Ultimate Adventure 2016 Check-In and Arrival #UA2016Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2016 on June 20, 2016
Ultimate Adventure is here again! Though for many of our readers it may seem like forever between events, for the staff it seems like the end of last year’s event is barely over before planning begins again for the next one. This year was truly unique, as a whirlwind management shake-up left long-time 4WOR Editor Rick Pewe (and UA organizer and leader extraordinaire for 10+ years) in charge of JP Magazine and Four Wheeler Editor Christian Hazel at the helm of 4Wheel & Off-Road and also in charge of not only the magazine, but also one of the biggest and most exclusive off-road events in the country…with just six weeks to put it all together. If you’re still following along, it all boils down to kind of a cluster on the backside of things, big shoes to fill, and a short period of time to put the next chapter of an epic annual event together. Christian and crew rose to the occasion and worked hard to pull off an event that would live up to the standards already in place, and just like years past, dedicated four-wheelers converged on the starting point of this year’s Ultimate Adventure from all over the country to once again take part in an epic off-road adventure.
So that’s a bit of a glimpse behind the curtain, but it helps explain how and why the UA may be a bit different while keeping the core that Pewe established. The bottom line is that UA is happening right now, and select few sponsors, readers, and “old cronies” were given the green light to be a part of this year’s event. Check-in day is always chaotic for participants, many of whom traveled clear across the country from their homes to be a part of event. Some drove their rigs, many trailered, but all arrived pretty close to the appointed time at an undisclosed location somewhere near the West Coast for tech inspection, last-minute repairs, and free pizza. Some had easy trips, and others had hard ones, including Tech Editor Verne Simons’ Wicked Willy’s, which showed up on a trailer but with critical repair parts en route by other members. UA is very much a collaborative effort and this year was no different, with multiple last minute repairs and upgrades happening all at once with people from all different walks of life and all different points in the country sharing one common bond: taking part in an epic off-road adventure. Check out the photos from check-in and stay tuned for more updates as Ultimate Adventure kicks into gear for 2016.