Without question, the WAYALIFE EPIC TREX Rockin Rubicon Runs are always a great time but with almost 30 Jeeps and well over 50 amazing people coming from as far away as Idaho, Ohio, New York and Massachusetts, I'd have to say that this was by far one of the best ones ever!
A year ago, 9 Jeeps and 15 members of WAYALIFE made our way back to Independence, Missouri, to embark on an epic trek back to California, in our modern day prairie schooners and by following the original Emigrant Trail and closely as possible. As was the case for so many of the emigrants 150 years ago, our journey west ended in a bust after one of the Jeeps in our caravan suffered a terrible accident crossing the Nevada desert.
It's been a real long time since Cindy and I have had a chance to run the Rubicon with a small group and felt fortunate when Adam (Overlander JK) asked if we could lead a trip across it with a few of his friends. Of course, as luck would have it, his friends Chris (Irish JK) and Kristen, Garrett (SDG), Russ (ttfhell) and Doug (Trail Bud) just happen to be our friends as well and all of them have built up rigs running ProRock axles and EVO coil overs.
In spite of the fact that we decided to head out into the middle of Nevada where it should have been warm, we instead found ourselves in a storm that left the desert soggy and filled with mud. Still, we were able to have a ton of fun and the rest of the weekend ended up being nice, sunny and relaxing.
The last run we got to do with our good friend Adam while he was visiting us here in Northern Nevada, was one up a trail just east of Reno and known as, Bronco Canyon.
Secret Canyon is just one of the many awesome trails that we have up here in Northern Nevada and really, it's trails like this that make us love living here.
For more years that I can remember, Cindy and I have always headed out to Moab to attend the annual Easter Jeep Safari and spend a week there wheeling whatever trails we could. For 2015, we decided to change things up a bit and do something that we've been wanting to do for a long time, and that was to make the long journey out to Moab into an EPIC TREK.
Fortunately, Cindy and I were able to get our good friend MTG to join us for our Monday Fun Day Run and the trail we got to play on was Bronco Canyon.
Nothing beats seeing the expressions of people who are new to the world of off-roading, take on terrain that seemed otherwise impassible and then conquer it with their Jeep.
The 2015 WAYALIFE Presidents Day Weekend run would be one that explored the Inyo Mountains just east of the town of Lone Pine. Using the Dow Villa Hotel as our base camp, we spent the first part of our Saturday up in the hills digging for the fossil remains of Ammonites, extinct marine invertebrates that lived in an ancient sea over 235 million years ago.
With a convoy of 60 Jeeps that stretched about a half a mile long when parked end on end and well over 2 miles long when moving across the trail, the 2015 WAYALIFE New Year Kick-Off Run was by far the biggest runs we've done to date and maybe because of it, one of the most fun ones we've done as well.
This is a concrete arrow that I've known about pretty much since I first heard about the transcontinental airway beacons.
Thanksgiving weekend has always been a time where Cindy and I have taken a trip out to Death Valley and done some exploring.
Over the weekend, Cindy and I headed back out to the Northern Nevada desert to continue our search of these historic Transcontinental Airway Beacons.
A few weeks back, I had read in a local paper that there was a decent wildflower showing going on in parts of Death Valley and this in spite of the fact that California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in 15 years! Needless to say, this was something Cindy and I had to see and fortunately for us, it was something that our good friends Moochie, Doug, Joshua, Tony and Stephanie and Ray, his father and brother would all get to see with us as well.
In a remote corner of the Northern Nevada Desert and high up on a mountain ridge, there lies a cabin built underneath an enormous rock and for those who know about it, it is known to them as Bass Camp.
This second part covers the remainder of our trip and highlights our time spent in Death Valley starting with a trip down Titus Canyon, a visit to Ubehebe Crater and Crankshaft Crossing before crossing into the Nevada state line for drinks at the Goldpoint Saloon. From there, we made a stop over at a cool car forest, stayed a night at the historic and haunted Mizpah Hotel and then spent some time exploring old ghost towns such as Candelaria and Marietta before saying our goodbyes and heading home.
