Tungsten Peak Trail RC Adventure Hike – Bishop California

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Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

On Dec 27, 2011, I published what had to be my single longest blog post with a massive amount of photos! It’s practically three separate stories all smashed into one long blog! One in particular is buried way down at the bottom. It was a little SCX10 Adventure Hike that I did while on my way home back from Reno, Nevada in the cold December of 2011.
So, I figured I would re-purpose that portion into a single blog post.

Tungsten Peak Trail RC Adventure Hike – Bishop California
December 3rd, 2011 – Reno, Nevada – Weather: High of 28 °F with a low of 19 °F

It’s O’dark:30, it’s the closing ceremony with fingers, ears, noes and toes freezing cold, but the event prizes are flowing! Freezing and all, everyone had a great day and a great closer to a great year. We all said our goodbyes and wishes for safe travel, happy holidays and all that good stuff. I put the ADV80 in “D” and in the wind with my Jack Sparrow compass sent in a homeward direction, with a couple of side-trip plans in route.

I hate going to the same place twice unless overall conditions are different. I tent camped in Davis Creek Campground last night, and I have chosen to pass it on my way home as I have intentions on doing some R/C scout-inspection of the Ridgcrest area of the California desert.

So I hit the road..
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I depart Reno making my way back down HWY395 through Gardnerville. They have  awesome small town charm and their Gardnerville’s Carson Valley Christmas lights have the streets lit with holiday cheer. It made me think of my wife and may have been on the phone with her tell her about the sights of this small town and how she would like to visit it.
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Carrying on with X-mass lights blurring by, and two and half hours and 120-miles later, I’m in the Mammoth area.
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On down HWY 395 I cut off at Toms Place in Mono County.
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I wanted to see what was up there and made my way up Rock Creek Road passing Rock Creek Group Campground.
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Rock Creek Lake looks like a nice place! Need to see it in the daylight!
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At this point I decided to head back down and save this road and adventure for another day.

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FOOD! Too late – they are closed… I bet its a great place to eat. Wishful thinking.

Back on the road:
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I land just North of Bishop, Ca around 10:00PM, and I was tired.

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I pull off HWY395 on a little dirt side road to find a tent “pitchable” location.
I found a big powerline dirt road that traversed the mountain side. Found a little cutoff road from there that led me to a dead-end into a hillside with a 100ft drop-off. There was a nearby trailhead marker so I was hoping to make this the camping location.

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Gave a quick 360º inspection, saw a trail-marker which noted that this is a hiking trail called Tungsten Peak Trailhead, making this the perfect camping spot for the night.

First things first:
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Set up the tent and dig a fire pit and get it going!
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Get the Jetboil PCS stove fired up and boiling water!
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DING DING – Dinner is served via Mountain House! Tonight is Beef Stroganoff night. Boiling some more water for some hot tea! It’s rather CHILLY OUT HERE!!!HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
After dinner I set the camera up for a couple of night shots. Check out our
Night Photography Tips blog by Ian Coble. I should’ve had him with me on this trip!
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Moring View from the tent
Next morning, this is the view from the tent window. I was expecting the sun to come blazing into my tent, but that was just wishful warm thinking. Temperature is in the low 20′s. Due to being nestled back into a little canyon of sort, the ridge was blocking the direct sunlight.

So I crack open the sleeping bag to chilly morning air that has yet to be touched directly by the warm sun. I check out my surroundings under the peaceful early light of day.
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Today, seeing how I’ve discovered this trailhead, my mission is to drive my Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho as far as possible up the Tungsten Peak Trail and see what I can see. I didn’t drive during the event yesterday, but that does not mean that I didn’t wish to participate, I was simply doing my job of documenting the event. But I too am a enthusiast! I’m nowhere near as hardcore as you guys, but I do like my R/C adventures, just a little differently than most, as you are about to see. I think you like to do the same though…

It’s still chilly in the shadows of the ridge as I set off on my RC adventure hike.
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The sun has finally broken over the ridge, but it is still very chilly outside and the sun has yet to reach me.

A desert motorcycle riding buddy once told me to not let your hands get cold as they will hurt when I get older, he is in his late 50′s and so I see his troubles with his hands and took to heart his words. Warm gloves it is!!!
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I’ve had these gloves for a long time as I bought them to shoot photos during my trip to Rally Great Britain in 2001. It was raining and COLD and these gloves proved CHAMPION! These are actually wool mittens. The thumb has a slit in it so I can stick the thumb out for critical touch situations when needed. Same with the fingers, but they are 3/4′s covered with a mitten cap that wraps over, so when I need those indexers, I can pull the cap-mitten part back. Or as you see here, just one digit out so I can feel the throttle.

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Finally!
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Finally some direct SUNLIGHT on me!

That means I can pause for a break, lose a layer and grab some super-nutrition!
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POP TARTS! I’m known for eating “cardboard” as my buddy ScottG calls them, you know granola bars and such, but today I treated myself to something that I found in the cabinet at the house before leaving on this trip and stashed it into my backpack. SORRY KIDS!

Onward and upward.
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Me and my SCX10 Trail Honcho are on the go!

I keep looking back:
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My 1:1 rig and camp get smaller and smaller.

The trail ahead of me gets more technical:
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We press on.. We, as in me and my trusty SCX10…
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho just plain works!
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It gets a bit hairy in sections, and my mind wonders – how far will the SCX10 Trail Honcho go?

Just staying calm, searching out the lines, and being patient is half the battle.
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It’s a chess board and you have to survey all your options.

BUT sometimes….
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You reach that spot…
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Checkmate! NO matter how many times I tried, I could not get the truck up the crevasse even to the point of where I would roll the rig over on its lid several times attempting to make it through. I was trying to stay scale and then went full KOH-mode, but the obstacle was too hard to tackle,  beyond the limits of the truck capabilities, and/or at the end of my driving talent.

