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Photos: EWA Wenas Wildlife Area Snow Wheeling Run

Wenas Wildlife Area 4×4 Snow Wheeling Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday January 26th, 2013 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah Washington for the Wenas Wildlife Area 4×4 Snow Wheeling Run. We had five Jeeps on this run, TJ40 – TJ, Guido – TJ, Foxracer – TJ, Rangerat – YJ and Ceg – JK. TylerB rode with me. We convoyed to Sheep Company Road and aired down.

Once aired down, we headed on up Durr Road and then turned up Bel Tel Road. Near the top of Umtanum Ridge we climbed out of the fog. The weather was very nice on top of Umtanum Ridge. We took a break as we turned Northwest on Umtanum Ridge Road.

We ran Umtanum Ridge Road getting stuck here and they due to dry powder snow drifts. We passed a few other ORVs a long the way. About a 1/4 mile from Black Canyon Road the dry powder snow drifts got to deep to push on. We back tracked Umtanum Ridge passing more ORVs. At Durr Road we headed back down toward Sheep Company Road. Not far off the top of Umtanum Ridge we dropped back down into the fog.

Down at the Sheep Company entrance of Wenas Wildlife Area we aired up for the pavement. Guido and Rangerat headed home and the rest of us went back to the Club House for dinner.

This was a very fun day!

Below are the pictures of our Wenas Wildlife Area Snow Wheeling Adventure:

At the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah Washington getting ready to convoy to the Wenas Wildlife Area.
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Airing down at the Sheep Company entrance of Wenas Wildlife Area.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

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Topping Umtanum Ridge.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

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Looking toward Selah.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

The fog coming up the ridge.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

Just past the Oasis.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

Soft dry powder snow stopped me in my tracks.
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Foxracer gave me a pull out.
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Then I gave Foxracer a pull out of the same spot.
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On up the ridge we took a break.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

About a 1/4 mile from Black Canyon Road the dry powder snow drifts got to deep to push on. Of coarse I got stuck.
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Guido gave me a pull.
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We regrouped at a wide spot on the road and others tried to break trail.
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Foxracer in the distance trying to push on.
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Odo having fun in the sun.
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Foxracer got stuck breaking trail so TJ40 pulled him out. We all turned around to back track Umtanum Ridge.

Here Guido gets stuck playing around. I give him a pull.
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Looking Southeast down Umtanum Ridge we had a ways to go to get back to Durr Road.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

This deep drift was a challenge to get up. I got stuck so Guido pulled me back.
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I got stuck again. Foxracer made it around to give me a pull.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

Guido waiting for his turn.
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Foxracer pulled me on up. Guido works it.
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Guido makes it and then Rangerat making it through.
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TJ40 backed up to give me a pull.
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Passing Bel Tel Road.
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Wenas Wildlife Area

Passing the Towers.
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Almost to Durr Road. Looking at the fog we have to drop into.
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Back at the Sheep Company entrance of Wenas Wildlife Area airing up.
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Odo airing up the Jeep tires.
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Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House Foxracer flexes his new lift.
Selah

This was a very fun event.


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What we do at the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association!

What we do at the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association!
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Have you ever wondered what the members of the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association do? The PNW4WDA has a monthly publication called, “Tri-Power” which has information about what the members/clubs are doing, public land access in the Northwest and more. This is a free publication for public land eduction.

Below are links to the last 12 months of the Tri-Power issues. Click picture of the month you would like to read.

2012 Tri-Power Issues

For more information on the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association please visit: http://www.pnw4wda.org/

Thank you,

Clay Graham (aka Ceg)
PNW4WDA Region 4 Public Relations
PNW4WDA Beverly Dunes Coordinator
Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association (Delegate)
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EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
Family Sledding 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Every year Eastern Washington Adventures has at least one sledding run. Highland Quick Stop has sponsored all of them since the first EWA Sledding Run in December 2006.

This sledding run was on Sunday December 15th, 2013. The group met up at Highland Quick Stop in Cowiche around 10 AM. Highland Quick Stop provided free coffee and hot cocoa.

