RECON G6 The Wild Turkey

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RECON G6 Challenge Presents
The Wild Turkey G6
November 9, 2013
Sugar Pine Reservoir, Forest Hill, California

I am a little spoiled. RECON G6 founder, Parker, is my neighbor. He lives less than five miles from my house, and therefore I have been lucky enough to attend RECON G6 events monthly for over two years. That changed when Parker took the RECON G6 international. There have been fewer local events and I was forced to travel to Canada and Missouri to get my RECON G6 fix. That was over 5,000 miles round trip! Luckily, there are three consecutive RECON G6 events near me. The first one you probably read about in my previous blog, the Paranormal Scale Activities G6.

This one was called the Wild Turkey G6. I was extra excited to attend this one. It was in a new location, and I always love the spots Parker finds for his RECON G6 events. I loaded up the G Rides, grabbed SkeenoJr-etta, programmed my GPS, and headed towards Sugar Pine Reservoir to get our RECON G6 fix.

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One the way, we passed Auburn Ravine; home of California’s tallest bridge, 730 feet.  You may remember this bridge from the movie XXX.

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Skeeno Jr-etta and I had to stop and walk across. That’s a long ways down there. Too bad I forgot my B.A.S.E. jumping equipment.

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We saw this sign just past Foresthill and knew we must be getting close. Parker Flat? That has to be an omen, right?

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Yup, there’s the place we were looking for.  I wasn’t quite sure if this was the right spot.  Was it at the boat ramp?

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We headed over to the boat ramp to see if we saw anyone familiar looking.

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We didn’t really see anything over there, so we turned around and looked on the other side.

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Skeeno Jr-etta spotted Red Rocket. It’s hard to miss with bright red paint and stickers galore.

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We hopped out and had a look around. Red Rocket had some old school comp cones on her rail. I wonder what those are for?

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The first people I spotted were Rivas Concepts and Mr. Pham discussing the new SCX10 Jeep Wranger G6 Edition. Pham was bragging about being one of the first to get one. You can follow his build here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/469084-phams-nissan_driver24-axial-scx-10-jeep-wrangler-g6-kit-build.html

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I walked down to the water to see if I could find Parker. He was nowhere to be found, which meant he was probably out hiding trail treasures. It still gave me a chance to scope out the lake. I wonder what those pink ribbons are for?

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I saw these boys having a rock skipping contest. Who doesn’t like skipping rocks? And on a glassy surface; I bet I could get 10 skips. What’s your rock skipping record?

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I saw some fishers down there. They would be in for a treat when the fun began.

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Fishing looked pretty good.  This guy already had four Rainbow Trout on his line.

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I cruised back up to the parking lot to check out the action. This guy was wisely doing some last minute checks to make sure he was trail ready.

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I always like to see what new rigs and accessories are out there. I spotted this cool Jeep. It had tons of scale items.

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I see a fishing pole, cooler, firewood, and a Rubik’s Cube. What did I miss?

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Oh, that’s right. This Jeep had a SWEET Jack in the Box Jack Ball on its antenna. Coolest scale item I’ve seen lately.

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This cool Jeep had a functioning hood and an all metal body. It also rocked rear steer.

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Dan W was quick to whip out his latest project, the Mustang Wraith. He’s building this for the  RECON Terra Cross (RT-X) at next year’s Axialfest. You better start getting ready, yourself. It sneaks up on you.

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I’m a sucker for Overland vehicles. I loved this 6×6 with the overhead camper. The awning and lawn chairs really made this thing.

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I’m not sure, but I think those aliens are related to the one that drives Skeeno Jr-etta’s Wraith, Mr.Gee-Six.

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Soon, it was time to gather for the driver’s meeting. There were lots of families in attendance.

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That’s the great part of G6ing, everyone can do it.

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Before the Nation Anthem, the winners of the Rivas Concepts Show and Shine were announced. Propane won with his RECON Ready Chevy S10. This thing was winched front and rear. No getting stuck for him.

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But the thing that really won me over was his custom American flag seat cover. That’s a great touch.

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Mr. Shane Krause of Big Yeti Fabrication won with his sweet 6×6. I really liked the alien/military theme with the nuclear bomb on the back.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was eager to get started. She was prepared with a CamelBak of water and her Fast Eddy Bearings Score Card.

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Finally, to Skeeno Jr-etta’s relief, the National Anthem was played and we all got ready to, Light our Lipos.

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Boom! The G Train is off!

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The first part of the trail was a smooth walking path. It kinda reminded me of the Canada G6, but with lots of pine needles. If you didn’t see the Canada G6 report, check it out here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073906545

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The trail opened up to the water. That’s where I saw what the pink ribbon was for.

