Jeep Frolics

An early flick made by Willys Motors showing footage from really early Mark Smith Jeep Jamborees and Jeep Rallys, and an International Jeep Derby.

This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA.

Road to Butler Peak reopened to the public

Doesn't look like much, but back in 2007 this was all you could get for the JK!I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I drove up to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout in my then-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I’d just installed the first Terraflex lift and wanted to see how the rig drove both on pavement (freeways and road to Big Bear) and on a reasonably non-treacherous fire road.

Not that I didn’t trust the work done by the dealership, but – just after picking the rig up – I noticed that it drove and handled awful. Turns out the crack team of “mechanics” at the dealership had inflated my tires with (walking around from passenger front, to rear, to driver front):15 lbs of air, 35 lbs of air, 20lbs of air, and 40lbs of air. Not sure why they decided to try to kill me after I’d just bought the rig, but … well. Whatever.

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The End Of The Trail for California’s OHV Program?

Save California's OHVThis information has been posted and reposted several times, I got it as an email from a few different sources. My “trust but verify” meter always leads me to research things like this before posting them, and this has been verified. I believe the original source for this email was District 36 Motorcycle Sports Committee, Inc.

California’s Department of Parks and Recreation is going through a Transformation Process that is proposing eliminating of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

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California State Parks Foundation Calling For Volunteers

cspfThe California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions Program is seeking volunteers for the Park Champions Program.  The Park Champions Program holds volunteer work days in state parks across California, and was created in response to the unprecedented budget cuts and closures that California State Parks have been facing. The Park Champions program provides consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the areas of park maintenance and beautification.

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Review: Santiago Oaks Regional Park

boltLocated on the very eastern edge of the city of Orange, Santiago Oaks Regional Park runs alongside Santiago Creek, Orange County’s main tributary to the Santa Ana River.

This secluded 1,269 acre park – located close enough to most east Orange neighborhoods to walk to, including Orange Park Acres and Villa Park – offers family-friendly nature well within the reach of everyone. There is a mature forest, Santiago Creek, wildlife, and trails for virtually every level of hiker, mountain biker, and equestrian.

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Jeep and Mopar Unveil Seven Concept Vehicles Built for 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep Shortcut ConceptAuburn Hills, Mich. – Seven new, ultra-capable Jeep® concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers, will conquer the famous and challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at Easter Jeep Safari, March 19-27. Thousands of off-road enthusiasts are expected to descend upon Moab this year to celebrate what will likely be the most popular Jeep Safari ever, as the 50th annual event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.

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Accessing Whitney Portal: How To Make it Work in 2016

whitneyroadworkPress Release (USDA) – If you do plan to visit Whitney in the summer of 2016, please pack your patience and carefully plan your trip to avoid the construction delays and the parking problems.

  • Check the construction schedule before you head up to Whitney Portal (Twitter (@mtwhitneyinfo), at the Interagency Visitor Center (760-876-6222), on the web HERE. There may be times when delays and parking are little impacted. There may be periods with 30 minute delays, and two 3-hour delays per day in the peak of construction.
  • Please be prepared that there may not be a parking space available for you.
  • Consider carpooling, being dropped off by friends, or explore local shuttle services.

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2016 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

rr4wci-logoFrom the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc. website:

Though not an exhaustive introduction to the Easter Jeep Safari event, we hope this provides an overview to many of the pertinent questions that are asked throughout the year. The Jeep Safari newspaper encompasses these points in greater depth, and also holds the registration form, so be sure to write in your request to be on the mailing list. Thank you for your interest in EJS, the official event of the Red Rock 4-Wheelers!

What it is…. Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab Utah throughout the 9 day long event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. one of the the local four wheel drive clubs of Moab. Participants provide their own four wheel drive vehicle, take care of their own food and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. Suggested essentials, beyond plenty of water, include sun protection, and layered clothing in case of changing weather circumstances that are always a possibility during the spring in southeastern Utah.

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Looking for a challenge? How about six of ‘em?

The 2016 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge has officially kicked off. This is a great program that raises funds for Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization that helps to transform the lives of urban youth by offering wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills that last a lifetime.

What are the Six-Pack of Peaks? According to the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge website they’re “epic hikes up a series of increasingly higher and tougher peaks in Southern California.” I’ve done them all – and I’ll do them again this year. I love getting outside, and the chance to participate with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts while helping a very worthy cause is something i just can’t pass up!

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