Last weekend was Cindy's birthday and to celebrate it, we decided to go on a 3 day, 400+ mile run starting from Trona, CA and ending near Montgomery Pass, NV. Along for the ride were our good friends Doug, Moochie, Don, Ray, Tony and Stephanie and together, we would do a run up Ishim Canyon, work our way across Death Valley, cut our way down Titus Canyon, head up to Crankshaft Crossing with a quick stop over at Ubehebe Crater, have a few drinks over at Goldpoint, meander our way through a car forest, stay the night at the Historic Mizpah Hotel, explore the old ghost town of Candelaria and then finished our adventures out in the Teels Marsh and ghost town of Marietta.
There are few ways I can think of to kick off a new year than to head out into the Mojave Desert with all our good friends here on WAYALIFE! Although we did do this a week later than we had hoped, our first group run for 2014 would be one out to an area known as Crucero.
Last weekend, we got lucky and were able to get out to Barstow a bit earlier than we had expected and, decided to use the extra time to do a little prospecting out in the Mojave Desert. While our quest was to find gold, it would be more of the aquatic variety than precious metal that we would be looking for.
It’s hard to imagine there was actually a time when people flew airplanes, back before the invention of things like GPS, radar or even rudimentary radio communication to help guide them to their destinations. Back then, pilots had to rely solely on what they could see and at night or in bad weather, that wasn’t a whole lot.
So I was going through our photo gallery today and just realized that I never made a post regarding a trip we did earlier this summer.
About 5 years ago, Cindy and I were watching a show on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs and, in one particular episode, the host Mike Rowe went out to Trona, CA to help setup the annual Gem-O-Rama show put on by the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society.
After finishing up the Ultra 4 Championship Race out in Congress, AZ, Mel asked Greg, Cindy and I to join he and his family on a run up to Crown King.
The Rubicon is a trail that Cindy and I typically run several times a year starting from the end of June and ending as late as October and, we typically try to keep our group size to about 10 rigs or fewer.
Back in the middle of July, Cindy and I decided to make a trip to explore what is left of this remote and relatively well preserved mining district. From there, we headed north to a major cross road in the Emigrant Trail known as Rabbithole Springs before making our way east back to civilization. I hope you enjoy.
Far in the northwest corner of Nevada, there's a remote stretch of desert that hasn't seen a whole lot of change since early emigrants started crossing it on the Applegate Trail back in the 1800's and really, long before that as well.
Memorial Day weekend has always marked the beginning of summer for us and once again, this year was celebrated with a camping trip up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
On our way home from the 2013 Overland Expo, we decided to take a round about way back to California and do a little overlanding ourselves. Heading south to Gila Bend and then west on Interstate 8, our first detour along the way would be over to an area known as Oatman Flats.
Before heading back to California from our fun at the 2013 Overland Expo, we decided to do one last run up the Smiley Rock Trail which is located up near the old mining town of Jerome and, good portions of it are a part of the historic, Great Western Trail.
After spending the better part of the day at the 2013 Overland Expo, we decided to head down to Sedona and run the Broken Arrow Trail with some of the new WAYALIFE friends that we met at the show.
Years ago, I had heard of a short but badass trail down by the Mexican border called Devil's Canyon that used to be a part of the original stage route that connected San Diego to Yuma. From what I had read, it was established back in the mid 1800's, improved upon in the early 1900's to help accommodate the first automobiles but, was soon abandoned after the completion of U.S. Highway 80. This trail did see some use again during the construction of Interstate 8 back in the 1960's but a major storm in the 1970's would all but erase it from history.
Our first trail run since getting back from Moab was one that took us out into the Panamint Valley, up the Argus Range and to an old tungsten mine know as the Defense Mine. The trail is relatively short and for the most part easy to moderate but, if you take on Zero Fall and the Cummings Cutoff as we had, there's a lot of fun to be had. Unfortunately, we no longer have our son helping out with photos and, being that we spent most of our time filming, we only have a few photos to share. I do know there were others taking photos as well and it is my hope that they post up a few here as well.
