JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
**URGENT!*** Please pass around: Soldier Pass Trail in Sedona may be closed to public!! PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL or letter by this Friday 4/29! Email: JRowe@fs.fed.us
Mail: Julie Rowe
Red Rock Ranger District
P.O. Box 20429 , Sedona, AZ, 86341
Re: Soldiers Pass Motorized Use #38555
The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest is reviewing management options for this busy trail. Let me cut through the bull and tell you the real deal: the local homeowners hate the ATV noise through their neighborhood and on the trail. Since the traffic on the trail is exceeding the USFS management levels, the USFS is inclined to do something. Read the short explanation here:
Soldier Pass Trail Explanation
I am writing in favor of Alternative C: Implement a free permit system to allow a limited number of 4x4's per day on the trail, similar to Elephant Hill and Bulldog Canyon permit systems.
I am NOT in favor of Alternative B: close the trail to all motorized traffic except Red Rock Jeep Tours, a commercial tour company.
The reason I favor option C: public land is for public benefit. If a limited number of 4x4's are to be allowed, it should not be for the sole benefit of commercial industry.
It is critical that letters in support of the USFS Alternative C are sent, as the city of Sedona has submitted their support of Alternative B: close it to all but Red Rock Jeep Tours. Personally, I would rather see it closed completely than have any commercial operator have exclusive use of public lands.
The USFS is accepting comments for the rest of this week only. Please state clearly which option you prefer, and why.
Below is my full letter. Feel free to cut, paste, and modify with your own comments. If you enjoy the Soldier Pass trail, or you just hate seeing the public shut out of yet ANOTHER 4x4 trail, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 10 minutes to send in your comment.
From: (include your name, email, address and phone number for validation--anonymous or no contact info comments get trashed!)
To: Julie Rowe
Re: Soldier Pass Motorized Use #38555
Date: 25 April 2016
I am writing regarding the proposed changes in Soldier Pass Motorized Use. I am in support of Alternative C: Outfitter/Guide and Public Use by Permit.
While it is reasonable that limitations should be imposed, I would hate to see this beautiful and historic little trail closed altogether--it has been a Jeep trail since Jeeps came back from WWII. I enjoy this close and short trail for a quick escape to the edge of the wilderness, with its unique geological and biological wonders.
It is my assertion that limiting vehicle traffic is a reasonable management step at this point in time. However, limiting public access in favor of commercial access is NOT reasonable. Therefore, Alternative C presents the most balanced solution, with plenty of functioning precedent in other areas in support of a free permit access system.
I believe that closing it to all public motorized access is an excessive attempt at a solution to the noise problems of ATV and UTV traffic. If the city of Sedona doesn't like ATV noise, they should ban ATV's from the streets, as Telluride has. Closing it to all private motorized recreationists while allowing a commercial tour company to use it exclusively violates the USFS mandate and Amendment 12: "We will not regard the area as a potential theme park for commercial exploitation at the expense of nature. We will not sell the day to profit the hour.” It is my assertion that if Alternative C is deemed inviable, I believe it is more consistent with the mandates and wishes of the Sedona community to close the trail to all motorized use, instead of allowing the motorized recreation to continue there strictly for the benefit of one commercial interest.
Further, I am willing to participate physically, materially and financially in any efforts required to implement a permit system for this trail.
I am so excited that we finally have an option for that trek top look from Quadratec! Mine is on order and I can't wait to bring you guys a full review!
My biggest regret in buying my latest Jeep is that I didn't get it with halfdoors! About a day after I drove my new Jeep off the lot back in 2011 the regret settled in AND hasn't gone away...until now! Thanks to Rugged Ridge that regret is no more!
Built from a paintable impact resistant thermoplastic black ABS material, the panels are UV protected and paintable (although I love the contrasting black). The steel frames are also powder coated for corrosion resistance. The doors all come with weather tight seals to keep the noise down and more importantly...keep you DRY! The OEM "style" hinge allows you to remove the full doors and pop these right in, easy peasey! The door panels are nice and match up with your interior, and just in case you use the upper inserts, the handles are lockable!
