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:
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.
A little history about Eastern Washington Adventures
The web site host club was started 10 years ago from the 2004 Memorial Day ORV Camp-out. The name started as the “All Wheelers Off Road Club”. It started with a MSN Group page under that name. The goal was to meet others to do outdoor trips with.
December 2005 cegranch.com was started from our ranch in West Valley, Yakima, Washington and added a forum under a partner club call “WUD Wheelers” since we needed more 4×4 rigs in our group. AWORC had mostly quads.
A few months later forum members voted to changed the forum name so both clubs could grow and non club guys would join the forum. The forum became “Eastern Washington Off Road”.
In May of 2005 we partnered up with the Department of Natural Resources to help keep public lands open. The Spring of 2007 we co-hosted the Beverly Dunes Clean-up and have been hosting it ever since. July 2007 we started hosting the Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up which we still do every year with a week long camp-out for trail maintenance.
Sometime in 2007 the web site had server problems and had to move. The old server company would not release the cegranch.com url at that time so we started aworc.com. 4wheelingplus.com became our server sponsor and hosted the site until the summer of 2013. Pegasus Northwest Inc. took over the server sponsorship.
The WUD Wheelers Club members dropped off the website over the years and were all gone by 2007. We don’t know what happened to them.
September 2008 we started what is now call the Forest Watch Volunteer Program. It started from watching people mud a meadow after we asked them to get back in the trail.
A few years ago we renamed the “Club”, the new improved “forum” with “web site” and “url” to be the same as each other. Since the members expanded into more than just ORV activities, the new name became “Eastern Washington Adventures”.
Over the years people have came and left. We had at one time over 50 family memberships within the “Club” and many more “Forum” members. Some members left because they got out of doing outdoor adventures and a few bad apples were asked to leave. There are some of the founding club members still active and some others that have been with us a long time. We have a few new “Club” and “forum” members too.
So with that said, we needed to have a celebration on Memorial Day Weekend since it had been 10 years since it all started.
On Saturday May 24th, 2014 the Eastern Washington Adventures 10 Year Anniversary Celebration began at the EWA Club House in Selah, Washington. We had a weekend of fun like 4×4 adventures, sightseeing, trail runs, meet & greet, potluck, RTI ramp, camping, games & other family type fun.
For more information about Eastern Washington Adventures, please visit the web site: EasternWashingtonAdventures.com. There are thousands of adventure photos and a lot of outdoor recreation info. Many Free to attend events too!
Here are some photos of the EWA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration: