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  1. 4 points
    We are in and out of cell phone coverage....check us out on facebook if you get a chance...I'll post there as well....Nevada is so very awesome! We are seeing stuff we have never seen before...like a 100 ton smelter! An almost complete stamp mill with concentrating table and rifling table! Such cool stuff! smiles and love from Tonopah (momentarily!) ladybug
  2. 3 points
    I’m not interested in taking the class only because my current volunteer gig at GCNP provides me with WFA at no cost as part of the program. But if I may, I’m going to make a few comments and observations about my WFA course experiences. I believe that you are on the right track being able to customize the course to your area and wants. For example. My original and first recertification was with with NOLS. Excellent hands on but I didn’t really think our SW issues were covered quite as well as they could have been. It seemed like their course outline was tailored to all of North America. Don’t get me wrong, we had excellent instructors, the above comment was just my observation. For example. I thought snakebite instruction was somewhat lacking. My first WFA training that was provided by the NPS was with UNM (University of New Mexico) wilderness medicine program. It consisted of about 10 hours of online training that I was skeptical about at first (I’m old). That turned out to be very good training. The ability to go over a module again was great. The second part of the class was an 8 hour module of in person hands on training. The UNM training was a fantastic course. Also, going back to customized training, the UNM course covered major bleeding wounds. NOLS was really lacking in this area. Its my thought that some WFA courses are hesitant to cover wounds that might be caused by a firearm. The UNM course was excellent in this regard covering use of tourniquets and wound packing. I’m not going to get into a gun debate but I’m sure some of you are also firearms enthusiasts. YMMV. My last WFA was all online due to the fact that I had three previous in person classes and my program was overloaded with new volunteers that need training. Id have to look up who it was with but it wasn’t a bad refresher course. One last comment on location. I fully support the hands on simulations being outside. However being able to have the lecture portion indoors is an advantage IMO. I sweated thru two days of my original NOLS course in mid Sept. and smoked by the end of each day! I like the idea of possibilities of MCSO rescue squad being involved. Also don’t be surprised if you need to get CPR training separate from you WFA course. Good luck.
  3. 2 points
    i'm still very happy with my Fumoto and the company has been around a long time so i don't worry about their seals leaking or anything. i have one on my 3.6L engine, a custom installed one on the trans pan, and Brady has one on his 3.8L engine too - never any issues.
  4. 2 points
    a fairly quick project this morning to rewire the PowerPole port and cigarette lighter style outlet that i'd added to the center console so they are both powered by the house battery now.
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    Hello! Looking to coordinate a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training course for Offroad Passport. The idea is to get anyone interested trained up in wilderness/backcountry-specific first aid. What happens if a medical emergency happens when you're way off grid? Do you know how to safely response to a life-threatening injury or illness? Gain peace-of-mind that you know what to do and when to do it. This can also strengthen the overall group, heighten safety, and provide attendees with the skills they need to help others. Exploring 2 options: Join a public training course on pre-selected dates (as individuals) Attend a private Offroad Passport-only course that could be more tailored to our specific group This option requires a MINIMUM of 12 attendees We can determine the dates Course can be customized to our specific interests (such as vehicle-based exploration and areas we tend to explore) If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Some general info on the course & instructors: Both options are 2-Day Courses (Sat/Sun) and are all-day (8am to 5pm) for a total of 16 hours of training Cost is $195 per student. If we have 24 students, the cost is $175 per student Course is taught/presented by: SOLO Schools, founded in 1974, responsible for training the National Parks Service, NOLS, Outward Bound, and over 107,000 students. Members of the MCSO Mountain Rescue Posse (MCSO-MR), a formalized mountain rescue arm of the Maricopa County Sheriffs office involved in SAR/EMS operations all over the country. The group that coordinates the courses is called CAMRA (link) and is a 501 c(3) non-profit with local roots that date back to the 1940s and post-WWII exploration of the mountains around Phoenix. Instructors are, at a minimum, a certified Wilderness EMT. Learning style is blended - with classroom, hands-on skills labs, and hands-on outdoor scenarios What You'll Learn: This fast-paced, comprehensive two-day program will teach you skills for responding to medical emergencies in the backcountry. Day 1: Patient Assessment System Fractures/Dislocations Principles of Splinting Preparedness and Prevention Day 2: Environmental Emergencies Treating shock Long-term Patient Care Soft Tissue Injuries Bites and Stings ...and many other potentially life-saving skills! NOTE: You must have the physical capacity to kneel on concrete and dirt surfaces while participating in the skill labs and outdoor scenarios. Tuition includes: SOLO Field Guide to Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Wilderness First Aid Map SOLO WFA Certification Card (2 year certification) If we have 12 interested students: They will set up a private registration page specific to us Payment is taken in advance via credit card on their secure website They can host the class anywhere, but the North Mountain location is also an option (they have a longstanding relationship with the North Mountain Visitors Center) They can customize the class to our use-case and club. For example, a focus on vehicle-based travel, areas/environments/terrains which we commonly explore If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Interested Folks: @4x4tographer @Stacey and Scott (Stacey) @Stacey and Scott (Scott) @shellback91 @mbuckner @SonoranWanderer @alexshel44 @AZRNintheJeep242 Facebook - Patricia M. Facebook - Sean C. @Zavala
  6. 1 point
    i'm 90% sure your t-case fill and drain plugs are M22-1.50 thread. if you have Amazon Prime, you could order the Fumoto version and return it easily if it's not right. or the "EZ" brand... or here's the ValvoMax one...
