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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Carnegie SVRA Rally and Ride

The hills were alive with the sounds of dirt bikes!!  It was awesome.  Yesterday's rally at Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) was a huge success.  The judge's order to close the park has already had a stay of a couple weeks and we're fighting to get the park back FULLY open in short order.

This is one of those bordering on silly situations -- but enough is enough, and silly or not, the OHV community is sick of being pushed around.  The FIGHT BACK attitude is alive and well.

Don Amador shows what a hoax this judge's order is...

Del and Don in the BlueRibbon booth with local riders who support BlueRibbon and Carnegie SVRA.

It was about the kids...and there were plenty of kids in riding gear on the stage to show the press how we want to have something for our kids and their motorized recreation future.

Side Note:  no matter what eco-situations we have or don't have on the ground where ever we recreate, it has been proven over and over that WE are ready, willing and ABLE to step up and fix it!  As volunteers, we are proven source of passionate and dedicated workers capable of drawing on our vast resources to fix any problem thrown at us.  Closure is not necessary; and not an option!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Off-Road Voters and a Great Gift

If you're looking for a great sticker that reflects our motorized sports and what we need to be doing, check this out from California Jeep Authority.  I got mine.

Land Use Activist Don Klusman Passes Away

I'm saddened to report that we lost another land use activist yesterday, unexpectedly.  Don Klusman, long time advocate and Resource Consultant for the Calif. Assoc. of 4wheel Drive Clubs left us quickly.

Don has a passionate and noteable career helping us fight for our trails and access.  Read more on the Cal4wheel website here:

Bye Don..we'll miss you.

Monday, December 21, 2009

USAA Insurance Company Teaches Uncle Del About Modern Communications

I am amazed at how our world is changing in the way of computers, electronics and communications. My first "Tweet" was more powerful than my first date as a teenager. My first "blog" gave me chills. And I thought my first time with online banking was scarier than jumping out of airplanes in army boots. But no; there's more.

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) insurance and banking company just told me how I can now do my insurance stuff AND bank on my Blackberry (or iPhone) and even do DEPOSITS using my phone camera and phone internet. OMG!!! Deposit a check I’m holding in my hand while taking a picture of it with my phone? What's next?

Now this post is more than a lame advertisement for USAA, albeit I've been with them for 40 years and I highly recommend them to ANYONE who has served in the military. Yes, they are now open to any and all honorable vets. But this blog is about how we must embrace new technology and apply it to those clients, customers and friends who are involved in the game of protecting our freedoms and fighting for our access to public lands. And we must especially apply all these new technologies to folks who love to recreate in the great outdoors, but have yet to figure out that they need to be fighting with us.

Well, ok, I may not be as amazed as I’m playing up here because in reality I’m fully embracing all the new technology I can. Yes, there will be some who feel “big brother” is watching us a bit too much here and there. But I believe that if you embrace all the security and common sense measures to go along with the “in touch” world, you’ll be just fine.

The point I’m really trying to drive home is that if you are trying to make a different in land use and access, or outdoor recreation in general, you should be using all means available to you. Hey maybe for you, like me, that also includes streaming tweets to your website along with an integrated hyper-link to your Facebook account with a side channel to your MySpace page. Whew…

I suspect companies other than USAA are doing this sort of banking thing, but you can learn more at (if you’re military or ex-military).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Off Road Christmas Auction for BlueRibbon Underway Now



Contact: Del Albright, BRC Ambassador
Phone: (209) 304-7693
Date: December 1, 2009
BRC Christmas Auction Project: LIVE and RUNNING

POCATELLO, ID (December 1) - It's on!!! Our Christmas and holiday auction is live and running with sleigh bells. Bids are flying; businesses are sponsoring; and the auction is ready for you. We're still getting new items to add to the list, but it's time to check out what you need to bid on to fill that chimney stocking of yours.

You know the deal. This special online auction is designed to help us all save trails and keep our sports alive. Yeah, well, that's all fine and dandy, but it's also a very impressive list of goodies just waiting for your click.