Cindy and I absolutely love Daylight Savings and to help kick off all the wonderful daylight we now have again, we decided to head out to the Mojave Desert and do some camping. Of course, being that this was an easy trip and St. Patricks Day was on Sunday and we had plenty of carbombs to go around, I suppose in a way it was in a way, a mini-Shamrocked Here are some pics from our trip - I hope you enjoy
Cindy and I got a chance to head back up to Lone Pine to do some work and on our way up, we decided to make a detour to explore some of the trails out in the Spangler Hills OHV area.
Instead of heading down to the madness that is known as TDS, Cindy and I decided to change things up this year and head up north to Lone Pine for some well needed alone time.
To help make our early Sunday morning meet up at Corral Canyon a bit easier for us, Cindy and I headed out to Alpine the day before and just stay the night there. Being that we were able to get out sooner than planned, we decided to do a quick sunset run up to Pancake Rock and were lucky enough to have Moochie and Adam join us as well. Here are some shots from our sunset run.
It's totally crazy but, in spite of the fact that we announced a run up to Corral Canyon just a day and a half before, we still managed to round up no less than 15 rigs to join us.
I can't think of a better way to kick off the new year than to head out to the desert and do some exploring with some good friends.
Up until we got a text from Mel saying that we should come out and do some wheeling with them out in Logandale, we weren't planning to do much of anything for New Years Eve.
Last weekend, 12 Jeeps including our own went out to visit this memorial and, here are some photos from our trip. I hope you enjoy.
Two weeks after our last run, we headed back up to the Rubicon Trail one more time to see what all had been done to the iconic Little Sluice and, to give it go to see just how much had changed. By now, the days were getting a lot shorter and the drive down to Loon Lake a lot colder.
Months after the final Golden Spike was hammered into place and the very first transcontinental railroad was open for service, an avalanche near Donner Summit damaged hundreds of feet of track and a subsequent blizzard left miles more buried under deep snow. Service on the railroad ground to a halt for weeks and as soon as the snows thawed, 42 miles of snowsheds would be built by the Central Pacific Railroad to protect their line. Initally constructed out out of 65 million board feet of lumber, the original snowsheds were soon replaced with stonger and fire resistant concrete structures and, are what you can find still standing today.
Days after we got back from the 2012 JK-Experience, we were already packing up and getting ready to head up to the Rubicon with Mel from Off Road Evolution.
Over the weekend, we were invited to go wheeling with the guys from Chrysler at the annual Hump-n-Bump run in Logandale, Nevada and, while we were there, we decided to check out some of the fun going on over at the Shitter Bowl.
Well, our original plan was for us to head straight for home soon after SEMA was done but, after getting a personal invitation from the Mopar Underground to join them out at the Hump-n-Bump in Logandale, there was no way we could say no to that.
When word got out that the Little Sluice was going to be altered from the state it had been in for almost 20 years, people were in an uproar. And, truth be told, I can't say I was exactly thrilled by the news either. However, while the recent transformation of the Little Sluice was big news, it was only significant because it was an iconic obstacle on the Rubicon Trail. The sad thing is, there have been work crews on the Rubicon quietly filling in rock gardens with crushed rocks, removing massive boulders, chopping down trees and closing off obstacles from end to end for quite some time now.
In addition to having an awesome off-road park like Turtle Ridge, Drummond Island hosts over 117 miles of trails that meander through boreal forests, across glacial rock deposits and stone ridges carved out by Lake Huron. It truly is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see and, we were happy to relax and explore it on our final day of the 2012 JK-Experience. Here are some highlight photos from tour around the island, I hope you enjoy.
Our 6th day on the 2012 JK-Experience would take us up and over the Mackinac Bridge and then across by ferry to Drummond Island which is the eastern most point on Michigan's Upper Penisula.
Located a little south of Houghton Lake, Rocks and Valleys is a relatively new off-road park with over 200 arces of hills, rocks, mud, tightly planted trees and other obstacles that offer a great time for wheelers of all skill levels. And, as luck would have it, this is where we would get to spend the second half of our fifth day on the JK-Experience. It's also where most of us would get our first experience wheeling on tires!!
