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MuirNet - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:40
BOISE, ID – In opening remarks today at the conference, “The Next Steppe: Sage Grouse and Wildland Fire,” Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze announced the release of the Northern Great Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA), a next-generation tool for looking at the ecological health of this important geographic region.
“The BLM is using these regional assessments to identify the key challenges and opportunities that exist across the West,” Kornze said. “By providing good, current science and looking across broad landscapes we can help ensure that decisions are being made with the best available information.”
4x4 Wire - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:02
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; also known as "side-by-sides".
Regardless of what type of off-highway vehicle you most enjoy, it is important that you contact all of your federal legislators and the Senate Committee Members listed below. As an OHV community, we can pull together and speak with one, very loud voice.
Please read the information below, then send an Email now to the Relevant Senate Committees Opposing CPSC’s Proposed Mandatory Standards for ROVs (Side-by-Sides)
MuirNet - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:43
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov 12, 2014) - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s listing of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act:
MuirNet - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:56
Washington, D.C. - The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands.
The 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System will guide the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
4x4 Wire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:02Hi-Lift® Jack Company Introduces PATRIOT EDITION Hi-Lift® Jack and its “Helping Give Veterans a Lift” Campaign
As an American manufacturer, Hi-Lift Jack Company wants to provide support for those service members that have served and made tremendous sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis. Hi-Lift® Jack Company will donate a portion of its proceeds for every PATRIOT EDITION Hi-Lift® Jack sold to Hope for the Warriors®.
The mission of Hope for the Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
MuirNet - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:41
Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-Scale Runoff in Southwestern USA Ponderosa Pine Forests
The recent mortality of up to 20% of forests and woodlands in the southwestern United States, along with declining stream flows and projected future water shortages, heightens the need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire.
4x4 Wire - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:29
OHV trails had been closed for 11 years
About 25 riders and supporters celebrated the reopening of phase one of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in Mississippi’s DeSoto National Forest in September, the American Motorcyclist Association announced.
The Friends of Rattlesnake Bay off-highway-vehicle group joined U.S. Forest Service officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 9.5 miles of trails in an area that has remained “temporarily” closed for more than 11 years.
MuirNet - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 13:31
Burns reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health
Quincy, CA. - Plumas National Forest officials have started to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health. "To the extent economically feasible, we've removed all merchantable materials prior to burning," said Earl Ford, Forest Supervisor. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low to moderate intensity understory vegetation burns on the forest floor, and moderate to high intensity broadcast burning of brush. The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface, to promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems, and improve habitat for wildlife.
4x4 Wire - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:36
ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth 4x4 for our next big giveaway!
ExtremeTerrain and Mammoth 4x4 are very excited to work together to give one lucky winner a complete Jeep upgrade. The winner can be either a Jeep TJ or Jeep JK owner and will receive a lift kit and a wheel and tire kit including control arms and lug nuts; everything you need to upgrade your Wrangler. In total that is around $2,500 in parts!
In order to enter, participants should fill out the entry form on ExtremeTerrain.com. Contest ends October 31, 2014.
Click here for Entry Form.
Badlands Off Road Adventures - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:00
Top 10 Fears of New 4WD Owners
Results of Stuck forever.
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Driving off road presents a host of challenges for any driver. Four wheeling can be especially intimidating for new drivers. Those initial concerns are understandable. It takes off-road experience to build skillset and confidence.
If youve considered going off road but are reluctant to do so, relax. The following information should convince you take up the hobby. While you are reading this remember: in town, you can be in a pile-up as the result of other drivers errors and actions. Off-road in almost every instance the driver made the decision and judgment that lead to his predicament.
After years of talking with new 4-wheel drive owners, here is my perception of the Top 10 Fears of newer drivers, and what to do about them.
1. Damage to a new vehicle: This is mostly cosmetic damage, and includes minor pin-striping and scrapes to bumpers. On occasion an air dam gets torn off or a license plate is bent out of shape. The skid plate will protect the undercarriage if you bottom out. I recommend you add rock sliders on the sides of the vehicle as one of your first upgrades in armor even if you only plan to do forest service roads. The first little dents hurt you more than the vehicle. On the bright side, you can now justify an aftermarket bumper.
