OCC's primary activities are safe and prepared OHV driving, trail maintenance, helping each other build our OHV rigs, socializing, camping, and fighting the OHV road closures. OCC is a close-knit group of people who enjoy the company of friends. Members and guests are always encouraged to bring their families to club events, "Wrench-a-thons" to repair or modify your rig, or to just learn by helping out others to get together when you can't make it to the trail.
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.
Next OCC Meeting Sunday May 15 , 2016, 6:30pm (moved due to Mothers Day)
Our 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.
Jamie Galpin - 1994 Defender 90 on 33’s, Joe her co-driver, and me in the back MIke Anderson - TJ Jeff Duesel - TJ Morgan Franklin - YJ
First, this has to be the perfect size group for wheeling. Easy to keep track of the members, less need for random stops, and easy to get input from everyone when wanting to discuss options - even when their trail leader forgets their CB antennae :)
We headed out around 9:30 iirc. Since it was Jeff’s first time wheeling the cove and his truck is essentially stock, as well as Joe being a first time off road driver, and Jamie rather rusty from not driving much in the last year, we figured we’d start off with the staples - Trickle and wahoo. I got the usual tickle I get when telling new drivers that we have just been on the access road when approaching the trickle crossing on the way down. At that point they think they have been off-roading and are incredibly proud and happy of their accomplishments, and their eyes light up at the though of it getting harder :)
After wahoo, we went up u-turn hard, down u-turn easy and headed over to v-trail since everyone was doing so well. I’m forgetting where Jeff had some trouble with his passenger fender flare but I think it was on v-trail, and we discussed it a little over lunch at the top. I thought he took it very well :)
I offered up some options and the group decided to go over the top and take the trail down the back. I seem to take a slightly different route each time I do this, and this time we stayed left most of the time and ended up coming out near the end of a horseshoe shaped trail who’s name I’ve already forgotten. As we headed back towards cobra I noticed the entrance to said horseshoe loop trail and took it to give it a try - it was actually quite fun.
Then we headed over to cobra. Usually I’d have done Corum at this point, but Jeff would have had to sit it out and I really didn’t feel like taking the chance of needing to do some wrenching :) Cobra was great fun though. We came down moose iirc and at that point decided it was time to head back to camp - less about time, and more so that the youngsters in my truck seemed to be wore out!
So we covered a ton of ground and had a blast. We saw Dan and the kids had setup camp when e got back, and arrived back from an outing soon after we arrived back at camp. Jeff and Mike took off for the evening, and Morgan headed to Wallmart. We made dinner, then a slow burning fire (all the wood was wet), and enjoyed smores, some interesting conversation, and Chip’s company!
It was fairly cold for camping but still great fun. Looking forward to the next outing.
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.
We departed around 6am for this day trip to Rausch with three jeeps; Sean Waples in his stock JKU "black bear" edition, Chris Schneck in a stock JKUR with less than 100 miles on it and myself in a 98 TJ with Graydon Weideman navigating from the passenger seat. The parking lot was busy from Saturday's event but check in was quick and we were on the trial by 9. We started out on L3 to A and then C. Things were going well until I made an attempt at Yellow Jacket and snapped a stub shaft. The unit bearing separated and the caliper mounts broke when the wheel fell off. We made a quick trip back to the parking lot for spare parts and with the help of a strangers extensive tool bag we were quickly back up and running. During the trip back to the parking lot Sean turned his steering stabalizer into a pretzel and removed some of the plastic styling under the front bumper.
Once we were moving again we took E to S and slid down into Lake Christy for lunch. There was a big crowd and we watched several guys tackle the edges of the water hole as well as attempt some of the steeper hills out of the area.
After lunch we headed to the west property and took H down to the "Big Rocks" area. After a few trips around the rutted clay we took trail 14 to 11 and then 15. We found a nasty mud hole on trail 15 that Sean couldn't get out of, but certainly not for lack of trying. After a quick tug from Chris we headed back to the parking lot to air up.
All in all it was a great run and we were pretty impressed with the capability of the stock rigs. Looking forward to next time!
After the Sunday morning snow burned off the tents and campground for the three of us who tent camped (Morgan, Charles and crew and the Pecks), rigs started rolling in around 08:30 or so for the Sunday run. By the time we started rolling (around 09:20?), after a drivers' meeting, we had 11 rigs in a single group: Dan Peck in a JKUX, Joe/Jamie Galpin in Charles' D90 (w/ Charles in the back), Jim Jones and son in his black JKUR, C.J. Johnson in a black JKUR, Adam Folts in red XJ, Mitch, spouse and a dog in a black YJ, Bryan Folts in his Orange YJ, Mike Anderson in his Yellow TJ, Morgan Franklin in his White YJ, John Nolan and friend in a white TJ, and Chip Woods in his silver TJ.
Since I hadn't lead a group in some time, and we were all hemming and hawing, I jumped out and offered to lead. We wheeled 0930-1500, and while we spotted a little, used a highlift a few times, and even pulled winch cable, there was no major trouble. It was noted that at least three rigs 'customized' their passenger fender, and there was other minor bumps and scrapes, but all rigs started and finished on their own power.
First, we ran Wahoo backwards, then Trickle backwards, initially leaving a trail of clutch-dust as several of us learned (or relearned) to let the rig do the work and try to trust 4-low and 1st gear using brakes and gas, rather than the clutch to control speed over obstacles. It's been a looooong time since I lead a group, but with my newly installed CB (finished the instal at Camp II on Sat evening), and Bryan Folts' digital maps displayed on an iPad mini hanging on my dash, it was easy to find our way, and set the pace. Still, with a group edging towards the size we should have broke in two, there were many a times that a hang-up in the middle had the lead 3-5 rigs running off in the woods, while the back half was left to spot and help (thanks Bryan and Chip for doing most the work). I'll take the hit for that as trail boss, and promise to get better at that as I get back in the rhythm of leading trails. All drivers in the line also need to help out by watching the guy behind them more than the one in front, and alerting the group when we leave a rig or a section behind in the dust.
After Trickle we hit North access loop that runs from the end of Trickle around the end up to high road. Apparently it's a ATV down only trail, and we were running it uphill, but the two Polaris off-road golf-carts we passed were pretty cool about it, and let our long caravan pass by. At the top we had a good leisurely lunch break then hit it down little rocky run (the next furthest trail out on the Northest end out near north access road) for a pretty quick jaunt down the hill. Running Moose back up we had a little more challenge, and at the top got to use every trick in the book to set up a winch and snatch block/ pulley to get a short wheelbase open/open rig through the loose stuff the rest of us kicked up near the top -- but it was good teamwork and nothing broke and no one got hurt.
Finally we ran the length of the high road past Corum, P-tuckian, etc. (just glimpsing down those tougher trails, not running them today) to the access road that dumps down to the clearing on the way back to camp. After a brief stop for a group photo in the clearing about 3pm, we split up from there with half or more of the rigs heading home and others going back to camp II to clean up, air up, and connect sway bars, etc.
For an added bonus, Charles Jamie and Joe and the Pecks finished with a run to Pinnacle. Wow, what a great view (and a fair lil but of wheeling to get there). Gotta do that at sunset one weekend.
Great to see newer faces out diving in and making their way through some challenging points -- look forward to seeing CJ, Mitch, John out again and hope they end up joining soon. Thanks to all for spotting and helping, especially Chip, Bryan and Charles who were out and pitching a hand quite often. The tire hooks attachment for Bryan's high-lift was a hit again, just makes too much sense and works great. All-in-all, a Great weekend! Can't wait to see OCCers on the trail again soon.