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Title: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on January 30, 2019, 08:03:40 PM
Who wants to go wheeling at Rausch Creek in March?  If you're interested, let us know what dates you're free.  I'm thinking Saturday March 23rd.  Who wants to join me?!   :jw

So far we have:

1. Me
2. R3
3. BLACKHAWKJEEP
4. RattleTrap55
5. ShckCrwlr
6. Glin60
7. sjalkian
8. streak
9. mikestatic
10. Ryan from RI
11. gravitywell
12. Brittney
13. Khan
14. 01somws6
15. Scubalitt
16. VAJK456
17. ShckCrwlr's Wife
18.
19.
20.

Waitlist:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

I'll be leaving Falls Church around 2PM on the 22nd.  I'll be "camping" at the Hampton Inn in Pine Grove Friday night.  I should be there by 5PM.  It's the nicest hotel in the area.  Comfort Inn isn't bad though.  After checking in we'll be heading to O'Neals Pub for some beers and their awesome wings!  If you'll be there Friday night and want to join us at O'Neals, let us know.  If you PM me I can provide you with my cell number.

Let's meet in the Rausch Parking lot around 7:30AM Saturday morning.  Most of you will need to manually disconnect and all of us will need to air down.  Bring whatever you need to air down and disconnect if you have it (tools, tire pressure gauge, deflators, etc).  You'll also want some heavy duty/thick wire ties to hold your swaybar links up while disconnected.  Harbor Freight sells some that are perfect.  I have about 4 sets people can use.  If you do not have what's needed no worries, we will have what's needed for you to borrow.  But we want to avoid waiting a long time for everyone to disconnect using one set of tools etc.  We all will need to check in at the office which opens at 8AM.

Required equipment for this trail ride includes:
Tow points front and rear
A 4WD vehicle in good working order (with a full tank of gas)
Full size spare tire and whatever you need to change it on the trail (jack, lug wrench, wheel lock key, etc.)
Bring your lunch and drinks.  We will all eat lunch together.

Recommended equipment includes:
CB Radio (it is nice to have but not necessary)
Recovery equipment
A blanket or towel to sit on while disconnecting
Whatever you need to air down
Heavy duty zip ties
Hand tools

We will have two groups, a green/blue group that I will lead and a hard blue/black/red group Rob will lead.  While in the parking lot we will have a quick driver's meeting and will form the two groups.

Even if you're in my green/blue group, those with the stock rigs can expect to "hit" or "drag" the underside of your rig a couple times which is fine.  Some of the lifted rigs will as well.  Most of the time green trails have more "pucker factor" due to the off-camber stuff than black trails.  You'll experience this on Trail 11, one of the Badge of Honor trails we will tackle.  You most likely will scratch your rig.  Some of the trails are tight through the brush.  The scratches will be clear coat scratches which can easily be waxed/polished/buffed out.  Except for soft top side window scratches.  Those scratches will add character and actually look kinda cool, LOL.

Last thing, this is an all day trail ride so please expect to be on the trails until around 4:30PM.  Bring your lunch, snacks, drinks and TP in case it's needed.  

Let us know if you have any questions.  This ride is going to be a blast!  I'm looking forward to it!



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: R3 on January 30, 2019, 08:17:12 PM
23rd works here.... Maybe on the 16th.

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: RattleTrap55 on January 30, 2019, 08:28:09 PM
I am in - the 23th is better for me. 


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on January 30, 2019, 09:30:08 PM
I'm in for either date - looks like the 23rd works for most of us though!

Are we doing crawl daddy this time...  8)


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: ShckCrwlr on January 30, 2019, 09:34:19 PM
Looks like the 23rd is good for us also, I'll put it on the calendar.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: gravitywell on January 31, 2019, 07:54:50 PM
Is RC doable for a mostly stock JK?

I have a oil / transmission skid, and rock Sliders.

No lift, factory BF KM2s, rear locker.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: R3 on January 31, 2019, 08:23:58 PM
Yes! Hiam will attest to that. Don't know what Donnie as in mind ...

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on February 01, 2019, 10:54:13 AM
Is RC doable for a mostly stock JK?

I have a oil / transmission skid, and rock Sliders.

No lift, factory BF KM2s, rear locker.
Yes! I wheeled my Jeep at RC a couple of times when it was fully stock on street tires, you will be more than fine! Regarding skids... I still need to update mine but we have good spotters on the team  :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Glin60 on February 05, 2019, 08:22:12 PM
23rd should work for us as well... Iím in


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 05, 2019, 11:00:21 PM
23rd should work for us as well... Iím in

 :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: R3 on February 06, 2019, 09:04:01 AM
 This will be a good test for the upgraded suspension....  :twist :eek :8


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on February 06, 2019, 01:55:02 PM
Iím curious to see the upgraded suspension... 8)
I wonít be competing with Rob at all ... or will I  :lol


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: R3 on February 06, 2019, 05:07:48 PM
Competition... hummm, so what did you have in mind?

Hills?
Woops?
Rocks?
Spotting?
Navigation?
Recovery?
Rally?

The problem with competition is good judgement usually falls by the wayside with youth. This leads to  broken rigs or  the old statement "Could some one please put me back on my wheels"... Now the recovery would be interesting but the drive home  in a busted rig would not.

My modifications are for ride comfort and as well as performance.  I have a goal in mind. At my age  bouncing down the road  and trail take a toll on the ole tired body and at the end of the day I like to walk more like a human that a gorilla...

Next steps after this might put me in a competition category but funding will dictate that.  A D60 rear and D60  outer end up front would certainly up the rig game... another $8-9K  I do not have right now... I need a sponsor or a second job or two.

Then there is always the JK8 conversion in the works....

and...
and...
and...

There will be take offs....

Parts that is...

Send it! is in my vocabulary  but that is currently reserved for 800-1000 yrds plus.

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: sjalkian on February 07, 2019, 02:33:30 PM
I'm in for 23rd.  Can't wait to put my rig to the test!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 08, 2019, 12:54:33 AM
This will be a good test for the upgraded suspension....  :twist :eek :8

Can't wait to see the upgrades!   :cheers  (And eat some wings haha)


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 08, 2019, 12:55:09 AM
I'm in for 23rd.  Can't wait to put my rig to the test!

Awesome!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 08, 2019, 01:04:02 AM
Is RC doable for a mostly stock JK?

I have a oil / transmission skid, and rock Sliders.

No lift, factory BF KM2s, rear locker.

Hey, should I add you to the list?  Let us know.  Hope you can make it! 


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: streak on February 09, 2019, 08:33:34 AM
Oooo oooo!  Can I go!

I have a stock 04 Rubicon

And a jack, a winch, a shovel, a hatchet, some pulleys, some hooks, straps, and a poncho!



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: ShckCrwlr on February 09, 2019, 05:56:38 PM
Do you all use a standard CB or GMRS radio channel when you travel/wheel as a club?  I have a couple of hand held GMRS radios that we typically take with us for comms or for spotting.


Thanks!  Looking forward to meeting everyone.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: mikestatic on February 10, 2019, 09:02:41 PM
Id like to be added to the list. I really wanted to make the run next weekend but I haven't finished some work I need done. Never been to Rausch, but have wheeled a good amount. 08 JKU on 37s and all the fun stuff. Thanks
Mike

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 11, 2019, 07:34:20 AM
Do you all use a standard CB or GMRS radio channel when you travel/wheel as a club?  I have a couple of hand held GMRS radios that we typically take with us for comms or for spotting.


Thanks!  Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Some of have made the switch to Dual band to include GMRS while the majority  still run CBs.  Love my Dual band radio.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 11, 2019, 07:44:04 AM
Id like to be added to the list. I really wanted to make the run next weekend but I haven't finished some work I need done. Never been to Rausch, but have wheeled a good amount. 08 JKU on 37s and all the fun stuff. Thanks
Mike

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Run next week will be fun, hope you can make it...  Rausch is a good place to play, there is a cost associated with it. Need to join the club (Rausuch) and then pay toplay each day.  Several options are availabel a daily rate,  a 5 for  rate and a yearly rate.  with asmuch as I have been there this past year  I might  drop the bucks ona yearly rate this year.

