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2014 Ultimate Adventure - The Final Six

Posted in Ultimate Adventure on May 14, 2014 Comment (0)
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Each year we put out a call-to-action for all off-roaders who deem themselves and their rigs fit for the task of a full week of 4-wheeling, covering multiple states and thousands of grueling miles. If you think you meet the requirements and are up for the task of wheeling through some of the most incredible trails in the country, we want you to apply to take part in a once in a lifetime adventure, the Ultimate Adventure! Ever since the beginning of Ultimate Adventure we have gotten hundreds of applications from hopeful readers eager to join the elite ranks of those who have gone before.

We present to you, our online fans, a sneak peek at who will join us on our 2014 Ultimate Adventure. The deadline to enter has passed and we have narrowed down our final selection to these 6 applicants, condolences to the other 6 that we unfortunately do not have room for. Check out all their awesome rigs and see what they will be wheeling through some of the coolest trails in the country on the Ultimate Adventure!

Driver: Bryan Schlagel
Age: 38
Location: Torrington, WY
Vehicle: 1978 Ford Bronco
Engine: 400ci Ford V-8 with Holley Avenger EFI
Transmission: C-6 Ford
Transfer Case(s): NP205
Front Axle: Dana 44 front axle with Detroit Locker and chromoly axle shafts, 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Ford 9 inch with Hi-9 center section and 35-spline Detroit Locker, chromoly axles, 4.86 gears
Front Suspension: 5-inch Deaver super flex coil springs extended radius arms ram assist steering
Rear Suspension: 5-inch lift Deaver super flex leaf springs
Tires: 37x13.50R15 Interco M-16
How long have you owned this vehicle:11 years
Please list all non-stock equipment: front and rear winch bumpers, ram assist steering, extra capacity cooling, six point roll cage
Winch: Mile Marker
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 20 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to: none
Which trails do you run: Pritchett canyon, behind the rocks, cliff hanger and most trails around Moab
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip: yes
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure: Always ready to try something new and meet new people.

Driver: Jim Mueller
Age: 56
Location: Tacoma, WA
Vehicle: 1981 Jeep Scrambler
Engine: GM 6.0L V8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 4L80E
Transfer Case: Atlas 4 speed
Front Axle: Spydertrax ARB Air Locker with 4.56 gears
Rear Axle: Currie HP9" Spool with 4.56 gears
Front Suspension: Fox 14" 3-Link
Rear Suspension: Fox 14" 4-Link
Tires: 37 Krawlers TR Beadlocks
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 15 years
Please list all non-stock equipment: Beard Seats-Rugged Radio Intercom- 27Gallon Custom Fuel Tank Custom Dash by Double D Fab-Full Poison Spyder Armor-Baja Design Light bar and lights Custom made storage box with pull out drawer.
Winch: Warn 8274
How long have you been ‘wheeling?: 30+ years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Spanaway Moonshiners Jeep Club
Which trails do you run?: Mostly trails in Washington and the Oregon Dunes Signed up for the 2014 EJS and I am also headed to the 2014 KOH with the Jeep
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip?: No
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure?: Just feel that it would be the ultimate adventure to jeep another part of the Country. Meet new people who love to jeep. I would also like to bring my son Who helped me build the jeep. Also to see how the jeep could do with some of the best wheelers from around the country.

