Greetings from North Carolina

Mari and I got back home Monday the 16th and by Saturday the 21st I already had my Jeep out in Uhwarrie National Forest for a trail maintenance day. We weren’t able to get much work done due to the trails being frozen. They aren’t in the Sierras and they don’t have feet of snow, but they are fun and challenging even in the summer so the winter aspect made it more fun. About 40 different vehicles showed up for the maintenance day. 5 of us went on a scouting mission to see if the trails were accessible or not. Here are two pictures.

Mari and I apologize for leaving unannounced but I have some medical issues to take care of. We will always remember the Madhatters for the good times and camaraderie. Who knows we may still ride together, I never made it Rubicon so my brother and I are talking, maybe we can fly out and rent a Jeep and do another trail or the Rubicon so my brother can experience California.


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Thanks for Rubicon AAT help


Hi Guys,
I’m sure Dennis will follow up with a trail report but I just want thank the 21 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs that helped me dig out 51 buckets of silt and cut and move one big downed tree. I really appreciate the help! Please tell the others how much fun we had. By the way, Kurt & Terry, Larry & Mo, Ed(Curly)Rodrigues & I made it to Uncle Tom’s Cabin for our well deserved beer.
Thanks again,

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Uncle toms cabin

badrocr says:
February 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm
Hey gang,
As you know there hasn’t been much snow up here. I went to the Rubicon Oversite Commitee meeting this morning and heard there isn’t any snow until Walker Hill. So I was thinking okay we’ll just do what we did last year, which was run the Wentworth to loon loop like we did last year. Well I was told our section is closed. Only Loon to the inter tie is open because of more than 18″ of water in Winter Camp area. This is normal. Vickie our El Dorado rep E-mailed me , she heard from the meeting that we might like to go on the Loop. She said she would grant us an exemption to go into Wentworth if we are willing to clean out our water bars. This is easy, I can get us permission to go on the trail if you guys are willing to do about a hours work. Please let me know before tomorrow night so I can tell her. We can hit Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the way out for a well deserved beer.
Thanks Craig

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January 2015 meeting audio now available

Download/listen to the audio from the January 2015 meeting here

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Run to Uncle Tom’s Cabin this Saturday, Feb 14

So the plan is to meet at Wendy’s in Manteca and DEPART from there AT 7:00.  It’s on Hiway 120, just as you come off 99.  Please let me know if you plan to meet us there.  If you need to reach me that morning, my cell is 925-518-2552.
If you’re going straight up to Georgetown, we’ll meet on Main St. about 9:00.  It’s easy to find each other there.

Since it’s Valentine’s day, feel free to do something appropriate.

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King of the Hammers 2014 – Jan 30-> Feb 6

The King of the Hammers race week is coming up soon down in Johnson Valley and several folks have told me they were interested in going down and coordinating a camp setup. I’m planning on heading down Friday Jan 30 in the early morning (if we can leave early enough, getting to the lakebed Friday evening or at the latest Saturday morning.). 

Event info here:

The folks I’ve gone with the past few years and I set up camp on the west side of Hammertown, within easy walking distance of Gate 4 (per the maps from the last several year – not sure what the setup is going to look like this year).

If you get to the lakebed before the bulk of racers are pre-running the trails, there is lots of fun wheeling to be had, of varying different levels. My plan is to try to get as much wheeling in Sat-Tues as possible. Weds is still possible to wheel, but there will be a lot more folks out on the trails. Thurs/Fri are the main races.

Here’s a good (tho perhaps somewhat dated) info thread on Pirate for KOH camping and spectators:

Let me know if you are looking to come down and want to coordinate camping. I’ll probably be getting a WiFi setup thru Mojave WiFi to get ‘net access for work, so if anyone is interested in splitting access costs, lemme know too.


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2015 Conflicting run dates

Here’s a list of various other group runs with dates. I’m thinking this may help us draft our ’15 run schedule, as well as give us some insight as to when certain trails may be less crowded. If anyone finds my dates are wrong or have changed, feel free to update. Thanks


February 6-7 Cal 4 Wheel Convention (Visalia)
March 6-8 Tierra del Sol
March 28- April 5 Easter Jeep Safari (moab)
May 7-9 Jeep Jamboree (big bear)
May 22-24 High Desert Roundup
July 23-26 Jeepers Jamboree
July 31-August 2 Jeep Jamboree
(Pirate 4×4 lists Jeep Jam on aug 6-9?)
August 6-9 Sierra Trek
September 5-6 Cantina on the Con
November 13-15 Panamint

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all,
The Badrocr is getting a face lift. I’m looking to get a built in ham radio. HRO has a Yaesu FT8800R on sale for $360. Does anyone have experience with this radio and is this a good price?
Thanks, see ya soon,

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2015 Tentative Run Schedule

The following is the tentative run schedule for 2015 that was discussed at the October meeting. This run schedule will be voted on at the Christmas party. If anyone has suggestions or requests please post as comments to this post. We welcome all suggestions and comments and this list is by no means the final schedule for 2015.

January 23-25    Winter FunFest – Grass Valley    TB – Tom G. & TBD

February ??   Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Cherry Lake Snow Run TB – Dennis A. & TBD

March 7 RTF Black Tie & Boots Fund Raiser Event Placerville – TB Rene A.

March ?? Highway 4 Snow Run  TB – Darrel L. & TBD

April ?? Lost Coast – TB Tom G. & Dale F.

April ?? Carnegie Day Run – TB Mike Cline & TBD

May ?? Ladies Run Bear Valley Loop (Truckee) – TB Rene A. & TBD

June 13 Livermore Parade – TB TBD

June ?? Rubicon    – TB Craig L. & TBD

July ?? Barrett Lake – TB John A. & TBD

August ?? Sierra Trek – TB TBD

September ??  Deer Valley Club Picnic – TB TBD

October ?? Slick Rock – TB Chris G. & TBD

November ?? Panamint/Mojave Desert – TB John A. & Tom K.

November ?? Hollister Hills – TB Chris G. & Dustin L.

December 5 Club Christmas Party Location TBD

I believe that these were all of the suggestions made in the October meeting.    We are looking for Trail Bosses and Assistant Trail Bosses for most of these runs.    Assistant Trail bosses are great spots for club newcomers to help out and get a better understanding of the requirements of being a trail boss.   This list will be updated as comments or suggestions are recieved.   As was discussed in the meeting there is nothing wrong with having multiple runs in a month as long as we have people willing to lead them.

President Air Tom


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Updated club roster and more pictures

The Madhatters web site has new updates.

  • Club Roster.  The club roster has been updated to add Derek and Mari who joined the club at the October meeting.  It is current now for all club members.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, email, phones, rig picture, rig mods, etc).  Find the updated roster in the site’s Members section.  The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats.
  • Photo Album.  Additional pictures are available from the Slick Rock (Oct 2014) run.  As usual links are available from the web site’s Photo Album page.  Thanks to James for sharing the pictures he took.
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