What is a RECON G6 ?

What is a RECON G6? If you have ever been to one of these events, the veterans will tell you, “It is whatever Parker wants it to be”. For those of you that are new and interested in these events, we take a look at the ins and outs of this revolutionary R/C scale event series.

RECON G6

2013 Rules & Guidelines

The RECON G6 is an r/c scale adventure that will test a driver’s ability and their r/c scalers capability. A driver will navigate their Axial vehicles through a stage marked with trail markers and perform mandatory skill sections and complete driver challenges along the way.

Goal: Finish all predetermined stages and complete all mandatory skill sections and driver challenges while maintaining a drivers log book and having fun.

Classes: There are several classes to choose from. A driver may only challenge themselves in more than one class if time allows and the second class is a different tire size. Each class will offer a driver different levels of fun with different challenges and guidelines.

-Adventurist 1.9 – This class is for drivers of 1.9 scale vehicles who enjoy a challenge. The Adventurist will demonstrate driving ability with more skill sections and more stage challenges and contend with the ever present break out time. This is the class for the driver who realizes that finishing the adventure is the goal. Drivers may use natural winch anchor points or be assisted by other Adventurists by a tow strap, winch, or another drivers shoe laces. The Adventurist may partner up with fellow Adventurist or several to experience the stage as a group and help each other reach the goal of finishing.

-Adventurist 2.2 – This Class is the same as the Adventurist 1.9 Class. Wraiths and Wronchos are at home in this class.

-Ultra 1.9 – This class is for drivers of 1.9 scale vehicles who take their scale challenge to the next level. An Ultra Driver will have to complete class specific stages and tasks and mandatory skill / driver challenges in the quickest time possible. This class is a more like a rally cross style stage with a quicker pace and more difficult mandatory challenges. Drivers of this class must use natural winch anchors points only or be helped from another Ultra Driver. Any outside assistance will result in a Stage DNF. There are no time restrictions for the Ultra Class Driver and a pee test for doping may not be mandatory, but highly recommended for any Ultra Class Driver who isn’t sweating.

-Ultra 2.2 – The same as the Ultra 1.9, except 2.2 tires are used.

-RECON G6 Teams – This Team Challenge is for 1.9 drivers who share one scale vehicle. This could be two friends or two family members that drive and maintain one scaler. Each team driver will be required to drive half of the total stage or any configuration of the stage as the Driver or Team Captain deems. If a stage is 200 trail markers, each driver will be responsible for driving half of the trail markers then handing the driving duties over to their teammate to complete the stage and finish. Keeping your vehicle together is part of the team challenge. While one team member is driving, the other will be their stage buddy. A Team driver may winch off their stage buddies shoe lace.

RECON G6 Scale Vehicle Requirements:

The rule of thumb here is simple; is it scale?

-Axial Vehicles or custom vehicles with Axial transmissions, Axial axles, Axial chassis or a significant amount of Axial products only.

-Your Axial based scale vehicle must be 1/10 car / truck with a scale chassis or custom tube scale chassis.

- Wheel sizes may be 1.55, 1.9, or 2.2, Tires that fit these wheels must be a licensed manufactured tire or knock offs. Tires must resemble the real thing and can only be siped or grooved. No other alterations may be made.

- A minimum of 5 scale items must be attached and remain attached to the vehicle. This may include mandatory scale items that may be used on stage for recoveries. The number of scale items may vary from event to event.

- A tow strap is mandatory on all vehicles at every event. A tow strap may be used to assist or recover other drivers on stage.

- All scale recovery items/tools, must be attached to the vehicle and after their use, be placed back on the vehicle. This includes sand ramps, tow straps, and hi-lift jacks. The only exception is lug wrench or nut driver. Real tools may be on the driver.

- All classes are allowed to use dig and 4 wheel steering on their scalers if they choose.

RECON G6 General Rules:

Rule #1 – NO HAND OF GOD. (HOG) A RECON G6 is all about driving. In keeping with the essence of the r/c scale scene a driver may not assist, stop, catch, or kick his/her vehicle. There are no penalties for electric winching or using your tow strap with help from another competitor or for reverses, so DRIVE SMART! The penalty is a DQ for hogging your scale vehicle. Performing on course repairs or having to touch your vehicle for recovery purposes is not hogging. Picking your vehicle up out of water, mud, sand, or rolling it over onto its wheels with your hand is all examples of hogging your vehicle, thus resulting in a disqualification. If this happens, log the HOG incident in your drivers log book and report it to G-Central.

Here is a brief video explaining this particular rule….

Rule #2 – A driver can not drive through a trail marker and reverse back through it to avoid trail obstacles. This will result in a DQ. A stage is directional and a driver must maintain the intended direction of travel. Reversing through the trail marker in the intended direction is ok and may be required during mandatory reverse skill sections.

Rule #3 – Mandatory skill sections are just that, MANDATORY! They will be located throughout a stage and will have an entrance and exit. There may or may not be a trail marker at a mandatory skill section. This does not mean you can bypass the section. Each class will have a mandatory skill section(s) and it will be marked with a class specific color boundary. A driver must drive their class mandatory skill section(s) only.

Rule #4 – HAVE FUN! The RECON G6 is the premier scale adventure event in the World. Each class has different parameters that must be met, but you are only cheating yourself out of one of the best experiences you will have with your r/c scaler by not driving with integrity and the willingness to perform each challenge in the spirit of scale r/c.

General Guidelines:

Stage Format:

- A RECON G6 Main Stage will consist of a stage. The stage will take a driver through various terrain conditions and return them to G-Central where a driver may pit for repairs, eat lunch, or full fill a mandatory pit stop. Some drivers may choose to continue on with the stage, but all vehicle break downs that happen on stage, must be repaired at the spot of the breakage or return to G-Central or their pit and make the needed repairs. Then they can return to the area of the break down and continue.

-Trail Markers [1 min+/-] – Trail Markers are numbered and different colors to mark the stage route and direction of travel. The red trail marker is always on a driver’s right and is the intended direction of travel through the trail marker. The left trail marker denotes the stage a driver is on. A driver may not straddle a trail marker. A driver must get all 4 tires through the trail marker. If a driver dislodges a trail marker or steps on a trail marker, that driver is responsible for putting that trail marker back in to position. All trail markers must be traveled through. Missing any trail marker will result in a DNF. Any trail marker hit or dislodged will result in 1 min penalty to be logged in the driver log book.

- Stage Boundaries [5 min+/-] – There are several types of stage boundaries. A sponsored stage boundary is a boundary that displays G6 sponsors and is the only boundary section of a stage that multiple drivers can be in at the same time. All other boundaries are one driver at a time inside the boundary. A Pink boundary is always a time bonus; whether it is a driving section or a driver task, pink = time bonus. Orange ribbon marks 1.9 mandatory skill sections. Yellow ribbon marks Ultra Drivers mandatory skill sections. Blue ribbon marks the Wraith and 2.2 skill sections. All of the above mentioned boundary markers, if touched by a driver’s vehicle is a penalty. If a pink ribbon is touched, no time bonus will be awarded and the driver must finish the section and mark his/her boundary penalty.

- Mandatory Skill Sections are marked with the appropriate boundary ribbon and must be driven. A mandatory skill section may be driving through mud, water, snow, sand, or a taco stand. A driver may be asked to drive up or down a steep grade, handle a tarmac track or hook up to a pull sled and attempt a full pull. A mandatory skill section is designed to test the driver’s ability and his/her vehicle’s capability.