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Mandatory mud section. Don’t be shy, get in there.

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Not bad, but I think you can do better.

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That’s better. Get some, Pham!

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Wow, easy buddy. You’re getting a little to much.

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The Blue Bastard isn’t afraid to sling a little mud.

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And Mr. BrokenNib isn’t afraid to wear the mud.

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After the mud, the trail dried out a bit. Here’s a Jeep traction testing on some rocks.

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Flipping over isn’t uncommon at a G6, but there’s no HOGing. (That’s Hand Of God) You can’t touch your kit to turn it over, gotta use a strap or winch.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was ecstatic to be able to do some helping. She’s used to being helped.

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These guys brought their parents to cheer them on.

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Elio’s Home Depot Rental made quick work of most obstacles. Don’t worry, he told me he bought the optional insurance just in case he had any mishaps.

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Dan W. had to stop to repair a steering link twice. The second time he put down his purse, so he could tighten it like a man.

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Here’s the Home Depot Rental lending a hand up this slippery pine needle covered hill.

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The Pride of Guam walking the log on TM34.

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Don’t forget to stamp or hole punch your Fast Eddy Bearings score card if you see one.

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Watch your head as you go under this fell tree.

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This little man could drive. He was impressive behind the wheel.

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Super Duty coming through.

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Awww yeahhhh, Unimog! I loves me some Unimog.

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Party train. Lots of G6ers drive in groups to help each other out. It also part of the social aspect of G6ing. Hanging with friends and making new friends.

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This ground wanted to be muddy, but was more spongy. Weird feeling under your feet. I kept waiting to fall through and go knee deep.

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You don’t have to worry about breaking through the mud when you only weigh 50 lbs.

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Oh boy, Blue Bastard found some more mud.

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Whoopsies. Looks like BrokenNib will be getting his feet wet.

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Family time in the back forty.

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That water looks a little red.

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Yup, some fine red dirt to play in.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was trucking along quite well when I ran into her.

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I must have made her nervous, because she picked an odd line at the red water hole.

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The Ridgecrest makes a great first timer/youngster G Ride. I can’t wait to see what the Deadbolt can do on a G6 trail. Here you can see red polish on her toes.

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This JK led the way for the green Jeep. I think it was a Wrexo, but didn’t get a chance to look.

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This Toyota Hilux had some sweet tube work, plus is was piloted by the beautiful Ms. Chelsea.

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There’s Ms. Chelsea with the Roughneck Scalers Crew.

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This guy was having so much fun he blew a bead. Good thing he had a spare.

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The cool part of the G6 is it’s choose your own adventure style. You can make it as easy or hard or long or short as you want. The Jack Ball Jeep added extra drive time to his run by driving over everything that struck his fancy. He didn’t pick any easy lines.

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The final ascent before finishing was a little taxing.

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No worries though, everyone was smiling on the way up.

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I watched this little man deftly pilot his Dingo in the Turkey Challenge area. Drivers with the fastest times won a turkey.

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I just though the hood on this Honcho was interesting.

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I guess Skeeno Jr-etta couldn’t get enough. She took out the Blog JK after she finished with her Wraith. I think she was practicing 1.9 in hopes of getting the sweet new RECON G6 Wrangler. She already told me she wants to paint it blue and add blue bead locks. Did you order yours yet?

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After the drivers came in, Parker had some announcements.

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These guys won the Turkey Challenge. Thanks to VP for bringing the turkeys.

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Speaking of VP, I think they have the first custom part for the RECON G6 Wrangler, an aluminum 4 link mount.  Here’s the prototype.

Winners, winners, turkey dinners…..

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The RECON Wild Turkey G6 was just enough to get me through to the next RECON G6 event coming in December. You better mark your calendars for December 7. That’s when the third annual RECON G6 Birthday Bash will be held at Wingfield Park in Reno, NV. Don’t miss it. It’s always a great one. Look for details here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/

You can also read about the first RECON G6 Birthday Bash here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/9103

and the RECON G6 Birthday Bash II here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073902143

RECON G6 Paranormal Scale Activity

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RECON G6 Presents
Paranormal Scale Activity
Haunted Rock Park, Sparks, Nevada
October 19, 2013

This was the third year that the RECON G6 held an event at Rock Park. Each October in conjunction with the Halloween spirit, the RECON Crew hosts a spooky event to entertain their loyal followers. This year the theme was the paranormal as the title implies.  Many eager G6ers came out to experience chilling fun.

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Jesse, aka Fliptout808, is the newest member of the RECON G6 crew. He handled the check in.

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Broken Clothing came and hung out to support the G6ers.

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Some Axialfest attendees represented with their Axialfest Banners and window stickers.

