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Old 09-03-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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"Official" Jeeptober Thread

Well its that time of year where we are starting to dread the near future white stuff. That means its Jeeptober time. This is our last big get together of the year. This is not a sanctioned trip so if you want to participate you are more than welcome.

Our goal in this is to invite anyone with a Jeep to come together and have one last hourah of the year. The dates are October 4th and 5th which is the first Saturday and Sunday of October. We have trails for all levels of Jeeps and drivers. This means rookies are welcome.

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Easy: Tincup pass is a great trail for all levels. Beautiful scenery and great trail. This trail can return to Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass. This will take a good 6 to 7 hours round trip. Stopping in St Elmo on the way to the pass feeding the chipmunks. This will be a Saturday trip.

Mineral basin/Cottonwood lake. Headed back up Cottonwood pass then to Cottonwood lake and beyond. Other trails include Hope Gulch and Ptarmigan Lake. All these lead to well above timberline. Nice trail with a few challenges that just about every Jeep can handle. Great 1/2 day trip area. This is a Sunday trip.

Mt Antero weather permitting. Another beautiful trail. It is a bit bouncy on the bottom half but is worth it in the end. Trails off this include Baldwin Lake and Browns Lake. This is another Saturday trip.

MEDIUM:
Hancock Pass to the Alpine Tunnel/Hancock Lake. Hancock pass is still passable by just about any Jeep. It is just rougher. Once on the other side going to the tunnel is a bit smoother. The trail to Hancock Lake is about the same as the pass. A short hike gets you to the lake. This is a Saturday trip.

Pomoroy lake/Marry Murphy mine. Another beautiful lake to go to. Trail has a couple rough areas but very dooable. This is in theist Elmo/ Hancock area and can be done in combo on either day.

Ironchest Mine. This is an in and out trail. In the St Elmo area this is a rougher trail. Lifted Jeeps are recommended. Lockers will be an asset too. The first 1/2 mile is the roughest. Great trail to give you a challenge. This trail is a Sunday trail comboed with Grizzly Lake.

Grizzly Lake is a great trail too. Lifted Jeeps recommended. The first obstacle is at the creek and Isa challenge for most. Don't be surprised if you stack a few rocks to help. The next 1/2 mile is a shelf road and the rest gets easier. Awesome medium trail for Sunday too.


HARD:
THE INFAMOUS CHINAMANS GULCH Chinamans Gulch is a great hard trail thatcan challenge any size Jeep. This is wordy but stay with me. CJ, YJ, TJ I recommend at least 2 1/2" lift and 33" tires. JK 2 or 4 door 2 1/2" lift and 35" tires. No lockers required but they do help. We state these because we want you to have a good time. If YOU choose to do this trail in a stock Jeep we will help you but you will hold us up. Please don't do this to us. LISTEN to your spotter. I have done this trail close to 70 times. I will make suggestions on what you can and shouldn't do. It is your choice if you want to do it. Many of us have have done this trail so we know it. ROOKIES WELCOME! If you have a capable rig and want to do this trail, join us. We will partner you with someone who has done the trail before. You will have fun.

Poker game. There will be a poker game that we have been playing. You can buy in for $5. Top 3 hands win the pot. This is a Texas Holdem style game played with 2 decks. You will be rewarded extra cards by doing certain things on your Saturday trip. This is just for fun so join if you wanwant

FOOD SATURDAY NIGHT: We are going to change the food venue to a different one. Next to the Loaf n Jug in Buena Vista is Los Girasoles Mexican food restaurant. They have plenty of room for all the Jeeps. I believe Lorenzo and Trish are going to be joining us on the trails. They are the owners of the restaurant. Good food and I wouldn't send us to a place I don't go to. They know my order

SSHHHHHHH!!!!! Maybe Friday night run. For us crazies who don't know better. Chinamans at night. 1/2 run to the waterfall and back. ??????????????

You can pm me with any questions
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So Chinamans for me on Saturday. 2 people 1 rig.

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I will put out an official sign op thread closer to the weekend. This is the q&a / bullshit area. Basically this is where Ed complains LOL

Remember to invite some good friends to tad along too
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O well I still signed up lol
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Doug, if you let bobtails on 31's on Chinaman's I'll find a different trail to run, maybe Holy Cross
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tj's on 31's but jk's on 35's? That cause we suck? hehehe
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I will put out an official sign op thread closer to the weekend. This is the q&a / bullshit area. Basically this is where Ed complains LOL
Doug, PM your email, I have a video of your struggling through Saran Wrap.