Yes, I could have used a winch at this point, but it’s sitting on the workbench back at the office. I contemplate if the Axial Wraith would have been a better trail rig choice? Would it have made it through this section? This was it for the SCX10, and I am a SCX10 purist. Even if a 2.2-rig could have made it, for me, its not the same as a SCX10 on 1.9-tires. More realistic. What is real for me is different than say, a Casey Currie or Cody Waggoner. They can haul any vehicle to any location, offload it and drive that rig through whatever they wish. Heck, they even have street-going vehicles on 40″ tires. That is not my reality, thus my choice in R/C I like to keep in the same realm. I do own a Wraith, but that is not my rig of choice is all I am simply stating. I love my Axial SCX10 Honcho. And truth be told, this is my OG original Honcho that I’ve owned before coming to work here. It’s so old, it has the brown-channel sticker on the radio box to prove that it was once a FM transmitting rig previously. Carrying on… sorry!

I preview the entire area. No spots to drive around, no other route for passage. This is one of those moments where I could have easily HOG’ed it [Hand Of God] up the tricky section and move on. But, that is not my style. This is where I toss in the towel and chalk it up to be done another day, on another adventure and give it to chance that I come through here again, better equipped. Or time willing, to construct a ramp-bridge of sort.

But today, this is where I pack it up:
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Literally. I put the SCX10 on my backpack.  BUT, I wish to continue this little adventure further up for scouting purposes as the terrain shows signs of a promising valley ahead.

I look back and take a moment to reflect on what has occurred thus far! I was proud of my little feat.
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It was a good fight to get to this point…
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And what laid ahead… I WAS SO CLOSE TO MAKING IT!!!
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As I progress on my hike with the SCX10 strapped to my backpack, I can see the valley ahead. Again, I was so close! My heart was torn by the the beauty and the ferocious, rugged rock.
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The rocks where laughing at me with it’s mock torn heart shape!
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Very strange – very cool rock formations to be seen up here.
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I finally reach the little valley.
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This area looks like an RC Playground Paradise to me!

I go out to the edge of this little valley, and see that it overlooks my camp area below:
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After a bit of exploring this little valley, I see that the trails continue on up the next ledge, so I follow:
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This only reveals more peaks and another large peak/ridge barely poking up in the background. Curiosity draws me in…HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Look closely on the back ridge and slightly left of center, you will see strong wind peeling snow off the lip into the sky. It is December, and that is some howling wind!

I have yet another hill in front of me to reach that peak:
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The below photo is an 180° view opposite from the above photo, looking out across HWY395.
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What a spectacular view as well! There are just amazing sights of wild rock formations in every direction.
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I call it the lean-to UFO crash rock shelter. You just wonder how these rocks got into these shapes and positions. It’s as though the fell from the sky and stabbed the dirt!

As any good photographer would do, a self portrait in action. For scale purposes only.
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One foot in front of the other, taking my time, slow and steady and I will get there,
wherever there is. That’s the quest, the question of curiosity leads to adventure!
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I think I am about to make a little summit on the Tungsten Peak Trail!

AND YES – SUMMIT!
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SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN EVERY DIRECTION!
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I make the peak! And find more interesting views and formations.
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And looky-looky here! I’ve discovered my second geocache by accident!
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I place a Axial sticker on the container, place an Axial sticker sheet inside and sign the register.

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Jacket goes back on as it was even colder due to the wind on top of Tungsten Peak!

Like all mountain peak pursuits, the top is only the half way point.
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The decent down is all ahead of me now.
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WOW, my truck, of which cannot be seen at this point, IS WAY DOWN THERE!

It’s comforting…
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To see my 1:1 rig again. Yet, it is still way down there, but I can see it.
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I’m back to the little mid-valley, so I take a moment for a break.

I see lines… I see driving lines…
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And I see more driving lines… this rock playground is a R/C climbing mecca of a playground! This could make for a great pack in, camp overnight shoot session!
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Dropping back into the final canyon.

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I call this the handrail chute. This was the area that put an end to my SCX10
Tungsten Peak Challenge. Next time…

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I see the tire marks and begin to wonder what other hikers might think when they see these little tire tracks on this steep trail.

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My ADV80 is in view once again.

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I think there is a super hero sleeping in these rocks. Guess who?

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This concludes my solo hike SCX10 adventure on the Tungsten Peak Trail.
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I take a moment to see my whole camp in the sunlight, the ridge I just came down, and I contemplate coming back with maybe a small group of us to run our rigs in the valley just above. Or maybe you will find yourself here, just as I have, and make a solo-trip of it!

I think about that big snow-blown Sierra ridge that was across from the peak I had climbed and know that I am not ready for a big back country backpacking trip.
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As I head out on the dirt road, I look back in the mirror and see the majestic mountain taunting me, calling me back.

Further down the road in Lone Pine…
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My view of the Sierra’s massive ridge is constant. There’s the PCT Trail that runs the length of it…actually it runs the length of California and beyond. Our dreams are what keeps us driven.
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I finally make it to the Ridgecrest / Jawbone area.
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I run a quick scouting loop and up onto this little plateau. The sun is falling fast already,
but it never really gets overhead during the winter months, thus the day seems short.

I climb back in the rig and back onto the tarmac of HWY395 for the final journey home.
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I’m still looking down every dirt road and scanning the horizon, searching for what…?
I don’t know for sure, but I keep looking… in a wanderlust search for a new adventure. When I find it, I will know… I hope I never do… I hope I keep looking… at everything through curiosity! I see I am not the only one seeking adventure as I pull up along side
this guy in Victorville. At least his bike represents adventure even though he may just be going to the store.
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The fastest AFFORDABLE way to cover a lot of ground in the desert is on two wheels.
Yes, I love my dirt bikes too.

