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dr350jja
03-01-2009, 09:50 PM
Hello all, I'm Jim with CoTTORA and would like to take some time to introduce a worthwhile program that we are supporting.

CoTTORA will be hosting the WFTW event July 18. This will be an opportunity for our country's wounded military members to experience some of the fabulous off-road trails our state has to offer, while providing them with some much deserved fun and excitement.

We are looking for some off-road enthusiasts that would like to participate in the event and offer our wounded veterans a chance to take in some of what Colorado has to offer.

Information can be found at the following web sites:

http://www.wheelersforthewounded.com/

http://wheelersforthewounded.org/forum/index.php/board,11.0.html

We look forward to seeing some off-road enthusiasts help out with this noble cause.

Thank you for your time,

Jim Augliera
:thumb:

dr350jja
03-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Below is the latest up-to-date information regarding the date, time, and trails:

Colorado Event
hosted by
Toyota Territory Off-Road Association – Colorado Chapter
Colorado4Wheelers
Colorado4x4.org
Front Range 4x4

Event Date, Time and Location
July 18, 2009
10:00 am to 7:00pm
Buena Vista Area

Event Schedule
10:00am
Meet & Greet and staging at Chinaman Gulch/BV Carnage trailhead
11:00am
Trail teams depart for trails
4:30pm
Trail teams return to staging
5:00pm
BBQ for all participants

Trails

Boulder Mountain and/or Mount Antero (Easy, rated 3-4)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=52
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=51

Chinaman Gulch (Moderate to Difficult, rated 4-7)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=1

Grizzly Lake and/or Iron Chest (Moderate to Difficult, rated 5-8)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=55
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=8

Mount Princeton (Easy, rated 2-3)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=121

Tincup Pass (Easy, rated 2-3)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=120


This is where we will be meeting at 10am Saturday morning. This is the staging area for both Chinaman Gulch and BV Carnage. Google Map link:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=38.792313,-106.085851&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=16&sll=38.792226,-106.079564&sspn=0.012711,0.027895&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16

We will begin the day with a general meet and greet to make sure everyone has what they need and rigs staged for each of the five (5) trail options. We will have some light refreshments, but I highly recommend a good breakfast before arriving.

We will be running five (5) teams from this staging site to each of the fiver trail options listed above. The folks that opt for Chinaman Gulch will have plenty of time to play on obstacles and check out any action that might be occurring on BV Carnage. It is likely that other trails will have the opportunity to return to the staging area mid-afternoon and Chinaman Gulch and BV Carnage will be a further option if they want more wheel time.

We will have a brief lunch while on the trail. Trail leaders and gunners will have water and some other beverages and snack. If we can swing it, we’ll provide lunch for everyone, but more to follow on that later.

We will return to the staging area after the trail runs and have prepared a “Molly-food” BBQ for all participants. You will want to be there to understand what we mean by Molly-food!


Getting There

These are the two primary routes to the staging site, one from Denver, the other from Colorado Springs:

Via 285, drive time and distance approximately 90 miles in 2 hours:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Denver,+CO&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=%3BFW_sTwId20Gt-Q&mra=ls&sll=38.792226,-106.079564&sspn=0.012711,0.027895&ie=UTF8&z=9

Via Hwy 24, drive time and distance approximately 125 miles in 2.5 hours:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Colorado+Springs,+Colorado&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=%3BFW_sTwId20Gt-Q&mra=pe&mrcr=0&sll=38.838638,-105.325928&sspn=0.812952,1.785278&ie=UTF8&ll=38.919887,-105.46051&spn=0.812023,1.785278&z=10

Vehicle qualifications for moderate to difficult trails:

A good stock rig can make it on all of these trails, but for the purposes of avoiding delays and minimizing potential damage, I recommend the following basics:

33” tires (something that can take abuse, the talus and shale is unforgiving of sidewalls)
Skid plates (factory will suffice)
Sliders
Front and rear tow points
Rear locker
Basic recovery gear suitable for your vehicle
All-weather clothing (literally, it can be 80+ degrees, then snowing in the same day!)

