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Surviving Disaster with Wilderness First Aid Class
It was the second day of a three-day 4-Wheeling excursion to the Sweetwater Mountains, just north of Bridgeport, California. We stopped for some sightseeing high on the peak of Mt. Patterson. At 11,674 feet, we marveled at the incredible views. East looking into Nevada are the Bodie Hills and... Read more
[pics] 36 Suggestions for Your 4-Wheel Drive Bucket List
Have you seen the movie, “The Bucket List”? If not, you’ve probably heard about it. Briefly, it’s the story of two terminally ill men (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), who try to atone for their lives by making the best use of their final days. As they... Read more
Inspect Your Vehicle – 100+ Times
Check it and Check it Again; Make it Home Safe You probably do a good job of inspecting your vehicle before each 4WD outing. After all, you’re concerned about possible breakdowns while on the trails. But does your vehicle get the same level of attention at the end of... Read more
From the Rim of Hell to the Garden of Eden; The Death Valley Adventure
In March 2020 two small groups of overlanding explorers are going to see places not meant for mankind!  At least that is what some of the early California explorers said about Death Valley. We’re talking from the Rim of Hell to the Garden of Eden. Here’s the deal. Sign... Read more
Warning! Are You Keyed Up?
Recently I impressed upon you the importance of storing the winch controller near the driver’s seat. (Read the article here.) Here I offer an even more important reminder: Buy at least two additional copies of the ignition key. Carry an extra copy when you’re out. Whether four-wheeling or just... Read more
Time Out! Where is Your Winch Controller?
Mt. Patterson was our destination that beautiful autumn day. Part of the Sweetwater Range and located on the western edge of the Great Basin, Mt. Patterson’s summit offers a commanding view of the area. The drive entails a slow climb on a one-lane shelf road. I was leading a... Read more
Convoy! Be a Guest-Focused Trail Leader
IF YOU LEAD A GROUP OR CONVOY, HERE’S THE 9-TIP FORMULA Four-wheeling is best enjoyed in groups. (Indeed, I stress group outings for safety reasons.) At times you will be a participant. Others times you will want to be the Trail Leader. You’re proud of your skills and want... Read more
Warning! Don’t Get Cooked This Summer
DON’T GET BURNT, BAKED AND BUMMED Summer is well upon us, and that means the really hot weather is here.  Even though the hot season is literally an annual event, many people drop their guard and put themselves at great risk. No one is immune to these forces. In... Read more
Notice! Items That Don’t Belong on a 4WD Trip
KNOW WHAT MODERN JEEPERS SHOULD LEAVE BEHIND  If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recall that I often stress the virtues of proper packing for your  Jeep trip. Having the right gear and supplies can make or break a four-wheeling experience. At the same time, taking the wrong stuff can... Read more
Fire Restrictions Shouldn’t Extinguish Your Camping Trip
CAMPFIRES WITHOUT WILDFIRES! IT’S HOW WE MUST ROLL THESE DAYS Summer is almost here. In southern California and other areas of the West, that means fire restrictions take effect soon. While these restrictions seem to put a crimp on your camping, it’s really just a minor inconvenience. You still... Read more