Photos: 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

Eastern Washington Adventures
Top Member Challenge
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday March 1st, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We lined up in Kittitas and headed to Colockum Road for the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge. We hit snow low on Colockum Road. The road got slick once we got into the trees. We stopped and to air down before the climb up the ridge.

We aired down and headed up to find a good starting point. There was a few rigs that got stuck on the way up. We started the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge on top of the ridge at the first power lines. The challenge was the first one to the Halfway Station Marker or 3PM which ever came first.

We lined up the challenge member rigs. In the front row was; DClack – Early Bronco, Foxracer – TJ, Jeepscum – TJ, TJ40 – TJ. Behind them was Guido – TJ and Icesis – JK. The judge rigs were Ceg & riding with Icesis, AlwayswrenchN – YJ and NickB – Toyota and co-pilot Ruger SR5.

There was a lot of stucks along the way. Only rigs competing could help each other out and being good sports they did. Some rigs got disqualified since the judge rigs helped them out. They still pushed on for the fun.

We hit a deep power snow drift just past the Powerline Road. All the rigs fought the drift. TJ40 was the first to get on top after airing down a few times more. Foxracer was the second rig up but could not reach TJ40 that was far ahead in time. The time was called at 3 PM and the 2014 Eastern Washington Top Member was TJ40.

We all turned around to head back out. It took awhile to get back out since there was a few stucks and DClack popped a tire bead.

Around 7:15 PM we met back up at Curly’s II in Kittitas for dinner.

This was a very fun day thanks to who all came.

Below are some pictures of our 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

The line up in Kittitas.
Kittitas, Washington

Airing down on Colockum Road.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Headed up Colockum Road.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Jeepscum getting back on the road after getting sucked off in the powder snow.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

A few rigs got stuck going through here.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Getting lined up for the challenge.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

The challenge line up.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

And they’re off!
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Stuckfest!
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Coming into the powder snow drift area.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

TJ40 airing down more.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Foxracer telling us his plan how he was going to win. LOL
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

AlwayswrenchN (Judge Rig) moving up.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Icesis getting ready to winch out of the powder onto what looked to be hard packed.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

NickB (Judge rig) moving up.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Guido working it.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Icesis rig after falling through the hard pack into the deep powder.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

DClack working his way up.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

It was 3 PM. The challenge was over! Time to get out of the powder snow and turn around.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Icesis’ backup camera. Looking at getting hooked up to be pulled out with NickB’s Toyota.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Guido getting turned around by winch.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Foxracer (2013 EWA Top Member) handing over the TMC trophy to TJ40 (2014 EWA Top Member).
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Heading back down with a few stucks along the way.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Airing up.
Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling

At Curly’s II for dinner.
Curly's II Kittitas, Washington

TJ40, the 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member.
Curly's II Kittitas, Washington


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About Clay Graham

Photojournalist at Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Adventures - Our mission is to help communities on the east side of the Cascades in Washington State by promoting responsible outdoor recreation, promoting tourism, and community involvement. Our vision is to see Eastern Washington as a destination point to do bring more things to do.
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