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									                                                                                 The Dirt Devils Digest
                                                                                                                                    April 2009



                                                                                   A monthly publication of the Dirt Devils    Circulation 115
                                                                                   http://www.dirtdevils.org/




President’s message                                                                               Picture of the month
I am not available for the April meeting. I have important
business to attend to out of the area. Our VP is available will
represent me well. Remember Corral canyon is coming up
later in the month, this month we have several great run
reports. Run leaders keep those run reports coming in. Make
those that did not attend wish they were there.
See you on the trail.




President Sheldon Neal and First Lady Nancy Neal
                                                                                                  Leonard Driver leading Cleghorn on foot. Other Dirt Devils
                                                                                                  did bring their jeeps.
Inside
RUN REPORTS .................................................................... 3
  ANZA BORREGO ADVENTURE .............................................. 3
  CLEGHORN RUN ................................................................... 3
  RED CANYON/ BRADSHAW TRAIL/ AUGUSTINE PASS/ AMY’S
  WASH................................................................................... 4
  BULLFROG TRAIL W/ HEMET JEEP CLUB.............................. 4
  OC REGISTER ...................................................................... 5
RUN ANNOUNCEMENTS .................................................. 5
  APRIL ................................................................................... 5
  MAY..................................................................................... 6
  JUNE..................................................................................... 6
  JULY..................................................................................... 6
  AUGUST ............................................................................... 6
  SEPTEMBER .......................................................................... 6
  OCTOBER ............................................................................. 6
  NOVEMBER .......................................................................... 6
  DECEMBER ........................................................................... 6
GENERAL NEWS ................................................................ 6
  GUEST .................................................................................. 6
  SHIRTS ................................................................................. 7
  STICKERS ............................................................................. 7
  CLUB OFFICERS .................................................................... 7
MEETING PLACE ............................................................... 7
FINANCE............................................................................... 7
  MARCH 2009........................................................................ 7




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Run Reports
                      Superstition Mtn
Superstition Mt Run – Dan Hyatt and Pete Johnson went.
They enjoyed the run. Went down Rocky Canyon and
approached the waterfall area that is known for damage. One
jeep blew a tire. The San Diego club guided them around trails
nicely. The Blue Angels were practicing and did a parade over
the jeeps. Fun time overall. No wind, it was nice.

          Logandale Run report 3-16, 2009
A new place to explore and a four-day weekend to relax and
enjoy. I meet the Neal’s at the Jernigan’s house as planned         Sunday we headed to explore the east side of the Logandale
and we left at 8 a.m. We made good time to get to the RV            Trail System. The gang entered the town of Logandale and
Park in Moapa. Stopping only for breakfast and gas, we were         found the entrance to the trails on Liston, off Highway 169.
at the campground by 3:30. It’s about 300 miles from Norco.         The main road was smooth and wide for RVs to traverse. We
The Wards left at noon that day and stayed at a hotel in            went to an area of red rock and found it very challenging.
Overton. We meet Saturday at the designated time and place.         This area’s terrain reminded me of the notches of Truckhaven
Headed south on Interstate 15 for 10 miles and got off exit 80      and the slick rock of Moab. Exceptional traction. I think a
and headed into the off-road park. As newcomers to the area,        vehicle with 33” tires and two lockers would do well. Ground
we relied on trail markers and Jeff’s GPS. Unfortunately the        clearance was not an issue, but most of the tough obstacles
markers had no names on them, but with GPS coordinates,             had bypasses. After a full day of wheeling various trails, we
there was minimal back tracking. These trails were fun and          headed back to camp. After a good night’s rest, we headed
correctly rated a ‘3’ on a 1-5 scale. We did Arockalpse at the      home on Monday morning.
end of the day. Vehicles with 33” tires and two lockers could
run this trail, except for the very last section. This canyon was
narrow and had a large rock guarding its entrance. Jeff’s Jeep
was the only one to scale this boulder and continue with
carnage around the bend. There was a big rock on the right
side with lots of body paint from previous victims. Jeff added
yellow paint to it and got a real nice souvenir in return. Bashed
the window frame and ripped the bikini top. He then climbed
out of the canyon and headed back to the group. The Wards
only wheeled this one day and headed back to So-Cal Sunday
morning.




