RECON G6 Challenge the Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.

Event: RECON G6 Challenge The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Location: Blue Lakes, CA
Date: September 17, 2011
Words & Photos: Matthew Soileau


When John A. Thompson responded to an ad in the Sacramento Union: “People Lost to the World – Uncle Sam Needs a Mail Carrier,” he had no idea he was to become a living legend. A crowd formed in Placerville for his first mail run in January, 1856. Few had faith that he would make it over the 7,500 foot passes on his homemade 10 foot long, 25 pound oak skis, and a 100 pound sack of medicine, emergency supplies, clothing, books, tools, pots and pans, and letters containing much anticipated news. But one optimistic voice in the crowd called out: “Good luck, Snowshoe Thompson” and he set out to become a legendary postman and father of California skiing. Two to four times a month for twenty winters, regardless of weather, Snowshoe Thompson set out at the appointed hour. The Genoa postmaster S.A. Kinsey said: “Most remarkable man I ever knew, that Snowshoe Thompson. He must be made of iron. Besides, he never thinks of himself, but he’d give his last breath for anyone else – even a total stranger.” www.snowshoethompson.org

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The lives of Parker and Thompson parallel in many ways. Both were born in the East and answered the call of the West, both have supplied waiting crowds with what they have been waiting for, and both men thought more of others than themselves.

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Thanks to the spirit of Snowshoe Thompson, Brian Parker was inspired to hold a G6 Challenge in the backyard of the Sierra Legend at picturesque Blue Lakes, CA.
Parker must be doing something right with the G6 Challenge because over 40 drivers and their families made an over two hour drive just to come attempt to conquer the terrain. Upon arrival, drivers were greeted with some of the most beautiful and varying terrains I have ever witnessed. At 8,000 feet above sea level, there was sand, silt, rocks, mud, water, roots, bushes, and just about any terrain you could imagine. This was the perfect location for a G6 Scale Challenge.
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.


Here’s what those drivers drove over two hours for, just some rocks of little to no value, but instead its ALL HONOR – all bragging rights, “yea, I was there – I survived it”!

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These crazy G6ers decided to drive up with no windows or heater. At 8,000 feet above sea level, they were a little chilly by the time they arrived.

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They dropped off their rigs and quickly warmed up by the campfire.

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Stuart, Stewart, Stewie, Stuiey, doesn’t like his name misspelled or his picture taken.

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At the driver’s meeting, participants were informed of some special challenges for this event. One challenge was the sling shot. After navigating a quick 50 trail markers, drivers had to stop and hit the target with some kibble. Another special challenge was the scavenger hunt. Drivers were encouraged to slow down and do a little sightseeing. Drivers that spotted any ‘critters’ on the trail could pick them up and carry them back to G-Central for a time bonus. The last special challenge was the ‘gold nugget gathering.’ Drivers that bought a scale bag could collect gold nuggets on course and also receive time bonuses. There was one challenge that was left a secret. You have to have the ‘Spirit of the Snowshoe Thompson’ to collect the bonus for this challenge.
Could you hit this target with a slingshot after G-jogging 50 trail markers?

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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Drivers that found the critters and gold had some interesting trial buddies at the end of the day.

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After the usual driver’s meeting, rigs were impounded or lined up for the start.

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These two boys picked their favorites to win.

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This guy looks to be L.O.S.T in the desert section of the 195 trail marker course.


Zonkerd does work over in the ‘Swamp’


Is that a dinosaur on course? Better pick it up. That’s worth -3:00.

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Size doesn’t matter in the G6. Even a little guy like this Samurai can complete the challenge as long as you are patient and drive smart.

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Here, WAY OUT in the middle of nowhere, silly Camper Joe waits disheartened because his H3 has rolled into the water. Will a nice G6er help him out?

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That’s the G6-spirit. If you had the right heart, you earned a time bonus. Look how happy Camper Joe looks.

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Haha, you’re only on TM112, you still have 83 more to go. Hey, wait, did you steal Camper Joe’s dog?


Werty Jr. was really looking hard for the ‘creatures’ and found one in the lily pads.

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Hope you broke down [opened your wallet] and bought yourself an onboard winch or this wall cost you 3 minutes for trail buddy assistance.


