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  • Trail Etiquette and Safety

    A recent wheeling experience left me a little disappointed and I wanted to share some thoughts on etiquette and safety on the trail in general in hopes that it resonates with anyone that doesn't already know the what or why behind these. I'm being intentionally vague about the when and where, because I'm not trying to call anyone out here... if you think this applies to you, then read and give it some thought. If not, then feel free to either add your thoughts on ways we can be safe and friendly on the trail, or just ignore my rambling :)

    - When wheeling in a large group, always nominate a lead and a tail gunner, both of whom have CB's that work and understand and fully appreciate the rules of trail safety.

    - Regardless of your place in the group, always be sure you know the vehicle behind you is still with the group. If each person watches the one behind them, it creates a chain where everyone can stay together.

    - Leave a safe amount of space between Jeeps, even when you're stopped. You never know when something will go wrong and someone will start rolling or sliding backwards

    - Be sure the vehicle in front of you has cleared the obstacle before you attempt it. Don't sit at the bottom of a hill while someone is going up, definitely don't start up it until they're clear, and don't start down a hill until the Jeep in front of you is clear of the bottom. One slip or loss of control can be a bad time for both Jeeps involved.

    - If you're leading a large group, be aware of the capabilities of everyone in the group. Everyone wants a challenge, but don't take someone who is really nervous or has small kids with them up a 3 diamond trail unless you're sure there is a bypass for the tougher obstacles.

    - The trail is no place for impatience. If you're in a rush and can't handle waiting for the people in front of you to clear the obstacles, run with smaller groups, or maybe sell your Jeep and go buy a sport bike so you can go fast.

    - Try to pick groups that match your skill level.

    And one bonus thing: try to pack out more than you packed in. I've seen a lot of trash on the trails lately. If everyone picks up at least two things that aren't theirs on each trip, the trails will be spotless in no time!

    Oh, and don't EVER drink and wheel!


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  • #2
    Some really good ones in there. A few are real pet peeves of mine too.

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    • #3
      This is why I think it's important for people to go to the 101 classes.

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      • #4
        Some very good words. The last one is one that we tend to forget sometimes. It really bothers me to see trash laying along the side of the trail.

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        • #5
          I always went by the rule of keep the rig in front of you and the rig behind you in sight


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          • #6
            Trash is a big one for me. Sucks wheeling in beautiful country and seeing trash all over the place. I keep a trash bag in my truck everytime we wheel. I also had a fellow wheeler a few weeks ago talking down on some of the parts on my truck. Obviously he was just regurgitating bs he probably read on pirate. Reality was he snapped a output shaft not ten minutes later blocking the trail. Point is I go to enjoy the outdoors and like minded people's company. I enjoy watching someone accomplish something hard. I don't enjoy competitive negative bs. Wheeling is a group sport and it's funner when everyone is supportive/positive.

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            • #7
              All of these items are covered in the 101 class and your experience is why I do the 101 class as I had experience all these on the trail.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hondo View Post
                All of these items are covered in the 101 class and your experience is why I do the 101 class as I had experience all these on the trail.
                Its not just newbs though. Many experienced wheelers are quite lax on many mentioned. (including myself on a couple)

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                • #9
                  I totally agree with this post and have seen many of these not followed on the trails. The 101 class is great for beginners who might not know these but even us experienced wheelers need to be reminded from time to time.

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                  • #10
                    https://www.facebook.com/SynergyManu...2221180811580/

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                    • #11
                      A few others I just thought about regarding spotters and spectators:

                      1. One Jeep, One Obstacle, One Spotter - Multiple people spotting on an obstacle is always a bad idea. Suggestions from others while the Jeep is stopped are fine, but when the Jeep is in motion (or attempting to be!), there should be only one active spotter.

                      2. Stand clear (spotters) - Try your best to stand clear of the path of the Jeep while you're spotting, ideally in front and off to the side where the driver can see you clearly but you're not going to get squished, but if you must stand directly in front of the Jeep,

                      3. Know your escape route - Be sure you're confident, before stepping in front of the Jeep you're spotting, that you know how you're going to get out of the way. You might have to do it very quickly!

                      4. Stand clear (spectators) - If you're not the ONE active spotter, stay the heck out of the way! It's fun to watch, but make sure you're doing so from a safe vantage point. If possible, put a tree or similar block between you and the Jeep

                      5. Winch Safely - Don't even think about pulling winch line if you haven't read up on how to winch safely and/or don't have the proper equipment. If your Jeep has a winch, you should also have a tree strap, d rings, and some kind of weight to put on the line (especially if it's steel). If you don't have this gear, then you don't have an operational winch!

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                      • #12
                        Sometimes a spotter is giving bad advice and needs to hand the reins over to someone else.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wushaw View Post
                          Sometimes a spotter is giving bad advice and needs to hand the reins over to someone else.
                          To borrow an Al-ism.....'That ain't no [poop]'. Spotting should be taken very seriously. If you don't know what you are doing let someone else spot. There are only a few people I'll listen too spotting. Someone w/o a clue can put you in a really bad position. I personally hate spotting. I don't feel I'm experienced enough to be able to determine from outside the Jeep what it will do. I consider spotting a skill beyond driving. ...Masters degree stuff.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wushaw View Post
                            Sometimes a spotter is giving bad advice and needs to hand the reins over to someone else.

                            Yeah.....What Al said.




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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hardtimes View Post
                              Yeah.....What Al said.



                              Hmmmm......I see a trend with that guy....


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