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2008 Trip Reports

Decembers Club Event, Gillette Parade of Lights Parade

This months event was decided to participate in the Parade of Lights in downtown Gillette. Most of us met at Deans house to decorate and put on our final touches with decorating our rigs for the parade. We had 9 members participate in the parade. They were, Dean, Shelley, Troy, Andy, Jim L, Mike, Robbie, Rich and John E. We then caravanned to the line up location of 2nd street in front of Lula Belles cafe and waited for the parade to begin. It started promptly at 5pm and went off with out a hitch. We ended at Lasting Legacy Park where we posed for a group photo and did some tire crawling in the dark with our Christmas lights a glowing.


I want to thank all of you for making this a fantastic year for our club. We have all had a great time and I am proud to have been able to serve you as president for the 2008 wheeling season. I look forward to a better year in 2009.

WHEEL ON!
the prez :-)

Novembers Club trip, 4x4 Rodeo at Howard's

November’s trip was to Howard’s and was led by Rich and he decided that we would do a 4x4 rodeo of sorts. Members present were, Mike, John, Kip, Andy, Dean, Clint, Rich, Troy, Ryan rode with Andy, Robbie came out in his tow rig and we had one guest, Jerry, a friend of Mikes.
The events were a ring joust and a obstacle course. The ring joust consisted of 20 rods driven in the ground arranged in a course and set at different elevations. The driver of the rig drove in a specified order to each of the rods and the passenger of the rig used a broom handle to retrieve the rings from the rods. It was a timed event and penalties were assessed for dropping rings and/or running over rods. The second event was an obstacle course. The driver was blind folded and the passenger gave commands to guide the driver thru the course. It too was a timed event with penalties given for running over course markers. Both events were a blast and I know I look forward to the next time we can do it. After the two events were in the books a small little speed challenge was offered and a few takers saw how fast they could get thru the course with their eyes. And then there was a little playing in the mud trying to cross the creek at the entrance to the rock garden and that wrapped up the festivities. Thanks to all that came out, it was a good time and hopefully someone can post some pictures and the official stats of the events.

October Club Trip

Cancelled.

Sept trip report by Rich Champion

SEPTEMBER TRIP REPORT
SATURDAY, SEPT. 20TH WE WENT TO THE OFF-ROAD PARK AT HOWARD’S. IN ATTENDENCE: CLINT, KELLY, RICH, AND A GUEST JUSTIN CALVERT. WE LEFT THE MEETING PLACE AND DROVE ON THE OLD HWY OUT TO ROZET, THEN TURNED ON TO THE ADON RD. TEN MILES DOWN THE ROAD WE TURN RIGHT ON TO A GRAVEL ROAD AND HEADED FOR THE OFF-ROAD PARK. THE ROAD GOING OVER THE Culvert WAS A LOT WIDER THAN IT WAS. WE PARKED AND UNLOADED ON THE FIRST OIL LOCATION, THEN CROSSED THE WASHOUT IN THE ROAD. IT WAS ROUGH AND MUDDY. AS WE TURNED INTO THE PASTURE WHERE OUR ROCKS ARE, WE NOTICE THE EXTrEMELY TALL GRASS ABOUT 5FT TALL. I WAS LEADING WITH CLINT AND JUSTIN FOLLOWING. TRYING TO FIND THE ROAD IN THE TALL GRASS WAS DIFFICULT, I WAS NERVoUS THAT A LION MIGHT JUMP OUT AND ATTACK US. WE FOUND OUR WAY TO THE ROCK DITCH, ONLY TOO FIND SOME OF IT UNDER WATER. I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE FIGHTING IT WITH ALL THE WATER AND MUD, SO WE TALKED JUSTIN INTO TRYING TO CROSS THE CREEK (TWICE) HE DIDN’T MAKE IT. THEN WE BLAZED A NEW TRAIL THOUGH THE TALL GRASS, KICKING UP SOME DEER THAT WHERE LYING DOWN. WE HEADED OVER TO THE REVEIN THAT WE PLAYED IN LAST WINTER, IT WAS REALLY MUDDY AND WE HAD TO WINCH JUSTIN OUT. WE HEADED BACK TOO THE TRAILERS, TO FIND THAT KELLY CAME OUT TO JOIN US. HE HAD CROSSED THE CREEK THAT JUSTIN GOT STUCK IN. WE THEN WENT UP ON THE RIDGE WHERE I ROLLED MY RAMCHARGER AND PLAYED UP THERE FOR AWHILE. KELLY AND I BOTH PUT TIRES ON THE HILL THAT I ROLLED ON BUT DIDN’T MAKE IT DUE TO WE ARE BOTH CHICKEN. CLINT CLIMBED IT IN HIS JEEP. WE WENT BACK OVER TO THE CREEK BY THE ROCKS WERE WE FOUND KELLY STUCK IN THE MUD WITH HIS HOOD OPEN WORKING ON HIS RAMCHARGER. AFTER CLINT AND I BOTH WINCHED HIM OUT, AND ONTO DRY GROUND SO HE COULD WORK ON IT. WE TALKED JUSTIN INTO TRYING IT AGAIN, WE DIDN’T MAKE IT, BUT COUGHT SOME SWEET AIR WHEN HE JUMPED INTO IT. I ENDED UP DRAGGING KELLY BACK TO HIS TRAILER AND WINCHED HIM UP ON IT. THEN WE LEFT.

