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.
Airing down on Colockum Road.
Headed up Colockum Road.
Jeepscum getting back on the road after getting sucked off in the powder snow.
A few rigs got stuck going through here.
Getting lined up for the challenge.
The challenge line up.
And they’re off!
Coming into the powder snow drift area.
TJ40 airing down more.
Foxracer telling us his plan how he was going to win. LOL
AlwayswrenchN (Judge Rig) moving up.
Icesis getting ready to winch out of the powder onto what looked to be hard packed.
NickB (Judge rig) moving up.
Guido working it.
Icesis rig after falling through the hard pack into the deep powder.
DClack working his way up.
It was 3 PM. The challenge was over! Time to get out of the powder snow and turn around.
Icesis’ backup camera. Looking at getting hooked up to be pulled out with NickB’s Toyota.
Guido getting turned around by winch.
Foxracer (2013 EWA Top Member) handing over the TMC trophy to TJ40 (2014 EWA Top Member).
Heading back down with a few stucks along the way.
At Curly’s II for dinner.
TJ40, the 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member.
Eastern Washington Tourism and Outdoor Adventures.
Outdoor Recreation Information Center.