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Photos: 2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Sunday March 4th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up downtown Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We convoyed to Colockum Road. We aired down and headed up Colockum Pass to find a good starting point. The snow was soft and deep.

We started the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge on top of the ridge at the first power lines. The challenge was the first one to the Halfway Station Marker or the farthest ahead at 3 PM.

We lined up the challenge member rigs. Left to Right; AlwayswrenchN – YJ, James – YJ, and TJ40 – TJ. We had two Jeeps and a side-by-side follow along.

I rode with TJ40, so Guido flagged the start line this year. The challenge started following another groups tracks until Powerline Road. Even following the other groups track, a few of our rigs got stuck along the way. We also pulled out a guy from the other group that was stuck.

Once we had to break trail, it started being Winchfest 2018. The snow was very challenging. James was doing very well for awhile until he got into a real deep soft drift. TJ40 past him and got out front.

AlwayswrenchN was behind for awhile. He caught up and we think he may have taken James’s line. We were a ways ahead stuck when the time hit 3 PM. The Top Member Challenge was over and TJ40 won. He had to winch a few times to get turned around. AlwayswrenchN and Blind Pilot (in the side-by-side) came to help.

We all headed back down the ridge with a few stucks on the way. A the bottom we aired up and headed out. A few of us stopped at the The Tav for dinner.

This was a very fun day thanks to who all came.

Here are some pictures of our 2018 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

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Kittitas, Washington

Colockum Snow Wheeling

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Colockum Road
Colockum Road

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Naneum Ridge State Forest
Naneum Ridge State Forest

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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: Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure

Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures. Event called by Foxracer.
Report by Clay Graham, photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

On Monday April 3rd, 2017, Foxracer came over from Western Washington to do some exploring. We left the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House and headed out to the Wenas Wildlife Area with two rigs. Foxracer’s Subaru Outback and my Jeep Wrangler.

We ran Durr Road, Roza Creek Road, and then up Buffalo Ridge Road to the end. From there we hiked down to the Yakima Skyline Trail above the Yakima River Canyon. We took the trail a little ways to get a good view of the Roza Dam on the Yakima River.

After taking a lot of photos, we hiked back up to the rigs. The climb was a workout. It was worth it, the views were awesome.

Back at the rigs we took a short break and head back out. Foxracer headed to the Umtanum Recreation Area to set up camp. I dropped two of my boys off at home and then met Foxracer at his camp for a campfire.

This was a great time.

Here are some photos of the Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure:

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Foxracer’s Subaru Outback

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Wenas Wildlife Area

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The intersection of Roza Creek Road & Buffalo Ridge Road.

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Wenas Wildlife Area

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Doc airing the Jeep tires down some.

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The end of Buffalo Ridge Road.

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Yakima River Canyon
Yakima River Canyon
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Roza Dam in the Yakima River Canyon.

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Wenas Wildlife Area

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Looking at Selah and Yakima in the background from Buffalo Ridge.
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From Buffalo Ridge, looking across the Wenas Valley at the Wenas Mammoth dig site.
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Mount Rainier in the background.

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Wenas Wildlife Area

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Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area

Yakima River Canyon
Looking at the Selah end of the Yakima River Canyon.
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In the Yakima River Canyon looking back up to where we were looking down earlier.
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Umtanum Recreation Area in the Yakima River Canyon.

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Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area

Wenas Wildlife Area


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.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures

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Photos: 2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge

2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday March 25th, 2017, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Curly’s II in Kittitas, Washington for the annual Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge.

We convoyed to Colockum Road for the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge. We stopped and to air down before the climb up the ridge.

We aired down and headed up Colockum Pass to find a good starting point. The snow was very workable to stay on top of as long as you stayed in the center of the road. We started the Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge on top of the ridge at the first power lines. The challenge was the first one to the Halfway Station Marker. Since there was a small turn out, the two in the challenge voted to let AlwayswrenchN in with tires bigger than 35×12.50.