Today, Redbird has become a premier off-road destination and our very first chance to hit the dirt... or, should I say MUD!! Oh yeah - thanks to the 6" of rain that fell the day before and with more predicted to fall that day, there was little doube that we'd get to experience heartland wheeling as it should be and in all it's glory. Here are some pics from our trip, I hope you enjoy.
in the town of Terre Haute, Indiana, our 1,100 mile adventure would take us up through the state of Ohio and end all the way up at the Canadian border on Michigan's beautiful, Drummond Island.
Our first official day on the 2012 the JK-Experience was a busy one that involved meetings, tech inspections, getting stickered up and doing some last minute maintenance on our rigs.
Swamp Lake is a beautiful 13 mile difficult rated trail located deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and near to the town of Shaver Lake, California. Because of it's remote location and all the snow they normally get up there, it's also a trail that has a limited window upon which it can be run.
Our last day in Tahoe just happend to be on a Friday and, rather than just make a bee line back home, Cindy and I decided to take a round about route and use up the whole weekend to get there. And, being that there was still so much more that we've been wanting to see and explore in Northern Nevada, that's where we headed off to - northeast along the historic Emigrant Trail, out to explore the area surrounding Lovelock, down to Fallon, east to Austin, south to Tonopah and then back into California via Highway 6. It was an epic journey taking two days to do but man, was it ever awesome! Here are some photos highlighting our trip back, I hope you enjoy.
Slickrock is one of the few trails up in the Tahoe area that we try to run at least once a year. Without a doubt, it's one of the prettiest trails around, has just enough obstacles to give even a built up Jeep a challenge, is short enough that you can do it as a day run and has wonderful camping areas that make it a great overnighter as well.
Rich in history and with so many fun trails to run, it was really hard not to head back up into gold country and do some more exploring. On this trip, we decided to do a quick run out to Deer Lake and then make our way across Gold Valley to check out some of the side trails, mines and wildflowers that were supposed to be in full bloom. Here are some pics from our trip, I hope you enjoy.
A few weeks back, Cindy and I tried to do another run through the Donner Summit snow sheds but as luck would have it, Union Pacific crews were out there with heavy equipment and closed them to access. Unsure of how long they would be closed, we decided to head north of Truckee and do a quick run on the Bear Valley Trail. Here are a few pics from our day out. I hope you enjoy.
With so much to see and with so little time to see it all, Cindy and I decided to head back out to the Northern Nevada Desert and do some more exploring! On this trip, we started off our day by heading out to the Pine Grove Hills and explore an old ghost town there bearing the same name. From there, we headed north up toward the Singatse Range to climb the ruins of the massive Bluestone Mine and beyond before making our way back to Tahoe. Below are highlight photos that we took along the way.
For our Gold Rush Run, we decided to explore the short but difficult rated Snake Lake Trail which is located on the eastern edge of Gold Valley and then circled around down and out west on the Mother Lode Highway until we reached the historic town of Downieville. From there, we headed on a long journey north and off pavement to the old mining town of Poker Flat and eventually, La Porte before calling it a day.
As many of you know, we spend our July's up in Tahoe and typically use our time up there to hike and wheel the extensive network of trails the area has to offer. And, while we still plan on doing that again this year, we decided to change things up a bit and utilize our northerly location to explore some of the Northern Nevada desert as well.
Unlike previous years, summer arrived up in the Sierra's a lot sooner than I've seen it in a really long time and, because of this, we decided to head up and do our annual Rockin Rubicon run a lot sooner than normal too. In fact, in spite of the fact that we ran the Con in June, the trail was surprisingly dry and with wildflowers already starting to wane.
Tuesday, June 5th was the 2nd of two Transit's of Venus for the century and the next viewing would be until 2117. Needless to say, this was something we had to see but unfortunately, cloudy skies over our neck of the woods would have prevented us from doing just that.
If you can believe it, this was the 3rd year in a row that our traditional Summer Kick-off up in the Sierra's ended up being more of a Winter Final. In fact, I'm starting to think we'll have to change it's name for next year with the hopes of getting an opposite effect.
A couple of weeks ago, I read about an Annular Solar Eclipse that was to occur in our neck of the woods on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
After extending our Arizona adventures with a side trip out to Sedona, we decided to make our final push back to Southern California by way of Route 66. Starting from Flagstaff, we made our way across the Mother Road, into the Hualapai Indian Nation and it was there that we found ourselves drawn to yet another side trip in the town of Peach Springs.
