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Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Hell’s Revenge Trail Ride – May 17th, 2014

On the last day of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks we sponsored the Hells Revenge Trail.  This trail is well known for its large slick rock sections and optional obstacles; Hell’s Gate, Mickey’s Bathtub, Devils Bathtub, the Escalator and Tip Over Challenge.  Our ride went very smooth this day, so to keep the story short, I’ve captioned a few of my favorite photos from the day. You’ll also find some additional photos at the bottom. (click to enlarge)

Big thanks to all the sponsors and participants of the 2014 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event.  We had a blast hitting the trails and hanging out with everyone.  If you are in the market for a new set of wheels or tires look us up.  We want to earn your business for life so we’ll work hard for you.

With another Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event in the books I can’t wait to do it all again next year.  I hope to see you on the trails! – Thank you for reading! – Don

Hell’s Revenge Trail Pictures

Hells Revenge Trail Ride

Slick Rock Section on Hell’s Revenge Trail

Hell's Gate

Looking down at the bottom on Hell’s gate while vehicles wait to climb up.

Hell's Gate on Hell's Revenge

Climbing to the top of Hell’s Gate.

One of two large bath tubs on Hell's Revenge Trail

Heading for a dip in Mickey’s bathtub

Hell's Revenge Trail Photos

I conquered “The Escalator”…. with a little help.

Tip Over Challenge - Hells Revenge

Lifting a tire on “Tip Over Challenge” – Hang on!

Tip Over Challenge

Stretching to reach the top of Tip Over Challenge.

More Hell’s Revenge Trail Photos (Click to enlarge):

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Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014 Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Moab Rim Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Moab Rim Trail Ride – May 16, 2014

 At the drivers meeting we met our trail guide “Woody”.   He attends many off road events and is also the owner of www.ih8mud.com.  Woody was voted as the trail guide of the year for his involvement at the 2013 event.  We were happy to have him on the Moab Rim Trail with us for the day.

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The Moab Rim trail gets started quickly with a steep climb along the Colorado River.  The first obstacle, known as the crack, can be somewhat challenging if you don’t hit the step just right. 

The Crack on Moab Rim Trail

At the crack we put tow straps on a few shorter rigs just to make sure they did not end up on their side.  Shortly after helping a vehicle over the crack I heard some commotion behind me.  Sure enough one of the vehicles ended up on its side a short distance up the trail.  Thankfully no one was hurt and the vehicle was able to continue after it was back on its wheels.

Side By side Flop on Moab Rim Trail

After everyone made it over the crack we continued on to the Z turn.  The Z turn has multiple lines and some are very difficult.  An Arctic Cat WildCat found this out the hard way and broke the rear drive line.  The owner decided to park it off to the side of the trail and repair it later.  Pictures don’t capture how rugged the Z Turn actually is.

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Once through the Z turn the trail is pretty easy other than some off camber spots and a few optional obstacles.  At the top of Moab Rim there is an excellent view of Moab down below and you can also see the snow topped La Sal Mountains in the distance.  We stopped here for lunch and took in all the beauty.

View from the top of Moab Rim

Lunch stop on the Moab Rim Trail

With full bellies, we saddled up and continued on toward the sand hill.  This part of the trail is a small loop that connects back up to the main trail.  There is an optional steep, sandy hill to climb that reminds me of the dunes at Sand Hollow State Park.

Sand Hill on Moab Rim Trail

I had a blast watching the drivers race up the hill.  One of our guys, Addam, jumped into the RZR 4 1000 demo unit I had.  I told him “Give me one more good roost!” and he did, reluctantly of course, but within 30 feet the belt exploded.  (Go figure.)  Fortunately, another one of our guys had a spare belt and Addam was able to change out the shredded belt within minutes.

RZR 1000 Belt replacement

Back on the main trail we passed a few small water holes and then started dropping back down the side of the rim.   Just before our return to the Z turn Woody and a participant helped winch a boulder out from under a stuck Jeep Cherokee.  With the Jeep freed the owners could go about replacing their broken parts.

Helping a Jeep on Moab Rim Trail

We made it back to the Z-turn and going down it can be just as frightening as climbing up it.  Watching some of the faces as the machines came down the Z turn was a blast.

The Z Turn on Moab rim Trail

Back at the broken Wildcat the owner decided to try to limp it back down to the trail head. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on his side and he ended up bending a tie-rod and breaking one of the front axles.  After removing the bent tie-rod a few guys were able to straighten it with the assistance of a steel fence post. Amazingly, it worked and didn’t damage the fence post either. 

Trail fix on Moab Rim trail

After getting everything back together the driver needed to be extremely careful and not stress the tie-rod again.  To help, the group that was left actually pushed the Wildcat down the rest of the Moab Rim Trail to the parking lot.  What an awesome group effort.

It happened to be a long day on the trail but fun none the less.  To me there is nothing better than spending the day on the trail with good friends.

Note: Special thanks to ZBROZ Racing for quickly fixing one of our RZR’s before this trail ride.  Thank you ZBROZ!