Rausch is a good mix of Rocks and mud, hill climbs and some open area as well.  the property is split into  two sections  the NE property is mostly greens and blues, with that said  we did more winching  on the NE property then ever on the East/West/South property.  The west  property seem to hold the best  mix of trails soem are  bring a trailer to get home and others are just a gravel road, mix them all together and it is a fun day.  Air stations are available in teh paking lot to air up after the ride as well as services if you really  twisting something  out of shape...

From where I live King George VA) Rausch is about a 4.5 hr run so I elect to camp at the Hampton Inn in Pine Grove. there is a little diner cross the street that is a great place to meet for coffee and chow.  From there  the run to Rausch is only about  10 minutes


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 12, 2019, 09:49:16 AM
Oooo oooo!  Can I go!

I have a stock 04 Rubicon

And a jack, a winch, a shovel, a hatchet, some pulleys, some hooks, straps, and a poncho!



Of course!  We will choose trails based on everyone's rig's capability.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 12, 2019, 09:50:18 AM
Do you all use a standard CB or GMRS radio channel when you travel/wheel as a club?  I have a couple of hand held GMRS radios that we typically take with us for comms or for spotting.


Thanks!  Looking forward to meeting everyone.

We usually just use our standard CBs.  We're looking forward to meeting you as well!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 12, 2019, 09:55:16 AM
Id like to be added to the list. I really wanted to make the run next weekend but I haven't finished some work I need done. Never been to Rausch, but have wheeled a good amount. 08 JKU on 37s and all the fun stuff. Thanks
Mike

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Done!  Glad you can make it.  Sounds like you have a sweet rig!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 12, 2019, 09:57:08 AM
Who wants to go wheeling at Rausch Creek in March?  If you're interested, let us know what dates you're free.  I'm thinking Saturday March 23rd.  Who wants to join me?!   :jw

I will provide more details soon. 

So far we have:

1. Me
2. R3
3. BLACKHAWKJEEP
4. RattleTrap55
5. ShckCrwlr
6. Glin60
7. sjalkian
8. streak
9. mikestatic
10. Ryan from RI
11.
12.



Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: gravitywell on February 17, 2019, 01:04:11 AM
Is RC doable for a mostly stock JK?

I have a oil / transmission skid, and rock Sliders.

No lift, factory BF KM2s, rear locker.

Hey, should I add you to the list?  Let us know.  Hope you can make it! 
Add me on!


Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek in March - Date TBD
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 17, 2019, 02:09:08 AM
Is RC doable for a mostly stock JK?

I have a oil / transmission skid, and rock Sliders.

No lift, factory BF KM2s, rear locker.

Hey, should I add you to the list?  Let us know.  Hope you can make it! 
Add me on!

 :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on February 17, 2019, 12:21:02 PM
Donnie,
My friend who came with us yesterday wheeling has a lifted JL, and she would love to join us in March.
She's currently trying to find a CB to hook up.
If you may please add "Brittney" to the list, coming in a lifted white and coral JL  :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: ShckCrwlr on February 17, 2019, 12:30:06 PM
We have another jeep for the list as well.  Some friends of our just bought a stock 2015 JKU Rubicon and would love to tag along. Please add "Khan" to the list.


Thanks
Don


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 18, 2019, 11:56:47 PM
Brittney & Khan have been added!   :cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 19, 2019, 12:42:19 PM
 For the group. looking at heading up Friday night and camping at the Hampton Inn.  Any takers for the pub Friday night for a "debrief" or just to drink beer and talk jeep stuff? :tu

Was told of a new breakfast place in town last weekend... supposed to be pretty good and open before 0700 Saturday. :?

Just a note to all, last weekend we wheeled with a mix bag of talent.  our trail guide  shot us to a down hill Red  chute.  Now before everyone get their nickers in a twist, No rocks were harmed  transversing the trail!  Need to congratulate a JLU, new to Jeeps, Brand new to off roading and  it was her first time  on the trails......  Even covered in Ice and snow the merry band of nuts ( that is all of us on that ride)  made the decent in one piece.  Great learning experience for the JLU crew and broaden her horizons  greatly.  :8 :8 :8

If there are any takers I am up for a Sunday run as well perhaps a half day.

Cheers :cheers
R3


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RattleTrap55 on February 19, 2019, 01:31:32 PM
Rob,

I am planning to arrive 5ish Friday evening camping at the Comfort Inn (they have a parking lot that is trailer friendly) leaving sometime on Sunday so I am all in for a half day on the trail Sunday. And, I am always in for food and drink on Friday night plus any other night.. :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on February 19, 2019, 04:12:15 PM
Going to see if I can stay in the Hampton Inn this time.
I'd be down for wings and soda or beer (whatever my brain tells me I need after a long day of wheeling)  :p

Rob that trail guide was nuts  :razz


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 19, 2019, 06:33:35 PM
Friday night it is Garner....  Wings and good friends!

Cheers
Rob


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 19, 2019, 06:36:56 PM
Going to see if I can stay in the Hampton Inn this time.
I'd be down for wings and soda or beer (whatever my brain tells me I need after a long day of wheeling)  :p

Rob that trail guide was nuts  :razz

Absolutely Nucking Futs!.... but then again we all followed so that makes us?


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 19, 2019, 06:38:30 PM
Donnie,
Sent an e-mail...
Cheers
Rob.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 20, 2019, 09:27:54 AM
Veeep,
Can we work  trail 20 into the mix? West  property just a little loop....


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 20, 2019, 10:54:25 AM
Veeep,
Looks like we have a big group that is great news! Looking forward to all  attending.

For those who have been to Rausch Creek off road park  this will be old hat. For those who are new some info  for you.

Website  with trail maps: http://rc4x4.org/trail-system/ Don't get hung up on the color system. We have some greens  that test you skill and some blacks that are  not so black. The reds, well that is a different story they are a bit more challenging.  Stock JK/TJ will handle most anything short of RED trails, Stock JKU Blues to mild Blacks.  If you rig is lifted and has tires  most any trail is accessable. 

Phone apps: Maplets or  Maprika I use  the latter.  Load these on you cell phone and find the Rausch creek maps. Then use the cell phone app as a moving map for trail guidance.  You can load this app on  either Android or Apple products, cell phones or tablets.

All have to check in with the office passengers included.  If you are not a member of the park, you will have to join. Fine is $20.00 per year.

Rausch creek is a pay to play private park, the fine to play for the day is $50.00 per vehicle. You will be given a wrist band and a rig  sticker for the day both need to be displayed on you and your rig.

The trails range from  "bring a spare SD card" to "bring a trailer to get home" . The park is an old coal mine and associated area surrounding the old mine. Trails are well defined. West, South, East  property is rocky with some good mud holes The NE property is mostly green and blue  but the blues will get your attention. One trip we winched nearly every vehicle up a Blue trail.  :8 Another  trip we drove  every vehicle thru a Black trail.... :?  Most trails are two way, rarely are there traffic jams.

This time of year the trails could be snow covered, mix of ice and snow or just plain muddy. There are a few stream crossing creek/run-off  places on and around the trails.  Temps in that area are about 10-15 degrees colder than the local area around  DC.

Parking lot  is  big  gravel base, be respectful of others entering and leaving, if you are going to park  and ride  park away from the office.  Air is usually available  in the parking lot, there are several air stations and hoses for  airing up. Last trip up  these  were not functional  due to the cold. They should be sorted out by the March trip.