Rather than heading straight for home after the awesome weekend of wheeling we had in Arizona last week, Cindy and I decided to make our drive back a bit more interesting and took side trip up through Sedona.
Last weekend, our good friends Greg and Dave of Powerline Patrol invited Mel, Cindy and I out to Arizona to run a few of the trails out in the Florence Junction area. To be exact, we ended up running a total of 7 beautiful and epic trails including Box Canyon, the Martinez Mine Loop, Jack Handle, Orville’s Loop, the infamous Axel Alley, Upper Woodpecker and a better part of Highway to Hell before Mel's steering pump quit on him and forced us to bail out.
Over the weekend, we got a chance to hook up with some really old friends of ours, Matt and Heather (aka doojer & doojette) and do some camping out in the desert or, what some like to call, “overlanding”.
With the economy still in the dumps and gas prices through the roof, I suppose it really shouldn't come as any surprise that the 2012 Moab Easter Jeep Safari was by far one of the least crowded ones I've seen to date.
About a week before Christmas, we flew out to Niagara, New York to visit our good friend Ken (HappyCurmudgeon) who’s been fighting a losing battle against cancer, buy his silver 2-door JK and drive it back home to Southern California.
Typically, our family uses the Thanksgiving weekend to visit relatives but, because of our son's school and work schedule, we decided to change things up and just stay at home and relax. That is, that was the plan up until we got a call from Mel at Off Road Evolution who asked if we'd be interested in a last minute banzai run out to Laughlin.
The Holy Cross Trail is considered to be one of the most difficult hard-core trails in the state of Colorado and, in this short video clip, you’ll get to see just how well both the Falken Tire Jeep JK Wrangler and the Falken Wildpeak AT’s performed on one of the trails most difficult obstacle, the French Creek rock garden.
On the way home from Tahoe last week, Trail Bud, WOLette and I decided to make a detour and do a quick run up to Kavanaugh Ridge.
Honestly, I don't know what would have possesed us to make this final banzai run of the summer especially being that we just got home from the 2011 JK Experience Rocky Mountain Run. But, Trail Bud's long time friend was already on his way out from Missouri and, we had already committed to joining them and so, 3 days after getting home from Colorado, we were packed up and heading back to Tahoe.
Over the last 3 years, the Off Road Evolution JK Experience, presented by Falken Tire, has been the premier event that every Jeep JK Wrangler enthusiast has wanted to be part of. Focused specifically on the Jeep JK Wrangler, this event has been designed to give manufacturers a platform to test out and prove the worthiness of the products they make both on and off the trail. Limited to only 10 sponsors and 10 invited guests, the JK Experience is an exclusive event and, being that this year was going to be an adventure through the Colorado Rocky's, it was one that we at Project-JK.com were thrilled to be a part of.
Hey everybody, Project-JK is excited to announce that this year we will be participating in the 2011 JK Experience Main Event which will take place September 4th - 10th. Be sure to follow along on our adventure both on JK-Forum.com and on our Project-JK Facebook page as we post updates and pics throughout the journey!
What could scream a "JEEP WAY OF LIFE" better than an 800+ miles trip up through the California Central Coast and back again, more than half of which is run on rural back-roads and byways and, all of which is done doorless and topless!!
With the exception of last year, making a summer run up to Niagara Rim had always been an annual tradition for us. It was an opportunity to get away from the crowds, get up into the Sierra's, take in the fresh air, play on the rocks and have a good time camping with our NorCal friends.
I have to admit that I’m a big fan of Huell Howser and the myriad of shows that he produces regarding California and all its wonders. And, after seeing a episode where he ventured out to the northeast corner of California, I knew this was a place that I had to visit for myself.
Thanks to the crazy amount of snow covering the better part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains well into the middle of July, many of the runs we had hoped to do this summer ended up getting changed, postponed or canceled altogether. In fact, one of the last runs we had planned to do while still up in the Tahoe area was a trip up to Snake Lake with our good friends Brian and Diane.