Because of the amount of time we will spend in the rigs with minimal down time, a CB will be essential if you want to keep up with what’s next, when we’re stopping, potty breaks, and details about the trail as we progress (e.g. watch out for the pumpkin buster there… this is freakin’ beautiful!… I gotta pee…)

Camping

National Forest camping:

http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/rockymtn/si.htm

This is in Chaffee County, San Isabel National Forest, so you could check with the San Isabel Rangers: Salida Ranger District - 325 W. Rainbow Blvd, Salida, CO (719) 539-3591

BLM camping in the area:

http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/ArkansasHeadwaters/MapsandDirections/

Lodging

There are a number of lodging options in Buena Vista and surrounding areas:

http://www.buenavistacolorado.org/directory/viewcatbuslist.asp?c=Lodging

http://www.coloradodirectory.com/buenavista/

Old40Dog
03-03-2009, 01:28 PM
Jim,

My wife & I would be interested in participating in this event. Please let me know about the sign up process. You can email me at Old40Dog@wispertel.net with the info.

Thanks!
Dave

dr350jja
03-03-2009, 11:01 PM
Jim,

My wife & I would be interested in participating in this event. Please let me know about the sign up process.

Hey thanks Dave...email sent :)

dr350jja
03-03-2009, 11:07 PM
thanks for making the thread a Sticky :bowdown:

dr350jja
03-15-2009, 10:30 PM
Here is some current info regarding the event:

YouTube vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg4i7ALVx6M

First, any vehicle participating in this event must be insured, and if necessary, properly registered. All drivers also need to be properly and currently licensed.

Second, we will be conducting vehicle inspections to make certain the basics for safety are operating properly (brakes, seat belts, etc.) Please keep in mind, this is a day for entertaining our guests and is not an appropriate time to test out your new rig or modifications. We want to spend the day wheeling, not repairing!!

Third, we will be requiring all participants to sign a liability waiver.

That said, here’s what I would like to get nailed down next: We are planning to run five trail teams on five different trails in the Buena Vista area. We will be staging at Chinaman Gulch/BV Carnage and will reconvene there again for our evening BBQ.

For each of those five trails I need experienced trail leaders, spotters and tailgunners. I know many of you folks have experience on these trails and I would like to take advantage of that as much as possible. Please look at the trail list and if you know a trail particularly well and are willing to fill one of these position, let me know and we’ll iron out the details.

At your leisure, check out the trails and let me know what you are comfortable with. Even if you do not want to lead, spot, or gun, let me know which trails you would like to run so I can start putting together the trail teams. I will also be setting up a date for preruns sometime in the next couple of months and it would be great to have any of you join in on that fun. Let me know.

There are alos lots of other areas that we could use help on, so if you would like to offer up some talent in some other realm, please let me know and I'll hook you up!

Thank you all again for stepping up to help make this happen and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Eric Ross
Denver, CO
720-334-1747

fjcruzer
04-01-2009, 03:28 PM
Thanks for keeping this thread going Jim. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces and rigs this summer! :cheers:

fjcruzer
05-18-2009, 12:59 PM
"T-shirts! T-shirts! Get your one-of-a-kind Wheelers-for-the-Wounded shirts right here!!"

We have a screen shop on standby and would like to make the first run of t-shirts for this event. In order to do so we need 40 pre-ordered and paid for t-shirts. It will take approximately 2 weeks for the order to be processed and shirts delivered, so we would like the pre-orders to be in by Sunday, May 31st. We will still be able to take orders for additional shirts after that, but need the initial run to start ASAP!

Shirts are $20 each, and each pre-order will also receive an original Wheelers for the Wounded 5" x 5" window sticker for FREE!

Orders and payments can be made via PayPal to:

wftwstickers@gmail.com

Please provide the following information in the email/detail window at the bottom of the screen:

Full name
Each shirt and size ordered
Contact phone
Email address

You may also pay by check. Make checks payable to COTTORA and mail to:

Jock Timmons
17093 E. 102nd Ave
Commerce City, CO. 80022.

You can either include a note with the above information, or send an email to wftwstickers@gmail.com with the details.

