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Written by OCC Board   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 09:55

Founded in Jan 1997, The Off-Camber Crawlers, Inc. (OCC) is a group of professional individuals, mostly from Washington, DC and its surrounding areas, who are interested in off-road driving and enjoying the great outdoors with friends.

We meet once a month at 6:30pm typically on the second Sunday of the month. Check our calendar for the next meeting or trail ride. We meet at Kilroy's in Springfield.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 January 2010 21:32
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Meeting Location PDF Print E-mail
Written by OCC Board   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00

Next OCC  Meeting May 18th, 2014

 

Regular Monthly meetings are held at Kilroy's in Springfield, VA (5250 Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151). The meetings are on the enclosed deck in the rear of the restaurant. Most folks drive around and park behind the shopping center and enter the deck from the back of the building.   The meetings are typically held on the second Sunday of the month at 6:30pm, but we do move them around for holidays or venue conflicts, so be sure to check the calendar.


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New Year's Trip Report Part 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Folts   
Monday, 06 January 2014 17:33

This year’s Annual New Year’s Day Trail Ride lead got split between three trail guides. Rich Martinez led the group from Harrisonburg all the way up Dunkle Hollow Road where he had to leave to get Brook to lower elevations. Allen Staiman took over to lead us up to Flag Pole Knob for lunch, then on to Reddish Knob. To follow the original route and head back down to Union Springs via Flag Pole Road would get the group off the trail after sunset. Several in the group need to get home before that, so we split the group. Allen led half back to Harrisonburg while the other eight of rigs headed back to the trails for some more wheelin’!

Part 3, Reddish Knob to Union Springs

Bryan Folts, son Adam (actually driving), 87 YJ 31's, member 

Paul Neubert, 93 Explorer on 33s, member 

Roscoe Primrose, The little TJ that could, member

Chris Schneck , TBD passengers, JK / 35s, non-member

Johnathan Short, wife and 3 kids, F-150, non-member

Ben DeVore, 2013 JKUR / 32's, non-member

Joe Youkers, +2 (Wife and Dog), 2014 JKUR / 32's, non-member

Graydon Weideman, 1 passenger, 2011 JKUR / 33, non-member

We left the Reddish Knob parking lot at 2:25 and headed down the paved road to get back off-road. At Briery Branch Gap we got back on to Flag Pole Road and on some dirt. A few minutes up the trail we stopped at a puddle/hole where John Short had lost his front license plate on the way past earlier. After passing Flag Pole Knob, Dunkle Hollow Road, and many puddles to splash in we were on fresh trails not run by us yet that day. There were several rocky down hills on the way to Meadow Knob. At Meadow Knob we stopped to talk to a couple guys wheeling an H1 Hummer. It was good to see one of those on the trail, and I gave the guys each an OCC brochure. Continuing on we slowed when we got to the rocks at the top of a steeper hill. With a little guidance for some all the rigs got through. John’s F-150 did get a running board damaged on those rocks. We got to the stair steps and I recommended that each driver take a look before attempting them. Adam, with a total of 12 hours driving on his learner’s permit, went first. Success! The four JK’s went next. All were successful; some had to work a little harder than others. Roscoe and Paul took the hardest line and had no problems. Wisely John took his F-150 up the by-pass. Directly after that we got to the mud flats, or should I say the Ice Holes! We all splashed in the slush for a while before heading down the long decent on Slate Springs Mountain Trail and Union Springs Road. We got back onto paved roads at 5:30 and headed back to Harrisonburg.

Happy Motoring,

Bryan Folts

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 17:35
 
Email Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 October 2009 10:22

The OCC Email Forum/List is truly the central vein of OCC. A substantial portion of the OCC community is our mailing list. This is where we meet and greet everyone. Questions are posted, answers are given. Trips are setup, meetings times coordinated. Technical questions are posted by newcomers and the old-timers provide years of experience.

Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to post any questions or responses on our list. This is an email list for the Off-Camber Crawlers off road club, you will be a guest for 6 months. Please use that time to decide if this club is right for you. At the end of the 6 months we hope you will have joined or declared your intention to join. If your 6 months pass and you have not made an attempt to join you will be removed from the list.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 17:13
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Josh's Post-Bootcamp Run at RedCloud Off-Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pete Soski   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:41

February 1st, 2014 run in Woodbridge, Virginia

The morning started out meeting OCC'ers and non-OCC'ers at Wawa just a mile away from Red Cloud Off Road. In two convoys we migrated over to Red Cloud. The safety brief was completed near 9am and OCC split into two groups. Scott LeLacheur and Josh Maradiaga took a total of eight rigs while I took a total of seven.

Pete Soski '94 YJ
Anne Ward '12 JK Sport
Billy Simons '96 Disco One
Doug Stephens '00 Disco Two
co-pilot George Mithlie
Charles Galpin '94 D90 NAS
Rachel Crash '98 TJ
co-pilot Marty Farrell
Jason Lavender '94 Defender

We headed out along the power lines towards Hayes Gate and ran down Casper. It was more of a snaking course between the trees then any real obstacles, but the crew had an easy drive. We ran through Tango Down and back into Casper. Once we emerged from the trees we went down to the Western side and ran TumbleWeed, Flyer, Navarro, and Breaker. The only non-Sunday drive type driving we experienced was at SLVR (not sure of the acronym). Doug got fouled in a small mud pit and ended up wrapping his exhaust (muffler, interconnect, and resonator) around the rear axle. After a bit of playing in the mud we were able to extract the exhaust and keep moving. The area around SLVR is the only 'fun' area in that section of the park; in my opinion.

The migration from West side was slowed when Billy's Disco decided to stop. After various troubleshooting attempts, the mysterious solution was to simply put the vehicle on level ground. Billy was able to drive his vehicle back to the central camp area and park it. Billy jumped into another vehicle for the next trail.

We had enough time for one more trail before lunch. Moving over to the southeast part of the property we ran Rat6 to Jun's Creek onto Charlie1 loop and towards the exit of Rat6. The last obstacle; a rather narrow pass between two trees with an off camber aspect posed a little entertainment. I slipped through the opening and quickly found my rear axle sliding off a tree root and 'contacting' the passenger rear corner with a tree. Once clear I radioed back a word of caution about the tree-root-slippage-and-hit-the-tree. There was little regard for the word of warning and rig-after-rig proceeded to bounce of the tree. When Billy took his turn, he incurred a slightly disagreeable turn of events. Billy's rear-axle-slide went a little rougher then the rest and smacked hard into the tree. The passenger rear window shattered and significantly damaged the rear quarter panel. Past the unfortunate event, no one was hurt and the vehicle was still road worthy.

We returned to camp for lunch.

The second half of the day..

Pete Soski '94 YJ
Anne Ward '12 JK Sport
Doug Stephens '00 Disco Two
co-pilot George Mithlie
Charles Galpin '94 D90 NAS
Jason Lavender '94 Defender
co-pilot Billy Simons

After a nice lunch provided by RedCloud; $7 for hot dog, hamburger, bag of chips, and a soda, we headed off to northeast part of the property. We ran Sleeper, Sword6, McGiver, and Moose Slop. Moose Slop was a fun time playing in an off camber river bed. After Charles G. was winched out his perdictiment (departure from Moose was too steep at the angle he was entrenched). The rest of the group made it out with a different departure path and liberal use of the skinny pedal.

After the fun of Moose we proceeded down Walker Hill trail toward Hink's Hill. Hink's Hill is a fun hill, not to dissimiliar from K2; off of Trickle at The Cove. We had several rigs attempt the climb, but only a Jeep; a Jeep driven by a woman, was able to conquer Hink's Hill. Super-Kudo's to Anne Ward and her '12 JK which made the monsterous hill submit to her will!

Shortly after Anne's victorious run, one of Red Cloud Staff thought it would be a good idea to attempt Hink's Hill on a 4-wheeler. In short; looking back at that moment, it was not a good idea to do such. On a good note, no one was hurt and the staff member can now practice his welding and body fabrication skills.

