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2017 July Newsletter

Adam Mehlberg  | Published on 7/8/2017
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502

July 2017 Newsletter
Club Business
Club Meeting
Wednesday July 12th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm - Meeting, Moose Lodge #1548, 2200 Pratt Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Open to all members and guests.

The lodge is one street west of main, between 21st and 23rd on Pratt Street. We'll be in the north hall. Folks who arrive early will need to enter at the main entrance, take the 2nd left, off the lobby, enter the middle hall and continue north to the north hall. The front door is a key card door but there is a button for the bar tenders to open the door. Those that arrive early can prop the door open on east side of the north hall so folks can park on the east side of the building and enter through that door.

Next Meeting:
6:30pm to 7:00pm - Social Time
7:00pm to 8:30pm - Meeting
  • Welcome guests.
  • Treasury amount and Fund amount.
  • Vote in any new members.
  • TRR Club Express update.
  • New/Other business.
  • TRR Trivia.
  • Update calendar of events. Leaders to inform club on changes made to the online calendar.
  • Planning for the COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting on the western slope.
  • Review of the Walker Mountain trip with USFS.
  • Review of the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats project and campout.
  • Presentation of the Robbers Roost / Beef Basing trip part II.
  • Close meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • Welcomed guest Donny Hamer.
  • Voted in renewing member Dave and Linda Tedder
  • Treasurers report was read.
  • Fund report was read. Will start research on new investments with Edward Jones Inc.
  • Club Express update. Discussion on forums. Tom Crosman will be the admin for TRR Forums. Created as an email to quick send stuff to all of the members that have enabled getting forum emails. It will work just like
  • Ray Comeau requested updates on who is still interested in LFEAT, our snow storm support for Longmont Ulinited Hospital, Centura Health.
  • Update on the changes to the entrance of Lefthand OHV area. It is basically no longer there. Forest Service will be doing a planning process to determine the future use of Lefthand OHV area.
  • Second TRR Trivia done at the meeting. Jeff Teebken.
  • Planning for the Morrison trip to Wyoming in August. Ray and Wanda have done a pre-research run of the area. Trip will be a camping event. If the weather is bad, then hotels will be used.
  • Planning for the Walker Mountain adopt-a-road review trip with the Forest Service.
  • Planning for the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats seasonal opening and review. Projects include re-decking the walking bridge across Coney Creek, blocking off the dry pond, and installing barrier posts at the Middle St. Vrain host site.
  • Review of the Memorial Day Picnic at the Howe’s.
  • Review of the Rock Junction trip.
  • Review of the Miller Rock project review.
  • Review of the Memorial Day Picnic at the Howe’s house.
  • Review of the Rock Junction trip to Grand Junction. Four vehicles went. Ran the Dolores Triangle and other routes.
  • Motion to close meeting by Wanda Comeau and second by Tom Crosman. Meeting adjourned.
  • Gordon did Robbers Roost and Canyonlands slideshow part 1.
Club News


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Club Refreshments

The following people are signed up to bring refreshments to the club meetings.
  • Jul – Roger and Linda Briden
  • Aug –
  • Sep – Allen and Tammy Peterson
  • Oct –
  • Nov – Paulette and Larry McGimsey (salad)
  • Dec - Marc and Jennifer Dominguez

TRR Trivia – July 2017

Last month’s TRR trivia was presented by Jeff Teebken, the person who scored the most points in May. Jeff presented a 4-part question which elicited a lively discussion. Here are Jeff’s questions and answers:
    1. Where did the name “Jeep” originate?
Answer: It is debatable but the most common belief is that it is the phonetic pronunciation of “GP” as in General Purpose vehicle. After discussion, it was decided that answers referring to the “Jeep” character in the Popeye comics would also be accepted. Several people received points for answering this question with one or more of the correct answers.

    2. During WW2 production Jeeps were coming out of the Willys and Ford Plants at what rate? (You can answer this one in quantities of hours, minutes or seconds.)
Answer: At peak production a completed Jeep was rolling out the factory door every 90 seconds. A total of 620,000 Jeeps were made during WW2. Since there was disagreement on this and since no one came very close to the every 90 seconds number, it was decided that a number in the general range of 600,000 would be accepted. Points were given to Gordy and Mike M for putting numbers in the 600,000’s.
    3. You must guess 2 dates to get this question correct: 1st: in what year did Willys-Overland acquire the Jeep trademark? 2nd: what year was the very first Willys-Overland car produced?
Answers: 1950, 1912. Since no one got this answer completely correct, it was decided to split this into two questions with one point each. One lucky person, Laddie, guessed 1950 for the first question. No one was correct on the second question, so the closest guess (David T, who guessed 1904) was awarded one point.

