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Spending time in the Wild West 32

Spending time in the Wild West

May 29, 2016 2:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A few weeks ago we got to be a part of a great new offroad event called Wild West.  The event was held along the dusty trails in and around the ghost town of Gold Point, NV.  Gold Point is a living ghost town. There are a few residents there and they enjoy a totally different way of life. This event was all about getting out and exploring what the gold rush left us. It would probably take you all day to count the number of mines in this area.  We got to visit ruins at Stateline, Oriental Wash, Mohawk, Blair, Silver Peak and more.  We saw gold mines, silver mines, and even lithium mines.  Yes, the stuff that is in our batteries. There is so much history in those hills. We can’t wait for Wild West 2017! Obviously along the way we got some amazing photos!    


Product Review: Traction Jack

April 29, 2016 3:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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 7

Chasing the Super Bloom

April 10, 2016 7:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Arizona Strip to Whitmore Canyon

Arizona Strip to Whitmore Canyon

November 15, 2015 6:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a trip that has been on the bucket list for a while.  Whitmore Canyon provides an unparalleled view of the Grand Canyon.  The end of the trail leaves you several hundred feet below the rim with many more to go.  It provides a phenomenal place to camp as well. The trail we took in was fairly easy and only required 4-wheel drive in a couple spots, however high clearance is a must. The trail starts off at the River Rd. exit on Utah Highway 7. Heading down on BLM 1069 also known as the Mt. Trumbull Loop. The road, for the most part, is easy, but can be impassable if wet. We stopped at the old Mt. Trumbull School house for a break before continuing south on Road 257, which later becomes BLM 1045.   Continuing south the road slowly deteriorates and becomes more rutted and rocky.  It’s ... Read More

A Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway

A Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway

July 11, 2015 2:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We took a few days to drive from Monterrey, CA to Santa Barbara along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1. This is one of those trips where we had no real plans other than to take in the sites along the way. We started off with lunch at the London Pub in Monterrey and then spent some time walking on the pier and got some sand between the toes.  Mid-afternoon we drove down to our first night’s camp at Prewitt Ridge. The view was incredible.  We hiked around the area for a while before taking a seat to enjoy the sunset. As night fell, the clouds rolled in below us, covering the ocean. Venus and Jupiter were bright in the sky and gave us some great nighttime pictures. The clouds offered a very interesting glow from the ocean.  We’re not sure if it was caused by fishing ships ... Read More

Memorial Day Weekend Trip - Circling the Grand Canyon

Memorial Day Weekend Trip – Circling the Grand Canyon

May 27, 2015 1:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We spent the holiday weekend around the Grand Canyon and then up through Zion. We left Las Vegas Friday mid-afternoon and headed towards the Grand Canyon. The drive had sun, rain, sleet, hail and just about everything in between. We caught a great shot of a rainbow as the sun was hanging low in the sky behind us. We made it to camp along Forrest Rd 302 as the sun was setting.  We set up the tent and climbed in for a chilly 32 degree night. Saturday morning we went into Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and played tourist for a while. We made it over to the Desert View Watchtower. The tower and the area is steeped with history. From there we headed up to Horseshoe Bend just outside of Page, Az. Phenominal views.  Hard to describe. I guess you just have to be there to understand. On ... Read More

Product Review - Primus ETA Lite

Product Review – Primus ETA Lite

February 2, 2015 10:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We all know the name JetBoil. The convenient, quick to boil, personal stoves. Well, we decided to go against the grain a bit for this review. We decided to try the lesser known Primus ETA Lite. This little stove lives up to it’s name… LITE. There is very little weight to the Primus ETA Lite and all the parts fit within the cup making for easy transport(including the 100g fuel canister). Throw it in your backpack and you’re ready to go. It comes with the 500ml cup with insulative sleeve , burner, fuel stand, and rope(in case you need to hang the stove). Assembly is easy. Twist the fuel onto the bottom of the burner and then twist the cup onto the top of the burner. To light, turn the knob to start fuel flowing and click the lighter button.  Ours has lit consistently on the first try. The insulation ... Read More

Product Review: Cobra JumPack

Product Review: Cobra JumPack

January 28, 2015 10:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We’ve all been there.  Left the lights on in the car, go out the next morning and it won’t start.  No big deal, call a friend and jump the car.  What happens if you’re miles from anywhere and can’t call a friend?  Enter the new Cobra JumPack. This handy little—and we mean little—battery pack has the power to jump your car with ease.  The JumPack touts 200 starting amps and 400 peak amps. It comes with the jumper cables and all. Jump starting a car isn’t the only trick in it’s bag.  The JumPack has a built-in USB 2.1 amp rapid charger.  So your if you don’t want to draw precious power away from your vehicle, plug it into the JumPack and let it do the work. For nighttime use, the JumPack has a super bring flashlight built in.  The flashlight also doubles as an SOS emergency strobe. Charges should ... Read More

Off-Road Driving and Safety Tips

December 9, 2013 2:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

By Mac Demere/ Going off roading? Here are your choices:  Carry your stuff on your back; walk beside a mule with your stuff on its back; ride in comfort with your stuff in the back of a four-wheel-drive. The speed will be about the same. If you drive much faster than a walking pace there’s a chance you’ll be forced into the first option. As a teenager, I wanted to cross a muddy section of field in a two-wheel-drive pickup on near-bald tires. I assessed that my only hope was speed. (If you ever say, “My only hope is … ” know that the rest of the sentence is ”a miracle.”) When the old Ford hit the swampy strip, it sunk floorboard-deep into the mud and came to a near-instant stop. The rear tires must have come off the ground because I feared it was about to flip forward.Here are ... Read More

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

November 16, 2013 7:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Copyright: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. To reprint the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, include copyright language and please do not alter them without review from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are also available for various environments and activities. Plan Ahead and Prepare Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found, not made. ... Read More