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The sun is going down fast. At arms length – four fingers is approx 1-hour / each finger 15-minutes. See page 53 of the Backpacker’s Guide.

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Through the Cajon Pass, the sun is filtered by clouds making for awesome lighting.

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I’m coming into Corona and I see the last ridge I will cross and I will be home. That is my little Saddleback / Santa Ana Mountains and our Axial office sits on the other side as well.

From the peak of this mountain there’s an ocean view. We do get snow on it and it is in Orange County, California. It’s my little quick adventure spot; be it on foot, mountain bike, motorcycle or truck and yes, even the R/C rigs have seen some action up there.

Mountain peaks are great for reflection and contemplation, but the only way you are going to get on top of one is to just get after it. You can read, talk and think about it all day and you will do that forever. But one day you just have to make a call to action and actually GO do it! GO! Find your adventure!

My first year working here at Axial has been an amazing time that has just flown by at light-speed!

GODSPEED TO YOU ALL – HAPPY HOLIDAYS and
MAKE LIFE AN ADVENTURE!

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- rodney wills / AXIAL RC Adventure Hiker

mAh Per Mile – Part 1 – Formulating the formula

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There’s one question we hear a lot – how far will your rig go on one battery? To find the answer, we’ve created a little formula; “mAh Per Mile.”

In Part-1 of this series, we break down the ‘how far will it go’ question and fill you in on how we plan to find out using this formula.

mAh Per Mile started as a controlled test to see how long a stock Axial SCX10 II RTR (using the included 35T brushed motor) can travel based on the mAh of a battery pack. This data can then be adjusted based on the mAh of a larger pack.


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WHAT DID WE START WITH

The initial test started off with two different battery packs – a 2S and 3S LiPo. Because we were only looking for base numbers, we chose mini packs so we wouldn’t be walking around for hours.

Both LiPos were charged at the recommended amperage for safety.
Duratrax Onyx 7.2V 2000mAh LiPo Battery
Duratrax Onyx 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo Battery


RESULTS

Using a stopwatch, we timed each battery, running the SCX10 II at full speed on a flat surface until the LiPo cutoff in the ESC stopped the forward motion. This gave us a set of minimum runtime figures with which to start. Here’s what we found:

• The Duratrax Onyx 7.2V 2000mAh LiPo Battery produced a runtime of about 58 minutes at a speed of 4mph.
• The Duratrax Onyx 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo Battery produced a runtime of about 36 minutes at speed of 6mph.

We should note that batteries can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so your times may not match up to ours.

mAh Per Mile - Recorded Times

So now that we know the minimum runtime on a flat surface, the next step is to get the truck out on an actual trail and see how all this data stacks up.

Stay tuned for Part-2 of mAh Per Mile!

Casey Currie – Rubicon Adventure

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We all know Casey Currie as about the most passionate racer on the earth. He spends every waking hour developing a strategy to surpass his competition on every level. His ability to conquer the rocks at the King of the Hammers, the wide open deserts of Baja California and the shout course venues across America is nothing short of phenomenal. When you spend 40 weekends a year on the road, sometimes you need to sneak in some personal time. So, what does a hard core racer like Casey do to unwind? Have a look!

An Adventure to Gooseberry Mesa with Cannondale Bikes

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An Adventure to Gooseberry Mesa with Cannondale Bikes

Story: Rodney Wills
Photos: John Cary & Rodney Wills

Sometimes all the stars align and fun happens!

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I’ve known Mark Weir for a while now. He’s been asking us to get together and make some collaborative fun happen. Mark Weir is not from the R/C industry, but he has a lot of fun with his rigs. It’s what Weir does in his full-size world that has a lot of our attention as he is a bit of a celebrity within the bicycle industry. In my digital rolodex, I label him “TOUGH GUY!”

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Photo Credit: Ale Di Lullo www.aledilullo.com

His place of work, Wilderness Trail Bikes [WTB], described Mark as a well-rounded rider who specializes in suffering. Mark Weir, age 43, has remained a successful and dominant force in downhill and endurance racing throughout his career.

There are numerous interviews with him, just type in “Mark Weir MTB” and you will find plenty! Now that you’ve done your who’s-who-research, on with this moment in time.

While Mark and I have been plotting for what seems like years, we discussed it a little more seriously at #AXIALFEST2015. The stars finally aligned and planning started to happen with a window of opportunity! Phone text messages turned into emails, email chains started adding more recipients, and dates and plans were laid out into a bonafided plan!

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With all the plans laid out, it was time to GO!
LOCATION: GOOSEBERRY MESA, UTAH
I’m making notes on paper maps with details to a location I have never been to and most likely will be arriving at this location in the dark! I need details.
Why yes, I should be using GPS… but I’m OLD SCHOOL!

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On the road again! The local mountains are already showing signs of snow and as we traverse through the Cajon Pass, we see a little sugar sprinkles of snow.

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We start making the long grade in route to Las Vegas on the 15FWY.

It was sunny all morning… then it gets cloudy… and then it starts sprinkling.
It’s one of those moments and you think you’re ok with it all… then you notice that tell-tale sign… those sprinkles are hitting your windshield in a way that makes you pay a bit more attention. I ask my co-pilot, “do you see that?! I think its going to snow on us!” You can see the snow is covering the ground and is snowing hard! It’s hard to show it in the photos, but it’s coming down!

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You can see the snow flying in the air as I shoot out the side window. The ground was covered!

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First dirt road I could find. I’m overly excited to get some photos of the ADV80 in the snow! Yes, living in Southern California, I don’t see too much snow, so I am easily excited! That’s John Cary’s rig behind me with its factory white-camo paint scheme to blend in to such environments.

