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Product Review: Traction Jack

By | April 29, 2016 3:00 pm

As a part of the team at Offroad Trail Guide, I have been committed to helping offroad enthusiasts find adventure. What happens when that adventure gets into a sticky situation?  Self-recovery is an invaluable skill-set and you’re going to need the right gear to help get you out.  Recently I had the opportunity to test a newer product to the self-recovery market, Traction Jack.   Traction Jack are recovery traction boards similar to other products on the market, except they have one major difference.  They fold in the middle.  That allows them to be more compact than the competitors (25.5 inches) when not in use and longer (51 inches) when opened up.   The compact design means you don’t have to mount them outside the vehicle, making them perfect for more than just offroad.  You can toss them in the trunk of your car on snowy days or a day ... Read More

Chasing the Super Bloom

By | April 10, 2016 7:23 pm

Major rain storms that Death Valley had in October 2015 destroyed roads and flooded Scotty’s Castle. We happened to have driven through Titus Canyon and passed Scotty’s the day before the storms.  We camped at Gold Point that night and broke camp as it started to rain.  The entire drive back to Las Vegas, we were pounded with rain and started hearing reports of the places we had just been the day before getting washed away.  The devastation is still being cleaned up and fixed months later. The silver lining to the storms is that the ground was primed for a special spring blooming of wild flowers.  Nationally, news stories were calling it a Super Bloom.  Since we live so close to Death Valley, of course we had to check it out first hand. When we went, all the reports were indicating that the best of the bloom was in ... Read More