourself on a nice length of trail strewn with loose chop and big rocks. In this short video, you'll get to see highlights from a recent run we did up this trail with a total of 8 Jeep JK Wranglers, 6 of which were 4-door Unlimited models and 1 of which was a 2-door Sport. We hope you enjoy it. :cool:


http://youtu.be/PTNd9Ca5a2I

A BIG THANKS goes out to Tony, Stephanie, Doug, Moochie, Adam, Don, Lori, Dave, Laura and Ray for joining us on this run and for helping to make this video possible.

wayoflife
06-12-2013, 07:01 PM
WIN a set of WAYALIFE Shot Glasses!!
I know we have another shot glasses giveaway going on right now but, being that this is the first wheeling video we've released in a while, we felt like celebrating a bit. Needless to say, we'll be giving away yet another pair of shot glasses and all you have to do to enter WIN is post a response on this thread. A WINNER will be selected and announced on Wednesday, June 19th. You will not have to be present to win. :cool:

UPDATE: The WINNER is wetfootnw

Evilidea
06-12-2013, 07:05 PM
Junkyard Jeeper checkin' in, got my bottle of American Honey just waiting for them shot glasses.

cozdude
06-12-2013, 07:10 PM
Great video Eddie and Cindy!

Adam im surprised you didnt try the wedge lol

Briguy114
06-12-2013, 07:12 PM
Going to have to watch this later. I'm at work right now

bran996
06-12-2013, 07:12 PM
Nice video. Now, I need those shot glasses to store in my recovery bag with my bottle of American honey.

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VADER JK
06-12-2013, 07:14 PM
Great video! Glad to be a part of this wayalife :D

firecrew1
06-12-2013, 07:15 PM
Great short video, thanks for sharing:thumb: that mine looks awesome, might have to go check it out:cool:

MTG
06-12-2013, 07:16 PM
Yet another good one! :yup:


a total of 8 Jeep JK Wranglers, 6 of which were 4-door Unlimited models and 1 of which was a 2-door Sport

What was the 8th jeep? :thinking:

artayay
06-12-2013, 07:16 PM
Nice vid..good to see you continuing to put them out.

aaronstephen
06-12-2013, 07:24 PM
Looked like a great trip. Thanks for sharing the video.

RockyJk
06-12-2013, 07:26 PM
Awesome video! Would of been even better if Moby was there lol

Smokinjoe
06-12-2013, 07:29 PM
Quality video, I know the trail as I live in Ridgecrest just about an hour away, yah water fall zero loves to eat JK tail lights LOL keep them videos coming :clap2:

sj

Pavel9934S
06-12-2013, 07:38 PM
Great video Eddie and Cindy! I like it soooo much !!!!!!!

Many Greetings from Zurich / Switzerland

Pavel

joelb
06-12-2013, 07:54 PM
Good times. If I win the shot glasses, I'll probably just fill them with moonshine.

Joel

swiss_jeep
06-12-2013, 07:55 PM
This trail reminds me of the way to the old iron mines in the S-charl valley in south-east of Switzerland (you speak S-charl out like sharl (it's romansh :brows:). The only difference ...... the trail in S-charl is part of the lokal National Park and therefore forbidden to enter by car :crybaby:

PS: cool video Eddie!!:thumb::2thumbsup:

jhires
06-12-2013, 08:02 PM
Yet another awesome video!

Stickmann7
06-12-2013, 08:05 PM
Eddie and Cindy...great video as usual!!! Ur lucky to have those types of trails fairly close to where you live. Great stuff and these videos give the rest of us destinations for the future!!! Keep those vids comin' we love 'em!!!!!

1036 4 off road
06-12-2013, 08:08 PM
Some very intense wheeling scenes with a nice relaxing stroll down a mine shaft - nice way to spend the day !
Great video - wish I could have been there !

Discount Tire
06-12-2013, 08:10 PM
Awesome! Looks like a blast!

cmlrc
06-12-2013, 08:14 PM
Another 1st class video!

JKAnimal
06-12-2013, 08:38 PM
Great video! I love the footage when the camera in the wheel well came off. :yup:

EVO MFG
06-12-2013, 08:41 PM
Great video!

123elf
06-12-2013, 08:46 PM
:eek: exciting stuff with big :yup:

OverlanderJK
06-12-2013, 08:54 PM
Great video Eddie and Cindy!