Here are some additional photos from our ride on the Moab Rim Trail:

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Want to see more pictures from the Moab Rim trail?  Here’s a link to our Moab Rim Trail Pictures from the 2013 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

 

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Cliffhanger Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 15, 2014

After the Discount Tire drivers meeting with free coffee, donuts and a surprise raffle we lined up at the Old Spanish Trail Arena and awaited a police escort to take us to the Cliffhanger Trail.

With the sun reflecting off the mountains in the background it was great to see people milling around, talking to fellow riders and anxiously waiting for the ride to start.

Drivers Meeting for Cliffhanger Trail

As we arrived at the Clifhanger trail head there was a huge line of side by sides going by for different trails.  It’s awesome to see so many off road enthusiasts getting out and enjoying the trails together.

Road leading the the Cliffhanger Trail Trailhead

At the start of Cliffhanger there are a series of large ledges that lead down to a creek at the bottom of the canyon.  After crossing the creek,  the trail can quickly justify the common 7 out of 10 difficulty rating many off road authorities claim.  

On our ride, a Polaris RZR 4 1000 ahead of me was attempting to climb a steep waterfall.  He took the wrong line and flopped over, landing hard on the driver’s side door. Thankfully he kept his arms inside the vehicle and was not injured.  After getting him out of his RZR our group worked together to figure out how to get him back on his wheels quickly.  Luckily there was only minor cosmetic damage and the vehicle was able to continue.

Side by Side Flop on the Cliffhanger Trail

Moments later, one of our Discount Tire vehicles attempted a slightly easier line but the left rear tire smashed hard into a protruding rock puncturing the tire and bending the lower trailing arm badly.  This was not a good way to start the day.  Not wanting to hold the group up, we decided to park the vehicle out of the way and come back for it later. 

Bent Trailing Arm on Polaris RZR Cliffhanger Trail

This trail has many obstacles to test both man and machine but the one that is most feared is near the edge of the main cliff.  There is a steep stair step that is just feet away from a several hundred foot drop off.  Going down isn’t too bad but coming back up can be challenging.

Obstacle on Cliffhanger Trail

If you have a fear of heights this trail may not be for you.

Cliffhanger Trail

Like the Poison Spider Mesa Trail, the Cliffhanger Trail ends with a loop that brings you back to the trail head where you began.  The turn around spot is a perfect place to stop for lunch.  Some daring souls stood at the edge of the cliff to peer down at the ground below.  It is an eerie feeling and it makes you want to hold your breath.

Viewpoint on Cliffhanger Trail

Lunch stop on Cliffhanger Trail

During our lunch stop I noticed this creative use for a small tactical style trail bag that we handed out.

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After lunch we started making our way back to the Cliffhanger trail head and as suspected the steep stair step on the cliff edge proved to be challenging.  A Can-Am 4 – 1000 was the first to have a problem.  While maneuvering the steps he bent a tie-rod.  The driver and some helpers tried to straighten it out but the tie rod was now too weak.  After bolting it back in the vehicle moved about one foot before the tie rod snapped in half.  With no spare parts and no other options the vehicle had to be left until spare parts could be brought back from town.  Fortunately, we had some extra seats for them to get back to the trail head.

Cliffhanger Trail

As we continued along the trail a few other machines ran into problems also but we were able to keep them moving.

As we made it back down to the creek we stopped and picked up the Polaris RZR 4 900 that we left earlier in the day.  Our guys had to put some plugs in the flat tire so we could limp it back to the trailer with its broken trailing arm.

Trail Side Tire Repair on Cliffhanger Trail

Just behind us, the last RZR up the hill had just one wheel drive but with some helpful winching from a participant he made it out safely.

Winching out of Cliffhanger Trail

When we got to the road the trailer and a little bit of playful taunting was waiting for us.  This ended up being a long day for such a short trail but it always puts a huge smile on my face when I reflect on how everyone pitched in to help without complaint.

Below are some additional photos from our excellent adventure on the Cliffhanger Trail.  Enjoy!!

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Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks 2014

Trail Ride May 14, 2014

Poison Spider Mesa Trail is one of my favorite trails.   It has outstanding scenery and plenty of challenges that will bite you if you are not paying attention.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail  - Trailhead

Right out of the gate there is a section of switchbacks as the trail makes a steep climb up to the top of Poison Spider Mesa.  Several large rock ledges and some fun slick rock sections test the nerves of drivers and passengers alike.

Slick Rock climb on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

It’s always a blast watching different types of vehicles and drivers as they test their comfort zones while navigating the trail.  The smiles after making it up a nerve wrenching obstacle are priceless.

Happy Participant at Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks

Throughout the Poison Spider Mesa Trail trail there are many obstacles and it’s always helpful to have a trail guide or good spotter with you.  The trail guides at the Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks did a great job for everyone on the Poison Spider Mesa Trail this day.  They helped keep everyone as safe as possible while still allowing the adrenaline rush to occasionally kick in.  Below you can see one of our trail guides lending an extra hand (or should I say body) to help the driver power out of the obstacle referred to as “The Wedge”.