Driver: Brennan Metcalf
Age: 37
City: Durango, Colorado
Vehicle: 1942 Willys MB
Engine: Buick 225 cu in.
Induction: Autolite 2100 Carburetor with lots of mods.
Transmission: T18, wide ratio, from a late 70s Jeep CJ
Transfer Case: Dana 18 in a Dana 20 case so I could use a factory T18/D20 adapter.
Front Axle: Dana 30 with Spartan Locker, 5.38 gears
Rear Axle: Full floating Dana 44 with Ox Locker, 5.38 gears
Front Suspension: Superlift 1-inch lift REAR springs, SUA, 10-inch travel shocks, about stock height
Rear Suspension: Superlift 1-inch lift rear springs, SUA, 10-inch travel shocks, about stock height
Tires: 35x13.5R15 BFGoodrich Krawlers mounted on beadlock wheels.
How long have you owned this vehicle: 11 years
Please list all non-stock equipment: Raised engine/trans/t-case + a new tunnel for a flat belly, 85" wheelbase, 3" frt/2" rear, raised front fenders and rear tubs, lowered seats, custom frame Belleview 6000 pound winch, 19 gallon fuel tank, 1.5" DOM cage, large piston power steering box, disc brakes at all 4 corners, flanged full float rear axle conversion, high clearance u-bolt plates, tucked exhaust system, etc.
How long have you been ‘wheeling: 20+ years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to: None. I wheel a lot with a good group of friends that I trust to get everyone out on the trail AND back home safely. I do a lot of solo stuff too.
Which trails do you run: Moab mainly. Pritchett, Hells Revenge, Moab Rim, Pickle, etc.Colorado high country too. Black Bear, Ophir, Imogene, etc. Grew up wheeling in Idaho.
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip? Yes, by myself for most of it.
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure? So I don't have to drive 1000 miles up to the Rubicon trail and 1000 miles back alone like I was originally planning on doing this summer. Meet Tim Hardy, and keep him company on the road days, I probably drive about as fast. Have an epic adventure while expanding my comfort level. Not knowing where you are going till you get there adds a lot of challenge for me. A good ol' adventure with good people sounds like a most excellent idea....

Driver: Matt Bokan
Age: 32
Location: lakewood, CO
Vehicle: 1976 International Harvester Scout II
Engine: IH 345ci
Induction: Holley Pro Injection
Transmission: Torqueflight 727
Transfer Case: Dana 20, with twin sticks and TeraLow 3.15:1 low range kit
Front Axle: Dana 44 Spartan Locker with 4.56 gears
Rear Axle: Corp 14 Bolt Detroit Locker with 4.56 gears
Front Suspension: Stock Leaf springs, SOA, with 2.0 Fox remote reservoir shocks
Rear Suspension: Stock Leaf springs, SOA, with 2.0 Fox remote reservoir shocks
Tires: 35" BFG KM2s
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 4 years
Please list all non-stock equipment: 6 point, roll cage, swag off road bins, powertank, cobra cb tools, hilift, 6" rear facing led bar, 10" and 50" front facing led bar, rigid dually d2s, rock lights, corvette brake master cylinder, MSD ignition, RCV axles, stainless steel brake lines, half doors rock sliders, and raceline beadlocks
Winch: Warn HS9500i
How long have you been ‘wheeling?: 16 years (driving), been going since I was 5 (27 years)
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Binder Bunch
Which trails do you run?: Mt. Blanca, Holy Cross, Area BFE, Metal Masher, Prichett Canyon, Moab Rim, Golden Spike, Gold Bar, Poison Spider, Black Bear Rd, anything in Colorado or Moab
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip?: Yes, solo for my 30th Bday
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure?: For the challenge and excitement and adventure that comes from a week long wheeling trip. It is a chance to enjoy being with fellow wheelers, enjoying a week of trails and a trip of a life time. I built my Scout, by myself with some help from friends along the way. It was built to be driven to the trails, wheeled, and then driven back or on to the next trail. Runs great on the highway, wheels trails from mild to wild, and then can be driven back. I have tried to build it as bullet proof as I can, it has gone for a week of wheeling and camping with me, and all over Moab and Colorado wheeling. I have followed Ultimate Adventure since the first one, and it is the one trip that I have really wanted to go on... the week of wheeling, camping, and excitement is something I just want to do. No whiners, that is a rule that me and friends follow out here when we go. But, we also make sure that no man is left behind, everyone pitches in if someone breaks. I will be bringing a solid rig, a positive attitude, and mindset that I am here to enjoy some good camping, wheeling, and make some new friendships while I'm out on this adventure that not everyone goes on or even attempts to go on. The most fun I have had wheeling was on a week long trip I took through Colorado. Wheeling, camping, living out of my Scout for a full week. I just enjoy a good challenge, good friends, great scenery, and a chance to truly live a little. I also think it's time to get a built Scout in on Ultimate Adventure. Seems like everything else has been on it, time for one of the classics to make a showing.