-G-Tags [15 min+/-] – G-Tags are additional placards on a trail marker. Think of a G-Tag as a check point. G-Tags will be placed along a stage and will be in a specific order. A driver that misses a trail marker with a G-Tag will receive a time penalty.

Penalty Winch [3 Min+/-] In the case that there is not a competitor there to help you with a pull strap, or you do not have a working winch, then you may employ the penalty winch. The penalty winch is a scale tow strap, lanyard, or winch line that you would operate with your hand acting as another vehicle to extract your stuck rig. The idea is to act as though your hand is another vehicle and pull the stuck or rolled over vehicle out of its situation in a “scale manner”. You must mark the use of the penalty winch down in the driver’s log book. It is always best to use an onboard working electric winch, or use a tow strap with the assistance from another competitor. Use of either of these methods does not result in a penalty.


Once a penalty winch (self used tow strap) is employed, it will be necessary to mark this down in the G6 driver’s log book.

- Driver Log Book – RECON G6 works on the honor system. All Drivers will be on stage, driving at the same time. The driver log book must be maintained and the necessary information must be logged or the driver will receive a time penalty for an incomplete log book. G-Tags, boundaries, and time bonuses are examples of what a driver will track in their log book. Filling out your log book correctly and accuratly could result in a time bonus.

- Driver Challenges are tasks that the driver must complete. A driver never knows what he or she will have to do, but rest assured, it will provide spectators (and organizer, Brian Parker) entertainment. Some examples of past tasks have been hop scotch, airsoft target shooting, or reaching into a bucket of guts for a time bonus. Driver challenges are random, and come from the depths of Brian Parker’s brain.

- Stage Challenges have drivers keeping their eyes wide open for objects of desire. A stage challenge that a driver completes may net them a time bonus or even swag. These challenges often include picking up extra cargo along the route. Returning this cargo to G Central is rewarded.

- “Not Mandatory, but Highly Recommended”, is a phrase often used to describe an event specific task. As stated, these tasks are not mandatory, but highly recommended and would behoove a driver to participate in this task.

- Stage etiquette should be adhered to at all times. Make 3 attempts at a trail obstacle and then winch or receive assistance from a fellow G6’er. Drive smart. There is no penalty for winching or having a fellow G6’er assist you. Faster drivers have the right of way.

- All scale items must remain attached to the vehicle. If sand ramp has to be used, it has to be replaced back on the vehicle. The mandatory tow strap must start attached to the G-Ride. After its first use, a driver may keep it in his/her pocket. All other scale items must be replaced after they are used. The number of scale items may change depending on the G6. In addition, a specific scale item may be required. A driver must meet these changing requirements.

- Time Bonuses [5 min+/-] – There are two types of time bonuses that a driver can earn. First, a driving time bonus must be completed cleanly to earn. If a driver has to assist their vehicle in any way or a boundary marker is touched or crossed by the vehicle, no time bonus will be awarded and the section may or may not have to be completed before a driver can move on, even if this means winching out of the section or being pulled out by a fellow G6’er. The second is a driver’s challenge. A driver must successfully complete the task to earn the time bonus.

- Driver’s Meeting Challenge is an online challenge that a driver must successfully complete to receive a time bonus or swag at the driver’s meeting.

- Pit Repairs -[No Penalty] – Every G6’er knows that sooner or later, no matter how much preparation went into their G-Ride, something is going to break. In the G6 Challenge, any breakage that happens on stage, must be repaired then and there. If the repair cannot be made on stage, then a G6′er may make a Pit Repair. Naturally, a driver may find a flat spot near the breakage spot that is out of the way of fellow G6’ers, that is perfectly ok, but if a driver needs to make the repairs in the pit, they need to head straight to the pits. After the pit repair has been completed, the driver must return to the spot where they removed thier scaler from the stage and continue. There will be no penalty when a driver removes his/her scaler from the stage for a Pit Repair. A driver’s time will not stop for Pit Repairs. A driver must finish with the scaler that they started with. No switching of scalers, if a scaler cannot be repaired, the driver must immediately inform G-Central of their DNF.

Battery reccomendations- Every G6 event will be different, therefor the required battery power for each event will differ. The average G6 event will last 3 hours, so make sure you have the battery power needed to go the distance! Pay close attention to the G6 intel specific to the event to make sure you have the mAh to do the job. Do some homework to know the economy of your rig. You can count mAh rating on the battery versus your run time and know what you will need based upon the estimated time for the event.

RECON G6 brings pure adventure, but with all fun adventures, things are always changing. Drivers need to read the intel thoroughly, because each RECON G6 is different in one way or another and that will never change. Pay extra attention to the statement, “This is not mandatory, but highly reccomended”, this is especially necessary if you want to have an advantage going into any RECON G6 event.

If you love driving your r/c scaler as much as we do and you breathe adventure, then light the lipo’s and come get your scaler fix…

…in a RECON G6!

The next G6 on the Calendar is the RECON Ultra4 G6 at King of the Hammers, this is the last event on the 2013 KOH schedule starting at noon on Saturday, if you own an Axial R/C, come out and get your fix in this historic RECON Ultra4 G6. For more information on this event, click here.

For more information on RECON crawlers, and to see past G6 events, please visit their site here.

To see more about the G6 on the Axial Blog, click here.

RECON MALVADO G6 CHALLENGE – Apple Valley, California

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THE AXIAL RECON MALVADO G6 CHALLENGE

This is a
ROCK RIOT – RECON CRAWLER PRODUCTION
in association with
WEST COAST RCC
&
AXIAL

Where:
Apple Valley, California

When:
May 26, 2012

Why:
Because you want to taste the real deal
official Adventure Crawl
RECON G6 Challenge!

A personal note from Brian Parker,
“The G-Train has been on Hawaii Time and it’s not about to get in a hurry any time soon, so the next stop is sunny
Southern California. Laid back, G6’n on my mind, my mind on G6’n! Drivers, prep those G-Rides and comp rigs, surfs up & Axial Racing is catching the malvado wave of r/c fun.

G6’ers, can you take the heat? Can your G-Ride survive 2 G6 Stages in Death Valley? Axial Racing & I think so and we want to see you in Apple Valley, California for one wicked RECON G6 Challenge.

I am honored every time an r/c club wants the G-Train to make them a destination. West Coast RCC puts fun in everything they do and the G-Crew is excited to meet a club that shares our passion for r/c. ALL ABOARD, WCRCC, the G-Train has a car dedicated to ya’ll. Let’s have some FUN!

AXIAL Racing is all about the malvado of r/c crawling. So when they wanted a “wicked” event, they called upon the best; RECON Crawlers. Wicked fun, wicked cool & wicked challenges are what the RECON G6 Challenge & Rock Riot 2.2 Comp provides for all its participants.”

The AXIAL Malvado Rock Riot Intel

Drivers Meeting:
- All Classes, 0800hrs

Tech Times:
- Pro Classes, After Drivers Meeting
- Sport / AR60 Classes, 0930hrs

Course Start Times:
- Pro Classes, immediately after a driver completes tech.
- Sport / AR60 Classes, immediately after a driver completes tech.

Classes:
- 2.2 Pro, 3 laps
- 2.2 Pro Shafty, 3 laps
- 2.2 Sport, 2 laps
- 2.2 Sport Shafty, 2 laps
- AR60 Stock, 2 laps
- AR60 Modified, 2 laps

Note: A driver can drive in multiple classes, but those drivers have the responsibility to complete the number of laps required for each class before the course time expires.

