Traditionally the Ultimate Adventure has alternated wheeling days with road days during the 18-year history of the week-long event. This year our route was plotted with the Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS that follows back roads and dirt two track for much of the “road days”, meaning that the Warn hubs are locked and the Falken tires will be aired down nearly every day.
On Day Two, the group left the oppressive heat of Phoenix and climbed nearly a mile in elevation to through the Bradshaw Mountains. The destination was a beautiful campsite near an old mining town, but before we could get there the group had to cross streams, climb hills, and even work their way through some legit rockcrawling obstacles.
The road to Crown King climbs out of Phoenix through switchbacks and hillclimbs for over 20 miles. This old mining town is a popular destination to get away from the heat of the city.
We don’t recommend making major changes to your rig right before a big trip like UA, but we routinely break our own advice. Chris Paul added an exo-cage and Dana 70 front axle to his H3 prior to the trip, but his Hummer has been flawless thus far (hopefully we didn’t jinx him).
Temperatures were dramatically lower at 6,300 feet than down in Phoenix at an altitude of 2,000 feet. All of the routes for the Ultimate Adventure have been mapped by Magellan and will be available on its website following the trip.
Trent McGee found a beautiful camping spot where the entire group could camp together. While the focus is certainly on wheeling, the camaraderie around camp is definitely one of the highlights of the Ultimate Adventure.
Even though it was a “road day” a few repairs needed to be made. As the Ultimate Adventure goes on it isn’t unusual for issues to start rearing their ugly head from continued abuse.