As early as the 1840’s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean. The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848. The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers, and some of the most hostile country in the world.
Agua Dulce, Calif.: With pre-rally entries at record levels, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released a final event schedule for its fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. NORRA and its unique, vintage-flavored, on and-off road rally will cover 1,300+ miles over four days starting in Ensenada, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico on May 10th and finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.
For the first time in its history, the Mexican 1000 will start in the host city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, just two hours south of downtown San Diego. Much of the pre-race activity will center around Ensenada’s iconic Riviera Cultural Center, including Saturday’s General Tire “Round-Up” of historic and vintage race cars, trucks and sedans, the “Bilstein Shock Absorber Tech Inspection” and the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting and Welcome Fiesta.”
Superwinch makes some of the toughest recovery equipment and winches for serious Jeep and 4-Wheel Drive owners. For the last few years, Superwinch has been putting on a trail run for customers and those wanting to join a group with plenty of pulling power.
Dear OHV Enthusiast:
Over the last 40 years, many of us in California have seen private land owners (developers, ranchers, timber owners, and mining interests) close their properties to historic OHV recreation. They have a right to exercise their private property rights.
However, OHVers have a rare opportunity to secure long-term access to existing OHV recreation that is occurring on private property near the Jawbone OHV Area. The CA OHV Program has been working hard to purchase about 59 privately owned parcels in an effort to secure said lands for long-term OHV use.
POCATELLO, ID (November 12, 2013) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Board of Directors formally announced today that Del Albright will serve as Interim Director of Operations, overseeing the daily affairs of BRC following the departure of former Executive Director Greg Mumm. Albright is well known to BRC supporters and the broader outdoor community, having worked with BRC for over a decade, most recently as the BRC Ambassador.
“It is with great anticipation that we promote Del to this position,” said John Parrinello, President of the BRC Board. “He has the right mix of experience, vision, and credibility with our constituents to lead BRC at this important juncture,” Parrinello explained.
Nashville, TN – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend at his 7th Annual Charity event, gathering motocross celebrities, country stars, and fans to enjoy the beautiful middle Tennessee weather and some great musical moments!
The event took place on Saturday, Sept 14th, in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, TN. All proceeds benefit Billy’s Place, a component fund of the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.
The day kicked off with an exhibition from several major motocross celebrities including Jimmy Albertson, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Brett Cue, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short, and Larry Ward, followed by a group trail ride and lunch.
The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) reports that the California State Parks has filed their formal response to the PEER/DPC lawsuit seeking to limit open riding within Ocotillo Wells SVRV. The response requests the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
The response, demurrer, cites that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Desert Protection Council (DPC) have improperly invited the court to direct State Parks how to run the SVRA, something the law does not allow. In order to pursue this lawsuit, PEER/DPC must identify a specific non-discretionary task, required by law, that State Parks has failed to perform. That is something the filing by PEER/DPC fails to identify.
With summer here, it’s the season to head out for a weekend off-road and camping adventure. To help make a checklist of what to bring on your next adventure, here’s a checklist of things you should have stowed in your off-road rig to make the trip both fun and safe.
Never leave home without it. Always plan to load more than enough water for everyone in the group. It’s always good to have an extra gallon stashed away. If you break down or plan to stick around an extra day, having some extra on hand will make sure your group stays hydrated on the trail.
A tent or shelter is always important to have along to get out of the elements and avoid bugs, rain and heat. Whether it’s a traditional ground tent or a fold-out overland-style tent, there are a number of shelter options for camping off-road. One helpful note is to make sure the tent is in proper-working order before the trip. A ground mat is also helpful to have along to create a barrier between you and the ground, and most are also mildew-resistant in case they get wet.
Yeah, this seems pretty obvious, but it’s important not just to bring food but be mindful of what you bring and how you’ll store it. A blend of perishable and non-perishable items is smart to bring along. Meat, bread and fruit can stay fresh in a cooler for a few days, but bring along some items with longer shelf life light canned food, trail mix or even the emergency MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). It’s wise to have options on hand – especially if you’re camping quite a ways from civilization.
First Aid Kit
Being prepared for any emergencies that might arise is crucial. A basic first aid kit should include bandages, gauze, disinfectant, first aid tape and more. Pack a lighter in it as well since matches can get wet. A small flashlight or headlamp on hand will help make sure you can address first aid issues in the dark without having to dig through the vehicle. A roll of duct tape and rope can help in a number of situations, and a Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool can really come in handy.
The Central Coast Ranger District – Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the Siuslaw National Forest is seeking public comment on the proposed Bull Run Dunes Restoration Project. The project is needed to restore historic open sand conditions on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The area proposed for restoration is located north of the Bull Run Staging Area in an area designated for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use (see map).
The Project is located in an area that has, over the past 50 years, been colonized by European beach grass, Scot’s broom, and shorepine. The Project proposes to manually and mechanically clear vegetation from approximately 60 acres of hummocks in an area north of the Bull Run Off-Highway Vehicle Staging area. The use of herbicides is not proposed as a treatment method. It is estimated that the Project will take 3-5 years to complete. This Project is being proposed concurrently with the development of a Dunes Restoration Strategy that should be completed in the next year or two.
Gas prices have only increased in recent years. Although they have somewhat stabilized and are not currently fluctuating as greatly as they once were, there’s no doubt higher gas prices are here to stay. Hybrids and electric cars don’t have a place off-road as of yet (and maybe never will), and with modifications for improved clearance and capability on the trail, these upgrades can often reduce fuel economy further. However, there are still ways to reduce fuel consumption and improve your MPG on your off-road vehicle.
Below is a list of 10 suggestions for improving fuel economy. Although some of them may not fit your specific situation, others can certainly help the MPG of your vehicle. Feel free to comment with other suggestions as well.