Thursday, August 27, 2009

Crawl Magazine is Back!

CRAWL magazine is back and I have a hard copy on my desk today. Depending on how you look at it, it's CRAWL2 (like second generation, or new generation). John Herrick is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief, with Kurt Schneider from Friends of Eldorado (FOE) as the Land Use Editor. AWESOME.

In this first (re) issue, BlueRibbon's membership incentive program is highlighted and the recent addition of Fordyce Trail to the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program is showcased. Kurt does an awesome job explaining how hunters got turned out of public lands because of the Travel Management process (unbeknownst to them); and a nice piece about our hero and mentor, Dennis Mayer is featured with a writeup about the Hugs and Jugs Memorial Run (helping the famous Rubicon Trail).
(Rock crawling action photo by Stacie Albright)

Ian Johnson from TV is the tech editor so watch out for some cool stuff.

Of course there's plenty of hardcore offroad action (comps and tuff trails) in CRAWL, so find a copy, pour a cold one, and enjoy.

They are working on their website, but watch out for


Albright's Launch New Simple Land Use Website


Contact: Del Albright, Albright Enterprises
Ph: 209-304-7693

August 27, 2009
Albright's Launch New Simple Land Use Help Website
Check out

The question we get asked most often in land use and access is “how do I save my trails?” We now offer the simple answer to this question; a one-stop shopping website for land use and access.

There are dozens of websites and organizations offering help to this dilemma in different ways, but now one website has it all – everything you need to know for finding out where to start with saving your trails!

“After a decade of building different websites, including, I’ve found that recreationists want things fast, simple and easy,” says Del Albright, noted recreation advocate. “ provides the first steps and a simple formula for getting in the game,” adds Del.

In a very few pages, Del and Stacie Albright provide you most everything you need to know about how to save trails, with helpful links to learn more. Check it out today and share this with your club and friends:



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hawaii Gets New Off Road Park

Our 4x4 friends in Hawaii have a new off road park after a long time effort by users and friendly politicians. Persistance has paid off from off-roaders around the islands. Awesome news!

It's called Sandbox Hawaii (Sand Island Park), with 32 acres of off-road fun, and about 5 of those for our four-wheeling friends. A super-cross track is part of the park as well.

Mike Elliot, Founder and President of the Hawai'i 4x4 Association and several other helpful folks have been working on this project for some time and it's great to see it come to be. The park opens October 1st officially, so if you get over there, be sure to check it out.

Here's a news blurb with some video of the park:

My hat is off to all who worked so hard with politicians and government officials, as well as community leaders to make this happen.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cantina for Rubicon '09

Cantina for the 'Con Annual Fund Raiser is about to happen and YOU can help. This is the big one for the icon of four-wheeling, the famous Rubicon Trail.
This is happening Labor Day weekend, September 5, 6, 2009 at the Spillway of the Loon Lake entrance to the Rubicon Trail.

Donations and prizes are needed, and you can buy tickets even if you're not able to attend (you're still supporting the Rubicon that way).

This Dysfunctional Organization (TDO) is leading the charge again this year with a lot of helpers, but YOU are critical to raising a bank for the Rubicon Trail.
Please visit here and get involved, donate, and buy tickets.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Reno Rocks After Party and Vegas to Reno Race, Sands Regency

Stac and I are recovering from the Reno Rocks After Party last night (smile). It was a blast. The Sands Regency put on the dog for the staff, helpers and folks around the pool at the Sands, then we moved into the Third Street Bar. Whew...

Back in June, Reno Rocks 4x4 had some serious W.E. Rock action, not to mention a great vendor show and a few parties.
Put it on your calendar for next year, Father's Day weekend in June, right here at the Sands Regency in Reno.

The Sands has a lot of golf action as well as plenty of casino stuff for everyone. It's also pet friendly which is cool to find when you travel with your little friends.

Photos courtesy of Stacie Albright (

Check out Terrible's Sands Regency Hotel and Casino here:

Today we will hopefully see the finish line of the Vegas to Reno Off Road Race, with another party tonight, and the awards ceremony back at the Sands around the pool Sunday at 10am.

My pics and photo essay here:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mendocino Coast Photo Essay and Tour

I posted up a bunch of cool pics from our tour of the Mendocino Coast. If you're looking for a get away, or just some way cool things to do and places to see, check out these shots of things like kayaking the Noyo River, riding the Skunk Train, and enjoying a romantic evening horseback ride on the beach. Awesome.

go here for the full photo pictorial:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cheeks from Rock Zombies Takes Nose Dive

"Cheeks", aka Mike McMenomey from the Rock Zombies did an awesome nose dive at the NorCal Rock Races Saturday 8/15/09. Wow, the crowd loved it (and better yet, he was fine).

Rock Racing is different than rock crawling, and the action at Prairie City OHV Park in Sacramento/Folsom, was non-stop and a lot of fun.