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Snow is still falling and we are making our own little fresh two-tracks. We are looking for enough space to get the R/C rigs out!

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Who’s from Southern California? Shorts in a snow storm.

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This looks like a great road to come explore, but that will have to be another day! We don’t have too much time to mess around as we will already be landing in our destination after dark.

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Here I am getting some images of our rigs in the snow.

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Guess who is wearing flip flops and it’s not me or John Schultz. Yep, John Cary is the culprit! I also find myself surrounded by JK’s!

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The Axial SCX10 just looks so at home in the snow!

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John Cary is looking not so at home in his short sleeves and shorts with flip flops… in the middle of the desert… in the middle of the snow…. But he’s a trooper!

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The ADV80 showing just how serious the snow is in such a short period of time!

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The Axial YETI SCORE® TROPHY TRUCK® sitting in the snow. Hmmm, I wonder… I wonder if it has ever snowed at any of the Baja events as they do have some serious mountains to cross.

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By the time we get to Las Vegas the sky is clearing up a bit. No stops here, we keep on trucking!

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We make our fuel stop at Muddy River Bar & Grill in Moapa, Nevada. This kind of fuel!
Hamburgers with bacon and egg and IT WAS GOOD!

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Lettuce
Pickles
Onions
Bacon
Egg
Beef
Bread
It’s a process….

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I say it every time I pass through here… I need a couple of days exploring all the little dirt roads I see alongside the 15FWY outside of Littlefield, NV as it crisscrosses over the Virgin River. There is a little campground called Virgin River Canyon Campground that might make for the first night’s stop. Simply need more time to explore and so-so many places to see!!! But once again, carrying on… mission ahead.

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We stop in to visit with Dixie 4Wheel Drive in St. George, Utah as they have been carrying our product for a while now!

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This is Sharlett Thompson and her and her husband Milt along with the Wada family have built Dixie 4 Wheel Drive into a nationally renowned Off-Road Store, modification, and repair facility. They are located on the same property purchased in 1948, Dixie 4 Wheel Drive operates out of a 12,000 SQFT state of the art off-road facility.

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This is a full size hobby shop that also carries our toys! If you are passing through St. George, it’s always great to know a good off-road / RC hobby shop! You never know when you need help even if they specialize in Jeep & Axial products.

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It’s not the fact that this wheel failed, you wonder what forces where at play to make it break! That is some serious load!

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The Dixie guys invite us out for a quick trail run just minutes from the shop!
EPIC TRAIL that we must come back to!

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While we would love to spend more time here, we simply have to get going as we have our main mission ahead of us!

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Just outside of Hurricane, Utah we are in search of a little dirt road. We found it and had a few choices in dirt roads along the way, but we eventually found our location!

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Once we arrive, we want to light our area so we go for the RIGID scene lights so we can see what we are dealing with.

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Then we start the unpacking process!

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RIGID scene lights lighting up our work area!

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Once camp is set, its food time and the JetBoil stove with Mountain House food has been our staple for a many adventures!

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Mountain House’s Beef Stroganoff seems to be the group’s favorite, but the Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is my favorite.

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Camping just requires a fire and a big foot sighting!

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Speaking of big foot, John Cary and myself are impressed with John Schultz’s idea of a one-man tent! Look at that foot print!

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The ADV80 is not afraid of, but regularly participates in IH8MUD.com’s forum. Yes, it’s a Land Cruiser thing…

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Camping, bikes, 4X4 1:1 & R/C are in store for this outing!

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Daybreak reminds us just what we had encountered coming in under the light of stars. We just didn’t see how red the mud is here!

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Now we know where the graphic theme came from! While it doesn’t look like much, it was more sticky-snotty than splashy-mucky.

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JetBoil repeat but with the added help of the AeroPress coffee maker! This time we only use the JetBoil for heating coffee water…

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BECAUSE JOHN CARY IS A CHEF!!! John Schultz is his assistant sous-chef.

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We are NOT going hungry out here in the wilderness!

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This yurt is what we had to find in the middle of the night to know we were at the location spot!
Regardless of a yurt though…

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When you wake up and see this!!!

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And we see a bunch of these guys popping out from behind the trees and bushes.

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Preparation quickly begins early in the AM as the Cannondale MTB team has descended onto the Gooseberry Mesa from all across the USA through the night.

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We need more artists in RC! This is such the cool piece of art.

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Marco Osborne begins his bike preparation. Mark has told us to keep a keen eye on this one… Jake Hamm (camera) “is my studio set up yet?”

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IFHT film’s Matt Dennison is on site to do his creative video action!

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Matt stated, “Let’s see how many MTB’er can bunny hop over this box!”

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Marco Osborne, the SHREDDDER! yea.. we’re FANS!!!!
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/marco-osborne-a-day-in-the-life-with-video-2016.html

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Jason Moeschler, OEM Sales at WTB, but also a powerhouse on the pedals fresh from his 2015 All Mountain World Championship and some other obscure event that was simply a climb-fest! http://www.wtb.com/blogs/wtb/39760644-jason-moeschler-2015-all-mountain-world-champion

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Mr. Ben Cruz, this would be our first real-world experience with Ben. Mark Weir was asked to write and intro for an interview by PinkBike on Mr. Cruz.
Weir stated, “When I think of Ben, I think of myself, never to think that this was his intention but things that he does seem to leave you unbalanced with self-position. Some of the best times in my life have been with him, what’s crazy is that those best times came to us in places when we had the worst things happing. Like I said it’s all riddles.”
Go read the whole enchilada on Ben Cruz: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/ben-cruz-getting-to-know-interview-2016.html

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Nick Dru, he likes to pedal and flow, that’s all you need to know, so follow him at https://www.instagram.com/nickdrumtb/

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Bart Gillespie, the “working man pro” as he does not work for Cannondale, but works with, rides and races with them. You can think, if he can do it, so can I, but you better be DEDICATED! Read more on him: http://www.cyclingutah.com/commuting/bart-gillespie-how-bike-commuting-fits-into-family-work-and-professional-racing/

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Bryn & Lauren Bingham are some fast kids! Their family was special guests of Cannondale as they like to scrutineer new talent first hand.

