Off-Road Dave’s First Time Account of AXIALFEST 2017

Words & Photos: David “Off-Road Dave” Miller

It all started in Ohio. Well, the thought started between me and my good friend Nick in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ohio is later.  This was the season we were going to hit comps. As many comps as we could. Not to win, but to learn. To become better at choosing lines. To meet up with other scalers from around the Midwest. To learn better set ups and tuning on our rigs.  Nick started searching comps. We started talking about which ones we might be able to get out to. Then AxialFest started popping up on social media. “Axialfest man, let’s do it. ” We were both serious.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-55

Then life happened and neither of us could make it. So we started looking at other big events we could hit. This is where Ohio comes into play. Team KNK Hardware TTC. It was on our radar. I made plans to go. Now keep in mind, I manage a business and have an amazing wife and 6 kids, so me making plans to travel out of state to play with tiny trucks isn’t super high on the priority list. I was given the ok by Amanda (my love) and the owner of the business I run. “Dude, I’m going to KNK you are too!!” Yeah, my buddy couldn’t make it. I was bummed. I planned on going solo and after a few posts on Facebook, my buddy Kevin said “I’ll go bro!” Now I had a co-pilot.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-53

So, fast forward. We run KNK. It was amazing. I find out I’m a team driver for my favorite electronics company , Castle RC. I also end up taking 1st place in one of my classes beating the one and only, John Schultz. Like, what? Kate, my team manager says “we need you at AXIALFEST!” OK, so wow, this could be real as in this could really happen! I might just be making it there. Then my new friend, Rodney Wills says, “I want you to shoot AxialFest.” So yeah, how could I not go now. That’s two real big signs saying your dumb not to dude… I get home (after several hours and Starbucks iced coffees) and I’m excited about everything. I tell Amanda I won first!! They want me at AXIALFEST in July!! So blah blah blah, scheduling, family, blah blah BUT ITS ON!!!

Let’s skip to Thursday July 13th.
I arrive at the Reno airport and have a kid named Elvis from Reno picking me up. Chris aka Hemistorm set up the ride for me. This kid is a maniac. Toyota Tundra, mountain roads, and fast driving to make it to the concourse at Axialfest. He and his friend built this wicked RESQ1 replica for the big show. 200 hours spent on it. Crazy, right? We have to be there like an hour ago. As we are flying by the seat of our pants I can’t take my eyes off the mountains. The mountains are EVERYWHERE out here. Back home we have tallish buildings, so these Sierra Nevada mountains are blowing my mind, like seriously blowing my mind!axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-8

The anticipation of arriving at Cisco Grove campground is weighing heavy on my mind too. I am excited to see people and tiny trucks. We make it and I need to head to the Castle booth first. Elvis gets me there in one piece. (Whew) and I meet up with Kate and Chris. Now, I haven’t eaten since the night before, high elevation, and overloaded with being at the one and only AXIALFEST. Needless to say, I felt a bit strange. Not all there but, you know, there. Jody from the Renegade rock Runners shows up and lets me know my spot at their campsite is ready. I hang out at Castle for a while and help out with programming esc’s and customers.

I take a walk around and see that the online shops I order from are here. I can get what I need (let’s face it, what I want) now. NOW!!! No shipping time. Get that stuff now and go build!!!! Awesome. So RPP is where I went. B-Line YO!! Scooped some new F9′s for the 10 II along with all the Vanquish fixings. I head over to A camp and meet up the RRR guys. Now if you don’t know the RENEGADE ROCK RUNNERS, you should. These guys are top tier A + human beings. Only one of them knew me. They took me in, fed me, gave me a bed to sleep in, helped work on my rig, you name it. The are in this for the love. The passion. Man, the passion I felt through out my time at AxialFest. That’s the thing… It’s the essence of what we do with these things. Yeah, they are toys. We all get that. It’s the people with passion that make them so much more than toys. Every manufacturer, every club, every retailer I spoke with had that fire. They love what they do and the love to share it. Axial, these guys are passion. These guys are love. These guys make adventure happen. That’s what this whole thing has been.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-32

Ever since I decided to go to KNK TTC I have been on an adventure. I didn’t realize that until I spent a few hours talking with Rodney Wills. I met him simply because he is inquisitive. He wants to know. He wants to know what makes you tick. I love that about him. He uses the word adventure with a passion unlike I have ever seen. Dude is sort of the RC equivalent of Indiana Jones.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-35