For more on NorCal Rock Races, please go here:


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BFGoodrich Tires Supports Albright Jeep and Land Use Work

BFG Tires, once again, has supported keeping us on the trail doing land use work. BFG contributed two new KM2's which are being installed on our Jeep at Blazen Offroad in Lake Tahoe.

Coming out of the Rubicon Trail the other day, I hit one of those odd, no-see-um pointed rocks that turned towards me and STABBED my sidewall -- out of the blue. Then somewhere on Cadillac Hill I managed to dislocate some suspension parts which allowed the axle to shift and thus RAM one of my tires into the spring basket and frame. Needless to say by the time Stac and I smelled burning rubber from the grooving that was taking place, another tire had bit the dust. So we lost TWO in one trip. OUCH.

BFGoodrich Tires is a long term sponsor of keeping our Jeep on the trail so we can keep saving trails, and this just goes to show they are there when we need them. Add to that they just gave a $4000 grant to Friends of Fordyce to help save that trail, and you have a company that deserves our thanks and business.

BFG Mud Terrains (and one set of All Terrains) have been on my Jeep since I bought it 12 years ago. The KM2 is an innovation between the famous Krawler and the old Mud Terrain. I love 'em!

THANK you, BFG Tires for helping to save our sport and our trails.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Travel: Mendocino Coast of Northern CA --- awe inspiring

Mendocino Coast, CA

The Mendocino Coast of northern California is a magical place to visit and Stacie and I can attest to that first hand. We had a marvelous adventure there in July 2009 and here are some highlights to help you plan a trip. It's one of those "don't miss it" places.

For a marvelous time in Mendocino of the northern California coast, we can highly recommend the following businesses and fun activities.

Esterlina Winery with a marvelous Pinot Noir 2007; and Goldeneye Winery, Host of our tour reception night.

Joshua Grindle Inn where we found a new scale by which to measure B&B's -- this place is a treasure.

Liquid Fusion Kayaking with up close and personal water experiences.

Ricochet Ridge Ranch with Lari Shea -- horseback vacations and beach riding.

Ledford House food with a Mediterranean influence and live jazz.
The truly fun and famous, Skunk Train.

Stacie and I spent a lovely time there and learned a lot about this marvelous coastal area. Mendocino is full of history, art, ocean and wonderfully friendly businesses who enjoy visitors.

Please visit our featured stories and photo pictorial here.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fordyce Trail Selected as Outstanding Trail by BFGoodrich Tires

BFGoodrich and UFWDA team up again in 2009 for the Outstanding Trails program. Fordyce Trail Gets on the List!


Contact: Todd OckertE-mail:
Tulare, Ca. 4 August 2009United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA): BFGoodrich and UFWDA team up again in 2009 for the Outstanding Trails program.Beaverton, OR – April 10, 2009 – United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) has again teamed up with BFGoodrich on the 2009 Outstanding Trails program.

This year due to the current economic climate, the program was reduced to include only two trails this year that are adopted by two outstanding clubs and associations. BFGoodrich has identified some of the best trails in the country and given them national recognition with their Outstanding Trails program. But it is not all about recognizing the trails, as it takes a lot of work by local club members and associations to maintain these trails.

During the course of the program, which runs May through October, BFGoodrich Tires will be at club events associated with these trails and areas to highlight the uniqueness of each location as well as educate off-road enthusiasts on the responsible use of each trail.

• The Fordyce Creek Trail (August 8, 2009), Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Fordyce Creek Trail has a rich history starting as an old wagon trail serving the 19th century mining town of Summit City at Meadow Lake prior to evolving into the OHV trail it has become. The trail was lost for many years after the mines closed and is now accessible after many years of effort by a group of dedicated off-road enthusiasts.

The trail has incredible high sierra beauty with five winch hills and four water crossings, ending at Meadow Lake, which is adjacent to Fordyce Lake."United Four Wheel Drive Associations is again proud to partner with BFGoodrich for the 2009 Outstanding Trails program. This program is a great opportunity for leaders in the four-wheel drive community to recognize enthusiasts and the impact they are making,” said Todd Ockert, director of environmental affairs, UFWDA.

“The Outstanding Trails program has recognized some great trails across the country and the enthusiasts that maintain those trails. United Four Wheel Drive Associations hopes to continue this partnership for years to come," added Todd.

To help aid with costs associated with the trail’s conservation efforts, BFGoodrich Tires will also present a grant to a selected off-road club at each trail event. Both Tread Lightly! and UFWDA are non-profit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation. BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest North American trails, and will continue to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

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United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) is the leading representative for four wheel drive enthusiasts. UFWDA is a group of individuals, clubs, state, regional, provincial and national associations and businesses in the United States and around the world; our members span the globe from the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, Japan, South Africa, and Iceland. If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this effort contact United Four Wheel Drive Associations today at 14525 SW Millikan Way #22622, Beaverton, OR 97005-2343, 1-800-448-3932 or visit

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Tread Lightly!'s strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment. The federal government recognizes this by acknowledging Tread Lightly! as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles in off-highway settings.

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