The Wedgie on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The views from our lunch spot at Little Arch are nothing short of spectacular. From the top you get a clear view through the Little Arch down to the Colorado River far below.  Across the canyon you can see the Moab Rim Trail as it scales its way up,  just below the giant red rock bluff.  It is one of the best, and my personal favorite, viewpoints on the trail.

Little Arch on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

Little Arch Viewpoint on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

After lunch we all loaded back up and continued on.  Since there was quite a rain storm the weekend before there were some large puddles that added to the difficulty of the trail.  Even with wet tires everyone was able to motor on without too much slippage.

Poison Spider Mesa Trail

The Poison Spider Mesa trail basically ends with a loop that brings you back out the same way you came in.   On the way out there is one optional steep climb that can be a fun challenge.  As you can see here, this couple put on a good show for the crowd.

Lifting Tires on Poison Spider Mesa Trail

We eventually arrived back at the the trail head all in one piece and with smiles on our faces.  This was a great trail ride to start off our Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks event week.

Here are a few more pictures from the trail. (Click to enlarge) Enjoy!

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Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge – Tierra Del Sol

Drive and Seek Challenge Tierra Del SoleDrive and Seek Challenge

Tierra Del Sol 2014 #DriveandSeek

Welcome to the Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge.  You and a teammate are challenged to complete twelve of fifteen creative off road tasks during the 2014 Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari.  Teams that complete the Drive and Seek challenge will be eligible to enter to WIN one set of (5) NEW American Outlaw Wheels (up to 18″, machined or painted finishes only) and a few other great prizes.  ALL teams that enter and complete Drive and Seek task list with photo proof by the deadline will receive a prize for finishing.

Things you will need:

  • A Teammate and a Team Name:  Each team must have a minimum of 2 people.  Each teammate can only participate on 1 team.
  • A Super Awesome (or not so awesome) 4×4 vehicle:  High clearance and 4-wheel drive required.
  • A Camera, or Mobile Device with a camera:  We will review your task photos for proof of completion.
  • Food and Drink: Plenty of water and some snacks/lunch to keep you hydrated and energized.
  • Discount Tire’s 2014 Drive and Seek Challenge Official Task list for Tierra Del Sol Entry form – Download and Print here: Official Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge Task List Entry Form for Tierra Del Sol 2014 

Other Items to consider

  • GPS Device, First Aid kit, 4×4 Recovery Gear, CB,
  • Official Tierra Del Sol Map (located in the official Safari Newspaper)
  • Hat, Sun Glasses, Sun Screen, TP (you never know.)
  • Some awesome tunes.
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media accounts to share all your awesome pictures.

Where and when does it start?  You can download and print out the official Drive and Seek Challenge Tierra Del Sol Task Sheet now (links to task sheet above and below) and start as soon as you get to the 2014 Tierra Del Sol Event.  Participating teams can also visit Discount Tire during tech inspection Friday, February, 28th starting at 1PM.  (Look for the Discount Tire teardrop banners.)  We will be handing out entry swag bags to the first 50 teams.

Where and when does it end?  Teams that complete the challenge and want to enter to win a set of American Outlaw Wheels must submit their entry forms with photo proof to a Discount Tire representative at the Falken Tire Vendor booth on Saturday, March 1st from 2PM–5PM.

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ENTRY PRIZES: The first 50 teams to sign up in person during tech inspection Friday, February 28th will receive a welcome packet with a few small swag items.

COMPLETED ENTRY PRIZES:  Each team that turns in a completed entry form, with photos for proof, will be entered to win one of three great prizes.  They will also be guaranteed a consolation prize.   One team will be randomly selected to win our Grand Prize:  One set of five American Outlaw Wheels (up to 18″, painted or machine finishes only) for the team’s Drive and Seek 4×4 vehicle.  2 Teams will be randomly selected to win Nitto Tire duffle bags. Winners will be contacted directly.

SOCIAL MEDIA PRIZES:  #DriveandSeek On top of our random entry giveaways each team member will also be eligible to win a Discount Tire/ Falken Tire Lunch bag through select social media platforms.  Post or upload your Team’s Ride and Seek photos to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag them with #DriveandSeek.  Each photo is worth 1 chance to win! 2 winners from each social media platform (6 winners total) will be randomly selected on Friday, March 14th.   Winners will be contacted directly.  Teams do not have to complete the Drive and Seek Challenge to be eligible to win a social media prize.  Be sure to “Like” Discount Tire on facebook at facebook.com/discounttire, follow us on Instagram “Discount_Tire” and follow us on Twitter “@discounttire” .