Rock Riot Fees:
- 1st Class, $20.00, each additional class, $5.00

Course Review:

- A Rock Riot is a multi-lap 2.2 comp course that is comprised of 60 to 100 gates. A driver can make changes to their set up between laps & then run the course again. The driver with the lowest combined score is the winner.

Note: A driver must tech prior to the start of each lap & pick up their driver score card for that lap.

Rock Riot Penalties:

- Hitting a gate or boundary nets a driver penalty points
- Touching your car incidental or as needed, nets a driver penalty points.

Note: Here is the link for the complete Rock Riot Rules & Guidelines;
http://reconcrawlers.com/forum/showt…iot-comp-rules

The AXIAL Malvado G6 Challenge Intel

G-Ride Tech Time:
- All Classes, 1230hrs

G6 Drivers Meeting:
- Following tech

Stage 1 Start Time:
- Immediately following the National Anthem

G-Dinner:
- Start approximately @ 1900hrs+/-

Stage 2 Drivers Meeting:
- 2030hrs

Stage 2 Start Time:
- Immediately following drivers meeting

Classes:
- G6 Ultra Driver
- G6 Adventurist
- G6 Wraith / 2.2 Classes
- G6 Team (for drivers who want to share a G-Ride with a friend or family member)

Note: A G6’er may drive in 1.9 & a 2.2 class, but run your primary class first.

Exact Location:
- Will be announced 72hrs prior to stage start time.

G-Fee:
- $30.00

2012 RECON G6 Guidelines can be found here;
http://reconcrawlers.com/forum/showt…ines-and-Rules

The Axial Malvado G6 Requirements:

- 10 scale items are required
- 3 south of the Border scale items are required.
- Your best South of the Border attire for the night stage, this is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Attire may be a sombrero or poncho or chaps, but not limited to mariachi tuxedo or matching snake skin boots & belt.
- Lights are highly recommended, but not mandatory.
- A scale bag is mandatory.
- A pot luck dish is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- A tow strap is mandatory.
- A winch is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- A scale Axial windshield sticker is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- One can of Dr. Pepper for G-Central is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- One Lime per driver is mandatory.
- A spare tire is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
- The Drivers Meeting Challenge is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

Note: A G-Ride can have as many lights mounted as a driver feels necessary, just keep it scale in fashion. A G6’er may have one headlamp and one light attached to their radio.

Stage Preview:
- Stage 1 will consist of 200+/- Trail markers. There will be Class specific sections along with several driver & driving challenges.

- Stage 2 is a night stage and will consist of 200+/- TM’s along with some unique night time challenges and class specific sections.

The Axial Malvado G6 Challenge & Rock Riot is a complete day of r/c driving action and wicked adventure. The fun doesn’t’ set with the sun, because Stage 2 of the Axial Malvado G6 Challenge will bring the desert back to life.

I want you to come get your scaler fix, in the Axial Malvado G6!



GCRAD1′S ROAD TRIP TO RECON G6 BDAY BASH 2011

Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

What was it?
The one-year anniversary of the RECON G6 Challenge + travel story to and from.

Where was it?
Final destination: Cotton Wood Park in Sparks, Nevada

When was it?
Day of event: Saturday December 3rd, 2011 + day before and after.

What was it like?
Temp / Weather – Day of Event:
From a low 21º to a high of 34º degrees Fahrenheit across the sunny day.

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FIRST: CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN PARKER & Family, Brad & Cole Bailey and StuartG!!! And all the RECON SUPPORT TROOPS!!!

I know we have already posted a G6 BDAY Report, but this is my personal report with a bit different approach and twist. Yes, there will be a LOT more G6 BDAY BASH IMAGES so adventure along with me over the course of three days!

The RECON G6 Challenge “Birthday Bash” presented by Axial Racing; was the celebration for some 15-events that RECON Crawlers administered for the 2011 calendar year! OUTRIGHT IMPRESSIVE!!!

The RECON G6 Birthday Bash held in Cotton Wood Park of Sparks, Nevada was the celebratory event for the massively successful one-year anniversary of the RECON G6 Challenge. It is easy to say that this single event series has changed the game of R/C with a formula that spread across the globe – all in one year! And this is just barley scratching the surface as the G6-Train has been on a closed course loop around the western region of the USA! Yes, we would love to put this event on the road and travel around and spread the gospel of how much fun R/C can be. All in time…

Some call Brian Parker and the RECON G6 Challenge ingenious, some call it madness, some even curse it while out on the trail [all with a smile and a grin of corse] but we have all come to love Mr. Brian Parker; the mad scientist of trial course and obstacle prop design that challenges drivers and equipment, not just physically, but mentally as well. Beyond anything or any way that we have ever seen!

We wanted to personally join the Birthday Bash to say thank you to both Brian Parker and the whole RECON Crew and and especially ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!!! So, I’m sitting in sunny Southern California in the middle of the largest wind storm in 60 years looking at Reno’s low temperatures ranging from 14º to 19º degrees and thinking I need to test out some winter camping gear and this being the perfect time to do so.

Parker knows we are shipping him some prizes for the participants and is calling Brad “Bender” Dumont as Parker keeps seeing the brown truck drive by his house but not stopping. The whole time “we” [Brad and I] know that I will be driving up so there will not be a brown truck delivery to the Parker residence. Just a couple of days before the event, I finally break down and tell Brian I will personally be coming as Parker is way worried knowing it is now way too late for a brown truck delivery or even a purple & orange parachute. I tell Parker its coming in the sand colored 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser better known as the ADV80 sled.

Its a good 9-hour drive from Irvine, Ca to Reno, Nevada. The two most popular ways to travel up to Reno is either up the west side of the Sierra’s through Sacramento and over the Donner Pass into Reno or east of the Sierra’s up highway 395. The 395 route is the most scenic and I actually looked forward to making this trip as this is the larger portion of the trip we make up to the AWCC event at Cisco Grove as well. Spectacular scenic views!

Through Expedition Portal’s forum I found out about a campground local to Reno that allows tent camping and open year round. Yes, even during the snowy periods! Davis Creek Campground is located in Washoe Valley, Nevada, within 30-minutes from downtown Reno/Sparks so perfect for what I was trying to do. You may think this is all madness, but I have a plan, plan is to stuff in some short quick adventures while traversing HWY 395 from Southern California to Reno Nevada without adding on major travel time AND testing out my winter camping gear. Plus, I’m constantly scouting locations… you know, epic scenes to shoot photos and videos for our product line; SCX10′s, Wraiths, XR10′s and the EXO Terra Buggy!

So let the solo road trip begin!!
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Real EARLY IN THE AM Friday morning!

Do you remember those Apple computers that where frosted clear with color bezel? The 1998 iMac made influence an a lot other household products, such as this clock that was given to me by Ryan Hill who worked with me on our magazine called TMRm’zine. We did the whole magazine from my tiny tiny two-bedroom 1-car garage. The whole staff was up in my house! It was an awesome time and this clock reminds me of those amazing times and experiences my wife and I had – every day! Insert Soundtrack: Public Enemy Timebomb.

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Yes, I am walking out the front door at 4:17AM on the Friday before the event. The 66° is the inside temp. I want one of those temp gauges for the outside, but you know how that goes… I just never deem it necessary and usually just door the open-door litmus test. The clock Ryan gave me will stay on my wall for as long as it keeps running and its liable to stay on the wall even after it stops working. It is a piece of plastic, built by someone I do not know, given to me by a dear friend and holds memories of moments in time… remember that the next time you are looking at your Axial rigs, bits and pieces working together, making memories – moments in time. Insert Soundtrack: Pink Flyod Time.

