March 2016 meeting audio and summary

March meeting audio now available for your listening pleasure:

Highlights from the meeting:

  • Member dues for 2016 are almost all paid up – Darrel has a handful of people who need to pay or be subject to late fees
  • Great snow run up to Mormon Emigrant – good weather/snow conditions, everyone had lots of fun – no particular boner nominations from this run – Josh gets to keep the award the rest of the week in Moab
  • Live update from Moab by John, Rene, Mike, Tom, George, Josh…
    •  Weather has been great
    • Trails lots of fun, runs going smoothly
    • Tom had a quality flop on Hummer Hill – he’s ok, and Carmen wasn’t in the Jeep at the time. It’ll buff out – time for those tube fenders Tom!
    • Lots of fun trails to go the rest of the week
  • Upcoming runs:
    • Rye Patch (a few more cabins still available – contact Dale)
    • Ladies Run to Bear Valley Loop – Rene will have an update next meeting
    • Rubicon – first weekend in June assuming we aren’t buried in snow still
  • New Jeep flags arrived
  • Brief discussion of upcoming Adopt-a-Trail work for 2016 – stay tuned for details

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HAM CRAM radio class and license testing in Livermore on March 26

Amateur Radio Technician License Training Class
The Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK) is giving a one day cram-style class for the HAM radio beginner’s license on March 26.  The class is in Livermore and at the end they give the test.  There is no charge for the class, but there is the usual $15 Cash Only Fee for taking the license test.  Note that Morse Code is not required for ANY level license.  Here is the link for the info and signup page:

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Glad you are okay!

Tom had I known that jeeps could lay on their sides. I would have canceled my vacation to help you stay on all 4’s. But you convinced me only Broncos could do that. You being an engineer I thought you took physics. We are available to come get you if needed. The Jeep recovery vehicle is looking good and ready to roll ( on the tires )
Love always,

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Tahoe National Forest lawsuit update

Unfortunately, the lawsuit filed by various OHV groups against the Tahoe National Forest closure of 800+ miles of routes  was decided in favor of the Forest Service:

Not sure whether there will be any further legal action at this point, but I’d guess it would require the help of deeper pockets like CORVA, Cal4, BRC, etc.



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Snow Run — Mar 12

This weekend is the club’s one day snow run.  We are going to the Mormon Emigrant Trail.  The club will meet at the Manteca Wendy’s parking lot (Hwy 99 and Hwy 120) on Saturday morning.  We will leave Wendy’s at 7:00 a.m.  Please let me (Darrel) or Phill know if you are coming and if you will be caravan’ing up with the group from Manteca or meeting us somewhere along the way.

We will stop in Placerville for refueling.  We’ll use the Safeway Fuel pumps on the north side of US 50 at the Missouri Flats Rd. offramp.  There is also a Starbucks there for those in need.

As usual, we’ll be on CB channel 4 and ham radio 147.555 Simplex.  I (K6DRL) will be monitoring the 805 High Sierra Repeater [146.805, -.600, PL123.0] on the way up to the trail.  You can contact me on the 805 to find our progress or arrange to meet us.

Lots of new snow from the current storms.  We should have a terrific time.  See you there!

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Plant trees in the King Fire burn area



This would be a great thing to help out with if folks can make it up there.

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{Friends of the Rubicon} RTF Property work date proposals

The Rubicon Trail Foundation has asked that the FOTR assist a work party to improve access to the RTF property.  All the issues concerning the easement have been resolved and now it is time to make accessing the property more safe.

There are 4 projects that are being done and they need approximately 40 volunteers.

Three dates where proposed for this work as noted below:

  1. May 21st and 22nd
  2. June 11th and 12th
  3. June 18th and 19th

If you could respond back with your availability and date preference (dates 1, 2, or 3), it would be greatly appreciated.

For information on the projects themselves, please contact Rusty Folena at or Ken Hower at

Thanks in advance and looking forward to seeing you all on the Trail!


Eric Agee

FOTR Trail Boss


Visit for sign ups and information.

