Come along as we rally with the Gazelles in Morocco (Part 1)
My name's Emme Hall, and together with my navigator, Sabrina Howells, we took a 2007 Land Rover Defender through the Moroccan Desert for the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles.
Which is a nine day all-female off-road rally with no GPS.
And points are awarded for shortest distance between checkpoints not pass the time.
We think we went on the wrong side of this [UNKNOWN] and that the flag is over there, so she's up there checking to see if she can see it.
[SOUND] All this and I'm still in my pajamas.
And now I've get down because our flag is right there and I can freaking see it.
This is crazy.
This is dumb **** idea.
Please don't let me die.
[LAUGH] I was so scared.
Great, [INAUDIBLE] to you, we had a good day yesterday, we got 7 tech points.
Cuz we accidentally went the wrong tech points,which adds 2..6400 to your score.
We're starting [INAUDIBLE] today.
Which means that the people who are starting first have an extra like 40 minutes of the day which is [INAUDIBLE] start point.
The goal today is to [INAUDIBLE]
Get ourselves up in the rankings so we can start earlier tomorrow.
This truck really needs to be aired down in the soft sand.
But when you air down, your tires spread out and theres a bunch of sharp rocks.
So I just took the time to air up, cuz I'd rather air up than get a flat tire.
But, it took some time, so now we gotta go.
In trusting Sabrina like it was really hard, there was a lot of times where I was like, I don't think it that way, inside.
Hey, I mean, she has gotten you to every single checkpoint so why don't you just shut up and do your job which is drive, and let her do her job which is tell you where to drive to.
It has to be those.
Yeah, those guides are these.
Well I think this closer one is different.
I'm just trying to figure out if that's that.
That little thing we have to go between.
We're trying to find tent three.
My freaking husband's up and out [LAUGH] of his truck.
She's climbed so many freaking Today and all I can do is make sure she has water.
Make sure she's got everything she needs.
It's so frustrating because you think it's just gonna be right over this hill and then you come over the hill and it's not there and it's like well, then I have no idea where I am.
You're so sure and then your hopes are dashed.
[SOUND] [LAUGH] And the thing is, I know where I am.
I just don't know exactly where I am.
That's the frustrating part.
I can get to town from here, totally.
This is team 180, and we've just pulled up to check point five, we got one more check point, to go, so part of being a gazelle is when you see another member of the gazelle family stranded or in need of help you pull over and offer them assistance so here at this check point we were.
We were able to assist team four or five in the expert class, I guess they took an impart to the front of the car [UNKNOWN] was able to determine from the fans just contacting the [UNKNOWN] it will clearance itself they will be able to get to the [UNKNOWN] no problem.
So we just started our dunes day and I'm super excited
I was really worried about the sand because it's so heavy but we aired down to about 14 3 low, I've got the default log on and she was just going and I'm hitting stuff like boom.
And then hazard turned on, and won't turn off [LAUGH] We just got some air, bounced, and now I have this [UNKNOWN] on so everyone's gonna think we're in trouble.
But we're not.
We're not, we're rocking.
So let's go get our [UNKNOWN].
These dunes were like 300 feet tall and they're like this at the top, right?
And the defender's so heavy i can't really side heel and come up like i would in a dune buggy.
You have to go straight up and then straight down.
But the trick is if you go straight up, if you have too much throttle you're gonna launch, and then lord knows what's gonna happen when you come up the back side.
So it's all about keeping momentum up and then leaping just as you get up to the top.
So that you barely catch any air, hopefully no air at all, and then pull your way back down.
And then, immediately as you're on way down, searching the horizon, searching the horizon, figuring out.
Where am I go up on this next dune?
Cuz you can't stop.
Once you stop, you're gonna sink and you're gonna be dead.
Not dead but you know you're gonna get stuck.
So we are at the third checkpoint in the dunes.
I had a little bit of trouble getting here, you might have seen me.
Sliding sideways like this.
So I could make this hill so I wanted to back up and of course you want to back street now but sometimes the sand has other ideas, and as I start to push it sideways in the rally all you do is make mistakes, all the time you get in the track stucked, you go in the wrong way or you know something, you're doing something wrong.
Pushing through those mistakes and realizing that, yeah you made a mistake so what?.
Figure it out, make another decision, it's not the end of the world.
Tough to realize until you've been there.