Before our friend mituk and his kids had to leave Tahoe, we decided to get one more easy run in just to see the sights, soak up the warm sun and relax along the shores of the Lost Lakes.
In all the years my family and I have been coming up to Tahoe for the summer, this was the first one that we've seen so much snow stick around so long and well into the month of July. In fact, by the 4th of July weekend, we had heard that nobody had been able to run the entire length of the Rubicon Trail.
On our way up this year, we decided to take a slight detour up U.S. Route 6, head up and over the White Mountains and explore some of the cool ghost towns in Nevada's Candelaria Hills.
Memorial Day Weekend is typically a time when we like to kick off summer and start our wheeling trips back up to the Sierra Nevada mountains. However, with all the snow we saw all weekend long, I think “winter finale” might have been more appropriate. At least, that’s what our good friend Tim liked to call it anyway.
Earlier in the week, there was some discussion about doing an easy scenic run to finish up our week long Moab adventures but, that didn't last long and, come Friday, it was all about going out with a BANG!! And, that's why we chose to do a run up Goldbar Rim and a part of the Golden Spike Trail to get out to the Golden Crack. On these trails, we saw lots of big ledges, all kinds of slickrock to play on and outstanding views out to the Colorado River and beyond.
For our 5th day in Moab, we decided to take the day off from wheeling and do a little sightseeing on foot in the ever beautiful Arches National Park. And, being that the Delicate Arch is essentially the symbol, the icon that represents, that would be our main destination for the day.
Day 4 of our Moab Easter Jeep Safari would take us up to sandstone plains of the Poison Spider Mesa Trail. By far one of the most famous trails in the Moab area, Poison Spider Mesa features steep climbs up slickrock faces, off camber shoots, technical v-notch sections and fun sand dunes to rip down.
For Day 3, it was time to kick things up a notch and challenge both Jeep and Driver alike on the Cliffhanger Trail. Right from the get go, this trail has big ledges you have to decend, tough rock gardens you have to climb and never racking narrow shelf roads that hug the side of towering cliff faces.
Our second day in Moab was spent over at AREA BFE where we attended the Project-JK Moab Madness event hosted by Full-Traction Suspension, Superior Axle & Gear and Superchips. After spending the afternoon playing on the Green Day Trail, our gracious hosts treated us to an awesome burgers and hotdog BAR-B-Q!!
For our first official day out in Moab, we wanted to break everyone in on something not too difficult but, something that would give them an idea of what to expect for the rest of the week.
Off Road Evolution's JK Experience presented by Falken Tire will be an event that will promote and showcase the off-road and on-road capabilities of the Jeep JK, and in particular the products from those manufacturers that participate/sponsor the event. Expect hardcore terrain, mind blowing scenery, and what you will call "The best experience I have ever been on" when it is all said and done.
Rausch Creek Off-road Park once again hosted the 2nd Annual EastCoast JKFest and with a total of 87 Jeep JK's in attendance on Saturday and over 100 in attendance throughout the weekend. Thanks to the generous help of our sponsors, PureJeep, Hanson Offroad, Clayton Offroad, Full Traction Suspension, 4Wheel Drive Hardware, Northridge4x4, Superchips, LOD, Teraflex and Alpha Expedition this event definitely turned out to be much bigger and better than the year before.
About a month ago, we had planned to do the Dusy Ershim with JK-Forum.com members MBATF, rampage, Trail Bud and Mel from Off Road Evolution but, after a very full summer of hard wheelin and having just come off both Niagara Rim and the Rubicon the week before, we decided that it might be best to just cancel this trip and reschedule it for sometime next year. Certainly, we were spent and the Dusy is known for being extremely long and grueling both physically and mentally and I don't know if any of us were ready for that. But, as you've probably guessed by now, that decision lasted all but about a day or so before Mel caught wind that we wanted to back out and talked us back into doing the run.
Hanson Offroad and Purejeep in conjunction with Project-JK, JK-forum, invites members to its 2nd Annual EastCoast JKFest Trail ride & Meet and Greet.
