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  1. Was able to piece together this short film from the drone footage we grabbed during the trip. Enjoy!
  2. Santa brought a SetPower RV45 fridge/freezer and some KBD skinny flares! Oh and a wire crimper so I don’t need to borrow @theksmith’s anymore 😆
  3. Wow that mattress is THICCCCC! How’s it pack down? Pretty small?
  4. Joe is the freakin' MAN! Glad you got it troubleshot.... troubleshootedededed? Figured out.
  5. Gonna miss you guys! Make sure you post photos of your adventures!
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    Join me for a trip of the lifetime, one of our last chances to see an Annular Solar Eclipse (commonly known as a "Ring of Fire"). The eclipse will pass a large swath of the USA, concentrated on the southwest, on October 14th 2023. We will witness this miracle of nature while also enjoying the eye-popping scenery of southern Utah on a moderate off-road trail. TRIP STYLE: Freestyle! This is not planned as a group camping trip. You will need to book your own accommodations or camping site. We will meet up at the trailhead on Saturday morning and ride out to check out the trail and the eclipse. Lunch on the trail. Trail is rated as MODERATE. VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Trip is suitable to any high-clearance 4x4 with LOW RANGE All vehicles are required to meet state legal requirements, (i.e.: current registration and insurance) & have functional seat-belts for each occupant Must have suitable recovery points front and rear Must have quality, durable, aggressive all-terrain or mud-terrain tires Must have an operational GMRS radio or Ham Radio capable of GMRS frequencies Must have a full-size spare tire CLICK HERE FOR TRIP DETAILS AND SIGN-UPS! Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  7. Join me for a night run to experience the famous Perseid Meteor Shower from just under 6,000 ft atop the Harquahala Mountains, a noted dark sky site, on this fun Saturday night run! If you're not familiar with Harquahala, it is a stunning and isolated mountain just north-west of Tonopah, AZ and is the tallest peak in southwestern Arizona. One of the major appeals of this mountain is the fact that you can drive all the way to it's summit to enjoy the views - no hiking needed! The trail is about 11 miles up and 11 miles back. Our trip will include a daylight drive to the top where we will be able to enjoy sunset in one of the most beautiful areas in the state. Once the sun has gone down and the stars have revealed themselves, we will be treated by the Perseid Meteor Shower, which happens to peak that night. Once we've taken in the views, we'll do a fun night run back to the staging area. Trail Difficulty: Easy This trail "changes" all of the time depending upon wear/weather. By and large - this trail is rated as easy and any high clearance rig with 4x4 low-range will be fine. Note: the trail is STEEP in some areas and is an out-and-back ride. TRIP DETAILS AND SIGN-UPS COMING SOON! Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  8. We will work together to honor those laid to rest by placing American flags at the grave markers. This seemingly minor act has a tremendous positive impact on the families and friends who will visit their loved ones on Memorial Day and the days following while the display is up. OPEN TO ANYONE. JOIN US SATURDAY OR SUNDAY! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO RSVP
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    Join me for a 2-night adventure through Northern Arizona as we drive down to the banks of the Colorado River deep into the Grand Canyon, visit a historic abandoned airport where Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindburgh flew, cruise the historic Jerome-Perkinsville Road, ending our trip in the funky and haunted town of Jerome. Trail Rating: 4x4 Easy This trip is suitable for all types of 4x4 high-clearance rigs. Offroad trailers are A-OK too. There will be a 45/55 mix of pavement and dirt roads on this trip with primitive camping. CLICK HERE TO RSVP or read the details. Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  10. Join me for a day run up the iconic Backway to Crown King, a Jeep Badge of Honor trail and local favorite. We'll spend 5-6 glorious hours on the trail, including lunch, and stop for a drink and/or meal in the famous town of Crown King! Trail Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - This trail "changes" all of the time depending upon wear/weather. There are multiple (7) obstacles, all but 1 (to my knowledge) have a bypass. The obstacles range from mild to wild, making this the ultimate "choose your own adventure" trail in the Valley. Click here for details & to RSVP... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  11. Join us for a fun run through Box Canyon in Florence, AZ (not to be confused with Box Canyon in Wickenburg). Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail ride providing southern access to the popular trail system just north of Box Canyon and Florence, Arizona commonly referred to as, "Florence Junction." Driving through Box Canyon is a wonderful scenic introduction to the area and is a very popular trail. Click here for details & to RSVP... Please note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  12. A few favorites from our recent trip down the Bradshaw Trail!
