The Rubicon trail has been on the bucket list of Dave Harriton, owner of American Expedition Vehicles, since the inception of the company’s Brute Double Cab. Always looking to put its latest wares to the test, the crew from AEV invited a few of its associates from Canada, Germany, Japan, and South Africa, to join them on the R&D adventure. And since it doesn’t take much convincing for us to spend a few days of the legendary Rubicon trail, we tagged along for the R&D wheeling adventure.
The three-day journey took the group of seven JK’s and 15 adventurers up to Buck Island Lake, down the Big Sluice to Rubicon Springs, and finally, back up the infamous Cadillac Hill into Lake Tahoe. Follow along as we documented our journey with the team from AEV on the Rubicon Trail.
Our adventure starts out early in the a.m. as we take flight out of the Loon Lake trailhead near Pollock Pines. Once the airs down and makes sure all their gear is strapped in place.
This particular week, Rubicon Trail Foundation volunteer John Pardi greets trail users at the Loon Lake trailhead. He educates each and every trail user on proper Rubicon trail cleanup techniques while wrenching on broken rigs, as well as disposing of human waste. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Patrick Schiutto shipped his modified ’12 Unlimited Rubicon all the way from Munich, Germany for the trip. His euro JK featured a bored-and-stroked 7.2L Hemi V-8 and would boil his 37-inch-tall tires on the street, but gracefully torque up rock-strewn trails with ease.