All-4-Fun 2017: Part 1

I had the pleasure of attending Mile-Hi Jeep Club's 51st annual All-4-Fun event. This year, it was held in Leadville, CO. Leadville sits just above 10,000 feet. It was an awesome event and I'm really happy I went. My Jeep's clutch has been acting funny the past few weeks and I was really concerned about bringing it and for awhile even planned on taking my Toyota Tacoma instead. I decided at the last minute I would take the Jeep, as if the clutch went out there was plenty of tools and people to help.

So on Friday morning, along side my buddies Brian and Ricky, we set out to Colorado. Brian and I stayed in Longmont on Friday and Ricky went to Loveland. We ran some trails on Saturday with some guys from the WAYALIFE forums. Later Saturday we made the last little drive to Leadville. 

The first full day in Leadville I spent downtown exploring the different shops and restaurants. Leadville has an awesome hotel called the Delaware Hotel that I'll talk about later. I also visited the "Leadville Legendary Saloon". It was a cool place to visit but the food and drinks was nothing to write home about, which was a bit disappointing. Everyone at the shops was very nice and one in particular I liked was the antique store. There were some awesome old license plates that I would have bought if the price wasn't so high.

On Monday, I ran my first trail with the All-4-Fun crew. We ended up running Baldwin Lakes and Boulder Mountain. Baldwin lakes was to this day, one of my favorite trails. It was a great mix of technical driving, scenic driving, and outstanding views. Boulder Mountain, on the other hand, was more intense as the shelf roads were narrow and rocky. At times, the trail had quite a bit of negative slope towards the edge, and it was extremely uncomfortable. Never the less, we still had a great time and I'm glad we ran it. Check out some pictures from day 1:

Check back soon for Part 2....

New Shoes!

While I loved my 31x10.50x15 Hankook Dynapro M/Ts, I decided with recent upgrades I would go ahead and order in a new set of tires. I debated for a long time whether or not I wanted to go 35s, and ultimately ended up deciding not to. I don't want my Jeep to be a purpose built rock crawler, I want it to be a "one-in-all" kind of machine. I want to be able to drive it to and from the trail heads, rather than throw it on a trailer. I was afraid with 35s I would lose a lot of the "drive-ability" of the Jeep and wouldn't want to take it as far.

Another question I had, was whether or not I wanted to run the same tires or try something new. I almost ordered a set of Nitto's, but again decided to run what I was happy with. I really love the Dynapro's, and think they are one of the most underrated tires in the off-road world. 

So enough of all that, let's get on to the good stuff... ordered a set of 33x12.50x15 Hankook Dynapro M/Ts online and they were at my local Discount Tire just a few days later.

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

Checking for any clearance issues... thankfully there are none!

Checking for any clearance issues... thankfully there are none!

All in all, I'm extremely pleased with these tires. Can't wait to get out on the trail and test them out!

Until next time....

A Couple Tuttle Runs

These past two weekends have been jam packed with fun. Saturday, May 20th was forecasted as a pretty crappy, rainy day. That didn't stop us from going out and having a good time. The trails were super wet and soggy, and we slid everywhere, but we still had a good time.

Sadly, my phone had to be restored so I lost quite a few of the pictures I took that day, but here's some that I was able to save.

All flexed out with Trenton and his awesome YJ.

All flexed out with Trenton and his awesome YJ.

Leading the pack through Squeeze Chute.

Leading the pack through Squeeze Chute.

Sadly, during the last half of the day, I got a call on the CB that Trenton's electric fan wasn't working and his Jeep was running a little on the warm side. At the same time, I tried going up a ledge that proved to be too much in wet conditions.

I should have bypassed it, but at the time, I did try driving up and slid to my left side. My rear driver's tire ended up against a rock and the next thing I knew I could hear air leaving the tire. I ripped the valve stem in half. Huge shoutout to Discount Tire in Papillion, NE for fixing it up the next day when I got home!

We ended up going again on May 27th for Memorial Day weekend. This trip ended up the same way as the weekend before, weather-wise. Super soggy conditions, and wet and muddy trails.

On the way down I bought a digital camera to replace my iPhone for picture taking. This proved to be a worthy investment as I got some pretty cool pictures and will for sure take more in the future!

Starting the day on some mild trails.

Starting the day on some mild trails.

Jared making his way through squeeze chute.

Jared making his way through squeeze chute.

Wet conditions make squeeze chute interesting.

Wet conditions make squeeze chute interesting.

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

The ledges

The ledges

After lunch, we made our way back to the entrance of the park and near the rock garden. Somehow...someway.... I got talked into running the trail. I'm glad I did, because I had a blast! My winch got a great workout too.

The rock garden.

The rock garden.

Hey... there's a rock there!

Hey... there's a rock there!

Stuck selfie!

Stuck selfie!

I gotta give huge thanks to Mark, Eli, Jared, and Chris for helping spot me through and pulling cable...multiple times.

Overall both days could have been better weather-wise, but I had a blast either way. To top things off, this was the sunset we got to look at on the way home...

Until next time......