Dramatic landscapes, amazing angle of the Colorado River, and a glimpse at anachronistic advance from eons ago were all in abundance for the accumulation as they travelled against their final affected alfresco Moab, Utah. Aback we larboard the arenaceous adventurers, they had tucked into their bedrolls in the adumbration of the majestic Factory Butte, afterwards bushing up on the adorable eats able during the additional anniversary Affected Chef Showcase. For anyone aloof affability in, this is the final day of the 2021 Overland Chance presented by Jeep.
From the right-hand ancillary of his Land Rover Defender Perentie, Curtis Cole was consistently accessible to advice out during Overland Adventure.
It Began With a Call to Chance
For 2021, Overland Chance Presented by Jeep set its architect on southern Utah. We called 20 participants from a basin of applications submitted through our website, fourwheeler.com. To be considered, cartage were appropriate to accept accurate four-wheel drive and buck different sleeping accommodations, amid added items. Nena Barlow was afresh called to advance this year’s chance for abounding reasons, including her lifetime of off-road experience, ability of the American Southwest, and her acceptance as an International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers’ Association adept trainer.
Also abiding to Overland Chance this year was the Affected Chef Showcase, a antagonism of sorts breadth participants were arrive to adapt and appearance off their admired black meal at camp. Afterwards advancing the meal, anniversary chef photographed their conception and submitted it to the board via email. We’ll serve up the after-effects in a afterwards affair of Four Wheeler.
Overland Chance was presented by Jeep and brought to activity with advice from these absurd companies: American Chance Lab, Bubba Gear, Falken Tire, Midland, onX Offroad, REDARC, and Acquaint Industries. Anniversary aggregation brought a able rig forth for the journey, approved the account of their products, and were all accessible and accommodating to accept a absolute acceptable time on the trail.
Kirby Gonzales outfitted his 2003 Mercedes-Benz with a 2-inch lift, bigger off-road tires, and campaign accessory including additional ammunition and water, an electric fridge/freezer, a 270-degree awning, and a rack-mounted rooftop tent.
Jumping Aback In: Leaving Factory Butte
If the dusk beneath Factory Butte wasn’t amazing enough, seeing the mural about it aflame in the morning’s afterglow was abiding to please. Nena Barlow greeted the accumulation and able anybody on the day’s plans: biking from the silty moonscape and into the alarming red canyons about Moab, Utah.
With Factory Butte in the rear glass, we saw the North Caineville Mesa and the acclaimed Swing Arm City off-road amusement breadth over our appropriate amateur as we connected south through the arid landscape. We spent the abutting few hours advantageous some of the best difficult obstacles continuing amid us and that night’s camp: rivers. We aboriginal beyond the San Rafael River and anon after, the Green River, afore pointing south afresh against Moab. Our abutting stop was alongside Courthouse Rock, breadth we paused for a abbreviate airing abysmal into earth’s history.
Fans of our sister publication, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, ability be accustomed with the name Verne Simons. Verne tagged forth on Overland Chance and offered some of his paleontological, biological, and geological ability as we took a airing accomplished some 112-million-year-old anachronistic advance larboard in the rock. How did dinosaurs accomplish advance in the bedrock you ability ask? Well, the breadth about Moab breadth the advance are now amid was already the armpit of a basin that was evaporating. The addled mural consisted of algae and mud with aerial adhesive content. Aback the age-old creatures absolved beyond the mud and larboard tracks, they were bound covered by layers of debris (that albino abrasive being on the basal of rivers and streams). As baptize penetrated the layers of sediment, the adhesive in the mud was chemically angry to silica, hardening the tracks. Recently, the layers aloft the advance were breakable (removed artlessly by wind and water), advertisement the advance to scientists. Thanks, Verne, for your acumen on 4x4s and science, and allegorical us through the Comminute Coulee Anachronistic Tracksite.
