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Day Seven of Ultimate Adventure 2017

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on July 5, 2017
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

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.

Sand Hollow is like a giant playground with obstacles to challenge any vehicle. The low ride height and added wheelbase of Christian Hazel’s UACJ-6D made it super-stable on the climbs we encountered.

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.

We used our Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS units to map the trails we ran at Sand Hollow. Users can define their own routes and share them with others at trxtrailhead.com.
Sheetmetal and Sand Hollow don’t necessarily get along. Dave Chappelle put some new dents in the Rugged Ridge Amigo, but he wasn’t alone. Now we understand why our trail leaders were driving tube buggies.
The 3.8L engine in Chris Durham’s JK didn’t stop him from airing out the Jeep. Luckily the Skyjacker Curt LeDuc-Series coilover suspension soaked up the landing and everything was still in one piece. Durham said that he would love to come back with more power.

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