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Ultimate Adventure 2015: The Six Lucky Readers That Will Join Us for Summer Camp

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2015 on May 4, 2015
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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 and it's not surprising why. Ultimate Adventure has become the Ultimate off-road summer camp. Where else will you can you embark on a wheeling trip with like minded enthusiast to wheel, wrench, eat and sleep out of your rig for a week-long adventure where everyday is anyone's guess.

There's three simple rules to Ultimate adventure:
1. No Whining!
2. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
3. If you wear black, you will die.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we present to you a sneak peek at who will join us on our 2015 Ultimate Adventure. The deadline to enter has passed and we have narrowed down our final selection to these 6 applicants. 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!

Phil Pasciak

Age: 45
City: Minden
State: Nevada
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1969 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser
Engine: 4.2-liter Toyota 2F Inline Six
Induction: Weber 38/38 that has been jetted and tuned. Works great at angles
Transmission: GM SM420 4-speed manual
Transfer Case(s): '73 Toyota T-case with Fairy OD
Front Axle: Toyota 9.5-inch axle
Differential: Factory Electric Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Rear Axle: Toyota 9.5-inch axle
Differential: Detroit Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Front Suspension: Spring Under Axle with custom Shackle reversal, BDS rear 4-inch FJ-40 springs, stretched 3 inches
Rear Suspension: Spring Under Axle with inboarded hangers, BDS 5-inch YJ springs, stretched 7 inches
Tires (make, model & size): 37x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Wheels (make, model & size): 17x9 Method Beadlocks
Winch: Warn 8274-50 with Masterpull synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 18 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Saginaw power steering with 1-ton rod ends, 4x4 Labs low steer arms with 5-bolt modification, four wheel power disc brakes, York on-board air, dual Optima batteries, hot water shower, welder, inverter, Chromoly axles and hub gears, Cage tied to frame, DOM fenders front and rear, 1/4-inch wall driveshafts, everthing armored under the rig. I've built every piece on the rig from setting up the differentials, rebuilding the transmission to fabrication using the KISS principle. I sometimes wheel alone so prer, knowledge of the rig are a must. Simple, reliable and Functional.
How long have you been wheeling?: 28 Years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: TLCA, Pacific Mountain Cruisers, TRG
What trails do you run?: Rubicon, Fordyce, Barrett, Moab, Hammers and some Northern Nevada trails.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I feel Ultimate Adventure truly embraces the freedom a 4x4 can give a person. For me, the adventure starts when I leave the driveway, not at the trail head. Discovering new places to wheel and having a versatile enough vehicle to get there, explore, and get back is what wheeling is to me (most of my wheelin' buddies' rigs have evolved into trailer queens). I enjoy every minute of it, including getting it there, the stucks and the breaks. It just adds to the adventure and makes for better stories. Knowing and driving to my Cruiser's strenghts and weaknesses helps me push the limits and keep the breakage to a minimum. I've followed UA for years and always wanted to attend. Finally I'm in a position where I am able to go. Sharing this wheeling adventure with like minded people would be an incredible experience. It's as much about the people as the 4x4's.

