Chewy Hill (sometimes referred to as “Which Way”) is the second major obstacle on the Pritchett Canyon Jeep Trail but the first that you have to take on as there are no bypasses. From what I understand, this challenging obstacle used to be a graded dugway but over time and hard use by off-roaders, it has eroded into a series of large, slippery ledges with the last of which being considerably off camber. Needless to say, it’s a tough climb and one that typically requires a good amount of momentum to get up the first half of the hill and then careful finesse to make it up to the top. In this short clip, you’ll get to see two different camera angles of me taking this tough hill on in Moby, our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler powered by a 6.2L LS V8 and pushing 40″ Toyo MT’s. A BIG THANKS goes to our good friend Tony (JeepFan) for helping us to make this clip possible. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Rocker Knocker is without question one of the most famous obstacles on the Pritchett Canyon Jeep Trail in Moab, Utah. Essentially a huge set of ledges with a sandy base to make things slick, this obstacle typically requires big horse power or a careful line that will push your Jeep to the edge of flopping on its side. Because of its difficulty, a winch point is located up on top and it isn’t uncommon to see broken parts laying around. In this short clip, you’ll get to see two different camera views of Cindy taking on this formidable challenge in Moby, our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler powered by a 6.2L LS V8 and pushing 40″ Toyo MT’s. A BIG THANKS goes to our good friend Tony (JeepFan) for helping us to make this clip possible. We hope you enjoy.No comments
After taking on a considerable amount of damage to both passenger side doors on Moby a couple of years back, Cindy and decided to replace them with a set of Rugged Ridge half doors. And, while we were never really been big fans of half doors before then, I can tell you that we have since totally fallen in love with them. Sure, they’re noisy, difficult to open and close the windows while driving and offer limited security but man, do they ever look awesome! Of course, this is to say nothing about the fact that they’re so much lighter than full size factory doors and are super easy to strip down when you want that open air feel. Also, when you run topless, the half doors will do a surprisingly good job of helping to keep in warmth on cold days, will make it easy to pack more gear in the back seating area and for our purposes, we can still run around stickered up as well.
With all that said, Cindy and I decided that it was finally time to hook Rubicat with a set of half doors and after carefully looking at all the options available today, we chose to pick up another set from Rugged Ridge. While the misaligned door handles are a bit unsightly, the Rugged Ridge half doors are without question the BEST aftermarket option we have seen especially being that they look the most factory both inside and out, seal up nicely when closed like factory, won’t rattle and are available with optional soft uppers. In other words, if you’re looking for a cost effective way to run a set of half doors, these are what I would recommend. Click on the link below to see my write-up:1 comment
As about as soon as you start the Gold Bar Rim Trail out in Moab, Utah, you’ll come across a challenging slickrock hill known as, Improbable Hill. As you approach it, you’ll see the slickrock is essentially flat on the left and as you move to the right, it gets steeper and steeper until it ends over by a tree. On the far right, you’ll see that is the face of the rock is covered with black tire marks and it can be a lot harder to climb than you think. In this short clip, you’ll get to see Moby take it on and make it to the top. We hope you enjoy it.No comments
The day after we got home from Moab, our good friends Tony and Stephanie came up to visit and spend some time with Cindy and I. Of course, a visit to our neck of the woods wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of the many malls we have in the area and the following are photos from the fun we had at Bronco Canyon. Click on the link below to see them now:No comments
As much as Cindy and I love Moab, attending the annual Easter Jeep Safari was just becoming way too much work for us and far from being the fun that it used to be. After all, we got into Jeepin to get away from the crowds - not to surround ourselves with them. So, a couple of years ago, we decided that we’d still make regular treks out to Moab but we’d do it off season and when there weren’t so many people out there. Needless to say, heading out to the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari where they were expecting thousands of more people than normal wasn’t exactly something we would have preferred to do but, it is something that we ultimately did end up doing or should I say, for a part of it anyway.
After watching Mel race EVO 1 at the Mint 400 down in Las Vegas, we got an invite from our friend Jim at Dynatrac and he had asked if we could come out to Moab for a couple of days and help him with a photoshoot. Turns out that he was in need of another Jeep to use as a prop and another driver to help drive one of the other Jeeps he had with him. And, being that we had nothing better to do, were already down in Vegas and that this would all take place a week BEFORE the Easter Jeep Safari, we decided what the heck. Of course, once we were in Moab, there was always another reason why we needed to say longer and before we knew it, two days quickly turned into a week and then some.