OK, back to my story here.
I head back to Castle with my rig to help some more. After a short while I got antsy and needed to find a trail. First one is Trail-A. I mean, ABC’s man! Only seems logical. The beginning is pretty basic. Cool scale building and easy trailing. Then you hit the rock. It gets awesome fast. After about 50 gates I take a break from looking down at my truck. I stretch a little and realize that the mountain I am on is surrounded by much bigger mountains and it is breath taking. It truly put a tear in my eye. Axial picked an astonishing place to hold their event. I cannot describe accurately enough how amazing Cisco Grove really is. To top it off I am playing with my tiny truck alongside hundreds of other people! You can’t beat that. I continue on Trail-A through the trees, rocks, brush, dirt, and hot sun all the way to the last 5 gates. My battery dies. In all the excitement I didn’t think to grab extra batteries or even tools. Either way it was a great way to start my trail runs at AxialFest.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-3

That night I went on a run on Trail-G with the Renegade Rock Runners. I’ve never ran at night so my rig wasn’t prepared. You know, ROCK LIGHTS! (I fixed that the following day with Gearhead RC lights from RPP) but fortunately for me on this first night run, the Renegade boys had plenty of light to keep me on trail. Trail-G would become my favorite trail maybe because it was my first with such the experience…  but the terrain and company was more than I could have ever asked for. There were a lot of tiny trucks on that trail that night. You could see off into the distance headlamps and LED lights on ridges up high and down low. The entire trail experience was really fun. The Axial team made the gates wide so you could pick your line which gave everyone the ability to go hard or soft on their rigs. I had to choose the most difficult lines. Like most people I want to see what my rig can do. The end of Trail-G was kind of crazy. It was like a downhill slide of sand. Needless to say, we did some skiing to make it down. At the bottom there was another crew of guys digging hard into the sand with their rigs. It was cool to watch. The rock lights and dust along with the dark made it a bit of a spectacle. With Trail-G over we head back to camp and rest up.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-11axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-14axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-12

The following day was a blur. There was the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. Man, I couldn’t believe how hard these guys and gals worked to make forward progression on the designated course! It was impressive to say the least. Michael Pham is one of the guys that had my interest. He pushed himself to the breaking point and kept going. He’s a champ in my mind. Everyone was crazy, really! I mean, cars jumping on each other, flips, flops, (one dude had on flip flops), running, sweating, and focus. All of the competitors get a salute from me. Hats off!! After all of the excitement I went back to camp to take a breather and hang out with my new friends.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-19axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-20axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-27axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-25

The last day was rock racing, raffles, drawings, and awards. The awards ceremony held by Axial was glorious. It wasn’t because of the gifts or awards. It was the hundreds and hundreds of people that drive tiny trucks gathered in one place for the first time since I arrived. So many families, friends, kids and purely awesome people all there for one reason. The reason you ask? Because, Axial. Jeff Johns, Rodney Wills, John Schultz, and the whole Axial family. Axial has found me new friends, adventures, fun, and love. They might not know it, but because of them, so many people have connected who might not have ever connected without them. Thank you Axial. Not for your rigs but for that piece of the puzzle that so many have used to connect to one another. I will never forget 2017.

Thank you Castle (Kate and Chris) for making this trip happen.













































































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AXIAL would like to thank each and everyone of you for attending AXIALFEST 2017!

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Zack Zurfley

We would also like to thank these fine sponsors as well!
A-Main, Altra Running Shoes, AZU4RC, BFGoodrich Tires, Boom Racing, BPC Custom Chassis, Brazen Scale RC, California State Parks, Canyon Coolers, Castle Creations, CKRC Hobbies, CompetitionX, FastEddy Bearings, Gigabit Offroad, HiTec, KLP Hobby, Knight Customs, Kona Bicycles, Magnaflow, Method Race Wheels, Pedals Bike Shop< Phoenix Design, Pro-Line Racing, R/C Country, RC Driver, RC4WD,, R/C Country, RCP Crawlers, Rigid Industries, Rivas Concepts, RPP Hobby, Rugged Radios, Scale Builder’s Guild, ScalerFab, SOR Graphics, sPOD, Super Shafty, Team KNK Hardware, Team G Speed-LCG, Tekin, Toyzuki’s Fabrication, Tower Hobbies, Two Chainz Scalerz and last but not least, Vanquish Products!

