fueling up with my buddies XJ on our way to the annual Elbe ORV Park Snow Jam Poker Run
some of the lineup ahead and behind me waiting on registration/sign in and the drivers meeting. the sunny day and the snow combination made a lot of the pictures come out really bright. easy black and white fix, also threw in a few HDR style edits, photography stuff is kind of a hobby for me.
Mt. Rainier, 14,411' find out in a few months if I'm getting sponsored to go for a summit attempt.
some of the toyota group with a lone ranger me and a few XJs got stuck in between.
more yotas, at least one truck in this group had issues or got stuck in between every checkpoint.
always giving good stopping distance before or on top of every hill.
I aired down to 10-12 psi and the BFG All Terrains outperformed every other tire out there in the snow/ice.
no pulling cable for anyone in our group, but nice peace of mind to have along.
various other rigs
built and beat up titan
I'd say whatever the local toyota clubs are spread the word better then the Jeep guys did
biggest 'a' pillar lights I've seen, and not a bad looking tracker/sidekick
finally caught up to some wranglers at lunch
ranger with fullsize axels
samurai and 4runner
YJ, TJ, JK, FJ
not to bash toyotas since I believe most of their issues were driver related and/or not having enough weight in the bed, but there were a few times where they tested our patience or were just rude. one section there were two stuck about 4 vehicle lengths apart with a third getting ready to pull the closer one out. I asked if our group, two XJs and my ZJ, could get through before their recovery attempt completely blocked the road and the dude said no. after carefully eyeballing the situation, and with good spotting we snaked all three jeeps between the three toyotas with no issues. one of their comments was what are you going to do when you catch up to the rest of the trucks in the group, and I replied, go around them too. the next group was surprised when we showed up instead of their buddies and graciously let us through.
with the snowy conditions, and ice in places, all the jeeps did better then any truck. I walked up a steep hill climb that the toyota boys all had to take a run at. really wish I had a few of their attempts, and then mine on video. All in all it was still a fun trip. Airing down is probably one of the most unknown simple tricks that for some reason not everyone does. Short story on that, NASA was testing one of their Mars rovers out in the sand dunes when a farmer came along and told them it'd get around better if they let some air out of the tires and the story made a few of the small town papers.
other build progress, haven't installed the powertrax yet but can't wait to see the traction gain there. never got off camber enough where being open made a difference on this trip. next few additions in no particular order are rock rails, front recovery, skids, lighting. then I've been debating on a snorkel, and upgrading to long arms up front, and putting the adj short arms in the back, but haven't decided which route to go from 3.5'' to 4.5''
thats all I can think of for right now, hope you enjoy the pictures, and maybe I'll see ya out there next time.