We will deliver t-shirts at either the Buena Vista pre-run on June 21st, or at the Toyota Meet at the Castle Rock Factory Outlet stores on June 28th. We might also be hosting another charity event in mid-June that would be another opportunity.

All proceeds will go to funding the Colorado event food, permits, insurance, and other necessary costs, with the remainder helping Jason stay on the road and fund future Wheelers for the Wounded events.

Thank you all and enjoy the cool duds!

Eric Ross

Front
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/fjcruzer123/wftw/sticker-tee4.jpg

Back
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/fjcruzer123/wftw/back.jpg

Sticker
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/fjcruzer123/wftw/WFTWSymbol.jpg

Red_Chili
05-18-2009, 07:13 PM
Wow, if I can get my own wounds to heal well enough I cannot imagine a more worthy wheeling trip to shoot for.

Email me at w_morgan AT sprynet DOT c o m

fjcruzer
05-18-2009, 07:23 PM
Wow, if I can get my own wounds to heal well enough I cannot imagine a more worthy wheeling trip to shoot for.

Email me at w_morgan AT sprynet DOT c o m

Email sent :beer:

bh4rnnr
05-21-2009, 06:26 PM
I did have a weekend schedualed for exploring Argentine Pass this weekend, but I would like to try and make this event...

fjcruzer
05-21-2009, 09:22 PM
I did have a weekend schedualed for exploring Argentine Pass this weekend, but I would like to try and make this event...

Well, hell, that's just down the road! Shoot me an email if you'd like some details.

Eric Ross
fjcruzer123@yahoo.com

bh4rnnr
05-22-2009, 05:45 PM
Well, hell, that's just down the road! Shoot me an email if you'd like some details.

Eric Ross
fjcruzer123@yahoo.com

For some reason, I was thinking of June, yeah.... Count me in!

This seems to be a theme of late; here I thought Memorial Day was next weekend.....

fjcruzer
05-25-2009, 10:24 PM
For some reason, I was thinking of June, yeah.... Count me in!

This seems to be a theme of late; here I thought Memorial Day was next weekend.....

June/July, Memorial/Labor Day... it's all a blur.

dr350jja
05-31-2009, 11:00 PM
Got my t-shirt order in. Thanks Jock and Eric for all your time and effort, looks good.

dr350jja
06-03-2009, 10:56 PM
Recent email regarding the WFTW t-shirts:



Subject Fw: WFTW T-shirts

Sent Date 06-04-2009 12:06:18 AM

From
FJ Cruzer <fjcruzer123@yahoo.com>

I hate to flog a dead horse, but this is a last call for t-shirt orders.

So far we have 11 out of the 40 we need to make the minimum order requirement.

If we don't get the other orders by this Sunday, we'll cancel the order and refund the money we have already received for pre-orders.

The objective is to fulfill the minimum order requirement and then have t-shirts for sale that would directly fund this event. I know money is tight and if the t-shirts don't pan out, no worries, we just thought they'd be a cool addition.

x
x
x

dr350jja
06-03-2009, 10:58 PM
here's a re-post of the order info:



"T-shirts! T-shirts! Get your one-of-a-kind Wheelers-for-the-Wounded shirts right here!!"

We have a screen shop on standby and would like to make the first run of t-shirts for this event. In order to do so we need 40 pre-ordered and paid for t-shirts. It will take approximately 2 weeks for the order to be processed and shirts delivered, so we would like the pre-orders to be in by Sunday, May 31st. We will still be able to take orders for additional shirts after that, but need the initial run to start ASAP!

Shirts are $20 each, and each pre-order will also receive an original Wheelers for the Wounded 5" x 5" window sticker for FREE!

Orders and payments can be made via PayPal to:

wftwstickers@gmail.com

Please provide the following information in the email/detail window at the bottom of the screen:

Full name
Each shirt and size ordered
Contact phone
Email address

You may also pay by check. Make checks payable to COTTORA and mail to:

Jock Timmons
17093 E. 102nd Ave
Commerce City, CO. 80022.