Points totals:
Laddie – 2
Don – 1
Richard – 1
Chris B – 1
Kerry – 1
Gordy – 2
Karen – 1
Mike – 1
David T – 1
Larry – 1
Jim C – 1
Greg – 1

Perhaps the most amusing answer, which was given by two people, Judy and Mike, was that the word Jeep originated from the saying “Just Empty Every Pocket”.

Recent Trip Articles

Colorado Plateau Exploring – 2017

Part 2

By Gordon Howe

Day five, our goal was the old cowboy backcountry abode known as the Scorup Cabin.  The cabin is located at the end of a 10 mile 4x4 trail corridor 66’ wide in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area. The trail down Peavine Canyon was fun four wheeling, but part of the trail in Dark Canyon itself was like fingernails scratching a chalkboard; big sagebrush with a bad attitude. Then there were the tributary dry washes that had eroded to a point that they were impassable. We made it across the first one, but wisely chose not to attempt the second.
Deep Wash

Deep Dry Wash

From there we hiked 1.5 miles to the cabin and a geocache. The adjacent cliffs were 400’ high and eroded into fins, pinnacles and even a couple of arches, so the hike was far from dull.
Scoup Cabin

Scorup Cabin

On our return to the junction of Peavine and Dark Canyon, where we planned to camp, there was an unplanned activity.
Gordon in dry wash


The trail leader, who after the long string of jeeps turned around in the sagebrush walled trail, was now the tail gunner. Unfamiliar with this position, he managed to narrowly avert a catastrophic 4x4 boo-boo while crossing one of the deeply eroded drainages. It still required bringing out Larry’s winch. It’s a long story. The lesson learned is to be sure you’re properly lined up when crossing a makeshift bridge only slightly wider than the jeep, constructed out of 4” diameter sticks. Back at camp, we found that despite being 1000’ lower than the previous evening, it was even colder and immediately at dusk.  Still it was a camp with a spectacular view of sandstone cliffs, Peavine Arch, and a green corridor of vegetation along the valley floor.


On the sixth day we four wheeled up Peavine Canyon, much to Stacey’s trepidation. Jeff provided encouragement and spotting for her over the worst obstacles.  She did just fine.
Leaving Peavine Canyon

Leaving Peavine Canyon

At the intersection of the main Forest Service road to Beef Basin, Larry informed us that one of the front lower control arms on his JK had essentially lost its threads and was not very well engaged with the spherical joint insert. So, Paulette and Larry took the same Forest Service road back out to the highway and proceeded to search for a mechanic with welding skills.  That didn’t happen, so they carefully limped all the way to Mead. The rest of the group entered Beef Basin and directly to Ridgetop Ruin. The few miles up Ruin Canyon presented an even worse section of big sagebrush. 
Ridge Top Ruin

Ridge Top Ruin

Ridge Top Ruin was a couple hundred yard uphill hike and very much worth the effort. After we all completed our inspection of the remains, we were off to check out Hilltop Ruin, which was on the way to our proposed campsite.  It was much smaller than Ridgetop, but still worth the effort, with even a single striped pottery shard for us to view. Our last night out was spent on a low rocky knoll, just a short distance out in the basin with views of over 30 miles. Nice and warm, no freezing overnight.


On our last day, we had 100 miles to cover to reach Moab and our showers. As we drove through Beef Basin and Ruin Park we stopped to peruse a number of easily accessible ruins.
Tower Ruin

Tower Ruin

One more geocache was located as we exited Beef Basin.  Miles and miles later we lunched at the trailhead for the Salt Creek hiking trail, with great views and one more geocache.  As we neared Indian Creek, while still in Cottonwood Canyon we located a cliff dwelling high up the side of Bridger Jack Mesa, just under the Wingate sandstone cliff. None of us had seen this one before. There was not time to climb up for a closer look so telephoto images were the best we could do this time. Very soon we were at Newspaper Rock and it was pavement all the way to Moab. We had the most perfect window of weather. We had left the Front Range in snow while crossing the Colorado summits, yet we had no precipitation for the entire time out in the backcountry, but ironically it began raining as we entered Moab on the last day.
TRR Colorado Plateau group


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