We lined up the challenge member rigs with mine that was on the hard pack. Left to Right; AlwayswrenchN – YJ, TJ40 with Guido as co-pilot – TJ, the judges Ceg and Ron the Parts Guy – JKU, and Phil – YJ.

We hit a softer snow just past the Powerline Road. There were a few rigs stuck along the way. Only rigs competing could help each other out and being good sports they did.

At the last open area near Halfway Station, I let the guy know the marker was on the other side of the fence. TJ40 had already buried it and Phil did right after. We caught up to AlwayswrenchN to watch him finish the challenge.

AlwayswrenchN went back and pulled Phil out and then TJ40. Everyone came up to Halfway Station and ate lunch. During the break, AlwayswrenchN’s girls came to check out the Halfway Station Marker. One dug it out to read it.

After lunch we headed on down the north slope of Naneum Ridge. We stopped and headed back out at a big off camber snow drift.

This was a very fun day thanks to who all came.

Here are some pictures of our 2017 Eastern Washington Adventures Top Member Challenge:

Colockum Snow Wheeling
Kittitas, Washington

Colockum Snow Wheeling

Colockum Snow Wheeling
Colockum Road
Colockum Snow Wheeling
Naneum Ridge State Forest

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Halfway Station

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TJ40 handing over the EWA TMC Trophy to the winner, AlwayswrenchN.

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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.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures

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Photos: EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run

Easy Ahtanum Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On November 17th, 2007 we headed out for an easy run for 99 so she could get use to wheeling her XJ. It was also Test Dummy’s birthday and he wanted to wheel too. On this run we had three rigs, BenW, Test Dummy and 99 driving the Tweety Jeep.

We headed up Cowiche Mill Road and then headed up C1300. At the Y to Hatton Road we aired down. The roads up there are rough but we waited for the rain to slow down to air down.

We headed on up Hatton Road and then onto FS1302. It got foggy. We only ran into a few areas that had a little snow. Up towards Jumpoff Lookout it was very cold. We had a little snow mixed in the rain. We stopped at Jumpoff Lookout for a break.

We headed back down FS1302, then C1210 down to Reynolds Creek and back to Cowiche Mill Road. We turned off Cowiche Mill Road, ran C1000 over to Nasty Creek, then ran up Doe Pocket (C5001) and onto Jackass Road (A2300) on Foundation Ridge. It was not very fat before we started running in snow. The snow drifts started getting deep at the log decks and Test Dummy had to air down more to move.

99 enjoyed making new tracks in the snow as we moved up the ridge. The snow drifts were deeper farther up we went and it was hard to see where the trail was. We stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.

It was getting dark so we headed down 4W615 toward Blue Lake. Coming off the top of the ridge down the mountain was a blast with 99 driving. The trail was no where in sight. She had no idea what way to go so I was yelling, “go left, sharper, turn right, easy left, watch out for that tree” and so on. I am glad she listens good.

At Blue Lake on the upper trail above the lake the trail was off camber because of the snow. 99 slide off the trail sideways. I took over but could not get the XJ back up on the trail. BenW went for it and went sideways too. I dropped down to the lake and followed the shore and Test Dummy Followed. BenW started airing down more. After airing down more, BenW made it look easy going crossing that bad snow section above the lake.

99 took the driving back over and we headed out. She had to take a few runs at the Gate Keeper Hill. She finely made it up without hitting anything.

This was 99’s first time driving snow wheeling and she did very well. This run was a lot longer and a lot more miles than planned but I think it was worth it. 99 has a lead foot so we moved a long pretty good all day. She is now ready for Baja racing.

Thanks BenW and Test Dummy for coming and making this a fun run. 99 and I had a blast.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run:

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Jumpoff Lookout

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Jackass Road Log Decks.

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Ahtanum
Jackass Road at Grey Rock Trail crossing.

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Ahtanum
Blue Slide Lookout

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Ahtanum
Blue Lake

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