Loon/Wentworth Loop Snow Run

First of all I want to thank all the Madhatters for letting me know they were coming and showing up on time in Georgetown. A few of us met early for breakfast after which we met up with 16 rigs, 7 were guest, in front of the Georgetown Hotel. After a quick drivers meeting our Foresthills Madhatters showed up with their club having a similar plan but that would be the last we would see of them. As I suspected no snow until after 6000 ft. so we continued to the Loon Lake Kiosk were we aired down and hit the snow in the Con. At this point I started to get complaints from my buddy George Downs since he has long insisted he would NEVER!! Do the Rubicon. O well we had him surrounded. So after a uncontrolled slide down a section of the slabs and a lot of slipping going up the other side we all made it no problem. At this point we discussed what to do. I thought it might be fun to follow a group of buggies to little sluice and watch them play the majority agreed and we continued. After hearing some of our guests were peel of and go to Wentworth we stopped again to discuss this further . We decided to stay together was the best plan. So we turned on to our adopt a trail and kept moving. Thankfully there were an old set of tracks to keep me on the trail through the snow. It wasn’t too bad except one little tippy spot. We continued down to Wino rock where I took most the group up the bypass over a real slippery snow covered hill. 3 of our guest and Dave(No Fear)Jones went down through the Wino rock area. At this point there was no carnage but shortly there after our guest Andy and his monster diesel Jeep truck lost a steering box, probably helped along by ramming the wino rock. While Air Tom’s welder got put to use Chris,Phillip,Dennis and I did a little adopt a trail work clearing a very large rotted tree laying in the trail, oh George was our photographer. After leaving Wentworth Springs camp grounds all we encountered was axle deep water and a foot of snow. Everyone made it out safely to the road at around 4:30pm. Where we aired up and said goodbye. The only boner talk I heard was for Phillip for bringing Andy and his broken Jeep truck or George for braking a licence plate frame. Sorry I can’t vote for my buddy George.

Great job all!

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HAM radio class in Livermore March 29

The Livermore Radio Club is giving a class for the HAM radio beginner’s license on March 29.  It’s in Livermore, free, and at the end they give the test, which costs $15 (cash only).  Here is the link for the info and signup page:


If you want to attend, there are only a few slots left.

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Rubicon area run this weekend (Feb 15)

Sending this for Craig:

Hi Gang, apparently I’m trail boss for next weekend. The only person I’ve talked to so far is George D. If you guys want to go on a run please let me know. I think since the snow level is so high, maybe trying to go from Georgetown to Uncle Tom’s Cabin and continue to Wentworth Springs snow permitting. Depending on the time we could do the loop to Ellis and out to Loon. Please respond if you’re interested. Meeting time at the Georgetown Hotel will be 9am.

Also, for folks coming up from the Bay Area, plan to leave the Wendy’s in Manteca at 7am to be able to get to Georgetown by 9.
Thanks Craig

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2014 Run Calendar Posted

At the January club meeting we hammered out the run schedule for 2014.  I have updated the Madhatters Calendar page on the Madhatters web site based on the club’s decisions.

Also, I uploaded Larry’s pictures from Winter Fun Fest 2014.  Check them out.  There was some welding going on……

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Stolen vehicle watch in El Dorado Cty

From the CORVA page:

“I’m not sure if any of you in this group live in El Dorado county, or any surrounding counties… But we have had SEVERAL stolen rigs lately from El Dorado County. It sounds like whoever is doing it is local to the area. Please watch out for suspicious activity. The thieves are breaking into Toyotas and Jeeps, and driving them off and stripping them of their parts. There are some posts in regards to the stolen vehicles in the following groups: El Dorado Crawlers Swap & El Dorado County Watch. Please keep a close eye on your vehicles & watch out for any suspicious activity!”

Here’s one example:


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Tahoe Forest Management Plan webinar today

The USFS is going to discuss the future of the Lake Tahoe Basin. There  is a webinar TODAY, 2pm PST to explain the Forest Management that is going to take place over the next 15 years (or so).


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2014 calendar (proposed)

Hey folks – wanted to send a list of proposed runs out for everyone to consider. Looking to get this nailed down at our January 28 meeting. Please chime in with other suggestions and volunteers for trail bosses. Also added calendar items for monthly meetings and other events folks might be interested in.



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2014 Madhatter Run Schedule

Is there a run schedule for this year??

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King of the Hammers 2014

Are any other folks planning on making the trip the Johnson Valley for KOH this year? Right now, I’m planning on being down there all week, doing a bunch of wheeling before the races. Hoping to Leave either Jan 31 or early Saturday Feb 1 and return on Feb 9.

Oh, also it looks like Cal4 is looking to get a bit of help in exchange for free admission & swag. I sent an inquiry to Steve Gardiner to get a better understanding of what’s involved. I might consider helping in between trips out to trails, particularly if I’m waiting for friends fixing stuff again this year.


“We” need your help!  Please share this with your Clubs (please discuss at your meetings!)


We have the King of the Hammers event coming up Feb 1st – Feb 7th.


You can help existing and future Land Use issues by being a volunteer!


I am helping manage the volunteer staff for both the Entry Gate (at the bridge on Boone Road) and the Information Booth (main entrance for Hammertown).  Cal 4 Wheel is looking for help at the Poison Spyder Booth to sell raffle tickets for this year’s Sweepstakes Vehicle and XVenture Trailer.


By volunteering at the Entry Gate and the Information Booth, you will add to the bank accounts that will be used for existing/future Land Use battles and you can also add some $$$ to your pockets.


By being a Hammerking volunteer, you will receive an Access Wrist Band (Unlimited access to Hammertown and the special Spectator Areas), a collectable King of the Hammers 2014 sticker and a KOH ’14 volunteer t-shirt.


The responsibilities at the Cal 4 Wheel booth will be to represent Cal 4 Wheel and help raise funds by selling tickets for both the Xventure Camp Trailer and the 2013 Cal 4 Wheel/Poison Spyder Sweepstake Jeep.


At the Entry Gate and the Information Booth, we will be helping to keep attendees safe!!  And hopefully educate more people about responsible use of our public lands.  This will require all of us to have waiver forms signed and filled out (all that want to enter Hammertown and/or the Spectator Areas) and to collect the $20 donation from those that want to contribute.

 As they have in the past, Hammerking Prodcutions will donate 10% of the Donations back from the proceeds.  What makes this year different is that YOU, the volunteer, will decide where that 10% goes.  You will be able to make that decision when you sign up.

If you are interested, please contact me via email or Facebook message.  If you are technologically challenged, you may give me a call (number below).  If I don’t recognize the number, I will probably not answer but will call you back!

Steven Gardiner

(714) 293-8790) cell


Steve Egbert

Quality Management Systems Coordinator

PFFJ, LLC – Farm Operations


California Association Of Four Wheel Drive Clubs

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Barrett 4wd Trail Reconstruction

From the USFS:

The Eldorado National Forest is beginning to prepare an Environmental Analysis for proposed reconstruction of three segments of the Barrett 4wd Trail (16E21). These three trail segments were found in the June, 2013 Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (TM SEIS) to be affecting the hydrologic connectivity of meadows 16E21-1, 16E21-5 and 16E21-6. Work is needed on these three trail segments to bring them into compliance with the Eldorado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (As amended by Sierra Nevada National Forest Plan Amendment 2004 Record of Decisionee), Standard and Guideline #100.

More info:



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