Had a blast running the 2015 Wayalife kickoff run, colleen and I enjoyed catching up with those we have met before and meeting tons of new people. Great group to ride with. It was a cool start to the day, warmed up quickly (mid 50’s) had over 60 Jeeps and was dusty as hell! Zoe and Tucker (trail dog’s) enjoyed the ride, but after 14 hours in the Jeep they were bushed. I look forward to next years run, and maybe one of the others during the upcoming year. Here is the GPS track and stats and below is a short video.
A good jeeping buddy Eddie Oritz decided that for his birthday he wanted to gather all his friends and do some wheeling at Sand Hollow State park just outside Hurricane, UT. This may have been one of my all time favorite rides, the trails were amazing and the views epic. I spent night on Saturday and spent some time hanging out with the most awesome group of people. I also got to try out my new sleeping arrangement, a hammock slung inside my JKU and the verdict is… Great night of sleep, except for the thunderstorms that rolled through in the middle of the night. I will do a write up soon about how I hung a hammock in my jeep!
Potato Ridge (aka: Rocky Gap) is a trail that runs between Red Rock recreational area and Lovell Canyon on the lower end of the Spring Mountains. I ran this trail two consecutive weekends with different people. These where my first times running this famous trail, and from what I’m told is that the trail as it sits now is way more difficult then in the past due to recent rains and flash floods. They used to rate this trail a 2-2.5 (based on a scale of 1-5) and now it’s a 2-3, in the past you could use the frontage road to avoid difficult sections of the wash but now the frontage road is almost as hard as the wash. On my first run I witnessed my first roll over and on the second run a rider broke an axle.
This is not a trail for stock jeeps and a 3″ plus lift with 35’s is recommend, also lockers would not hurt. Do not run this trail alone as you will have a high chance to turtle and will need to get pulled off, also a spotter who doubles as a rock tosser helps. Set aside at least 3-6 hours (depending how much time you spend in the wash) to run this trail. Also make sure you start from the Lovell canyon side to avoid paying the entrance fee in to the red rock recreational area.
I took some video and some pictures of my adventure, enjoy.