Download and Print: Official Discount Tire Drive and Seek Challenge Task List Entry Form for Tierra Del Sol 2014

 

#DriveandSeek Instagram Photo Entries: 

Drive and Seek Challenge #DriveandSeek

 

***Official Sweepstakes Rules: Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18. All employees of Discount Tire/America’s Tire and all associated agencies and each of their respective affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, licensees or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Teams that complete twelve(12) official tasks, including the required tasks will be eligible to win prizes. One entry per team. Prize winners will be selected at random and winners will be contacted directly.  One(1) team will win one(1) set of 5 American Outlaw Wheels up to 18″ in painted or machine finishes only and two Nitto duffle bags. Two additional teams will receive two Nitto duffle bags.  All completed entries must be submitted in person by 5PM pacific time March 1st, 2014.  Each team member is also eligible to win prizes by submitting photo entries via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  All photo entries must be posted by Thursday, March 13th, 2014. Two winners from each platform will be selected at random to win a Discount Tire Falken Tire lunch bag. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry into the sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these official rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

2013 FJ Summit – California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch

2013 FJ Summit- California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch

For my last ride during the 2013 Fj Summit I joined Eddy on the California Pass and Corkscrew Gulch.   Eddy and I rode in his Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner.  Eddy was running one of the newest tire additions to the Discount Tire catalog; the Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 in the LT 285/75R-16.  He had them mounted on a set of Level 8 Motorsport’s Guardian Wheels.

Pro Comp Xtreme MT2  LT 285/75R-16

Combining California Pass with Corkscrew Gulch is an awesome way to tour through the San Juan Mountains.  They are both scenic and there are a couple of fun technical spots along the way too.  The sign at the trail head recommends high clearance four wheel drive vehicles with a short wheel base.  Eddy’s Pre-Runner is only 2 wheel drive but his rear locker and new tires should help him get through the trail. (I hoped.)

California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

A short time into California Pass we made a brief stop to check out some old mining buildings.  There was even some old tracks that were used by mining cars.

Old mining tracks

Old Mine on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

As we continued, the trail guide came on the CB saying there was a mother bear and cub in a small clearing ahead.  As soon as I heard this I bolted from the truck to try to get a photo of them. Unfortunately we were too far back in the group.  By the time I huffed and puffed to the front of the line the bears had already gone into the trees. I waited and watched for them until Eddy caught up to me, but no luck.

Here is a photo of the place where the bears were spotted.

California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

Back on the trail, we hit a junction where the trail splits.  One direction will take you to Poughkeepsie Gulch and the other will take you to California Gulch.  We steered left and continued on California Pass toward California Gulch.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires

Falken Tire was also on this trail in one of their Toyota Tacomas, shod with Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires.

Toyota Tacoma, shod with Falken Wildpeak A/T tires.

The waterfalls beside the trail looked very inviting.  I wish I had brought a fishing pole, however, with the bears in the area, we might not end up being the only ones fishing.

Waterfall on California Pass/Corkscrew Gultch trail at the 2013 FJ Summit

As we exited out of the treeline there is a fun obstacle at the start of the switchbacks.  The old FJ in our group put on a show by lifting his front wheel high off the ground.

Old FJ wheels up

Eddy didn’t let that intimidate him in his 2 wheel drive Tacoma as his Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires didn’t even slip as he went up the obstacle with ease.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires

The view of the lush green foliage on the treeless mountains was beautiful as we continued to climb.

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As we were nearing the top of this part of the trail we saw some old mining buildings off in the distance.  There was also a sign depicting some of the history of this area.  It seems the old miners used to call mules and burros the “Canaries of the Rocky mountains”.  They called them canaries because they could hear them braying from miles away.  Their noise would let the miners know they were close to a village.

Beautiful view on the California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

We kept up a steady pace through the switchbacks as we were heading to another old mining town just a little further down the trail.

Green Mountains

As we pulled into the old mining town of Animas Forks it was time for lunch.  As we enjoyed a little bite to eat we couldn’t help but wonder how difficult it must have been to haul in all the lumber and equipment to build the mines and villages. Back in the late 1800’s they didn’t have all the fancy equipment and plush tires we have now.

Old mining town on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

Old mining town on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

Once again it was a perfect time to get a group photo while we had everyone together.

Group photo on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

Of course I had to get one more jump shot to make it a perfect trip.

Group jump shot photo on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch

We saw lots of other people at this stop.  There were lots of side by sides and ATV’s parked along the road.

ATV's and side by sides on California Pass/Corkscrew Gulch trail

As we continued on, California Gulch laid out a carpet of green grasses in front of us.  Maybe this is why it got the name “California”?…  Eventually, the scenery started to take drastic change and the green grasses gave way to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

 The scenery was making a drastic change from a carpet of summer greens to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

The scenery was making a drastic change from a carpet of summer greens to rocky, rust colored mountain tops.

As we crest the summit we could see the Lake Como down in the valley.  We were also able to see 2 other FJ Summit groups coming out of the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail. What a breath taking sight.

Como Lake.

We continued on and took Hurricane Pass where the elevation is 12,730 feet. From there we dropped into Corkscrew Gulch.   I love wondering what is around the next corner and once again, the trail turned into a narrow and steep switchback trail that ran next to the majestic rust colored mountains.

The California Corkscrew trail goes over Hurricane Pass where the elevation is 12,730 feet

switchbacks

Eddy was showing us what his Tacoma Pre-Runner was capable of.   With some finesse and accurate tire placement he continued along the trail with ease.   Here he is lifting a rear tire for fun.

Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with Pro-Comp Xtreme MT2 tires, rear wheel up

As we hit the tree line we knew the highway back into town would be coming up soon. It was kind of sad because this meant the 2013 FJ Summit‘s end was also near.