The red rocks of Logandale, NV




                                                                    See Ya on the trail John “LONE STAR” Strege



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Run reports
Thanks Tim, for going to the trouble to share the fun you had
in your jeep the last couple weekends.
Anza Borrego Adventure
March 07, 2009
Since our trailer was in the hospital, Jeff was kind enough to
offer us a room to rent in his mobile castle at a reasonable rate.
We were joined later on Friday by Pete, Roger, John Powell,
Rob, Pam, Troy, John Strege, and Nancy.

On Saturday morning Danny and Linda showed up at camp to              On down the trail, we came on a little waterfall to climb.
join us on the trail. We headed down the road a couple of             Most made it through fine, again New John needed a little
miles to a good spot to air down at the trailhead. Once we            assistance from the winch. And, Danny decided to climb up
were all aired down, we headed on a leisurely scenic drive to         the side of the wall at the top and got himself in a precarious
the Squeeze. This is a pretty narrow slot between two big             position. He did not hesitate at all in asking me to hook him
rocks. It’s actually pretty easy to get though in a Jeep if you       up. A little tug from the winch and he was on his way.
just keep it slow and listen to your spotter. We got everyone
through just fine.




                                                                      We ate lunch in Fish Creek (it’s a dry wash, not a wet creek)
                                                                      and then drove on through Split Mountain. We then headed to
Some more scenic driving then brought us to the next exciting
                                                                      the highway and drove to Borrego Springs. After gassing up
moment – Heart Attack Hill. This is a fairly long steep off-
                                                                      and maybe grabbing a snack, we went to Lower Coyote
camber hill. The fun part of it is at the top. As you slowly
                                                                      Canyon. I was a little disappointed with the wildflowers, I
peek your nose over, you soon get to a spot where your tires
                                                                      think we were a couple of weeks ahead of the peak. But the
no longer hold and you start to slide. The key at this point is
                                                                      trail was fun, we made it through all the water crossing
to let off the brake and let the vehicle ease on down. Then you
                                                                      without incident and up bypass road. We turned around
left front tire falls into a big hole and some people like to raise
                                                                      shortly after bypass road and headed back to camp.
the right rear tire up in the air. We all made it down well
thanks to good spotting and attentive drivers. Due to John
                                                                      Sunday was get-away day, it sure seems a lot easier to get out
Powell’s lack of flex (fairly stock YJ), we decide, for safety’s
                                                                      of camp when someone else is doing most of the packing!
sake, to winch him down the hill. He made it down just fine
                                                                      Thanks again, Jeff. Jernigan
although he had a couple of exciting moments near the bottom
after we had unhooked him from the winch.                             By Sheldon Neal
                                                                      Cleghorn Run
                                                                      By: Leonard Driver
                                                                      What a wonderful day for jeeping!
                                                                      March 21st
                                                                      Ten of us gathered at the McD's off Interstate 15 and left for
                                                                      the trail at 09:00
                                                                      Rowland, Lane and his wife Irene, Mike, his wife Marcia and
                                                                      two kids (Mike is new to the club), Pete, Dan Ward, Jay, Bob
                                                                      Hancock and a friend who brought a friend - Tim and Robert
                                                                      with three kids among them (Tim, had just added a crew cab