After watching a 4 wheeler do a couple of 360's end-over-end crashing down the hill, we composed ourselves and wheeled the rest of trail and returned to camp.

We worked a little on Billy's stubborn ride and it finally started to run right so he was able to leave; like everyone else, under his own power.

Thanks to Scott and Suzzy for putting this ride together! And most importantly, Congratuation to Josh Mardiaga on his recent completion of Marine Corp Basic Training. Josh is now off to California for his advanced training. I wish him all the best!!

~Pete Soski
OCC Member
1994 Black&Tan YJ
 
New Year's Trip Report Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rich Martinez   
Friday, 03 January 2014 09:58
New Year's Day Run

Trip Report

January 1, 2014

The day started off great. Everyone showed up at the Sheetz on time and ready to roll. After a driver's meeting we lined up the 16 vehicles and headed west on Rt-33. Our plan for he day was to start on Skidmore Rd and drive up to Flagpole Knob. At Flagpole we would take a lunch break then head to Redish Knob. At Redish Knob we would assess wether to head back on Briery Branch or backtrack some and descend on Union Springs.

The drive through town and out Rt-33 was pleasant. The weather was nice and sunny. We turned left as planned at Skdmore and headed down the hill by the resevoir. If there was any chance of hitting snow or ice we though this would be it because this road is wel shaded. There were quite a few bear hunters with their dogs but no snow and very little ice. The trail bottomed-out past the resevoir and began climbing towards Flagpole. On the way up there was one little spot with some mud, ruts and a rock that required a little attention but everyone made it through. About this time, my passenger Brooke complained about a headache.

Brooke has a headcold with some sinus congestion. As we gained a little more altitude sinus pressure kept building and she was not able to equalize pressure. Even with medication her conditions got worse. I asked her if she wanted to continue or did she need to turn around. At this point she could "barley hear me". So I contacted Bryan and Alan to inform them I had to turn around and head back down. Then I pulled off the road and let everyone pass me. Dana G was in line behind me and led the group up to the intersection near Flagpole. This would give Bryan or Alan the opportunity to take the lead and continue on the rest of the day.

I turned around and headed back downhill keeping track of the altitude. She first complained of her headache at 3000ft. We turned around at 3800ft. Now going downhil I asked her to let me know if/when she felt better. I never told her the altitude along the way. Sure enough at 3000ft she said she suddenly felt better. At 2500ft her ears popped. By the time we got back to Rt-33 she was feeling much better but still not 100%.

I want to thank everyone who signed up and made it out today. I trust everyone enjoyed it and hope to see you guys and gals on the trail again soon.

Happy New Year's

Rich Martinez

P. S. - In attendance today was (straight from the database):

Brad Triebwasser, Jimella (Bride), James (son) and Danielle (Daughter), 1997 Land Cruiser 80 on 33s, member

Mark Johnson, 2 passengers, 2014 JK on 33s, non-member

Frank Ovaitt,No,99 TJ 35s,Not Yet,Also might tow. Got an idea on where to leave trailer but need more ideas. Did not attend

Chris Schneck , TBD passengers, JK / 35s, non-member

Dana Gramling, , Kaitlyn, Chelsea, 07 FJ Cruiser, member

Johnathan Short, wife and 3 kids, F-150, non-member

David Adams, 2-3 passengers, 09 JKU 32, non-member

Bryan Folts, son Adam (actually driving), 87 YJ 31's, member

Roscoe Primrose, The little TJ that could, member

Paul Neubert, 93 Explorer on 33s, member

Rich Martinez, Brooke and Jaye, 2011 JKUR / 35s, member

Alan Staiman,Teah the wheeling Puppy, 2000 Ford F350 PSD 31, member

Ben DeVore, 2013 JKUR / 32's, non-member

Ed Clark, One passenger, 1500 Chevy PU, non-member

Joe Youkers, +2 (Wife and Dog), 2014 JKUR / 32's, non-member

Jonathan Fotos, Christopher Fotos (son), 00 TJ on 30s, member

Graydon Weideman, 1 passenger, 2011 JKUR / 33, non-member
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