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Since there was paranormal activity reported, the Ghost Busters showed up, who else you gonna call?

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This apparition was pretty for a ghost. From the skull, I deduced that she was once on a pirate ship. She haunted this JK.

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Alright, enough talking and gawking. Let’s get this drivers’ meeting going.

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A ghost must have stolen Parker’s voice, because I have never heard him this quiet; even after Axialfest. He enlisted the help of Erik O’bien, aka Tree, to relay the rules and his message of fun.

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Of course no G6 can begin until the National Anthem is played.

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The first Trail Marker was through the mud pit. It’s better to get the dirty part with over quickly.

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Most rigs took the first pass in the mud a little daintily.

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These guys were happy to get in a little Truckee water to wash off the mud.

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Because the RECON G6 is so much fun, lots of families come out and run as a group. Here the Meeks clan begins their day.

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There were several pink kits on course, most of them driven by females. We love to see the ladies at the RECON G6.

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This guy’s smiling because he knows that finishing a RECON G6 is like winning a RECON G6. Here he is just taking a minute to readjust his beadlocks.

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I know these guys are RECON G6 vets because the one on the right is wearing his G6 Certified shirt.  Look at his smile.  That’s why he came back.

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Tree roots are like stairs.

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If you see a stamp on a RECON G6 trail, stop and stamp your log book.

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This pipe was easy if you were the first few kits through.  It got a little dug out and became tricky quickly.

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Not only was the pipe tricky, but so was the footing.  The ground was a little steep and this unlucky fellow took a face dive into the Truckee.

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Luckily, Tree was there to lend a hand to his fellow G6er.

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I see another one of those pink kits back there.

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Ahh, spider! Wait a minute; that’s a fake spider. If you see suspicious things like this at a RECON G6, pick it up and drive it back to G Central. You get a little bonus for it.

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Team Scuba tried not to get fully submerged this time.

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TM79 was the turnaround point.

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Back a G Central, drivers got to do a little hopscotch.

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They also got to tackle the Bautista Terror.

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Drivers did 2 laps, so another pass through the mud pit was necessary.

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Not a Conga line, but still more fun.

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The Hobbit section was tight going, but by the second lap, the G Trail had been cut in nicely.

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The trees around Reno were starting to turn a pretty orange for fall.

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Pooped Parker chilled by the pit while Anthony, aka Rivas Concepts, did work.

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Those lights tell me it’s time for the night stage.

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This pink kit is ready to conquer the night.

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Pink sweatshirt, you know what that means.

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Yup, females representing.

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Uh oh, help a brother out will ya?

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Of course, helping is what the Spirit of the G is all about.

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Up the rocks…

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…and down the rocks

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Time to go Boony Bumping in the Rip Rap.

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This Wraith makes the Truckee River glow green.

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This is what it looks like before you get run over.

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Lots of fun is happening here.

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Rivas Concepts is trying to figure out where the 1.9 and 2.2 lines are.

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Night bath.

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Darkness makes water even more treacherous.

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There’s a lady doing work.

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And another.

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Another family getting in some drive time.

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The Tree Crotch of Doom.  That wire hooked a few kits.

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G Train.

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What the heck is that?

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The Glowing, Smoking Mud Pit.  Party Time!

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Like an alien crossing.

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This guy tried to jump the mud. He almost made it.

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The highlight of this little guys night was getting to drive the mud pit.

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1.9 Driver of the Day

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2.2 Driver of the Day

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Broken Clothing Driver of the Night

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Another Broken Clothing Driver of the Night

The next RECON G6 is coming to Nor Cal on November 9.  Look for details on the Wild Turkey G6 here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/

RECON G6 – The Rock Beast Blues RECAP

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RECON G6 – The Rock Beast Blues – Bloomsdale, Missouri – July 20, 2013

Presented by Pit Bull Tires and hosted by Custom Differentials
Words and Photos by Matt Soileau

Immediately after the Canadian RECON G6 was the Missouri RECON G6, aka the Rock Beast Blues. As in the following weekend!

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Before we headed out for another looooong drive in the Red Rocket, we paid homage to the Canucks with a little authentic Canadian maple syrup on our pancakes. I’m not sure why that Smucker’s garbage is on the counter.

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We also checked out of Niagara Falls before hitting the Queen Elizabeth Way back to the US. Thanks again, Average Joe’s R/C!

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Somewhere on I69, Parker pulled over to save this guy from being run over in the middle of the interstate. He was going to be our new RECON G6 mascot until he tried to pee on me.

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A pooped Parker finally succumbed to the Z-monster.  Somewhere between 2am and 3am, he had to take a little cat nap.

