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Written by OCC Board Member   
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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Monthly Club Meetings PDF Print E-mail
Written by OCC Board Member   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00

Our regular Monthly meetings are normally held at Kilroy's in Springfield, VA (5250 Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151). The meetings are usually 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. It's a great way to get to know us, so feel free to drop in or contact us if you have any questions..

 

Kilroy's:

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Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2017 13:26
 
2017 Annual New Year's Day Trail Ride - Meadow and Flagpole Knobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Folts   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:25
Members:

Mitch Cord - 2015 Wrangler

Mike Anderson – Wrangler TJ

Bryan Folts – 1987 Wrangler

DK & Natalie Stewart – 2013 Wrangler

Adam Folts – 1994 Cherokee

Carla Vergot & daughter – 2015 Wrangler

Scott & Blaze Gilbert – 2015 Wrangler

Andrew Harvin & friend – Wrangler TJ

John and Susan Harvin – Wrangler JK

Prospective Member:

Justin Joyner & Anna – 2016 Wrangler

We all met at Sheetz in Harrisonburg, fueled up, got food, free coffee, and had a driver’s meeting. After the Harvins finished re-tightening lug nuts, we hit the road about 9:30 AM. After passing through the Harrisonburg square and down Rt 33 through the George Washington Forest the group turned onto Dunkle Hollow trail.

We stopped at the Switzer lake parking lot to air down. Back on the trail just as we were crossing the Dunkle Hollow stream, a call came over the CB to stop for a possible mechanical issue. It turns out John was just stopping to pick up an abandoned rubber mallet. As we continued on there was some talk on the CB about the Harvins needing those mallets for their hard heads…

Travelling the rest of the way up Dunkle Hollow trail was fairly uneventful despite the slight snow cover on some of the trails along the North slopes and more shaded areas. We turned right at Flagpole trail, FR85a, and headed to Flagpole Knob for a scenic stop. Pictures were taken, the dog and kids got to run around a bit as we all mingled and talked before heading back down the trail toward Meadow Knob. The trail was fun with some of the rocky descents and icy water holes along the ridge.

Shortly before we got to Meadow Knob we came across an abandoned Honda Civic blocking the trail. No one was around and the engine was ice cold. Although the key was in the ignition it would not turn to the start position nor would the shifter come out of park. After releasing the park override and pushing it to the side of the trail, we found the registration and insurance cards with name and address in the glove box. DK called the local Sheriff’s office to report the abandoned vehicle, left a note on the car, and we headed on.

Meadow Knob rest stop was lunch, lining up for the usual panorama shots, photos, and more talking for a half hour or so. We then headed down Union Springs Trail. Along the way were several splashing puddles and some with ice. At the Stair Steps some took the bypass, and most others made it up with just a little tire slippage, but a little spotting was needed. It turns out this group was not a mudding group as no one was splashing when we got to the Mud Flats, so we headed down the mountain on Union Springs Trail.

Shortly before getting back on pavement we saw an abandoned cow carcass on the side of the trail. We thought about grabbing it and putting it in the Ex-Presidents garage, but no one wanted to haul it.

Anyway, we hit pavement about 2:30 PM and got back to the Sheetz at 3 PM. All aired up, fueled up, more free coffee, said our good bye’s and headed home! This was probably the fastest New Years Day trail ride I’ve ever done! Capable rigs, experienced drivers, good weather, and great luck. I hope this is a sign of a great New Year for everyone!!

Happy New Year,

Bryan Folts

Off Camber Crawlers Member

 
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Written by OCC Board Member   
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.

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2017 Annual New Year's Day Trail Ride - Bald Montain PDF Print E-mail
Written by MAL   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:30

The meet up was scheduled for 10am with a hoped for roll out afterdrivers meeting by 10:30. Fortunately everyone showed up at least 30 minutesearly.

A loose vehicle check / discussion and story time ensued for a good 45 minutes. We hadsix vehicles and twelve people.

 
- Hinmaton Hisler + Guest from RVA Rock Crawlers 
- Alan Stainman + Wife and 2 dogs 
- Dean Rose + 3 very hung over passengers 
- John Nolan + Wife 
- Paul Neubert 
- Anthony (guest of John’s) 

 Around10:15 I tried to corral and start the drivers meeting, make sure the paperwork was taken care of.

Then anearly CJ5 pulls up and the driver asks where we are going. I hope someone took a picture.

But to paint a picture: no door / no top (well.. a tiny bikini) a sweet dog and a driver that looks a bit like Santa but with shorts on- kind of a cross between Ol’ Saint Nick and Jimmy Buffett. The Jeep is bedazzled inhotrod-ish stickers, tiny wide street tires, and has a paint job that I can best describe as: the faux pebbly stone look that one might find on a McDonaldsbathroom stall.

Anyway- to make a long story end- He was a really nice guy, but maybe a little lonely.

 I cracked the whip and we spooled up the rigs and rode the 30 minsto the trail head.

 Once there, we did the air down and disconnect dance for as long asthat takes, then put it into gear and hit the start of our @10 miles of Jeep Trail.I took the lead.

 The start of the trail is a bit ho-hum, with lots of little whoopdee’s, tight switch backs and rocks strewn about. Then you get into a section of larger rock out crop option that put you off camber. The real fun begins at the ¾ mile “Alternate Route” which is a long winding loose rock channelthrough Mountain Laurel and Scrub Pine. There are a few large holes tucked behind large dislodged rocks that catch people and then get deeper.

All doable with a stock vehicle, but you have to pick your line. I believe it was here that Alan received the little scallop on his tire and anice long scrape on his rim. 

It was here that we ran into two other vehicle head the other direction, thankfully they backed up and found what could be the only parking spaces available in the densely packed underbrush along the trail.