If you new,   ask questions!!!!!  Only stupid question is one not asked.  Few of us are pretty good  spotting  so if you need an extra set of eyes to clear a challenge  please  sing out.  No harm no foul and no shame to be on the winch at any point in the trip.  "Remember stupid we have to drive this home" is  in the front of my mind while  wheeling.

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 21, 2019, 06:58:25 AM
Donnie,
Add 01somws6 (Tom) to the mix. Built TJ winch, lift, comms, Spotter


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: gravitywell on February 21, 2019, 06:59:07 PM
Do we plan on hitting any of the Badge of Honor trails?


Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 21, 2019, 07:25:21 PM
Do we plan on hitting any of the Badge of Honor trails?
Badge of honor trails at Rausch are Trail 11, Crawler Ridge and Crawl Daddy... Green, blue and Red.  First two are easy runs... Last a bit more challenging and damage possiblity for under equiped rigs. Depending on Donnie, his ride, I will think about Crawl Daddy with a small group... Weather and talent dependent.

Cheers

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 21, 2019, 08:42:26 PM
Donnie,
Add 01somws6 (Tom) to the mix. Built TJ winch, lift, comms, Spotter

Done!


Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 21, 2019, 09:11:54 PM
Do we plan on hitting any of the Badge of Honor trails?
Badge of honor trails at Rausch are Trail 11, Crawler Ridge and Crawl Daddy... Green, blue and Red.  First two are easy runs... Last a bit more challenging and damage possiblity for under equiped rigs. Depending on Donnie, his ride, I will think about Crawl Daddy with a small group... Weather and talent dependent.

Cheers

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If it's a nice day I'd definitely like to do Crawl Daddy.

Depending on how many of us actually make the trip, I'm thinking we will need to split into 2 groups.  I'm sure both groups will tackle Trail 11 and Crawler Ridge so make sure you have your Badge of Honor app downloaded and ready.  I'll be reaching out to a few of you to get your thoughts on the level of trials you'd be comfortable with.  This weekend I'll post more about the ride as long as I'm feeling better.   :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 21, 2019, 11:05:56 PM
Veeep,
Feel better soon 😷😷😷

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on February 21, 2019, 11:47:28 PM
Feel better Donnie!  :8
Itís a good idea to split the group.
Iím in for Crawl Daddy depending on weather.
I have one badge of honor, two more would be a nice addition.
Most important thing... to have fun  :cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 22, 2019, 06:58:24 AM
Veeep,
 Looks like we have a great group.  I am going to do a little trail planning  to see  if we all can hit two of the three Badge of Honor trails and will share some thoughts on  the weather dependant climb of CD.  


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 22, 2019, 09:53:01 AM
Veeep,
Feel better soon 😷😷😷

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Thanks!  I'm at work today spreading germs because my bosses are out.  UGH   :drool


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on February 22, 2019, 09:53:53 AM
Feel better Donnie!  :8
Itís a good idea to split the group.
Iím in for Crawl Daddy depending on weather.
I have one badge of honor, two more would be a nice addition.
Most important thing... to have fun  :cheers

Thanks Hiam!   :jw


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on February 24, 2019, 08:28:58 AM
Hey guys, looking forward to the trail ride. I have a question. I donít have any comms. Is this going to be an issue or should I look into getting a CB?

Thanks,

Sarkis


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 24, 2019, 01:45:31 PM
Hey guys, looking forward to the trail ride. I have a question. I donít have any comms. Is this going to be an issue or should I look into getting a CB?

Thanks,

Sarkis

Sarkis, Comms are always desirable but not required. The standard is the CB... prices range from a little to a lot... some of us are moving toward GMRS much clear digital comms. Cost is about the same for entry level CB.

Look at  the WX75 cb, great all in one handset easy to mount.   Rugged radios handheld is a great 5 watt GMRS radio.  Midland also makes a GMRS set similar to a CB.

With a large group  there will always be someone close to give a shout  to the trail lead.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on February 25, 2019, 04:43:05 PM
Hey guys, looking forward to the trail ride. I have a question. I donít have any comms. Is this going to be an issue or should I look into getting a CB?

Thanks,

Sarkis

Sarkis, Comms are always desirable but not required. The standard is the CB... prices range from a little to a lot... some of us are moving toward GMRS much clear digital comms. Cost is about the same for entry level CB.

Look at  the WX75 cb, great all in one handset easy to mount.   Rugged radios handheld is a great 5 watt GMRS radio.  Midland also makes a GMRS set similar to a CB.

With a large group  there will always be someone close to give a shout  to the trail lead.
Thanks for the info.  I'll look into comms.  Know me, I'll probably just bite the bullet.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 26, 2019, 07:56:43 AM
WX75

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005N5WW/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=317890819165&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5383901542103422410&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008218&hvtargid=kwd-300499091227&ref=pd_sl_46y92o1znk_b

GMRS

https://www.amazon.com/Midland-MXT115VP3-MicroMobile-Repeater-Channels/dp/B07B2HMGCK/ref=pd_day0_hl_107_10?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07B2HMGCK&pd_rd_r=3a46806f-39c5-11e9-98d1-f51b55fcb6f9&pd_rd_w=5vWyD&pd_rd_wg=RDAV2&pf_rd_p=ad07871c-e646-4161-82c7-5ed0d4c85b07&pf_rd_r=YHZEW32J9JESKZXWFHJT&psc=1&refRID=YHZEW32J9JESKZXWFHJT

Rugged Radio

https://www.ruggedradios.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1167_1171&products_id=1274


Cheers
R3


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Glin60 on February 26, 2019, 06:21:48 PM
I'll second (or third) what others have said about CB being a worthwhile addition.  I have the WX75 in mine and it does the trick pretty well.  Got it from rightchannel as a kit, which comes with really good install instructions.  You might be able to cobble together the pieces cheaper elsewhere, but the kit made it easier to find the right ones, etc. 

https://www.rightchannelradios.com/collections/equipment-by-vehicle/products/1955-2006-jeep-cb-radio-kit

The kit comes with antenna, tail light mount, cable, and external speaker.  The only thing I added to the kit was a QD so I could remove the antenna without fuss.  I have the 4' Firestick.  My advice is to wire it direct to the battery to get cleanest power, and follow the instructions to a "T" for tuning the antenna SWR. 

If you don't feel like messing with a CB right now, I have a pair of two way handhelds that you could use as parallel coms worst case, I'll bring them with me regardless.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 27, 2019, 07:51:57 AM
 Tossing this out there.
With spring  just around the corner and  a little time before this trail ride, if anyone needs  help getting  their rig ready to roll or installing a new  "Fill inthe blank" I can offer up my garage and assistance on a weekend.  Have everything from a welder  to hand tools.  Can mount  but not balance tires, but alas no lift, just jacks and stands.

Cheers
Rob.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Scubalitt on February 28, 2019, 04:41:47 PM
Count me in! My first ever group ride, a little nervous and excited. Please be nice to the newbie!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 28, 2019, 04:57:10 PM
Welcome to the madness. Looks like this ride will have rigs and folks of all skill levels.
Rausch Creek is a great place, you can get into as little or as much trouble as you like. Great place to expand your skills.

Look back a few posts, there is an entry fee for Rausch..


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on February 28, 2019, 04:58:21 PM
Post #39

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 01, 2019, 09:09:32 AM
Good Morning Jeepers!  I'll be updating the thread with some more information about the ride either at lunchtime today or tonight.   :cheers  Hope everyone is doing well!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: pennsoxjeep on March 01, 2019, 11:27:36 AM
Looking forward to seeing those of you who I met back at the end of November at RC. On that day only the NE property was open (and it was my first time), so anxious to see the W, S, and/or E properties, and a few Jeep Badge of Honor trails. Thanks for setting all of this up Veep.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 02, 2019, 12:14:07 AM
Count me in! My first ever group ride, a little nervous and excited. Please be nice to the newbie!