As we came back into town the local fire department was doing a benefit car wash to help them raise money for their department.  Eddy thought it was a worthy cause so he jumped in line.

After a good soapy scrub down each vehicle was rinsed with a blast from a couple fire hoses.

Discount Tire truck washed by firemen

After getting ourselves cleaned up as well we headed over to the main tent to celebrate the last night.  There was an awesome raffle after dinner and everyone gathered to try to win something.

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit, tickets

The Discount Tire crew started off the raffle by giving away a few sets of tires and wheels along with a host of other goodies.

Discount Tire Raffel

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

Some of the people bought LOTS of tickets to improve their chances of winning.

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

Winner of Discount Tire raffel

As the vendor give away was winding down the crowd was getting weary.  It had been a long but very fun week.

Matt (one of the FJ Summit Committee members) took the microphone for final announcements.  After thanking everyone for their courteous participation he asked that everyone please line up on the main street starting at 5:30 AM tomorrow for a photo shoot.  There were a few groans from the crowd because of the start time but this had become a tradition.

Matt (one of the FJ Summit Committee members)

After another short nights sleep we showed up for the group photograph. It was a fun time to mingle through the crowded streets lined with FJ’s. I spoke with many new friends I had made during the week. It is amazing to watch all the tricked out FJ’s being lined up as the town of Ouray closes off their main street for this event.

2013 FJ Summit Group Photo

The Falken Tire big rig closed off the street for the end of the line.

Falken Tire tractor trailer rig

Here we are for one last group glamor shot.

Discount Tire group shot in Ouray 2013

Discount Tire would like to sincerely thank all the participants, vendors and promoters for your unbelievable support during this years FJ Summit.  We heard countless stories from you about your great experiences in our local stores and online.  We appreciate each and every one of you and will continue to work hard to earn your business.

Remember to take the time to enjoy this beautiful and free country we live in, appreciate your families and buy all your tires and wheels from Discount Tire. Your journey starts here!

Here are some additional photos from this ride.

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2013 FJ Summit – Black Bear Pass

2013 FJ Summit – Black Bear Pass

July, 2013 Ouray, CO: The sky was clear for day 2 of the FJ Summit in Ouray Colorado.  Our Discount Tire team was anxious to get going for another fantastic day of trail riding and I was very excited to be spending the day on Black Bear Pass. 

Today, Cary and I met at the Ouray Mining Park for the Discount Tire sponsored trail on Black Bear Pass.  The trail guides first went over some of the safety precautions and checked off all the drivers that were signed up to make sure everyone makes it through the trail.

Drivers Meeting for Discount Tire Sponsored Black Bear Pass Trail Ride

Cary and I tried to do this trail 2 years ago with another group during the 2011 FJ Summit but were stopped at the top of the summit by snow.  That year, the trail was closed through July – which was later than normal.

After the quick drivers meeting we were off and running.  It didn’t take long before we came across our first, and second waterfall for the day.  

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The elevation for the start of this trail is just over 11,000 feet.  There was water running down the rocky trail just before making it to the summit which is 12,800 feet. It was a good spot for everyone to test the wet traction of their tires.  Cary’s Nitto Trail Grappler tires, which are mounted on Method Racing NV Wheels, did great.  His tires never missed a beat on the steep, slick, rocky face.  They are an impressive tire to say the least.

Discount Tire heading to the summit of Black Bear Pass

Climbing to the Summit of Black Bear Pass

There were two Toyota Tacoma trucks from Falken Tire along for the trail ride.  Both trucks were running Falken Wild Peak A/T tires and both made the climb look easy. 

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At the top of the summit there was a slight dusting of snow from the night before.  The view from up here is outstanding.  You can see the trail off to the right.  It winds its way down into the cut of the mountains and then drops into the town of Telluride.

Summit of Black Bear Pass

We took a short break here.  It was a perfect place to line everyone up for a group photo.

Black Bear Pass

Since everyone was together I also took the opportunity to snap a photo of all the people on our trip.

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Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a group “jump shot” as well.

Fj Summit 2013 Black Bear Pass Group Photo

The colors were absolutely stunning as we started down towards Telluride.  At this point the narrowing trail turns into one way traffic (down) only.

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We saw a few Marmot’s along the top part of the trail as well.  Can you find the Marmot in this photo?

Marmot on Black Bear Pass

There was a spotter at the start of the switchbacks that asked everyone to get together for a safety talk.  He said he would be at the first obstacle to help if the driver wanted it.  He went over the hand signals that he would use to safely navigate drivers through the steep narrow rocky terrain.

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With everyone lined up, the procession started down the mountain.

Black Bear Pass looking down at Telluride

Cary’s Nitto Trail Grapplers had no problem finding grip on the steep downhill part of the trail.

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Near the top, after a sharp 3 point turn, there is a beautiful waterfall that crosses the trail.

Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

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Everyone gathered up after the falls for a look at the city before heading down the very steep switchbacks of Black Bear Pass. 

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The city of Telluride was starting to get closer in my view finder.