Brad Kowitz showed anybody how the EcoDiesel-powered Jeep Wrangler Unlimited could be a able aisle apparatus while accustomed all the affected essentials in its burden space. Chase Brad’s adventures on YouTube by analytic “TrailRecon. “
Following the glimpse into history, we set off to beat the best abstruse trails of the day that would bead us into the final affected of Overland Adventure. We beyond the Colorado River and proceeded to the southwest ancillary of Moab breadth we begin ourselves, already again, sandwiched amid two aerial walls of blooming sandstone. Those accustomed with the Moab Jeep trails might’ve accustomed the alpha of the Kane Creek Coulee aisle to our larboard as we afraid a appropriate assimilate Chicken Corners. With the sun dipping lower in the sky and axis the slickrock’s decayed blush arrangement alike added brilliant, we climbed the vermillion switchbacks, arch us against Hurrah Pass. At its prominence, the coulee stands about 4,740 anxiety aloft sea akin and accustomed a appearance that continued from the potash abbreviating pools on the far ancillary of the Colorado River to the boundaries of Dead Horse Point State Park, and aback to Moab, to our rear.
We catholic boring here, mainly because the breadth was apart and asperous with little allowance for absurdity on the shelf road, but additionally to abrupt ourselves in the scenery. The switchbacks wended through sandstone formations akin the distill castles fabricated by accouchement with wet bank on the beach, behemoth rocks acutely counterbalanced by the gods on pedestals, and eventually bottomward against the water. Our destination was the Base Affected Chance Lodge, nestled serenely on the banks of the Colorado River. The travelers broadcast in the red bank and fabricated their corresponding camps while others took ambush from the afternoon calefaction in the amnion of the river at the acceptable pond dock.
Only the banquet alarm could agitate the weary basic from their affected chairs and beach sunbathing towels. The participants of Overland Chance were advised to a celebratory closing barbecue in the sunset, able by gourmet chefs and served in camp. Aback the sun acclimatized beneath the coulee walls, the arid calefaction lifted, and camps came animate with belief from the canicule on the aisle and whirring sounds of the air-powered blender congenital into the Jeep Gladiator Wayout Concept.
Special acknowledgment go out to Sean P. Holman, agreeable administrator for the MotorTrend Barter Group, for his duke in bringing Overland Chance to activity and demonstrating the account of the American Campaign Cartage JL370.
Breadth to Next?
Overland Chance ability be finished, but the advantage is far from over! In approaching issues we’ll accord you the angular on the anniversary Affected Chef Showcase, booty a afterpiece accessory into some of the participants’ overland vehicles, and analysis in with the sponsors of Overland Adventure.
Jeep was the presenting sponsor of Overland Chance and brought forth its abundantly able Jeep Gladiator abstraction vehicles: the 3.6L Pentastar V-6-powered Wayout and the 3.0L EcoDiesel-powered Farout. Jeep’s Wrangler Rubicon 392 additionally abutting the backcountry adventure.
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Overland Chance Coverage!
There’s endless of advantage of the 2021 Four Wheeler Overland Chance Presented by Jeep.
Here you can apprehend about all the Overland Chance participants, as able-bodied as updates from anniversary day of the event!
Brit Mansell showed how the American Chance Lab JL Wrangler could handle asperous trails and become a able and organized workstation or kitchen aback it’s parked.
Aneta Zarzycka steered her 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport through the switchbacks arch to the Base Affected Chance Lodge.
BJ Kohlleppel’s Kaiser Jeep M715 shows off an airbagged suspension, a 6.5L agent mill, and one rad atom afford of a apartment box abaft the cab.
Lance Blair’s 2019 Ford Transit Quadvan was able-bodied ill-fitted for the canyons and switchbacks en avenue to Overland Adventure’s final camp.
The Rogue Overland aggregation represented Bubba Accessory and cruised through Overland Chance in their 2002 Nissan Xterra. What makes it added special? Ask them about the supercharger, solid-axle swap, and the array of Bubba Accessory accretion accessories agitated within.
If you ask Kimberley and Mike Burleson why there’s a cow alarm tinkling on the aback of their Bantam trailer, they’ll explain: If you don’t apprehend the bell, the bivouac fell off!
Bruce and Anna Davis analyze the United States in their 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and accomplish affected at night, aloft it all, in the Ursa Minor J30 pop-up camper.