You're going to be totally addicted after this ride!   :mrgreen


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 02, 2019, 12:15:43 AM
Looking forward to seeing those of you who I met back at the end of November at RC. On that day only the NE property was open (and it was my first time), so anxious to see the W, S, and/or E properties, and a few Jeep Badge of Honor trails. Thanks for setting all of this up Veep.

Glad you're able to join us!  Love that you put "Bill from PA" in your signature line!   :rotfl


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 02, 2019, 12:21:06 AM
Who wants to go wheeling at Rausch Creek in March?  If you're interested, let us know what dates you're free.  I'm thinking Saturday March 23rd.  Who wants to join me?!   :jw

So far we have:

1. Me
2. R3
3. BLACKHAWKJEEP
4. RattleTrap55
5. ShckCrwlr
6. Glin60
7. sjalkian
8. streak
9. mikestatic
10. Ryan from RI
11. gravitywell
12. BoxerCorps
13. Brittney
14. Khan
15. Bill from PA
16. 01somws6
17. Scubalitt
18.

I'll be leaving Falls Church around 2PM on the 22nd.  I'll be "camping" at the Hampton Inn in Pine Grove Friday night.  I should be there by 5PM.  It's the nicest hotel in the area.  Comfort Inn isn't bad though.  After checking in we'll be heading to O'Neals Pub for some beers and their awesome wings!  If you'll be there Friday night and want to join us at O'Neals, let us know.  If you PM me I can provide you with my cell number.

Let's meet in the Rausch Parking lot around 7:30AM Saturday morning.  Most of you will need to manually disconnect and all of us will need to air down.  Bring whatever you need to air down and disconnect if you have it (tools, tire pressure gauge, deflators, etc).  You'll also want some heavy duty/thick wire ties to hold your swaybar links up while disconnected.  Harbor Freight sells some that are perfect.  I have about 4 sets people can use.  If you do not have what's needed no worries, we will have what's needed for you to borrow.  But we want to avoid waiting a long time for everyone to disconnect using one set of tools etc.  We all will need to check in at the office which opens at 8AM.

Required equipment for this trail ride includes:
Tow points front and rear
A 4WD vehicle in good working order (with a full tank of gas)
Full size spare tire and whatever you need to change it on the trail (jack, lug wrench, wheel lock key, etc.)
Bring your lunch and drinks.  We will all eat lunch together.

Recommended equipment includes:
CB Radio (it is nice to have but not necessary)
Recovery equipment
A blanket or towel to sit on while disconnecting
Whatever you need to air down
Heavy duty zip ties
Hand tools
An air-up system like a Vi-Air system or compressor etc.  (Rausch has free air hoses that can be used to air-up but sometimes there is a wait)

We will have two groups, a green/blue group that I will lead and a hard blue/black/red group Bill will lead.  While in the parking lot we will have a quick driver's meeting and will form the two groups.

Even if you're in my green/blue group, those with the stock rigs can expect to "hit" or "drag" the underside of your rig a couple times which is fine.  Some of the lifted rigs will as well.  Most of the time green trails have more "pucker factor" due to the off-camber stuff than black trails.  You'll experience this on Trail 11, one of the Badge of Honor trails we will tackle.  You most likely will scratch your rig.  Some of the trails are tight through the brush.  The scratches will be clear coat scratches which can easily be waxed/polished/buffed out.  Except for soft top side window scratches.  Those scratches will add character and actually look kinda cool, LOL.  Companies make magnetic side panels if you want to protect your paint from scratches.

After the trail ride some of us will be heading back to O'Neals for dinner.  I'll definitely be eating some more wings before heading home.   :tu

Let us know if you have any questions.  This ride is going to be a blast!  I'm looking forward to it!



Hey all,

Check my original post for updates.  I updated the first post (see above) with a lot more information.  


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 02, 2019, 09:50:52 AM
R3 is head north on the 22nd as well... But I am coming from King George VA.

See ya at the pub.

Cheers

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on March 03, 2019, 12:41:41 AM
Donnie don't forget to add VAJK456 to the list! Chris is coming last I heard  :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Bocephus on March 04, 2019, 08:14:11 PM
Brand new member here...or almost a member I should say.  Just submitted my application and dues, and hope to meet folks at mustang Sallyís this weekend.  Stock JLUR, have run Peters Mill a few times, but otherwise a greenhorn and hoping to gain some experience.  Would love to join this ride at Rausch Creek. 
Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 04, 2019, 08:41:25 PM
Welcome
JLUR is an outstanding rig! Very capable. You will have fun at Rausch. Read back a few posts, think it is #39, some detail on costs to access the park.  The trail lead has a JLUR great rig.

Cheers
R3

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 05, 2019, 02:05:51 AM
Donnie don't forget to add VAJK456 to the list! Chris is coming last I heard  :tu

He's been added!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 05, 2019, 02:07:12 AM
Brand new member here...or almost a member I should say.  Just submitted my application and dues, and hope to meet folks at mustang Sallyís this weekend.  Stock JLUR, have run Peters Mill a few times, but otherwise a greenhorn and hoping to gain some experience.  Would love to join this ride at Rausch Creek. 
Cheers


Like Rob said, you'll have a blast!  I added you to the list!  Looking forward to meeting you Sunday.  Be sure to introduce yourself.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 05, 2019, 09:26:17 AM
Okay folks, I am limiting this ride to 20 rigs, with two groups of 10.  I have created a waitlist for others who want to potentially join the ride.  Please let me know if you want to be added to the waitlist.  Some will drop off.  Life happens.   :jw


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 06, 2019, 10:43:31 AM
 Hey Veep,
 Gotta ask a question.   Who in this group is comfortable with spotting?


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 06, 2019, 11:27:54 AM
Hey Veep,
 Gotta ask a question.   Who in this group is comfortable with spotting?

People that I know of include you, myself (on non-black trails), Garner?, Hiam, Chris & Tom.  If I have misspoken, please correct me.  If anyone else is comfortable spotting, please speak up.  Not that you'll need to spot anyone, we just want to know who is an experienced spotter.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: unleashd on March 06, 2019, 08:57:14 PM
Please add me to the waitlist. I might be able to get the LJ ready for its first run. It will be a stock ride. I'll have a CB hooked up by then.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 06, 2019, 09:06:27 PM
Please add me to the waitlist. I might be able to get the LJ ready for its first run. It will be a stock ride. I'll have a CB hooked up by then.

 :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 07, 2019, 07:33:38 AM
 21  rigs interested wow, this is going to be a ride.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Bocephus on March 07, 2019, 01:02:59 PM
Brand new member here...or almost a member I should say.  Just submitted my application and dues, and hope to meet folks at mustang Sallyís this weekend.  Stock JLUR, have run Peters Mill a few times, but otherwise a greenhorn and hoping to gain some experience.  Would love to join this ride at Rausch Creek. 
Cheers


Like Rob said, you'll have a blast!  I added you to the list!  Looking forward to meeting you Sunday.  Be sure to introduce yourself.  Thanks!

Thanks guys!  And thanks for adding me to the list!  Iíll be sure to say hello on Sunday!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 08, 2019, 07:42:01 PM
Membership application for Rausch. Please download and fill out this will save time at the office. If you have already become a member this season this is not required, just bring you membership card.

Trying to get the day form.. will post when I get it from Rausch.

Cheers
R3http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5c830b3e98053/member_waiver_2019.pdf (http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5c830b3e98053/member_waiver_2019.pdf)

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: InsideTheXJBox on March 09, 2019, 10:22:15 PM
Would an xj with 2.5Ē lift and 235/75/r15 BFG KO2s be ok for the green/blue group? Have front and rear recovery points and kinetic strap.


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: InsideTheXJBox on March 09, 2019, 10:29:13 PM
Hey Garner! Do you think my rig can handle this trip?


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Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: ogre45 on March 09, 2019, 11:03:09 PM
You should be fine.

Edit: sorry I seem to have quoted the wrong post.