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After several hours on the road, and by several I mean we arrived at our destination at 6 a.m., we made it from Canada to Imperial, Missouri.  Home of the best strawberry shortcake courtesy of Mama Parker.

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Look at that smile on Anthony’s face.  This shortcake was pure heaven. After recovering for a day at Mama Parker’s palace, the RECON G-Crew was able to actually take a breath and do a little sight seeing.

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Before we headed off, we had to get an oil change since we just drove over 3,000 miles in Red Rocket.  Since Mama Parker’s husband is a celebrity at the Hyundai dealer (he has a 2011 Sonata with 415,000 miles on it!), we headed over there. We showed the power of Axial to the Hyundai dealers while we were waiting.

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Since we were close to St. Louis, we decided to take Red Rocket to see the Arch. When we pulled up, I thought I spotted a crocodile in the Mighty Mississippi.  It turned out to be a piece of driftwood.

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Unfortunately, they didn’t let Red Rocket up in the arch, but the rest of the RECON G-Crew made it up.

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Spectacular views!

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Parker even took a few shots of his own.

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Can you see Red Rocket down there?

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There she is.

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Parker dreamed of his mountain bike on the way back to Red Rocket.  We didn’t have time today, but we got the opportunity to ride Missouri later in the week.

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On the way back to Mama Parker’s Palace, we spotted the Home of the Budweiser Clydedales. Yes, we took the tour.  No one in the RECON G-Crew are big beer drinkers, but yes, we tried the free beer. We all liked the Jolly Rancher flavored Crisp Apple Wheat Ale. We don’t care if that’s not manly, we play with toys car for heaven’s sake.

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On the way home, we stopped off to workout our kits.  This is the RECON G-Crew at Mastodon State Park.  Anthony filmed for his next Rivas Concepts Video.  Check it out on YouTube: youtube.com/Rivasconcepts

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The following day, we headed over to Custom Differentials to scope out the location and do a little planning for the upcoming weekend.

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Custom Differentials is owned and operated by Jeremy Jaeger.  You may recognize him from the 2008 Top Truck Challenge where he finished first.

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Jeremy had a sweet replica of his 2008 TTC winning rig in his shop.

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Out back and all around was an axle graveyard.  See anything you need?  Give Jeremy a call.  He will set you up with whatever you need, new or used.

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Jeremy gave us a quick tour of his property and told us to have at it.  So, have at it we did as this would be the location for the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues.

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We spent quite a while looking over all the different possible driving lines as well as performing some yard maintenance.

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On the way home from Custom Differentials we decided to stop by Mark Twain Hobbies to see if they had any Axial products.

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Yup, they had every Axial kit in stock out front and even more in back.  If you need any Axial stuff, this is your place.  I can’t tell you how awesome this hobby shop was.  I’ve never seen a hobby shop this large or well stocked ever in my life.  We spent over two hours just walking around and looking at everything.

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Because the location at Custom Differentials was so awesome, Parker was relaxed and not worried about the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues for a minute.  That meant we got to break out the mountain bikes again.  This time we hit Castlewood State Park. It was like a less muddy, more humid version of Canada.

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Finally, it was time to get serious and get down to business.  Saturday was here and the Rock Beast Blues were ready to be played. RECON G-Central was ready and waiting for the RECON G6′ers on Saturday morning.  I wasn’t even worried about the mud in Missouri.  I knew these participants would have no problem with it.

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It was a multi-state event! Over 50 participants from seven states lined up at the RECON G6 Rock Beast Blues!

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The Minions were excited to get this RECON G6 going!

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Jimi Hendrix made the trip from the grave to get his RECON G6 on. Maybe he will arise again one day to play the national anthem for us?!

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Duallies seem to be more and more popular.  I spotted several of these in both Canada and Missouri.

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Of course Parker had to explain the “NO HOG” NO HAND OF GOD rule and the Fast Eddy score cards.

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The National Anthem kicks off every RECON G6.  G6ers, please remove your hats.

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Finally, the participants were off on their first RECON G6 adventure!

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This tractor tire wasn’t supposed to be difficult, but it backed up a bit.  Some drivers were here quite a while.

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Snake Canyon was a mirror and door handle collector. Kits got packed in pretty tightly here but made for a cool photo opportunity!

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A little teaser of the mud they’d be seeing along the trail.

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Axial Wraith in the Waterfalls.

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I gave a little mention of it earlier, but I really tried to block it out.  It was HOT and HUMID like I have never experienced in Nevada.  I’m sure it was at least 90* with Humidity of 80%.  I was dying, but these Midwesterners fought through it like it was normal.  I was dripping wet.