August Trip Report by Dean Thompson

August took us to South Dakota for the Dakota Territory Challenge. Rich with passenger Kip, Troy and Julia and I all headed for the Whispering Pines campground to set up camp and then go wheeling. We arrived thursday afternoon after a short pit stop in spearfish to buy a trailer tire to replace one Rich decided he didn't need anymore. We registered our rigs, went thru tech inspection and then headed to do KONG. A couple of my buddies from Cheyenne and Sidney tagged along and we had no real carnage and finished KONG and most of us headed back to camp for the drivers meeting. Rich and Troy stayed behind supposedly to do more wheeling but ended up working on Troys rig to find a gremlin in the wiring. They made it back to camp at about 9pm.
The next day was officially day one of the event and though I had planned on wheeling easy to first 2 days we all signed up for one of the hardest trails out there. "Fruity Pebbles" is a huge boulder field and is freekin awesome. I however smoked my clutch just making it to the first boulder field so just sat and watched everyone attempt field 1 all day. Lots of carnage here so everyone with damage headed back to camp, myself included. I was done. The next day my jeep would not move on its own power. I winched it up on the trailer and headed home. Rich and Troy stayed for 2 more days of wheeling and they can fill you in on the rest.

July 2008 Trip Report by Dean Thompson


July was a special month for our club as we got to participate in a leg of the Ultimate Adventure. Rick Pewe of Petersons 4wheel Mag contacted me back in May to see if there was any place to wheel in Wyoming to give his event a location between North Dakota and Colorado. He had seen Lindsay's video on youtube and asked where that location was. After I explained it was on Private Property and would have to ask permission from Frank Bliss to see if we could host the event out there he awaited my confirmation phone call. Pewe had informed me that most of the Ultimate Adventure rigs were running on 40's and he required 3 rigs from our area to host our part if it were to come to be. I immediately made a phone call to Frank and he was all for hosting the event, then I chose the biggest rigs in the club to help with the event. After numerous phone calls between Rick and I, he came out and Rich and I met with Rick at Frank's place and we scouted out the area and Rick was very interested in including Frank's place in the event.I suggested to Rick that although the norm for the Ultimate Adventure is only 3 local participants were allowed I asked that with the special circumstances of the layout of the Bliss Ranch if we would be allowed to let our entire club spectate as long as there was no interferance with the event. He agreed and said it was ok. The Bliss' fed us a very good lunch and we parted that day to await more phone calls to firm up the plans for the event. At the June meeting I was able to announce our possible inclusion in the event and everyone was excited about the possibility of the national exposure. By the end of June Rick and I had firmed up the dates and times and we were "On Like Donkey Kong"
At the July meeting we announced the confirmation of the club spectating the event and the Participants were announced. I chose Rich, Troy, Robbie, Jim and Kelly as an alternate to assist in Adventure support. On Saturday, July 5, about half the club went out to Franks to scout and map out a route for the Ultimate Adventure. The event was planned for Thursday, July 10 so we needed to get everything in order. The Ultimate adventure was going to feed its participants and we were to take care of ourselves. Then Monday I got a call from Rick asking if the club could arrange feeding the Ultimate Adventure and we took the bull by the horns and put it together. Pokeys was able to put the food together for us so we could feed everyone Wednesday night when they arrived.
So, now the event itself.