You can either include a note with the above information, or send an email to wftwstickers@gmail.com with the details.

We will deliver t-shirts at either the Buena Vista pre-run on June 21st, or at the Toyota Meet at the Castle Rock Factory Outlet stores on June 28th. We might also be hosting another charity event in mid-June that would be another opportunity.

All proceeds will go to funding the Colorado event food, permits, insurance, and other necessary costs, with the remainder helping Jason stay on the road and fund future Wheelers for the Wounded events.

Thank you all and enjoy the cool duds!

Eric Ross

RockRunner
06-04-2009, 08:02 AM
Just to make sure I understand this correctly, we will be driving a wounded soldier around on one of the trails right? At Least that is what I got from the Web page I looked at.

Please provide me more info on this, I must have missed a link not the first time :o

dr350jja
06-04-2009, 08:42 PM
Just to make sure I understand this correctly, we will be driving a wounded soldier around on one of the trails right? At Least that is what I got from the Web page I looked at.


Yes, that is correct.

We are looking for some off-road enthusiasts that would like to participate in the event and offer our wounded veterans a chance to take in some of what Colorado has to offer.

Information can be found at the following web sites:

http://www.wheelersforthewounded.com/

http://wheelersforthewounded.org/for...oard,11.0.html

We look forward to seeing some off-road enthusiasts help out with this noble cause.

which trail did you want to run?

Trails

Boulder Mountain and/or Mount Antero (Easy, rated 3-4)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=52
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=51

Chinaman Gulch (Moderate to Difficult, rated 4-7)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=1

Grizzly Lake and/or Iron Chest (Moderate to Difficult, rated 5-8)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=55
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=8


Mount Princeton (Easy, rated 2-3)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=121

Tincup Pass (Easy, rated 2-3)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=120

dr350jja
06-08-2009, 10:12 PM
Anyone that would like to offer a seat to a wounded veteran for this event, please send Eric an email to fjcruzer123@yahoo.com, and we will add you to the list and keep you in the loop!

dr350jja
06-10-2009, 10:52 PM
On Sunday, June 28th, 2009 we are going to have a charity wrench-a-thon for WFTW in the Peterson Auto Skills Center at:

Peterson AFB in CO Springs,
894 Tinker St, Colorado Springs, CO 80914

Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=894+Tinker+St,+Colorado+Springs,+CO+80914&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=45.014453,66.796875&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=A

The event will be from 9:00am until 6:30pm.

We will have several Toyota Tech's attending. Additionally we will have many of the WFTW staff there to help you get your project done fast!

We'll be using one bay with a lift and one flat bay, plus we may have use of a 3rd bay that's separate from the others for welder / plasma cutter work. We will provide all the tools and the labor, you just need to bring your project to us! We will also have a BBQ grill set up so bring something to grill! (I'll bring Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns, as well as condiments!)

If you are interested in having something done, OR you want to help out, post up!

We are working on a donation scale. It will likely be a % of what the ASE cost to do the job would be.

****IMPORTANT********

Shane, our contact at the base told me this: "A week before the event I'll need a list of everyone who's attending. I'll give that list to the gate guards so people will be allowed on base." So even if you might not come, please give me your name... so that you can get on base, in case you decide at the last minute to come! Email me your name at molly.houck@gmail.com

******************
:thumb:

dr350jja
06-11-2009, 10:56 PM
We would like to pre-run the trails for WFTW over this weekend. We will be running Grizzly Lake, Iron Chest and Chinaman Gulch, but with the right number of folks, would like to run all of them, including BV Carnage for those who are capable of doing so (at least one rig will be there this weekend.)

Grizzly lake is easy except for a ledge coming out of the creek right at the begining. As long as people have armor they can be winched/pulled through without much fuss. Trip report from last year

http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=108469

http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=8

Iron chest is a tough trail. But doable if people take their time through the boulder feild.

We would like people to have 32's, a locker and armor for this run. If you don't meet the requirements, but want to come let us know and we can talk about it.

Some of us will be camping that weekend down there.

Saturday Meet at truckstop in Buena Vista at 9 am to run Grizzly lake and Iron Chest.