The 2009 Moab Easter Jeep Safari is just around the corner and I'm happy to announce that this year, Project-JK will be hosting the JK event of the year along with Off Road Evolution over at the world famous Area BFE. This event, officially entitled the Moab JK Jam 2009, will take place on Wednesday, April the 8th and participants will get a chance to wheel some of the coolest trails in Moab, feast on great food, pick up some sweet swag and get a chance to win some awesome prizes - Admission is FREE!!
On October 10, 2008, Eastcoast JK members finally got a chance to show the westcoast what wheeling really is at the Raush Creek Offroad Park in Tremont, PA. Sponsored by 4WD Hardware, the Project-JK's Eastcoast JKFest was the first of it's kind outside of California and without a doubt, it was clearly the biggest ever or anywhere!
Back in December of last year, a member of JK-Forum.com started a thread that showed photos of him doing a run up Bronco Peak in his new Jeep JK Wrangler 2-Door Sahara. At the time, he was riding on little more than a budget boost and 33″ tires and although he was able to make it through with some effort, it was his belief that it simply couldn’t be done in a 4-Door Unlimited. Of course, upon hearing this, I knew Bronco Peak was a run that I would have to do in my Rubicon Unlimited and do as soon as I could. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be until last weekend that I would finally get my chance but I am glad that I finally did.
Located deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near the Sonora Pass, Niagara Rim is a beautiful trail that Cindy and I had been wanting to run for quite some time now but always found it logistically difficult to do. Certainly, it's quite a haul to get to from our home down in Southern California and it's even quite the trek from South Lake Tahoe where we normally spend a good part of our summers. And, being that Niagara Rim is a 'difficult' rated trail, it's also one that we preferred not to do alone and finding friends who could join us out in this remote location had proven to be somewhat of a challenge. Needless to say, when we announced that we would be doing a run/camping trip out on this trail about a month ago over on JK-Forum.com, we weren't sure what to expect and had no idea of who if anyone would be able come along. Of course, what we hadn't taken into consideration was the fact that just about every planned run on JK-Forum.com has a way of getting people to come out of the woodwork and this trip was no exception to the rule. Much to my surprise, when all was said and done, we were able to get a total of 10 Jeep JK Wranglers coming from all over Northern and Southern California to join us.
In addition to its spectacular beauty and rich history, there is a reason why the Rubicon is legendary and considered to be the Mecca of all Jeep trails. Without a doubt, the Rubicon is by far one of the most challenging and demanding 17 miles of trail that you can possibly run. The countless boulders, ledges, trees, water crossings, mud, tippy rock faces and tight squeezes that you encounter along its entire length are relentless and determined to break you down both mentally and physically. Certainly, the Rubicon is not a trail for the faint of heart or the squimish as breakdowns, rollovers and body damage is the norm and is to be expected. And, if you're feeling the call that all Jeepers feel deep inside their hearts of running the Rubicon someday, I would highly recommend that you do it with the Jeepers Jamboree.
To celebrate the kids getting out of school for the summer, the doojers, WOLette and I decided to make a 3 day trek up the good ol' 395. Leaving on Wednesday night, we met up with the doojers in Culver City and made our way to Lone Pine where we stayed the night with the hopes of getting a fresh and early start in the morning.
Our latest YouTube video addition highlights a trail run that we did up Odessa Canyon back in September and as our good friend Jennifer (aka - toad) can be quoted as saying, it truly was "a 5-SCREAM run!" As you'll see, this trail required a lot of low range work as well as a fair amount of winching and strapping in order for us to climb up and over the myriad of boulders and dry falls we encountered along the way...
Of all the trips that we've gone on this year, I'd have to say that this was by far the mother of all last minute runs. In fact, I don't think any of us had any idea as to where we might be going - if we were going, until the Friday before and even then, nobody had a clue as to what the plan was until close to 10:00 PM that night.
After seeing some of the amazing photos that our very own JK-Forum member (JKTyrant) took while vacationing up in Hume Lake, California, we decided that a trip up there was needed in order for us to see this awesome scenery for ourselves.