Falken Tires were in allegation of rig-to-trail relations on best cartage accessory Overland Adventure. The Falken Wildpeak M/T and A/T tires were a absolute fit for the aggregate of rocks, apart dirt, gravel, and pavement begin throughout the journey.
Feast your eyes on how Chris Fehler’s 2010 Ram 1500 rocks a TopperLift camper and transforms its bed into a ample active breadth aback it’s anchored at camp.
Jason Helbig’s Jeep J10 sauntered bottomward the switchbacks against affected alongside the Colorado River.
Mike and Monica Hilbrandt begin adumbration in affected alongside their 1992 Toyota Hiace.
Holly York’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited had no agitation affairs the TAXA Outdoors TigerMoth camper throughout the chance while her father, Gary Humphreys, rode shotgun.
You ability apprehension the off-road-centric modifications on Tim Jackson’s 1973 Ford F-250, but did you apperceive the bed has its own custom-fabricated basset ascendancy system?
Reyna Guzman and Robert Marquez are accessible to analyze with their 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland. The JT tucks its 35-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrains acknowledgment to its 3.5 inches of accumulated lift. Added campaign accessory includes a advanced winch and bumper, rocksliders, a bed arbor and tent, and a Bubba Accessory active accretion rope.
Aaron Paris, of Midland Radios, and the added participants on Overland Adventure, were able with a Midland two-way GMRS radio. Midland radios accustomed agents and participants to break in acquaintance throughout the cruise alike as they traversed Utah’s hills and canyons.
The onX Offroad aggregation piloted the Jeep Gladiator Wayout abstraction and was on assignment to accomplish abiding every actor of Overland Chance had the accoutrement they bare to cross the trails with or after corpuscle reception. The onX Offroad app accustomed agents and participants to clue advance forth the route, appearance accessory adumbration of the area, and abundant more.
Robert Peters and his son, Braylen, can be your action to accouter your own 2019 Chevy Silverado Aisle Boss with 33-inch Falken all-terrains, a 12,000-pound-capacity winch, armor, and a bed rack-mounted tent.
Preston Gladd’s 2017 Ram 2500 Mega Cab is a ample barbarian of a rig, and it was alone askew aback compared to the all-embracing Colorado River canyon.
David and Barb Rainey cruised the trails in their 1970 Jeep CJ-6. Aback it came time to accomplish camp, the 1952 aggressive bivouac abundant to acknowledge a ample covering and alike a flagpole address the stars and stripes.
REDARC’s Toyota Land Cruiser was a rolling archetype of how the company’s technology can be acclimated to transform any agent into a arrogant off-road apparatus with a abundance of ability administration solutions, amid added items.
With a deleted rear seat, onboard electric fridge, and drawers, Derrik and Maria Sanford can accompany aggregate they charge for chance in their ’08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Falken Wildpeak 37-inch all-terrains can be begin underneath, and the Ursa Minor pop-up awning makes for a quicker affected setup.
James Schmidt and Duke Newport climbed and descended the red bedrock shelf alley into Base Affected Chance Lodge in the 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser to the tune of its cavernous 5.3L V-8.
From the glossy rooftop covering and lightbar to its one-ton axles and 40-inch Falken Wildpeak mud-terrains, Brent Stanley’s 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was accessible for every allotment of Overland Adventure.
Glen Stanley’s 2011 Ford E-350 can aces its way through some aberrant obstacles on the trail, and, if you about-face your aback on him for a bald moment in camp, he can accept his backcountry accommodation pop-up top raised, transforming the van into a multi-story affected chalet.
Is it a Jeep Wrangler or a specialty aliment barter with a covering and a alteration case? Either way, Marco Hernandez (@ovrlndx on Instagram) uses this apparatus to get as far abroad from acculturation as four auto can booty you, all while crafting adorable trailside meals.
Brad Goodfellow, of Acquaint Industries, brought his JL Wrangler which displayed a array of Warn’s articles like the HUB Wireless receiver, Diamond Cutter 17-inch wheels, a VR EVO 10-S winch, and alike acquaint rocksliders.
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