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Jake Hamm, studio photographer for Cannondale. His job is to make our mouths water and our brains lust. His studio photography is certified Cannondale classic!

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Matthew DeLorme action photographer extraordinaire, hence his https://www.facebook.com/MatthewDeLormePhotography/
He was pedaling with the crew and hauling his gear along! He bike-packs his gear into the action and comes home with the stellar action photos! He was shooting for an article on PinkBike for this trip, but here is an interview on him: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/behind-the-lens-matt-delorme-2015.html

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Matt Ohran, AKA “THE HANDLER!” He is loosely wrangling this lively bunch for the weekend… but his big mission is the director for the Cannondale, 360Fly North American Cross-Country Mountain Bike Team, powered by SUGOI. http://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/News/News/2016/02-February/360fly%20Announcement.aspx

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Matt Ohran – “Who is running this operation?! I’m the one with pink tape, you have the pink bike with the pink bar tassels only because you cut my course!”

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But lets get down to why are we all here? Because of this man, Mr. Mark Weir! If you forgot already, scroll back to the top and start all over…

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Camelback is continuous in their development of hydration systems!

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The team would take off from our camp location and myself and the media crew would hop into the ADV80 and meet them at the next location. Oh, I guess this is a good time to tell you what is about to go down. It’s the end of the season for the riders, but Matt wants to squeeze a friendly competition out of them! Notice the number plates on the bikes? A get-together-fun-ride, but with points for bragging rights! WITH A TWIST! Axial scale trail action is going to be apart of the wager! A few of the guys are into scale trailing and the others have never touched an R/C car before! This is going to be interesting! But end of the day, its all about fun and working together!

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Mark Weir = BRAAAAP!

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Keegan Swenson is so fast we did not catch a profile photo of him at the beginning of the event, so we will just kick off right here! He’s only been racing professionally since 2013 and already has a top-10 finish at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups! Follow him at: https://www.instagram.com/keegels99

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Bart Gillespie on the move!

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Mark Weir, Marco Osborne, Ben Cruz and Keegan Swenson discuss the fine art of of being fast and the benefits… we get to sit and wait.

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3-2-1 GO! Matt is timing everything!

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DeLorme is like, “Where’s my talent?!” I got action photos to shoot!”

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Lauren Bingham, just point your camera right here sir!

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Chris Bingham, “My kids are so fast!”

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Keegan Swenson is a CX machine!

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Jason Moeschler simply out for a good time at speed!

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Nick Dru BRAAP bombing.

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Ben Cruz, “They went that way… yep! That way….”

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Bryn Bingham getting his action on. I met him on this trip and have had the pleasure of following him on Instagram and have seen so much progression from him in just this year – he spends a lot of time on the back wheel these days learning his manual craft! Check him out: https://www.instagram.com/brynnerthepinner

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He sets…

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He puts a little English on it…

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Mark Weir throwing rocks at John Cary’s camera and body.

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Bart Gillespie knows its all about time and is not playing around!

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Marco Osborne showing the science of speed.

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Matthew DeLorme showing how to stylize a photo with the tongue out, or is it exasperation from hauling camera gear at speed?

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The ADV80 hauls all! Aside from the media crew, its hauling food and drinks for the crew.

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This was an awesome moment! You are never really lost… You are just temporarily displaced. You are always somewhere on the map…

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While positioning myself next to a rock to shoot the riders coming through, I look over and see this little mystery of nature. WIND-WOOD-ROCK. This is going to be an interesting thing to see in like 20-years.

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Day-1 is done and Marco looks to be sitting in the lead. But things could easily change tomorrow… maybe the terrain, maybe the rules… who knows… it’s anyone’s game!

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After some riding, it’s lunch time! Anyone recognize this guy from #AXIALFEST2016? Yes sir, that is Chris Cru Jones of Altra Running shoes.

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Fuel for athletes.

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Scale trail time! For most in this bunch, it was their first time ever on the R/C controller!

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After the R/C scale trail session it was dinner time, fire side chat time to hear some great stories from Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler.
Then, it was time for our favorite scale trail time!!!! NIGHT TIME!

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This was by far my favorite time as I get to participate with my buddies. I get to wheel as well! Usually I have the big camera in my hands. Sometimes the cell phone images have to work, because, believe it or not, I actually like to drive too! We had a great night wheeling! I think this is the moment that “clicked” for all of those who had not been wheeling before.

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Back to camp in the wee hours and a little late night snack… Wood fired pizza…

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The Mark Weir way!

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Moments like these make memories and friends forever. It may be years before we get to do this again with each other, but we will forever look for the moment again!

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When I told you Matthew DeLorme is the camera guy who hauls his own weight, we’re not kidding you! That is a heavy lens and Matthew does not hold tightly on the brakes!

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The road literally stops here! But the MTB trails rolls right off the side and DOWN!!!

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There is a small discussion about how the day went and who stood where in points.

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The group gets ready for the next portion of the event and John Schultz goes over how the scale trail portion of the event is about to go down. While they were out on the pedals, Schultz designed a 100+ trail marked course for these guys to drive through.

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OH IT’S OFFICIAL!

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And Ben Cruz is chomping at the bit to get on trail.

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Customization is important, even at an impromptu event such as this one! Bragging rights is a high-stakes claim! Bart knows the game! “I may not be an R/C regular, but looking factory is key! See, I got my personal name stickers for everything! Mostly to keep Mark and Ben off my stuff! I’m not as factory as they are, so I have to keep’em in check!” hehehe

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Mark Weir set’s off on the trail first since he is the most vet of his bunch.