Adam im surprised you didnt try the wedge lol

I would have if I had lockers and didn't have a 5 hour drive home after that run to work the next day. Looking back I wish I had just went for it and dealt with the damage (since I knew there would be some). :brows:

MrJ3sser
06-12-2013, 08:54 PM
All of your videos are so well put together. Professional quality every time. Easily the best Jeep vids on the net.

Bloomers
06-12-2013, 08:57 PM
Fun! My JK is ready for the next time!

ALRydr
06-12-2013, 09:16 PM
Another great video!! Watching you guys do this stuff is what got me back into Jeeps to begin with!! Keep up the awesome work!:rock:

JK BRO
06-12-2013, 09:21 PM
Looks like a sweet area to dabble in if I do say so myself

Napalm90
06-12-2013, 09:32 PM
Another Great Video!!!

HoosierWolf
06-12-2013, 09:37 PM
Terrific video guys! Might be one of my favorite jeep vids. Probably should watch it another half dozen times to make sure though :thumb:

wayoflife
06-12-2013, 09:39 PM
Thanks everyone, we're so glad that you like it even though it's on the short side. :yup:


Yet another good one! :yup:

What was the 8th jeep? :thinking:

Us you silly :crazyeyes:


Awesome video! Would of been even better if Moby was there lol

Would have been better if I just had power steering :crazyeyes:


Great video Eddie and Cindy!

Adam im surprised you didnt try the wedge lol


I would have if I had lockers and didn't have a 5 hour drive home after that run to work the next day. Looking back I wish I had just went for it and dealt with the damage (since I knew there would be some). :brows:

:cheesy: Honestly, it was better that you didn't try. There will always be a next time. :yup:

wayoflife
06-12-2013, 09:41 PM
Awesome! Looks like a blast!

We need to do some more run with you guys :yup:


Great video! I love the footage when the camera in the wheel well came off. :yup:

:cheesy: I guess we just got lucky :crazyeyes:


Great video!

Missed you on this one :grayno:


Terrific video guys! Might be one of my favorite jeep vids. Probably should watch it another half dozen times to make sure though :thumb:

LOL!! Thank you :D

cozdude
06-12-2013, 09:46 PM
I would have if I had lockers and didn't have a 5 hour drive home after that run to work the next day. Looking back I wish I had just went for it and dealt with the damage (since I knew there would be some). :brows:

Haha I don't blame ya! Looked extremely tough. Like Eddie always say keep the sunny side up


Sent from my iPhone

ProfessionalDriver
06-12-2013, 09:46 PM
The wheeling looks awesome! Great video! :rock:

munstie
06-12-2013, 09:47 PM
And yet another great video, looked like a fun trail.

2011 JKU 3.5 R.E. Longarm lift.

Linebacker
06-12-2013, 10:03 PM
Really good video! Gets me in the mood for the coming 2013 JKX series. I can enjoy part 1 while I'm sippin' some Honey in my new Wayalife shot glass!:yup:

jfallon1
06-12-2013, 10:24 PM
Another amazing video. As a south Mississippi jeeper we don't have such beautiful and historical land to wheel like you have out west so it's always nice to get a little insight into just how gorgeous the west is. Starting out at 18 and just getting into the jeep world with my CJ, your videos inspired me. Now 20 and a proud owner of a JK, I plan to follow my dreams of building as capable of a rig as you have yourself; all in hopes of traveling to wheel many of the great locations you and many others have over the whole jk experience. Sorry for the long rant but just wanted to let you know to keep up the great work and keep the videos coming.
Thanks,
Jordan.

Trail Bud
06-12-2013, 10:45 PM
Good job guys!! :rock:
That was a fun trip.
One I noticed in the credits it's "Cindy and Eddie" not "Eddie and Cindy". :D I like that...

fmdualexhaust
06-12-2013, 10:55 PM
Awesome video! I don't think my stock Wrangler could keep up with you guys.
Eddie, are you ever going to sell these shot glasses? I never win anything.

HoosierWolf
06-12-2013, 11:04 PM
I think they used to sell them but when I went to buy a set there was no option. *shrug*

Dusty
06-12-2013, 11:14 PM
Another great video, and if that wasn't enough, a chance to win a couple of shot glasses makes it one sweet day today.

