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May 2013 Trail's End

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May 2013 Trail's End
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In the November, 1990 issue of Four Wheeler we published a four-page story on the 1989 All-4-Fun event sponsored by the Mile-Hi Jeep Club of Colorado. The event was based in Gunnison, Colorado, and the story included a segment about exploring Pearl Pass with a group of vehicles that included Jeep CJs (the CJ had only been out of production for three years), a Toyota 4Runner, and a Toyota Land Cruiser. According to the story, Pearl Pass had been snowed shut for the past five consecutive years and prior to that was passable only about every third year. This obviously made the trip over the 12,705-foot-tall pass a notable experience. Needless to say, the group had to bust through snow by various means including winching. The story also told the tale of a trip on the Cement Creek Trail, which boasted big rocks, killer scenery, and an old ghost town.

Reading the story got us thinking about All-4-Fun. One of the unique aspects of the event is that the location changes each year. Through the years the event has been based in towns like Telluride, Leadville, Montrose, Ouray, Fairplay, and Salida. The most recent All-4-Fun we've attended was the 2010 event in Silverton, and it was impressive. It had a huge vendor show, big top tent, many benefits for participants, and daily trail rides over legendary high-country trails like Black Bear, Poughkeepsie Gulch, and Imogene. It's worth mentioning that the 2013 event is slated to base out of Lake County, which is near Leadville. Trails will include such legends as Holy Cross, Mosquito Pass, and Chinaman's Gulch. If you'd like more info go to www.mhjc.org. The Mile-Hi Jeep Club does a fantastic job with All-4-Fun and that fact is proven by the event's longevity-the first All-4-Fun was held in 1967, and this year the event will mark its 47th anniversary.

And speaking of longevity, as we pondered All-4-Fun it got us thinking about 4x4 events that boast a long history and are legendary in the off-road world. Events like 43-year-old Gravelrama in Ohio (www.gravelrama.com); 46-year-old Memorial Total Off-Road Rally in Wisconsin (www.memorial4x4.org); 51-year-old TDS Desert Safari in California (www.tds4x4.com); 42-year-old Hi Desert Round-Up in California (www.ca4wdc.com); 61-year-old Jeepers Jamboree in California (www.jeepersjamboree.com); 31-year-old Dakota Territory Challenge in South Dakota (www.bh4wheelers.com); 33-year-old Hump-N-Bump in Nevada (www.vv4w.org); and 47-year-old Easter Jeep Safari in Utah (www.rr4w.com), to name just a few.

It's inspiring to see awesome events like these return on an annual basis, and we know it's a lot of work for the wheelers who labor behind the scenes to make each one happen. We're also excited about the younger events that are returning annually, and we're guessing that they'll undoubtedly be the legendary 4x4 events of the future.

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