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As we progressed down, everyone in the group teamed up to help spot each other down.  The narrow switchback corners were very sharp and difficult to see around.

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Discount Tire On Black Bear Pass

The guys from Falken Tire did a great job navigating down the switchbacks.  Their longer wheel base required them to back up a few extra times but they had fun doing it.

Falken Tire on Black Bear Pass

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Narrow Switchbacks on Black Bear Pass

About half way down there is great view of Bridal Veil Falls.  This is a huge waterfall that seems to drop into the trees.  At 365 feet it is the longest free falling waterfall in Colorado.  I would love to have a chance to see the view from inside the building at the top but it is not open for the public.  Seeing it makes me also wonder what the waterfall sounds like from inside the house.  What a view.

Bridal Vail Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

Bridal Vail Waterfall on Black Bear Pass

At the bottom of the trail and the edge of Telluride we all gathered together for one last time.   This was the end of the Discount Tire sponsored Black Bear Pass ride for the day.   From here, we opted to continue back to Ouray on the Ophir Trail while others decided to stay and enjoy some time in Telluride.

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We had another unbelievable day on the trails.  We made some new friends and Cary and I finally got to finish Black Bear Pass.

Black Bear Pass is not an overly technical trail but it will certainly test your nerves.  The views, crisp waterfalls and three point turns on this very narrow trail are a must experience for everyone. 

Here are some additional photos from this outstanding trail ride.

 Missed our coverage of day 1 of the 2013 FJ Summit? See it here: 2013 FJ Summit Poughkeepsie Gulch

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FJ Summit 2013 Poughkeepsie Gulch

FJ Summit 2013: Poughkeepsie Gulch

July,2013 Ouray CO: This was the first official day of the 7th Annual FJ Summit event and everyone was anxious to get the ride started.  Chris and I ran the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail in his old school FJ-40 that he nicknamed The Great Pumpkin.

We met at Ouray Mining Park for the drivers meeting before heading south of town to the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail head.  

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The start of the trail quickly climbs in elevation.  Some of the crisp morning views were absolutely incredible with the waterfalls running along the canyons beside the narrow road.

Waterfall on Poughkeepsie Gultch trail at the 2013 FJ Summit

There was a booming rain storm the day before this ride that left a few good size puddles along the trail.  Chris couldn’t resist testing out his Cooper Discoverer STT tires.

FJ 40 going bumper deep in muddy water

This was the biggest puddle of the day.

FJ 40 splashing through water on the Poughkeepsie Gultch trail

FJ 40 pushing water

Around every corner was another fantastic view.  The terrain changed from deep woods to a large meadow with huge mountains cresting amid the cool blue sky.

FJ's winding through the woods

On the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail

FJ 40 glamor shot

We were almost half way into the trail when we came upon another FJ Summit group that left ½ hour before our group.   We found out that one of the FJ’s was having trouble with his front drive axle.  A couple of the guys in the group were laying under the FJ trying to figure out what they could do to fix the problem.

Fixing an FJ Cruiser on the Poughkeepsie trail

They assured us they would be able to take care of the problem one way or another so we continued on towards the obstacle known as “The Wall” that was only a few miles ahead.

FJ's on the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail

FJ Cruiser happy on the trail

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There was another decked out FJ-40 on the trail with us.  The Great Pumpkin and its friend looked great together.

Two FJ 40's on the Poughkeepsie Gultch trail

FJ 40 having fun

A short time after passing the early group we ran into a spot with some large boulders.  Its fairly easy to get high centered if you choose a difficult line.  Thankfully, our group only had to pull 1 vehicle that got high centered on a rock.   A cement colored FJ with strong tow strap saved the day.

Black Cherry FJ Cruiser

Cement FJ Cruiser pulling a Black Cherry FJ Cruiser

As the maroon FJ was being pulled backwards it rolled a large pointed boulder into the middle of the trail.  With a little man power, the boulder was moved off to one side.

Musceling a rock off the trail

The rugged FJ-40’s made quick work of the small rock garden thanks to the grip from his Cooper Discoverer SST tires.

FJ 40 in the rocks

FJ 40 off camber

FJ 40 wheeling on Poughkeepsie trail

The Copper Discoverer STT tires worked excellent in the sharp rocks as well as the mud.  Chris gave the sidewalls a workout and they held up great.

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As we started our climb above the tree line we were are all anxious to get to “The Wall” on Poughkeepsie Gulch. 

scenic view of Poukeepsie gultch trail

Just as we were getting close Chris had trouble with The Great Pumpkin.  It popped into neutral and would not go back into gear.  Chris worked and worked on the shifter even bending it slightly trying to get it into gear.  Nothing worked.  There was a guy in our group that was a mechanic that came to our aid but the old FJ would have none of it.  As a last resort we tried pulling Chris’s FJ up the hill to see if it would unlock the gear box.

FJ 40 winching

It was a good effort but nothing worked.  Since we were out of options we decided that Chris would roll down the hill to a spot where there was a turnout so he could park his vehicle.  We then grabbed all our gear and started walking up the hill to see if we could jump in with someone else in our group.

