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February 2005 Ultimate Adventure Rules, Vehicles, & Information - 4xForward

Posted in Features on February 1, 2005
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If you're a long-time reader of 4-Wheel & Off-Road, you know that our hallmark four-wheeling event is the Ultimate Adventure. For those newcomers, suffice it to say that the Ultimate Adventure entails taking a group of competent wheelers with killer rigs on some of the best off-road courses this country has to offer, and tying them all together with a 1,000-mile road trip each summer.

If you've been paying attention, you already read about our 5th annual Ultimate Adventure in the November and December issues. If you haven't, check out our Web coverage at for the complete story and all the extras our Web site provides. But now it's time to start selecting readers to join us on this trip for Ultimate Adventure 2005. That's right, this is the first call for those of you who think you have the right stuff to make the UA what it is-a reader-based trip through America.

The number one rule is the same as in the past, No Whining, and if you can't handle it, don't even think of applying.

The Ultimate Adventure is based around 20 street-legal vehicles capable of handling the toughest terrain, which means hundreds of road miles a day without trailer support, then wheeling as much as possible, camping out, and continuing on the trip. It takes just over a week, and you are responsible for all your food, fuel, fun, and lodging, and must be completely self-sufficient and self-reliant. It is, however, a fun trip, as our coverage can attest to. Check out our DVDs as well, which can give you the whole story in about an hour. If you want to join our trip, send an application to Ultimate Adventure, 4WOR, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, or log on to our Web site at to e-mail us your info. Make sure you include a photo of your rig and a description of it and yourself, and why you want to go have fun. Should be easy, right? Here are the rest of the rules you need to know, and we're looking forward to picking some readers to join us.

Rules For Ultimate Adventure '05We are not responsible for you during this eventWe will use the buddy system so you are partnered with another vehicle throughout this adventure. If you do not find a buddy before the first trail day, we will help you find one.We will try to stick together and help everyone, but with a group this size, it will not always be practical to delay the group for one or two people.Only one vehicle allowed per invitee.Vehicles must be driven (not towed) on the entire Ultimate Adventure.Vehicle may be towed to repair location (the intent of the no-trailer rule is to enforce the pavement portion of the adventure).The group will leave as close as possible to posted times-don't be late or you'll be left behind.Bring overnight gear (sleeping bag, food, water, and so on) for camping.Participants are responsible for all their own expenses (food, lodging, fuel, repairs, fees, and so on).Alcohol consumption will not be tolerated on trails or any time you are driving.Passengers may not drink on trails.Violators will get one verbal warning regarding alcohol. The second offense removes you from the Ultimate Adventure.Illegal drug use will not be tolerated any time during the tour. There is no warning-first offense gets you removed from the Ultimate Adventure.

The VehicleYour vehicle will be inspected for all of the following equipment. You will not be allowed to join Ultimate Adventure if your vehicle fails this inspection.Vehicle must be licensed and insuredFront and rear lockers (no limited slips)Must be self sufficient (bring your own spares, tools, jack, and trail food)Winch Rollbar (rollcage preferred)First-aid kitSeatbelts for all occupants-which must be usedAdequate tow-strap/winch attachment pointsBattery hold-down35-inch minimum tire sizeCB radio, fire extinguisher, and tow strap.

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