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post #1 of 24 Old 10-09-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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10-08-11 Jeepforum TSF run

Tillamook State Forest

October 8th JF run

Participants:
  • Chase (Red TJ)
  • Corcor4 (Silver XJ)
  • Fingerz (Silver TJ)
  • IslandTJ (Green TJ)
  • 141 (Blue TJ)
  • MoonyJohn (Blue WJ)
  • Nickfast (Green TJ)
  • NW99XJ (Black XJ)

It was a great day to wheel, perfect weather and conditions in TSF. The weather averaged around 60░ with a slight cloud overcast but the sun did manage to peek though towards the afternoon. Dust was kept to a minimum thanks to the rains of the days prior, and a slight mist during the early morning.

A total of 8 Jeeps participated on the run.


Staging

Everyone met up at the Rogers staging area to air down and disconnect.



Above from L-R: NW99XJ, Fingerz, Nickfast, Corcor4, 141, Chase and IslandTJ.



MoonyJohn.





Nickfast, Corcor4, and Chase.


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post #2 of 24 Old 10-09-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Trails






We started out our run by hitting Powerline, sections 4a and 4b (circled above). Rated moderate, this section was pretty much uneventful. There were puddles from the morning’s rainfall and a nice short hill climb that consisted of roots and embedded rocks. Everyone was able to transverse without any issues.






The next trail we hit was University Firepower 10 (circled above). Rated moderate, this particular trail has 2 nice hill climbs. The damp ground created a mud and clay mixture that gave a nice challenge for the group.





On our way to University Firepower…



University Firepower (1st section hill climb)



The 1st hill climb provided a great crystal ball of trails to come. While not a difficult hill, it is a good way to get started. As this particular hill was out in the open, it dried up significantly, where traction wasn’t an issue.





Chase





Corcor4, somehow I didn’t catch him on the way up.





MoonyJohn





NW99XJ





Nickfast





And 141 bringing up the rear.





University Firepower (2nd section hill)



The second hill on University Firepower proved to be a bit more interesting. Unlike the 1st hill, there was much more tree canopy and shade covering the trail, that the ground remained damp with a mixture of mud and clay.







Additionally, there were some off camber sections within the hill that caused some to momentarily lose traction. We all drove down this section and immediately turned around to climb back up. Note: as with all stills, the pics do not do this hill any justice.






Fingerz





MoonyJohn





NW99XJ





Corcor4





Nickfast





And 141 bringing up the rear.

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Powerline 4c & 4d






We made our way back to Powerline and continued on to sections 4c and 4d. On 4c, there are a few off camber sections that eventually lead to an uphill switchback strewn with a stump, boulders and some roots.





Fingerz





Chase





MoonyJohn





NW99XJ





Corcor4





Nickfast





And 141 bringing up the rear.



Shortly after, we completed Powerline section 4c, onward to section 4d.





A view from another hill climb on section 4d.



Pics of the hill climb…





Fingerz





Chase





MoonyJohn





NW99XJ





Corcor4





Nickfast





And 141 bringing up the rear.



After the completion of Powerline, we proceeded west and headed towards Bates Road 24.

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Bates Road 24






Rated difficult, Bates Road 24 at the bottom of the trail begins with 2 well placed berms at the entrance that may be present as a filter, for unmodified SUVs. Additional berms are placed apart from one another before one reaches the section of Bates where the ascent begins.



The 1st technical obstacle we encounter on Bates is a short off camber section that causes the driver’s front tire and passenger’s rear tire to droop simultaneously. If you are open and without adequate articulation, a sudden loss of traction will ensue.





IslandTJ





Fingerz





MoonyJohn







NW99XJ







Corcor4







Nickfast







141

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post #5 of 24 Old 10-09-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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The next technical obstacle on Bate’s was a “V – shaped” hill that if you straddled would force your tires inwards. Else, you could drop a side in the ‘V’.







Fingerz







MoonyJohn





NW99XJ







Corcor4





Nickfast





141



We kept on heading up Bate's Road and encountered a few more hill obstacles until we all made it to the top of the trail. At the top we all stopped for a quick lunch. After lunch, we descended back down and headed southeast towards Firebreak Five 14.

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Firebreak Five 14






Firebreak Five is personally one of my favorite trails in TSF, there are sections for all build types - from a stock Jeep to a buggy. The trail starts with a few off camber spots with stumps mixed with a variety of switchbacks. And then leads you to the...





"Rock o' DOOM"



Today's version of Firebreak Five offered slick, wet mud & clay - which immediately presented the group with a degree of traction challenges. Everyone elected to take the left side up.





Fingerz









NW99XJ









Corcor4







"Ouch!"







Nickfast






141











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After the "Rock o' Doom", we proceed up to the next section of Firebreak Five - an up hill climb scattered of loose rocks, mud and clay.





Fingerz





MoonyJohn







Nickfast









Corcor4

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Towards the end of this section of Firebreak Five, there is a nice switchback that gives 2 options, 1st option - a tight rocky left turn surrounded by trees. The trees all have paint scars on them from the unfortunate rigs that misread how tight the turns actually were. The 2nd option is to take a left turn where you pivot your rig off a large boulder on the driver's side. We all opted for option 2.











IslandTJ





141





Fingerz







MoonyJohn







Nickfast











Corcor4



After we all completed the section, we decided to call it a day, it was roughly 4:00p. We all proceeded to Browns Camp day use area to air back up and reconnect.

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All done!





Aloha!

Big mahalo to Chase, Corcor4, Fingerz, IslandTJ, 141, MoonyJohn, Nickfast, and NW99XJ! I had a great time on this run.

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post #10 of 24 Old 10-09-2011, 10:34 PM
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GREAT WRITE UP island! lots of good pics, that freakin rock o' doom.. next time

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Great Pics and write up! We never thought about going back up the soupy University trail LOL we went down. It was fun. I felt like mother nature was taking me on a ride LOL no help needed from me LOL

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MoonyJohn I LOVE the color of your rig!

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Great write up and a good read bro. Looks like everyone had fun.
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post #14 of 24 Old 10-10-2011, 10:00 AM
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Very nice! Looks like all had a fantastic run. I'm severly disappointed I didn't make it. Next time for sure!

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Yesterday was good time for sure. Nice to meet some new wheeling friends too. Thanks to Ken for his guide service!
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