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The 80-Series TLC is purring and ready…
With 203,415 on the clock:
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I bought and paid $2,800 for this 1992 FJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser with 160,000-miles on the clock in July of 2008. I intend to extract every pennies worth out of it!

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From my house it’s just a blur of continuous neighborhoods [all of Southern California is nothing but continuous neighborhoods] until you hit the Cajon Pass and then over to highway 395 at Victorville, drive past John Schultz house and contemplate a early ding-dong ditch or some type of something to let him know I drove past. I will just text him later, but you know how it is on the road, your mind wonders and you wish for more time to hang out with friends, family and such. You do a lot of contemplating. Road trips alone are GREAT! Insert Soundtrack: James Brown Slaughter’s Theme.

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This is where I turn my radio off, partly due to static or lack of interest and I do not have a iPod plug in. Go figure for someone who use to work/live car audio! Imagine this view for three days straight… This is what it is like to drive across the little state of Texas. Being from Alabama to living in California working in various industries all of which have had shows in various states… I have driven across the USA a few times!!! Insert Soundtrack: Black Caesar Sportin’ Life. It’s another piece of music touched by James Brown.

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Randsburg has a cool living ghost town. Next up Ridgecrest..

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Sun is cracking over the edge of the jagged mountains.

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Almost to where HWY 395 meets the 14 FWY. I like how my truck is trowing a big shadow and it looks like the ADV80 has big ears. I laugh and keep driving. The foothill of the Sierra’s are in front of me.

Its not long on the 395 before I see a little dirt road with a “scenic sign” for a place called Fossil Falls:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Cue Gnarls Barkley theme music for this GNARLY ROCK! Get your XR10 hustle on!

Back on the 395 slab and traversing the Sierra’s:
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“There is some SNOW – in them there MOUNTAINS” with ‘Bama drawl…

The sky is filling up with clouds:
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And that can be a bit concerning… But it was just one of those moments to see some sun trickling through the clouds touching the mountain peak in the background. Note, if I had a big lens I would stop and set up the tripod and get all artsy-fartsy with it, but I just keep driving and snapping along. Had I stopped I would have most likely missed the whole shot – the whole moment! It is those “moments” that make the difference in a hundred shots of the same place or thing.

I stop in Bishop and check out this little “Yamy’hammy” YSR50:
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SO CLEAN! And they where street legal with license plates and the whole nine! Speaking of license plates… look at this little gem! Flat tracker with a LICENSE PLATE!!!
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Sorry to sidetrack, but I grew up around motorcycles and there is no hobby shop in Bishop.
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But they had snow blowers!

Over the hill of Mammoth and through the curvy canyon, I call it “the pass” as the road cuts through the mountain and has a river running along side it. Ice has formed around the edges:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Clouds are breaking up – spirits lift:
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Mountains are growing in size.

Clouds fill and flatten the sky – mode is somber:
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Snow has fallen. This could be my first tent camping in the snow since Boy Scout days.

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Sky clears to a crystal blue with a bitter sharp edge as I do the window down temp check.

On previous trips, I’ve seen this little dirt road that cut around the corner into a great wide open landscape that just invites you in. On that previous trip I almost got buried in the snow with no one around for for miles.
Here is that one such time:
GCRad1 Toyota Land Cruiser in the snow OC to Reno HWY395 RECON AXIAL G6 Challenge Sparks, NV March 11-13, 2011
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This time the road was clear and I got to drive back up into the hills!
I find a trail:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I travel back quite a ways and the trail has a gate and snow.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011But the side trip was not a waste as it had some epic views.

I head back down the moutain road and the 80-Series picks up the pace:
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I’m having rally flashbacks! Insert Blackalicious “Chemical Calisthenics” soundtrack as the Falken High Country tires howl in the wind spitting rocks across the bottom of the truck making that sound that is oh’so familiar in a rally car – rocks slapping metal! A dirt road that flows for eight or so miles gets the adrenaline flowing! Back onto the controlled and crushed rock of the 395 tarmac.

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Mono and Topaz lakes blur by at the whopping slow speed of the 80-Series in-line-slow-six. But its a Cruiser, it says so right there on the badge on the back, so when you are behind one – excuse is stated. I need a bumper sticker that says, “CAUTION – This slow truck turns off for unmarked dirt roads”

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I arrive to Davis Creek Regional Park campground in Washoe Valley, Nevada

Pick my camp spot:
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So many to choose from as I am the ONLY ONE THERE!!! YEA!!!!

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Pitch the REI Passage 2 tent.

The next side trip is on foot as I found the Discovery Trail at the back of the campground:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Parker! Are you seeing what I am seeing!?!?!?! WOW! That is the most information I have EVER SEEN for a trail!!!

OK, so on the trail I come across this little water fall:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
These are the Christmas trees that escaped the farm and are hiding out.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
So you are hiking along alone… thinking, thinking about a little sticker I saw back at camp, on a brown box:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This sticker is on the brown box in which you are to place all of you food and toiletries aka: BEAR BOX! So, with such a sticker and with such a box there has to be a real purpose for such. Your mind weighs heavy. When you’ve grown up your whole life and the biggest things you run up on in the woods are 1,000lb. wild pigs or a 8-10 point deer. Not so bad when armed, but that was a different time and place. Things are different now and more rules forces us to deal with things in a different manner. So, you have to clear your mind and just be smart about your person.

Not to switch gears, but to actually assist in awareness is this awesome book, The Complete Walker IV.
The Complete Walker IV Colin Fletcher & Chip Rawlins
It’s the only book that I have read more that once and is actually set up in a way to be a guide or directory too. It sits on my bedside and I can open it at any page and enjoy reading its contents, yes, it is that awesome! It is authored by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins for the forth edition. Since it’s first printing in 1968, the words of Colin Fletcher have been credited with starting the backpacking industry and the book christened as “the Hiker’s Bible” by Field and Stream magazine.

Best place to find a copy is to go onto alibris.com and search “The Complete Walker IV” Alibris is great for finding used and out of print books and has a wish list function.

OK, with getting my mind off of being food, its time for food!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
My little Jetboil PCS Stove is awesome and lightweight! These stoves are designed for the backpacking community and I’ve used it far more than just backpacking trips.

Get a fire going to warm the bones and then its off to the sleeping bag for an EARLY AM wake up – again:
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Tomorrow is G6BDAY2011!

////////////////////////////Saturday
“The Axial Racing SCX-10 line up, the Dingo and the Honcho are the Official Truck of the RECON G6 Challenge. And for good reason, right out of the box, they are G6 rated and proven to complete stages and bring a driver back to G-Central after an awesome adventure.
- Brian Parker / RECON G6 Drill Sargent

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Saturday morning I pack up my camp and head on into Reno to find Parker and the RECON G6 Crew:
Brian Parker RECON Crawler Wood Pattern
Parker is looking the the Abominable Snow Man, just in natural wood camo print to blend in with the lower elevations.

Parker likes to give demonstrations so he shows me how well his camo blends in:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
If it where not for the red hoody, we would totally not even see Parker laying on the ground here. This is truly the level Parker goes to in setting courses. This happens to be right in the middle of this massive thorn bush.

Parker gets a little thorn bush extraction assistance:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
It’s only 7:30′ish in the morning.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Parker has devised a little system to check your game and or to see if you have game as in can you follow the numerical order system… Miss this gate, and you get a 15-point penalty.

Setting the trail is an early AM process:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Yes, there is a trail in there somewhere. A G6′er is like a coon dog that will sniff out these trail markers in hiding.

Parker in action:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
He loves doing this stuff for the fun of the G6 enthusiast or the punishment! Maybe a little of both as I can here Parker snickering as he blazes a trail.