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

AX31150 Axial Inner Fenders

While prepping my truck for this years #AXIALFEST2017 (ok, my wife’s truck), I happened to notice one of my fellow co-workers bolting on a set of inner fenders onto his SCX10 II XJ. I asked him where he got those and he informed me it was an actual Axial product, just maybe one that wasn’t so well known.

Of course, I had to investigate further – AX31150 is in fact a molded piece of .40″ clear Lexan that not only includes 4 inner fenders, it also has floor panels for trucks that don’t have them (the SCX10 for example). In addition to giving you extra space to mount electronics, it also acts as a barrier to help keep mud, water and other debris from entering the chassis.

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

As you can see, it comes clear and can be painted any color you want (I’m going with from-the-factory black). A strip of double-sided tape is included to securely attach them to the side rails. Another cool thing is that they are a universal fit; you can trim them to match almost any body you decide to use.

So, for those of you that like to do some serious trailing but are worried about splashing grit and grime all up in your chassis, here’s a simple solution. I’ve added a few pix of these mounted on the SCX10 II, however as you can see I’ve left off the floor panels since this particular truck already comes with them.

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

Product Spotlight: AX31150 Axial Clear Inner Fenders

AX31150 Axial SCX10 Wheel Wells – .040″ (Clear)

Richard Derry’s Account of Past and Present AXIALFEST Events

Words & Photos: Richard Derry

AXIALFEST, the largest RC event in the world, grows larger each year, simply as an Axial customer appreciation event!

My first time to this amazing event was AXIALFEST 2015, and I thought it was amazing even back then. There were so many trucks driving around and everyone was so involved, there were big name vendors like Tower Hobbies, RC4WD, Vanquish, Tekin and RPP Hobby, CKRC Hobbies, Jeep Brand, Magnaflow, JRC, HoyFab, GCM, Holmes Hobbies, Knight Customs, Futaba, KNK Hardware, 212 Performance Gloves, Car Buff, BRAVEN, GearHead RC, Phoenix LED,  and many more!IMAG00110_500px
Photo courtesy of Skeeno

AXIALFEST2015 was basically a large adventure festival with adventure trails, concours, mud drags and TerraXcross rock racing. All this, back in 2015, when the awards ceremony overflowed from the main pavilion.

Then, AXIALFEST 2016 was the “Year Of The Bridges” and there were many of them with each of them being unique and hand made. There were bridges crossing ponds and rivers, bamboo bridges going up the faces of rocks and really cool teeter-totter bridges with a few scale objects scattered along the trails. AXIALFEST 2016 also had the addition of its first ever Ultra 5K RC Enduro which was sponsored by the shoe maker Altra Running. Vendor Row grew as well and had more additions like Boom Racing, Knight Customs, Amain Hobbies, ScalerFab along with the regulars of Tekin, SOR, Scaler Fab, CKRC, Proline Racing, RC4WD RPP Hobby and Scale Builders Guild. There were even full size sponsors like Method Race Wheels, BFGoodrich Tires, Magnaflow exhaust and RIGID Industries! Attendance grew as well, there was even a “Celebrity” by the name of Casey Currie who showed up and ran the Ultra 5K Enduro and several night run trails! For the awards ceremony they had to move from the pavilion out to a large parking lot area which accommodated the attendees.

This year, AXIALFEST 2017 was all about the old California mining culture tagged #ProspectFever. Along the trails you would find hundreds of little scale details, there were mine carts and tracks, abandoned mines, water towers, gold, miners, axes, questionable bridges to drive across.
There was a large mine cart track that your RC would slide down a 15 foot “cliff” to the bottom! This year saw the addition of three more trails for a total of 10 trails to adventure on. The Axial crew took extra time and attention to make the trails as veritable as possible as some would test both your physical skill and that of your truck, others were a nice relaxing drive that would let you have time to take a look at the beautiful surroundings that are in the High Sierra mountains.