This week the CoolGuyStuff.tv crew hit the Mojave Trail and our new Rugged Ridge halfdoors held up to everything we threw at them!
Leaving the house around 2:30am there was a chill in the air. That meant uppers and lowers! I was happily surprised the noise wasn't to loud, and the fit kept me snug as a bug in a rug! (Sorry, I've always wanted to use that one). Anyway, by 8am temps were reaching 70 degrees and it was time to pop out those uppers and go halfy!
That's my favorite way to drive. I think it's he perfect balance of open air and protection from the wind and cold, so test one...warmth, and noise of the uppers and lowers gets a big PASS!
The day one the trail was a beautiful one. It was sunny, not to hot, and we didn't see another person the entire day! I would of been really bummed missing out on the open air, but not to windy feel you get with halfdoors if is didn't half these! Rolling down the windows of full doors is no where near the same feeling! Test two...another PASS! halfdoors were perfect!
Ok, that was the easy stuff right? Remember though, most of our days are spent doing the easy stuff, so it's important to understand how great the halfdoors will be day to day.
Next up...mud! Time to spend about 2 minutes to pop back in the uppers (that store perfectly behind the rear seat by the way if you have a JKU). The mud test was no joke! We spent miles slipping and sliding through the lakebed, it was fun...and MESSY! Well, we made it through and as you guessed, no mud made it in! Clean (cleanish) interior is intact! Mud test...PASS!
We definitely saved the best for last...the water seal test! I'm not sure why, but driving though the water is the best! Ok, the water test was done through two sections at the end of the trail. Most of the drive was right at the door line, but there were a couple spots that went above, so I did get nervous enough to move all of my stuff to higher ground (off the floor), just in case. No need for worry though folks...not a drop! I was honestly surprised too. I know the doors came with the seal, but hey...what can I say? I can be a bit of a skeptic at times. Water test I am extra happy to say...PASS!
Guys, I know there are a lot of Jeepers out there that are in the same exact place I was with the halfdoor regret problem. Although there are some choices out there for you, I can't stress how happy I am with the Rugged Ridge replacement halfdoors and uppers! It was so nice to be able to pop in and out the upper halves to fit the need at the time! I seriously doubt if my hard doors will be going on anytime soon!
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Now, get out there and find yourself by losing yourself in nature!
A couple months back I picked up my first vest specifically designed to bring my worlds together. I love getting outdoors and I certainly love my tech! It's important to me that I have the tools I need to capture every beautiful skyline, sunset and adventure when I'm out too, and that's where the tech comes in!
SCOTTeVEST is a company that has committed itself to making the best "tech clothing" on the market, and if we are going off of the SeV Sportmans...mission accomplished! Before I get into the actual vest though, let me break down why it's so fashionable AND functional for me.
This one is easy. I am a big, bald, ugly dude, so that hip indie look that I dream of pulling off simply isn't an option. That said, taking my lemons and make myself some lemonade is about all I can do here so I gladly trade in those skinny jeans and Florsheim ankle boots in for a set Nothface mountaineering pants and Keen hikers. Yup, that perfectly fitted, wrinkle free sports coat goes bye bye and a sweet new outdoorsman's tech vest gets worn proud.
The look of the SCOTTeVEST Sportsman Vest is exactly the style I like! The ONLY downside for me...Made in China. I know, I know, I get it...our Country has created a climate that makes it tough for companies to compete and even survive if they don't go international, but it would be nice if possible is all I'm saying. Don't let the tag fool you though...SCOTTeVEST is nothing but high quality. I was very impressed with how well made the SeV Sportman Vest is made. Definitely not complaints on quality.