It is a toss as to which of these next two is the bigger concern. I picked rolling over as the number 2 concern.
2. Rolling over: Normally another rare issue. What makes good YouTube fodder is the extreme stuff with above average risk. When it does occur, the driver is often in an extreme situation or driving recklessly. Take your time going through rough terrain and around obstacles. And avoid high risk situations. Perhaps not a comfort to you, if you do make a mistake and roll over - most times, the vehicle will only tip over onto a side (what we call a flop). These tend to occur while driving slowly, so damage to the vehicle is limited.
3. Stuck forever: Rarely happens. Sure you are going to get stuck sometimes. Your buddies will help you out of a jam. Most stuck situations are what we call shallowly stuck - lightly hung up on a rock or mud just up to the side walls. A quick pull a few feet by another vehicle and you are out. If you go by yourself, a winch will get you out of most situations. Of course you will avoid situations that are right on the edge of being doable. But remember to always go out with at least one other vehicle.
4. Breakdowns: They occur, but the more common issues are resolved with proper training and tools. Remember, too, that youre likely to be with other drivers. Read some of our other articles to prepare for and deal with breakdowns. Tires are the number one problem in my opinion. Focus on learning the skills to fix tires (they are not hard) and acquire the necessary tools. Bottom line: a breakdown need not end your four wheeling trip.
5. Not knowing where to go and not knowing other drivers: The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) produces maps that show open trails in western states. Since 2011, they provide Off-Highway Vehicle Route Supplement maps by Field Office sub regions. All open trails (with trail numbers) are identified. These maps do not have contour lines or other details and should be used with other maps like the BLM Surface Management Status maps.
All national forests are required to publish a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The maps are little more than line drawings of the trails with trail numbers. They show the major paved road to help orient you. In California, the California Trail Users Coalition publishes maps with the MVUM over laid on more fully featured maps for $3.00. Obtain several maps so you know where to find legal trails.
Another good resource are trail guides. You can find a list of publishers on my web site www.4x4training.com/trails.html
Look for events that are open to the public. Stop by and introduce yourself. In the process, youre likely to meet other drivers willing to hit the trails with you.
Lost a bead
(Click picture for a larger image.) 6. Breaking a bead: Also called losing a bead, this is common. This concern is warranted but easily mitigated. Four wheelers air down nearly every time they go off road. If you turn too sharp, too fast in soft stuff or against a rock, the deflated tire is likely to lose its bead. The issue sounds worse than it is, though. As youll learn in this article, Tire Problems Shouldnt Deflate Your Day, the problem is easily corrected with an air compressor and jack.
7. Embarrassing yourself in front of others: Understand that everyone has to start sometime. Heck, I can recall some of my boneheaded newbie mistakes. The hope is that your fellow drivers are patient and understanding.
To build your confidence, take some introductory classes. Everyone in the class is in the same position as you, and youll learn together. (I offer a number of beginners classes.) Bear in mind that making mistakes is a part of your training. Dont get worked up if, for example, you pick the wrong line. Youll quickly recover, and youll be a smarter four wheeler as a result.
8. Lack of skill & knowledge: with all the YouTube videos available of extreme situations there is a sense that theyd be in over their heads. There is no need to jump into high risk and difficult trails. One trail book I have for Southern California list over 150 trails (representing about 1500 miles). Only 19 of them are rate above a difficulty Level of 4 (out of 10). Most of the trails take you to scenic overlooks, old ghost towns, old mines, and great camp sites. However, you need good clearance and 4-wheel drive to get there. An off-road training clinic will quickly eliminate much of the concern. There are so many trails, and such a wide variety of terrain, that youll easily find a path that is enjoyable and surmountable.
9. Going off camber: Official term for driving when tipped at an angle. As a newbie, being tilted over can be an unnerving experience. Even veteran drivers are uncomfortable driving off camber. Off camber isnt a real issue until you get up around a 30-degree pitch. Youre not likely to tip over, though, unless youre traveling fast. Go slow and control the bounce.
In my Getting Started Off-Road Driving & Safety Clinic I put students through a 30-degree pitch. They learn what it feels like and how to respond. They are less likely to freeze up while off road.
A couple tools can help you determine your angle. One is an angle finder carpenter's use, available in any hardware store. Another one, you can find at 4WD stores can be glued to the dash, it shows pitch and yaw.