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 10, 2019, 07:50:39 PM
Would an xj with 2.5Ē lift and 235/75/r15 BFG KO2s be ok for the green/blue group? Have front and rear recovery points and kinetic strap.


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You would definitely be good to go.  Want me to add you to the wait list?


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 11, 2019, 05:56:09 AM
Membership application for Rausch. Please download and fill out this will save time at the office. If you have already become a member this season this is not required, just bring you membership card.

Trying to get the day form.. will post when I get it from Rausch.

Cheers
R3http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5c830b3e98053/member_waiver_2019.pdf (http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5c830b3e98053/member_waiver_2019.pdf)

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Rest of the forms required for  23/24 trail ride can be found here.

http://rc4x4.org/park-information/membership/

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 12, 2019, 07:44:20 AM
Who wants to go wheeling at Rausch Creek in March?  If you're interested, let us know what dates you're free.  I'm thinking Saturday March 23rd.  Who wants to join me?!   :jw

So far we have:

1. Me
2. R3
3. BLACKHAWKJEEP
4. RattleTrap55
5. ShckCrwlr
6. Glin60
7. sjalkian
8. streak
9. mikestatic
10. Ryan from RI
11. gravitywell
12. BoxerCorps
13. Brittney
14. Khan
15. Bill from PA
16. 01somws6
17. Scubalitt
18. VAJK456
19. Bocephus
20. HeyYouThisIsMe

Waitlist:
1. unleashd
2.
3.
4.
5.

I'll be leaving Falls Church around 2PM on the 22nd.  I'll be "camping" at the Hampton Inn in Pine Grove Friday night.  I should be there by 5PM.  It's the nicest hotel in the area.  Comfort Inn isn't bad though.  After checking in we'll be heading to O'Neals Pub for some beers and their awesome wings!  If you'll be there Friday night and want to join us at O'Neals, let us know.  If you PM me I can provide you with my cell number.

Let's meet in the Rausch Parking lot around 7:30AM Saturday morning.  Most of you will need to manually disconnect and all of us will need to air down.  Bring whatever you need to air down and disconnect if you have it (tools, tire pressure gauge, deflators, etc).  You'll also want some heavy duty/thick wire ties to hold your swaybar links up while disconnected.  Harbor Freight sells some that are perfect.  I have about 4 sets people can use.  If you do not have what's needed no worries, we will have what's needed for you to borrow.  But we want to avoid waiting a long time for everyone to disconnect using one set of tools etc.  We all will need to check in at the office which opens at 8AM.

Required equipment for this trail ride includes:
Tow points front and rear
A 4WD vehicle in good working order (with a full tank of gas)
Full size spare tire and whatever you need to change it on the trail (jack, lug wrench, wheel lock key, etc.)
Bring your lunch and drinks.  We will all eat lunch together.

Recommended equipment includes:
CB Radio (it is nice to have but not necessary)
Recovery equipment
A blanket or towel to sit on while disconnecting
Whatever you need to air down
Heavy duty zip ties
Hand tools

We will have two groups, a green/blue group that I will lead and a hard blue/black/red group Bill will lead.  While in the parking lot we will have a quick driver's meeting and will form the two groups.

Even if you're in my green/blue group, those with the stock rigs can expect to "hit" or "drag" the underside of your rig a couple times which is fine.  Some of the lifted rigs will as well.  Most of the time green trails have more "pucker factor" due to the off-camber stuff than black trails.  You'll experience this on Trail 11, one of the Badge of Honor trails we will tackle.  You most likely will scratch your rig.  Some of the trails are tight through the brush.  The scratches will be clear coat scratches which can easily be waxed/polished/buffed out.  Except for soft top side window scratches.  Those scratches will add character and actually look kinda cool, LOL.

A couple last things, this is an all day trail ride so please expect to be on the trails until around 4:30PM.  Bring your lunch, snacks, drinks and TP in case it's needed.  Make sure you download the Jeep Badge of Honor app so you can check in and request your Badge of Honor for the appropriate trails (Trail 11, Crawler Ridge & Crawl Daddy).

Let us know if you have any questions.  This ride is going to be a blast!  I'm looking forward to it!



In 1.5 weeks we'll be on the trails!  I've made some updates to the original post so please be sure to read it.  Rob provided links to the paperwork above.  Save yourself some time and complete it in advance.  Let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 12, 2019, 08:43:44 AM
No doubt everyone will be taking snaps of their rig... I have set up a link to to share photos of the trip. Feel free to  add photos of your rig or others on the trail.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jBVKCLVguPVUav369

Cheers
R3



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 13, 2019, 07:00:52 AM
Green blue  trails at Rausch.... Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNZcG106W6U



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 13, 2019, 07:18:35 AM
Crawler Ridge, Badge of honor  trail at Rausch.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FPtiVpj4wmfD8fVk9


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: unleashd on March 13, 2019, 08:40:27 AM
Folks, I am out for the 23rd. Something else has come up at the homefront. Please take me off the waitlist.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 13, 2019, 09:22:26 AM
Folks, I am out for the 23rd. Something else has come up at the homefront. Please take me off the waitlist.

Okay, will do!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 16, 2019, 08:01:31 PM
We had two people drop out today.  Who wants in?!


Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: r3dhand on March 16, 2019, 10:22:31 PM
We had two people drop out today.  Who wants in?!
Hey, Donnie.  Just confirming that I won't be able to make it.  Replacing the steering components Wednesday and just replaced the radiator.  I need some time!  You guys enjoy!

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Title: Re: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 17, 2019, 08:44:50 AM
We had two people drop out today.  Who wants in?!
Hey, Donnie.  Just confirming that I won't be able to make it.  Replacing the steering components Wednesday and just replaced the radiator.  I need some time!  You guys enjoy!

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Hey Bill, no worries.  Trade that thing in for the shiny new JL you were looking at!   :mrgreen :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Scubalitt on March 18, 2019, 02:06:24 PM
Hi all please be nice to this rookie going on his first real ride (after my 101 training)! I won't arrive at Fairfield till midnight (damn work thing) but will be ready to go in am! My stock Sahara 2018 is all I got so far. So hoping that's all I need (got the tire, TP, food and drinks and I think a working cb). So excited and thanks for patience ya'll!

Chili cookout was a blast!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on March 18, 2019, 03:07:00 PM
We've all been rookies before! Don't worry, this is going to be a fun experience and we will all work together so that everyone get's back safely, and with a smile on their face. Plus the drivers meeting before we hit the trails will clear some things up.
Another thing, no shame in taking a bypass or getting winched, doesnít matter if you are lifted or stock  :tu
If you donít have a working CB we can always compensate with hand signals and the drivers in front and behind you will help as well.
Looking forward to Saturday!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 18, 2019, 03:12:45 PM
Hi all please be nice to this rookie going on his first real ride (after my 101 training)! I won't arrive at Fairfield till midnight (damn work thing) but will be ready to go in am! My stock Sahara 2018 is all I got so far. So hoping that's all I need (got the tire, TP, food and drinks and I think a working cb). So excited and thanks for patience ya'll!

Chili cookout was a blast!

Haha no worries!  You will be fine and will have a blast!  Full disclosure, you may scrape the bottom a little in some areas but that's why Jeep put OEM skid plates on your rig.   :mrgreen   And you will most likely get some surface scratches in your clear coat because of the brush.  But that's going to happen on every trail ride.  We have some excellent spotters on this ride and we'll take care of ya.  I can't wait for Saturday!  

PS Like Hiam said, there's no shame in taking a bypass!  There's no pressure on this ride for anyone to be out of their comfort zone!  Although what seems impossible for a stock rig is usually not with a great spotter!  Hiam did all of the trails with a stock rig herself!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 19, 2019, 06:06:09 AM
Hi all please be nice to this rookie going on his first real ride (after my 101 training)! I won't arrive at Fairfield till midnight (damn work thing) but will be ready to go in am! My stock Sahara 2018 is all I got so far. So hoping that's all I need (got the tire, TP, food and drinks and I think a working cb). So excited and thanks for patience ya'll!