Taking a stroll down the famous AXIALFEST Vendor Row felt like it had doubled in size. There were the familiar names from last year with the addition of Canyon Coolers, Pedals Bike Shop, KONA Bicycles, HiTec RC, Castle Creations, ToyZuki, Team G, BPC Chassis, Brazen RC, RCP Crawlers and AZU4RC. Attendance was insane! Not only had Cisco Grove campground sold out all of their regular spots, they also weren’t turning anyone away and as a result they split campsites. When you’re at AXIALFEST, there is always a sense of friendship among all, there were a few time that one of my son’s RC had some issues and there was always someone that would offer a tool, a spare part, or just an idea on how to correct the issue. You also see families hiking and driving together, young kids (A LOT OF KIDS!) enjoying the outdoors, mom’s carrying babies and just having fun.

Huge thanks and recognition goes out to Axial employees and volunteers who out-do themselves each year, lose sleep, and are away from their families for days, even weeks to create an amazing event that has become a favorite Summer tradition in my home as well as hundreds of others.



Dear AXIALFEST patrons, Please do not attempt to pre-reserve campsites for 2018 AXIALFEST, on or right after the weekend of AXIALFEST2017. CISCO GROVE CAMPGROUND WILL NOT RESERVE ANY CAMP SPOTS UNTIL AXIALFEST2018 IS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED. Axial will make an announcement within 2017. AXLFST18 will roughly be the same time next year, generally the 3rd weekend of July, so that you can start your vacation planning for next year. BUT, We ask that you please do not call or attempt to make reservations next week while at AXIALFEST2017. You can, but the staff of Cisco Grove Campground will not make any reservations.

In order for both Axial and Cisco Grove campground to provide you a better experience, adequate time is needed for Cisco Grove and Axial to sort out all the details from 2017 to plan for 2018.

Thank you for understanding our position as we only wish to make the event even better next year!




AXIALFEST 2017: General Info and Code of Conduct


We are very excited to welcome all of you to AXIALFEST2017!

Like in years past, we will be leaving the confines of cement sidewalks, quaint neighborhoods and bumper to bumper traffic in favor of the great outdoors. The Cisco Grove Campground venue is the perfect spot for the Axial family to get together and share a weekend of fun and excitement. Please remember the focus of this event is all about having a good time. Also remember that it is important to respect your temporary neighbors at this facility, as we want to come back in the future!

Below you will find some helpful information to make your experience at AXIALFEST2017 the best it can be. We are asking for a little homework before your arrival so you are well informed about our registration process which will allow you to get to the fun part of the weekend a little faster. We have also included some helpful tips for those of you who have not been to AXIALFEST in the past as well as a checklist of basic supplies to bring.


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Make sure to familiarize yourself with your camp section and where the Pavilion is, located behind the H-Section camp area. After checking in with the campground and getting settled in your camp spot, follow the arrows to the Pavilion for Driver Check-In/ On-site Registration.

The designated Driver Check-In/ On-Site Registration times are:

Wednesday July 12
1:00pm – 4:00pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday July 13
10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday July 14
7:00am – 11:30am
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Saturday July 15
8:30am – 10:00am

Here is also some general rules regarding the campsite and campspots:
• How many individual people allowed to stay per campspot? Prices include up to 4 – 6 max @$2 per night. Children 10 and under aren’t included in the head count.
• How many vehicles? What is the fee? Maximum is 2 vehicles per site. A 3rd vehicle is permitted but must stay in the store parking lot and is an additional $5 per day.
• Up to two dogs, $2 per night per dog. For safety, dogs must be leashed at all times. And PLEASE pick up after them.
• Campfires are permitted, but must be self contained. We do not have fire pits in the campsites but are welcome to bring one. We also have some for rent; they are $8 for your entire stay. If you bring your own, they must have a bottom on them. Insides of washing machines work great or we use the bottom of the 55gal barrels.
• Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am.
• No riding OHV/ATVs through the campground.
• Check out is 11am. If you wish to stay later you can pay $10 for a late check out, giving you until 5pm that day.
• 1 RV/trailer and 1 tent OR 2 tents per site.


Steps for Driver Check-In

FOR PRE-REGISTERED ATTENDEES (Those who registered online)
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2017 on Facebook.
2) Line up by Driver Last Name (designated by overhead banners).
3) Present your registration confirmation and your Photo ID.
4) SIGN WAIVER. If you pre-registered, you can use the one you printed out and signed. If you forgot that, there will be additional waivers available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too.
5) Receive Event Wristband and Pre-Reg Driver Bag!
6) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

If you have not registered yet, don’t fret, you can still sign up on-site!
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2017 on Facebook.
2) Line up in the On-Site Registration Line.
**All On-Site Registration MUST be made in CASH. NO EXCEPTIONS!**
4) SIGN WAIVER, available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too.
4) Receive Event Wristband (t-shirts will be available for purchase on site).
5) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

Note: Run groups (your starting trail) will be marked on your wristband at registration.
All ULTRA Drivers will be in Run Group G and run Trail-G together Friday morning.

