Old Madhatters kick ass, or so we thought. We were at the Bronco roundup. I think Shane & I split the Republican vote and lost to the democrats . Honestly we were 40- 50K short on investment . We probably fit in the top 10. We got a lot of attention but no trophys . Larry showed up but brought the wrong rig for the show. Cool to see 200 to 300 Broncos in the same place at the same time. Craig

Craig and Shane

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Thanks to my big buddy, I was able to tell my state assemblyman to keep are public lands open to the public . I also mentioned that the Sierra Club sucks. Not only did he agree about the public lands, he told us about the small percentage that is open. The assemblymen Bigelow took us to lunch and gave us a tour of the Capitol.

State capital

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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 Rusty.Folena@RubiconTrailFoundation.org or Ken Hower at Ken.Hower@RubiconTrailFoundation.org

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


Eric Agee

FOTR Trail Boss


Visit http://www.friendsoftherubicon.org 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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