10. Lack of immediate emergency services: Some 4WD areas as so remote, youre outside the 2-hour window that normally defines urgent care response. Worse, you may be outside of cell range, as well. Some steps include:
- Get basic first aid training. Learn how to stabilize an injured person. Take a basic survival course, too. You may need to camp out one or more nights while waiting for help.
- Pack alternate forms of communication. These can include ham radio (requires a license), a satellite phone and a personal locator beacon or SPOT device.
- Always ride with at least one other vehicle. I cant stress that enough. Especially while still inexperienced, dont consider going alone to anything but the easiest trails.
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- 10 Rules of Trail Etiquette
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Waiting for breakfast - Rasor OHV
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Summary of upcoming events.
- Oct. 24 Death Valley Adventure
- Nov. 01 Getting Started Off-Road - LA area:
- Nov. 15 Getting Started Off-Road - San Diego area:
- Nov. 29 T&T Rail road Adventure
- Dec. 06 Getting Started Off-Road - LA area:
- Dec. 07 Day 2 Getting Started Clinic- Mojave:
- Dec. 13 Getting Started Off-Road - San Diego area:
- Dec. 14 Day 2 Getting Started Clinic- Borrego Spgs:
- Jan. 10 Getting Started Off-Road - LA area:
- Jan. 11 Day 2 Getting Started Clinic- Mojave:
- Jan. 24 Getting Started Off-Road - San Diego area:
- Jan. 25 Day 2 Getting Started Clinic- Borrego Spgs:
- Jan. 31 Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic - Hawthorne:
This is a 4 day trip on the back roads in Death Valley. We will drive the Panamint Mountains, drive past Badwater Basin (lowest spot in North America), visit Chloride Ghost town, Titus Canyon, check out Ubehebe Crater, Teakettle junction, The Race Track & Lippencott Mine Road, camp at the Warm Springs and leave via Steal Pass up to the high meadows, then take Dedeckera Canyon down to the Eureka Sand Dunes. All four days will see some light to moderate 4-wheeling. Much of the trip is quite remote with random or no cell service. We don't plan to stop at tourist sights you can get to in a passenger car.
Check out the details and sign up on the website: http://www.4x4training.com/Adventures/Deathvalley.html
August 2013 Off-Road Adventures Magazine: Death Valley Excursion by Denis Snow
You can register directly at http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Deathvalley
########################## T&T Rail Road Adventure in November
Our goal is to cross through Johnson Valley, enjoying what it has to offer, and making our way North along the old Tonopah & Tidewater (T&T) Rail Road bed to the Rasor OHV, Afton Canyon and the western edge of the Mojave Preserve. On the way we will skirt the Rodman Mountain Wilderness and cross I-40. This adventure is 2 days of scenic, historical, light wheeling and a night ( 2 if you prefer) of primitive camping under the stars. We can plan a Dutch Oven pot luck for our evening meal(or not).
Check out the details and sign up on the website: http://www.4x4training.com/Adventures/TTRailroad.html
You can register directly at http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#TTRailroad
Winch Recovery Bandana & Winching DVD
Click for higher resolution image We have our new stock with many new colors (Red, Orange, Green, and Blue) on hand. The Bandana is packed full of useful information and is a quick reference in the field when no DVD player is available."
The Bandana layout follows the Vehicle Recovery Plan with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a Winch Rigging Check: Walk through so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready!
Pick up or order the Winching DVD too! There is no substitute for hands on training. If you can, sign up for one of Badlands Off-Road Adventures Winching Clinics.
Warning the Bandana and DVD are not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment that is used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in both the Winching Recovery Bandana and the "Basic to Advanced Winching and Recovery DVD" at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed.
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I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.
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4x4 Wire - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:00
Results of Stuck forever.
(Click picture for a larger image.) Driving off road presents a host of challenges for any driver. Four wheeling can be especially intimidating for new drivers. Those initial concerns are understandable. It takes off-road experience to build skillset and confidence.
If you’ve considered going off road but are reluctant to do so, relax. The following information should convince you take up the hobby. While you are reading this remember: in town, you can be in a pile-up as the result of other driver’s errors and actions. Off-road in almost every instance the driver made the decision and judgment that lead to his predicament.
