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Save Our Trails! The TAP Tour 2012

Posted in Events on June 1, 2012
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Photographers: Lorna Mildice

The Southwest corner of our great nation has some of the most incredible four-wheeling. That would be a brag if it weren’t fact. But another fact is that the anti-access crowd has been hammering our government agencies to limit what you and I can do on our public lands. They are closing existing trails, banning certain uses, and severely limiting our choices of recreation. And while good environmental stewardship is always an important factor of our sport, someone has to step up and carry the torch for land access and for the multiple uses that favor the 4x4 crowd.

Darrell Wade from Total Karnage was our trail guide and helped us out considerably. His Blazer has seen more than its share of modifications—and carnage. Wide vehicles and other fullsize rigs can make this trail, but longer rigs struggle a bit.

Del and Stacie Albright have been on the forefront of these issues, fighting back the tide of anti-access hysteria and putting the best interests of our sport and the 4x4 world forward. Del has been the representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) for years, which is one organization that has been working hard to save our trails and promote wise use of our public lands. Last year the Albrights devised an ingenious plan to link a few off-road events together along with a week of scouting and four-wheeling to promote trail access with partners in the industry, clubs, and other organizations. That’s why we jumped at the chance to be part of the inaugural TAP (Trail Access Partnership) Tour. Del’s motto is: “We will not be tapped out of our trail access!”

Right after the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we trekked to Logandale in our Ultimate Adventure F-150 for the famous Hump-N-Bump event put on by the Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers. This event has been around for 31 years and is situated on some of the most spectacular red rocks this side of Moab. The TAP Tour culminated the following weekend in Parker, Arizona, home of the 16th Annual Desert Splash event hosted by the Parker 4 Wheelers. This area is hardcore rocks and desert terrain with all kinds of runs available, from guaranteed carnage and broken parts to spectacular vistas and view for every style of rig.

Jon Rushing ran with us on the Bronco Falls trail at the 31st Hump-N-Bump event. His Comanche has been a 16-year work in progress, with a rebuilt engine, a swapped-in AX-15 tranny, an SYE kit, and spooled and locked axles with alloy axles and 4.56 gears. Rusty’s Suspension helps the trickster flex easily over the red rocks.

In between these famous bookend events we spent time with the Bullhead 4 Wheelers in Bullhead City, Arizona, and the Havasu 4 Wheelers in Lake Havasu City. While scouting trails and discussing land use issues, we felt much progress was made in organizing the good fight.

Next year’s TAP Tour may have happened before you get this, but check out the schedule at And make sure you look into the Hump-N-Bump event at and Parker Splash at We guarantee you’ll be glad you did. And don’t forget to support the BlueRibbon Coalition at www.share

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