Chili cookout was a blast!

I will echo what the others have said, we all were new to this at one time or another.  Your Jeep is  quite capable much more so than you might have first thought I have witnessed first hand a bone stock JK on street tires  with careful driving and some spotting  navigate the trails we are look at running with little to no issue. At Camp Heep last year there were a few  Bone stockers  runnng the trails.

OEM skid plates  are ok.  Many of us have  "up armored" to stronger skids, but  in reality the OEM will work fine  for  most trails.  with a long wheel base and no lift careful navigating of the trail is necessary.  drive around when you can  over if you have to  is a good what to start out. If you get to a spot that  makes you say  hummmm, ask for someone to spot you.   you will quickly  find that 1)  your rig is capable of great things and 2)  you will develop a trust in your fellow wheelers.  Oh and the first time you  use your skid plate you will have that  What the hell am I doing  thought/feeling, we all did.

In 101 training did  they go over sway bar disconnect?  Bring some tools and a blanket to lay on  to undo the low links up front. This will help you with  the uneven trails and work to keep the wheels ont he ground. In short help you stay  moving.

The spotters we have in this group are good. the goal is to keep the metal bits separate from the rock bits, damage is not a badge of honor.  That said  even in the Green trails  there are rocks and you have a good posibility of picking up some "rock rash" on the wheels. again some careful driving and we can limit that.  Spotters are there to help you.  looking at the front of the Jeep  they can see  the whole picture and guide you thru  things you would have never thought you can do.

Above all ask questions!  There are no dumb questions.

Warning, warning, warning...... this  activity of Wheeling can get in your blood..... LOL.

Looking forward to see all on the trails

Cheers
R3


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 19, 2019, 07:35:59 AM
Veeep,
Looks like we have a big group that is great news! Looking forward to all  attending.

For those who have been to Rausch Creek off road park  this will be old hat. For those who are new some info  for you.

Website  with trail maps: http://rc4x4.org/trail-system/ Don't get hung up on the color system. We have some greens  that test you skill and some blacks that are  not so black. The reds, well that is a different story they are a bit more challenging.  Stock JK/TJ will handle most anything short of RED trails, Stock JKU Blues to mild Blacks.  If you rig is lifted and has tires  most any trail is accessable. 

Phone apps: Maplets or  Maprika I use  the latter.  Load these on you cell phone and find the Rausch creek maps. Then use the cell phone app as a moving map for trail guidance.  You can load this app on  either Android or Apple products, cell phones or tablets.

[i]All have to check in with the office passengers included.[/i]  If you are not a member of the park, you will have to join. Fine is $20.00 per year.

Rausch creek is a pay to play private park, the fine to play for the day is $50.00 per vehicle. You will be given a wrist band and a rig  sticker for the day both need to be displayed on you and your rig.

The trails range from  "bring a spare SD card" to "bring a trailer to get home" . The park is an old coal mine and associated area surrounding the old mine. Trails are well defined. West, South, East  property is rocky with some good mud holes The NE property is mostly green and blue  but the blues will get your attention. One trip we winched nearly every vehicle up a Blue trail.  :8 Another  trip we drove  every vehicle thru a Black trail.... :?  Most trails are two way, rarely are there traffic jams.

This time of year the trails could be snow covered, mix of ice and snow or just plain muddy. There are a few stream crossing creek/run-off  places on and around the trails.  Temps in that area are about 10-15 degrees colder than the local area around  DC.

Parking lot  is  big  gravel base, be respectful of others entering and leaving, if you are going to park  and ride  park away from the office.  Air is usually available  in the parking lot, there are several air stations and hoses for  airing up. Last trip up  these  were not functional  due to the cold. .

If you new,   ask questions!!!!!  Only stupid question is one not asked.  Few of us are pretty good  spotting  so if you need an extra set of eyes to clear a challenge  please  sing out.  No harm no foul and no shame  to ask for a spot  or to be on the winch at any point in the trip.  "Remember stupid we have to drive this home" is  in the front of my mind while  wheeling. 

You may rub things on the bottom of your rig.  I use the  approach slow is good slower is better in tough spots. If you get stuck don't panic .

Remember  this about having fun so enjoy the ride.

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RattleTrap55 on March 19, 2019, 08:38:46 AM
I am so looking forward to getting out once again.

For those without a CB I will have two (2) portable CB's with me. Each has a magnetic antenna & cigarette lighter type power plug.

I will arrive around on Friday around 5ish, unload, check-in, and be ready for wings & beer by 6:00.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Glin60 on March 19, 2019, 09:02:17 AM
Great news!  My dad, who has somehow never been out wheeling with me, is flying in from Cincinnati to ride along.  Departing Springfield around 1400, guess that puts us in Pine Grove at 1700 assuming a 3 hr drive.  We're staying in the Comfort inn because it's ~$20 cheaper than Hampton Inn.  We may stay Saturday night, depending on how excited we feel about a 3 hr drive following a day of wheeling.  Realistically, what that probably means is it depends how ready we are for a beer.  :cheers

Have a CB in the jeep, but bringing hand held-two way radios in case anyone is in need.

Only question I have is: Where's the wing place?


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 19, 2019, 09:54:01 AM
Great news!  My dad, who has somehow never been out wheeling with me, is flying in from Cincinnati to ride along.  Departing Springfield around 1400, guess that puts us in Pine Grove at 1700 assuming a 3 hr drive.  We're staying in the Comfort inn because it's ~$20 cheaper than Hampton Inn.  We may stay Saturday night, depending on how excited we feel about a 3 hr drive following a day of wheeling.  Realistically, what that probably means is it depends how ready we are for a beer.  :cheers

Have a CB in the jeep, but bringing hand held-two way radios in case anyone is in need.

Only question I have is: Where's the wing place?

The wing place is O'Neals (click on the link below)!  It's a restaurant/bar with street parking and a parking lot across the street about 3 miles away from the hotels.  :cheers

https://www.facebook.com/onealspubpinegrovepa/


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 19, 2019, 11:57:21 AM
 Lets  plan to meet up at the Comfort Inn say 1800 and convoy down to the Pub.

Think Rattletrap55 is there too.

I am planning to hit the road round noon for the hampton inn camp ground.

Cheers
Rob


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on March 19, 2019, 12:50:21 PM
Iím staying at the Comfort Inn as well, but Iíll likely be leaving Vienna between 7-8, so Iíll be up there between 10-11. How late you think you guys will be at the pub for?


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RattleTrap55 on March 19, 2019, 01:16:34 PM
I am staying at the Comfort Inn as well - trailer friendly parking lot :D

Garner


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 19, 2019, 02:09:30 PM
 For the Friday night pre run crew  :cheers

Don't anticipate a long night out  but who knows Figure  meet up with folks at Camp comfort inn round 1800 and head down to the pub for a few hours.  Yeah I know we lightweights. Saturday schedule:

 0730 meet at Rausch Creek to  air down and Disconnect
 0800 check in get trail passes membership etc. Fill out the paperwork  before hand will make this faster. Yes they take plastic.
 0830ish  Driver meeting 
 Hit the trail after the driver meeting
Plan on being back in the parking lot before gates close 1700.

Debrief at the in Pine Grove ( wing and beer)

There is a small group heading out Sunday thinking Crawl Daddy then head back to VA.

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Glin60 on March 19, 2019, 04:33:21 PM
Sounds like a plan  :tu

For the Friday night pre run crew  :cheers

Don't anticipate a long night out  but who knows Figure  meet up with folks at Camp comfort inn round 1800 and head down to the pub for a few hours.  Yeah I know we lightweights. Saturday schedule:

 0730 meet at Rausch Creek to  air down and Disconnect
 0800 check in get trail passes membership etc. Fill out the paperwork  before hand will make this faster. Yes they take plastic.
 0830ish  Driver meeting 
 Hit the trail after the driver meeting
Plan on being back in the parking lot before gates close 1700.