Because we weren’t really planning to do this trip at all and being that we were going more to help out than anything, we don’t have as many pics to post up from our adventures and this is especially true of our time in Moab. However, we were able to snap a few and I hope you’ll enjoy them just the same. Click on the link below to see our photos now:No comments
Out on the Cliffhanger Jeep Trail in Moab, Utah, there’s an obstacle immediately after you cross Kane Springs Creek and there’s two ways you can take it. To the left, there’s an easier boulder climb and to the right, there’s a steep rock face that can be a bit tougher if you don’t have the break over angles or good traction. Of course, you kind of have to head toward a wall to make it to the top or risk pitching your Jeep over a ledge. In this short clip, you’ll get to see Rubicat, our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler running a set of 37×13.50 Cooper STT Pros taking the right hand rock face side and without lockers on but only because I forgot to turn them on.No comments
For those of you who’ve never run Cliffhanger out in Moab, there’s a steep set tightly stacked ledges that look and feel a lot like stairs and it’s something that you have to descend the moment you start the trail. Of course, being that this trail is a one way in and one way out, it’s also something you have to climb back up at the end of the day. While this may sound easy enough to do, many of the steps are spaced just far enough apart that both front and rear tires have to climb at the same time and depending on the line you take, this can prove to be a challenge even in a long wheel base 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited. A lot of people like to skirt around the outside edge of the stairs where you can take the steps at an angle but with a little momentum, a bit of throttle control and tires that hook up well on the rocks like our new Cooper Discoverer STT Pros, I find that going right up the middle works just as well. Here’s a short clip of Rubicat climbing her way up to the top. I hope you enjoy.No comments
Out in Moab, there’s a trail known as Cliffhanger and as the name suggests, there’s a length of it that has you driving along the edge of a thousand foot cliff. And, if that alone doesn’t get you puckering up, there’s a point about half way across where you have to drop down a tough rocky obstacle with nothing to the left of you but a sheer drop to the desert scrub below. Of course, being that this is a one way in and one way out trail, this obstacle is also something you have to climb back up. With no winch points up on top, it can prove to be a real tough climb. In fact, when we filmed this video, it took about an hour for a group of built up JK’s ahead of us to clear the obstacle and one ended up breaking a front axle shaft. In this short video clip, you’ll get to see me take on this intimidating climb in Rubicat, our 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and with her awesome new set 37×13.50R17 Cooper Discoverer STT Pro’s. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Cindy and I got out to Moab just ahead of the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari and got a chance to test out the new Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires that we recently installed on Rubicat, our Jeep JK Wrangler and out on the Behind the Rocks trail. Here’s a short clip that shows just how well they hooked up and just how easy they made it for Rubicat to climb up an obstacle known as Upchuck. We hope you enjoy.No comments
This is far from being anything special but on our way out to Moab, we decided to take a side route through Capitol Reef to explore the backcountry off road trails out in the Cathedral Valley. To access this trail from the Blue Flats, there’s a point where you have to ford the Fremont River and in this short video, you’ll get to see Rubicat, our 2012 dozer yellow Jeep JK Wrangler making its way across it. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Over the last 10 years, Cindy and I have been leading groups of people who are new to the world of off-roading out on run to help teach them about their Jeep and how to use it out on the trail. For the most part, we’ve been doing this up in the El Paso Mountains near the town of Ridgecrest and out on a trail known as, Last Chance Canyon. Unlike previous years, we decided to keep the size of our group small and to the point where we had about one helper for every newbie and we also made it a requirement that all participants were required to camp with us. In the end, this helped to move things along, allowed everyone a chance to take on harder lines, afforded us more time to check out historical sites and most importantly, it gave everyone a chance to get to know each other a lot better. That being said, here are some photos from our 2016 WAYALIFE Newbie Camping Run, I hope you enjoy.No comments
Back in 2013, Cindy and I got a chance to head out Redbird, Indiana and play in some of slick as snot mud they’re known for. In this short video clip, you’ll get to see Moby, our 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler take on a tough, steep hill climb and back when we were still running a 3.8L motor and a manual transmission. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Back when Moby was still running a 3.8L V8 motor, we ran a Dynomax Ultra Flo Evolution Competition exhaust system as it fit well with our EVO Lever System and loved the way it sounded. There were times where people would literally ask us if we had a V8 under the hood as it had a really nice throaty purr to it but no so loud that it was bad at highway speeds. Needless to say, when it came time to install a new exhaust system on Rubicat, it’s what we decided to run again. Unfortunately, what we soon discovered is that with a newer 2012-up JK Wrangler, the sound of this exhaust system was a bit “different” to say the least and in spite of the fact that it was the exact same kit. The problem was, the newer 3.6L motor has a less than pleasant sound all on it’s own and one that Chrysler used a resonator to help mellow out before reaching the muffler. And, the problem for us was that we needed to remove the resonator in order to run the Ultra Flo Evolution Competition exhaust system. While the fitment was good and the sound wasn’t too bad, we found there was a pretty heavy drone while running at highway speeds. Around town or on the trail, it wasn’t even noticeable or at least not to us but on really long drives, like heading out to Moab, it could become mind numbing.