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Everyone breaks eventually.  On trail incidentals gave RECON G6′ers an excuse to take a break from the heat and get some water while they worked.

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I see muddy tires.  Must be some mud around here.

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There it is.

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These RECON G6′ers didn’t care.  Look at the smile on this guys face.

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He lost a shoe in the Missouri Muck.  I thought he was going to have to half-shoe it for the rest of the day.

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Tow straps were needed in this bog.

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Parker likes to load your tires with mud and then have to do a little hill climbing.

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Pit stop for batteries and water.

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Don’t worry, all the mud is scale deep they were told. Hahahahahahahaha! I think you chose the wrong line drivers. Just because Parker makes an obstacle in the path of the trail markers does not mean that you have to go through it to get to the trail markers…

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Up the sluice box.

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Tube rider!

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The Fast Eddy Wall of Doom!

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One last bit of Missouri Muck before finishing.

Just kidding.

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The Pull Pal Pit awaited G6ers back at G Central.

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Nelly is St. Louis local.  He loved the mud pit.

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Before finishing, drivers tried their luck at landing a balsa wood plane on the Mark Twain Hobbies banner.  They donated the planes for the airplane derby.

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Of course the Batista Terror was on hand as well as two other sleds from some locals.  Chose your sled and get some!

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Phew, finally you can exstinguish your lipos and rest. But don’t rest to long.  Stage two is coming at dusk.

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Yup, night stage time. Did you remember your LEDs?

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Since it was the Rock Beast Blues, drivers got to air play the blues before beginning.  Check out the guy jamming his air guitar at the end of the all-star band lineup! Now that guy knows how to rock!

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I think the guy picking his nose is playing the air harmonica or the juice harp.

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The first Missouri Night Stage!

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Into the wet of darkness they go!

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Uh oh, hope this is just a battery change.  Remember, finishing a RECONG G6 is like winning a RECON G6. PS: Like the Rouge Status shirt too!

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Of course there was still mud. Did you think it went home at night?

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Don’t forget to stop, breath and stamp your book.

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Fight through it.  You’re almost home.

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Even though finishing a RECON G6 is winning a RECON G6, we still had some awards for Drivers of the Day.

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Did you find anything unusual on the trail?  If you picked it up, it helped your times with bonuses. Oh hey, there’s Ms. Missouri.

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That’s not a double.  These guys were Team of the Day but they also earned their RECON G-Degree.

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This guy is going home with his very own brand new RECON G6 shirt, not one of Parkers pre-worn shirts!

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Somehow, the World Famous Harley of Harley Designs made Driver of the Day without having ankles. Amazing!

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Play that funky music Driver of the Day!

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Kahleeb was the lucky ducky!  Hahahahahaha, Parker called him Kahleeb!  Not sure how Caleb look like Kahleeb, but whatever. Congratulations, Kahleeb.

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THANK YOU PARTICIPANTS!!!

Did you think we were done?  Not even close…

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The RECON Terra Cross was the next day. It rained a bit, but nobody cared.

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It was race time.  Mixed classes makes for some fun racing and scoring.

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This concrete hill was harder to scale than it looked.

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Snowboard kicker ramp jump obstacle…  an RECON RTX staple.

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Air time!

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Go Team Purple!

Winners, winners, chicken dinners!

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If you ever get an Axial banner from Parker, you better hang it in your living room and post a pic of it on Facebook to show Parker who wears the pants in your family.

The Missouri Rock Beast Blues G6 was a TON of fun. The whole RECON G6 Summer Tour 2013 was fun.  I can’t believe I had fun driving over 5,000 miles in a truck with no A/C in the middle of Summer while getting three hours of sleep on the ground on the side of the road, but I guess completing a RECON Summer Tour is like winning a RECON Summer Tour.

If you missed this one, there will be another Mid West G Train stop at Super Lift in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, September 28.  Get your G Rides ready now and remember to bring some spares because Finishing a G6 is Winning a G6!

AND we’re still not done!

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Jeremy invited the RECON G-Crew over to check out the Nitro Circus Midwest Headquarters.  This place was sweet; zip line, rope swing, slides, diving boards, catfish, bridges, and a jump!

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Jeremy even trucked in his own sand!

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Parker couldn’t resist.  He had to jump. But his first attempt was a little weak…  Jeremy told him to pedal as fast as he could.

So…..

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Parker did with some flavor thrown in!

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After a wild two days of RECON G6 and RECON RTX, we were rewarded with some HUGE RECON T-Bones. Thanks, Mr. Stan! Now we put Red Rocket in the wind home bound!

But a rest stop is needed:

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After two weeks on the road with no A/C and some of the worst humidity I have ever felt, it was nice to sleep on the side of the road somewhere in the middle of Kansas. It was actually cool at night.