Debrief at the in Pine Grove ( wing and beer)

There is a small group heading out Sunday thinking Crawl Daddy then head back to VA.

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: mikestatic on March 19, 2019, 09:19:01 PM
Looking forward to this trip. I am planning on leaving Alexandria around 1400, so hopefully around a 1700 arrival to pine Grove. Planning on the Hampton Inn. Might meet up for a beer and meet everyone before we wheel sat. I'll be driving home sat night, if anyone else wants to convoy back here.
Mike

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on March 20, 2019, 06:30:24 AM
Looking forward to this trip. I am planning on leaving Alexandria around 1400, so hopefully around a 1700 arrival to pine Grove. Planning on the Hampton Inn. Might meet up for a beer and meet everyone before we wheel sat. I'll be driving home sat night, if anyone else wants to convoy back here.
Mike

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Iíll be driving back Saturday as well.


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 20, 2019, 06:43:51 AM
99,
Just checked the weather forecast. Looks like the area will get some heavy rain  thru Thursday/Friday. Saturday  will b e sunny and cool low of 29 and a high of 48. Sunday looks like  38  with a high of 57 and sun.

Looks like most are heading home on Saturday night. Are there any takers  for a 1/2 day run Sunday?

Cheers
Rob


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RattleTrap55 on March 20, 2019, 09:40:34 AM
Rob,

I am staying Saturday night and of course, I am in for a half day or more of wheeling on Sunday - Crawl Daddy?

This all hinges on me NOT breaking anything on Saturday :pat

Garner


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 20, 2019, 10:57:43 AM
Ok 2 for for a Sunday run.
Tweaking the suspension today.... Not 100% but much closer than initial.

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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Bocephus on March 20, 2019, 05:26:05 PM
Folks,
Apologies for the late cancel, but Iím no longer able to join the Rausch ride on Saturday 3/23.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on March 21, 2019, 01:01:12 AM
Leaving early 5 am on Saturday to get to Rausch by 7:30 am... won't be staying overnight  :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 21, 2019, 09:01:15 AM
Might want to have the top on  for this trip... 1-2 inches of rain expected today thru Friday  :8


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 21, 2019, 09:20:13 AM
Folks,
Apologies for the late cancel, but Iím no longer able to join the Rausch ride on Saturday 3/23.


No problem, there will be many more rides.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 21, 2019, 10:09:47 AM
Donnie,
Invited a guy from work, not sure he is coming, kinda green  but enthusiastic.... If he comes it will be a last minute  thing. Gave him directions and a link to the forum. 

Cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 21, 2019, 12:16:26 PM
Donnie,
Invited a guy from work, not sure he is coming, kinda green  but enthusiastic.... If he comes it will be a last minute  thing. Gave him directions and a link to the forum. 

Cheers

 :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on March 21, 2019, 09:05:41 PM
I saw the form for the membership. Is there a form for the pass, or do we just do that there? Getting pumped!!


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 22, 2019, 08:47:29 AM
I saw the form for the membership. Is there a form for the pass, or do we just do that there? Getting pumped!!


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I believe all you need is the membership form.  You could call them to double check though.  Let us know what you find out.  I need to complete one as well.   :mrgreen

Definitely pumped for tomorrow!   :cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on March 22, 2019, 09:24:16 AM
I saw the form for the membership. Is there a form for the pass, or do we just do that there? Getting pumped!!


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I believe all you need is the membership form.  You could call them to double check though.  Let us know what you find out.  I need to complete one as well.   :mrgreen

Definitely pumped for tomorrow!   :cheers
I called and they said there is no form for the day pass, just for the membership. I should be leaving Vienna no later than 7, so Iíll be up there around 9:45/10:00.


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 22, 2019, 11:44:08 AM
Cool thanks for confirming!  Safe travels to you and everyone else!


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Glin60 on March 22, 2019, 03:57:03 PM
Checked in at Comfort Inn! See you guys at 6 in the parking lot?


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: gravitywell on March 22, 2019, 04:45:04 PM
Hey folks. I have to bow out. Had a stressful week, and my wife is sick. Going to stay and get my home in order.

Good luck, and have fun.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 22, 2019, 06:19:20 PM
No worries!  Hope the wife is feeling better soon!


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: overhead on March 22, 2019, 07:57:23 PM
Hey folks. I have to bow out. Had a stressful week, and my wife is sick. Going to stay and get my home in order.

Good luck, and have fun.

Good call. Hope y'all feel better


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: 01somws6 on March 23, 2019, 05:13:51 PM
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jBVKCLVguPVUav369


Post your photos here!


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: mikestatic on March 24, 2019, 11:28:53 AM
Good times and good meeting everyone yesterday, especially the blue/black group led by Rob. Made my first trip to rausch alot of fun, definitely looking forward to next run. I made it home without any carnage which is always a plus! I shared the pictures I took to the google photos album.
-Mike


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: sjalkian on March 24, 2019, 02:27:14 PM
Good times and good meeting everyone yesterday, especially the blue/black group led by Rob. Made my first trip to rausch alot of fun, definitely looking forward to next run. I made it home without any carnage which is always a plus! I shared the pictures I took to the google photos album.
-Mike
I couldnít agree more. The entire group was great. I want to thank Donnie for putting the whole thing together. I especially want to thanks Rob for leading the blue/black group flawlessly. I didnít know my little 4 banger, open diff TJ could get through almost everything we threw at it. Shout out to Tom who also provided great spotting. I really learned a lot from everyone in the group and canít wait for the next run. Pics look great!!

Sarkis


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Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RattleTrap55 on March 25, 2019, 06:38:40 AM
Another great trip in now in the history book. It was wonderful meeting so many new people and seeing others again after a long wet winter.

I got to see a lot of very nice rigs, some stock and some with a mod or two, doing some amazing and fun things.

A special "thank you" and congratulations must go out to Donnie for great job of organizing and leading - here is to a job well done  :cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 25, 2019, 06:54:52 AM
 Another sucessful Trail ride  is in the books. I hope everyone had a great time.   Thanks to our  Veep ( Donnie) for setting this up. Bit of a cold start :cold  but ended up  sunny and warm. I love it when new folks get to explore the capabilities  of their rigs and their driving skills and learn more about this sport. :8  The award for biggest smiles I think go to  the little 4 cylinder  TJ Sarkis :tu and the Plum Krazy Purple Jeep  :tu. While  my group did not get to work much with Donnies Group  I would like to say thank you all for coming out and putting your trust in Donnie and me to guide you around the park.

My group,  what can I say. You guys ROCK!  We tacked some of the tougher trails  right out of the gate and everyone went with it.  Great driving skills, well prepared rigs and a great can do spirit. At one point I think we all were spotting for another rig. Talk about stepping up to meet the challenge, all of you knocked it out of the park.  Of all the trails we  ran, crossing  Rock Creek and heading up 13A/B was the most rewarding. Imagine a little TJ, small tires, open diffs crawling over  and thru stuff  that most of us  would  pass on.  Mad respect for you Sir you drove the wheels off this thang!  I hope you join us for the next adventure.

Andy and his Dad, it was great to meet you both. I hope  we  gave you and your  dad a great memory from this trip. Fantastic swapping stories at the Pub  Saturday night. That rig of yours sir is  very well built and chewed up the challenges we tossed at it.   As part of the 7%, Thank you for standing the watch, if you need anything  please let me know.  If Dad  wants to make another run with us, I have a comfy right seat.

Black Jeep, does what Black Jeeps do...  just keeps going thru  thck and thin seamingly board  with the process. But!,  she did get caught up  in Trail 13 making sure Sparkle  could get thru, stressful?  Standing on big rocks  in ice cold running water with a krazy pretty  well built Jeep in your hands? Naw just another day.