Trail markers…
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Seemingly so simple…

But this is what is about to be in store for these adventurers:
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What the HECK!?!?!?
OH YEA – that is a shaving cream pit that will be driven through…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

But then, there is the slip’n’slide:
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to mud pit…

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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
R/C Adventure enthusiast start showing up for the days activities. It’s a brisk 21º degrees.

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The come for the honor of survival, bragging rights and rewards.

Today’s surprise was a little cake too!
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But not to eat… but will later drive through on the course. During registration, each driver had their rig photographed by the RECON crew on the cake.

No, this is not trash collected as so many of the G6 Challenges have performed in the past.
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This time, the participants also brought donations of toys and can-goods.

Also during registration,
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Drivers where required to remove their spare tire. No, Parker is not donating these to charity… we will show you, just keep reading along…

THIS CUSTOM BUILT WRAITH IS AWESOME!!! Its not a trailer queen, it is adventure ready and about to “DO WORK!”
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Parker is going over today’s notes, weather, world events, and forestry service announcements.

Since this is the RECON G6 CHALLENGE BIRTH DAY BASH – ONE YEAR CELEBRATION, Drivers came with the spirit! Here are the examples:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This guy has his own celibration action going on… Must be his trophy from that UKC Coon Hunt Championships. Blue Tick or Treeing Walker? I grew up hunting a Walker myself back in Alabama.

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Fireworks at a birthday party? hmmm, Interesting, I will have to try that one next time…

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WOW, this guy must hang out with the other fireworks dude… this is going to be interesting. He has propane too!

And they invited some of their scary friends along…
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Folks got nervous.
Because they know what happens with the “PARTY CREW” comes into town…
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They mix the alcohol..
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
With the gasoline AND more propane! GOOD GREEF!
Add some more fireworks..
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And the local straight-lacers get all nervous, on edge and chatty..

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Everyone knows the the ruff-n-tuff rowdy bunch is the working class and came to DO WORK!
BUT NO…
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They came to party as evident with the BOOM BOX blasting a 90minute Maxell Metal Cassette Tape with Down Under’s Men At Work mixed with Village People’s YMCA.
AND THEN!
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This TUFF GUY lets loose a BIG FART and everyone LAUGHS and its PARTY ON LIKE ITS 1999!!!

The tuff guys and gals…
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Take a moment for the National Anthem. Its was a duet featuring Brian Parker & Whitney Huston.

First trail challengers are off the starting block!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
On the trail, there is some opportunity to swap paint.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

No, this is not a miss-placed image…
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This is a part of the RECON G6 Challenge – Survivor Skills Section. Participants would arrive to this skill section and stop their rig, pick up a small particale of either dog or cat food and place into the slingshot and take two shots at the pie plate on the wall for bonus points. I asked Parker about the food and he said it was safe and also would add an extra element to its flight pattern as the irregular shape would curve during flight. Parker is so purposeful and thoughtful.

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Just some simple rock crossing…

Then you come upon this Trail Marker:
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Remember that part where I said you had to give your spare tire to the Timing Control Committee?
They placed the spare tires 50-clicks out by this tree:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Hmmmm, Tires with tape…

From the Wraith Goes To The Baja 1000 Blog Post.

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The first sign of solid ground..
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
was a great time to swap your spare tire back to the spare mounting position. Becuase you where about to go back to playdirt:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

This section of trial would put drivers and machine next to and into the Truckee River’s bone chilling cold waters and the edges where fringed with ICE!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Further down the river, as the trail markers would lead us, it was less about the ice and more about the obsicle cut into the section of river:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Here we have a step-by-step demonstration:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And that my friends is how the Ultimate Wraith Explorer finesses through a visually challenging but minor obsticle as he was the first driver through this section of trail. Once the trail gets cut then, the following participants have a little bit of an atvantage with a trail to follow.

Here is another decked-out rig!
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I love how everyone is setting their Wraith’s up for Overland Adventures!!!

There was this sink hole to be traversed:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This is about the time that you wished you had installed that turbo diesel.

The big block Ford said he didn’t need a stinking turbo!
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And the BB-Ford played the roal of good trail samaritan by pulling out the little Suzuki Samuri.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
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The amount of wood that woodchucks would chuck on a given day varies greatly with the individual woodchuck. According to a Wall Street Journal article, New York State wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equal to 700 pounds.
Some say it depends on three factors:
The woodchuck’s desire to chuck said wood.
The woodchuck’s need to chuck the aforementioned wood.
The woodchuck’s ability to chuck the wood when it is a woodchuck
Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_wood_would_a_woodchuck_chuck_if_a_woodchuck_could_chuck_wood
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But this is all work of mister Truckee Beaver. So what is the difference between the beaver and woodchuck? Funny you may wonder: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081013112042AAIltL1

The beavers seem to be industrious by the looks of these woodchip piles:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
These girls where making there way down to the riverbed section with ease in a very popular JEEP!

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
A couple of more inches and this rig will appear to be full size! This rig is just driving by and teasing all the street-limited full-size rigs…

This trail marker presented a nice little hidden gem challenge for the rigs. This SCX10 Axle-based tubber had its fair share of orchestrating a doable line.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This rather stock SCX10 Honcho seemed to have the magic with a little less orchestra. Maybe it was just a good ol’ bango and juice harp. This is the perfect example of why the RECON G6 Challenge is so awesome – its awesome because it does not matter how much money you have or the lack there of because it was spent on modified you rig.

Driving, the art thereof, can not be compinsated for with mechanical modifications. There are the basic modification that yeild additional reliabilty and then there are the USDA mods that most red blooded Americans o-so-crave and those actually require more ART and TALENT to drive! Build, tinker, modify all you want and you and your dog “Enzo” can watch TV on the Art of Racing in the Rain and its not going to actually make you a better driver. Time on the steering wheel is real time on the steering wheel. That is the real value! And do your PM’s! [Preventative Maintinance].

Speaking of the “Art of Driving” here is a collection of 1:1 rigs:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Cool vintage Poison Spyder sticker!
And he had this little sticker:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
My measly little 3FE power 80-Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

Back to the action and the action was thick in these cumbersome boulders:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Here is some mid-field aftermath:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

This is where the birthday cake WAS:
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It still presented an obsticle.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
There where a couple of sizable rocks that where planted in the cake:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Sticky or slicky?

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And then you have technical obsticles that require serious concentration and observation of all four wheels.

And then..

You overservation is jepordised.
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Here the driver comes into a trail maker and is indicated to take one of the bandana’s.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Wrap it over your eyes.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
YES! WRAP IT OVER YOUR EYES!

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Then your trail buddy hands you your radio and he is now your true co-pilot! Or better yet, he really is the pilot and now you are just a monkey at the wheel.
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Opps, back up… little more to the right!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
BINGO!!! Just a walk in the park – PARKERS PARK!!!

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Poor guy was sick as a dawg, monkey on his head, bandana over his eyes and and I bet that sounded like Santana’s Soul Sacrafice at the 1969 Woodstock. The sacrafice of health for a RECON G6 tells you everything you need to know… A: G6 = FUN! B: G6 = Healthy Vitamin C: Yea, I dropped another Soundtrack Insert on you.
Answer: A, B and C are all CORRECT!