Well, inspite of the moonless night we were guaranteed to have and being up in an area that was about as dark as dark can be, I'd have to say that the Perseid Meteor Shower we went up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to see was more or less a bust. But, with a total of 7 Jeep JK Wranglers and 15 really great people along for the ride, I'd also have to say that the Project-JK Perseid Meteor Shower Trail Run/Camping Trip up was an absolute blast.
Hey everybody, Cindy (wayoflifette) has just finished the latest Project-JK video highlighting our recent Summer Sierra Trek 2007 which took place on July, Friday the 13th. The first half of the video covers our morning run up the Sand Canyon and Wheeler Ridge trails and the second half covers our sunset run up to the beautiful Laurel Lake both of which are located just south of the Mammoth Lakes. Anyway, if you wanna see it, all you need to do is click on the link below or on the banner above.
After spending almost three weeks up in Lake Tahoe, it was finally time for us pack up our things and make our way back home to Southern California. But, before we did, one more run for the road was definitely in order and we decided to make it a run up the Slickrock Trail.
Check it out boys and girls, Project-JK has just finished our latest video highlighting our recent run up the Deer Valley Trail.
With a total of only four Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited's along for the ride, I can honestly say that the very first Project-JK run up into the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains was by far one of the most enjoyable runs we've done to date.
Even though I've been up in Lake Tahoe for a little over a week now, I've unfortunately had to bring work up with me and, as you can guess, I've been stuck doing as much almost everyday since getting here. Need I say, this run up the Deer Valley Trail was the first one we've been able to squeeze into our crazy busy schedule and man, am I ever glad we did.
With 14 Jeep JK Wranglers (about a 50/50 split between 2-doors and 4-doors), 3 TJ Wranglers and even a Mitsubishi Montero Sport along for the ride, this Project-JK run up Lockwood Creek Miller Jeep Trail was by far the biggest turnout we've had for an outting to date. And, without a doubt, it was by far one of the best ones we've had as well.
For those of you who've been asking to see some videos of the Project-JK Jeep JK Wrangler in action, here's a quick video that Matt (doojer), his cameraman Whit and his awesome production crew put together for us heading up Last Chance Canyon.
After wheeling hard for two days in a row, we decided to change things up a little today, sleep in, have some breakfast in town and then do a nice easy run in the Canyonlands National Park with some friends of ours. This is an area around Moab that I had always read about and had always wanted to see but have always been too busy going on orgainzed trail runs and playing on harder obsticals to really take in some of the awesome sights around here. Anyway, the specific trail we ran was one that takes you out to the Colorado River Overlook and man, is it ever a beautiful drive with an absolutely breath taking view at the end of it. And, fortunately for us, we just happen to come at a time where even the drive out to the trail head was covered with vast fields of stunning (but stinky) lavender flowers surrounded by impressive red rock canyon walls.
Our plan for day two of our 2007 Moab Easter Jeep Safari was to hook up with Dave (aka - JK-Forum moderator papabear) bright and early in the morning and then run Metal Masher. But, as things always seem to change on the fly around here, we ended up making a stop over at the Primedia Event at Area BFE first and man, am I ever glad that I did... ...With work out of the way, it was time for us to have some real fun! Although I have been to Moab before, I still have yet to even scratch the surface when it comes to all the awesome trails this great place has to offer. Need I say, this was my first time running Metal Masher and admittedly, I'm always a bit leary about running a "difficult" rated trail that I've never been on before especially when it's in a brand new vehicle with little to no parts available for it in the event of a break.
Well boys and girls, after driving 750 miles and 14 hours later, we finally arrived here in Moab, Utah late Sunday night and just in time to catch a quick dinner over at Eddie McStiffs, check in, unpack and then catch a few hours of sleep before the fun begins. Bright and early Monday morning, we headed out to Area BFE to participate in the The Rock 4 event which is put on annually by Superior Axle & Gear, Full Traction Suspension and Toyo Tires. Of the two trails being offered up for the day, Minor Threat and Green Day, we decided to do the latter as this is the trail we ran the year before in our 6" Full Traction Long Arm lifted TJ and we wanted to see how our 3" Full Traction Ultimate lifted JK would stand up to the same terrain. And, need I say, I absolutely LOVE the JK - this thing simply kicks ass!!!