In 2016 the Ultimate Adventure saw temperatures over 125 degrees as the group travelled through Death Valley. How do you top that? Well this year the yearly trip started in Phoenix… on the longest day of the year. Challenge accepted! The group learned from last year though, and there were surprisingly few cooling issues at Table Mesa, north of Phoenix.
Trent McGee was tasked with setting the route for the 2017 Ultimate Adventure. Here he can be seen spotting Keith Baily through an obstacle on the Predator trail.
Long-time Ultimate Adventure cronie, Trent McGee, was tapped by Editor Christian Hazel to lead the 4-Wheel & Off-Road staff, cronies, readers, and select sponsors on a run to the Predator and Terminator trails. Ah-nold would be proud, and no one had to get to the choppa to make it back to town. The premise of the Ultimate Adventure is to drive the hardest trails we can find, then air the Falken tires up and drive down the highway hundreds of miles to the next trail. This week long road trip doesn’t allow trailers or tow rigs, but it is consistently full of fun, friendship, and creative trail fixes.
Christian Hazel piloted the recently completed UACJ-6D across the trail. Fitted with a Cummins R2.8 Turbo Diesel Crate engine and pair of Ultimate Dana 60 crate axles with a Skyjacker Curt LeDuc Series coilover suspension, it handled every obstacle with ease.
Randall Speir brought Dana’s LS3-powered JK and put it through its paces on the Ultimate Adventure. The Jeep is fitted with Dana’s Ultimate Dana 60 crate axles that bolt right into to JK Wrangler.
It is easy to see why the Native Americans chose this location at Table Mesa for a lookout. The location is high enough to see in every direction and easy to defend from invaders.
There were a few new-car blues on the vehicles that were completed just days before the trip started. The ram mount on the UACJ-6D slid along the tie rod, so Hazel repositioned it and Chris Durham welded some beads on each side of the clamp with his Premier Power welder to keep it from moving again.
Damon Haas is one of the four readers invited to attend the 2017 Ultimate Adventure. There is always a balance between preserving your equipment and trying the hard lines. This obstacle is Terminator’s namesake, and less than half the group made it unassisted.