More co-driver assistance:
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The Michelin ZXL
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
It’s not just an ordinary tire… It is a tire to dream and desire about.. about six of them, four on the ground and two hung on a special rear tire carrier! That is my dream… But, here at the RECON G6 its just a tire in the dirt, an obsticle to drive over…
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Every event needs a little mud:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Here sat Rodney Wills, Marketing Director of Axial, high up on the hillside to observe the festivities.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And here sat the company issue media chase Hummer, stuck on the bottom of the hill. Some folks tried to help pull the rig to the hilltop, but it was not manditory, just a friendly favor.

From the media observation deck was an awesome view of the hillside climbdance:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Another rig doing the dance:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Another rig scrambling:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Notice on the upper left of the rig you will see my tent meaning this rig put me at risk!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Down by the river…
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presented another hill climb.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Another hill section:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Drivers out on the trail:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
The look on here face was priceless as she was trying so hard to get the rig up the hill and it suddenly took a turn to the left on her.

OUT ON THE TRAIL:
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After a quick splash of fuel, Team Swanson dropped into this gnarly rock garden that ran alongside a cliff that was a rather long drop if all went ooops. It required total attention or three lengths of tow-straps, most drivers only carry one:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This must be a righthand drive EU import of an American vehicle. Why? Becauase that is a 10-gallon yellow cooler in the passenger seat. He must have a little hose hook up to it to keep hydrated. And with that much liqued flowing through he is either taking a lot of 10-100 pitstops or using the Baja style external catheter
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
More trail action as I came across this rig that looked much like a prerunner, but worked really well in the rocks!

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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
As the day ends, rigs looked as though they got a good workout!

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Everyone gathered for the closing ceremonies.

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To aviod attention I stepped back.

What is that..
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In that big burly Carhatt jacket…

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The Axial EXO Terra Buggy makes its first public appearance at the BDAY Bash!

So its dark:30, it’s closing ceremony, fingers, ears, noes and toes freezing cold, Parker pouncing out names, prizes flowing and all had a great day and a great closer to the great year for the RECON G6 Challenge events! We all say our goodby’s and safe travels, happy holidays and all that good stuff and I put the ADV80 in the wind with my Jack Sparrow compass sent on homeward bound with a couple of side-trips in route.

I hate going to the same place twice unless overall conditions are different. I did the Davis Creek Campground last night and I had intentions on doing some scout-inspection of the Ridgcrest area of the California desert.
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
So I hit the road..

Mammoth area:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

On down HWY 395 I cut off at Toms Place and wanted to see what was up there and came upon another mountain road that lead up the mountain:
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And to what seemed like a nice size lake:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
At this point I decided to head back down and save this road and adventure for another day.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Doing a little window looking – its late – they are closed… I bet its a great place to eat. Wishful thinking.

Back on the road:
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Leaving Sparks, NV after the event put me just North of Bishop, Ca around 10:00PM and I was tired. I pulled off on a little side dirt roads to find a tent pitchable location.

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I found a big powerline dirt road that traversed the mountain side to Bishop. Found a little cutoff road from there that lead me to a dead-end into a hillside with a 100ft dropoff. 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 with closer inspection to the trail-marker and noted that is was a hiking trail called Tungsten Peak Trailhead and deemed this the 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!

Get the Jetboil PCS stove going!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
DING DING – Dinner is searved! Boiling some more water for some hot tea!

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
After dinner I set the camera up for a little night shot, or two:
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//////////////// DAY-3
The next morning I was expecting the sun to come blazing into my tent but due to being nestled back into a little canyon of sort, the ridge was blocking the direct sunlight.
Moring View from the tent
This is the view from the tent window.

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 the surroundings under the early light of day:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Today, 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 RECON G6 Challenge, but that does not mean that I don’t wish to participate. 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.

It’s still chilly in the shadows of the ridge as we set off to see what we can see:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I’ve had these gloves for a long time as I bought them to shoot photos during my trip to Rally Great Britian in 2001. It was raining and COLD and these gloves proved CHAMPION! A desert motorcyle 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 and listen.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

Finally!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Direct SUNLIGHT!

That means I can pause for a break, loose a layer and grab some super-nutrition!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
POP TARTS! I’m known for eating “cardboard” as my buddy ScottG calls them, you know granolia 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:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And upward we go!

I keep looking back:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
As my 1:1 rig and camp get smaller and smaller.

The trail ahead of me gets more technical:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
We press on.. We as in me and my trusty SCX10…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

The SCX10 Trail Honcho just plain and simply works..
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
It gets a bit hairy in sections and my mind wonders as to just how far will the SCX10 Honcho go?

Just staying calm, searching out the lines and being patient is half the battle.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

BUT sometimes….
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
You reach that spot…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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 it several times. I was trying to stay scale and then went full KOH-mode, I was simply at the limit of the truck and or the end of my talent.

Yes, I could have used a winch as this point. Its sitting on the work bench back at the office. I contemplate if the Wraith would have made it through this section. But this was it for the SCX10. 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.

So, this is where I pack it up:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Literally. I put the SCX10 on my backpack. BUT, I wish to continue this little adventure for scouting purpose as the terrain shows signs of a promising valley ahead. I look back to take a moment to see what has been concurred this far! I was proud of my little feat.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And the ahead… I WAS SO CLOSE TO MAKING IT!!!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
As I progress on my hike with the SCX10 on my back, I can see the valley ahead.
Again, I was so close! My heart was torn by the the beauty and the ferocious gagged rock.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Very strange – very cool rock formations to be seen up here.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I finally reach the little valley.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This area looks like an XR10 Playground Paradise!

I go out to the edge of this little valley, and see that it overlooks my camp area below:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

After a bit of exploring this little valley, I see that the trails continues on up the next ledge and so I follow:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This only reveals more peaks and another large peak/ridge barely poking up in the background. Curiosity draws me forth…

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Look closely on the back ridge and slightly left of center and 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:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
The below photo is an 180° view from the above photo, looking out across HWY395.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
What a spectacular view as well!

There are just amazing sights of wild rock formations:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I call it the lean-to UFO crash rock shelter. You just wonder how these rocks got into these shapes and positions.

As any good photographer would do, a self portrait in action. For scale purposes only:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
One foot in front of the other, taking your time, slow and steady and it will get you there.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I think I am about to make a little summit on the Tungsten Peak Trail!

AND YES!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I make the peak! And find more interesting views and formations.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

And looky-looky, I’ve “Russled” my second geocache:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I place a Axial sticker on the container, place an Axial sticker sheet inside and sign the register.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Yea, it was windy and cold on top!

Like all mountain peak pursuits, the top is only the half way point.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
The decent down is all ahead of me now.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
WOW, my truck, of which can not be seen at this point, IS WAY DOWN THERE!

It’s comforting…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
To see my 1:1 rig again. Yet, it is still way down there.

I’m back to the little valley.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Time for a break.

I see lines… I see driving lines…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
And oddity of rock formation.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Dropping back into the final canyon.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I call this the handrail chute. This was the area that put an end to my SCX10
Tungsten Peak Challenge.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
My ADV80 is in view once again.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
I think there is a super hero sleeping in these rocks.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
This concludes my solo hike SCX10 adventure.

I take a moment…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
To see my whole camp in the sunlight, the ridge I just came down, I contemplate coming back with maybe a small group of us to run our rigs in the valley just above.

I think about that big peak that was across from the peak I had climbed and know that I am not ready for a big backpacking trip. You know, like Mt Whitney.

But we all have to dream!HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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…
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
My view is constant of the Sierra’s massive ridge. There is the PCT Trail that runs the length of it, actually it runs the length of California and beyond. Yea, dreams are what keeps us driven.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
So I make it to the Ridgecrest / Jawbone area.
Dirt Diggers Camp Road HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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.

