Exploring The Colorado High Country, All-4-Fun Style
The folks at the Mile-Hi Jeep Club of Colorado know how to throw a party. For the past 44 years, they've been hosting the incredible All-4-Fun event, and it has become one of the very best events in the wheeling world.
The Mile-Hi Jeep Club was formed in 1956 and currently has about 190 members. The first official All-4-Fun began in 1967 in Golden, Colorado, and it has continued annually without a misfire. One of the things that make All-4-Fun very unique is that it rotates to a different location in Colorado each year. Over the years it has been held in wheeling hotspots like Leadville, Fairplay, Ouray, Gunnison, and Montrose. Since 1994, the event boomerangs back to Silverton every four years. Why? Well, in case you don't know, the Silverton area is a wheeling mecca. There's a mind-boggling number of legendary, fascinating trails just a short distance from town and the scenery is unrivaled.
Over the years, All-4-Fun has grown to a weeklong event, and 2010 was no exception. The event returned to the amazing mountain-ringed town of Silverton, home to only one paved road. Trailrides were on tap each day except for Vendor Day. On that day, there was a huge parade of Jeeps through the town of Silverton, followed by a host of activities at All-4-Fun base camp that included a truck show and a collection of over 40 aftermarket companies displaying, and answering questions about, their wares.
The Mile-Hi Jeep Club packs All-4-Fun with incredible value. We were stunned at the amount of free stuff that awaited participants. Take food and drink, for example. All total, there were six free meals for participants, most of which included drinks. There was even an ice cream social. Food and beverage sponsors included Bestop, Big O Tires, Clemson 4Wheel Center, Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc., Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition, Dave's Customs Unlimited, Daystar, Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Poison Spyder Customs, Stay the Trail Colorado, and Warn Industries. When you mix these perks with a massive raffle, free camping, knowledgeable trail guides, and the relaxed vibe of fellow wheelers, it's pretty clear why All-4-Fun is so successful. Heck, there's even an on-site repair shop staffed by Bob Schleppy and his crew from 4x4 Offroad & Used Parts in Fort Collins. Schleppy and his crew have been a fixture at All-4-Fun since '89, and he takes pride in keeping participants on the trail. Schleppy says the most common repairs are axleshafts and U-joints.
Planning has already begun for All-4-Fun 2011, which will be held in Salida, Colorado, July 30 through August 6. By the time you read this, registration will be underway and you can get more info at www.mhjc.org. For now, check out some of the action and scenery from All-4-Fun 2010.
Wheeling the Colorado High Country
High-altitude Colorado wheeling on trails such as these poses challenges to your rig that you won't typically find in lower elevations. As an example, running Black Bear and Imogene in one day means your rig will be in 4-Lo for approximately 30 miles. Naturally, you'll want to make sure your rig's transfer case is in good working order and full of oil. Do the same for the transmission. It's common to climb long, steep grades for extended periods of time, so make sure your engine's cooling system is in top-notch working order also. Remember, there's less oxygen at high altitude, so your engine will be working harder to compensate.
This year, the folks at Mile-Hi Jeep Club donated $10,000 to The Children's Hospital Burn Camps Program. This program was created in 1983 to meet the psychological and rehabilitation needs of the child and family following a burn injury. Mile-Hi has donated close to $150,000 through the years to The Children's Hospital in the Denver area.
All-4-Fun 2011 at a Glance
When: July 30-August 6, 2011
Where: Salida, Colorado
Sponsored by: Mile-Hi Jeep Club
More info: www.mhjc.org FW