Just in, we have:

Axia Alloys Billet Mount Rear View Mirror (Side x Side)
4 Registrations to Rally on the Rocks (UTV event, Moab)
Axia Alloys iPod Billet Mount (UTV)
The Tugger (Rear and Front) Combos and Straps for dirt bikes
Parts Mike Dana 44 High Steer for Jeeps
Daystar JK Suspension Lift and Body Lift
Daystar Jeep Dash/Switch Panel
Aluminum Receiver Cargo Rack (donated by Ron Westberg of Colorado)

And these add to our existing list:

Nemesis Industries Hi-Line Front Fenders
Currie Enterprises Heavy Duty Steering System
GenRight Offroad Jeep goodies (TBA)
Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts Apparel, goodies and discounts
5 of Del Albright's Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC), for anyone LED dome light kits
PIAA Accessory Light Kit
5 off-road Tires from BFGoodrich
5 Monster Beadlock Raceline Wheels by Allied
2 Dynatrac ProRock 44s for JK Jeeps (yeah, a new product)
Rubicon Express JK Suspension Upgrade
4 Diff covers from Dynatrac
Olympic4x4 Products Heavy Duty Deluxe Receiver Rack
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers (Access Army Laser Cut Out Limited Edition)
Recovery Gear from WARN

We're still adding to our list as businesses continue to jump in and contribute, so please CHECK BACK often during the next 10 days. If you want to donate, just drop an email to Del Albright at

Bid here:

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Land Use Update and Thanksgiving Wish

Here are some land use updates for you to use/share.

First off, happy Thanksgiving to all. As 2009 sneaks to a close, I think we can all look forward to a better and stronger 2010. I am seeing a large resurgence of interest and support for land use and access efforts. Let’s continue to lead the charge to a brighter future.

(Note: all links are at the bottom of this note)

2010 Land Use War Machine: I’m having some fun with this, but I’m also excited to announce the “new look” of my battle tank, a 1997 TJ Wrangler, with a long list of business sponsors and supporters who are helping me do my part to keep our trails open and our sports alive. Without these great folks, my wheels would be parked. I call it a war machine, because 2010 is the year to rage land use fights like never before. Check out my wheels and how these businesses are in the game big time to help.

Southwest Crawlfest New Event: FYI, this is a fairly new event near St. George, Utah looking for raffle items and attendees. It’s FREE. Yup, free – they pay for their expenses and still have money to donate to land use organizations through their raffle ticket sales alone. January 29, 30, 2010. We are supporting their effort to raise awareness of this awesome event because the Rockaholics Anonymous are donating to the right causes.

King of the Hammers Driver’s Seat Free Ride: Want to drive in the famous offroad race, King of the Hammers? Write an essay why you should be selected to drive in the Griffin Radiators KOH Race in a fully sponsored rig – yup, you drive; their rig. Your entry must be in to Pirate4x4 by Dec. 25th. KOH is in February at Johnson Valley, CA.

$4.00 to Join BlueRibbon Coalition: BRC is running their special deal with 4Wheel Parts where you can join, renew or EXTEND your current membership and get a $25 Gift Card from 4WP at the same time -- $29 bucks for an individual, with $25 back to you in a Gift Card, meaning you just helped save more trails for $4.00 for a year.  This is a no-brainer.

Christmas Auction for BlueRibbon Coalition: Several of my personal 4x4 sponsors and many other businesses are kicking in a huge effort to help BRC raise some funds with an eBay type auction starting Dec. 1st. We’re talking well over $10,000 in goodies (so far with a rapidly growing list), of parts and neat accessories. This is a great way for you to save some bucks while helping land use. It’s also another indicator that our business partners are more than willing to do their part to help keep our lands and waterways open for access.

State Offroad Associations: most of our OHV related state associations are lining up their events and new-year kick off activities. Please be supportive and sign up to attend all those you can fit into your schedule and budget. Our strength in the fight to keep our access starts at the local and state level. We need all the organizations we can muster in order to win this battle. I lay out some strategies I think we need to employ to win the war on access in my article (link below). Be sure to check it out and stay involved with your state clubs/associations.

Poison Spyder Supports Land Use: Poison Spyder just released new Rocker Knockers with "Access Army" laser cut into them.  WOW.  They have chosen to also contribute 10% of the proceeds from the sale of these goodies to the national group, BlueRibbon Coalition.  Awesome.  Thank you Poison Spyder.

War Machine Introduction:
Southwest Crawlfest Event:
KOH Driver’s Seat Competition:
BlueRibbon 4Wheel Parts Deal:
Article: Strategies to Win the War on Access:
Christmas Online Auction for BRC:
Poison Spyder Donates to Land Use:

Thanks for all you do, and my best for a safe and happy Thanksgiving,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hump 'N Bump a Huge Success

Once again the Vegas Valley 4Wheelers "got it done right!"  The 29th Annual Hump 'N Bump was a tremendous success with over 200 rigs registered and several wonderful wheeling trails on the menu.  Stacie and I were able to recruit several new BlueRibbon Coalition members, and we represented BFGoodrich Tires in a tire give-away to support the raffle.  BFG kicked in five (5) tires up to 37's for one lucky winner.  Awesome.

