Apex Mountain, Hedley, BC

Apex Mountain is a ski resort. If you have the money, as far as I know, it is for sale too. The whole area is a beautiful alpine country. Very much like Whipsaw. It very close to Whipsaw too. It is in Hedley, BC. The best of the trip other than camping by the lake and beautiful scenery was Plain Hard Trail. This trail was supposedly too hard for JKs to do. Well, all of us, finished the trail. Scott was leading us in his heavily built TJ. He is a highly qualified, avid and talented off road driver. He even had his challenges in certain areas. I was the only JK driver to complete the trail without pulling my winch line. That made me feel good. But not everybody was enjoying the trail as much as I did. In my opinion, Dillon in his open open sahara was the truly the winner of the day.

Trekken Offroad Trailer Review

A few weeks ago, my good friend, Pat Harrison, borrowed Trekken Offroad Trailer for a review. We put it into a test. First we took it to Apex Mountain for 2 days camping trip. Then we took it to Sumas Mountain for some hardcore offroad text. Here is the result…

How to hoist your hard top?

I came across this video made by micsbergma. It is a very easy and very inexpensive way to hoist your hard top. It is in sign language so very global video 🙂

Six Feet Under

We were on Six Feet Under trail a few weeks ago.  The reason it is called Six Feet Under is because it is a dry creek bed.  It was a lot of fun to drive and a lot of work to edit this with 3 camera footage 🙂

PART 1

PART 2

Walker Valley, WA

This trail is very tight.  It is an old logging area.  There are steep climbs, drive through forest, rock pits, mud pits, logs and roots sticking out and lots of terra walls to smash your fenders against.  It is very technical. A lifted rig with lockers is recommended.  If you like your paint and save your mirrors and windows, taking off your doors is a good idea.  The drive through forest is very scenic.  We spent almost 10 hours on the trail and all of us were looking to go back at the end.  Our hosts were from Washington and they did an excellent job by showing us the trail.  The permit is required to be on the trail.

Part 1

The second part of the my video contains best part of Walker Valley trails. The big rock on Ron’s Run trails took the paint off the hinge of my jeep’s right back door. When I was backing up to pick another line, the tree on the left side took my mirror out. I would highly recommend that during this trail keep all your limbs inside the jeep. We didnt want to try the V-rock but Evan decided to take run at the 2 rocks across the V-rock. Enjoy 🙂

Part 2

 

Lost Creek

I have been hearing about this Lost Creek. We decided to find it last weekend. Not that we only found the Lost Creek, we also crossed it. It was a lot of fun on a day with spring like weather. We thought we were going for a relax fsr drive but it turns out that more fun than we expected was waiting for us 🙂

 

 

Please also check out my friend Paul’s video for this trip.  He has a really nice blog and great pics and videos including Moab at www.overlandjeep.ca

 

 

First Aerial Video

We were back in Squamish Area last weekend. My new friends Cedric and Krista joined me on this adventure. Cedric is an aerial videographer. I was so excited to have them with us for aerial videos and they were so excited to see what my jeep can do. It took us 6 hours to drive to the side of the lake and only 45 minutes to come back the same distance. There were close to 20 dead tree falls on the road. We pushed and pulled and managed our way through it. Cedric was only able to do 1 flight by the lake right before it got dark.

Please check out loftymedia.ca for Cedric’s other videos and photos.

Whipsaw 2012

This is our trip to Whipsaw Trail in Princeton, BC. There were 17 jeepers in our group. It was also our friend Pat’s birthday so we celebrated it on the camp site. The movie is two parts which contains my videos from 3 days of Alpine scenery, wheeling and our camp site.

Trail Info :

Most of the trail is driven close to tree line but in several places it goes into alpine meadows where views from the top are breathtaking on a clear day. The Falcon Hill Climb can be trying for some trucks, but the result is exhilarating. Rough spots start after about 24 kilometres of forestry road access. There are a number of rock shelves/ledges but all can be accomplished in dry weather. The Ditch can be the most difficult impediment to cross depending on precipitation. Highest clearance 4×4 with lockers should go first to recover those that get stuck. The east end of The Ditch has a 50-60 centimetre wall that can be difficult to surmount. Numerous attempts to bypass the most direct crossing have resulted in a large quagmire which extends extensively to each side of the trail.

The trail can be done in one day depending weather/trail conditions and experience of the driver. It is suggested that one leaves at least 1.5-2 days to do this trip as there are many ponds, cabins, mine sites, side trails to explore at a relatively leisure pace. • Trail Head – the start of the trail (south to north direction) comes after about 6.5 kilometres of forestry access road. Most trucks stop to air down before heading out onto the rocky trail. • The Grave – shortly after heading out on the trail, off-roaders find themselves at a single gravesite surrounded by a meadow and trees. • Granite Mountain Meadows – At the highest point of the trail there are open meadows with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. • The Pond – Many off-roaders stop at this serene spot near the meadows to rest and have some lunch before heading toward the more difficult area of the trail. • Shelf Climb – the trail has a number of rock shelves that are slightly difficult in dry weather but can pose a threat when wet. • Falcon Hill – legend has it the hill was named after Skip Marsh, who in 1979, successfully drove his 1966 Ford Falcon two-wheel drive up the hill. • The Ditch – Varies in depth, depending on the time of the year. Add snow to the mix and it will prevent some off-roaders from making it across. Last difficult part of trail. • Load Stone Lake – Heading down the mountain, off-roaders will experience a series of sharp, steep, downhill turns before reaching the lake. • Granite City Ghost Town – the area just south of Granite Creek is often used as a campsite by off-roaders. The creek flows into the Tulameen River.

Source : www.expeditionportal.com

 

This is the second part of Whipsaw 2012 video.

 

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