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When I say middle of nowhere.  This is what I woke up to.  See anything around us?

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I’d like to say we were done, but nope.  We still had to get back to Reno, Nevada.  The RECON G-Crew had a little stop at the Crawl Space in Colorado. Parker needed to get his driving fix in. Something about keeping his screen name refreshed…

Now we are home bound! Until next time!

Keep up with upcoming RECON events and happenings: https://www.facebook.com/RECONG6

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.

Axialfest 2012 Recap

The first annual Axialfest was held this past weekend, June 22 – 24th, in Cisco Grove, CA. This event was known in the past as the “Axial West Coast Championships”, aka AWCC. This year’s event was geared towards “scale adventure” more so than a full on “competition”. While there are many classes to run, and trophies to win, this year’s event had a little different format to it, by offering numerous scale classes to compete in. Brian Parker’s new competition format known as “G6″ is slowly taking  the country by storm. Parker and his group of Recon Crawlers set out to make this event all about driving your scale R/C truck on lengthy adventures. When I say lengthy adventures, I mean it. For example the first stage of the G6 challenge on Friday consisted of navigating 500 gates that were sporadically laid out in the woods surrounding Cisco Grove Campground, the base camp of our adventures for the weekend. These 500 gates are numbered and must be run in consecutive order. Sounds simple enough right? Well, it can be, if you can locate all the gates. Brain and his crew can be pretty creative when it comes to setting courses, and camouflaging gates. And keep in mind there are 3 stages to this G6 challenge, so 500 gates is only part of the 3 day adventure. In the end I believe some adventurists in attendance ran in excess of 1200 gates throughout the weekend. Here’s a run down from the event.

Axial base camp.

The mud pit, which would be used throughout the weekend.

 

Registration on Friday morning.

 

The Terra Cross track.

 

Competitors line up according to class for the start.

 

Brian Parker holds the driver’s meeting before releasing competitors out onto the course.

 

On to the action. A cool Crawlmaro replica made with a Wraith.

 

Brett Carlson from Bulu Productions made the trip down from Oregon to shoot a little video, as well as compete with his Wraith.

 

Driving out of a rollover will save time and penalty points if you don’t have a winch.

 

One of the challenges that had to be performed on this stage was a sled pull.

 

Here you can see the mud depth is keep scale for realism.

 

Teamwork is another key factor to making through all 500 gates. Competitors are allowed to help each other over obstacles if need be.

 

The start of day two’s Ultra Race. This was a class that required you to run the set course as fast as you can. If you are looking for a good fun cardio workout, this is the class for you.

 

The first turn was a bottle neck for the more densely populated classes.

 

Axial’s own Brandon Coonce took the holshot in his custom blue paneled Wraith.

 

Next class hits the ground running. This was the adventurist class if I remember right. This class wasn’t about speed, it was more about adventure. But, a quick start to get ahead of the competition is still a good idea until the group gets spread out on course.

 

Turn one mayhem.

 

Next class to depart for the starting area.

 

Turn one was a great vantage point again.

 

Ty Campbell from Tekin’s custom Wraith build hits the mud pit flying.

 

More turn one action.

 

Not very often you see a Gremlin sporting 54″ tires.

 

After all the classes got underway, I set out on foot with my camera to see what challenges lay ahead for our competitors. First driver I came across was my co-worker Brandon. He had a weird monstrosity strapped to the hood of his Wraith. I asked him as he went by what it was, and all I heard was something about a boat? Confused, I followed him up the trail for a bit until he hit a challenge section of the trail run. This challenge required those carrying kayaks or boats on their vehicles to launch their boats at the designated boat ramp, let the vessel float its way downstream to the designated pick-up zone, then recover your boat and load it back onto your rig before you continue on. Actually turned out to be very entertaining to watch, some boats sank in the “rapids” requiring the owner to tip toe their way out into the stream for a recovery. Here is where Brandon’s previously mentioned monstrosity/camp fabbed raft came into play. Constructed of a 2.2 Ripsaw tire, stock tire foam, Proline roof rack, Proline cooler and a little duct tape, this raft floated down the scale river like a champ!! Everyone was laughing as it floated by us.

 

A few other watercraft making their way downstream.

 

After completing a few hundred gates the trail leads the competitors back to base camp for a run through the mud pit.

 

Cupid’s set-up is looking pretty high-tech these days, he is now apparently sporting a compound bow!!

 

Meanwhile back at our campsite our XR10′s are still covered in shaving cream from the previous night’s “Rock Riot” event. It’s a long story………. click the link below the photo.

A little video of Brandon and I hitting the shaving cream pit first. Brandon had the honors of breaking trail, I am second. Listen to Parker laughing as we go through.

