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Photos: AWORC Top Member Challenge

All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday January 19th, 2008, Eastern Washington Off Road hosted an event for the All Wheelers Off Road Club members for their devotion toward the Eastern Washington Off Road group. This event is called, “All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge”, and was held near Cowiche, Washington on Cowiche Ridge.

We had 6 rigs competing. Built-not-bot, BecauseSheLetsMe, Demontang, Dr Turbo, Rednk1980 and Waycrazy. The goal was to race (wheeled ORV of choice) to the top of the ridge through the deep snow and get the challenge marker. The first driver that gets the marker wins the AWORC Top Member award. Benw and Jay W were the judges on this event.

We headed up toward the starting point and had to stop because rednk1980 got stuck. We got going again and Hercules got stuck and found his 4 wheel drive wasn’t working. They got it fix and we were on our way again.

As we climbed the side of Cowiche Ridge, the snow got deeper and softer. We had a few problems with rigs getting through one section. Tiny got stuck twice and Jerry lost a bead. Benw and Jay W winched Tiny. Some guys helped Jerry air up his tire.

On top of Cowiche Ridge, the snowdrifts were huge. The first of many hug snowdrifts was so deep, Punisher’s 44″ tall tires wouldn’t reach the ground. Punisher blew up his Chevy’s front diff on that drift.

The next challenging snow drift was in a section of trees. It took a lot of work and time for rigs to work their way up. There were a lot of rigs winching.

BecauseSheLetsMe won the All Wheelers Top Member Challenge in his 1984 Jeep Cherokee. He won a trophy & an AWORC windshield banner from EWOR, and a 1/4″ thick AWORC logo & weld on bead locks from Ron Palstring.

During the race to the marker, Demontang broke a rear axle on his Ford Ranger. They used a log in place of the wheel to get the rig down to Cowiche Mill Road onto a trailer they had brought up.

Here are some photos of the All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge:

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Photos: EWOR Cowiche Snow Cruzin’

Cowiche Snow Cruzin’
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday January 5th, 2008 we had an Eastern Washington Off Road snow run on Cowiche Ridge at the Ahtanum State Forest. Most could not make the run but a few did.

“FJ CRUZER” and I headed up Cowiche Ridge to play in the snow. The snow had iced over since the weekend before and was good to get up on until I hit a big snow drift. It took me awhile but I finely made it through and headed to the next snow drift. “FJ CRUZER” called me on the CB and said he was stuck. I turned around to go help him. I thought he may have slid of the trail at the last snow drift, but I found him stuck on flat ground due to his big bling wheels and small sidewall tires. LayemStr8 came up in “Little Woody the grocery getter” as were working on getting “FJ CRUZER” unstuck. We got the his FJ Cruiser unstuck and turned around to go back down the ridge.

We stopped and played at the rock pit. LayemStr8’s Little Woody did great for having little tires. “FJ CRUZER” some how got stuck again and LayemStr8 used Little Woody to get the FJ Cruiser moving again. We headed down to Cowiche Mill Road and ran it up. After a water crossing there was a hill climb so I kept going until it flatten out. I took some pics of the deep snow as I waited for the others. Again I get a call on the CB saying the FJ Cruiser was stuck. I turned around and headed down. The FJ Cruiser was off the trail and stuck at the beginning of another one. I tried to pull the FJ Cruiser out but the driver felt he was going off the trail. LayemStr8 got stuck turning around blocking the road out. I tried to back up the hill to winch the FJ Cruiser forward but for some reason my XJ would die every time I tried to back up. I couldn’t get it to move more than a foot or two before it would load up and die. Now we had two rigs stuck and one that was in the middle that couldn’t back up. I used my winch to pull LayemStr8’s rig back on the trail. I drove forward off to the side so LayemStr8 could pass. LayemStr8 went up to turn around and pulled the FJ Cruiser back onto the trail with Little Woody. LayemStr8 lead us out in case my XJ decided not to run forward. We stopped at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mil Road to say our good byes.

As I was heading toward Yakima on Summitview when “FJ CRUZER” called me on the CB and told me my XJ was smoking. I looked in the rear view and hardly could see LayemStr8 flashing his head lights at me. I pulled over and found tranny fluid dripping and burning in the exhaust. I could not see what was going on since it was getting dark. I just drove on since I was close to home. UPDATE: Why the XJ would not back up. It had a bent flexplate got bent from snow being packed into the inspection area. The TPS was not able to read to flexplate right.

This was a fun run. Thanks guys for coming.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Cowiche Snow Cruzin’:

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Photos: EWOR Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 2 of 2

Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 2 of 2
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On December 30th, 2007 Eastern Washington Off Road met up in Cowiche at the parking area at the end of the pavement on Cowiche Mill Road to air down. I lead us up onto Cowiche Ridge. Most of our tracks from the day before were gone. I took Tail Gunner before the first big snowdrift since I was in a low rider.

We made it to the place the snow stopped us the day before. The guys tried to push on farther, but no luck, all three stuck. I pulled 2 rigs out with the Tweety Jeep.

As I headed back down the trail, Icesis tried to make his own line and got stuck. Once we were all going things got real fun. In the open we had fun passing each other. Sometimes we couldn’t see from the snow coming blowing onto the hood. We stopped for a break before dropping off the ridge. P309’s CJ was covered with snow.