Sunday Meet at Truckstop in BV at 9am to run OCG

We encourage others who are interested in running trails in the area, but not sure if they are equipped for the trails listed to get together and form another group to run some easier trails if possible; or just ride along.

dr350jja
06-20-2009, 08:41 AM
for those that want to attend the charity wrench-a-thon for WFTW at the Peterson Auto Skills Center, please note:

...Date is June 28th, start time is:9:00 - 6:30. I will also need, Date of Birth and/or Drivers License number for them to get on base. Give it to me even if you don't think you will make it!! I need it by Wednesday June 24th!!! Please email to me molly(dot)houck(at)gmail(dot)com. Questions? Call seven two zero - 933 - 3 zero 71!

Thanks! -Molly! (CoTTORA)
:cheers:

dr350jja
06-30-2009, 08:47 PM
For anyone interested in participating in the Wheelers For The Wounded event on July 18, please send an email reply to:

WFTW2009@Gmail.com


The meeting time is going to be 10:00 AM at the old Chinaman Gulch/Carnage Trail Heads. We also plan to have our BBQ there at 5:00 PM!

For GPS locations to the trailhead go here: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=1

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to the Staging Area:

Take Highway 285 to Johnson Village. There are gas stations there where you can fill up if you need to. In between the rafting building and the gas stations you'll see CR301 to your left(south). Take that road just past the red barn and you'll see a gate to your left marked "Prison Property" that runs in a straight line (east) for a short way to another gate and an open area (you can see this open area from the main road). This area is perfect for airing down, disconnecting and getting ready for the trail. Be sure to close both gates.
:thumb:

bh4rnnr
06-30-2009, 08:56 PM
Man I sure would love to go to this great event, but have to much to get done before the Ghost Town Run. Sorry to bail on you guys. Hopefully I can make 2010!!

dr350jja
07-07-2009, 07:33 PM
Hello all!

We have finalized our plans for the event and the attached flier (which hopefully you have seen) has the info. BLM was gracious enough to forgive the permit requirement, but we did sign a Letter of Agreement with a few stipulations:

1. All sites are filled on a "first come, first served" basis. Plan ahead to assure that your group can secure a spot without interfering with other visitors. Parking is limited to 30 vehicles in the parking area only. Access for the public is required, roads cannot be blocked.

2. No Campfires for this event.

3. Proper disposal of human waste is critical. At your activity this will be accomplished by PROVIDING TEMPORARY TOILET FACILITIES.

4. Help us clean up public lands by REMOVING ALL TRASH. Picking up trash left by less thoughtful people helps maintain the scenic beauty of your public lands.

5. If any directional signs are erected as part of this activity, they will be removed at the completion of the activity.

6. There are certain natural phenomenon that could be encountered that present risks which the participants assume. All participants must be advised of conditions which might be encountered.

7. Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to imply permission to build any structure or conduct any activity not specifically named.

8. Disorderly or otherwise objectionable conduct such as harassment of wildlife, livestock, or other lawful users of public land will not be tolerated and could be the basis for denial of similar agreements in the future.

9. Precautions must be made to protect natural resource values, cultural or historic objects, aesthetic values, and any improvement on public lands.

10. If there is any question concerning regulations on public lands, please contact our office immediately.

11. This agreement is not an authorization to use public lands. Failure to abide by all activity parameters in this agreement may result in permits being required for future activities.

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Regarding wounded veteran riders: we have not had any direct response to our offer/request for riders for this event. That does not mean we will not have any, just that at this time, we do not know if, or how many potential riders may decide to join us. As a result, the staging in the morning will be on the fly. We will be set up at the staging are at 9:00am and encourage as many folks as can to be there around that time. We will have some light refreshments in the morning and will be organizing the trail runs/riders.

Staging Area: Right now I have 7-10 people helping at the staging area. If there are more folks who are willing to help get us organized in the morning and with the BBQ/cleanup in the evening, I would rather be over-staffed than under, so let me know!

Jason Havlik: As some of you may have heard, Jason, the founder of this event, ran into financial troubles while traversing the nation to promote this event. As of now, he will not be attending our event. If you have any questions or concerns, fell free to contact me directly.