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Our guard dog watched over the Axial RV while we were away.

 

One of my favorite scale vehicles from the weekend.

 

A few random campsites that were set-up properly for the disco themed weekend.

 

Time for some Terra Cross action. The TC races had a little something for everyone. There were classes for the SCX10, Wraith and EXO. Each class had its own variation of the track to run. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. It was the definition of backyard racing!!

First up for the heat races were the SCX10s.

 

Next up, the Wraith class.

 

And the EXO heat races were last.

 

Winner of the SCX10 Terra Cross Race was Matt Soileau

 

Start of the Wraith finals.

 

Taking the first Wraith Terra Cross victory was Axial team driver Ryan Gerrish.

 

Start of the EXO finals

 

Steve Brown of Vanquish Products tries to get his RTR EXO out of Ty Campbell’s way. Ty was by far the fastest guy on the track.

 

After all the dust settled, Ty Campbell took the win in the EXO Terra Cross.

 

Congrats to all the winners, you guys earned it! Here are a few highlights from the awards ceremony.

 

The future of our sport.

 

The Hawaii club sent this autographed banner to the event with signatures from the Hawaii G6 thanking Axial for their support. Thanks guys!!

That wraps up the 2012 Axialfestivies. If you can find a way to attend one of these G6 events you won’t be disappointed, especially if you own a scale R/C truck. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries either, because you are going to need them.

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!



Rat Rod Formula Off Road Build

A little update on this Rat Rod FOFF build that was featured in the 100th issue of RC Driver. Now that the 100th issue has been out for a few weeks I figured it was a good time to show some detailed chassis shots. Like my last FOFF build it began life as an SCX10 Honcho. I started off by stripping the donor Honcho down to the bare frame rails. I had a certain look that I wanted to achieve with this build, which was kind of an “old school hot rod” feel. I knew that the Rat Rod body was going to be blacked out by painting it on the outside for a “flat black” look. I also knew I was going to paint the rock rings white to kind of give the wheels and tires that “white wall” look. I also knew I wanted the suspension and steering links to be colored to set them off from the rest of the build. After debating for about 3 seconds what color to go with on the links, I knew that the old school Axial green would fit the bill perfectly. Here’s a few highlights from the build process.

A few photos of the front shock towers. I moved them forward on the chassis, flipped them 180* and swapped the left and right sides to match the contour of the chassis rails. The stock frame cross member between the shock towers in these photos is for mock-up only. I ended up using the stock frame cross member that ties the radio box to the frame rails and the stock rear cross member to cap the front of the frame rails.

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I upgraded to aluminum SCX10 shock bodies, and used the stock plastic motor plate spacers for the transmission to limit the travel internally, 2 per shock shaft gave me the desired ride height and shock travel I needed. Overall length on the shocks is now 80mm. For springs I used 2 short soft springs (Part #AX30200) back to back on each shock.

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Here you can see the motor plate spacers on the shock shaft.

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A shot of the front link set-up. Lower links are 106mm (Part #AX30441) plus a 15mm standoff (Part #AXA1311) with long straight XR10 rod ends (Part #AX80057). The uppers are 70mm threaded standoffs (Part #AXA1322) with 3mm spacers (Part #AXA1303) and long straight XR10 rod ends. The front axle will also use our plastic upper 4 link mount (Part #AX80043). Notice I also moved the upper link mounts on the chassis from the stock location. The holes are already in the frame rails, but they need to be drilled out to an 1/8″ for M3 hardware.

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I copied my original FOFF’s behind the axle steering for this build as well. Here you can see I shaved the axle housing a little to clear the steering tie rod.

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A few shots of the chassis mounted servo plate. Take your time with placement of the plate on the rails, to be sure to get a proper fit. Bolt your servo up to the servo plate. Then, hold it up against the chassis and scribe the profile of the plate on the rails to make sure your holes are drilled in the proper location.

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A few shots with the servo mounted. I used a stock SCX10 RTR servo for mock-up. I ordered a Futaba S9156 servo to handle the steering duties.

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Here you can see the 6mm spacer (Part #AXA1306) I used on the servo horn to move the drag link away from the upper links. The size on this spacer may vary depending on the servo and servo horn used.

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For the drag link I used our 91mm (Part #30524) link. I put a slight bend in the link at the steering knuckle with one of our curved upper link rod ends in order to put less stress on the steering knuckle. My original FOFF build used a standoff at the knuckle with a straight drag link and that set-up put too much stress on the knuckle arm, which left me with a few broken knuckles in really hard crashes. This set-up relieves a lot of that stress.