Canvas JK
06-13-2013, 12:01 AM
Great video and love the fact I can rock crawl through your video's from Okinawa.

TRAMjam
06-13-2013, 12:04 AM
Great video as always!!

Thefuzz
06-13-2013, 12:06 AM
Awesome video as always. Can't wait to do some wheeling out west!!!!

dchew
06-13-2013, 12:20 AM
Marvelous video! Gotta get back out there soon...

Dave

Rharvey160
06-13-2013, 12:36 AM
Yet another great video. I wish I lived out west. Vacation time doesn't allow us to get near enough time in out west. Time to win the lottery.

greggnj
06-13-2013, 12:43 AM
Another great wheeling video!!

Thanks! :beer:

Bearjew1
06-13-2013, 12:46 AM
of course another nice video of a sweet looking place to wheel

rinkishjk
06-13-2013, 01:06 AM
Fantastic video! I think it might be in my top 3 of favs. Well done Eddie and Cindy! :beer::beer::beer:

dinojeep
06-13-2013, 01:14 AM
Great video. Looks like a fun trail.

Jkzinger
06-13-2013, 01:31 AM
Getting ready to fill that shot glass!
:rock:

Saharaunlmtd
06-13-2013, 01:55 AM
Awesome video!!!

phillypete
06-13-2013, 02:01 AM
Another YouTube gem!

RanchoRubi
06-13-2013, 02:16 AM
AWESOME. The films and adventures just keep getting better. Only thing better would be to be there live. Outstanding Cindy and Eddie:rock:

sean.m.adams33
06-13-2013, 02:17 AM
Great video. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

ilikedirt2011
06-13-2013, 02:20 AM
awesome vid!!:rock: looks sick!! looks like you guys had a great time!

Trail Bud
06-13-2013, 02:33 AM
just watched it again. I like Don's comment at 3.25 min into the video. "This is scary" :cheesy: :beer:

piginajeep
06-13-2013, 02:46 AM
Regret of not going on a trail run is the worst...

drtnwtr
06-13-2013, 02:48 AM
Always look forward to your videos. Great job!

MTG
06-13-2013, 03:03 AM
Regret of not going on a trail run is the worst...

Agreed. I've cancelled a few this year because of work. It sucks donkey balls at best.

Tim
06-13-2013, 03:03 AM
Nice little vid, looks like an cool trail.

Mdrobb
06-13-2013, 03:09 AM
Great video as always. Thank you!!

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RodCyn
06-13-2013, 03:34 AM
Another great video:thumb:

Eddie, your travels/trips never cease to amaze me. Cindy, another fine video shoot.

Glad everyone did well and had a great time. Wish I could have joined you guys.

Cheers :beer:

RuffneckTwoZero
06-13-2013, 05:09 AM
Loved the in cab footage!

10frank9
06-13-2013, 05:16 AM
Badass video. Great shots inside of the cab. Good to see familar faces, Carl, Don, Ray, even Adam's ugly mug. 😎

OJK12
06-13-2013, 05:38 AM
Awesome video!! What else can be said??

wetfootnw
06-13-2013, 05:53 AM
Another great video! Looks like you all had a great time!

SDG
06-13-2013, 06:26 AM
Great looking video!

Cant wait till my rig is built up and I can join you all on one of these!

Red Dragon
06-13-2013, 07:11 AM
Cool video. Thanks for sharing!

Clath
06-13-2013, 08:22 AM
Zero Fall it's exciting :)

cj2jk
06-13-2013, 11:44 AM
Great Job Eddy and Cindy another place added to my bucket list.:rock:





















Out on the east side of the Panamint Valley, there's a trail that takes you up the Argus Range and ultimately to an old tungsten mine known as the Defense Mine. While the trail is for the most part short and easy, there are a few challenging sections along the way that can be a lot of fun if you choose to take them. The biggest obstacle on the trail is known as Waterfall Zero or Zero Fall and, as the name suggests, it's essentially a big dry waterfall made of marble, polished smooth and shaped like a chute. If you're not careful, it's definitely one that can do some real damage. Just past it, there's an optional route to the top known as the Cummings Cutoff and, if you choose to take it, you'll find yourself on a nice length of trail strewn with loose chop and big rocks. In this short video, you'll get to see highlights from a recent run we did up this trail with a total of 8 Jeep JK Wranglers, 6 of which were 4-door Unlimited models and 1 of which was a 2-door Sport. We hope you enjoy it. :cool:


http://youtu.be/PTNd9Ca5a2I

A BIG THANKS goes out to Tony, Stephanie, Doug, Moochie, Adam, Don, Lori, Dave, Laura and Ray for joining us on this run and for helping to make this video possible.

biggy
06-13-2013, 12:23 PM
Nice wheeling and a cool destination = great day!!

