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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:20 PM   #46
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Former Yooper and went to school at NMU!

Living in the City, Logan Square to be exact. I'd do a Badlands trip but would probably stick to the Green Trail as my LJ is a DD to Carol Stream most every day.

I also plan on doing a trip or two to Silver Lake Sand Dunes (4 hours)(profile pic) this summer.
Just a heads up... Green trail isn't the easiest. Green has some seriously off camber and steep trails, one of my favorite trails to run at the Badlands.

All the areas have "easier" trails to play on and once you get the feel for it you'll be on em all. Just take it slow in the beginning.

There's a gathering at the Badlands on the weekend of June 24th, some JF IL and Indy peeps will be there and should be a fun time. I won't be able to make that one unfortunately.

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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:30 PM   #47
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Just a heads up... Green trail isn't the easiest. Green has some seriously off camber and steep trails, one of my favorite trails to run at the Badlands.

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I used to take my YJ there once a month, in the late 90's, then fix it for the other 3 weeks. I remember the Orange Trail having all the off camber stuff and Pink requiring front and rear lockers (I had them after I blew up the spider gears in the D35 like most people will eventually do). It's been 10 years since I've been back and now the LJ is a bit "pretty" for the crazy stuff.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 03:48 PM   #48
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I used to take my YJ there once a month, in the late 90's, then fix it for the other 3 weeks. I remember the Orange Trail having all the off camber stuff and Pink requiring front and rear lockers (I had them after I blew up the spider gears in the D35 like most people will eventually do). It's been 10 years since I've been back and now the LJ is a bit "pretty" for the crazy stuff.
To be honest with you, Orange is pretty easy now at least up to where you hit the concrete dump area. They have pretty much leveled most everything off. We took two stock xj's through it a month ago with no problems.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 04:00 PM   #49
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I used to take my YJ there once a month, in the late 90's, then fix it for the other 3 weeks. I remember the Orange Trail having all the off camber stuff and Pink requiring front and rear lockers (I had them after I blew up the spider gears in the D35 like most people will eventually do). It's been 10 years since I've been back and now the LJ is a bit "pretty" for the crazy stuff.
Yep things have changed a lot over the past few years even. No more such thing as pink trail, now it's green, orange, red, dunes, creek, and quarry.

Each area is easy enough for anyone to do, but there's trails / obstacles in each that are pretty hardcore.
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Yep things have changed a lot over the past few years even. No more such thing as pink trail, now it's green, orange, red, dunes, creek, and quarry.

Each area is easy enough for anyone to do, but there's trails / obstacles in each that are pretty hardcore.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 07:57 AM   #51
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As Brad has said all areas have easy trails and most of the hairy stuff has bi-passes. The key is go with a group that has a good spotter/leader.

My daughters both go with pretty stock jeeps and have no problems. They love the first half of Orange, the quarry and the creeks.

I always get a big laugh when a new wheeler asks if we can start on green. Most of green is easy but there a few spots that once you start your only choice is to continue and I still get nervous and a huge adrenalin buzz.

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As Brad has said all areas have easy trails and most of the hairy stuff has bi-passes. The key is go with a group that has a good spotter/leader.

My daughters both go with pretty stock jeeps and have no problems. They love the first half of Orange, the quarry and the creeks.

I always get a big laugh when a new wheeler asks if we can start on green. Most of green is easy but there a few spots that once you start your only choice is to continue and I still get nervous and a huge adrenalin buzz.

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Drew, not sure if you remember but my first time wheeling at the Badlands was with you and Matt and he took us on the "Green" trail first thing lol. I was thinking to myself, holy crap if these are considered the easy trails then there's no way I'll survive the rest of the day

7urtle - I would agree with Drew and say that the dunes, creek, and orange trail are all easy enough for anyone with any type of rig to start off on. Green trail should be done later in the day with some more experienced people leading and following along. There are some paths that are fairly easy, but there's one trail through green that I love more then anything else and still get a stomach drop everytime I run it.

You really learn to appreciate your jeep's capabilities after running green trail and playing around in the quarry for a bit.
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This was me and the YJ on the Pink Trail. It's all about how much you want your stomach to drop....

(note the "full frame" of the photo, shot on slide film before digital cameras were everywhere.)
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Drew, not sure if you remember but my first time wheeling at the Badlands was with you and Matt and he took us on the "Green" trail first thing lol. I was thinking to myself, holy crap if these are considered the easy trails then there's no way I'll survive the rest of the day
I remember getting out and looking over every hill to make sure I wasn't going over the edge of a cliff. I was thinking OMG this GREEN, and that was the easy part of green. It wasn't until my 4th trip that I found the ridge with the "extreme danger" sign.

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I live in Elgin and wheel with the DDO group also. They are a great group of people.
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I live in Elgin and wheel with the DDO group also. They are a great group of people.
I joined their forum a few days ago after finding them through this thread. Looking forward to heading out to a couple events when I get the time!
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I joined their forum a few days ago after finding them through this thread. Looking forward to heading out to a couple events when I get the time!
I've wheeled with DDO for the last three years and have enjoyed hanging with them. The wisemen are younger guys that like to have a good time. The membership has grown I think into the seventies this year so there is a ton of expirence to be shared.
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I've wheeled with DDO for the last three years and have enjoyed hanging with them. The wisemen are younger guys that like to have a good time. The membership has grown I think into the seventies this year so there is a ton of expirence to be shared.
Yep, age has no bearing on experience in this hobby Since I don't have much difficulty wheeling through the trails anymore, I sometimes find more enjoyment helping less experienced members try new obsticles. This past winter I jumped in Pete's green JK (Rescued JK) and helped navigate him up a steap and icy trail. It was awesome watching him get over his doubts and fears and grow with excitement as we made multiple attempts and almost got up that hellish cliff
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Monday June 6th I'll be at the Badlands. My son is in town on leave. My daughters and their almost stock jeeps will be along for the trip too. It will be kind of a newbie / easier run if anyone wants to join in.

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Aw darn really want to go but I'm out of town on business. Need to put a trailer hitch on the WJ this weekend. Any recommendations on how to cutout the bumper while its still installed? I was hoping to just do it with a jigsaw.

Have a great trip FB and let me know how it goes.

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