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Expedition

typically refers to a long journey or voyage undertaken for a specific purpose.

Exploration

is the act of searching or traveling around a terrain Β for the purpose of discovery of resources or information.

Off-roading

is the recreation of driving or riding a vehicle on unsurfaced roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain.

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to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through stewardship to further the goals of responsible and ethical recreation.

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Whipsnow 2013

This year we did Whipsaw trail when it was under snow. The whole area looked totally different when it was under snow. It was still challenging enough to go through the trail. We had 2 guests from Washington in their Hemi powered AEV jeep. There was also a brand new stock 2013 Rubicon which did extremely well on the trail. Everybody had a great time. I am looking forward to do more snow wheeling in 2014.

 

Molibdenite ’13

It was time to go back to my favorite area again. I love Molybdenite area. Driving on the ridge involves considerable amount of pucker factor but when you get to the top the views ar spectacular. This year’s trip was a little different. First of all, I was able take a picture of a deer very close. On the way down I got a flat tire but the worst was that when Rick was driving up the ridge, a big rock rolled over from the mountain and hit his jeep on the side. His jeep went 2 feet sideways towards the cliff but stopped right on the edge. The rock had enough momentum and weight to move the jeep. You could see the rock in the video. Dillon and I had to roll it towards cliff side so that while crawling over it our jeeps would lean towards the mountain.

 

Blow Down Pass

The trip was awesome. On the way down, we learned the landslide from this other group who came there with their cars and a 5 ton budget truck. May be 30-40 retired people. The mud pit looked doable to me. I took two attempts on the right side of the road and I discovered the mud was pushing me into ditch. We tried to winch forward but my winch was failing against the big mud wall I was pushing. I backed up from that side one time by my own and the second time with winch. My third and best attempt was through the middle of the road. I made it as close as 15 ft to where I wanted to be. Instead of winching from that point (BIG MISTAKE), I decided to back up and take another run. I backed out without winch but then I realized my power steering was gone. And the engine was making a funny noise. So I stopped to discover that the belt was out but not broken. We tried to put it back. I uninstalled the belt tensioner to figure out how it would spring down. Of course we couldn’t discover how it did because it was supposed to be attached to where it was to spring down. Before we brake the belt tensioner trying to figure out, I decided to pull the belt up with ratchet strap to put the tensioner back. Well too much ratcheting broke the belt so I broke the belt, not the jeep πŸ™‚

So now that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere, we decided to get Paul and Maury out of there so they could bring me a new belt and the instructions on how to put the belt on. Well for some reason after all my fail attempts and braking the belt, I remembered that I had a snatch block in my jeep. (SECOND BIG MISTAKE). If you have a snatch block use it. It must be getting old not remembering stuff. So using the snatch block to pull Paul’s and Maury’s jeeps on the last 15 feet, definitely made winches much stronger to push all that mud. Maury left me his food πŸ™‚ and they left me there with my tear full eyes as you saw in the pic πŸ˜†

At around 9 PM the road guys came and worked until midnight and made the road driveable. The other group waited until morning 2kms away from me. In the morning, they weren’t sure if they should try to go over the road with their cars. Watching us trying all day yesterday must have given them confidence so they listened to my specific instructions and decided to go over the muddy road. Once they have seen the first vehicle go, they all decided to go. They all went through and I started thinking and contemplating when the help would arrive for me. It wasn’t very long. Probably 15 minutes later, I saw a black jk turned the corner. For some reason, I got out of my jeep and started waving the way one would to a rescue copter so that they could spot me πŸ™‚

Kenyon Lake

This lake is basically at the end of the Slyvester Road. It is a very remote lake. There was nobody there even on the weekend. From there we went to natural bath tubs. The water was crystal clear and each tub had its own jet/shower system. It was a little cold to jump in but I think it is an area I should go back on a very hot day. After the tubs we took a very challenging trail in which we had to use the winch a few times.

Goldbridge

This trip was totally scenic. We have seen the ghost town of Braidan, swam in Kingdom lake with frogs, ate Dutch oven biscuits, saw a couple mines, an old hotel. It was an overall very relaxing camping trip. In fact it was so relaxing that I dont ever remember being so relaxed.

Jeeps and Drivers

It is about time to introduce the jeeps and the drivers in my videos. I am quite often asked about the mods on the jeeps and so on. This way you will be able to find the answers in the series of these videos. I will keep posting them here when I make the new Jeeps and Drivers videos. I will also have a Jeeps and Drivers playlist on my Youtube Channel.

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…