Got to looking at jeep fest site. Is it even something that would interest me not having a jeep in it? Do I have to buy the $60 ticket just to look around? Kinda wondering if I'm gonna drive all that way now after looking more at site. Thanks!
GREAT EVENT! Kudos to the Pickens County Sheriff Dept for a well-designed Jeep Fest. I think there were 600 Jeeps there. We had so much fun and the event raised a lot of money.
The obstacle course was a blast. When I went over some of the hills and into the pits, I was wondering to myself, "Is there a bottom to this pit?!"
The difficult (Blue) trail ride was a lot of fun...with a few exceptions. We had 3 Jeeps break down (1 U-joint, 1 driveshaft, 1 axle). Definitely would recommend a winch if it is wet. Got the front end airborne trying to climb the bank while crossing the second stream (took the trail to the far right)...TG the front axle is sleeved.
The Night Ride was awesome. 180 Jeeps with police escort through town and out into the county. It looked like a Jeep funeral procession.
I'll definitely be there next year.
2008 2-dr Rubicon, auto,
RK 2.5" Max Travel, Rancho 9000XL shocks, 37" Nittos, 5.38's, RR skids, Warn VR8000-S.
RIPP Gen 2 Stg 2 Supercharger. Political Correctness offends me.
I didn't realize it was "closed" to non-jeeps this year.
I attended Saturday only. What a blast! I took the wife and 3 and 5 year old kids. Everyone had a blast. We did the "bunny" obstacle course which was great. I dragged my skid plate a bunch, and rear hitch so we did do any of the others.
Then we hit of the moderate trail at 10:30, that is more my style. I hit something, I'm thinking rear control arm brackets a few times, I think i drug my transmission skid plate once, but that was it. I couldn't believe the trail, it was great! A good mix of mud, rocks and beautiful scenery. I heard our run had almost 60 jeeps, and that they wouldn't make that mistake again. We had to sit and wait for about 15 mins. where the trail turned around after the big hill climb. There were really only two challenging parts where the trail turned, went up hill and there were larger exposed rocks. Had to stop for a potty break right before the spot, and so we got to watch about 5 jeeps go through. I noticed there are 2 types of driver's, skinny pedal and 4-low. Watched a skinny pedal guy slide downhill a bit and smack his rear quarter panel on a tree. Watched another sling mud all over the jeep behind him in line and they got all pissed off it was LOL. My wife was nervous after watching the jeeps go through but we did it nice a slow and didn't slip or spin tires on bit.
After that trail run we had an hour break and stayed at the farm. The kids played in the creek and we helped some guys in a white YJ search the creek for their SYE. They finally found it after over an hour of searching. Next we hit up the Easy trail. This trail was nice, it ran through an area that sustained tornado damage and a fire at some point in the past. Again several different terrain types, mud, some rocks, and some ditches, but compared to the other trail it was easier, but not gravel road easy.
Overall I was surprised at the ratings of these two trails. Granted I have not been off-roading in my jeep very often. All my off-roading experience in my youth was full sized trucks and mud holes. I was surprised both of these trails were okay for Stock jeeps, but I then realized I'm just not totally sure what stock jeeps are capable of! I learned a lot this weekend and the trip was well worth it. I learned getting rid of my rear hidden hitch via a bumper with a hitch built in would be a good thing, and raising my gas tank would be nice. I also learned that a belly up would be super nice. I don't think i want to invest the money to go to much larger tires...gears steering brakes etc. Overall I was surprised and very happy with my current setup.
Couple things for next years event. I didn't realize that Home base was a huge field, had i thought about it I would have brought one of those pop up shelters to provide some shade. The blow up bounce house's were great, i really appreciated them being there. Being able to watch the obstacle course from the edge of the field, looking out and down to see it was great! Am I the only one who did not appreciate being forced to listen to country music and that damned DJ, shut the heck up already, you're not funny, you're not cute, you have nothing to add.
All in all a great event, can't wait for next year! Hope they add more trails, I wanted to run 1 or 2 more like the moderate one. Maybe they can find additional land, that would be awesome! I'd like to extend my thanks to the landowner and the sheriff, need to figure out who they are so i can write a letter.
Good thoughts on Jeepfest 2012...I agree completely. I had a great time on the obstacle course and on the trail rides. The night ride was awesome, if a bit slow at first. We left at 10p.m., got back to the hotel at 2 am.
My old 38 year old CJ did just fine. I can't wait til next year. Well worth it.
I kinda hope they keep it to a "Jeep" fest though, but I'll understand if they open it up, more money for the kids!
Jeepfest 2012 was great. Lots of wasted space in the field, the jeeps could of parked closer to the action. They had something for everyone. I dominated everything on the obstacle course except for chuck norris. He drop kicked my jeep in the face.
I was the first jeep of the day to make up the obstacle in the first picture, after a few others were denied. The crowd started screaming from the top of the hill which was pretty nice to hear from my loud jeep. I will be back next year. Hopefully they do not open it up to other vehicles. I think that will hurt the jeep attendance. I hung out with some family & friends at the Poison Spyder tent most of the day. My 2 year old also loved the jumpers.
The big obstacle was called Chuck Norris and it punched me in the face. It shut alot of rigs down this weekend and some that were way more built than mine.
Lastly just the jeep cruising back.
I didnt get any pics from the trail rides, my pregnant wife could not join me on those to get any pics. We did #3 Big Slurpee Gulch. I think the ratings were fine. A stock JK went up on street tires, so it was not very "extreme"