Trail Bud
06-13-2013, 12:35 PM
Regret of not going on a trail run is the worst...

Yes it does suck when life gets in the way. :)

Hatewagon
06-13-2013, 12:44 PM
Great vid guys.


MOFO - Original 9

DanMojo82
06-13-2013, 02:20 PM
About time for another video! I was going through withdrawls! :rock:

OverlanderJK
06-13-2013, 02:33 PM
Was finally able to watch it this morning. Cool video and thanks for the fun adventure Eddie and Cindy!

Toxic
06-13-2013, 03:42 PM
As usual, another great video by you guys. Love it, great job.

Desert Rose JK
06-13-2013, 04:48 PM
Great video!!!! I too was going through withdrawls... thanks for the fix! Looks like a neat adventure. Great job Eddie and Cindy, you guys rock!:rock::rock::rock:

jontiveros
06-13-2013, 05:13 PM
WIN a set of WAYALIFE Shot Glasses!!
I know we have another shot glasses giveaway going on right now but, being that this is the first wheeling video we've released in a while, we felt like celebrating a bit. Needless to say, we'll be giving away yet another pair of shot glasses and all you have to do to enter WIN is post a response on this thread. A WINNER will be selected and announced on Wednesday, June 19th. You will not have to be present to win. :cool:

I see all your mods and it endless on what I want for my TJ!!!! Thanks and Great vids from TX!!!!

BERT.
06-13-2013, 06:16 PM
great video.
landscapes that you are dreaming.
(....... I use google translation ....)

FallonJeeper
06-14-2013, 01:02 AM
A little pucker factor. Great video.

OverlanderJK
06-14-2013, 01:06 AM
Badass video. Great shots inside of the cab. Good to see familar faces, Carl, Don, Ray, even Adam's ugly mug. 😎

Your so nice to me Franklin.

billybob990
06-14-2013, 01:19 AM
Great video as always!

olllllllo

Conman
06-14-2013, 02:05 AM
Sweeeeeet!

77ironhead
06-14-2013, 03:53 AM
You are living the dream

Texas Jeep
06-14-2013, 05:02 PM
as always. nice video

Tackerdown
06-14-2013, 09:38 PM
Finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. AWESOME :2thumbsup::bowdown:

Rugged4
06-14-2013, 09:44 PM
You'all sure know how to add boxes to my jeep bucket list, another box added. Awesome....

bthomas
06-15-2013, 01:51 PM
Great video, thanks for the effort you all put in to make & share them! :thumb:

ssh6314
06-16-2013, 08:40 AM
Great Video. I like that a moderately built rig was on the run. :beer:

cdygibson
06-16-2013, 10:25 PM
Awesome video as usual! :thumb: PICK ME! PICK ME! :honey:

Jde
06-18-2013, 08:52 PM
Your videos are always awesome and thanks for the tour of the mine.:yup:

wayoflife
06-19-2013, 09:34 PM
Hey everyone, I just wanted to announce the WINNER of the WAYALIFE shot glasses and it is wetfootnw!!


Another great video! Looks like you all had a great time!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Tackerdown
06-20-2013, 01:02 AM
Congrats wetfoot :beer:

EVO 4G WAYALIFE.

wetfootnw
06-20-2013, 05:39 AM
Hey everyone, I just wanted to announce the WINNER of the WAYALIFE shot glasses and it is wetfootnw!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Woot! :2thumbsup:

Thanks Eddie. I'll be sure to post up pics of them in use!

Angus
07-16-2013, 02:48 PM
great video as usual! think i've watched it about 5 times now

Private Ryan
07-18-2013, 01:16 AM
SO COOL! Wish I was there! That's how I want to live my life!!!