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Doug, if you let bobtails on 31's on Chinaman's I'll find a different trail to run, maybe Holy Cross
Ed, you get that heep up and running? Any hidden damage after you got it torn apart?
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Ed, you get that heep up and running? Any hidden damage after you got it torn apart?
No, swapped out the axles and ball joints and everything seems to be fine. Just running it through test trails now to make sure everything is doing it's job.
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I haven't run with any of you yet but this sounds like a great shin dig. I will find out if the wife works or not and then hopefully sign up. One of the easy trails will do as I don't have 35's yet. Very interested in the poker as well.
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I'm gonna be there saturday with my 2 door jk. I dont have lockers or sliders so I gotta see what would be good for me. I do have 35's though and I'm running 4.88 gears. Any recommendations on which trails would be suited for me?
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Clearance is the biggest issue on Chinaman's Mike, so with careful spotting you will be fine. Once Doug sobers up and sets up realistic restrictions I'll be doing this run and I'll be happy to spot you or Doug will. Sunday you should be fine as well, assuming you can tear yourself away from the telly...
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Clearance is the biggest issue on Chinaman's Mike, so with careful spotting you will be fine. Once Doug sobers up and sets up realistic restrictions I'll be doing this run and I'll be happy to spot you or Doug will. Sunday you should be fine as well, assuming you can tear yourself away from the telly...
hehehe that's the big prob for me.....the telly I'm a big football watching nerd.
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Ooops I messed up. CHINAMANS CJ, YJ, TJ tire size needs to say 33" tires. You will need the clearence. Please excuse my mess up. Maybe John can fix it for me LOL
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What dumb things will we do this year? Maybe a very small group can do holy cross
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Im a maybe for the chinamens....ill know for sure when the weekend gets closer.
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If we do a holy cross run, It will be limited to a small number of capable rigs only. That trail can drag and drag on if we have to wait for people. I would say JKs on 37s and tjs on 35s, experienced and proven pilots only.
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If we do a holy cross run, It will be limited to a small number of capable rigs only. That trail can drag and drag on if we have to wait for people. I would say JKs on 37s and tjs on 35s, experienced and proven pilots only.
Did I make the cut? Lol

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Hell ya.. We know what you and your rig is able to do.
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John and I ran it at set them free this year. Careful wheel placement and proper clearance it is not that bad, but you can get in some really bad spots if you are not careful.
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Awesome.
Do you know if John and Drew are coming this year?
I haven't seen them around for a while now.
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They have been busy with work, drew most likely will not be state side but john should be there.
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I am inclined toward Holy Cross, if for no other reason than I've already run Chinaman's four times this year.
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One other point that needs to be made is even if your jeep meets the stated criteria if you don't have at least rocker protection you will more than likely have body damage. There are several spots on the trail these days that are so narrow that it almost impossible not to scrape large rocks.
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I talked to Jeff, Dave and Vickie at Tomken. They might be joining us on Saturday. They will let me know.
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One other point that needs to be made is even if your jeep meets the stated criteria if you don't have at least rocker protection you will more than likely have body damage. There are several spots on the trail these days that are so narrow that it almost impossible not to scrape large rocks.
Maybe that'll be my next purchase. Well see if I have enough time to research which sliders I want before jeeptober.
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I need to re install my salvaged rockers.
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Maybe that'll be my next purchase. Well see if I have enough time to research which sliders I want before jeeptober.
I like the look of the evo sliders
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I like the look of the evo sliders
I just looked at them. A bit pricey since they still need to be powdercoated and welded on.
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If we do a holy cross run, It will be limited to a small number of capable rigs only. That trail can drag and drag on if we have to wait for people. I would say JKs on 37s and tjs on 35s, experienced and proven pilots only.
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I am inclined toward Holy Cross, if for no other reason than I've already run Chinaman's four times this year.
Guys,
I run Holy Cross often and was thinking of putting together a trip soon before the snow flies. Maybe one of these weekends in September? Let me know what you think and I'll start a new thread.

To stay on topic, I'm waiting for Jeeptober to run Chinaman's. I did that trail once years ago and vaguely remember that it's a bit difficult and fun.

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