Wednesday we started arriving at Frank's at around 4pm and set up camp. We all set up tents however most of our tents were soft sided and were placed on the ground. Shelly out classed us all with a big hard sided tent on wheels. The BFGoodrich truck rolled in at about 6 and the Ultimate Adventure caravan rolled in about 7. Those guys were pretty quick in setting up their camps and a few asked where the shop was as they had some repairs to make in order to wheel the following day. The entire group thought the area was pretty but did not think we had anything worthy for them to wheel on. Pfft!
We all piled into the BBQ trailer provide by Robbie and everyone had a very tasty dinner. We all walked around, introduced ourselves and we had conversations with those we knew from the television shows and magazine articles that support and report the latest in our sport.
Thursday we woke up early, had a drivers meeting at 7:30 and we departed camp at 8am. The caravan was awesome and we went to Rattlesnake Hill first. I told them where the hardline was but showed them the easy line. Rick was 2nd in line and he did not want to crash on the first obstical. We were on that first hill for over an hour getting everyone up it. We had about 20 rigs in the caravan and lots of cameras trying to get the perfect shots. There was no carnage on Rattlesnake Hill so we headed to the next obsticle. West of Rattlesnake Hill really has no name but we made sure to take the rock line all the way there instead of the road we usually take. The group spent almost an hour and a half just in two areas before we headed for the draws.
Rich took over as trail leader as he wanted to drop off the water fall first so we all dropped into the draw one by one and ended up taking our lunch break there as it was shady and cool. In the mean time some of the UA guys decided to cut some branches off a couple trees so a couple of the full size rigs could make it through. There was some opposition to the cutting of the trees as one of their rules are if a Jeep can make it thru, you are to follow. Anyway we made our way thru the trees and made it to the Hiway and went straight for the hard line.
I drove up the draw first with Rick pewe #2 and the rest lined up behind us. Rick called most the drivers up to the obsticle to show them the "Line" and told them this is what they were here for and they had to take the "line" so on to wheeling we went. As trail leader I got first crack at the rock. A few of us had tried this the weekend before so we had an idea which way we need to go and I knew my gears weren't low enough to crawl up so the next best thing was throttle. Well the rock THREW me down the draw. In less than 30 seconds I was half way up the rock and then laying on my lid 10' away from the rock. Once Julia and I got out of the Jeep, the group rolled me back on all 4, I fired it up and drove it off to the side of the trail so everyone could get past me and let her set to rest. The group hammered on the rock for hours and officially NO ONE conquered "the line" on their own power. Pewe trashed the side of his truck and required 2 winches to get him out. A cj7 was almost out and rolled down into the rock, some buggies made an additional line that everyone started taking and by about 3 o'clock everyone was ready to head back to camp to make rig repairs as they had a 850 mile road trip ahead of them.
We made it back to camp at around 4 and a few headed to Gillette to buy parts including a transfer case. Rich showed the UA guys some Wyoming hospitality and drove some people into town and got them parts to get them together. People were wrenching on their rigs past midnight in order to hit the road at 7am.
As the Ultimate Adventure caravan headed out of camp, we were left to clean up the area. We all were very impressed that there was not a single piece of trash left on the trails or at camp. The UA crew left the area as they found it and are a prime example of the trail eticate most of the worlds 4wheelers practice.
In closing, we all had a good time. No one got hurt, we had some carnage, but thats what its all about and now we will patiently await so see our names in print in the mags when they come out in Sept and October and the video in November. The newspaper was on hand and wrote a positive story about us and the event. I would like to thank everyone involved for their help and making it a smooth and successful event.

Wheel On
the Prez!