Looking for a ride on the Pookespie gulch trail

Thankfully, we met Josh and his mother and they invited us to ride along with them in their new Four Runner with upgraded Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.   I have to say I was happy to get in their vehicle as hiking up the hill carrying a bunch of gear in this altitude took my breath away.

4 Runner on the trail

By now the group we passed had caught up to us and we had a rather large caravan from here to “The Wall”.

When we arrived at the Poughkeepsie Gulch wall there was still one vehicle from yet an earlier group winching to the top on the left side of the trail.  Our trail leader (Jimmy Buffet) headed off to the right but was unsuccessful.  He then attempted the left but again was stopped by the rock face.  He decided to use the winch point at the top to winch himself up rather than hold up the group.

FJ Cruiser getting ready to winch on Poughkeepsie Gultch trail

There were vehicles trying to go up the left and right at the same time.  I wasn’t sure which line to watch until the white FJ-40 lined up on the right.  It took him a couple of tries to get the correct line before he went right up without any problems.

FJ 40 up The Wall

Just after him another FJ came flying up the right rock face wheels in the air. I swear I heard him yell “Yeee Hawww” as he flew to the top.

FJ Cruiser up the wall wheels up

Well now it was time for Josh to show us what his new Toyota Four Runner could do.  With a valiant attempt on the right wall he almost made it to the top only to get high centered just before clearing the obstacle.

Toyota 4 Runner high centered

After backing down Josh went for the left side line.  This turned out to be a bad choice as his rear bumper got caught and was drug off.  I was looking at his mother and she said with a smile “Oh well, I don’t mind.  Now I can upgrade the bumpers”.  Wow, how cool is that to have such an awesome mother?  She not only took her son to this event but she didn’t even get mad at him for causing some damage to their new vehicle.

Toyota 4 Runner stuck at the wall on Poughkeepsie trail

Toyota 4 Runner pulling the bumper off on Poughkeepsie Gultch Trail

After everyone in our group had made it past the wall on the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail we continued on and eventually stopped at Como Lake for lunch.  This was a perfect time for me to snap some photos of our group.  The jump shot photos are my personal favorite.

FJ Summit group shot at Como Lake

FJ Summit group jump shot at Como Lake

It was starting to rain so we all loaded up and headed back on the trail.  From this point it is only about 6 miles to the main highway back to town.

Como lake along Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail

The view of the lake as we climbed the steep switchback trail to the top was amazing.

scenic view of Como Lake

As we came over the top of the mountain for our final decent to the highway the red colored mountains looked beautiful against the cloudy sky.  I spoke to one of the local guides in town the first night we were there and he said the red color was caused by a volcano many years ago.  He said there are 4 mountains close together that erupted.

Red mountains on California Corkscrew trail

We made it all the way back to our condo thanks to the generosity of Josh and his mom.  Later that afternoon we were able to recover the Great Pumpkin and get it back into gear.   Special thanks for Josh and his mother for letting us hitch a ride. 

Here are some additional photos from the Poughkeepsie Gulch Trail ride:

Waterfall on Poughkeepsie Gultch trail at the 2013 FJ Summit Lunch with Discount Tire at the FJ Cruiser Sumit 2013 on Poughkeepsie Lunch with Discount Tire at the FJ Cruiser Sumit 2013 on Poughkeepsie begging for candy Black FJ on Poughkeepsie Toyota 4 Runner high on trail Black Cherry FJ Cruiser on trail Cement FJ climbing the wall Black FJ climbing the wall People at the wall at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event Black  Cherry FJ climbing the wall Trail ride White FJ at the wall Green FJ on Poughkeepsie Flowers on Poughkeepsie On the trail Off camber FJ FJ stuck on Poughkeepsie scenery on Poughkeepsie

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2013 FJ Cruiser Summit Pre-Run Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin : 2013 FJ Summit

Morning came early in Ouray Colorado the day before the 7th Annual FJ Summit would begin.   Our Discount Tire crew worked quickly to set up our vendor space and prepare for 3 days of sponsored 4×4 trail rides and interaction with our customers.   With the breathtaking San Juan Mountains surrounding us we were working double time so we could get out on the Yankee Boy Basin trail before the event rush. 

Our efforts paid off!  After set up was complete, we met up with Don (AKA Wikid on www.FJCruiserForums.com) and a few others for a quick ride on The Yankee Boy Basin Trail.

The Yankee Boy Basin trailhead is located at the south end of Ouray, our group stopped here to air down.

Fj Summit Yankee Boy Basin Trail

The start of the trail is a normal dirt road but the elevation climbs fast!  Before you know it, you’re on the side of a steep canyon.  Our first stop was at a spot, rightfully named hanging rock.  As you can see it is a good thing we do not have overly tall vehicles.

Yankee Boy Trail Hanging Rock

Discount Tire at hanging rock on Yankee Boy trail

As we continued on we passed a few old mines some of which were still littered building remnants.  This is the remains of the Atlas Mine.

Atlas Mine on Yankee Boy Trail at 2013 FJ Summit

There is a restroom stop located about half way up the mountain.   This is also a good place to stop and take a short hike to a double waterfall that is located nearby.  Unfortunately, there was a traffic jam when we arrived so we made our stop brief and pushed on towards the basin.

