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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures Christmas Tree 4×4 Run

Christmas Tree 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday November 26th, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Christmas Tree 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area and onto Forest Service land to get Christmas Trees and to play in the snow. We came out by FS1702 down to SR410 to head home.

This was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Christmas Tree 4×4 Run:

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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: EWA Oktoberfest 4×4 Adventure Across Cleman Mountain

Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday October 29th, 2016 around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area for a backroads run up Cleman Mountain. It was a rainy day.

We aired down at the parking area off Maloy Road and headed up Auduban Road then went up Hog Ranch Road. As we got higher, we found some snow. We continued into the Naches Ranger District onto turn up FS1716 and then onto FS1701 (Bald Mountain Rd.). We onto FS1712 at headed across Cleman Mountain stopping for lunch along the way. After lunch we ran to the east end of the Green Dot Road on Cleman Mountain. We were hoping for a view of the Upper Valley but the clouds were to thick. We back tracked to head off the mountain. Due to the thick fog, we turned down the wrong Green Dot Road and had to go back up and hit the right one on down the ridge (W1100). We aired up at the Hay barn off North Wenas Road and headed back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. This backroads run was fun. The views were not very good due to the clouds.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we had a Oktoberfest potluck.

This was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


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: 3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend

3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the weekend of September 12th-14th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures held the 3rd Annual Go Play Topless Weekend at their location in Selah, Washington. This year the event was sponsored by Pegasus Northwest and Selah Adventures.

Friday people came and set up camp at Eastern Washington Adventures. They gathered around the patio warming fire to visit.

Saturday morning the sun was shining bright. It was a nice day. Free coffee was severed in the EWA Club House.

Around 10 AM the group headed out for the run with four Jeeps. We convoyed over to I-82 for some supplies and then through the Yakima River Canyon. At the Ellensburg side we stopped at Helen McCabe State Park for a break. After the break we headed into Ellensburg to take Umtanum Road to the Wenas Wildlife area. At Durr Road we aired down and then continued up Wenas Pass. We turned off Wenas Pass onto Hanson Pond Road and took it up to the Manastash Ridge Observatory where we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we headed down Observatory Road, onto Mud Flat Road and out Audubon Road to North Wenas Road. We ran North Wenas Road just a little ways and turned up Ridge Road. We ran Ridge Road on up to the top of Umtanum Ridge and took a break to look back across at the Manastash Ridge Observatory. From there we ran the top of the ridge across to Bel Tel Road with one loop down Black Canyon on the way. On Bel Tel Road we headed to the bottom and out Sheep Company Road and back to the EWA Club House.

Back at the EWA Club House we had a potluck dinner and enjoyed sitting around the fire in the Biergarten.

Sunday morning there was a potluck breakfast. People then packed up and headed for home.

Thank you to all who came. Thank you to Pegasus Northwest for sponsoring this year’s “Go Play Topless” event.

For more information about this event you can visit the Go Play Topless at GoPlayTopless.com or on Facebook.

Here are some photos of the 3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend:

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The morning at Eastern Washington Adventures in Selah.

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A quick stop near I-82 for last minute supplies.
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Heading toward the Yakima River Canyon from Selah.
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A break at the Ellensburg end of the Yakima River Canyon.
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Airing down on Durr Road.
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Heading west on Wenas Pass.
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Heading up Hanson Pond Road.
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Lunch at Manastash Ridge Observatory
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Heading up Umtanum Ridge.
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Two deer watching us drive by.
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A break at the towers on the top of Umtanum Ridge.
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Looking across at the Manastash Ridge Observatory.
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Heading across Umtanum Ridge with a loop through Black Canyon.
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My Co-pilot, Doc.
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Coming up to the Oasis.
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Heading down Bel Tel Road.
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Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House.
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A potluck breakfast.
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Photos: EWOR Quartz Mountain Backroads Run

Quartz Mountain Backroads Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road, called by Ron the Parts Guy.
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 7th, 2009 Eastern Washington Off Road members met up at the Ellensburg McDonald’s for a backroads run up to Quarts Mountain call by “Ron the Parts Guy”.

Around 10 AM started the convoy towards Quartz Mountain with 11 rigs.
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Heading up Manastash road.

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A few miles up the dirt road we ran into snow. We stopped to air down.
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My ride.
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Getting ready move up the road.
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A few miles up the road we have to stop because two rigs had problems. eburgwheeler’s XJs Dana 30 was not working because of the disco. He turned around for home. JDavis had a shock come loose on his Montero. He worked on it as the kids played.