Down at the gravel pit P309 broke his clutch linkage playing. Icesis winch him up. P309 headed to the trailer with most of the group. Icesis and I ran up to see how the snow was on the road up to Hatton from Cowiche Mill Road. Icesis ran into a big snow drift. Icesis backed up and was able to plow through the snowdrift. He stopped on top of the climb to ask us where the trail was since there was no sign of it. I took the lead breaking trail. Some how Icesis backed up over a stump so used my rig as a tow point and winch off of it. It was getting late so we headed on out.

Thanks to all that came for the fun time.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 2 of 2:

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Photos: EWOR Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 1 of 2

Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 1 of 2
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road

On December 29th, 2007 Eastern Washington Off Road members met up in Cowiche at the Quick Stop. We headed to the parking area at the end of the pavement on Cowiche Mill Road to air down.

I lead the way up onto Cowiche Ridge until I ran into a big snow drift. Roger took the lead and right off found out he had to air down more.

At the first Snow Drift Hill the real fun began. This hill is always a lot of work to get to the top in the snow season. Roger made it up. I tried making my own line. Jerry took a run at Roger’s line a few times before topping the hill.

On up the trail I got stuck. BSLM was nice enough to pull cable. That’s what co-pilots do. 🙂 Jerry winched me out and we were on our way with Roger back in the lead.

Up the trail a little ways I got stuck in Rogers tracks. The snow was real deep and soft. Roger help me through. Icesis was next to get stuck in the same place. Jerry helped him out. We turned around and I got stuck in the same place going back down. Roger pulled me though the deep snow.

Back down at the parking area we aired up. .

Another real fun day thanks to the guys that came a long.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Year Ends 4×4 Snow Run – Day 1 of 2:

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Photos: WUD Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum

Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum
Hosted by WUD Wheelers.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Around 10 AM on Saturday, May 26th, 2007, we meet up at the Wud cabin on the North Fork Ahtanum Road near Ahtanum Meadows. A few people were running late so a few of us left and headed toward Blue Lake. The others meet up with us at the Blue Lake trail.

The Ahtanum Irrigation District has been logging the area so the place is a mess. We took the new logging road they made and found snow. That is where the fun began. We had a big patch of snow to cross.

After everyone was through that snow patch we headed up the pond trail. There was a big tree across the trail right after the first pond. We went around it through the logging mess. Right after the second pond the trail was full of water. We drove through the water and around the log piles to the hill climbs. They cut some trees off of the trail but left the stumps high enough to hit. A few guys found them as they ran into them topping the hill. As we dropped off the hill we had more logging mess to drive around. We got up to 4W615 and the snow drifts were huge.

The two XJ’s and CJ made it to Blue Lake without too much trouble. The three Scouts were having a hard time getting through the snow drifts. Since I had some time, I took the Tweety Jeep up 4W615 toward Blue Slide Lookout. I went around a snow patch and got the rear dif hung up on a root. Test Dummy came to pull us off the root, but we couldn’t pull the diff off the root. 99 was nice enough to pull cable as I drove her XJ. 🙂

We went back down to the lake to play in the snow. Test Dummy had to pull Tiny’s CJ out and then Test Dummy was playing in 2 wheel and stuck it. We gave him a pull out.

The Scouts finely made it through to Blue Lake. Irishscout lost a bead and had to put on his spare.

We got photos of the group of the day and then headed back out of Blue Lake toward the North Fork. Tiny had problems getting back up the trail. I had to pull him out a few times. Irishscout drove around Tiny to give him a pull forward. Irishscout found he wasn’t getting up the hill and got stuck him self. They hook Tiny’s winch to the Scout and pulled Irishscout’s tire off the bead. Tiny started winching out and we loaded the 35″ Scout tire in the Tweety Jeep to see of the Peak Putters could air it for us. The Scout has Chevy running gear so he could not use a tire from the other two Scouts.

I went to the Ahtanum Sno-park and the Peak Putters fixed the tire for us. Very cool guys.

I dropped the wife and kids off at the cabin and Hercules rode back up to Blue Lake with me in the Tweety Jeep. By the time I got back to 4W615 the other two Scout had winch them selves up the trail. We wheeled back to Irishscout’s rig. We drug bottom a few times because of the weight of us 5 guys and the 35″ tire. We mounted the tire on the Scout and head back up. Now leaving was not as easy as the first time. The two Scouts made some deep holes in the snow with their
33s. The Tweety Jeep’s little 31s couldn’t get through some of the holes and we had to winch a few times to get through. We got back to the cabin around 12:30 AM. Irishscout went home.

Sunday we head up Sedge Ridge. The group meet up at the end of South Fork and the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. Tiny has some wiring problems and headed for home.

On up the trail there were trees down blocking the path in a few places. Hercules, Test Dummy and Fatboy cut them out of the way.

Near the Cultus Hole Climb the snow drifts were big. Test Dummy’s rig got ate by a tree hole.

Test Dummy got turned around and we head back down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and ran the ridge to the end above Tampico. Again we found trees down across the trail. Hercules, Test Dummy and Fatboy did a great job clearing the way. Next we headed back to the cabin and Fatboy headed home.

Monday we had a good time visiting. We didn’t do any 4 wheeling. The Tweety Jeep had a bad axle u-jiont so we just went home.

This was another fun Memorial Day run with the WUD Wheelers 4×4 Club.

Here are some photos of the WUD Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum:

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