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Old 06-08-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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First off, I think 4x4 clubs are the best thing to happen to 4 wheeling since sliced bread. They can help new folks get started exploring the back country with little fear of getting lost or broken. They organize events to promote responsible off pavement recreation, and benefit charitable organizations. They fight to keep public lands open for motorized recreation and volunteer their time for adopt-a-trail projects for all back country travelers. They can provide safety and emergency repair clinics, and last but far from least, they offer a place to meet other folks that like to do what we do without having to come to an internet forum to find a trip or help.

The down side of clubs IMO is that some are set up just to drive back roads, and others are set up just for the hard core wheeler types. Some enjoy outdoor activities beyond Jeeping while others don't. And the truth of the matter is that most clubs start fast and fade away after just a few years at best.

In southern Nevada, have you found a Jeep club you wanted to join? I joined a club, but where they went on club runs wasn't for me.

My old Jeep club (Mile-Hi Jeep Club - Denver) was set up differently than any other club I've encountered. First off the club was formed 58 years ago in 1956. The club is also huge with over 200 member vehicles.

The way Mile-Hi deals with such a large club is by dividing it up into smaller groups or sub clubs called patrols. There is a patrol for old folk Jeepers, hard core wheelers, family campers and wheelers, an FJ patrol, and several other patrols of folks that have just come together as friends. Patrols have come and gone, but the overall club is stronger than ever.

To keep the club together as a whole, there is a monthly "parent club" meeting where all patrols members are encouraged to attend the clubs business meeting, discuss upcoming individual patrol activities, and present new ideas and form or disband patrols. (The reality is that a new patrol is formed every couple of years or so) Between these parent club meetings, a board of directors meeting is held every month. The board is comprised of club committee members and patrol leaders. Committees can include a trail run, charitable contributions, club history, and event coordination. This year, Mile-Hi is throwing it's 49th annual All-4-Fun event in Silverton, Colorado. What started as a way for the individual patrols to get together once a year has grown into one of the largest Jeep fests in the country.

I wonder if there is any interest here in exploring the possibility of forming a new club that could accommodate all types of folks and vehicles?

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The Nevada Backroaders is one the clubs I belong to. We have monthly club runs which are more scenic, therefore, they are pretty mild. However, fun runs can be any level, depending on who leads the run. They do have dues, but they are used for special events, such as a three day meet in Ely, NV, where all of the food for participants is paid for by dues collected from members. There's the Desert Wranglers, which is put on by Chapman Chrysler Jeep in Henderson. They have monthly meetings and several runs during each month. There is also the Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers, just to name a few. There are other clubs as well.

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Old 06-10-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
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First off sorry about Sunday.

I have joined up in multiple clubs. Warmachines702 they are more into the hard stuff(I'm not on that level yet). Sin city wranglers, desert wranglers, and would love to go out with Nevada backroaders.

I'm up for any run my problem is I work weekends, only have Tuesday and Thursday off.

Not to hijack anyone have experience installing lifts and want to help with mine? My metal cloak kit just got in and I'm craving the install.
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Indeed there are several clubs.

I am in warmachines and have put on a few runs. Nothing that wild. I have tried to get with NV Backroaders but have had a few issues with them on a few smaller items.
Desert Wranglers I just have not had a chance to meet up with, they are in SE and I am in NW. I do run with a few of them though.
I know I hang out with several that are in the NW. No official name or anything like that. We have run rescues, trail runs, ghost towns runs, rock hounding and when season comes hunting trips. The group consists of military, civilian and law enforcement. A name that has been tossed around is H.O.G.s for multiple reasons but never really implemented.

What part of town are you at? Welcome to sin city and hope to see you around.
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Oh and as for this weekend, Saturday I am going to a firearms class put on by a friend. I would post more about it but would probably get slapped. Lol. Cough, it's free and deals with tactics and knowing your surroundings.
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