  7. 1 point
    the only downside i see to the Valvomax/Femco design is that if you were to need to go to a shop for an oil change instead of DIY (like traveling on a long trip), then you need to take the special hose adapter with you, else they will just have to unscrew the hole thing i guess. the Fumoto can work with a standard piece of tubing (i think 3/8") or even without a hose at all. as far as clearance, just FYI, Fumoto also has a newer lower-profile "SX" design that also allows you to rotate the output to whichever direction works best (at the time of install). https://www.fumotousa.com/SX.html
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    Stumbled across this today - pretty popular on the JL Wrangler Forums: the Valvomax Oil Plug. Similar in concept to the Fumoto, instead of a lever/toggle design, it uses a knob design. You can connect a tube to it (like the Fumoto) for mess-free oil changes. Supposedly it has better clearance when you're combining it with certain engine skid plate combinations. I'm hopeful to find something like this or the Fumoto someday for the transfer case drain plug so I don't need to drop my tranny skid to change the fluid. Photo of it on a 3.6L Pentastar, no skid plate:
  10. 1 point
    AWESOME feedback @jgaz. Its interesting to hear about the WFA variance in training you've received. Though there's certainly something to be said for a broad knowledge-base - and I'm excited at the possibility of being capable of providing worthwhile assistance if needed. I'm guessing the majority folks that live here travel the southwest, not the Ozarks. I'm hoping they can place more emphasis on the unique environmental related emergencies we're likely to encounter here - like rattlesnakes, scorpions, heat stroke, dehydration, etc... I'm thinking they might be able to hone in on injuries you're more likely to sustain from a vehicle crash as well, like head injuries, fractures, shock, cuts, abrasions. I'm just guessing on all of that though
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    You're totally right about the first aid kits! I'll mark you both down! Rock on man!
  14. 1 point
    Great question! If we can get the 12+ participants, the course can be taught at a place of our choosing (of course we'd need to coordinate that - and it'd have to be conducive to learning). SOLO is big on doing the hands-on portion of the course outside - no matter the conditions (rain, wind, snow, sun, heat). Ideally, we'd go someplace convenient to the group for the commute. We also have the option of holding the course at the North Mountain Visitors Center, which is where they normally host it. It's in conjunction with the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The classroom portion would occur inside, and the hands-on training outside in the preserve.
  15. 1 point
    Nice job Kris. Very clean build. I like your breakout box and good job picking up the “vampire” loads on your fridge. I did a build once at work where the constant current draw drove me nuts until I realized that off didn’t really mean off on a particular piece of instrumentation I installed
  16. 1 point
    We finally got to the ghost town of Piermont....and although we did not hike over to the stamp mill and mine tailings, we were able to see old foundations, plus the remains of an 1870 log cabin. The views were absolutely stunning... Oh, and we saw wild horses today! Made my day! On our way back to Ely, we encountered more rain... We were glad to have avoided it until then. And we'll be glad that this is the last day of rain for awhile..! And yes, that is a coating of hail on that mountainside. Tomorrow we head over to Austin - via US 50 - the Lonliest Highway in America.
  17. 1 point
    We've been the last few days in Ely, and have had to change plans due to crappy weather....Big bummer, but most of you know that I am somewhat infamous for having to get to plan B ...or C or D.... The view from our KOA campground... And dinner for the group our first night here....Chicken, wild rice, veggies... Cobbler yet to come. John is drooling.... The rain on Tuesday was flash flood level for much of this part of Nevada. The plan was to run to the ghost towns that encircle Treasure Mountain. We drove the 35 miles on blacktop and turned onto the trail...Within 50 yards we stopped. It was sloppy clay and we had barely begun and were leaving tracks that were unsuitable. So we all agreed...this was bad. Knowing we had to climb to 7500 ft elevation, and with the large dips right at the beginning of the trail - if one of us slid off, winching would be just as tough. So we ended up driving out to the most incredible coke ovens. These are the best that we've ever seen...These ovens were used to burn the wood to make the charcoal that the mining smelters needed. So today we dug around to find an area that would be without rain....and that was to head north. What a gem of a ride! I had researched this town...Piermont, but gave it up on my list because it was rather out of the way. Well, what a most beautiful day! Turning off US 93, we were at one of the Pony Express stops. And then we climbed the Shellbourne Pass - following the Pony Express trail. And along the way - the Spring Valley Stone House. This was a stage stop for the Overland Stage. (Pony Express only lasted 19 months, then the Overland Stage took over 1862-1869. This stage stop had extensive corrals and horse barn, with this stone station. A fire in 1900 destroyed all but the house. The well for this stop was enclosed in the back room of the house. And boy, did we move cautiously when we saw the interior wall of one of the rooms...note the skins!
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