You guys know by now that capturing the perfect outdoor adventure is what I'm fortunate enough to do as a career. That type of gig takes a lot of creativity, preparation, and gear! The SCOTTeVEST Sportsman Vest allows me to comfortably carry a few items that make the difference between good and great content. From music to inspire, a camera to capture, and an iPad to edit, I can take it all easily when I venture off from the luxury of my office, aka...my Jeep.
If you're a photographer, film maker, professional outdoorsman or the average guy hitting the trail for the day with the fam, you will LOVE this vest.
Made from Rungspin cotton canvas and treated with a Teflon fabric protector this vest can hold up to the harshest conditions. Although rated for Springtime/Summertime weather, I found that keeping my core warm in the Southern California winter wasn't a problem with a layer or two.
The pockets aren't just designed to shove junk in either. SCOTTeVEST has designed their gear tech specific! The devices fit tight and secure to give the safest and most comfortable experience as possible. Trust me...with 24 pockets, that's a great thing!
All in all SCOTTeVEST not only gets a big thumbs up on fit, function and fashion...they have won me over as a customer for life. Check out the full product line at:
Yesterday a few friends and I decided to hit the trails of the SB Mountains. It was a warm, but a beautiful day out so what could possibly bet better, right?
It was the first time on a trail for Dave in his Jeep, so we decided to grab a light trail, but probably the most scenic one up that way, 2no206. The trail starts pretty far down the mountain in the 7 oaks area, then climbs all the way up,into Big Bear. A series of switch backs and easy driving will allow you beautiful scenery throughout the entire trip. From start to finish you'll experience thick Forrest trees, miles and miles of ridge line mountain tops and plenty of great spots to stop, get out, and enjoy some screwing around time with your friends. Don't forget, the trail drops you off in Big Bear, so bring a clean shirt and have some fun before heading home.
So, pack a lunch, grab some friends, and check out some of the many trails of the San Bernardino mountains. Don't forget to wrap up the day with a good dinner at one of the local, mom and pop places to eat in town before heading home.
One of the crew here at CoolGuyStuff.tv somehow managed to trick his wife into letting him get a brand new Rubicon. How is still unknown but...who cares! Let's get to work!!
The idea is to only put the best on the new Rubi, so we are starting with the TeraFlex 4" 8 arm JKU lift. This this is awesome!! The system includes 4” lift coil springs, all lower and upper adjustable FlexArms, 9550 VSS shocks, front adjustable trackbar, front swaybar disconnects, rear swaybar links, rear trackbar bracket, bumpstops and all necessary hardware. You can run up to a 37” tires with it, and that's exactly what we are going to do! For more information on the lift just click the link: www.teraflex.com/suspension
One of the things we like to do at CoolGuyStuffTV is do the installs ourselves. One, because it's fun. Two, we want to be able to show everyone what a few of idiots can do. If we can do it, ANYONE can!
We start off pretty smoothly, splitting up and taking on multiple things. You know, divide and conquer, right? Scott started on the lift, I threw on the rock sliders, and Dave...well Dave kept us company...for a while.
About the time the sliders were installed, Dave had somethings to do, so it was just me and Scott. No problem though, this guy and myself have done a couple of these things now. Besides, we had the TeraFlex YouTube channel to give us some guidance.
For the most part things went relatively smoothly. A couple dumb mistakes a long the way forced us to redo a couple things, and we were doing the entire thing without power tools so this was taking some time. However, with every beautiful new part installed was a rejuvenation of our spirits. It's funny how something like a shock, or control arm can look so good, but...it's just how we are wired I suppose.
By lunch the front end was nearly complete and once that was done, it was smooth sailing...kind of. Anyway, let's keep our stupidity out of it. Fast forward just over 12 hours and we have either managed to ruin a brand new 40 plus thousand dollar Rubicon OR we have an awesome looking lift that can run 37s! This thing looks SO GOOD!
After a road test home, the morning brought the tire install and the completion of phase one of the CoolGuyStuff.tv Rubicon! Check out the full line of TeraFlex product at www.teraflex.com