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Old 09-19-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Operation Desert Fun!!! October 12/13 Truckhaven

Come on guys, do it!!!



Check out the details and get directions there at http://www.cal4wheel.com/events/operation-desert-fun

It's a worthy event that raises $$$ for disabled U.S. military veterans, most of which we support are pariplegics and quadriplegics. This is my club's (Geared 4Fun) 10th year of sponsoring this event and I can tell you first-hand that the disabled vets that show up at the event are genuinely grateful for our support.

Not to mention this is a FUN EVENT!!!!!!!!

It's at the Truckhaven 4x4 Training Facility which basically means it's a kick-ass wheeling spot with miles of trails surrounding it. There's also a great raffle Saturday night with lots of 4x4 related goodies from sponsors that include Warn, Superior Axle, Tom Wood's Custom Driveshafts, Offroad Warehouse, 4Wheel Parts, and Ham Radio Outlet to name just a few.

Runs are set up to be from mild to wild! Be there, I'll be there in my black Rubicon "Geezer II".

KNOCK ON WOOD - Orange Flag

This run leads to a narrow rock canyon over at Superstition Mountains. At least one locker required and at least 33" tires. Tow point each end. Due to some tight areas and turns, long wheelbase vehicles not recommended. Body damage and mechanical breakage is very possible. This trail is for experienced drivers who don’t mind a little “vehicle modification” from surrounding rocks and brush!
  • Time permitting, we will run a second trail.
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Joe Holden - Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club
PUMPKIN PATCH - Blue Flag

We will take you to an area that has a large concentration of sandstone globules that resemble a pumpkin patch. Along the way there will be driving in deep sand, rocky hill climbs, and winding, twisting trails with some off-camber sections along with a drop off or two. Bypasses are available for most of the more challenging sections. There are lots of strange rock formations and erosion patterns throughout the trail. Run time 4 to 5 hours. Open to all 4 wheel drive vehicles.
  • Start time: 9:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Eric Dahl - On the Edge 4WDC
THE SLOT - Purple Flag

Open to all 4-wheelers. A family run, with places to go and people to see. The route is a follow-the-leader run that features alternate, color-coded spur routes to challenge the most experienced wheeler. Expect to be returning to camp by 3 p.m.
  • Drivers’ Meeting: 8:45 a.m.
  • Start time: 9 a.m. SHARP!!!!!
  • Trail Boss: Curtis Grinnell - San Diego Outbacks 4X4 Club
POWDER PUFF - Pink Flag

The Trail Boss will choose trails based on the capability of the rigs that sign up. The twist is that to drive this run, you either have to be female, or DRESS LIKE ONE! We will have a brief contest before the raffle on Saturday night to judge certain drivers to see who truly is the “Ugliest Broad in the Desert”!! [WARNING: Those with weak constitutions, or strong morals might want to miss this part of the festivities...]
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Geletzke - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
THE SQUEEZE - Yellow Flag

Highway run to Pinyon Mountain where you will go through The Squeeze, known for its ability to snag fenders. We will continue down Heart-Attack Hill, a very steep, slippery and rocky decent. We then continue through Fish Creek and out Split Mountain. This is a fun run, but definitely not for those concerned with paint or body damage. There are NO by-passes! One locker is recommended, wide-bodied vehicles not recommended, body damage possible.
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Chiesman - San Diego 4 Wheelers
TECTONIC GORGE - Green Flag

Moderate challenging run thru sand dunes, mud hills, and rocky trails in an area less traveled. Suitable for mildly modified vehicles with some extra clearance, larger tires (31+) and one locker. Some minor damage possible. Beginning and end of ride will be on highway roads. No facilities so bring plenty of water and lunch for a picnic on the trail. May also take in some great nearby vista sights if time permits.
  • Start time: 8:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Duane Hartle - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC

MOTORCYCLE & ATV RUNS

To start the day off we will be offering a kids’ ride on trails around the Main St. area that should last an hour or so. Parents are welcome to join.
At the conclusion of the kids’ ride we will hold the MC/ATV runs. These runs will visit notable sights such as Pumpkin Patch, Gas Domes, and Artesian Well. We will use a variety of trails and roads to access these areas as well as some technical trials. We will separate into groups based on vehicle and rider ability to ensure all have a great time. Please see sign up sheets for start times and location. Rides led by the Ocotillo Anytimers.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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This is a great event for a worthy cause. I went 2X.
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This is only 2.5 weeks off people, just a reminder this will be a really fun 4x4 event while it helps our severely disabled US military veterans.
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this is a maybe!
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I wish I could go, truckhaven is never a dull event
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My family and i are going, we will have a Toyota 4runner and 2006 Rubicon.
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This is only 2.5 weeks off people, just a reminder this will be a really fun 4x4 event while it helps our severely disabled US military veterans.
It's on my calendar 4th year for me!!
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Looking forward to seeing you guys out there, thanks for your support!!! Less than two weeks to go!
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I think I might have to head on down for this one Haven't been to Truckhaven in a while.
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this is a maybe!
This is now a GO GO! 3-4 jeep convoy!
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Jerry are you going to be out on a run this year?
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Jerry are you going to be out on a run this year?
I was until my son told my wife & I this past Friday he is leaving home this coming Sunday morning to fly to Paris France to join the French Foreign Legion and hopefully their special forces. I kid you not. He broke his knee in a motorcycle accident last year and though he is now 100% with a letter from his surgeon, he is tired of waiting for a medical waiver to be approved so he can join the US military. The kid is 22 and ready and can't wait any longer.

So this coming weekend is all about him so I unfortunately at the last minute won't be able to make it. Y'all have fun though as I know you will.
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I've never been to Truckhaven. Are these runs huge? For lack of a nicer way to say it- just wondering if there are so many people that you wind up crawling...and not in a good "rock crawling" sort of way. You know- a run that should take a couple of hours takes 4. Will probably take me a couple of hours to get there so trying to better gauge the event. I don't have kids so the "family" events aren't beneficial. The Powder Puff run looks like fun- but I hate to pick a run on gender.
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I've never been to Truckhaven. Are these runs huge? For lack of a nicer way to say it- just wondering if there are so many people that you wind up crawling...and not in a good "rock crawling" sort of way. You know- a run that should take a couple of hours takes 4. Will probably take me a couple of hours to get there so trying to better gauge the event. I don't have kids so the "family" events aren't beneficial. The Powder Puff run looks like fun- but I hate to pick a run on gender.
I've made most of the runs on a stock '04 rubicon.
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Sorry- I wasn't clear. Not worried about my Jeep. I am just wondering if there are so many rigs per run that they take forever/you wind up sitting forever at each obstacle.
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Sorry- I wasn't clear. Not worried about my Jeep. I am just wondering if there are so many rigs per run that they take forever/you wind up sitting forever at each obstacle.
Not at all, all runs are limited in group size so there is rarely any waiting for anything.
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there was about 12 vehicles on the run I went on.. The run was mostly scenic with a few technical sections...had a blast, thanks to the leader and organizers of the event ...
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I was on the green flag. Best part was going down the slot. Only saw 3-4 jku inc me. My friend was the silver tj with the confederate flag
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I was on the Green flag also. We had a great time, did you or your friend take any photos?
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I was on the Green flag also. We had a great time, did you or your friend take any photos?
We all have some pics not to many on the trail. We also got pics of the black land rover on 3wheels. Few more in the 4x4 course. Were u the white or black in front of the land rover?
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We all have some pics not to many on the trail. We also got pics of the black land rover on 3wheels. Few more in the 4x4 course. Were u the white or black in front of the land rover?
Actually, I was in the red Sierra, and my friends were the blue Tacoma. I have some of that Land Rover too. Which vehicle were you?
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Actually, I was in the red Sierra, and my friends were the blue Tacoma. I have some of that Land Rover too. Which vehicle were you?
I was in the silver 4dr jku
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