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to his Chevy desert racer and this was his first time crawling),    the next couple of hours making noise and having fun. This
John Strege who graciously took the tail gunner position and        ended up being a wonderful place to camp, not because of all
myself who led.                                                     the run-down and abandoned equipment that littered the
                                                                    ground in all directions, but for the peace and tranquility it
We climbed through the clouds and enjoyed the cool but not          afforded as we heard no man-made noise (except our own) the
cold temperature and vista's. Snow could still be seen on           whole time we were there.
surrounding mountains.                                                         Sunday morning came and we decided to try a trail
All of us were taking the harder and more fun alternate trail,      we had not run before called Augustin Pass. This was a good
until we came to the slot. Three of the group decided to meet       choice for us as it wasn’t very difficult technically but, it did
the trail later and took the bypass.                                get quite tight as the canyon squeezed down to barely a cars
The slot was still a challenge, with spotting provided by Dan       width and very tight and twisty. This trail took us back to the
and John. Lots of off camber, wheels in the air and close to the    Bradshaw Trail where we turned west and backtracked
wall encounters.                                                    yesterday route. Along the way we came upon a sign for
When we again hooked up with the rest of the gang, we all           “Amy’s Wash” which is a loop road that takes you up a wash,
started crossing the road again, having fun on the alternate        across an Aluvial fan, stops at an old mine site and routes you
trail. No one ever used the bypass again. I will say, that at the   back to the Bradshaw Trail. It didn’t take us long to do the
point of the big rock near the end, if a bypass would have been     loop and by the time we were finished it was time to head
offered, there would have been some that would have made            home. We followed Summit road around some hills and made
that choice. However, with some great spotting and patience,        it to the 10 freeway, stopped to get gas at Chiriaco, and headed
all made it through the death defying off camber line around        home.
the rock.
Of course, as John was last one through, he had to show all         The trails were all fairly mild, the weather was fantastic, and
how to crawl OVER the rock - ha                                     the target shooting was fun. All in all a very good weekend.

We did stop for lunch. We were so far ahead of time, we             Carnage report: none (except for the targets )
actually continued on from the normal lunch spot and gathered       Tim Nichols
in a clearing on the trail that was out of the wind and a nice      Dirt Devils
lunch break was had by all. Just after lunch, there is a sharp
right turn on the decent from the top. Bob's friend in the          Bullfrog Trail w/ Hemet Jeep Club
modified Chevy (with IFS), did a two wheel dance while              On Saturday 2/21, I joined a group from the Hemet Jeep Club
making that turn. He was up on two wheels at one point in the       (HJC) to run a trail in Johnson Valley called “Bullfrog”. The
turn. Lane & Irene were following and observed the trick of         trail is on the eastern end of JV near Cougar Buttes. I had seen
the day. We all survived and arrived at the highway about           a few you tube videos and read a few forum threads about this
3PM and began airing back up. The summary of the day was:           trail and when I saw it on the HJC website, I contacted Brett
 No delays, no breakage and no body damage (that could be           Hayes, and made arrangements to meet them in the morning at
seen)                                                               Camp Rock road and the 247. This trail has something for
Cleghorn again earned it's reputation as a great club run.          everyone from moderately difficult to extremely insane. This
Respectfully submitted – Leonard                                    is not a trail for the faint of heart and you are almost
                                                                    guaranteed to hear a lot of armor sliding over rocks. As a
                                                                    matter of fact I spent 3 hours on Sunday sanding all my
Red Canyon/ Bradshaw Trail/ Augustine                               powdercoated armor sliders and skid plates before I hit them
Pass/ Amy’s Wash                                                    with rustoleum to stop the dreaded “orange decay” (rust).
          On Saturday 2/14 Joel Card and I ran a few mild
trails over the weekend and camped near an old abandoned            The trail leader was Bob Bindels in an old FJ40 (w/ a 500 HP
mine site Saturday night. Starting at Chiriaco Summit next to       engine no less) that sounded amazing. There were about 20
the George S. Patton Museum (midway between Indio and               vehicles in the group and some were not prepared. This trail
Blythe), we headed to the trailhead for the Red Canyon Trail.       requires at least one locker in the rear, but it’s better to have
This trail takes you from the 10 freeway south and meets with       front and rear lockers. Everyone that did not have lockers
the Bradhsaw trail. After turning east on the Bradshaw trail        ended up on a strap at one point or another, some were on the
and going 15 or so miles we turned north on an unnamed trail        strap numerous times. There were all types of obstacles from
near a guzzler site up a ridgeline that took us over the            waterfalls (up and down), rock climbs, sand hills and
mountains/hills into the Chuckwalla Springs area where we           everything in between. It took us about 5 hours to wander
located a very large abandoned mine site. We decided to make        around the hills on this trail and after comparing my GPS
camp here for the night and proceeded to snoop around with          tracks to the ones on the web…..it appears that we didn’t stay
our 4x4’s and found a few fun little areas to play. After           on the “marked” trail.
deciding where to pitch camp, we unloaded, set up camp, and
pulled out our “plinkers” for a little target practice. We spent