These are the folks who have confirmed that they will be participating. I would appreciate a final confirmation email from each of you just to make sure we’re on the same page. I’ll get with those of you that have not selected a trail in the next week to let you know the plan.

Bill
Bob
Brad
Brian
Carlos
Chris
Crhis
Dave
Don
Doug
Eric & Katherine
Eric
Evolution 4x4
Harold
Isaac
Jim Augliera
Jim
Jock
Jody
John
Kevin and Susan
Kirk
Kyle
Larry
Layton
Michael
Mike
Mike S
Molly
Nancy B
Nate W
Nicholas B
Pete B
Randy
Scott M
Scott R
Shawn B
Tim and Alissa O
Todd S
Troy Gorrel
Tyson and Leanne S

If you are not on this list, please let me know ASAP!! From the get-go we had 77 people express interest and would still like to accommodate everyone who would like to attend. If you cannot attend, please let me know that as well. I’m sure you’ve noticed that we will have more than 30 vehicles attending, but we have a logistical plan to mitigate this, so please work with us when you arrive.

Several of us will be arriving on Friday and Friday night so we can get an early start Saturday morning. If possible, I will likely be camping at the staging area with a couple of our coordinators.


Thanks again to all of you for supporting this great cause. We’re all looking forward to a great day!

Eric Ross

PS Here is a link to a map showing exactly where the staging are is:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=chinaman+gulch+trailhead,+co&sll=38.817241,-106.098747&sspn=0.098306,0.222988&ie=UTF8&ll=38.816706,-106.098747&spn=0.101651,0.222988&t=p&z=13&iwloc=A

bh4rnnr
07-07-2009, 07:49 PM
Sure would like to make this event, but I will be pulling the t-case due to a leaking input seal. Thanks for organizing what sounds to be a fantastic event!

:beer::beer:

Red_Chili
07-07-2009, 08:15 PM
I have some serious work to finish on the Chili... but I am trying to get it DONE! I very much hope to be there!

RockRunner
07-08-2009, 09:26 AM
When is the latest we can let you know?

I was trying to get up the the BV run. Not sure how many people you have for each run but it looks like a good group. My participation all depends on work but I would be up there Friday in the PM if I can go.

dr350jja
07-09-2009, 10:07 PM
When is the latest we can let you know?


Sure, we'd love to have you there. Just send an email to Eric Ross fjcruzer123@yahoo.com and let him know you would like to help out with this event.

dr350jja
07-12-2009, 11:44 PM
Hey folks,

As we enter final week of preparations I hope this message finds you well. I am aware of some concerns from our volunteers and I would like to address them in two veins:

First, I have had a few of folks express concern that we cannot guarantee that wounded veteran riders will participate. We are doing everything we can to encourage folks to join us for this event. This has been a challenge on a number of levels, from our being a strictly volunteer and fledgling organization, to strict HIPAA and military restrictions on patient contact. It has been a very one-way communication flow. This week we will be using mass media to raise some awareness about this event. I was leery about doing this sooner, because until last week we did not have our site plan rubber-stamped by BLM and USFS. I did not want to make promises I could not keep, but now we're good to go and know what we can and cannot do. Regardless, a number of the drivers and family members that have volunteered are wounded veterans themselves and I hope we can show them the same support.

Second, we want to show that this event is a success this year and that we are capable of doing this in following years. Something I really want to encourage folks to do is show up and participate, so we can inspire confidence in folks to participate in the future who may have misgivings about the veracity of the program. Regardless of the status of the national portion of this program, we are dedicated to continuing a tradition in Colorado. I know this is a significant investment on everyone, but I think in the long run we will see a much larger pay-off.

Over the last year we have had 95 people express interest with 66 vehicles.
Of those, 75 people with 43 vehicles have signed up to participate.
As of this date 34 people and 22 vehicles have confirmed.

Don't let the momentum fall!!

In the last few weeks we received enough charitable funds and food donations to provide food and beverages for everyone who has expressed interest, and a few vendors have graciously provided gift donations to support the event.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you this week and seeing you this weekend!