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Jeffrey Corwin

Age: 42
City: Littleton
State:Colorado
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1998 Land Rover Range Rover
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Automatic
Transfer Case(s): Factory Borg Warner
Front Axle: Factory Rover
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Rear Axle: Factory Rover
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Front Suspension: Modified factory radius arm with air suspension
Rear Suspension: Modified factory radius arm with air suspension
Tires (make, model & size): 315/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2
Wheels (make, model & size): Factory Rover alloy wheels
Winch: Warn 9000-pound winch
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 9 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Fabricated front bumper, custom suspension with lengthened radius arms with caster correction, Arnott Inc Gen 3 air bags capable of more wheel travel, custom air springs spacers, OME shocks, modified EAS height sensors and software calibration, aftermarket bump stops, 1-inch body lift, aftermarket bucket seats and mounts, CB radio, Safety Devices roof rack, RCV front axle shafts, Chromoly custom rear axle shafts.
How long have you been wheeling?: 15 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?:Solihull Society (Colorado Land Rover club), Blue Ribbon Coalition, Stay the Trail supporter
What trails do you run?:Trying to hit everything Colorado and Moab, Utah has to offer. My Holy Cross, Mt. Blanca, Spring Creek, Moab Rim, Poison Spider, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge, Pritchett Canyon.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Close but not yet. Looking forward to it.
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?:I have followed the Ultimate Adventure stories for years, and love the belief that the vehicles should and can be used day to day on the road and on the trail. It's a lot of what I saw in the old Camel Trophy adventure films from Land Rover, only with harder and more established trails. It's the group spirit of adventure and friendships and helping each other. I like that it's not about one vehicle being better than another, but that each one has it's own qualities, and how the owner and driver has put themselves into that vehicle build. Sure I'd like to see a Land Rover on the Ultimate Adventure and even better if it's mine, but it's also about being a part of a unique event with cool and interesting people and getting to see places I haven't been. The outdoors and wheeling is part of what I enjoy and any opportunity is great. Of course to promote responsible use of trails, land and vehicles is important as well as promoting good will towards others.

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Robert Keller

Age: 36
City: Deland
State: Florida
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1989 GMC V3500
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Induction: TBI Fuel Injection
Transmission:SM465 4-speed manual
Transfer Case(s): NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 front
Differential: Spartan Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.11
Rear Axle: GM 14-Bolt
Differential: Grizzly Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.11
Front Suspension: Relocated front spring hangers with 52-inch springs swap and 6-inch shackles, 14-inch stroke King shocks
Rear Suspension: Stock 56-inch springs with leaves removed and homemade shackle flip with 12-inch stroke Rancho shocks
Tires (make, model & size): 40x13.50R17 Goodyear MTR/Kevlar tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 17x9 Cragar Soft 8 steel wheels
Winch: Hidden Smittybilt 12,000-pound winch with synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 1 year
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Crossover steering, hydro assist, 1.5-inch DOM Tierod, custom shock hoops, custom built bed with toolbox and fuel tank, wheelbase shortened 42 inches from original cab and chassis lenght to 120-inch wheelbase, front axle moved 1.5 inches forward, provisions for rear mounted winch, 1410 front driveshaft
How long have you been wheeling?: 15 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: F.A.R. (Florida Adventure Rigs), Mid Florida Jeep Club
What trails do you run?: Ocala National Forest, Hardrock MX, Windrock, Hatfeild McCoy Trail System (Ivy Branch), The Cove (Bigdogs Spring Fling), Citrus WMA, Southern Off-Road Adventure Rally
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?:Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I want to go on Ultimate Adventure because it has been a dream of mine. I have read and watched Ultimate Adventure for years and I finally have a rig I feel is capable of surviving the adventure. I'm at a point in my life I am able to go on a trip of this magnitude. I have recently joined a small group that has reignited my passion for off-road adventure, the group goes on a several days, up to a week, of adventure wheeling. My first trips were in my jeep, but now I have returned to my fullsize roots and decided to build this truck so my wife and son can go on some of my adventures. The truck is a jack of all trades with a simple drive train that's easy to find parts for. My dad gave me the truck, but it had been sitting for over 9 years in the woods and had a small rodent issue in the cab. I have currently been driving the truck daily just because it's fun to drive. I have no issues with repairs, and I've done all the work on the truck myself, including building the driveshafts. If you would like to see any other pictures of the truck, you can find them on Instagram @rkeller51 . I hope to get a phone call, if not, I'll try again next year.