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This is/will be a very popular area as soon as the word gets out     Run Announcements
about it and it is happening now. The area is just a set of hills
and you can make your own trial through them as you see fit.         April
We as a club should definitely check this out for a run at some
point.                                                               Corral Canyon / Bronco Peak Run
Carnage report: drivers side front fender flare ripped off and       Date: April 25th & 26th 2009
sheet metal damage on a TJ Tomb Raider Edition (ouch!).

Tim Nichols
Dirt Devils


OC Register
Sunday, March 15, 2009
O.C. off-roaders rescued by O.C. sheriff's officers
9 men and a teen spent night in rugged terrain after vehicles
got stuck near Santiago Peak.
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE                                                  Trail Boss: Bob Hancock
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
                                                                     Trail Boss Camping? No, will meet you at 4 Corners
LAKE FOREST – Nine men and a teen spent the
                                                                     Staging area at 9:00.
night in rugged terrain and cold temperatures after
                                                                     Campground information: Lake Morena RV Park is where
getting their trucks stuck in rugged, back-country terrain.
                                                                     Sheldon has made reservations. They have water and electrical
The Lake Forest residents were off-roading in two trucks
                                                                     hookups (no sewage hookups, but there is a dump station.)
Saturday night when one of them got stuck, blocking the trail
                                                                     Address: 2330 Lake Morena Dr.,Campo, California 91906.
so the other one couldn't get out, said Lt. Fred Furey with the
                                                                     Phone: (619)478-5677. Coordinates: Latitude:
Sheriff's Department.
                                                                     32.6768,Longitude: -116.5079. There are no tent sites, but
"One truck was a four-wheel-drive and the other was not,"
                                                                     they will allow a tent to be pitched on a site that is occupied
Furey said. "The four-wheel drive went onto the trail first and
                                                                     by an RV (tents cannot occupy their own site). So if you tent
the smaller truck followed. It got stuck and the four-wheeler
                                                                     camping and want to stay here, hook up with someone with an
couldn't pass it to get out."
                                                                     RV. Current rates are 28.00/ night.
About 11 p.m., the Sheriff's Department got a call from one of
the men saying their cell phone was almost out of charge and
                                                                     Dry camping is also available in Corral Canyon OHV
they needed help. The department sent out two deputies but
                                                                     (Adventure Pass Required) at either Bobcat Meadow
were unable to access the rugged terrain near Sliverado Peak
                                                                     Campground or Corral Canyon Campground but the size of
close to the Riverside County line.
                                                                     sites and the road getting there is not friendly to big RVs.
Trucks are allowed to drive on the trail, Furey said, which is a
                                                                     Tents, tent trailers or trucks with campers would be fine. The
regular path that off roaders use. None of the men were cited.
                                                                     Charles Wells 4 Wheel Trail book has a map as to where these
It was too foggy to dispatch the Orange County
                                                                     campsites are.
sheriff's helicopter, so Riverside County's sheriff's officers put
                                                                     There are some hotel accommodations available in nearby
their helicopter into the air to conduct a search. When it
                                                                     Pine Valley.
became too foggy for them to see, they had to call off the
search.
                                                                     Directions to Lake Morena RV Park: Take Interstate 8 east
The guys spent the night in their trucks, some sleeping
                                                                     from San Diego to the Buckman Springs Road exit. From the
outside.
                                                                     I-8 & I-805 junction, it is 45 miles. Turn right on Buckman
At sunrise Sunday, the Orange County Sheriff's
                                                                     Springs Road. Go 5.3 miles and turn right on Oak Drive. Go
Department sent in deputies on foot and in off-road
                                                                     1.2 miles and turn left on Molchan Road. Go .2 miles and turn
vehicles. A search-and-rescue team was also on standby. The
                                                                     right onto Lake Morena Drive.
men were found around 9 a.m. and helped out by the deputies,
Furey said. All were in good condition.
                                                                     Meeting Location for Saturday: Corral Canyon OHV area –
A sheriff's off-road vehicle also got stuck on the narrow trail
                                                                     Four Corners Staging Area.
and needed assistance to get out.
"You really need to know what your vehicle can do," said
                                                                     Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.
Furey. "Regular trucks are not made to go into this terrain."
                                                                     Directions to Four Corners Staging Area: Take I-8 east
Contact the writer: 949-454-7307 OR
                                                                     from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road exit. Turn right on
eritchie@ocregister.com
                                                                     Buckman Springs Road. Go 3.3 miles to Corral Canyon



