Dumont Dunes Trip Report: Halloween Weekend 2017

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Well it’s that time of year again, dune season at Dumont Dunes! I sort of switch gears and spend a great deal of my time out in the sandbox with my buggy and dune buddies. I’ve been going out to Dumont since about 1998 and still love it, however it’s become a love/ hate thing for me lately. There is so much stuff to do to get ready for these trips. I often question how much longer I’ll do this, but every time I get out there I love the place.

 

Friday night I rolled out there solo. I pulled into camp with the rest of the crew. I did my usual after getting set up: crack a beer and turn on my big blue buggy whip. Yeah I know, pics make it look purple. Whatever. ūüėČ

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It was dusty as hell out there that night!

Dusty Halloween 2017

 

 

I cruised up the hill to the south to see all the lights in camp. Dumont City!

Dumont City Halloween 2017

 

 

The half moon was dropping fast so I grabbed my camera and managed to snap a couple handheld shots before it dropped below the mountain.

Half Moon going down Halloween 2017

Almost Gone!

 

 

Saturday morning was really nice. The temperature was perfect.

Sat AM Halloween 2017

 

 

After making some coffee (in my french press just like on moto trips), I took a little stroll outside camp.

Happy to be back in the sand

 

 

That’s right, the RoofNest stays up there no matter how much house is in tow!

Got sleeping options? lol

 

 

I always love the view to the south of Dumont. So many gorgeous layers of sand, hills, and mountains.

Sat AM Halloween 2017

 

 

Our camp as seen from the finger dune I was standing on.

Camp, Halloween 2017

 

 

One of the locals came out to say wassup.

A Dumont local, Halloween 2017

 

 

Ben and I went out for a morning rip. There were hardly any duners out yet in the dunes. We got a great run in. Afterwards we sat up on one of the big dunes overlooking the camp area. Damn. I haven’t seen this many people out here since about 2008!

Sat AM Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

 

 

I watched these guys play around on the hills for a bit.

Blazer in the sand Halloween 2017

Jeep in the sand Halloween 2017

Orange Blazer playing the sand, Halloween 2017

Orange Blazer playing the sand, Halloween 2017

 

 

These guys were sending it.

Dirtbikes sending it Halloween 2017

Dirtbikes sending it Sat AM Halloween 2017

 

 

A medivac was spotted overhead. I heard there were only two life-flights the whole weekend. Hopefully they were ok.

Medivac Halloween 2017

 

 

Lou took the dogs out for a morning stroll

Lou and the dogs

 

 

Lou and Lindsay were getting ready for a group dune run.

Lou and Lindsay ready for a run, Halloween 2017

 

Chad too….

dentboy ready to run, Halloween 2017

 

…and then Steve. There were probably about ten of us, but these were the only pics I grabbed of the crew.

vegas style ready to run, Halloween 2017

 

 

We duned out to the North Pole where there was a huge group of people.

North Pole, Halloween 2017

 

 

Banshee Hill was hoppin as usual. Lots of dudes racing.

Banshee Hill Halloween 2017

Banshee Hill Halloween 2017

 

 

That dusty cloud hung over the camp area.

Camp, Halloween 2017

 

 

I stopped over at Walter and Howard’s camp to say hi. It was cool to see them bring out all of the decorated RZRs.

Flintstones car, Halloween 2017

 

 

I swung by vendor row and saw Howard cruising out in the Flintstone-mobile.

Flintstones car at vendor row, Halloween 2017

 

 

It was getting warm so I relaxed in my shaded hammock with a cold beverage for a while.

Chillen in the hammock! Halloween 2017

Chillen in the hammock! Halloween 2017

 

 

Chad had to check it out too.

dentboy checking out the hammock

 

 

Brice and Mary stopped over with the dogs and their dog, Newt, quickly got comfortable!

Newt taking a nap

 

 

Cody had a big audience at the top of the finger dune as he and his buddies were jumping.

Cody jumping, Halloween 2017

Sending it right by camp, Halloween 2017

 

 

I could go for a pizza.

Dominos pizza delivery. Halloween 2017

 

 

Despite the warm temps, we all headed our for a big group run. We were laying it down pretty good, therefore everyone started running a bit warm so we stopped to cool off.

Saturday afternoon dune run, Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 GoPro shot

 

 

Robyn and Chris headed out for some camp hoppin. His “Spazmatic” car actually did really well this trip!

Robyn and Chris, Halloween 2017

 

 

I did a little more of this again.

Chillen, Halloween 2017

 

 

As the sun went down it got super dusty.

dusty camp, Halloween 2017

 

 

A spotted for a guy that was jumping by our camp.

Sending it at sunset, Halloween 2017

 

 

The dusty sunset

Sunset, Halloween 2017

 

 

Saturday night we headed over to the Trunk or Treat. It was pretty awesome! There were a ton of people over there and Jason (president of the Friends of Dumont Dunes group) did a great job hosting it. It was like one big party.

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

 

 

Howard won one of the plaques. I think it was the Star Wars car that took best decorated UTV.

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

Dumont Halloween 2017

 

 

Comp Hill was insane.

Comp Hill, Dumont Halloween 2017

 

 

After rolling through looking for our group for probably 45 minutes to an hour, I was getting impatient. My clutch foot was getting tired. lol So I blasted up Comp and just sat up there for a bit checking out all the lights and mayhem.

Sat night, Comp Hill Halloween 2017

 

 

I went back down and found some of our group. I chatted with a few friends that stopped by and had a good time as usual at the hill.

Sat night, Comp Hill Halloween 2017

Comp, Dumont Halloween 2017

 

 

Leaving on Sunday was a zoo.

Dumont Halloween 2017

 

It was a great trip!

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