Everytime I go wheeling with Tom I find out something new.... Sparkle? That is a handle that is going to stick.  You are just going to have to ask him.  Great job sir  thanks for stepping in and helping spot the group.   You have a great eye for lines and a fantastic apporach with people.  Same time  same place next year? :rotfl

The goal for the trail ride was to have fun and stretch the bounds of one's comfort zone some. I hope  all had a great time and look forward to seeing you all  on the trail again.

If you took pictures of either group , please share withthe rest of us here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jBVKCLVguPVUav369

Till next time.
 :cheers
Rob.



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: streak on March 25, 2019, 06:56:08 AM
Too much fun! 

First, thank you to everyone that put this together.  Big smiles all day in the green/blue group.  The spotters earned their pay at Crawler Ridge :D 

Also great to meet a bunch of new enthusiast.  Just a  good group of people.

As newb I'm always amazed at what these machines can do.  Similarly amazed at the patience of the spotters.  Donnie, Garner, Tom and Rob made sure we all got up and back down again. 

What I'm calling "the Gulch" was huge fun.  I chickened out at first but then Ryan did it and I knew I'd be mad at myself if I didn't do it so I turned around and drove up the Gulch.  Man that was cool.  I'd never have looked at that and said  "I can drive thru that!"  Just awesome. 

Can't wait for the next one!

I uploaded a picture to the google thing but it's not showing up.  Also, if Donnie is here and he could resend that video to me or upload it that would be great.  Something happened to it when he sent to to me at O'Neils. 

EDIT: Pictures showed up in the google thing!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 25, 2019, 07:00:17 AM
99,
If anyone is interested in a good off road class and recovery  techniques, Please check out

https://www.facebook.com/events/1981951901859766/?ti=as

Course is not cheap  two days for $200.00 but worth every penny.

Cheers


Post them pictures!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: BLACKHAWKJEEP on March 25, 2019, 11:52:25 AM
I have to lay it down as it is, this must have been my favorite wheeling day of all time. Before anything, Donnie, thank you for organizing this trip, we all had a blast! My group was fantastic, everyone got along great, worked together, and we all came out amazed at what our rigs could do. It was an honor to meet all of you, and I hope we wheel with each other again soon.

Special thank you to Rob for being the trail leader and hoping out every second, the amount of trust you build with people in seconds still amazes me till today, and we've been wheeling together for a while.
Tom, thank you very much for guiding me through the trails, you have excellent spotting skills, I'll follow your sense of direction anytime.
We got loads of footage, good laughs, and built a lot of knowledge together, I'd say a job well done.
It was fun meeting up with Donnie's group every now and then, and that stock JL, amazed!  :tu
Hope to see everyone back on the trails soon enough  :p

Hiam



Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 25, 2019, 04:57:06 PM
Another great trip in now in the history book. It was wonderful meeting so many new people and seeing others again after a long wet winter.

I got to see a lot of very nice rigs, some stock and some with a mod or two, doing some amazing and fun things.

A special "thank you" and congratulations must go out to Donnie for great job of organizing and leading - here is to a job well done  :cheers

Thanks for the kind words Garner!  And thank you for your help with the group too!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 25, 2019, 04:59:42 PM
Too much fun! 

First, thank you to everyone that put this together.  Big smiles all day in the green/blue group.  The spotters earned their pay at Crawler Ridge :D 

Also great to meet a bunch of new enthusiast.  Just a  good group of people.

As newb I'm always amazed at what these machines can do.  Similarly amazed at the patience of the spotters.  Donnie, garner, Tom and Rob made sure we all got up and back down again. 

What I'm calling "the Gulch" was huge fun.  I chickened out at first but then Ryan did it and I knew I'd be mad at myself if I didn't do it so I turned around and drove up the Gulch.  Man that was cool.  I'd never have looked at that and said  "I can drive thru that!"  Just awesome. 

Can't wait for the next one!

I uploaded a picture to the google thing but it's not showing up.  Also, if Donnie is here and he could resend that video to me or upload it that would be great.  Something happened to it when he sent to to me at O'Neils. 

EDIT: Pictures showed up in the google thing!

Pics & videos have been uploaded!  I knew if I had Ryan do it after me others would follow.  It worked!  Haha.  And I had to do it again it was so much fun!   :tu


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: ShckCrwlr on March 26, 2019, 05:20:27 AM
A huge thanks to Donnie, Rob, Garner and Tom for taking the time to get us all on the right line and out safe.  This was our second trip to Rausch and our first trip with the club, and so glad we did it.  Can't wait to get back out on the trails with you all!

On a side note, is there training for spotters?  I would love to get some expert advice and help in the future.




Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: R3 on March 26, 2019, 06:42:02 AM
Spotter training,
Yes there are some options. The club runs a course watch the forum for more information. Rausch   thru a contract company  offers training.

This class at Chaos is a very good course to attend for  both recovery and off road technique https://www.facebook.com/events/1981951901859766/?ti=as

What I tell folks that run with us. If you would like to  learn to spot, I am happy to work with you.  Just out and get involved, ask questions, be proactive.  The advantage I see  learning to spot  is you get to see how the rig works and you as a spotter have to  pick a line to guide the rig thru. This translates to improved driving technique and line selection.  The primary Job of a spotter is to keep the driver calm. After that  you need to help them pick a line thru a difficult  challenge and try  to limit damage to their rig.  Do this sucessfully you build trust.  Spotting is not all that difficult. Understanding  what the rig is capable of and looking ahead to where  it is going take a minute to grasp but once there  the basics are try to keep the wheels on the ground, the metal  separate from the rocks, and keep the shinny side up.   Calm clear direction without shouting is my approach to this.

Cheers
Rob.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Gr8Dain on March 26, 2019, 06:42:03 AM
A huge thanks to Donnie, Rob, Garner and Tom for taking the time to get us all on the right line and out safe.  This was our second trip to Rausch and our first trip with the club, and so glad we did it.  Can't wait to get back out on the trails with you all!

On a side note, is there training for spotters?  I would love to get some expert advice and help in the future.

Yes. This weekend at the Cove. There is a thread about it on the forum. Both on the member side as well as the open discussion.


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Scubalitt on March 26, 2019, 09:35:24 AM
Thanks again to all for helping out the rookie with the the stock Sahara and the tire change! An amazing first outing with all and special thanks for everyone who spotted, lead, took pictures and help make it a fantastic day. Can't wait till the next trip.
 :cheers


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: RubiKhan on March 27, 2019, 10:26:49 AM
Thanks to the NoVA jeepers for allowing a couple of non-members to join in on the fun! We liked it so much we a now your newest members. It was a great time of learning more about the RubiKhan and what it's capable of (a lot more than I am at this point) and meeting some super nice folks. Thanks to the spotters for getting us through the challenges. We look forward to the next ride.

We took over 1000 pics and uploaded over 500. i think we got at least some of everybody in both groups at Crawler Ridge and what I see is being called "The Gulch".

-Ted and Kim Geasley


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: Jeepin_Donnie on March 27, 2019, 03:58:30 PM
Thanks to the NoVA jeepers for allowing a couple of non-members to join in on the fun! We liked it so much we a now your newest members. It was a great time of learning more about the RubiKhan and what it's capable of (a lot more than I am at this point) and meeting some super nice folks. Thanks to the spotters for getting us through the challenges. We look forward to the next ride.

We took over 1000 pics and uploaded over 500. i think we got at least some of everybody in both groups at Crawler Ridge and what I see is being called "The Gulch".

-Ted and Kim Geasley


Ted & Kim!  Awesome!  I'm so happy you guys joined!  Thanks so much for taking and posting the awesome photos.  Hope to see you guys soon again!


Title: Re: Wheeling at Rausch Creek, March 23rd
Post by: streak on March 27, 2019, 05:19:35 PM
Kim was a picture taking machine!  Thanks for documenting all our fun!