MOAB UTAH EJS

At the OCT meeting We discussed the runs for 2014.Some interest in the club doing a Moab trip in April was discussed.Air Tom asked me to put something together for this an I agreed.(I have been a total of three times an run numerous trails)I based this run an the pricing for everything on the week before Easter wich is the Easter Jeep Safari hosted by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers.Lets say that in my current research the prices seem to get hi-graded that week.Its about 850 miles from SF to moab going the HWY 80 route so with an average speed of 50mph around 18 hour drive.Depending on if your towing or driving your rig $400-$700 dollars in fuel round trip.EJS charges $50 per day per run.Most of the runs are long days so $40 to $50 per day in fuel burn in your 4 wheeler.Lodging there is many options hotel/motel from $170-$300 per day.Camping in a private campground you can rent a small cabin at $70 a day RV spot with hook ups $50 a day An tent camping is $30 a day.The RR4W do a lotery system for there runs this must be completed by frist of the year.Both Greg J an myself have been many times I will bring some pictures an Greg an I can anwser any questions that you might have at the Xmas party. John (Sparky)

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Off to Panamint Valley Days

George and I are heading south early this morning for Panamint Valley Days. Will post pics of the Madhatters representin’ :-)

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Hammers need your help

Its unfortunate that we have to keep begging for scraps from our elected officials and accept from them some ever declining level of access to public lands, but it is continuing to happen. The only thing that helps (sometimes) is to be enough of a squeaky wheel. As disagreeable as it may be to try to influence Ms. Feinstein, we have to push to get the original House language thru the Senate instead of her alternative, otherwise this area will be gone from offroad recreation forever.

 

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The Hammers Needs Your Help Today

Friends,

I will try to be brief as I know we are all very busy. The process to save our public land has been moving through the Political Machine. We have tried hard to keep from ‘crying wolf’ and calling for action like this too often. Now is the time.

Congressman Paul Cook introduced legislation that met the Marine Corps Training needs and retained public access to the entirety of Johnson Valley. It was a modified version of the Marine Corps Alternative Four and the result will be The Johnson Valley National OHV Area. It went unopposed in the House of Representatives and is now part of the National Defense Authorization Act awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is considering re-submitting Alternative Six through the Senate Arms Committee. This will take away the majority of Johnson Valley forever.

It is time to have our voices heard.
There may be other similar opportunities in the near future to support this cause. We are in the final weeks of this process. Please take the time to act.

Call and write to Senator Dianne Feinstein urging her to support the existing Alternative Four (also known as the Cook/McKeon Compromise) and DO NOT offer a conflicting proposal.

State Office: (415) 393-0707

Washington Office: (202) 224-3841

LA Office: (310) 914-7300

San Diego Office: (619) 231-9712

Fresno Office: (559) 485-7430

Email Link https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Below are links to both talking points and the letter that I submitted. Please use your own words. We, as a group, made a difference before, we will again. Without your letter, we could lose this fight. Save the text you send her in your email as we may look to resubmit that in printed form as well (more on that later).

Link to my letter to Senator Feinstein

Link to talking points to use in your phone calls and emails

This is not just about off-roading. We are supporting our neighbors in the High Desert Area. Every surrounding town council joined the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Congressmen Cook, McCarthy, and McKeon in opposing Alternative Six.

Thank you for your time, please share this with anyone and everyone. In the near future we may be asking to reach out to other politicians so stay tuned and together we WILL be heard. Contact Senator Feinstein TODAY. Urge her to support the Cook/Mckeon compromise (also known as Alternative 4).

Sincerest Regards,

Dave Cole
on behalf of the California Motorized Recreation Council

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September MUDSLINGER posted

The MUDSLINGER minutes from the September 24 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.  The month’s Treasurer’s Report has been appended to the Mudslinger.

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Photos from Fordyce AAT/Picnic have been posted

Photos have been posted from September’s club run and picnic to Meadow Lake for our second AAT maintenance this year on Fordyce Trail.  They are available from the Photo Album on the Madhatters web site.

We really want to see your pictures from runs and club events, too.  If you have pictures or video you would like to share then bring them to a club meeting on a CD or thumb drive and give them to me.

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2008 4-door JK Rubicon (loaded) for sale

Posting this for a friend who’s buddy has decided to sell his very built up rig. Sounds like he plowed a bunch of money into it and didn’t end up using it at all.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/btk5844dfp1xhi3/LIG4X4.pdf

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Photos from many past club runs have been posted

Photos and video from 30 previous Madhatter club runs from the past 8-10 years have been uploaded to the Photo Album on the Madhatters web site.  We really want to see your pictures, too.  If you have pictures or video you would like to share then bring them to a club meeting on a CD or thumb drive and give them to me.

I will be revamping the instructions for uploading your pictures via secure FTP to account for recent changes by Yahoo!, our web site hosting provider.  I will post another blog entry when I work those out.

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Rubicon Adopt a Trail

Yesterday El Dorado county Board of Supervisors pasted the Rubicon adopt a trail program. It will start next spring after the snow melt. So we need to start talking about if we want to take this on and which section we would like to work on. The FOTR will start to contact the clubs in the order that they signed up to help. If we don’t have an answer at that point, we’ll probably be bumped down the list. Looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend at Meadow Lake,we should be there noonish on Friday.
Craig

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picnic 2013 meadow lake

Are we going to start a sign up ;ist so we can get a head count and do not get duplicate side dishes? I will bring A pot of home made smokey beans. I have 4 plus 4 guests

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August MUDSLINGER posted

The MUDSLINGER minutes from the August 27 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.  The month’s Treasurer’s Report has been appended to the Mudslinger.

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