After Dynomax announced the release of their all new QuietCrawler Performance Exhaust System earlier this year and noted that it was “specifically designed to provide high clearance for rockcrawling and quiet acoustics for everyday driving in your 3.6L Jeep Wrangler 4 door”, we knew it was something we had to try. The only problem was that the kit was really made more for a JK Wrangler that has a tailpipe that goes all the way to the back and so we weren’t sure if we could get it to work with our EVO Lever. Fortunately, Matt over at Dynomax was able to help us figure things out and after ordering up a kit, I was able to get it installed over the weekend. Click on the link below to see some shots of what it looks like installed as well as a few that shows what I had to do to make it work.No comments
It’s hard to believe that it was just last Wednesday that Cindy and I were out playing in knee deep powder and just like that, it’s all gone again. In fact, it’s so nice out that we decide it was time to strip down Moby or at least, pull the windows off so that we could enjoy the sun a little better and the nice warm weather it brings. Of course, being that Monday is the start of the work week, we even decided to head out to the office and push ourselves by working a double shift. In other words, we ran two trails instead of just one. Click on the link below to see a few pics from the rough day we had work:No comments
Just when you think winter is finally over, mother nature has a way of throwing some more of the white stuff at ya. And, if it’s gonna be a powder day, who can resist getting out and doing a little powder playing! It’s nothing special but here’s a short video clip of Moby having some fun out in some fresh fluffy snow. We hope you enjoy.No comments
Up here in Northern Nevada, it’s not uncommon to have a super nice warm day just before a big winter storm yesterday felt a lot like summer. We had blue skies overhead, temps in the 70’s and not even a breath of wind - it was just super nice out. Unfortunately for us, we had to spend the better part of the day behind a computer but as soon as we finished our work, we packed up Rubicat and headed out to a nearby mall and spent some time playing on the speed bumps. Click on the link below to see a few pics from the fun we had, I hope you enjoy.No comments
You know you’ve got a keeper when you ask your wife what she wants to do for her birthday and her response is to get in our Jeep and head out into the desert! On this particular year, Cindy wanted to head out to the Nightingale Mountains to explore some of the amazing rock formations, petroglyphs, colorful canyons, mine ruins and… other weird stuff you can sometimes find out in the middle of nowhere. That being said, click on the link below to see some of the photos we took from our recent trip.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did taking themNo comments
As much as Cindy and I love to play on the rocks, it has always been our love of the desert and our passion for exploring it that brought us into the world of Jeeps. It is for this reason that we always try to spend the first weekend of January taking friends out into the Mojave Desert and to show them some of the amazing places and things we’ve found over the years. On this particular trip, we took them out to an area known as Crucero and showed them the remains of an old F-4 Phantom jet crash, had them push their Jeeps as fast as they could across the Broadwell Dry Lake, invited them to make guesses as to what the Mojave Megaphone really is and had them scramble their way through the depths of Spooky Canyon.
This short destination film is a project that Cindy and I started a while back but had to shelve due to other commitments. While there isn’t much “wheeling” in it, we decided to dig it out of the archives and finish it because we felt that the places we visited, the things we saw and all the fun we had with good friends was worthy of sharing and something that a lot of you might still enjoy seeing. We hope you enjoy our presentation.No comments
Being that the 2016 WAYALIFE New Year Kick Off Run was going to take place out in the Mojave Desert, Cindy and I decided to make our way down to SoCal a couple of days before hand and do some exploring. Even though we have covered vast sections of the Mojave over the last 25 years, there were still places we had yet to see and some of them were out in an area known a the Shadow Valley and Turquoise Mountain. Fortunately for us, a few of our close friends were willing to join us out in Barstow on New Year’s Eve and join us out on the trail the following morning. Click on the link below to see some pics highlighting the things we saw and all the fun we had. I hope you enjoy.No comments