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Marco Osborne sets off in chase. Some do-ball with the video camera is in the way of the photographer… oh, that’s me! OOOPS sorry John!

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Bryn Bingham is learning the fine art crawling and having a blast very differently from his high-speed point-and-shoot R/C rigs.

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Nick Dru doing what Nick does… speed and style as he quickly approaches Bryn. It’s very interesting to see how each individual approaches the trail. Some love the low-speed technical approach, others like the “rock race” approach. Not that one is better than the other, it’s just shows personal temperament and personality.

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Jake Hamm is into 1:1 wheeling and is totally enjoying the relationship of Axial’s real esthetic and drivability. Note his heat regulation beanie. He said it’s how he blocks the open window wind noise. Matt Dennison of IFHT shooting his mini-classic.

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Mark Weir is such the enthusiast, encourager, heckler, and is simply passionate about his hobbies. He finishes his lap and comes back to Jason Moeschler who started after him, to see how he is doing on his lap.

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Jason Moeshcler is a technician on the pedals and the steering wheel! I think mountain bikers just naturally understand and enjoy the pursuit of scale trailing. Along with motorcyclists, 4X4’ers, dentists, doctors, fabricators and badminton instructors. Yep, everyone!

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Chris Cru Jones is totally into the scale trail action as well. After meeting him this weekend is when I began to share with him the ideas for the first ever Ultra 5K Enduro at AXIALFEST2016. If you were there, you know he works for the adventure running shoe company, ALTRA. Hence the ALTRA ULTRA 5K Enduro!

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Mark is very proficient with R/C and has found our format of scale trailing suited to his outdoor activities.

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Mark Weir and Nick Dru getting the scale trail fix on!

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R/C & MTB on the Gooseberry Mesa.

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This is not an easy task, egos and reputations are at an all time high! Controversy is created for creative strategy haggling!

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Hold on kids… I may be a high-poster, but….

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The overall winner is…. MARCO OSBORNE with Keegan and Weir flanking him.

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IFHT-Matt telling it from his lens-view perspective.

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Things started to get a little blurry around the fire on the last night of our trip.

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And then… Mark has an announcement to make and John Schultz is armed with the gift-ammo in the background. Let’s get it straight, Mark Weir is a certified R/C nut and he wants to share his hobby with his riding compadres! We love him for his enthusiasm as he brings infectious fun!

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Marco Osborne – congratulations on the first place finish and showing us the awesome dirt whips! As you can see here, he is a little speechless!

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Keegan Swenson – congrats on the second place finish!

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Nick Dru – best sportsman!

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Matt Dennison of IFHT, just because he hates all! hehehe

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Jason Moeschler is simply gifted!

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Mark Weir is taking his time on this one… building the anticipation…

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Ben Cruz is simply stoked on life and we love him for it!

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I simply can not leave out our man!

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So Mark, come on back up here!

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Mark made a special announcement recognizing John Schultz for all his hard work!

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It took all this so I could finally hang out with my buddy, but what better way?!

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Then I have to ride back home with these two John’s… John Cary on the left.

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Then I have to ride back home with these two John’s… John Schultz on the right…
seriously…. hehehe

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And that’s a rap from Gooseberry Mesa!

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Atop the ADV80 is Will Dennison of IFHT working on his film. With no further ado, here is his film account of the time spent on Gooseberry Mesa.

“ALL IN THE NAME OF FUN”
http://m.pinkbike.com/news/all-in-the-name-of-fun-cannondale-video-2016.html

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The dirt chairman Mark Weir – also on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mark_weir_mtb/

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We are out of here!

Willys Jeep CJ-3B – Generations of Adventure

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Adventure comes in many forms. In this case it’s coming from a generational perspective of a family’s love and appreciation for a Willys Jeep CJ-3B. It carries the torch of adventure as it gets handed down through two generations. It all begins with a Father’s appreciation for family adventures. Next is choosing a vehicle that the family sedan simply could not travel to or get far enough away from. Insert Willys Jeep CJ-3B here. Add in a lifted teardrop trailer that’s been outfitted with numerous creature comforts for extended family vacations into the unknown. As time rolls on, the son becomes of driving age and the Willy’s Jeep is handed down with title in hand and the intent of continual exploration. Ownership will never change hands, nor will it ever be for sale. This Willys Jeep CJ-3B, with extended rear quarter panels and tear-drop trailer companion, will continue on in original form acting as that surviving example of a time when simplicity was key. This is where the electronic necessities of today are forgotten and the spirit of adventure is embraced. Go camp anywhere and embrace the spirit of adventure.

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WEST FORK RANGER STATION SCALE CHALLENGE

West Fork Ranger Station Scale Challenge Text: James Story Rice Photography: Robert Wise The event began early on Saturday May 30th, with a cool breeze moving down the river’s edge. Drivers began arriving around 8 am in droves from the Carolinas, Alabama, and Florida. Once sign ups began at 9:00am the hype in the crowd began to rise. Drivers began getting their scale trucks set for an epic Axial Adventure. 11130030_360476130812287_3538436371955806259_o The drivers meeting began with a huge thanks to the sponsors, including Axial, Phoenix Designs, Team KNK Hardware, ScalerFab, Rolland Rock Shop, CBERC, and TJ RC products. Each sponsor donated a number of great prizes making for a great raffle. Following giving thanks, we discussed a few ground rules: Have Fun, no Hand of God, help your fellow drivers, stay on the trail and don’t disturb wildlife or the native plants located on the property and one more reiteration that this was meant to be a Super Fun Day. 11268362_360476090812291_2518134082353789587_o Class 2 took to the course first in an open start as the drivers hurried getting the last few things ready. Soon after, a few of the class 3 drivers that were not a running a class 2 rig, set out to conquer the course. Right off the bat the beginning of the course traversed up the riverbank to rock ledges, which always prove to be a tough spot. Several drivers found weak spots in their trucks having to quickly do a bit of repair and adjustment. As they reached the end of that leg they came upon the Carolina Bridges that made their first appearance at Motorama, and have been traveling with the Axial Ambassadors everywhere from Belleview Florida to Daytona for Jeep Beach.