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Road(Morena Stokes Valley Rd.). Turn Right and go 5.8 miles        ?? KOPL
to a parking area near a paved 4-way intersection called Four
Corners. You will need an Adventure Pass to park anything in       October
this parking area. The Ranger up there will sell you a day pass.   3rd Rowher Flats (leader: John Strege)
                                                                   24th - 25th Calico (leader: Leonard Driver)
Trail Description: Bronco Peak is rated difficult. A nasty         November
hardcore trail with very steep ascents and descents over rocky
                                                                   6th - 8th PVD
terrain, tight brush and large boulders. This trail has No
                                                                   22nd Run Planning Mtg. @ The Webber’s
Bypasses. The trail is short,2.7 miles long, so about 2 hours
                                                                   26th – 29th Truckhaven
with no breakdowns and if all goes well.
                                                                   December
Special Equipment Required: Minimum 31” tires but could            Open
have trouble. Rear locker and high ground clearance required.
Front lockers highly recommended.                                  Suggested run report format
Contact: Bob Hancock at bob@jusntyme.com or Home –760-                  Create & Post a Run Announcement Message with the
723-5985 Cell – 760-822-3840                                            following information: Please use the words “Run
                                                                        Announcement” somewhere in the Subject of the
                                                                        message.
May                                                                     Date/Time and Place for the Run
2& 3- HDR committee pre-run                                             Description of Run
16th HDR Pre-run (leader: Sheldon Neal)                                 Difficulty Rating
23rd – 25th HDR Jesse May will mark off camping area for                Run Type: (Base Camp) (Day Run) (Night Run)
Dirt Devils                                                             Detailed Directions to Meeting Place.
Southern lights Run and Blue Moon Run led by Jesse                      EXACT Departure Time from Meeting Place
Club will do Devil’s Loop Run for HDR
                                                                        Required Equipment.
Head count - 10-12 Dirt Devil members to attend
                                                                        Is Special Equipment Required?
--Donation for HDR – Jesse motion to spends same amount as
last year. $150 total (50 for wagon for kids 100 for kids) Dan          Is RSVP Required?
Hyatt second – Vote Passed                                              Are Permits Required? (Forest Adventure Pass etc.)
Jesse motion to spend $100 for adult raffle (same as last year)         CB Channel typically channel 4.
second Dan Hyatt. Vote – Passed                                         Camping Location/ Directions/ Details/ Facilities/ Fees.
                                                                        Access for motor homes with very little ground
                                                                        clearance?
June                                                                    Expected Weather Conditions.
13th Adopt-a-Trail                                                      The Leaders contact information (Phone & email)
27th Big Bear John Bull (leader: Leonard Driver)                   After returning home forward to the webmaster and newsletter
                                                                   editor, a Run Report and a few great photos.
July
11th Adopt-a-Trail                                                 General news
25th Big Bear Holcomb Creek (leader: John Strege)
Jeepers Jamboree:                                                  Guest
4-Day July 23-26 $350 per person
3-Day July 24-26 $330 per person
3-Day Jul 30 - Aug 1 $330 person
http://www.jeepersjamboree.com/
August
1st Adopt-a-Trail
6th – 8th Sierra Trek Truckee Nor Cal
this is a big Cal 4 wheel fundraiser event. It is also a very
challenging trail. If you have questions ask Sheldon & Nancy
Neal. Chairman is David Douglas douglas1@llnl.gov