Trip Report fot June trip to North Dakota

Submitted by Jim Letzring

Roughrider Rendezvous 08


The trip to ND was Rich and John and Shawnda, Kyndra and I. We left Thursday morning and caught up with Rich and John in Bowman. Just after we left Bowman we got caught in a ND afternoon thunderstorm which was a downpour. We arrived in Watford City Thursday evening around 5 pm and set up camp. Other than the thunderstorm, the trip was safe and uneventful.

Friday morning had us waking up to a little rain and then the drivers’ meeting and signing up for the trails for the day. Our three rigs were signed up for Heaven’s Gate and New Testament which is rated a 5. We were the first three rigs after the trail lead. The first obstacle was Heaven’s Gate which was a downhill trail with a hard right in the middle and a deep at the bottom. Rich was the first one down and made it down pretty much without a problem. He just needed to back up and run a different line. John was next with a good run done. I had the first photo op for the day when I pulled the right rear wheel off the ground where you could almost walk under the tire. Troy, the trail lead and Nick his son spotted me out without a problem.

The next big obstacle was Channel lock. Rick made it through with little difficulty. John was up next and provided everyone with a big wheelstand before getting over the rock ledge. I was able to get over the rock with the assistance of two tires stacked up and the big jeep fishing line to help pull the bronco over the top. Rich had a little trouble in Quarter mile Cooley. His right front tire slide off the ledge he was on and tipped him forward. With a little assistance from John and Troy standing on the rearend, Rich was able to drive out.

At the end of New Testament is a narly hill climb starting with a nasty sinkhole to negotiate at the bottom and a tight right hand turn at the middle. At the top there is a steep climb with some deep holes on the left side going up the hill. Everyone made it up the hill and that was the end of the trail for the day.


Day two (Saturday): Cabin 2 was the trail we signed up for with trail lead Troy. Cabin 2 was easier than New Testament but it had a few interesting obstacles, most of them being big sinkholes. Other than the sinkholes, the other obstacles were wash-outs in the hill climbs. There were some tight drainages to cross also which is why the bronco is now nicknamed “The Dozer”. I was moving some dirt with the new winch and bumper at times.

Day three (Sunday): We had to leave that day and head back to Gillette. Rich and John stayed and were going to run “Lost Canyon” trail that day. Lost Canyon is a very scenic route and also easy according to the description that they had written up for it.

June Trip Report for South Dakota Trip

Submitted by Andy Harris

TRIP REPORT FOR JUNE 21, 2008
BETWEEEN THE HILLS TRAILHEADERS

The club event for June 2008 consisted of rockcrawling in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Club participation consisted of Dean (and family), Robbie (and family), and Andy (and dog). The group departed Gillette at 0630 on June 21, 2008 from Don’s Supermarket with the intention of rendezvousing with our trail leader in Johnson Siding, South Dakota a 0900. It was an eventful drive to South Dakota, with Robbie blowing out a trailer tire at Sundance, Wyoming. The Trailheaders pit crew had the caravan back on the road quickly. The group arrived at Johnson Siding at 0910 where they met up with Andy and Aaron Fredrickson, of the Black Hill 4-Wheelers, and departed for the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead was also eventful. After turning onto the 2-track Forest Service Road with our tow rigs and trailers, we soon found the road to be quite wet and muddy. We fought our way up hill until the lead truck/trailer became stuck in the mud. This resulted in a chain reaction that led to Robbie having a close call with a tree. We unloaded all the rigs on the road and made our way with empty trailers to the parking area. After a quick bit of gear loading and tire deflating, we hit the trail leading to Captain Crunch.
Our time on the trail was a blast. Captain Crunch is a very technical rockcrawling trail with a 5+ rating. As you enter into the canyon, you begin to understand the name Captain Crunch. The trail is extremely narrow with large, sharp boulders protruding from everywhere. This trail is not for fullsize trucks or the faint of heart. Our group traversed the first half of the trail with relative ease. Fred led our group with his custom built buggy, followed by Andy in the XJ, Dean in the YJ, and lastly Robbie in his YJ. It was a lot of fun to watch a buggy struggle through parts of the trail, especially the sections where there is only one line. We saw all the rigs on the trail do some amazing stuff. Wheel stands and massive articulation occurred almost continuously. The second half of the trail went well for most of the group, with the exception of Andy and the XJ. About 100 yds into the second leg of the trail, Andy broke a u-joint and tore the driverside knuckle off the Jeep. After about 1.5 hours of trail repair the XJ was headed back to the trailer under its own power, just with no brakes. The remainder of the group continued down the trail until its completion. Fred departed from the group at approximately 1530, while Robbie and Dean stayed to explore another trail in the area called Fruity Pebbles. The group returned to Gillette that evening and promptly posted pictures on the website.
We all had a great time in the Black Hills and can’t wait to return.