I climb back in the rig and back onto the tarmac for the final journey home.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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…

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
The fastest AFFORDABLE way to cover a lot of ground in the desert is on two wheels.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
The sun is going down fast. At arms length – four fingers is aprox 1-hour / each finger 15-minutes. See page 53 of the Backpacker’s Guide.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Through the Cajon Pass and the sun is filtered with clouds making for awesome lighting.

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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 it is the ocean view. We do get snow on it and it is in Orange County, California. It’s my little quick adventure spot; be it afoot, 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!

Tungsten Peak Trailhead HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
- rodney wills / AXIAL

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
When it comes to adventure crawling, RECON Crawlers is the banner organization that everyone who has heard of a G6 Challenge™ wishes to participate under. The Axial SCX10 chassis is the adventurer’s choice as it has the mechanical reliability worth spending hundreds of hours on. All this time is spent to make dream rigs come to reality in 1/10th fashion and at 1/10th the price and this is also what makes the Axial SCX10 the perfect platform as there are numerous directions and choices to build from this “blank canvas”. For those of you who are contemplating getting into R/C, never mind the scale size, the fun of a G6 Challenge is a FULL SIZE ADVENTURE!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

The participants, organizers and national media alike where highly anticipating the results of giving ample time and attention for the SCX10 G6 Challenge™ alongside the premier 2.2-comp crawler competition. The weekend did not disappoint and showed everyone that things are changing and fast!
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
It only took one look at the drivers impound of vehicles to see what we all came for!

Under the trail guidance of Brian Parker, Axial’s very own team driver and tour guide director of the Recon Crawlers, Parker and crew unleashed a trail-system for the evenings event that everyone was looking forward. The first stage of the event would take drivers on an adventure, while starting at dusk, this would be the first taste of driving into the NIGHT! Lights all a glow, this was only preparation for Saturday nights Stage 2 as it was to be experienced entirely under the stars of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Looking down the dragstrip of the G6 Compound.

John Halman @ AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is John on the throttle like Paquin Vs Silver Bullet www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVEH7AoEnw&feature=related

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Does anyone remember that cartoon of Goofy in the episode “Motor Mania“?
Meet Mr. John “Walker-Wheeler” Halman
JOHN – WE LOVE YOU MAN! All in good fun for the good of the children!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Stage Marker #05 was a terror for many!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Hi yall!!! Watcha’doin’down there?

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Bender Bending Light!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Yea, you’ve seen a lot of photos of this rig already.. He’s they boss man! But did you even notice the tires on this rig!?!?!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


The Subaru turbo-piping was getting too hot and the exhaust was falling down onto the driveshaft. The Twins-Turbo Inconel Manifold is on order for the 675hp four cylinder engine.


Still waiting for that air shipment.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Notice the yellow tape holding the orange marker… dually noted!


The power of BRAAAAAAAP!!!


CH-47 Chinook has delivered the goods and “Scooby-10″ is back in the adventure hunt!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
I heard the factory backed Subaru powered SCX10 rolling through the hills with turbo anti-lag popping and hissing and just as the “Scooby-10″ rounded the corner we knew he had overcooked brakes as he was traveling at R6 speed, but the corner was a R3 and down the hill he rolled with his best impersonation of Travis Pastrana at Colorado Cog Rally in 2005

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Engine stayed lit and seemed to have a little traction as it was slightly afloat but the cab was about to run out of air and started sinking fast and the current of the river started pulling the rig toward the deep end of the pool.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
This was a situation of situations… I’m media, I just watch with my finger pinned in dis-belief! snap snap snap!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
MOTOR DRIVE ON SNAP SNAP SNAP MODE.


And back on course with the help of a bunch of enthusiastic fans!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave - AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
This is my Axial SCX10 being driven by Matt of Car Action Magazine in his very first G6 Challenge. My truck is BEAST!!! One day I will start a blog about it as it has endured much and seen a many… stock as can be and driven with no remorse!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
WOW! There was a lot of airplane traffic at this time of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Backyard Boyz Night Light

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Myself and the Backyard Boyz waited for at least a half hour for this moment as it was rumored that there were a couple more rigs out on course. The Backyard Boyz had been cheering on drivers and lending winch-point assistance as this nasty ledge was becoming a full size grizzly cave. The following photos capture the event as it unfolds into one of the coolest recover-progression-assistance moments here at “Grizzly Cave.”


First attempt at winching up is underway.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Too much overhang for the Adventure Van to sneak a wheel over.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
So, assistance was made as a Rubicon rolled up and let the Adventure Van drive up onto the JK’s wheel and Poison Spyder fender while using the ledge to plant the left wheel of the van on the rock for a makeshift v-crack ascent. Or at least that was the idea.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Any owner of an Adventure Van has to be a baller, so throwing said vehicle to the rocks is only going to give this rig a lot of character and a great story to tell back at the campfire! Replacing factory glass and mirrors is optional.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is the Adventure Van putting tonnage on sliders and relying heavily on a little cable as it teeter-totters up over Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Just a yelp and a big gasp for air exiting from the drivers window.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
VICTORY at Stage Marker #72 Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Adventure Van returning the assistance favor to Team Rubicon.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
The ADV-Van was poppin’ wheelies as it attempted to snatch the Rubi’ up Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Try it again – faster this time, but same results. Head scratch and kick tire moment…

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
With all the onlooking assistance from the Backyard Boyz, the only solution was to back the ADV Van up and winch the front of the Rubicon up enough to get the tires onto the lip of Grizzly Cave and then STEP ON IT!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
STEP ON IT – the Adventure Van did and got the Rubicon team up the ledge.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Full extraction and party on!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Cut Through Road at Cisco Snowbanks


My flash gives a moment of light as the adventure van of Tony Phalen rocks on through the night.


Luckily no one moved or turned off the spotlight I put on the back of the RV as this is how I found my way back. I was out on the trail until the last drivers had came by and I was doing a couple of campsite visits. I followed the trail back, but with no rigs and drivers out on course with all their lights on, it was DARK!

Brian Parker AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Brian Parker mad grillin’ late into the late of night awaiting drivers to complete stage 1 of what was an AWESOME adventure!

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AXIAL PRESENTS R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge Joker’s Wild 2011

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Words & Images: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau

R.E.C.O.N. Crawlers held their latest installment of the G6 Challenge at Cisco Grove Camp Ground this past July 30th. Since invigorating the scale scene with the G6, Brian Parker has been continually perfecting the formula for fun. This one was not to disappoint. Even at the event Mr. Parker was still dreaming of ways to make future events even better. Does this guy ever sleep?

When the daylight finally arrived, drivers were greeted with 3 stages totaling 275 trail markers to navigate. Brian’s goadl was to stop the trend of sprinting through the stages. He wanted drivers to slow down and enjoy the experience of the challenge. This was achieved several ways. One way was through no passing zones. Drivers could not pass unless a vehicle was disabled. Another way was by setting an ‘average stage time’. Drivers that went under the time received 3 minute penalties for each minute under and 1 minute penalties for each minute over. On the shorter 50 marker stages, drivers were slowed down by either the slippery river rocks or hiking a steep unmolested grade. On the 175 marker stage, there was simply no way to sprint unless you were an Olympic Marathoner.

This event got its name because each driver was dealt a poker hand. Drivers received two cards at registration and one card after completing each stage. Winner of the Poker Run Challenge scored a cool $100. As usual, there were time bonuses given for special skills sections. Skill sections at the Joker’s Wild included a boat recovery zone, log pull, sled pull, and driver marksmanship challenge. Both rigs and their drivers would need a full gas tank if they were to complete this challenge.