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A few photos of the rear suspension set-up. Lower links are 98mm (Part #AX30443) with stock rod ends, the uppers are 91mm with stock rod ends.

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In order to keep the 48p gears in good working order, I installed Axial’s spur gear cover (Part #AX80078) to keep debris out of the pinion and spur gear.

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To mount the ESC, receiver and the battery I used two of our standard battery plates (Part #AX30483). For the electronics I cut about 1 1/4″ off one end of the aluminum battery plate to shorten it up, then drilled and tapped into the stock rear frame cross member. In order to mount the battery plate I drilled and countersunk two holes to line up with the stock front frame cross member where the radio box normally sits.

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An overall shot of the chassis.

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A few shots with the body mounted.

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For the cage work I used a stock Dingo roll cage (Part #AX80042) cut to fit the width of the body.

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The 2.2 wheels I used on this build are now discontinued, but our black 8 hole beadlock wheels (Part #AX8097) are still readily available. The tires are Panther paddle tires. I sanded the stock rock rings with some fine sand paper, and spray painted them white for that old school look.

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Here you can see the rear portion of the chassis protruded beyond the bed of the body. I eventually used a Dremel and cutoff wheel to trim the frame rails flush with the body, which gave it a lot cleaner look.

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The front of the Rat Rod (Part #AX4016) body is very narrow. I had to cut the sides of the hood to clear the shock towers and servo. It was a little tedious to get the fit right, but 100% worth the time it took.

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That covers a few of the custom build details on this Rat Rod FOFF. I will try to shoot some video soon. I will post up here on the blog when I am finished. Until then, I think it’s time to charge a few batteries and go scout some locations.

To see more Formula Offroad builds be sure to check out the forums on www.rccrawler.com

FOFF SCX10 in 100th Issue of RC Driver

RC Driver magazine has hit a milestone…………….their 100th issue is about to hit newstands. Axial would like to congratulate them on this historic feat, way to go guys!! One vehicle that is featured in this special 100th edition magazine is a custom formula offroad SCX10 that I built a few months back. I sent a sneak peek photo of this rig to Ty Giebel, the man behind this article, while it was in the build process. I instantly got a message back saying he wanted to do an article for RC Driver featuring this Rat Rod FOFF in a future edition of the magazine. It was tough to finish the build, knowing that the first squeeze of the trigger wasn’t going to be made by my hand. But, in end I couldn’t turn him down as I knew he would truly do this rig justice with a spectacular article and photos. Here’s a few teaser photos of the new 100th issue, and this Rat Rod FOFF build. There is more to come on this particular rig, but for now this will have to hold you over. If you want to see more, look for this issue at your local newstand.

Cover shot.

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Cover page for article.

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Last couple shots.

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Axial Wraith Sway Bar Sets

Axial Wraith Sway Bar Sets

Front – AX30781

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front-installed

Rear – AX30782

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rear-installed

Is your Wraith set-up for high speed rock racing, or G6 style events? Then this is the option part you have been waiting for: the Axial Wraith Sway Bar Kits. Designed for high speed this system will let you soften up your suspension for jumps, while keeping torque twist and body lean to a minimum during acceleration. A sway bar’s main function is to control body roll, yet still allow your shocks to move vertically with the changing terrain. What does all this mean? It means more stability at high speed. A must have upgrade for any would be rock racer.

CNC machined for precision.

Black anodized aluminum sway bar arms.

Each kit includes three different steel sway bars for fine tuning body roll and suspension articulation (soft, medium and firm).

Laser etched Axial logos.

All required hardware is included.

Simple bolt on application.

Kits available for front and rear separately.

 

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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LOTS OF IMAGES TO LOAD – PLEASE READ THE BELOW STORY AND GIVE TIME FOR IMAGES TO LOAD FOR BEST VIEWING PLEASURE!
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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:
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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
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:
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HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
These are the Christmas trees that escaped the farm and are hiding out.
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So you are hiking along alone… thinking, thinking about a little sticker I saw back at camp, on a brown box:
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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!
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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!

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“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:
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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.

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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:
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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:
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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…
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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!”
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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
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..
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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..

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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!
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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
On the trail, there is some opportunity to swap paint.

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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:
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

Hmmmm, Tires with tape…

From the Wraith Goes To The Baja 1000 Blog Post.

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The first sign of solid ground..
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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!
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

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

This is where the birthday cake WAS:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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.
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
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!!!

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

Drivers out on the trail:
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 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:
HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011

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:
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 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
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
More trail action as I came across this rig that looked much like a prerunner, but worked really well in the rocks!

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

HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Everyone gathered for the closing ceremonies.

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

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.

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

//////////////// 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.
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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:
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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:
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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…
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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