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Trip Reports / Off Camber Crawlers Valentines Day run 2017
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:27:47 pm »
Alan Staiman & Teah 2014 JK Rubicon
Bryan Folts & Crystal Unknown Vintage Cj/YJ thing
Andrew E.  2015 Lifted JKUR
And a host of Shenandoah Valley Jeep Club members we met on the mountain.
We all met up at the Sheetz in Harrisonburg in the morning.   
Set Andrew's and held CB radio to Channel 4 and headed out.
I decided to go out 33 and up Dunkel Hollow.   
There were hunting camps everywhere and hunters all along the road.
The trail was recently graded and graveled for the first section of the road. After that it got back to normal (rough). We came up on a pair of stopped vehicles and got out to see what was wrong.  The Grand Cherokee had knocked off a metal valve stem on a tree branch.   The did not seem to have a spare tire so they were using duct tape and ear plugs to stop the leak. 
!!!! OCC to the rescue!!  I had a set of the Colby Valve emergency replacement valve stems in my jeep!  I got one and told them how to install it.  They were very happy to have a solution and thanked me for the Colby. They then pulled their vehicles off the trail and proceeded to make repairs.  (Stupid Alan forgot to get an email address to find out how well the thing worked).
We got to the ridge line and stopped to work out our route. We headed to nearby Flagpole Knob and got some pictures and I got some drone pics and video (it was really windy so we did not stay long.
We met up with a large group  from Shenandoah Valley 4 Wheelers and all of us went  to Meadow knob for lunch.
I awarded the prize: The winner of the Couples Valentines day gifts were Bryan  & Crystal!   
After much chatting, eating  and Teah begging EVERYBODY for food we off with the Shenandoah group following us.
The trail was fun.  nice rocks, and good mudholes.  We stopped for pictures at the Stone House.  Then we chatted as we drove our way down the mountain.
At Hone Quarry Alan stopped so he could find a Geocache and Bryan could air up.
We then all hit pavement and made our ways home.
We had a really beautiful warm day for wheeling.  Met up with good friends, helped out other wheelers and came out with no damage..
Overall a great reboot to the Valentine's day OCC ride!

Trip Reports / Big Dogs Off Road Spring Fling 2017
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:04:39 pm »
I arrived Friday night and set up camp at the OCC Camp with Greg Browning and his brother.
Took the Jeep out drove around , see who was there, Say Hi to John Hunt and spend some time with my friends from Richmond.
Brad B. had already grenaded his rear diff so he was looking for a ride. Little did I know I would soon be doing the same.

 About 6 we all cooked dinner and headed down to Camp 6 to watch some mud bogging.
 Try as he might Eugene was only able to get 3 vehicles to try to run the mud bog. The first one through was a Toyota.
 He gave it a really good try, ran out at several times and finally ended up with two wheels in the mud and two wheels on the bank.
 He asked me to try and winch him out from the front while another vehicle stabilized him of the strap.   I put the CJ up against a tree spooled the winch out and started
 pulling.  The bumper of the CJ slipped off the tree and must have hooked the driver side front wheel and pushed it all the way over. I put The Jeep gear to  backup and snap!  I  broke my right front axle shaft.
 I turned the locker on backed the CJ up put it against the tree to finished winching the Toyota out.
A couple of other people tried.. and failed.. and then finally everybody started leaving. I hopped in the Jeep tried to start it and had no power.  I'm guessing that I melted my battery disconnect switch on the negative side.
Eugene and a few others helped me troubleshoot then I rewired one battery and was able to start the Jeep. I drove it back to camp and put it in the trailer for the weekend.
That night Walli R and a couple of others people arrived and set up camp.

