No, it's a good idea to start planning for it. Also there have been a few issues that have come up concerning suitability of jeeps for specific trails. It would be good to use this as a forum to hash that one out.
Officially we are not allowed to think about JEEPTOBER until you are leaving your last JEEPTOBER. In order to keep it simple we decided that Jeeptober will be the first weekend of October. We are also always thinking of it too. Our goal is to have a trail for anyone with any Jeep. Last year there was snow on the high peaks so some of the trails were modified.
I would love to turn this into some type of a fund raiser for a charity. Something where if you want to make a donation to it you can. Last year we had a tragedy here in Buena Vista with the deaths of the members of the Johnson family. I know we threw money in a bucket and gave the family $75 or so. I would love to find something like this for us all to be able to help out.
I would also love to get some trail suggestions too. From mild to Doug. If you are reading this and thinking this might be too much for me, don't. This needs to be for everyone. We only have one or more rules. HAVE FUN. This is sometimes the last trip of the year so just come out. Bring your familys and make new friends.
So lets start the chatting.
Remember "It Aint Perdy Till It's Dirty"
I'd be in John.
Haven't seen you around in a while. Good to see you posting up!!
It's been a crazy summer and I can't believe we're at mid August already. I've missed getting out on the trails with everyone but it just hasn't been in the cards the last few months and probably won't be until Jeeptober. I'm psyched to get this on the calendar.
This run has always been geared to the full range of jeeps, from stock to something Danny might dream up
What hasn't been done and caused problems in the past is setting up trails for those ranges and posting guidelines for minimum requirements on a given trail. Guidelines for Chinaman are pretty well laid out, but what about Grizzly and Iron Chest? Neither is trivial. Also, the north end of Fourmile is a blast for any level of jeep. Ruby mountain is another good one for basically stock or mild jeeps. There are tons of possibilities, we just need to sort them out.
Ed said it right. Plenty of mild to wild up here. There is also Tincup pass, Hancock pass to the Alpine tunnel, and even going up to the mineral basin past Cottonwood lake. There is also Mt Antero. The Four Mile area and Aspen Ridge roads are also beautiful. All of these trails can be ran in a stock Jeep. So if you are unsure of what might be up here, don't worry there is plenty to do.
Some medium trails are a little less available. There is Pomoroy lake and Grizzly lake. Both in the same area and could be done in a day. On these trails you will need a lift kit. On most Jeeps a few inches will help. Grizzly being the harder of the 2. The entrance and next 1/2 mile of Grizzly is the hardest. Stacking rocks is not uncommon on Grizzly. It takes some finesse but it is possible.
For those who have not done it Chinamans Gulch is considered our hard one. This is rated from a 6-7 and up. 33" or taller on YJ TJ or CJ and 3" lift or so. On Jo a 2.5" lift and 35" tires is recommend. As I was told about a trail this one is rated VDL. Vehicle Damage Likely. I am not saying you will beat the crap out of hour rig but you can. If you decide that you want to bring a stock rig and are trying to prove a point, please don't do it on my watch. We are trying to hhave fun. Lockers are not required to run this trail so you don't have to be built to the hilt. Some body armour is recommend especially on your rockers. Rookies are welcome always welcome. This trail is 7 miles long and takes adout 7 hours with a group.
Ironchest mine is also a hard rated trail. Not as extreme as Chinamans but still tough enough. Same recommendations as Chinamans.
Remember "It Aint Perdy Till It's Dirty"
Brian, Doug posted that this morning He was either sober or hung over, who knows. But his brain goes way faster than his fingers so give him a break. It's his thoughts that count and he knows the Chaffee county trails probably better than anyone.
So Doug usually takes the lead on this and I would assume that will be the case again this year. We will need trail leaders for each group. there will be a trail from stock to modified so that everyone can participate.
This has been a real treat for the last few years and it really makes for a great way to hit some trails before the snow starts flying again.
Doug let us know if you need some help in planning this year.