Rest room break at Yankee Boy Trail

The next short stretch of trail was very lush with wild flowers and trees

View of the San Juan Mountains

The last stretch of trail to the top is switchbacks through the gorgeous tundra and at the top there is a hiking trail that starts at 12,200 feet in elevation.

Above the tree line at the 2013 Discount Tire Summit Event

Starting up the switchbacks on Yankee Boy trail with Discount Tire

Our crew took a short break at the top to take in the view of the surrounding mountains before heading down to the Yankee Boy Basin.

Overlooking Yankee Boy Basin with Discount Tire at the 2013 FJ Summit

The Yankee Boy Basin was an awesome place to stop for a break.  Some of our group wandered to the edge of the water for a snowball fight while others went to look at the waterfall coming out of the lake. The lineup of vehicles next to the water made for a great photo.

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Unfortunately, it was soon time to head back the way we came so we loaded up and headed back into town.   It is amazing how different the same trail can look when you are headed in the opposite direction.

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After arriving back in town we were excited to kick off the 7th Annual FJ Summit with a Discount Tire sponsored dinner.   With the smell of All-American hamburgers and hot dogs sweeping the town, the food lines quickly filled up.  Mother Nature must have decided she wanted some of the attention too and she decided to throw us a curve ball.  It started to thunder and rain and even some hail came pelting out of the sky.  Thankfully, we had a large tent for everyone to huddle under.

Discount Tire sponsored dinner at the 2013 FJ Summit event

As quickly as it came, the rain departed and that gave us a chance to surprise everyone with some desert.  How sweet is that?! (pun intended haha!) And if ice cream isn’t sweet enough, we also decided to raffle a few special items for those that stuck it out through the rain.       

Discount Tire ice cream social at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

Discount Tire announcements at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Here’s Eric and some of our Discount Tire crew putting on a very entertaining show as they gave away some excellent products.

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

This dinner was an outstanding end to great day.  There is nothing better than wheeling in one of the best places in America and meeting new friends.

Special thanks to Don (WIKID on the forums) for guiding us on an impromptu ride of The Yankee Boy Basin trail.

Here are some additional photos from this trail ride and the festivities at the start of the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event.

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Discount Tire on Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Yankee Boy Basin Trail

On the way to the top of Yankee Boy Basin trail

Beautiful photo of the Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser summit

Twisty trail on Yankee Boy trail in Ouray CO

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At the top of Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser event

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FJ's at the Yankee Boy Basin 2013

FJ's lined up on the trail at the 2013 FJ Summit

Snow on the Yankee Boy trail 2013

Water on the side of Yankee Boy trail 2013

Waterfall on Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

FJ on Yankee Boy 2013

Tacoma on the Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Mountain trail at the FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Yankee Boy trail in a Tacoma at the FJ Cruiser Summit

Mountains and flowers on the Yankee Boy trail 2013

Lunch with Discount Tire at the FJ Cruiser Sumit 2013

Ouray Colorado, home of the FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Discount Tire sponsored dinner line at the 2013 FJ Cruiser event

Discount Tire booth at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Event.

People at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

Discount Tire crew at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Discount Tire handing out ice cream at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Line for ice cream at the Discount Tire booth 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

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FJ Summit 2013 Photo Contest

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“I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit Photo Contest 2013

About the Contest

Are you attending the 2013 FJ Summit National Meet in Ouray, CO next week?  We are, and our bags are already packed!  During the event we are running an “I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit photo contest.  To enter all you need to do it snap a picture of one of our Discount Tire branded vehicles and submit it as an entry.  1 Lucky winner will be sent a Discount Tire backpack full of surprise goodies.

How Do I Enter

It’s easy! From Monday July 17th-Sunday July 21st we’ll have 2 late model FJ Cruisers , 1 Toyota Tacoma, and an FJ-40 attending the 2013 FJ Summit event and each vehicle will have large Discount Tire stickers on them.  If you see them on the road, trail, at our booth or anywhere else during the 2013 FJ Summit snap a picture.  Then share your picture on Instagram with hashtag #discounttireFJ or email your entry to forums@discounttire.com.  If you choose to enter your photo via email please title the subject of your email “I Spy”and include your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email. 

When Does The Contest Start and End

Photos must be taken between July 17th and July 21st, 2013.  Deadline for entries is midnight Friday July 26th, 2013. Winner will be selected by Tuesday July 30th, 2013.

What Will the Winner Win

One lucky winner will be randomly selected Friday August 2nd, 2013 to win a really cool Discount Tire backpack full of awesome surprise goodies (and a koozie).  The winner will be contacted directly through Instagram or by email, see official rules*** below.

How Will The Winner Be Selected

The winner will be selected at random.  You can enter as many times as you would like but multiple entries will not increase your chances of winning.

Entries! The latest “I SPY” Discount Tire at FJ Summit Entries Submitted Via Instagram:

 

UPDATE:  Congratulations to James B of Westminster, CO.  By Random selection you are our winner!

 

Additional Entries

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