Soon after they hit the semi-dry riverbed section, they navigated the partially submerged bridge and down through some very sandy and slippery rocks, which directed them over a bamboo bridge to an island formed by the floods of 2004. Trail marker followed by another, drivers worked through the random river rocks, boulders back to the top of the island, and eventually back across the dry riverbed to the shore. Though the next section could be viewed as an easy stroll through the gardens with scattered small obstacles, it seemed to get the best of some of our drivers. They began to get tired and the wobbly suspension bridges proved to be tougher than they looked. As they finished the final gates that curled around the property gardens, the excitement began to grow as the smell of lunch permeated the air.

Mrs. Nancy Rice, mother to Axial Ambassador and host Story Rice, had prepared a filling menu that included, Italian Sausage covered with peppers and onions on hoagie rolls, fresh summer salad, chips, fresh tossed field greens salad and a variety of dessert bars. Comforting food filled bellies and boosted sprits, preparing drivers, including class 3, to carry on navigating their way through the end of the course.

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Shortly there after began the awards Ceremony, were the top drivers were awarded for their greatness in navigating the trail with little faults. Class 2 winner was Joseph Meaders, while Class 3 victory went to Marcus Moore, both receiving highly coveted Axial Camo-bill hats and class trophies! Remaining prizes were raffled off to drivers and spectators.

 

After a small break waiting for night fall to begin the night run, some drivers left while others stayed, those who hung around were hooting and hollering through the course as they had been during the day but under the light of a full moon, along with lights mounted to these great tiny trucks! Once completed the two drivers that managed to hit the least trail markers Shawn Barton and Matthew Walker both received Axial Camo-bills, along with more prizes in a raffle fashion to the remaining drivers. The drivers that had to head out did so quickly; some with over an hour drive to get home from the Ranger Station, while others set up tents to camp for the night. Great times were had by all and another Axial Adventure is already being planned for the Fall at the West Fork Ranger Station.

 

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Axial R/C to support Inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Axial R/C to support Inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce a marketing partnership with Carrera Performance Group LLc. The Axial R/C team will be headed to Reno, Nevada for the week of July 14th through July 18th attending the inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree for a week full of adventure!
The Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree (SSJambo) is a first year event catering to everything adventure and off road. Located in Northern Nevada, this event is packed full of reasons to spend a week exploring and enjoying the outdoors with friends.

The week kicks off on Monday July 14th with an Off Road Business Association (ORBA) OHV leadership summit. This is where some of the most influential minds get together to shape the future of the off highway community. This is also one of the most active groups fighting to keep public lands open for off highway recreation.

Tuesday July 15th starts with the Genright Tour to Virginia city for sightseeing to include the Comstock, the first major Silver Ore discovery in the United states. The day will end with the RallyVenture welcome party.

Wednesday July 16th marks the start of the RallyVenture. The RallyVenture is just like a RECON G6 for full size rigs. Axial is one of the 25 teams invited to participate in this invite only inaugural event. The full size SCX10JK will be piloted by Axial staff as they attempt to make history in Nevada!

Thursday July 17th will have Axial on the move again following our trusty partners at Poison Spyder Customs to Virginia City to explore the oldest Silver mining town in Nevada. The “Bucket of Blood” Saloon will be one of the highlights, known for its violence back when the mining town was running at full steam.

Friday July 18th will be qualifying day for the Hellsgate Grand Prix, an Unlimited 4wd Racing event to be held at Wild West Motorsports park. It will also be the day Axial and CKRC set up a booth for Saturdays racing action.

Saturday July 19th Axcial and CKRC will be on site with a booth showing off Axial R/C vehicles to the masses that arrive to spectate the inaugural Hellsgate Grand Prix. The Hellsgate Grand Prix will provide a ton of entertainment all day long with sidexside racing, Unlimited 4wd racing and the Deathbox derby.

For all the details on this inaugural event, please visit www.silverstatejamboree.com

About Carrera Performance Group LLc.

Off-Road History: Jeff became an “off-roader” in 1975 with his first dirt bike, a Honda Mini Trail 50. His parents were members of an off-road club called the “Looney Duners” in the 70s and 80s and many of his childhood weekends were spent out at Glamis, where his step-mother’s father had a business called “Boardmanville Trading Post”. Growing up in Menifee, California afforded Jeff the opportunity to do a lot of motorcycle riding. He met his wife, Angie, in high school and after graduation, they began riding trails and camping around Southern California. They raised both of their children in the back of Jeeps and Angie recalls changing many a diaper in the front seat of one. They have owned Jeeps and other off-road vehicles continuously throughout their 22 year marriage and have founded several off-road clubs including the Safari Club, Riverside Off-Kamber Club and Inland Jeep Freeks.

Racing: Jeff began racing BMX bikes at the age of 10. He has raced under many sanctioning bodies in several different classes. He has raced Best in the Desert, MORE, SCORE, and MDR series’. He has raced Jeepspeed, class 3000 and class 4400. He has written rules for BITD class 3000 and 4400, as well as rules for Side x Side racing under the International Side x Side Association (ISA). He has created two different sanctioning bodies for racing, the California Rock Crawlers Association (CRCA) and Ultra4 Racing. He is co-founder of the world famous “King of the Hammers” race held in Johnson Valley, CA each February.

