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Photos: 2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Sunday March 4th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up downtown Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We convoyed to Colockum Road. We aired down and headed up Colockum Pass to find a good starting point. The snow was soft and deep.

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 the farthest ahead at 3 PM.

We lined up the challenge member rigs. Left to Right; AlwayswrenchN – YJ, James – YJ, and TJ40 – TJ. We had two Jeeps and a side-by-side follow along.

I rode with TJ40, so Guido flagged the start line this year. The challenge started following another groups tracks until Powerline Road. Even following the other groups track, a few of our rigs got stuck along the way. We also pulled out a guy from the other group that was stuck.

Once we had to break trail, it started being Winchfest 2018. The snow was very challenging. James was doing very well for awhile until he got into a real deep soft drift. TJ40 past him and got out front.

AlwayswrenchN was behind for awhile. He caught up and we think he may have taken James’s line. We were a ways ahead stuck when the time hit 3 PM. The Top Member Challenge was over and TJ40 won. He had to winch a few times to get turned around. AlwayswrenchN and Blind Pilot (in the side-by-side) came to help.

We all headed back down the ridge with a few stucks on the way. A the bottom we aired up and headed out. A few of us stopped at the The Tav for dinner.

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

Here are some pictures of our 2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

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Photos: 2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday March 25th, 2017, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We convoyed to Colockum Road for the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge. We stopped and to air down before the climb up the ridge.

We aired down and headed up Colockum Pass to find a good starting point. The snow was very workable to stay on top of as long as you stayed in the center of the road. 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. Since there was a small turn out, the two in the challenge voted to let AlwayswrenchN in with tires bigger than 35×12.50.

We lined up the challenge member rigs with mine that was on the hard pack. Left to Right; AlwayswrenchN – YJ, TJ40 with Guido as co-pilot – TJ, the judges Ceg and Ron the Parts Guy – JKU, and Phil – YJ.

We hit a softer snow just past the Powerline Road. There were a few rigs stuck along the way. Only rigs competing could help each other out and being good sports they did.

At the last open area near Halfway Station, I let the guy know the marker was on the other side of the fence. TJ40 had already buried it and Phil did right after. We caught up to AlwayswrenchN to watch him finish the challenge.

AlwayswrenchN went back and pulled Phil out and then TJ40. Everyone came up to Halfway Station and ate lunch. During the break, AlwayswrenchN’s girls came to check out the Halfway Station Marker. One dug it out to read it.

After lunch we headed on down the north slope of Naneum Ridge. We stopped and headed back out at a big off camber snow drift.

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

Here are some pictures of our 2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

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makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures’ New Year’s Snow Wheeling Run

New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday January 1st, 2016 some Eastern Washington Adventures Members met up at the EWA Club House in Selah, Washington and then headed to meet the rest at Curly’s III in Kittitas, Washington. Once in Kittitas we head had 7 Jeeps and an Early Bronco for the annual New Year’s Day Wheeling Run.

Around 10 AM we convoyed to Colockum Road and aired down at the parking area near the edge of the forest.

We moved on up Colockum Road following a group from Off-Camber.com. The snow was mostly powder and did not pack well. Even running 5 PSI and following the tire tracks of the other group, it was hard to stay on top of the snow.

We caught up to the Off-Camber group at the intersection of Powerline Road. We watch them fight the deep powder snow for awhile and then they had decided to back track Colockum Road. They went around our group giving us a chance to play in the deep stuff.

Three of us pushed on making new tracks but did not get much farther. I believe the other two rigs got stuck at times but I wasn’t paying attention due to getting stuck myself. I dropped to 3.5 PSI and was able to push on enough to really get stuck. Doug tried to give me a pull backwards. My rig did not move and his got stuck too. Doug used his winch to pull his rig toward mine so we could remove the recovery strap. Once he was loose, he backed up and winched me out. Shortly after that, we decided to head back down the mountain.

The trip back out was another adventure. The powder snow stuck a few rigs and a few tires lost their beads. The worst part was when we found a small skinny tire Green CJ stuck way off the road. The guys got stuck and decided to winch to some trees away from the road. We are not sure what they were thinking. The guys in our group shoveled and winched the CJ back on the road. Friends of the guys in the Green CJ showed up about that time and stuck their rig which our group ended up having to help out too.

Now everyone is back on the road and we are moving again. Well that did not last long. The Green CJ just could not stay on top of the snow with the skinny small tires. Long story short is, there were many repeats of the Green CJ getting stuck. I am not sure how the Green CJ got that far up the mountain in the first place.

We finely got to the bottom where we had aired down that morning. We aired up and headed back to Kittitas. Some of us stopped and head dinner at Curly’s III before heading home.

This was a very fun event and a great day.

Thank you to all the Eastern Washington Adventures Club Members and guest that worked so hard getting these unprepared guys down out of the mountains along with the many other over the years. It seems to happen to often.

Here are some photos of the EWA New Year’s Snow Wheeling Run:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

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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:

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Foxracer telling us his plan how he was going to win. LOL
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Icesis getting ready to winch out of the powder onto what looked to be hard packed.
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Icesis rig after falling through the hard pack into the deep powder.
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It was 3 PM. The challenge was over! Time to get out of the powder snow and turn around.
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Icesis’ backup camera. Looking at getting hooked up to be pulled out with NickB’s Toyota.
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Foxracer (2013 EWA Top Member) handing over the TMC trophy to TJ40 (2014 EWA Top Member).
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TJ40, the 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member.
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Photos: EWA New Years Day Quilomene 4×4 & Hiking Adventure

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New Years Quilomene 4×4 & Hiking Adventure
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On January 1st, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the New Years Day Adventure. Kyle was our leader since he was the only one that had been through the whole route we were looking to do.

Around 10 AM we headed out from Kittitas with six Jeeps and one Early Bronco. We ran Vantage Highway and turned up Parke Creek. We stopped to air down in a parking area before heading up Parke Creek Canyon.

Shortly we were on our way. We drove Parke Creek Road to the top of the ridge, turned south and took a break on Quilomene Ridge Road.

Next we continued on Quilomene Ridge Road and made our way down to Quilomene Bay on the Columbia River across from the Gorge Amphitheater. About half the group hiked out to the Sand Dune along the Columbia River. The hiking trail was real bad in a few areas where it would have been easy to fall down the hill into Quilomene Bay. Out in the sand area views where great. We walk the beach around the sand dune and then hiked back to the Jeeps. Back at the parking area the rest of the group had been watching the Long Horn Sheep up the side of the hill. We stopped below the sheep for a few photo before heading back up on Quilomene Ridge.

We back tracked our route and continued past Parke Creek Road we had came up earlier. We drove on top of the ridge to Colockum Road. On the way there we past a lot of Side-by-sides and ATVs then a big herd of elk crossing in front of our Seven 4 Wheel Drive rigs.

We aired up at the bottom of Colockum Road then headed to Curly’s II in Kittitas for dinner.

This was a great time thanks to all who came.

This drive was educational in a few ways. The main one being the drive a long the Green Dot Roads proved that ORVs and wildlife can be in the same area. Don’t buy into Wildlife Season Closures on the Green Dot Systems. This is our land too! These road are also miles apart where the wildlife could get away from people if they choose to. On this day they wanted to hang out with us!

Here are a few pictures of the Eastern Washington Adventures New Years Quilomene 4×4 & Hiking Adventure:

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This photo is of the Yakima River Canyon on our the way from Selah to the event in Kittitas.

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