    Saturday morning I met up with Jeff J. and rode with him and and the group from 4-wheel to Heal. We intended to go up V trail with our group as we had a mixed group of experience and vehicles.
 We found the V Trail blocked due to a broken down Jeep. Turned out that was the other OCC bunch. So we decided let's try something else next thing we know we're going up ET. This ended up not working out as well as we would have liked.
Jeff and 3  others had no problem going up lower ET.. but the rest tried the bypassed.  One Jeep somehow bounded his nose up in the air and blew  a tire. That group spending the next hour and a half getting the tire changed.
We finally got them going down U Turn Hard and back to camp. We drove down toward Corum rocks. We got really close to the rocks and then ended up stuck in line with about 10 other Jeeps.
 Everyone was just sitting and waiting so I walked up to the front to find out what was happening.  I found a TJ that had lost the castle nut on his tierod.  He was trying to see hwo he could fix it so I took over. I walked back up the line and found someone who had spare nuts that would fit and  someone else
who had bottle jack so we could push the tie rod back into place.   I got the Jack in place and set the tie rod.  The other guy put the new nut on cotter pin on and we finally got him moving and on the way.  Our crew made short work of going down Corum  (Jeff ran it without using his lockers). We then we headed back
 to Camp to meet up with the rest of the group. Lunch was Hot Dogs and Burritos .. all cooked on our engines as we wheeled.
 Mike Anderson arrived at that point and joined our group. We took off with me leading the run with a goal of running as may trails as we could before the 5 PM deadline. 
We ran up camp 6 and on to the timber trail.. well not exactly.. We ended up on the Chestnut trail back to Overlook.  OK back to Camp 6 and this time to Timber Trail.  We went past Pucker and Squealer, down through Log Bridge,
 down Sissy  and then we took Cobra to get back up to Upper Road.   We were going up the last section of Cobra when the CJ8 got stuck.  I had Mike get his winch out and borrowed a snatch block and tree saver.  We started to pull the CJ8 when I noticed a problem..  one of the front leaf springs had broken off the spring hanger. 
A quick trail fix of 2 clevis's attached to the spring eye and to his bumper tow point stabilized him enough to get back to camp.
We all got back to camp in more or less one piece after that.
Next time for  dinner and then to head down and listen to music, watch people play on The Rockpile, meet Friends and buy raffle tickets for the giveaways.
    The next morning Jeff, Mike Anderson and two other members of four-wheeling to heal decided we were going to check out a new trail that had been cut up at the top near pinnacle.
 This Trail runs on the same side as Insanity and has similar rocks.   We were told it tends to be between the 7-9 rating. It has a lot of very large Boulders in a field that you have to run up very similar to Corum rocks.
 It does has some very steep up climbs and is a bit off camber.  Just past the start of it  there's another section that's even harder which has an even steeper exit climb. 
Jeff and I took the lead on this one with Mike following behind.  With a lot of wheel spin and banging got a little ways up.   Jeff stopped to survey the path and I got out to walk it to the top.  I then saw the other two Jeeps head to the other section of the trail. 
 I walked over there and ended up helping spot John up and around in the section he tried. Meanwhile Jeff and Mike had succeeded in getting up to the top but couldn't figure out where to go from there.
So I ran back  up the trail to them and found that there were two possible exits..so course we took the harder one. We all met up where the trail comes back to the Pinnacle Trail. That's when John noticed that he could not find his GoPro.
 We looked through the Jeep but couldn't find it.  We then walked the trail all the way back to where he'd been wheeling but didn't find it.   We headed back to the Jeep somewhat in a bad mood. John then looked underneath his tool bag in the Jeep and lo and behold There it was. 
The camera had bounced underneath the tool bag.   OK All good, time to go. We headed on back down to main camp and packed up our rigs for the run home.

I was unhappy that it had now been 4 trips to gore in a row that I have had mechanical issues either on the Tow rig or the CJ7 and did not get to wheel it.  I did have a great time Wheeling with the four-wheel to heal crew and Jeff and Mike.
 It was kind of a neat experience not driving but spotting and taking photographs all the way through the Run. However next time I'll have my jeep fixed and be ready to try it again.

*****   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D 8) 8) 8) 8)

For Sale:
Subject: Jeep we are selling

Let me know if you think anyone will be interested - looking for $15k

1997 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara  -  Forest Green
4.0L, A/C (all new components), Automatic
New BFG Mud Terrain KM/2 33X12.5 on aluminum rims
AGR Heavy Duty Steering Box
JBA Ceramic coated header
JBL and Infinity speakers with new Kenwood head unit
Smitty Built Front and Rear Bumpers, Rear Gas Holder, Swing Out Tire
       Carrier, Rear Storage Rack

Hella Driving Lights
New 8000Lbs Warn Winch

Front and Rear Pure Jeep Tube Fenders

Rock Sliders

I camped all last week in the Napier Jeep-tent I got at the VA4WDA run at Gore int he spring.

Just wanted to post a pic of it in use with my Jeep & the rest of my camp!

Thanks VA!

Upcoming Trail Runs / When is the VA4WDA Gore Trail ride scheduled?
« on: February 02, 2015, 12:00:08 pm »
When is the VA4WDA Gore Trail ride scheduled?


Upcoming Trail Runs / Re: VA4WDA Member Only Run May 17th
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:12:15 am »
I'll be there,
Probably guiding as usual.
Kind of sad not running it.. as it was My child,
but I'm happy that it is being managed and run well.

This will be the big 'first run' with my new enclosed trailer/shop/garage/bedroom :)


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