Andy Harris

May Trip Report submitted by Jim Letzring

May 2008 Trip to Coal Mnt.

May’s club event was scheduled for a snow run above Sheridan but the Forest Service didn’t open the roads before that weekend. An alternate trip was planned and we took a trip to Casper for a little snow run there.

We met at Don’s on the west end of Gillette around 0630. There were 9 vehicles for the wheeling trip. Robbie had the long load with Dean’s Jeep, his own Jeep and the blue Bronco. Shelly had his yellow KJ and Scott had the Steelers Jeep on one trailer. Kip had his CJ5. Troy and his son made the trip along with John using Rich’s Jeep.

The first trail we hit was a nice little two track that ended in a dead end. We turned around and headed back down the road. As we were headed down the road is when the rearend in Rich’s Jeep decided to lock up and put John into a slide. After a slight delay to load the Jeep we were off again.

The next little adventure was an attempt to get up in the hills. We didn’t actually find a trail up into the hills but found a couple of nice little obstacles. One was a dry creek crossing and the other was a washout. Dean was the first to find the washout the hard way and had to get winched out by Robbie, who was the second one to cross the washout. Everyone made it across without any damage. Shelly drug a little as he crossed but nothing serious. Robbie did some wheel standing on the way out of the creek crossing.

The next trail the group took was up a two track that turned into a cow trail and then ended near the top of hill. It was nothing to hard just a little bit of a scenic route. On the way out of that area the group took a Y in the road and went across a dam and then up into the trees and across some rocks and then came out near the top of another hill and turned around at the fence. On the way back, everyone decided to stop and play on a big rock that was next to the trail. That is where the next bit carnage was and it wasn’t all that terrible. Troy blew a driver’s side hub. After taking everything apart to find out what the problem was the group decided it was time to head back and get something to eat in town.

April Trip Report

April took us to the Bliss Ranch and we all met at Boss Lodge. 7 members and 3 guests departed for todays adventure. Members in attendence were Dean/Julia, Jim, Kip, Andy/Michelle, Kelly, Rich, Ryan. Our guest vehicles included a yellow cj5(Kips dad), a green tj unlimited, and a blue xj.
When we arrived Frank was heading to town for back pain meds so Chris led us around the ranch for the day. Carnage was minimal as Andy broke a tierod. Chris ran him to the shop to weld it up. The green unlimited was spitting ujoints left and right and I spun the splines off the end of one of my front axles. We really started having fun once we got to the draws. We tried some new places and are looking forward to the next time we get to go up there. We thougt it was going to rain on us, but the clouds disappeared and the day was very nice.

wheel on
the prez

March Trip report

March has brought the end of the snow, we hope and now the spring run off and rain will lead to our outings to be a little wet and muddy. This month's trip was to Howards and our mini rubicon. In attendance were Dean, Kalob with Kip shotgun, John, Troy, Andy/Michelle, Ryan, and Robbie. We met at the Camplex lot by the mining equipment display at 7:45 and headed out at 8am sharp. We arrived at Howards, untrailered and made our first trail repair. Ryans rear shackle bolt had worked its way out and just needed tightened. Then we posed for a group photo and comensed to wheeling.John was the first to find out the mud at the beginning of the rocks was deep and needed the cable. Then he got hung up in the middle of the piles and Dean blew a front ujoint tugging him out. 2nd trail fix wasn't as easy as first but none the less after an axle swap Dean was back in business. Almost everyone played on the rocks awhile then we headed for the draws. The creek crossing led to Dean soaking the inside of his Jeep with mud, Kalob needed the cable to make it across and John hit the water a little hard and dropped his fan belts. Then onto the draws where Rich rolled his ramcharger in years past. We dinked around in there for quite a while and Dean talked Robbie into a new line. Robbie was doing fine until he grenaded a passenger front ujoint. Dean winched him back and we began another trail repair. After Robbies was repaired we dinked a bit more in the draw, had lunch then headed to the Northern draws. Once we found the draws were pretty wet we decided we weren't going to mess with the land so we headed back to the main draw. After about a half hour in the big draw and Dean doing a pretty nice 3 wheel stand we headed back to the rocks. Last carnage of the day was Dean going back into the rocks in front of Troy and blowing another ujoint and grenading the inner and outer shafts as well, so we headed back to the trailers. All told everyone had a good time and the weather was pretty good. Thanx to all that joined us and we will see you at the next meeting.