Note: Unlike 2016, Tech Inspection will take place right before the specific event at the site of the event. See event schedule for times.




Code of Conduct

AXIALFEST is a family friendly event. Here a few guidelines:
• Mind your language when in groups. Remember, there are kids around. Remember, there are kids around. Remember, there are kids around!
• This isn’t a fraternity party, please act accordingly. Lots of families, lots of kids.
• Respect others wanting to sleep at night. Mind the campground’s quiet hours.
• Dress modestly. Again, kids will be around. Consider what is printed on your clothing.
• Dress smartly for the outdoor environment. White sneakers, really?
• Respect the campground. They are not there to clean up after you.
• Clean up after yourself.
• Don’t waste water.
• Don’t park in undesignated areas.
• If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.

ATV/UAV Rules – Off road vehicles that are not street legal and registered may not be ridden around the campground. OHVs may take the dirt path to the dirt road to access the Fordyce Trail. Registered street legal vehicles can be driven on the paved areas of the campground.


Heat – Temperatures in the Sierras can reach as high as 100 degrees during the day and below freezing at night. Weather can vary. We have seen snow, ice, rain, as well as 90* temperatures all during the same weekend at Cisco Grove. Be prepared for all temperatures and types of weather. BE PREPARED!

Altitude – Cisco Grove is in a High Altitude area. Those traveling from lower elevations may experience some altitude sickness. Altitude sickness may give you headaches and dizziness, loss of appetite and drowsiness. If you experience these symptoms it is recommended that you drink plenty of water. Headaches can be treated with a mild pain reliever such as Ibuprofen. Start drinking plenty of water 1-week in advance!

Food and Water – There are no food vendors at the Cisco Grove Campground. Hours and miles of Scale RC fun burns a lot of calories. You will need to replenish those calories and fluids. Pack extra food and water than you are expecting. Truckee is the nearest town for supplies.

Wildlife – We will be camping in the mountains. There are all kinds of wild animals in the nearby forest. Be aware of this at all times, watch where you step and be aware of your surroundings. When driving your rig, be sure to look up and pay attention to where your physical body is going and what is physically in front of you. #LostInTheScaleZoneCanBeHazardousToYourHealth


On-Site First Aid Station – There will be an on-site first aid station near the Pavilion from Thursday to Saturday to assist with any issues.

On-Site Axial Staff – If there are any issues that you would like to report regarding the experience you are having on site please notify an Axial staff member (wearing Staff Shirt) to try to rectify the situation. For basic information, please proceed to the Pavilion.

Gateway Urgent Care – 11105 Donner Pass Rd Truckee, CA 96161 – (530) 582-2070

Tahoe Forest Hospital – Donner Pass Road and Pine Ave 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759 Truckee, CA 96160 – (530) 587-6011

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office – 10879 Donner Pass Rd # A Truckee, CA 96161 – (530) 582-7838


• Headlamp
• Flashlight
• Axial RC
• Transmitter
• Batteries and Charger
• Spare Parts
• Tools
• Food and water for three full days.
• Plates, cups, pots, pans, and utensils.
• Stove/BBQ
• Shorts
• Pants
• T Shirts
• Sweatshirt/Jacket
• Socks and underwear, lots of them.
• Hat/gloves
• Sturdy, close toed shoes, hiking boots recommended. Bring 2 pairs, in case one gets wet.
• Soap, shampoo, towel, quarters for showers.
• Tent, pad, sleeping bag, pillow
• EZUp canopy
• Extra towels/rags
• Wash buckets, soap, and sponge
• Now that your list is complete, bring more drinking water



Above you’ll find the AXIALFEST2017 trail and campground area map. The event’s opening ceremonies, staging for the start of the Adventurist class and final awards ceremony will be at the Pavilion Backlot.

Below are the latest AXIALFEST2017 announcements:



A must read if you are a First Timer:


Official AXIALFEST2017 Facebook Event Page:

METHOD RACE WHEELS – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce Method Race Wheels as a continued sponsor
for AXIALFEST 2017!