Example of driver doin’ work!

Doin’ Work! Action:
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.

You know Parker loves the water…
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
And there was plenty of water to go around.

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99 more trail markers to go…..

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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
The Family that Gs together, stays together. I’m not sure who drove the best out of these four, but they all put their heart into it.

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I have no idea. I think it’s called the Smoking Lipo pose

Sharp Shooter Technical Section:
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Thom K. told me it’s all in the tongue.

In true G6 fashion, many drivers brought finishing prizes. Thanks to PLE, Rock Armor, BPC, and Glen Samonte for unsolicited swag.
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Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
You brought big smiles to lots of faces!

Dan W took 1st in the 2.2 class Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
DanW took 1st in the 2.2 class. It made his chilly ride up worth it.

Elio Dianda took 3rd Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Elio Dianda took 3rd.

Sam Trujillo took 2nd Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
Sam Trujillo took 2nd.

And Michael ‘StopWatch’ Pham to home 1st place Axial Recon G6 The Legend of Snowshoe Thompson aka L.O.S.T.
And Michael ‘StopWatch’ Pham took home 1st place.

If you have not checked out a RECON G6 Challenge, you owe it to yourself to do so. You will not be disappointed. All scale lovers who have attended have left after experiencing the time of their lives. So, shine up your SCX10 or Wraith and be on the lookout for the one nearest you.

Make sure to perform your monthly PM’s [Preventative Maintinace] and be ready for the next adventure: http://reconcrawlers.com

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The RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Las Vegas 2011

The RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Las Vegas

Date: April 2nd, 2011
Location: Some N.E. hillside outside Las Vegas, Nevada
Words: Rodney Wills
Images: Brandon Coonce & Rodney Wills

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The year Twenty-Eleven has barely started and the RECON Crew has already and totally changed the game of having R/C fun in a friendly environment!

The G6 Challenges first started in January with “Erzberg” and “Folsom G6 Blues,” February saw Love of Rock and “Folsom G6 Blues part Duex,” then March brought on the “Maddness.” Finally, April was not fooling around with “Gamblers Paradise!” All in all, six events of G-sixism this year!

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The casual bystander would view the landscape for a G6 Challenge as beautiful to view from a distance but would not consider the terrain and environment as friendly, but for the adventure G6ers, the rougher and less traveled, the better! But what is this G6 Challenge that has Trail Honchos in a frenzy to adventure into the unknown?

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The Gamblers Paradise Edition of the G6 Challenge was actually a no gamble – all win event with spectacular al la natural landscape, awesome weather and course design on the Scalers list of paradise-type terrain! Yes, this event was EPIC for the adventure enthusiast!

While on a previous G6 Challenge in Reno, I did a little sample driving as I spent most of my time filming and shooting photos. I had such a blast with the little time I drove my rig at the event, that this time I wanted more seat-time! Jeff Johns [Axial President] and myself went out to participate in this event from start to finish. With two very stock SCX10 in hand, we wanted to get the full flavor of fun and a full-day of seat-time ok, steering-walking time. Either way, it was the adventure of the unknown we were chasing!

Here is Jeff just past #20-Trail Marker into the 100-TM course:

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The G6 Challenge events are comprised of three trails ranging from 50 to 200 course markers- pretty much however many Brian Parker feels like putting in that day, but with heavy emphasis on challenge as in the most challenging courses set in natural terrain. At G6 Challenge events, two guys work together as trail buddies. The mission is that one person drives his rig and the other guy goes along as co-pilot alerting the driver to course directions while scoring his driver. Once the driver finishes a trail, the participants switch duties for the same course and repeat for the other trails. Yes, this is the honor system with nine million ways to seek the gray area. But hey, this is the very reason we are seeing a flip as the other side coin has nine million rules to follow. At the end of the day, we currently only need/want general guidelines for some wild style adventure fun!!!

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Jeff Johns, Axial President getting his G6 ON! Yes, our president is also an enthusiast!

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Jeff and I being first time G6ers, we were also trail-buddies and driving showroom bone-stockers! Can we make it any harder!? From a participant standpoint, it is very easy to show up and run at one of these events! As the event was getting underway, I couldn’t hold back my urge to snap a couple of shots of the other adventure seekers as Jeff was making ready his SCX10 murdered-out Honcho. OK. So his rig is not that stock, he has custom flat black paint and a couple of scale accessories.

