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Patriot Crawl at AreaBFE: 2018 Easter Jeep Safari #EJS2018

Posted in News on March 25, 2018
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Photographers: Ken Brubaker

U.S. Military veterans and active duty members alike have been gathering on the Utah slickrock since 2015 for an event called the Patriot Crawl. This year over 200 4x4s including everything from purpose-built rock buggies to new Jeep Wranglers, met at AreaBFE—one of Moab, Utah’s exciting off-road destinations. This year’s location for the run is different from the “usual” Moab trails, since AreaBFE is located on 320 acres of land, just south of town.

Participants were greeted by the welcoming AreaBFE staff and joined by some off-road industry leaders and their rigs before setting off onto the trails beneath the bluebird Utah sky. Patriot Crawl participants navigated trails with names such as Strike Ravine, Minor Threat, and Helldorado. Spirits were high as the off-road enthusiasts conquered the rocks with the picturesque La Sal mountains in the background.

Mention this trail name and wheelers across the globe will think of some of Moab's toughest and tightest obstacles.

At the conclusion of the day, the Patriot Crawl participants elected to test their skills on the Helldorado trail—a name known by many wheelers. The trail features a “gatekeeper” obstacle, designed to weed out any rigs (or drivers) who cannot successfully straddle the boulders; an area dubbed “The Squeeze” that threatens to reshape the upper areas of vehicle body panels; and a final obstacle known as the Waterfall. We gathered plenty of photos and video of the epic trail ride so read on and check ’em out!

Coming down one ofthe easier sections of the trail.
Jeeps and buggies both were along for the ride.
A little winching was in order as one rig worked on the hard line through the gatekeeper obstacle.
We were mesmerized by the articulation display from this Jeep as it flexed over the gatekeeper.
Navigating the "Squeeze" obstacle involves lots of perfectly-timed flex, and a willingness to accept upper body damage.
The final waterfall obstacle points your line of sight directly at the noon sun. Whether you stab the gas pedal or bust out the winch cable after that, is your choice.
This Jeep chose to use winch line rather than horsepower to climb the waterfall.
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