Due to the snow level being so high we did not have a big turnout. There was only 8 people and two rigs so the run went real smooth with no problems. The group drove up onto Cowiche Ridge in the Ahtanum State Forest as far as the Yukon XL with all season tires would go. The snow there was not to deep but enough to sled down the hill on.

After awhile sledding the group headed back to Cowiche. Highland Quick Stop provided the group with a free lunch.

This was a great time. A special thanks to Victor at Highland Quick Stop for sponsoring the event again.

Here are a few pictures of the Eastern Washington Adventures Family Sledding Run:

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EWA New Year’s Day Colockum Snow Wheeling Run

New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Run
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Tuesday January 1st, 2013 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curley’s II in Kittitas Washington for the News Years Colockum 4×4 Snow Wheeling Run.

We convoyed to Colockum Road and aired down. Some head problem getting to the air down area.

We moved on up Colockum Road and climbed out of the fog. The weather was very nice on top of the ridge. We regrouped and moved on. The group got a little spread out with a lot getting stuck. The snow was powder and did not pack very good. I followed tracks that were already there. The ruts were deeper than my tires could reach so I just kept up my momentum until I hit some deep power. Kyle worked hard to pull me out and also got stuck in the powder snow. We stuck on the road as another group came up. We waved them around us but I guess the guy in the CJ7 with tall tires thought it would be funner to drive off the tracks and around us. It did not work well for him. That group turn around and headed back down as we moved on up the trail with Kyle and Craigen’s TJs in the lead.

At the power lines all the tracks turned off Colockum Road. We could not push on up the road because the powder snow would not pack. We turned around to go fine the rest of the group. We everyone was together again, we headed down to the bottom to add enough air to get back to Kittitas.

Once back in Kittitas we stopped in at 4WheelingPlus.com to air up for highway driving.

After everyone was aired up, a few of us headed over to Curley’s II for dinner and a Get Together. Our sponsor JustDifferentials.com sent some stuff to give away to the people who came. What a nice bonus to a fun day. Thank you JustDifferentials.com.

Below are the pictures of our New Year’s Colockum Snow Wheeling Adventure:

The line up in Kittitas to convoy to Colockum Road.
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On Colockum Road.
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Airing down.
Colockum

Colockum

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Regrouping as we topped the ridge out of the fog.
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Colockum

Colockum

Moving on up Colockum Pass.
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I found soft powder snow and got stuck. Kyle hooked up to pull me out.
Colockum

My rig wasn’t coming out so Kyle tried to go around my JK and sunk his TJ.
Colockum

Colockum

Craigen gave Kyle a pull out.
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Colockum

You can see my ruts that were made from the number of times Kyle pulled my JK.
Colockum

Kyle had a hard time getting back on the trail due to the soft powder pulling his TJ in.
Colockum

After a lot of work, Kyle got my JK pulled out and we were ready to move on.
Colockum

Kyle and Craigen took turned at the lead.

At this point all the tracks in the snow all went off Colockum Road. We tried to continue following the road but could not stay on top of the power snow. Here is Craigen stuck.
Colockum

Kyle pulled Craigen’s TJ out.
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Colockum

We turned around and headed back to find the rest of the group.
Colockum

We found TJ40 coming up the trail.
Colockum

Colockum

I got stuck again and TJ40 had to come take pictures. Here is TJ40 stuck in the same place. LOL
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Colockum

Everyone turn around to head back down toward Kittitas.
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Airing up enough to make it to 4WheelingPlus.com to air up for the highway.
Colockum

At 4WheelingPlus.com airing all the way up. Thanks for the air Ron!
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A few of us went Curley’s II in Kittitas for a Get Together.
Curley's II

We gave out promotional items from our sponsor JustDifferentials.com
JustDifferentials.com
Photo by Ron The Parts Guy

JustDifferentials.com
Photo by Ron The Parts Guy

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Photo by Ron The Parts Guy

Curley's II
Photo by Ron The Parts Guy

This was a very fun event.

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