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Wilderness First Aid course

April 16,2016 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Clinic Announcement

If you are interested in taking a Wilderness first Aid Course (WFA), Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring a 2 day class in April. We engage a professional medical instructor from Wilderness Medical Associates, the certifying agency.

Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring the Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WFA) clinic because we feel everyone should be prepared when they go outdoors. This will be the best first aid course you have ever taken. That is unless you go on to the Wilderness First Responder Class. The WFA clinic will provide you with skills, knowledge and training to handle life threatening medical emergencies and allows you to be better prepared to protect your family in an emergency. Wilderness First Aid is a two day immersion into general medical concepts and Basic Life Support skills. This course teaches what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option.

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February meeting audio now available

Audio from February meeting available here:

Meeting highlights/notes:

  • 2016 member dues now payable – It is time to pay 2016 club dues.  If you haven’t already taken care of this then your dues can be paid at the February 23 club meeting. Please bring a check made out to ‘Madhatters 4×4 Club’.  Dues are $115; add an optional $15 ($130 total) if you also want to join CORVA.  Madhatters who are Cal4 Life members or pay their Cal4 dues through another club have dues of $70 + optional $15 for CORVA. Alternately, you can mail a check to me at the address below.

    Darrel Laursen
    Madhatters 4×4 Club Treasurer
    2283 Greenwood Rd.
    Pleasanton, CA  94566
  • King of the Hammers trip
    • Great week, weather was typical (nice followed by windy/cold, followed by ok but cold)
    • Josh unfortunately broke an axle on the first day, took most of the rest of the week to get fixed but at least he made it home without a side trip thru Compton like last year 🙂
    • During the days, we did Lower/Upper Big Johnson, Cougar Buttes, Rattlesnake Canyon/Mottino wash. Dave & Danny Jones did a bunch of nite runs to Turkey Claw, Sledgehammer and  Jackhammer.
    • Not a good week for tent camping. A few folks who came with tents packed up/left/got a hotel room after 60+mph winds moved in on Sunday
    • A bunch of us volunteered Weds-Fri as course marshals. Neat experience – we managed to keep spectators from getting run over, in spite of themselves. Got to see a bunch of great racing.
    • Did some recovery and helped get one injured racer airlifted out
  • Cal4Wheel convention
    • We hosted a hospitality room Friday – it was well attended, folks liked the slide show and the stories
    • The massive adopt-a-trail sign was in the Friends of Fordyce booth and ballroom during dinner.
    • Car show was well attended. Craig won ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best Post-70s’ rig. Congrats!
    • Mixed reviews on dinner – our table got to eat last, ran out of food/food was cold :-/
    • We ended up helping run the raffle (Tom/Carmen, Craig/Carol, etc helped out to make it happen).
  • Boner nominations
    • Phil nominated Art to signing up John for  volunteer @KOH – no 2nd
    • Art nominated Josh for for multiple breakage at KOH – Josh mostly 2nd’d himself, John formally 2nd’d – winch, broken axle (38s on stock Dana44s)
    • Josh wins handily – gets to show boner at Easter Jeep Safari 🙂
  • Darrel/Phil to lead March snow run – details to come.
  • Easter Jeep Safari – contact Rene / John for any last minute details/travel plans
  • Rye Patch/Lassen-Applegate run – Dale has cabins reserved. Contact Dale for details
  • Discussion about ‘associate members’ (i.e. folks outside the area who cannot make it to meetings, but can meet up for runs/events). Proposals to come in the next couple months.
  • Ordering new flags from – 12×18″ flags with zip on/off mounting system.
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    • Will have one in pink to replace the boner flag which is wearing out.
  • Darrel is looking into forest service conditional use permits/event insurance from Cal4 – might be useful for access to trails during winter which aren’t normally open.
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January 2016 meeting audio

January meeting audio online here:



  • – Winter Fun Fest was great – lots of snow. Raffle raised over $10K, we led the snow run on Sunday – a bit of rain, but plenty of snow. Over 35 rigs on the run.
  • Cal4 Convention coming up in a couple weeks – we will host a hospitality room Friday nite
  • King of the Hammers in two weeks – John, Art, Josh, Mark, Chris, Jones’ are going
  • Rye Patch trip – get ahold of Dale for arrangements


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