Driver: Shaughn Reid
Age: 43
Location: Stuart, FL
Vehicle: 1975 Chevy Blazer
Engine: Chevy 402
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Built TH350
Transfer Case: NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 ARB with 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Corporate 14 bolt ARB with 4.88 gears
Front Suspension: Sloppy Leafs and Fox shocks
Rear Suspension: Slightly less sloppy leafs and Fox shocks
Tires: BFG 42" KM2
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 18 years
Please list all non-stock equipment: Fiberglass fenders, hood, 1/4's and dash, softopper, snorkle, gas tank skid, t-case skid, x-over steering with PSC ram, seats, harness's, good 'cage, bumpers, and sliders. My CB and spill kits are on the way! Good d-shafts, and axles, 4 wheel disc, hydroboosted. 300 mile range.
Winch: M12000
How long have you been wheeling?: 18 years
What four-wheeling club do you belong to?: CORVA
Which trails do you run?: Glamis, Dumont, The Cinders, Beaumont, etc.
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip?: Yep! but not on purpose ;)
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure?: It says it all in the title. A bunch of experienced wheelers together, to run some awesome trails, see new stuff, hear good stories, and make friends, all while testing and proving your rig is an all around performer! You could call it "hardcore overlanding", but wearing jeans instead of khakis… I don't know where this trip is going to be, but I've been across most of this country in an RV and I can't imagine "bad" wheeling. It's the side trips that you take that peak my interest as well. It's neat to drive over an old bridge, but way cooler to learn it's history and why it was built. I'm sort of dorky like that. I built this rig myself over the last 18 years with the help of some awesome buddies. We all started small, so we know what it's like to overcome obstacles, mechanical, physical, and mental. That's why we're the first ones to lend a hand, hook a strap, give a part, or toss a hot nut in your sock.

Driver: Scott Bruder
Age: 48
Location: Oroville, WA
Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Ram Power Wagon
Engine: Factory 5.7L Hemi
Induction: EFI ( possibly supercharged by event time)
Transmission: Factory automatic 5-speed
Transfer Case: Factory NV271
Front Axle: AAM 9.25" Factory E-Locker with 5.13 gears
Rear Axle: AAM 1”1.5 Factory E-Locker with 5.13 gears
Front Suspension: 6" Progressive Long Arm with Bilstein 7100's
Rear Suspension: Deaver Race Packs with Long Travel Air Bags and Bilstein 7100's
Tires: Toyo 40x13.50R17 M/T's on Rock Monster's
How long have you owned this vehicle?: bought it new in 2010
Please list all non-stock equipment: Too much
Winch: 2 Warn 16.5ti's
How long have you been wheeling?: Basically since I could drive
What four-wheeling club do you belong to?: Northwest Overland, TLCA
Which trails do you run?: Like most I have done everything from the Rubicon to Moab and many in between. Mostly now I find new trails while out on extended adventures or weekend trips.
Have you ever been on a week-long ‘wheeling trip?: Yes, several times a year
Why do you want to go on the Ultimate Adventure?: My first 4x4 was a 1982 Datsun King Cab pickup my father passed down to me at 20 to take to college as a junior. I had been driving that truck since I passed my driving test and got my first taste of wheeling in that truck. Since that time I have built and run a K5 Blazer, two FJ40's, and an FJ62. All of which were well modified. Having come full circle in life and in an attempt to combine my love for extended adventures and upland bird hunting I now find myself needing the room of a full size rig. Hence my newest project. A highly modified Dodge Ram Power Wagon. Admittedly, it is not the best rig for a trip like this. However, I am "building" this rig to be the best a full size can be. One that can accommodate my love of backcountry exploration and hunting with dogs, as well as, my love of hardcore off-roading. For me the Ultimate Adventure will be the "Ultimate Test" of man and machine. If I can make through the Ultimate Adventure I know I can make it through just about anything. Including my planned 12 month North American adventure planned for my 50th year of birth in 2016.

All that said concerning the wheeling and test of skill and machine there is another equally important reason for joining the Ultimate Adventure. That is, in a word, CAMARADERIE! The chance to meet, spend time with, help, and work with other like minded individuals in the pursuit of a challenge all are passionate about is invariably appealing! It is a chance to foster new friendships! Something which is overlooked in this fast paced modern world. With the right approach and attitude an event like the Ultimate Adventure can become an invaluable and ever-lasting learning experience and memory!!

Lastly, given the opportunity, I think you will find my attitude and approach excellent. My willingness to accept all challenges, damage and possible carnage excellent. And my willingness to meet new people, make new friends, and work for the greater cause helpful!

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