After years of talking with new 4-wheel drive owners, here is my perception of the Top 10 Fears of newer drivers, and what to do about them.
4x4 Wire - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:38
After the mandated California 10-day waiting period, I am still in the market for .22 LR lever action rifle. My criteria is for a small, light-weight lever action that is easy to stash anywhere. Well, my local gun store had no lever action rifles meeting my criteria.
But, they did have a Ruger 10/22 - Take Down semi-auto version with stainless barrel and synthetic stock. Best of all, being the Take Down version, the barrel separates from the stock and both pieces fit into a padded carrying case. Well, it isn't the lever action that was on my wish list; but, it is small, compact, light weight and easy to stash just about anywhere. And, it had an appeal that I couldn't turn down. Ten days later it followed me home.
4x4 Wire - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:28
Reloading is a series of steps, some easier than others. After you shells are cleaned and sized, the next step is to add a new primer. The most popular method of priming shell cases is by hand using primer tools provided by RCBS, Hornaday, Lee and Lyman. They all make a quality tool that does the intended job. But, they are manual tools requiring a squeeze of the hand to seat the primer. That can become a workout with large batches.
Or, you could use a progressive and speed the process of priming, powder charge, bullet seating and crimping. Well, I don’t have a progressive press and using my single stage RCBS Rock Chucker was over complicated and slow.
4x4 Wire - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:41
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced Fee-Free days for 2015. The fee-free program is in cooperation with federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
Fees are an important part of managing public lands, as many recreation opportunities, including OHV recreation opportunities, may be lost without funding provided by the collection of fees. The Fee-Free program is a way to thank the millions of public lands visitors and to encourage more people to experience the great outdoors. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
4x4 Wire - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:07
Bureau of Land Management has announced an effort they are calling BLM Planning 2.0. And, they are hosting (or did host) two listening sessions, one in Denver, CO and the other in Sacramento, CA. I did attend the listening session in Sacramento.
For background, land management agencies are required to develop Resource Management Plans that provide the guidance for how the public lands under their care are "managed". Typically, an RMP defines open areas, closed areas, and other special management conditions. In recent years these management plans have become cumbersome to develop and subject to litigation. Faced with outdated plans, BLM is seeking to change the rules of the game and make life easier for the agency and public.
4x4 Wire - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:50
BOISE, ID (October 6, 2014) -- A newly-filed settlement agreement would withdraw restrictions on motorized and mechanized access to "Recommended Wilderness" Areas (RWA) in Idaho's Clearwater National Forest. The settlement comes in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and the BlueRibbon Coalition, which alleged that the Northern Region of the Forest Service (FS) created an internal "recommended wilderness policy" that illegally limited management options. In the settlement, the Forest Service "dispute Plaintiffs' claims" but acknowledges "that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve with respect to FS planning, including motorized travel planning..."
4x4 Wire - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 14:48
September 7, 2014, we lost another member of the off-road community. Jason Swigart from Camp Verde, Arizona was another wheeler, a racer with a family and a full life ahead of him. At age 30, he lost that life and that future to a freak accident in a four-wheel drive buggy, simply because he wasn’t fully belted in and helmeted.
4x4 Wire - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 14:13
Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond, is on California's November 2014 ballot. Proposition 1 contains a mixed bag of provisions for California; benefiting the environment and communities along with major changes in state water policy.
4x4 Wire - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:05
Dear Off-road Voter: Here is our 2st update on TPAC's SHOW PRIDE IN YOUR RIDE and NATIONAL CHALLENGE 3-Day Fundraiser. So far, motorcyclists appear to be kicking some serious trail election butt.
There are 4 OHV vehicle type classes in this event. Those categories are motorcycles, ATVs, SxS, and 4WDs. Off-roaders will be able to show pride in their favorite ride and, more importantly, show support for our effort to elect a pro-trail majority in the U.S. Senate and support pro-trail candidates running for the U.S House of Representatives.
This is also a "challenge" fundraiser where TPAC is asking riders to donate and then challenge their club members or riding network to do the same. Each day, TPAC will update the donor list.
4x4 Wire - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:17
Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stick to its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, protecting motorcyclists from the detrimental effects of fuel blends with ethanol content above 10 percent, Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association told the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 22, 2014.