December 12, 2015

After a long, cold winter's trek in your off-road vehicle, what could be better than a ready dinner of wild game chili? 

Recently we attended a local annual chili feast, where one of our contributions was a “Wild Chili" with main ingredients of mountain lion and antelop...

December 9, 2015

 

Picture this: you’ve just run a tough trail in your off-road ride and now it’s time to head back home. You’d aired down your tires for better grip over the rough terrain, and the nearest gas station is now 20 miles away. Not wanting to drive at highway speeds on low t...

December 6, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner – why not ask Santa for a pair of rear tail light guards?! They’re an easy and inexpensive update for your off-road vehicle that can be installed in minutes!

Recently I found a pair of 3.5 mm thick metal tail light guards on EBay for...

December 3, 2015

Let’s talk lockers. No, not the old metal standbys that store sweaty gym clothes, pizza crusts, overdue homework and who knows what else. I’m referring to lockers that can be installed on your Jeep to assist with traction when needed (so you [hopefully] don’t get stuck...

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow off-roaders!!!

When I picked out my Jeep from the lot all I knew was that I’d always wanted a Jeep because they looked cool, the top came off, and you could do lots of off-roading. What I didn’t know was everything else… and what a learning ex...

November 22, 2015

 

I spent my childhood years in northeast Iowa where winters seemed to last six months and snow piled up 12 feet or more beside the gravel roads. Going “in the ditch” was an annual experience and I recall at least one occasion where my family spent some quality hours to...

November 9, 2015

It’s been a few weeks since I was last able to go wheeling and I’ve had to content myself with dreaming of my next trail run. Part of the fun of off-roading is doing the research and reading reviews on the Trail Damage website, and various trail books, so here are ten...

November 7, 2015

The AEV Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier was my top choice when picking a modified rear bumper, because it’s “like having a giant Swiss Army knife on the back of your JK Wrangler.” And, since I use my Jeep for a great deal of off-road and mountain adventures, the survival...

October 25, 2015

 

At a summit height of 13,185 feet, Mosquito Pass (Lake County and Park County, Colorado) is the highest pass in our state open to motorized travel. The Forest Service recommends high clearance and four-wheel drive, which for off-roaders means a good time!! That, combi...

October 18, 2015

In Preparedness 101: Storage, I discussed some locking storage options that I utilize in my Jeep, and the next step is to fill the space as efficiently as possible. What you carry in your off-road vehicle will be highly personalized to your lifestyle, and with each tri...

October 14, 2015

One reason I love driving a [modified] Jeep is because with it we've got a veritable survival vehicle that can go almost anywhere if disaster strikes. If the Zombie Apocalypse happens I'm not going to be running around screaming, "What do we do?" Our family has a...

October 10, 2015

On August 9, I (and hub, son, and dog) headed up Rist Canyon to Old Flowers Road, which for many would be a trip down memory lane as it toured through areas of forest burned by the 2012 High Park Fire.

From Fort Collins, we headed to LaPorte and then stayed on Rist Cany...

October 4, 2015

Yep, you read correctly – if you want the look of the trail without the effort, you could just fake it! Spray-on Mud is a product that seems to make the rounds of commerce every few years, giving “mall crawlers” the opportunity to fit in with real wheelers.

 

Althou...

October 3, 2015

A summertime trip to Wyoming brought another awesome trail experience as my Jeep grappled admirably through muddy Libby Flats and up Pole Mountain to camp.

In late July, friends asked us to join them on a camping/wheeling trip to Pole Mountain and Libby Flats (Carbon Co...

September 30, 2015

Confession: I am frequently lost. And yet I love to go wheeling and hiking and camping in the wilderness where, as far as the eye can see, there are only trees and mountains. So what’s a gal to do? Luckily there are lots of options available to help me find my way. Per...

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