Slab ORV Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham and Photos by Hank Graham/ Eastern Washington Off Road
On February 5th, 2005, we headed out to the Slab ORV Area in Zillah to play for the day. On this run Nick drove his F-150, Hank (our camera man) rode Mandy’s KFX80 and I (Clay) drove my ¾ ton Suburban (The Trail Bus). Mandy took turns riding in the trucks. This was the 3rd time I wheeled at the Slab. This was the first time the ground was damp. I wheeled the Trail Bus in October and the ground was dry. The Wild Cats tires I had on the truck were spending on top of the hard surface as I topped the hills. Since then I changed my tires to bias ply lug tread. On this run it was harder to get my heavy truck up some of the hills because my lug tires kept digging holes in the damp soil.
The first hills we hit were out in the middle of the ORV area. I went up and back down a few hills, but Nick wasn’t sure about them. Nick was new at wheelin’, so we headed to the northeast corner to climbing some of the smaller hills. We started off on the small hills and it wasn’t long before Nick needed a little more adventure.
After playing awhile we head west up and over the highest part of the area. We dropped off into the canyon and climb some of those hills.
Next we headed on over to the hill to the south. Nick took the lead a tried to climb this hill. It was to loose and he didn’t make it.
After backing down, he turned to the left and hit this hill. I thought he was nuts.
After bouncing and spinning sideways up the rough slanted hill, he made it. I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t that crazy. I went up the middle on right of where Nick went up.
Hank went down where Nick climbed to show him where the back wheels of his truck jumped in the air and went sideways. This is Hank climbing back up the hill I went up. You can see my tire tracks in the loose dirt.
We headed south again crossing over the middle to the southeast area.
Heading down the fence line to the southwest we came into another canyon.
We went down the canyon and then followed the fence until we came out in the parking area. We climb some hills around the ORV entrance and made our way back to the north fence. I turned down and Nick went on up the hill a long the fence. This hill we call “Round Over Hill”. The first time I wheeled at the Slab I was with the WUD WHEELERS and one of the guys rolled his CJ on this hill. The second time I wheeled at the Slab my brother rolled his Raptor 660 nine times down this same hill. The Raptor was smashed and my brother’s finger was broken.
We headed up to the top where Nick was and ate lunch.
After lunch we headed east down the fence to the place we started climbing the small to steep hills. I took a run at a big hill that had another trail meeting it at the top. The other trail ruts were one of the factors of me sticking the Trail Bus.
The Trail Bus still was able to move backwards. It was a long way down so that was the last option. Hank got the chain out of the back of the Trail Bus to hook to Nick’s truck. I took a few pictures as Hank was hooking up the chain.
My dog (Pepper) came to check it out.
Everyone is waiting for me.
One last picture before pulling her on up.
After pulling the Trail Bus up the hill we headed down to the parking area and loaded the KFX80 into the Trail Bus and went home. It was a nice day and we had a lot of fun wheelin’. We plan to visit the Slab often.