Screamin out taking pics of the kids.
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It wasn’t long before we were on the road again. Here is passing Rider’s Camp.
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Passing Manastash Campground.
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Passing Shoestring Trail Head and 4W311.
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Here I watch Bronco-in-Training sliding sideways.
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That was the start of the road being real icy. Some hunters in a FS Chevy pickup were coming down the hill and not wanting to slow down for us to get by. The last few rigs were off to the side to let him by. I was in the way and could move up the hill because I stopped in the ice. I jumped out to air down and one of the old guy in the pickup walks over and ask where I thought I was going. I told him Quartz Mountain. He told me that none of us had any business up their without chains. Then he tells me my rig should not be up there at all. He went on nagging about me as I aired down. I did not say anything else to him because it would not have been very nice. I was able to move a little better after letting air out but not enough to get started on the icy climb. Jerry got in front of me and pulled the Sami up the hill.

Here we stopped to air down more as the rest of the group climbed the hill.
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Roller-Bear had to head back home. He stopped on the way down to say good bye.
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By the sounds of it on the CB the Broncos had a hard time making the climb because of the ice. My wife was not wanting to go up if it was real bad. She said we were in the wrong rig. I agreed. ricky8587 and Blind-Pilot went for it as Jerry and us stayed back. Once those guys made it without any problems and told us this on the radio, we headed up too. It was slick and the Sami kicked out sideways twice on the way up. I was able to steer out of it both times without stopping.

Here is coming up to Quartz Mt. Campground.
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I just about made it up on top of Quartz Mt. but the Sami started sliding backwards toward a drop off. I stopped to let the wife calm her nerves and to take a picture of the snow blown on the trees.
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Here is looking at the top and the area we slid down.
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The wife said she was ready to get off this hill climb so we got turned around to head to a safer place.

On the way we found Bronco-in-Training and kids walking up the road.
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Back at Quartz Mt. Campground to regroup.
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The group of the day minus the two that left earlier.
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Time to head down. Our Trail Boss “Ron the Parts Guy” leading the way.
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We past a pickup that was going up. The group stopped for him but the guy told us he would wait there for us to pass. We all pulled back on the road and headed down. Some how the two FS broncos got sideways in the road and Blind-Pilot ran his TJ into the side of one of them. I believe everyone is alright. “Ron the Parts Guy” went back up to help as the rest of us found a safe place to get out of the road.
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An Explorer was on the way up and we stopped them to tell them about the road being blocked on the climb. He was turning around when a guy in a FJ Cruiser came flying around the corner. The FJ Cruiser slid to a stop a few feet from hitting the Explorer. The FJ Cruiser backed up real fast and went back down the road. “Ron the Parts Guy” winched the guys out and were coming down.

Then here comes this Black jacked up Chevy pickup coming down the mountain from the direction “Ron the Parts Guy” stuck group was. The Chevy guy romped on the throttle as he came by the Explorer and the two guys that were out helping to get the Explorer turned around. That was enough for us. We moved down the road to get away from getting hit. We stopped at the Shoestring Trail Head. I drove my wife over to the outhouse. It was closest to being a drive through I have ever seen. LOL
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Waiting for the others.
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Here is the damage from the accident.
Blind-Pilot’s rig.
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Bronco-in-training’s rig.
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After we all were regrouped we headed out.
We stopped at the pavement to air up for home.
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This was a very fun run thanks to all who came. Sorry that some received carnage.



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Photos: Truck Drives off mountain from String Trail (4W309)

Truck Drives off mountain from String Trail (4W309)
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Manastash Ridge, Washington –
On August 8th, 2009 a guy decides to drive his truck off the 4W309 trail on the ridge to get to the lower part of 4W309 which he could see from the top. This is what we were told by the people in the other rig with them we met earlier on 4W330. They were on their way to look for Search & Rescue and had a flat and had to borrow a jack.

Some quad riders in the area where there helping by the time we got there. The quad riders said the driver was in pain but could walk around. The passenger was conscious but could not move. We stayed to help until the Search & Rescue got there. We had to guide the helicopter in by phone. The Search & Rescue and Forest Rangers on the ground showed up as the helicopter was landing.

We do not know how this story ended. We just hope for the best.



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