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Off-Road Driving and Safety Tips

By | December 9, 2013 2:37 am

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

By | November 16, 2013 7:40 pm

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

From To view a pdf of the brochure Click Here. Ride Right! Below are some quick tips on four-wheeling responsibly in the great outdoors. You can also get some off-road basics with these fantastic 1-minute videos. For more tips on minimizing impact when ATV riding, snowmobiling, camping and other outdoor pursuits, click here. TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY Travel responsibly on designated roads, trails or areas. Travel only in areas open to four-wheel drive vehicles. For your safety, travel straight up or down hills. Drive over, not around obstacles to avoid widening the trail. Straddle ruts, gullies and washouts even if they are wider than your vehicle. Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the road crosses the stream. When possible, avoid mud. In soft terrain, go easy on the gas to avoid wheel spin, which can cause rutting. Don’t turn around on narrow roads, steep terrain or unstable ground. Back up until you find a safe place to ... Read More