Eric Ross
fjcruzer123@yahoo.com

RockRunner
07-13-2009, 11:15 AM
Sure, we'd love to have you there. Just send an email to Eric Ross fjcruzer123@yahoo.com and let him know you would like to help out with this event.


just send him an email, I am still on the fence but I am falling towards going:camping::campfire::beer2::comp:

Air Randy
07-13-2009, 07:27 PM
Tom,

Were thinking about going. I dont know if were going to stay over night but would want to run the trail for sure. Let me know what you decide, maybe we can travel down together.

dr350jja
07-14-2009, 10:24 PM
The weather is looking like it's going to be real nice this weekend, near BV. Should be in the low 80s, no real rain in the forecast. ;)

Red_Chili
07-16-2009, 07:44 AM
Whew... The Chili is now fully operational, all systems check nominal, spit shined and polished, (running a borrowed diff until I figure out how I broke my locker swapping the end cap... which is turning out to be maybe not the best idea I've had in a while... Yes, Neil, that means I have your diff fixed, air bearing replaced at my expense out of gratitude, locker fully functional and I will be, um, 'testing' it this weekend, THANK you brutha)...

SO BY GOD'S GRACE I'M GONNA BE THERE! :lmao:

On the fence about camping. A friend is going up Friday and I might share a camp with his family... dunno.

Air Randy
07-16-2009, 11:36 AM
I think were going to head out about 7 AM on Saturday morning pulling the trailer. We'll probably head back in the evening after the BBQ.

Red_Chili
07-17-2009, 03:56 PM
Likewise!

bh4rnnr
07-17-2009, 07:42 PM
Sure wish I could make this one but i'll be working, and not on the runner. You boys be sure to report back!

:beer::beer:

RockRunner
07-18-2009, 03:45 PM
Tom,

Were thinking about going. I don't know if were going to stay over night but would want to run the trail for sure. Let me know what you decide, maybe we can travel down together.

I wanted to be there so bad but I smashed my right index finger while splitting firewood. Sharon rushed me to the ER where they tried to save the top section of my finger, we'll see if it works. The pain was/is pretty bad and I wasn't going to drive up there while taking a bunch of pain meds:eek:

I hope they had enough rigs to take all the vets up the hill I will feel really bad if they didn't.

Post the pictures and experience ASAP I am dying to hear how it turned out.

Air Randy
07-19-2009, 09:41 AM
There were probably 35 - 40 rigs total and they were split out into groups of 10 or so. I went with the Chinaman's Gulch group. We had a blast and a great BBQ afterwards.

The only vets there were ones who brought their own rigs, so we had 1 a Korean vet (75 and still wheelin!) and quite a few Vietnam, Desert Storm and lots of Iraqi Freedom vets.

The organizers said they problem for getting the recently wounded vets up was lack of special transportation from Ft. Carson. They plan to do the event next year and arrange for buses and such to get the recently wounded up there for rides.

There were tons of *eeps, the Blue Mule, Red Chili, 2 FJC's, a Tundra, a Tacoma and 2 Toyota truggies so the brand was well represented.

Dee had her new camera with her so I'll see if we can post up some of the shots, it does video too. Rumor has it there were some shots of the Mule doing another wheel stand on the waterfall............

Red_Chili
07-20-2009, 10:49 AM
Though there was a paucity of vets to haul up the mountain, the main goal of this year's meet was to demonstrate the support and enthusiasm for the event among the wheeling community.

We did that in spades. Builds credibility for next year!

dr350jja
07-20-2009, 08:53 PM
Thank you to everyone who supported or attended this event.

The following is an email from Eric:



Wheelers for the Wounded Folk,

I wanted to take a few moments and thank all of you for making this day special. For the last 18 months I have been cautiously optimistic and have been humbled by the support each of you have shown. We started with a simple plan to get together and make a trail run to show our support, but our plans slowly expanded and eventually blossomed into July 18, 2009, and instead of a dozen of us getting together for an afternoon, we formed a coalition of four-wheel drive clubs from all over the state that coordinated a spectacular day on 4 beautiful trails with 50 rigs and 60+ participants! I can’t thank you enough and my mind is now spinning with future possibilities.