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Jack Sloan

Age: 31
City: Farmington
State: West Virginia
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1993 Ford Explorer
Engine: 4.0-liter OHV V-6
Induction: EFI
Transmission: A4LD Automatic
Transfer Case(s): Borg Warner 1354
Front Axle: High Pinion Dana 44
Differential: Detroit EZ Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8
Differential: Lockrite Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Front Suspension: Radius arms with variable rate coils
Rear Suspension: Spring Over Axle lift
Tires (make, model & size): 35x12.50R15 Cooper STT
Wheels (make, model & size): N/A
Winch: Rugged Ridge Recon 10,500-pound winch
How long have you owned this vehicle?:12 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Internal roll cage, rock sliders, custom front and rear bumpers, winch, CB radio, lockers, extended radius arms, fire extinguisher, LED flood lights, recovery equipment
How long have you been wheeling?: 8 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: president of the West Virginia Jeep Club, Marion County Off-Road
What trails do you run?: Hatfield McCoy Ivy Branch, Chaos Off-Road Park, Big Dogs Off-road and local trails
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: 4 day weekend trips
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: The best part of being involved in this sport is the comradery you find when you're out with others. UA 2015 not only gives me a chance to meet new people and experience new trails, it also lets me see how far I can push mine and my rig's abilities. I've been building my Explorer over the years to be both capable and able to get me to and from the trails. UA 15 will be a real test of what my soccer mom SUV turned off-roader can handle and a great time shared with people who have a common interest in the off-road lifestyle.

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Justin Cardwell

Age: 34
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1994 Suzuki Sidekick
Engine: 2.7-liter Toyota 2TR-FE
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Toyota R150
Transfer Case(s): Toyota Dueals with 23 spline inputs, 4.7 gears in rear case
Front Axle: Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser front axle
Differential: Toyota locker
Gear Ratio: 5.29
Rear Axle: Toyota FZJ80 rear axle
Differential: Toyota Electric Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.29
Front Suspension: 4-link with coilovers and hydraulic bump stops
Rear Suspension:4-link with coilovers and hydraulic bump stops
Tires (make, model & size): 39.5x13.5R15 Interco Irok tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x10 American Racing 589 wheels with Inner Air Beadlocks
Winch: Warn HS9500i
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 6 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Stock equipment would be the body panels, dash and a portion of the frame. The rest was modified by myself.
How long have you been wheeling?: 16 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Oregon Overtakers
What trails do you run?: TSF, Hoodoo, Rubicon, Hammers, All over the Oregon Dunes, Any number of mountains which ever has the best snow that day.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I have been reading your magazine way before I was old enough to drive. The Ultimate Adventure issue is always something I look forward to. I can only imagine the sleepless nights leading up to this adventure if I was actually chosen. Behind my family, wheeling is what I live for. There is nothing that gets me more excited than going wheeling on trails that I have never been on. So naturally, Ultimate Adventure would be a dream come true for me.

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Bill Costa

Age:41
City: North Concord
State: Vermont
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1946 Chevrolet Pickup
Engine: 5.3-liter GM LS V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer Case(s): 203/205 Doubler with triple stick shifters
Front Axle: Dana 60
Differential: Locked
Gear Ratio: 5.13
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-Bolt
Differential: Locked
Gear Ratio: 5.13
Front Suspension: 4-link with 18-inch coilovers
Rear Suspension: 4-link with 18-inch coilovers
Tires (make, model & size): 39.5x13.5R15 Super Swamper IROK
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x9 steel with weld on beadlocks
Winch: 12,000-pound Smittybilt
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 2 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: N/A
How long have you been wheeling?: Over 20 years.
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: North Woods Off Road
What trails do you run?: Local club trails, Field and Forest, Rocky Mountain Terrain Park, Jericho State Park
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?:No, longest was a 30day camping trip.
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I can't think of a better way to spend a vacation. Two of the things I love the most, wheeling and camping. Add to that the thrill of the adventure, not knowing where you'll be heading one day to the next, being surrounded by a group of awesome capable 4x4's and a bunch of like minded folks, and a few beers around a campfire, it would be the trip of a lifetime.

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Brennan Metcalf

Age: 38
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, SUAa, 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....

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