Brian Parker discusses Joker’s Wild and future G6es late into the night. I finally turned in around 2 a.m. I don’t think he slept.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Drivers were up early for the 8 a.m. tech. Lots of drivers showed up, over 50 preregistered.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
It was all smiles at the registration tent.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Rigs lined up and waited for the signal to start.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
And………They’re off!

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
BigJoeDuckSlayer told me he’d give me $50 if I used a pic of his Wraith, so here it is.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Enter this culvert at your own risk because…

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
…lots of gnats and mosquitos waited for you at the other end.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
A ‘jungle’ section of the 175 marker course

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
G6 Vet, BrokenNib traverses a stream

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
My stage buddy, DragonTurbo3 finds himself on the lonely ‘Hell’s Highway’ where temps reached into upper 90s.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Not a stage buddy, more of a trail buddy.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
After 175 markers, driver’s had to test their marksmanship with this airsoft rifle; sharpshooters earned time bonuses.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
The river was down, so drivers got to sample the slick rock. Water makes beautiful artwork out of this stone.


Hottie with a Wraith.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
She had tons of scale accessories including a look-alike Barbie in the driver’s seat.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
What’s that website on her laptop?

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
DanW had some issues with his rig. I think this may have been a blown radiator hose.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
A boat waits in the ‘recovery zone’ to be retrieved.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
A dip in the creek before heading down Hell’s Highway.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Some 1.9s struggled with this sand pile, but the Wraiths didn’t seem to have any issues.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Trail Marker #134!!! Don’t think you’re getting close. You still have 41-Trail Markers to go.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Cole Bailey winds his Axial Samurai Stage Assassin through G6 Central. He stopped for a soda and a smile.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Ascot wearing ChasinBaja was envious of this Land Rover.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
Trail Marker #163, getting closer.

The success of this event was evident by several sightings. The first was that almost 50 drivers drove over 60 miles to get to the event and many brought their families to watch and camp out. The second was all smiles and friendly chatter on the trails. I heard drivers giving advice on good lines to take and saw several drivers stop to help out fellow drivers who were broken or out of gas. The third was when a couple families walked all the way over from their campsites to see what all the trail markers were about. Judging by facial expression after their children saw the trucks running the G6 Challenge, I think I know what they will be asking for at Christmas. If you have not participated in a Parker run R.E.C.O.N. G6, it’s time you got yourself an SCX10 and did so. You will not regret it.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
3rd Place – James Skiles

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
2nd Place – Sam Trujillo

RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
1st Place – Justin Halbohm

Finishing prize winners. Prizes donated from RCCountry, Bruce Peage, Dean Hsiao, PLE Engineering, and Rock Armor
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011
RECON G6 CHALLENGE Jokers Wild 2011

Check this video the Joker’s Wild on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/eMUlNacA5II

Dork Vader video from Jokers Wild:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3217578&postcount=303

Brian Parker gives us a write-up about a husband & wife “G6 First Timers” with 1-Wraith:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3218088&postcount=310

Jokers Wild Official Thread on RCcrawler.com:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325622

2010 Axial West Coast Championship Series

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It’s that time of year again for the Axial West Coast Championship Series!

Crawl with the best, learn from the best, and have fun with your family! The top 10 Qualifiers will automatically receive an invitation to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA.

This year, we are making all of our comps more family and spectator friendly. We’ve added more prizes, give-aways, demo rigs, display and sale booths. Not only that, we will be having 4 different classes to compete in including shafty, sportsman and M.O.A.

Our first comp starts Jan. 23rd at Lake Wohlford, Escondido, CA.

Google Map Links for each comp (we’ll update these as we go along):

Farmington, NM

St. George, UT

Long Beach, WA

Lake Amador, CA

Cisco Grove, CA

Here are some series details (courtesy of the very awesome, Brian Parker):

Classes:

1.) 2.2 Sport Class: no dig

These drivers are just a step below Pro. In order to enter your rig under the 2.2 Sport Class, you must be competing with no dig and your crawler must be a Shafty. This class is for competitors that are new to the sport and also people that want to test their skills and compete with others with no dig.

2.) 2.2 Pro Class: M.O.A and Shafty

This year, we have added a sub-class to the 2.2 Pro Class: the 2.2 Pro Shafty Class. If you are a pro driver and drive a shaft driven crawler, this sub-class was added just for you. You still compete for the 2.2 Pro overall title, but the 3 best Shafty finishers will receive 2.2 Pro Shafty awards. If you do not have a Shafty, then you will compete under the M.O.A class.

3.) Rock Candy Sport Class: No Dig and must be a Shafty.

The highest overall sport woman driver will receive an award.

4.) Rock Candy Pro Class: For the pro women. Shafty or M.O.A. crawler.

The highest over all pro woman driver will receive an award.

RULES:

1.)    In the 2.2 Pro you can only sign-up for either Shafty or M.O.A.
2.)    For the 2.2 Pro class, there will be 3 winners: Overall winner for Shafty, M.O.A, and overall winner. If you win with a Shafty or M.O.A and are the overall winner, you can win 2 awards.
3.)    These qualifier comps are family and spectator friendly. We encourage our competitors and onlookers to be courteous by throwing away their trash and to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during the event as children are around.
4.)    Food will not be provided to the competitors. We strongly suggest bring a packed lunch.
5.)    Please be on time! Tech rigs start at7:30 a.m. and the drivers’ meeting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, the comp starts at 9:15 a.m. We all know that time passes fast when you’re having fun, so please be on time so that all the competitors/drivers are able to get to and finish each course in a timely manner.
6.)    There is a limit of 60 drivers per qualifier event and 80 for the L.C.Q. and AWCC finals
7.)    Entry fee for each qualifier comp is $25 and the fee for the AWCC finals is $50
8.)    You can pre-register at www.reconcrawlers.com, but can also sign-up the day of the event as well. Due to the 60 driver limit for qualifiers and the 80 driver limit for the finals and LCQ, pre-registration will guarantee you a spot at any of the events while signing up that day won’t always guarantee that you get in.
9.)    The top overall 10 qualifiers from the 2.2 Pro Class will have an automatic invite to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA. Top 10 sport drivers will receive an invite, and the highest placing Rock Candy Pro finisher and the highest placing Rock Candy sports class receives an invite. If for some reason, there is no Shafty in the top ten, then the top finishing Shafty driver gets an invite.
Please note: For those drivers that earn an invite, the remaining balance of the AWCC entry fee is due. For example, when the Championship registration is opened and you confirm your attendance, you pay the remaining balance of $25. This is due after you earn your invite. If you competed in any of the 5 Qualifiers and did not earn an invite, there is no LCQ entry fee required, but space may be limited due to the fact that the LCQ will be open to drivers that did not compete in a Qualifier. After registration opens up for all other drivers that haven’t attended any of the qualifiers, it will then open up for Drivers who attended a Qualifier for the AWCC Finals.
10.) At every qualifier, there will be an AXIAL Scale Trail run set up for everyone with a scaler. There will be demo’s hosted by local area hobby shops of all the latest and greatest AXIAL products, such as the new “Honcho”. If that’s not enough, there will be finishing prizes for all competitors at the Finals! What this means is, wherever a driver finishes, the driver will receive a prize.

ITINERARY:

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. tech rigs

8:30 am – 8:45 am judges meeting.

9:00 a.m.: Drivers’ meeting

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Comp

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Announcement of winners, photos, and awards given.

We are definitely excited for this first comp. make sure to sign-up early at the Recon Crawlers Website to ensure that you get in. See you there!