  13. Well well well - another EPIC trip on the books with a great group of folks this side of the Mississippi. In fact, I'd have to say they're "totally tubular!" This trip took us down the storied and historic, famous, stupendous Bradshaw Trail in southern California in the Colorado/Sonoran Desert. Along the way we visited Roosevelt Mine, the Chocolate Mountains, the Chuckwalla Mountains, Chuckwalla Well and Stage Coach Stop, the Eagle Mountain Railroad Trestle, some abandoned yachts in the middle of the desert, areas throughout the legendary General Patton's Desert Training Center, and the gorgeous sandstone of Red Canyon. If you're a Club Member, you can read up on the full trip planning thread over here. We rode about 80% of the Bradshaw Trail's length as it exists today - meeting up in Blythe, a short ride on tarmac across the CA border to Ehrenberg and then traveling a whopping 85 miles on dirt to end our trip at Chiriaco Summit, CA. A nice bootyshot at the air down point just outside of Ehrenberg, California. Note the terrible, god-awful, no good weather. Of note was the sheer amount of trash in the desert as we aired up. We found all sorts of crazy stuff - but primarily old tin cans from the last 160 years of travel along the road. We even found some old GLASS Gatorade bottles, which I didn't even know was a thing. Allow me to digress - Gatorade originally started out in plastic, but switched to glass to appeal to the snobby crowd from 1984 to 1998. I did learn that you can sell those on Ebay for around $11-$24 per bottle for a good specimen..... so you know - there's opportunity there for someone with some time that happens to be in the area. Back on track - we figured that folks traveling East out of California and into Arizona for the gold fields in La Paz were dumping their undesirables shortly before boarding William Bradshaw's lucrative ferry service that would take them across the Colorado River. Interestingly - this was really the ONLY trash we encountered out there. By and large, the entire area we explored was surprisingly pristine with few signs of the typical garbage you might encounter out there (like entire boats). I don't know if this is thanks to efforts by clubs and individuals or the State of California - but it was something that was glaringly obvious to me. Another shot of the lineup We made camp just outside of the Roosevelt and Rainbow Mines only about 40minutes into the trail on a nice spur to the north. We have views for literal MILES to the East, West, and South. The ground was rocky, but largely flat. Suprisingly no wind, but temperatures did dip down to about 39 that night. The stars at night over the red light district. That's not the sun - we had a nearly fully moon that really lit up the landscape for us. Sunrise the next day The next morning we awoke and took a short 30sec drive over to see the remains of the Roosevelt and Rainbow Mines. Not much left in terms of junk - the area was surprisingly well cleaned. However there were heavy-duty gates over all of the shafts and adits in the side of the mountain. The shafts were fairly large - a possible glimpse into the size of this gold mining operation. Back on the trail. Dust was the name of the game on this trip. Pausing for a quick photo of the Mule Mountains rec area. This area reportedly turns into a small city of RVs in season. I can see the appeal. Quick photo of myself and @theksmith courtesy of @johnpa INn the foreground of this image you'll notice some parallel lines. They were all over the entire area and long a good chunk of the trail. These are the tracks left from General Patton's maneuvers at the Desert Training Center which operated a series of training camps for the Army during WWII. They were using the area to train for tank warfare in north Africa and beyond. The tracks were primarily made by M3 Lee and M5 Stuart light tanks. Ironically - when the Desert Training Center was in operation - the 773rd Tank Destroyer Battalion described the Desert Training Center in their official journal as “18,000 square miles of nothing, in a desert designed for hell”. Of course - times are different today and we have a totally different perspective on the beauty and rich history of the area! Back on the trail A goofy thing you'll find out in the middle of the trail.... boats! There are several known, abandoned boats all throughout the area. Curious! We stopped for lunch at Chuckwalla Well, an old stage coach stop along the Bradshaw Trail. Back on the trail again - headed towards our Night #2 camping spot in Red Canyon! The entrance to Red Canyon - a glorious sedimentary formation that is showing signs of rapid erosion. Setting up camp - tons of space for everyone! The next morning we made our way down to check out the Eagle Mountain Railroad trail trestle. We had an incoming winter storm in the background coming up and over the Santa Rosa mountains. We doubled-back on the Bradshaw Trail and headed back toward Red Canyon where we then took the Red Canyon Jeep Trail, a rollercoaster of a ride that rode the ridged above the canyons and surrounding mountains. Our ultimate destination was north to Chiriaco Summit, CA. Looking East over Red Canyon, the Santa Rosa's obscured by the coming storm. A good look down into the canyon and wash from the trail above. Gadget Film Noir Gadget The beginning of "Bootyshaker Road" - a hyper-washboarded section of the trail caused by our SxS friends. Note the gentle slope of the perpendicular hillside to the right - a hint as to how high the peaks around here once were and the flow of the rain over millions of years. We ultimately ended up in Chiraco Summit, home to fuel, some food, but most importantly - the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, which documents a vast reaching history of the entire area and Patton's legacy.
  14. I don't believe the club has any official position on it. Comms are generally up to the trip leader. I'd say 99% of the trips I've seen posted the last few years have both a GMRS and a Ham option. LIke @shellback91, I always have a pair of handhelds that can do both ham and GMRS - in addition to my GMRS base station.
  15. I find GMRS is a good blend of CB simplicity with the power/functionality of ham. My big reasons for GMRS over CB are More power / shorter antennas Repeater capable for significant range advantage over CB Privacy tones Transmission clarity Much smaller equipment in the Jeep Spans FRS and GMRS bands - loops in handheld users Over ham: Excellent for beginners for trail comms A single 10 year license that covers my entire family No tests Easier to understand (my perspective) I was never a ham to begin with, so I can’t really make any comments there. Jeep Jamboree dumped CB and requires GMRS now, so there was an influx of new users. GMRS has been very popular with the “non-Jeep” overland crowd for a long time.
  16. Uhhhh, Firecracker Red is ALWAYS the right color! 🎆😆
  17. @HeyOK might be thinking of the Cherokee Trailhawk as opposed to the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. The "plain old Cherokee" Trailhawk comes with a factory rear locker in addition to electronic "brake lock" slip. Folks mix those up all the time!
  18. Holy cow - nice captures there Woody! What a gorgeous area!
  19. I really appreciate these desks to this day. Saved me during many a nuclear blast in my day 😂 and more than a few nuns.
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