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    '04 LJ
  1. I have my own calendar I'm working around. May is toast because of my trip out west. Early June is booked due to Bantam, mid-July is book for PA Jeeps. August is Carlisle Truck show and MAOF, then September I leave on trip #2. It was like the one weekend out of 52 I had open (okay, maybe not the only weekend out of 52... but seems that way). If no on can make it, that's fine. I just need a heads up so i can plan accordingly.
  2. For those are are interested, able, and willing... I will be taking point on a camping, hiking, and 4x4'ing weekend around Michaux State Forest in south central Pennsylvania. Friday Night: Arrive & make camp; socialize around fire pit Saturday: One Lap of Michaux (Mount Holly Springs to Mont Alto State Park and back to camp) with few short/easy hike to outlooks along the way Sunday: Piney Mountain Ridge Road & Pole Steeple AT Hike Camping: Primary camping will be at a primitive campsite inside the state forest (TBD depending on group size and site availability). These sites have NO FACILITIES. An alternative campsite can be setup at either Pine Grove Furnace State Park or Caledonia State Park both of which have facilities for anyone who is looking for something a little less "rustic." More than willing to socialize at the primitive site. Hiking: The Saturday hikes will be short and easy and will be from the road to scenic overlooks or historical sites. Nothing too crazy just good photo opportunities. The Sunday hike up to Pole Steeple is a little longer and mild-to-moderate difficulty depending on which way and how fast you hike. I like to take the Appalachian Trail which is a little longer but less steep than the actual Pole Steeple Trail. I also tend to hike at a more leisurely pace. The hike down the Pole Steeple Trail isn't as bad now that they put in switchbacks. (Link to Pole Steeple Trail: Riding: The roads of the "One Lap of Michaux" are nothing more than flat dirt and gravel roads. Nothing off-camber and nothing requiring 4wd. Speed will be around 25-35 max. It's 101 miles of scenic forest roads, mountain streams, the occasional scenic vista, and dust... lots of dust if it's dry. Depending on group size it will be best to split into smaller groups of 3-6 vehicles just to mitigate the dust. There is a lot of history within Michaux State Forest and I will do my best to play tour-guide for anyone curious. Might also stop to checkout the Appalachian Trail Museum and the PA Forest Fire Museum if there is enough interest. Meals: Meals will be your own responsibility. Breakfasts and dinners will be in camp with lunch Saturday on the road and lunch Sunday on the trail atop Pole Steeple. Alcohol: As responsible adults alcohol will be confined to camp with vehicles parked for the night. Should go without saying but DUI will not be tolerated. ----- If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!
  3. I'm a maybe. Depends on what's wrong with my trailer axle. If all it needs is flipped I hope to have it fixed this weekend. If not, I don't know what I'll do. Tentative for now... can update for sure after this weekend.
  4. I have a 101 mile loop around Michaux planned out. More than willing to guide that sometime this summer. It can be done as one long day of all driving or split over a two-day weekend if we do sightseeing along the way. Can camp either in a primitive site (no facilities) or at one of the state parks (with facilities). June or July would work for me so long as it doesn't interfere with either Bantam or PA Jeeps. August I'll beat MAOF the 2nd weekend but might be able to squeeze in another weekend before I hit the road in September for my second book trip of the year.
  5. If they come in double-extra-chunky, yes What about RTC patches? I know the outfit I go through has a minimum order of 50 at around a dollar a piece. Would be cool to do up a clock face with the hands pointing at 3:00... then do ones for RTC 2015 and 2016 with the hands at 1:00 and 2:00 respectively. I would totally buy all three. #justsaying
  6. I'll be camping again with the trailer for sure! Hopefully it won't be so brutally cold as it was Friday night last time.
  7. I'm fine with guiding GREENS again this year.
  8. So that event in April I was working on won't be happening. So that opens me up a little more if the end of April works.
  9. I'm game for almost any weekend in Jan/Feb/Mar. April will get tight as EJS nears (assuming I try to make it to Moab again). Then in May I'll be heading west for Expo and the 2017 NHT book trip.
  10. I'll be camping. I'll have my poor-man's-teardrop trailer.
  11. Hello everyone. I'm Dean and I'll be leading the green group for this years Rock the Clock. I'll be doing a more detailed briefing during a driver's meeting before we roll out in the morning, but in case anyone has any questions they'd like to ask here I figured I'd make a post. Few things. We won't be doing anything a stock 4wd can't handle. I am more than willing to do some Off-road 101 coaching for anyone who is new to this and/or hasn't ever been to Rausch At any time if someone needs/wants a spotter I'll be more than willing to help you get through something It's a cliche, but there is no such thing has a stupid question. I come from an education background and I used to sell Jeeps and teach a lot of off-road classes. Trust me, I'd rather have you ask BEFORE we roll out than risk breaking something later. Anyway, looking forward to the event and can't wait to meet everyone! ----- Group 1 - Greens 1. @Dean - Trail Guide 2. @BigCesar & @LittleCesar 3. @Mikey8606 4. Nick Thomsen 5. Alex Cook 6. Falcon50 7. @steelcitychic11
  12. Two of the biggest resources i used when planning my 2016 trip out west were the Backcountry Discovery Routes and the web-site. Backcountry Discovery Routes (aka "BDR") - The BDR's are a series of overland routes that feature some of the best back roads of a given state. They usually run from border to border and take multiple days to complete. They are primarily set up for dual-sport motorcyles but since they run on "roads" (paved and mostly unpaved) there is nothing from stopping 4x4's from doing them. A word of caution though, what's easy on a motorcycle can be nearly impossible in a full-size four-wheel-drive vehicle, and visa-versa. Always a good idea to digital pre-run the route (web-wheel, research, youtube videos, etc) to see what people have to say about the route. Also check the BDR site for updates, road closures, re-routes, and forest fires. - The trail damage site has information on 4x4 trails in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Pick a trail, any trail, and if you've heard of it chances are they have information on it. Each trail page will have a breakdown of the trail, ratings for things like rocks, mud, water, scenic, etc, a narrative of the trail, videos, and GPX files for the routes, landmarks, and other noteworthy locations (like campsites, gates, and latrines). Great way to digital pre-run some trails and get a rundown of a trail before running it yourself. That said, it's all relative because what is easy for one guy might be sphincter-pucker-enducecing for someone else. These are just two resources among many that are out there. The BDR's are a great route and rumor has it they are working on a Mid-Atlantic BDR to be released within a year or so (hopefully in 2017 but maybe not till 2018). Till then, they are a great resource. While the GPX files are nice, I highly suggest the paper maps. Well worth the money. For anyone heading to Moab, make sure to hit up their visitor's center for some maps. There are some great trail maps worth picking up. My copies are currently on loan, but once I get them back I'll snap some pics.
  13. November works for me.