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Old 01-18-2014, 02:48 PM   #91
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Turbo ... I'm planning a Club run for new members in mid to late March. You got any time then? Maybe meet up with you for a Sunday run.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:13 PM   #92
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I am out of town the 14,15, and 16th of March, but available every other weekend of that month. Just let me know. I'm always happy to do a Sunday run, especially to plot out everything

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I am available all the Sundays besides that one I stated I should say
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:28 AM   #94
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Just a quick update. My wife and I took a trip up to Spruce Knob, WV near Seneca Rocks this past Sunday. Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV. We were hoping to claim first deep snow summit of 2014 bragging rights but less than 4 miles from the top we hit a 200 yard long snow drift that forced us to turn back. It I had to pick between Flagpole and Spruce Knob as a place to snow wheel, I'd choose Spruce Knob.


I'll post a better trip report and video later in the week. Here are two pics from our little outing.


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Old 02-19-2014, 09:30 AM   #95
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Awesome thread guys, and a lot of information that I totally don't understand!

If you guys ever would let a newbie on a day trip, I'd be happy to join on a Sunday or something. Just full disclosure, I have very little idea what I'm doing and you guys seem super experienced, but I'm more than willing to learn.

Now I just gotta wait for my Jeep to be built...

Thanks for all this great info, and videos!
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:32 AM   #96
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Awesome thread guys, and a lot of information that I totally don't understand!

If you guys ever would let a newbie on a day trip, I'd be happy to join on a Sunday or something. Just full disclosure, I have very little idea what I'm doing and you guys seem super experienced, but I'm more than willing to learn.

Now I just gotta wait for my Jeep to be built...

Thanks for all this great info, and videos!
Thanks much. I'm still learning myself. Believe it or not, by way of encouraging you, I've only been wheeling seriously for a year. I can remember my first group outing to Flagpole with some trepidation. Best thing to do is to join one or more of the many clubs. Nova Jeepers, OCC and VA Jeep Offroad come to mind. Nova and OCC both offer training. I was able to jump start my wheeling with the Rausch Creek 101 and 201 training shortly after buying my Jeep. I'm headed back up there next month for some advanced one on one training with one of the owners. It also helped that I went to every Big Dogs event last year plus some unadvertised events as well.

Regarding building up your Jeep. There are people more experienced than I who can write volumes on this subject. I started with lights, a CB, and discos. Then an AEV 2.5" lift kit. Then a winch and a bumper. Then armor. Then rockrail guards. Then more armor. Then fenders and rear bumper. Then more armor. I intentionally didn't go to 35s right away because I wanted to build wheeling skills by learning to pick good lines, etc rather than just driving over stuff. I still wheel on 32s for the GWNF. I don't think I'll ever be done putting stuff on the Jeep. Chaos Fab Shop sees to that. Next week the Metal Cloak 6Paks go on and we start prepping for an eventual 37" build.

Hope this helps. Happy to have you along.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:40 AM   #97
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AK at Chaos has started up Wheeling 101 courses at the new offroad park as well. Probably a decent place to start. I'm definitely planning on doing Flagpole again this year (hopefully with some old friends who have random non-Jeep 4x4s), and hopefully checking out Shoe Creek and Second Mountain as well. I don't usually post on here when I'm going anywhere, but you'd be more than welcome to join in. Not that I'd be alot of help, since I'm about as new at this as Kawa is, but you'll always find great guys willing to help, especially at the planned events like Big Dogs, Chaos, VA4WDA, etc.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:36 PM   #98
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Great thread and info OP. Where in Loudoun are you? My parents live in Brambleton.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:03 PM   #99
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At someone's request I just put together an easy but scenic day trip that hits Reddish Knob and some of the ridge trails. Once I get feedback I'll post it.
thanks for the notes and all around info on the trails. I am planning to explore a great deal of GWNF this summer and the info herein will be invaluable. would love to join you on a trail ride.

again thanks and see you on the trail

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Old 04-21-2014, 01:01 PM   #100
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Looking for a few open trails near flag pole. Suggestions anyone? I'm having trouble figuring out what's open and whats not, and the names of trails. Any help is much appreciated.
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I had to expand my range a bit but at 6,280 miles of exploring there's still tons of roads that I haven't seen.
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I had to expand my range a bit but at 6,280 miles of exploring there's still tons of roads that I haven't seen.
Nice! You have a link or anything to these? Would be awesome.
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Old 10-30-2015, 01:46 PM   #103
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Nice! You have a link or anything to these? Would be awesome.
Thanks. At some point I'll post my tracks up on Google Maps as a download. The main point of my post is to let folks know that there's miles and years of exploration in the GWNF and Mongo. I have barely scratched the Jefferson NF.

My main exploration tools have been Nat Geo Trails Illustrated, Garmin BaseCamp and Google Earth.
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I had to expand my range a bit but at 6,280 miles of exploring there's still tons of roads that I haven't seen.
What is the trail you have marked from Peaks of Otter over towards Catawba?
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:44 AM   #105
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Love this area to travel but just can't seem to get there often enough.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:54 AM   #106
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What is the trail you have marked from Peaks of Otter over towards Catawba?
I think that was his way to Potts Mtn. that you see there.
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:48 PM   #107
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This is an awesome thread. I have been on a couple trips in GWNF including Potts Mountain in Jefferson National Forest. Definitely will be exploring this area soon as my son is attending JMU and will give me a reason to make a weekend trip. Thanks for all the info!
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:27 PM   #108
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Anyone up for Peters Mill near Edinburg this Sunday? They're closing it down on Monday until March.
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:36 PM   #109
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Making a run over Peter's Mill Run next weekend. Details here: Peter's Mill Run...

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