The final day of the Ultimate Adventure had a group of sleep-deprived men with questionable vehicles head to Sand Hollow OHV Area in Hurricane, Utah. Two of the invited readers (Nick LeBlanc and Damon Haas) had engines failures and we now along as passengers, and many others had cobbled-together trail fixes to keep their rigs running. Locals Rich Klein and Woody Swearingen were our guides, and when they arrived in full tube buggies we knew that we were going to be in for a good time.
The terrain at Sand Hollow is similar to Moab, and locals like Klein and Swearingen have worked with the BLM to develop trails that cater to everything from buggies to stock Jeeps. The first stop of the day was the Joint Effort Trail, where Trent McGee’s rear ring gear decided to part ways with the differential on the first obstacle. The rest of the group was luckier, and while the Voodoo Offroad Ropes and Warn winches were put into use to pull a few vehicles up the steep obstacles of Joint Effort, no other parts were consumed by the trail.
From there our guides took us to some red sand dunes, where an impromptu jumping competition ensued. While prudence would suggest that guys like Dave Chappelle and Stephen Watson would refrain, given that they had to drive their vehicles all the way home the following day, that was not the case. After UA’s newest cronie, Rick Pewe, fried a steering pump in the sand the group took the hint and backed down from the rev limiter, although no one was quite ready for the Ultimate Adventure to be over. Fortunately for all of the staff, sponsors, cronies, and one lucky returning reader, we do this every year.