Method Race Wheels designs, develops and distributes high performance wheels and accessories for race and street applications. These products represent our commitment to quality, driven by the high standards of performance.

As racing enthusiasts and participants, we are driven to look beyond conventional ideas of industry standards. Engineering, rigorous testing, data collection and proven performance redefines what is possible in the creation of our wheels and accessories. The application of our race knowledge separates us from other wheel companies.

Method Race Wheels is committed to bring you the finest quality products with the most complete line-up of off road race wheels for trucks, buggies, rock crawlers, short course, rally, and UTV’s, as well as street wheels for truck, Jeep, and SUV applications. We pride ourselves on providing these products to our customers with fast and friendly service that you can count on.

Look for our banners, listen to our name, and watch our products in action. Method Race Wheels…Lighter. Stronger. Faster.

SOR GRAPHICS – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc., is pleased to announce SOR Graphic as a returning and attending
sponsor of AXIALFEST2017!

Custom graphics for MX, ATV, and UTV. Jersey printing, custom clothing, banners, decals. RC wraps, decals, decal sheets, pit products, custom driver clothing, RC parts, cars, and accessories. Full online hobby shop coming January 1st 2017.


AXLFST-Dispatched notes fresh from the field. We compiled some notes about each trail in a list below. Please note [WLK] indicates the impact on your physical person navigating the trail and [AR/C] refers to the physical impact on your Axial rig. We’ve arranged this list from Easy to Hard in terms of physically walking [WLK]. But, we all can not start on Trail-H and most of you will want to start on the Hardest. We know we are all friends, but a 1,000 folks on one trail will negate the Tread Lightly motto.

We will issue you a Run Groups (A-J) when you get your wristbands during registration. The letter of the run group will indicate which trail you start with. Example, if the staff assigns you to Run Group F, you start your adventure with Trail F and move on to Trail G, then to H and on to I and so on. Same time, if you chose to run out of your assigned Run Group order, just be very very courteous to those wishing to run the trails in their appropriate order. Remember, NO ULTRA DRIVERS COMING THROUGH should be heard, nor seen, except for on the ULTRA Course. YES, you can run the ULTRA course AFTER ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO has ran on Friday Morning! Yes, we would love EVERYONE TO COME OUT EARLY AN SEE THE 5K ACTION!!!
COURSE H ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Easy, Flat walking, not sideway smooth, but flat, could be paved, could be dirt all laid on the side of a hillside better known as Cisco Grove Campground.
[AR/C] Easy & very scale – get your photo-flex on!

COURSE E ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Easy to Medium flat walking steps up rocks up to 12″
[AR/C] Medium – look beyond your mental boundy.

COURSE D ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Medium, flat walking with inclines, descents on loose terrain & loose dirt.
[AR/C] Medium – loose terrain & loose dirt with hard boiled eggs.

COURSE B ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Intermediate terrain with terrain of intermediate nature in nature.
[AR/C] Medium to rough with scenic photo-op landscapes.

COURSE J ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Intermediate some inclines and descents with some jivey Bojangles.
[AR/C] medium, terrain, medium compound, medium rebound. BONIGGIDY!

COURSE F ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Medium to Hard, steep descents and lots of river rock, possible water, mud.
[AR/C] Medium to hard because you like doing smokey burnouts on wet rock.

COURSE A ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Hard due to terrain with some steep inclines and steep descents.
[AR/C] Medium to hard roughness. Use 4Low Fordyce Spec.

COURSE C ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Hard due to terrain, inclines descents, loose rock and loose footing.
[AR/C] Medium to Hard terrain. Diff cover mandatory. Use 4Low Fordyce Spec.

COURSE G ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Hard, lots of rocks and rocks are hard! Breath deep, relax and take your time.
[AR/C] Medium to Hard with inclines and descents. All your favorite stuff.

COURSE I ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Expert Hard, steep terrain, inclines and descents. Slippy maybe.[AR/C] OG-Comp crawl lines to be expected, extreme lines. It’s there, just look. Low range, lockers, and 35″ tires required. Body damage is highly possible, drive train damage possible. Four-wheeling experience needed.

COURSE ULTRA 5K ENDURO ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Don’t walk, RUN! This is a 5K Enduro – GODSPEED TO YOU!
[AR/C] Hey, it’s an Axial Bomber! You can’t run fast enough… We know you have ego..