“Bring your raincoat,” Steve Yuill’s email said two days before I boarded a plane for Calgary. The day I stepped off that plane the area got 2 inches of rain, which, to put things in to perspective, is equal to half the annual rainfall of Las Vegas! We were thankful that we had heeded Steve’s advice as we headed north to spend Canada’s May Long Weekend with the Red Deer Jeep Packrats.
Although the banks of the James River were overflowing, Yuill, the club’s events coordinator, still found plenty of places to keep the entire group challenged and entertained. Saturday’s run took us through deep water holes in the beautiful Canadian backcountry, while Sunday brought a 10-hour winch-athon on the notorious Twisted Trail. With breathtaking views and miles (er, kilometers) of trails, we just scratched the surface of what Alberta has to offer.
“We were greeted in Calgary by 2 inches of rain”
How Can My Club Get in the Magazine?
One question we are commonly asked is how to get coverage for an event, club, or trail in the magazine, so we thought that we would explain how this trip with the Red Deer Jeep Packrats came about. Feature Editor Harry Wagner met club member Link Opper at a gas station in Moab during Easter Jeep Safari. Opper suggested that Wagner should come wheeling in Alberta. That is usually as far as these conversations go.
Opper wasn’t so easily gratified though. He proceeded to give Wagner a club sweatshirt and followed up with emails and phone calls about upcoming club events. He even offered Wagner a place to sleep and a Jeep to borrow. An offer like that is hard to pass up!
Now, we don’t expect you all to send us clothing bribes and offer us free Jeeps to drive, but we can tell you one thing. We definitely won’t make it to events we don’t know about, so be sure and send us info on any event and trail ride you have in the works (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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