Aug. 8th - 16th High Sierra run (leader: Ron Webber)
September
19th Miller Jeep Trail (leader: Dan Delp)                          Al Gussin Al attended the March meeting.




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                                                                    www.superioraxle.com

                                                                    Leonard Driver recently broke his Superior Chromally axle,
                                                                    while playing out at Johnson Valley. He contacted Superior
                                                                    and they are replacing it free of charge. Pretty cool.
                                                                    Club officers




John Powell and his son Zack The Powell’s attended the              President: Sheldon          Vice President: Rob Riccardi
March meeting.
his wife Lori did not attend
John and Zack drive a ’90 YJ with a 3.5”lift, 32” tires, warn
winch and a worn out engine.




                                                                    Treasurer: MaryJo Delp           Secretary: Pam Riccardi

                                                                        Web Master: Stan Fry stanfry@sbcglobal.net
                                                                        Membership coordinator: Stan Fry
                                                                        Run Coordinator: Dan Hyatt
                                                                        Newsletter: Ron Webber webbermail@cox.net
                                                                        Hospitality: Emi Webber emiwebber@hotmail.com
                                                                        Safety Committee:

                                                                    Meeting Place
Jim & Kathy Satchell along with their son Mike Satchell.
                                                                    We meet the first Tuesday of each month. 6:30pm for Dinner
The satchels attended the March meeting. They proudly cruise
                                                                    and 7:30pm for the meeting at the:
around in an ’04 Rubicon and a Suzuki Samari they have
                                                                    Lakeview Café
installed a 4” lift and 33” tires on the Rubi.
                                                                    (714) 572-8521
                                                                    2099 E Orangethorpe Ave Placentia, CA 92780
Don Powell was a guest at the February meeting. He found us
on internet and called Jesse, he drives a ‘90 Jeep Wrangler (no     Finance
picture available)
                                                                    March 2009
Shirts                                                                      Beg Balance     $899.24
T’s are still available only a couple of sweat shirts are left.
                                                                            (month) Income $604.50
Bring cash or check to the next meeting.
Short Sleeve is $11.00                                                      (month) Expense $118.38
Long Sleeve is $13.50                                                       Ending Balance $1,385.36
Sweats are       $21.50
                                                                    We synchronize our membership renewal with CA4WD June
Stickers                                                            1st. If you are registered individually with CA4WD, we can
Dirt Devil Stickers are now available for purchase at the           switch you over to a Dirt Devils membership.
regular monthly meetings or contact Mary Jo Delp. Magnets           Annual dues, June 1st.
are also available for the stickers at $5 each.                     Dirt Devil dues                36.00
                                                                    Associate dues (wife)          12.00
Axles at wholesale                                                  CAL4wheel                      45.00
Superior axle has agreed to provide special wholesale pricing       Total                         $93.00
to Dirt Devils. President Sheldon must place the order.




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