Check In for Ultimate Adventure 2018 #UA2018Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2018 on June 25, 2018
For those who are unfamiliar with Ultimate Adventure (UA), it is Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine’s flagship event. Now in its 19th year, the premise of Ultimate Adventure is to run what you brung wherever the event may be heading. Hardcore rockcrawling and trails one day, followed by hundreds of miles of road driving to the next destination. All with no trailers allowed! If it breaks during the week-long adventure, the two dozen 4-Wheel & Off-Road readers, sponsors, staff, and cronies to figure out how to fix it and get back on the road. Parts stores may hate us for working in their parking lot, but you will love the creativeness and sense of adventure that UA delivers year after year.
In 2017 the Ultimate Adventure started in Phoenix, which is convenient considering that is where Tech Editor and UA project vehicle builder Verne Simons lives. All of the cronies descended on Verne’s house last year to button up the UACJ6-D for the week-long trip. This year, Ultimate Adventure started just about as far away from Phoenix as possible while remaining in the continental USA in Maine, requiring Simons and other West Coast residents to drive across the country thousands of miles and rack up plenty of stories and adventures before the official event even starts. Simons and crew were frantically working on this year’s project, the Derange Rover, in the parking lot to finish up the last of the details.
The Rover wasn’t the only vehicle in need of attention though. Caster was set, thermostats were swapped, and bolts were tightened as the rain in Maine began to fall mainly in the plain. The cold, wet weather was quite a departure from the triple-digit temperatures of the last few years, but does it suggest that mud is in the short-term forecast? With check-in complete, stickers applied, and pizza consumed, we will know the answer soon.
Check back each day at fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure for the latest updates from Ultimate Adventure 2018!