February Trip Report

February took us to Casper to hook up with some BCC guys and some wanna rock guys to see if we could find some snow on coal creek road. We all met up in the Checker Auto parking lot at 8am and departed at around 9. First fun of the day was the little white toyota truck spinning out on the highway right in front of me. I am glad I was running slow or I would have had toyota guts all over my grill. \"Yuck\". Anyway, we made it to a place to unload the rigs and first we tried out a shoot off trail near the shooting range parking lot. The big dodge tried to break trail first and after a few tries let rich bust the trail on through. Half way up rich stopped to watch the others that wanted to made it up to that point. I led on further into the trail and side cut my way pretty far until I slid off in the trees and had Kelly in the dodge act as an anchor for me to winch myself back on trail. Kelly and I went on and tried to conquer the big hill but ice was not allowing us up the hill so we turned around to come back down. we found the white toyota had slid off into the trees so I winched him back on trail and we all came back out. Our next trail was fun as well but everyone got to play on it. we all followed each other and after a few stucks and yanks on the straps we made it back to the road and headed to the next trail that turned out to be the funnest of the day. We made it to a uphill climb with a deep drift at the top. we hammered that drift for a couple hours before finally breaking through and making it to the top. everyone took turns hammering away little by little. The pictures show how deep the drift was and all we could do was cut away one shot at a time. Once up on top and around the corner the snow just got deeper. Kelly, rich and I hammered through the next section until kelly finally broke through and blew both his front hubs out. After a trail repair and we saw the next drift was bigger and deeper we decided to call it a day and head back down and trailer up. it was a great day, we met some new guys to wheel with. I think our club showed the Casper guys some fun and we showed some team work in conquering the elements. Some of us went home Saturday and a few of us stayed to try out the off road park on Sunday.

Members in attendance, Dean, Rich, John, Andy, Kelly and Troy was a passenger with Kelly. Boy I bet Troy wishes he brought his rig, we had a blast.

Anyway, check out the gallery as I posted the small amount of pictures I was able to take in that section.

Wheel On!
The Prez.

January Trip Report

Our January trip kept us in town to play on a pile of rocks generated from the development of a residential construction site. Andy secured permission for us to play on the rocks from MGM Excavation and College Park Construction. So, we thank them for allowing us this opportunity. We had a great time and were able to show a few guests what we are about and give them a little bite of the 4wheelin\' bug as they witnessed what our rigs can do. I think they were more than impressed what gears and tires can do as apposed to horse power. Club members in attendance were Dean, Rich, John, Jim, Andy/Michelle. Guests were Phil(red tj), Kaleb(white tj) and Kip. Thanx guys for showing up, we hope you enjoyed the day.
Special Note** Jim decided to plant the nose of his bronco in the snow after dropping off a ledge and after a nose stand in the snow his backend came back to the dirt and he blew a ujoint. A quick trip to rich\'s shop for parts and he was up and running. I have the nose stand on video and I will post on Youtube and put a link here when I remember how to download and edit video. Its been a year since I used the video camera. Anyway, thats it for the trip report. Photos of the day are posted in the Gallery. If anyone has additional pictures they would like posted, please email them to me and I will get them up.


Wheel On
Wild Hare

Created on 01/15/2008 05:54 PM by wildhare
Updated on 12/07/2008 10:22 AM by wildhare
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