Jeff has also developed and published strategic plans for the Off-Road Business Association and the California Motorized Recreation Council on Johnson Valley. In addition, he is a regular contributor to OffRoadPress.com and SEMA E-news. He contributes freelance for Crawl Magazine, DirtSports Magazine, Pirate4x4.com and Off-Road Industry Magazine. In 2013 Jeff Knoll published a whitepaper called “Common Ground” that became the basis for Legislation that passed the House of Representatives and as of this writing is being debated in the Senate. The bill would establish the first of its kind Congressional protected OHV area, and save the largest OHV area in the United States

About Axial

History
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly become a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products. We manufacture chassis and accessory products to the highest quality standards, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us many awards over time, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” Axial and the talented staff behind the brand live and breathe R/C, striving for excellence year after year.

MISSION
Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. The passion for the automobile runs deep within the Axial team. The brand itself is a culmination of a top shelf design team coupled with an executive and marketing staff with their finger on the pulse of what is hot and trending in the world of motorsports. Here at Axial we pride ourselves on developing extremely high end radio control models of vehicles that you are likely to see in the great outdoors. These models are designed to generate a tremendous amount of reliable fun that can be experienced by the whole family. Our design team prides themselves on marrying real scale looks with top level performance. Our marketing team ensures Axial is on the forefront by developing partnerships with top quality brands of the full size enthusiast market. Whether you are a beginner looking to further your knowledge about basic vehicle dynamics or a seasoned hobby veteran, Axial offers a platform for you to personalize and enjoy in every environment. The Axial team encourages you to get outside and have some family fun.

RECON G6 Challenge MADDNESS Sparks, Nevada

RECON G6 Challenge “MADDNESS” Round 4
Rivers Edge RV Park – Sparks, Nevada March 12, 2011


RECON G6 Challenge round 4, dubbed “Maddness,” was held in Sparks Nevada at the Rivers Edge RV Park. On the course, G6 Challengers navigated their way along portions of the Beckwourth Trail located alongside the Truckee River of what will be remembered as the “MADDNESS 300!” as in 300 course-marker gates!

At designated points along the trail, the G6 course-markers challenged drivers to navigate portions of the Truckee River itself along with various terrain and obstacles with three hundred course marker gates! YES 300 GATES! This is the largest number of gates used for an R/C course to date!

The overland adventure event was comprised of two courses, one with 100-gates and the other with 200-gates; with each offering a different variety of terrain and obstacles for the drivers to conquer.


I personally witnessed the “course marking madness” from the mad-mind of Brian Parker and his assistant Cole Bailey as they set out in the early hours before sunlight, headlamps intact to light the darkness, while towing five-gallon buckets full of course markers.


Brian was on a mission! “How does one do it?,” you might wonder. Earlier that evening, Brian told me about how he had been going by the park and pre-running* “mentally visualizing” the course about a month and a half in advance with weekly visits leading up to the event.

*Brian Parker called after posting this and stated that he does not actually pre-run a course. Brian stated that he visually reviews the course and mentally drives the course prior to setting the course on event day, but NO PRE-RUNNING! I can attest that I did not see any tracks whatsoever on set up day, so I do agree with his statement, although interesting as with my motorsports background, recce and pre-running have been crucial. Yet, as I am moving more into the 1:1 adventure stuff, there is also no recce or pre-running. So, this brings me to my next thought as maybe there should be no “pre-walking” the course by the competitors on the day of the event. It’s all about the adventure of discovery!


While the park is located in the city next to an airport, it is adjacent to the Truckee river with makeshift paths and trails that make for great R/C adventures and this G6 Madness course felt as though we were participants on a Camel Trophy Challenge in the “WILD,” though our wildest animals encountered were not wild zebras, elephants or monkeys. The setting was scenic, just tamer with several downed trees by beavers and wild geese and ducks coming and going out of the river like it was Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

While most R/C enthusiasts are familiar with the round-de-round racetrack format or even the 3-course technical crawl formula, the G6 Challenge is totally unique. If you are familiar with 1:1-motorsports rally and or the Camel Trophy Series [Point:A-to-point:B]. Such events are RECON’s inspiration for the G6 Challenge where it is more about battling the course with comrades, tactics and mechanical survival. Although this is the inaugural year for the RECON G6 Challenge, the events have delivered excitement and pushed boundaries; elements of what a real adventure should deliver – the unknown!

While pushing boundaries can sometimes exceed driver’s skills or vehicle capabilities, there is one tool that every properly prepared adventure vehicle should be outfitted with, an on-board winch! Per G6-Intel Regulations, on-board winch’s are highly recommended and I saw this single piece of scale equipment be both friend and foe for every single driver. The art of vehicle recovery is the new skill-set and the vocabulary that goes along with it added to the fun at the G6 Challenge! Even if you do not have this particular piece of vehicle recovery equipment, just “come-a-long” and tow-strap your way out to the next G6 event for some awesome adventure fun! Just know that you will be in the company of comrades who are willing to lend a helpful tow-line of assistance.

We wish to thank all in attendance for your participation in the RECON G6 Challenge!

Thank you to the RECON Crew for bringing this event to life:
Brian Parker, Stuart Gartner [Timing/scoring G-Factor], Brad Baily & Sons Inc.,
and John Halman; all put in the “DO WORK” attitude.

FIRST PLACE: Tom S.

SECOND PLACE: Thom K.

THIRD PLACE: Chad C.

TEAM Division: Team-Twerk “Newcrawler” and “Smoke-n-Mirrors”

G-DEGREE Winner: Chris Goris

 

Next Event:
RECON G6 Challenge “Gamblers Paradise” April 2, 2011 Las Vegas, NV

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I remember the days of “Driver, watch your line!” The new BP-phrase: “Driver Do Work!”

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