In that vein, if you have photos or comments you would like to share, I would like to start collecting them so we can start promoting next year’s event(s). Feel free to email or post, and send me the links to material you are willing to share.

I also wanted to take some time to thank a few folks in particular. These individuals are the core of this effort and without them none of this would have come to fruition:

Brian C for participating in our charity wrenching events and donating his time (his only day off during the week) and his expertise to work on rigs.

Don G, for making substantial donations to fund this event and for his blood and sweat during several of the charity events. Next time you better get the day off!!

Doug H for the masterful grill work in, keeping us all smiling during adversity and taking the time to help plan the awesome BBQ menu. Have a cigarette on me… NO, NO! Don’t do it!!

Gary G for being our local expert in the BV area, helping us coordinate the trail runs, and helping me work out many of the details to keep this event on track and safe for everyone.

Jim A for working on tracking down wounded veterans, contacting the VA, DAV, MedHold, American Legion, Easter Seals, and so many others I’ve lost track, getting 300+ fliers distributed in Denver, Colorado Springs and other locals along the front range, helping us collect supplies from all over and to the event, and for keeping us on track, focused and motivated.

Jock T for helping me keep my sanity, showing up at every event and helping out wherever he could, designing the Colorado WFTW commemorative sticker, and taking up the role of treasurer for our organization.

Kevin and Susan G for getting us connected with many of the folks down south that we had never met before and really made this event a success.

Layton B for supplying the tow rig, trailer, and making the drive all over the front range and up to BV and back with all that in tow, working as a liaison with the BLM and USFS and facilitating the Letter of Agreement for the land use, donating a large portion of our food stuffs and manning the staging area and food tent during the event.

Matt G for the use of his home and garage facilities for our first charity event in 2008, for his support for this event from Day One and for his service to our country. We missed you Matt, but saved some brats for ya!

Molly H for coordinating our charity events in Parker, Longmont and Colorado Springs, coordinating the schlepping of all our gear and food to BV, and manning the staging area and food tent during the event. Truly, without Molly, this event would not have happened ;)

Scott R and Big Horn Graphics for donating the Colorado WFTW commemorative stickers.

Troy G for volunteering the resources of CoTTORA to support this event, supplying the location, tools and experience for many of our charity events, not to mention hours and hours of mechanical advice, experience and plain old labor to get rigs ready to participate.

Sean Y for his overall support, and helping with his mechanical and welding experience at our charity events.

Shane W and the staff at Peterson AFB’s Auto Skills Center who graciously hosted our last charity event and allowed us to use their facility, tools and expertise to work on a number of projects, the proceeds from which made all the difference.

Members of CoTTORA, Colorado4Wheelers, Colorado4x4, Front Range 4x4Blanca4x4 and Rising Sun, each of whom took the time and effort to support this event during its development, and especially on July 18th by showing their support in person.

We also had support from a number of agents, supporters and sponsors:

Bill Burke’s 4-wheeling America for his kind words as we ramped up this event and the donation of several items that went to our participants.

Boulder Sausage for donating a portion of the food served at the BBQ.

The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce for helping us get in touch with many of the local folks who helped put this all together.

Expedition One for the donation of a number of discount coupons that went to our participants

Joseph Kreiss and KVRH radio in Salida for getting us on the radio and joining us at the event to document our success.

Linda S and Tambi G with BLM and USFS, respectively, who were very helpful and accommodating while making sure we complied with the regulatory needs of those agencies.

Scott M and Unlimited Sanitary for supplying our septic closets at a great price, along with great set-up and tear-down service.

ToyTec Lifts for the donation of several items that went to our participants.

WabFab Off-Road and the Wabbit for their donation and support.

Tommy Knockers supplied all of the awesome root beer, chips and other food for our event thanks to Eric G!

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and looking forward to next year!


Eric Ross

Denver, CO

720-334-1747

fjcruzer123@yahoo.com

wftw2009@gmail.com