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It dawned on me that while I understood the rules, I was not familiar with the score keeping process and in just a few moments we would be out on a trail, clock ticking and no way of returning to G6 base-camp to ask about rules and scoring, so I made a quick inquiry about rules right as Jeff approached the start line. Talk about cutting it close!

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Rules EASY! Don’t hit trail markers and don’t hit boundaries. Have FUN! Started Stewart G. with assistance from Brad Bailey while starting other G6ers out onto the three trails simultaneously. OK, so that is (I hope) rather simple, I thought and we started our adventure in the deep-end of the pool with the 100-trail marker course!

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StewartG [center] of RECON, the man behind the digital clocks and all things keeping up with Brian Parker [right].

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The coolest thing about participating in the chase of adventure at a G6 Challenge is that it is not about the podium finish. It’s about the massive amount of seat-time driving and possibly surviving the unknown unscathed and then, sharing stories at the end of the day – How in the heck did you clean TM-24 on the 100-course? Did you see that Bender-6X walk-it! Did you get passed by the Swanson Swagger!?

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WELL. Let me tell you! I personally witnessed the Swanson Swagger! I got passed on the 100-course by the man himself, Mr. Tom Swagger Swanson, somewhere after TM-66 and before TM-75 on the radical terrain of the 100-course. I was in disbelief, but the rumor is in fact true! The Swagger as he will now be known, was walking, not running, in a brisk and smooth manner as he somehow piloted his SCX10 Dingo [the only one at the event] through the Vegas outback. As he navigated his rig past and was a few feet ahead, he shouted back for me to look on the left as he thought he may have seen a cleaner line for me to attempt. I looked in a fit of frustration and why yes, I saw the line! HOW THE HECK!? I’m laughing as I line my Sharpe Camo’ed SCX10 Honcho up to the rock and could only punch the skinny pedal and succeeded in launching my rig up the rock on the left side only to take out the course marker on the right. Luck will only take you so far and did at this point as some of my previous course marker clearings where finessed in complete amazement even to myself and stage partner. I’m sure everyone knows of what I speak, everyone needs video to capture the proof of pure amazement.

Here at TM-74 is where I would be passed by Tom “Swagger” Swanson:

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I pulled out of the way in order for Tom to have a clean-through line. Also, I was attempting to reverse through the trail marker diagonally without having to winch without the winch I do not have and without the use of the stage buddy winch. Tom of course needed no stinking winch as he boosted up the ledge on the third approach!

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Tom Swanson in action – standing for a brief moment.

Later at the G6 Base Camp, I asked Tom Swanson for some of his hysterical magical swagger to be sprinkled on my rig to make up the difference in driving talent that expired and without instant renewal, back there around TM-68. He graciously popped the Dingo’s bonnet [it was European] and showed me his personal outback setup! This is the comradery that the G6 Challenge members have! It’s us that have to survive both the outback wilderness defined by the trail markers of Brian Parker and the G6 Crew. It’s all part of the mystery and adventure that happens at the G6 Challenges.

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We came, we drove and we performed our wilderness clean-up duty!

FIRST PLACE:

Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011 (256)

Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place “Wagon Wheel” Award

SECOND PLACE:

Brandon Coonce of Axial at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011 (255)

Brandon Coonce of Axial Inc., is presented the Second Place “ashes to ashes – dust to dust” Award

THIRD PLACE:

Brain Parker presents Tom Swanson with Third Place at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011

Brain Parker presents Tom Swanson with the Third Place “Vegas Desert Shark Landmark” Award

TOUGH LUCK AWARD:

Brent Brammer of Axial At RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011

Brent Brammer is presented the Tough Luck “G-Degree Good Apple” Award. Brent battled electric gremlins from the very start but fought them through the 100-TM course and the first 50-TM course before expiring his battle. This was inauguration to the G6 family.

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Brad “Bender” Dumont’s 6XSCX10 set the fastest time on the 100-TM Course!!!

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G6 Participants where given the first public viewing of the Wraith Rock Racer!

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You can bank on there being more G6 Challenge in store!