We shortly after broke back onto the main trail and continuedheading up the trail. The trail continues to have a lot of rock, but spaced outand not as sever as the Alt route. There is one large rock option (two largeboulders spaced wheel width apart with steep ramps on both sides) easily doable, but sure to smack your rock sliders. I think I was the only one to take the line.

 There is a perfect wide spot in the trail at the half way point,so we pulled off to take a little potty break and walk around a bit.

Little did we realize there was a large wall tent tucked aroundthe corner with a large barking dog doing it’s best to break free of its bonds.

The noise coming from the dog was enough to cause a bit of discomfort and confusion, but we did our best and did our business. Which is when John had is poo-foot debacle.

 Alan knew of a foot trail with a view he wished to re-visit, so he took the lead to scout it out. It is at this point on the trail, where the terrain changed from rock and sand to roots and ruts. There are large puddles and a lot of them, some of them pretty deep. One of them deeper and softer then the rest.However, they had dried out a bit and where less spectacular than I have seen in previous trips. All the chagrin of Dean, who could not get enough mud on hisJKU.

 Alan found the trail, so we pulled off and took a short walk intothe woods. The trail ends atop a rock cliff, with a stunning view.

Well worth it.

 I took the lead again, and we made our way to the end of the trail.The last few miles are bumpy and twisty, but otherwise rock free, so we made quick time and popped out onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

We ate some lunch, talked about vehicles, watched Alan fly his drone.

It was at this point where Alan breaks out his lunch of Caviar andCheese. Like a pro!

I also got to finally see one of Dean’s passengers. Well I take that back, I did occasionally see them on our trail side stops, but only for brief moments as they scurried to the side of the trail and back.

 People aired up and went their ways. 

I turned my Jeep around and hit the trail in reverse. Which was great, the trail is completely different. 

We did find a camp fire that had been left smoldering. And for quite some time. We stirred and poured what water we had over it (maybe twogallons worth), but it was so hot it just kept on going. Fortunately, I keep a trail shovel in my kit, so we were able to smother it in sand. But it took us nearly 30 minutes to put it out all said and done.

 The sun was slowly going down, and I was ready to get off thetrail, so we skipped the Alt route, and made our way off the trail.

I’m glad I made the return trip as the trail was very nice in this direction, but I certainly had enough of being jostled about to last me a good bit.

Hopefully enough to keep me sane until Wheelin’ 4 Hope.  Maybe…

 Hinmaton

Off Camber Crawlers Prospective Member

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:31
 
Rausch Creek Trail Report Oct 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim J   
Sunday, 13 November 2016 14:28
Since we did not have a trail report for the RC run in October, I thought I'd throw together a short write-up. 
 
This was a great trip. I think most of us drove up on Saturday morning. It turns out there was a Women's Wheeling day at RC on the same day and there were a lot of people staging for that event, so we had a hard time finding everyone.  It was very windy and bitter cold, and I remember that Mike Anderson was way underdressed, but he didn't flinch. 
 
It had been raining the day before, but the skies were clear and blue. The wind mostly dried off the rocks and the moist ground still made a few obstacles more challenging, but it wasn't at all sloppy.
 
When there are special events at RC, they open up the northeast property for free rather than the typical $10 additional charge for that area. [Side Note - I found out that the north east property has a different owner which is why normally costs extra.]  Fortunate for us, Mitch had called his buddy, Jim from PA, who apparently wheels RC practically every weekend and asked if he would be our trail guide. Jim did a great job and started us out on the northeast property which had less vehicles, mainly because less people know their way around over there.
 
Throughout the day we mainly wheeled blues and maybe a short blue-black. Just before lunch, few vehicles peeled off to hit a black trail.  A couple of people got hung up and high centered in a couple of places, but it was all pretty easy to break them loose with rock stacking or a quick tug. David Nigh in his buggy took at least one obstacle that others would not do, but his rig made these obstacles look easy. 
 
After lunch we made our way across the highway towards the back part of the south property. We got split up at one point, I think because there was confusion about where we were going. I know we passed the Fire Pit, Tomb Stone and the Lunch Spot. I think we were on a trail near Lunch Spot, about 2/3 of the way to the back where a couple of people got hung up and George Mattocks broke a driver's side u-joint. He was able to drive, but needed to get off the trail. About that time, CJ and I had boys that were really interested in getting to camp to play for a bit before sundown, so the two of us along with someone else that had to get home all escorted George off the trail.
 
The group continued wheeling down towards Snakebite, and I guess it was uneventful. CJ Johnson and I camped at Echo Valley Campground, about 10 minutes away because it's very quiet and probably more family geared than at RC. The campground was empty, and we ate a great dinner at Buddy's Log Cabin Family Restaurant in Pine grove. It was cold, but our campsite was protected from the wind some.
 
I'm not sure what happened to everyone the next morning, but CJ and I slowly packed up and headed home. I know that David Nigh couldn't find anyone from OCC on Sunday, so he wheeled with another group. We passed Mike Anderson towing his yellow Jeep on the highway.
 
All in all, it was a great trip. Although we came across a few groups coming at us, we never really got hung up waiting on another group. Thanks to Mitch for finding a great guide. 
 
This was my second trip with my upgrade to 2.5" lift and 315/70's and man, what a difference it makes!
 
Drviers/Participants:
 
Jim from PA and his son - TRAIL GUIDE
Goerge M - 82 CJ8
David N - TJ Buggy
Ed C - TJ
CJ J and his son - JKUR
Chris Sch. - JKUR
Jim J and his son - JKUR
Mike A
Carla V- JK
Mitch C- JKUR - tail gunner
 
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Jim Jones
 
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2016 14:29
 
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