Hump 'N Bump supports the Southern Nevada Trail Fund which helps support groups like BlueRibbon Coalition and United Four Wheel Drive Associations and others.

Some businesses supporting the cause at the event included Ted Wiens Custom 4x4 from Vegas, Genright Off Road, Go Treks, Superchips, Findlay Toyota, Olympic4x4 Products, Maximum,, Magnum Ink, and others.  Tread Lightly (and BLM) were also on sight with a very nice display and friendly folks to help answer questions.

Notably, we found nearly NO trash on the trails and EVERYONE was courteous and smilling the entire event.  I did manage to scare my better half (Stacie) with a few tail-walking airborne Jeep episodes, but no damage was done and my Jeep is ready for another adventure.

See the video of some bodacious rock crawling, and get more info here on my website:


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day -- Never Forget

Thank your veterans and their families by keeping America strong and free.  Never Forget.  Never let wackos, weirdos or terrorists control or hamper our freedoms. 

I thank all veterans, their famlies, and the memories of those who died in service to this country.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Genright Supports the Albright's

Genright Off Road joined the supporters of the Del & Stacie Kickin' Access Team while at Hump 'N Bump 2009.  Dropping down some serious gas money, the Genright crew jumped on the team to support our efforts at land use and access.  We also did some gnarly rocks with them in the Logandale OHV area while at this great event, and found out these Genright folks wheel some awesome machines.

If you're looking for some cool Jeep stuff from some real off road pro's, then check out what Genright Off Road has to offer.   They've got hood louvers, body armor, tube fenders, roll cages, skid gear, rocker guards, suspension parts and much more.  We plan to do more with them and are totally thankful they are supporting us in our work to save trails and keep our sport alive -- not to mention our Jeep.  :)  Thanks Genright; you're alright in our book.  Check them out at

Del & Stacie Albright,

Thursday, October 29, 2009

SEMA Offers Helpful Land Use Guide

A “Guide to Land Use Policies & Off-Road Recreation” has just been added to our arsenal of information to help us fight back to keep our public lands open and our sports alive. Released by our friends at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), this guide offers some helpful stuff:

  • Some insight into major laws that dictate land use;
  • A look at the federal agencies who control our public lands by administering these laws;  
  • A listing of the some of the organizations that SEMA works with to protect the rights of off-road enthusiasts;  
  •  Provides SEMA’s position on these issues.
While much of this information is offered on other websites or through enthusiast organizations, SEMA adds to our collective fight by putting these key topics in one place through their SEMA Action Network (SAN) that really assists off-road businesses. I found this collection of key laws, government agencies, major land use groups and SEMA positions quite helpful as an enthusiast as well.

The SEMA SAN also has quite a collection of legislative resources that compliment what the off-road organizations offer, including model legislation, a listing of federal legislators, and a guide to lobbying elected officials. The SAN is free to join from their website.

Go here for more on the land use Guide and SAN:


Del Albright
Save My Trails (How to)
BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Ambassador
Cal4Wheel (CA4WDC), Environmental Affairs
Access Army

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

King of the Hammers Race Driver WANTED! Apply now.

Simple question: "Do you want to drive in the Griffin Radiators King of the Hammers race in a fully sponsored race vehicle?"

No, I'm not joking! If you haven't been paying attention, is giving away the driver's seat to a fully prepped 500 horsepower race buggy for the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers race!

The - MFS race buggy is currently being prepped at Motorsport Fabrication Services for this unbelievable opportunity. You can check it out here -

So what's the catch? No real catch, you just have to reply to this thread ( on and tell us why in 500 words or less, why you think you should be chosen to drive the - MFS buggy in King of the Hammers. Oh yeah, and you have to be a red or yellow star member. But you've already got that part covered!

The winning person will get the following:

• A free entry into the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers

• A fully prepped race vehicle to drive in KOH

• Pre run time to learn the vehicle and the terrain

• A full pit crew

• All the logistics handled - just show up and race!

Nothing like this has ever been done before. It truly is a dream giveaway!

All entries must be submitted by December 25th, 2009 users will begin voting for their favorite of the top 5 January 1st, 2010. Voting will close February 1st, 2010 and WE WILL HAVE A DRIVER!

Winner must be in Johnson Valley by February 8th, 2010.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

4Wheel Parts Partners with BlueRibbon Coalitoin

4Wheel Parts Provides Huge Membership Incentive

4Wheel Parts $25 Gift Card for Membership

Join, renew or extend your current membership in BlueRibbon Coalition for $29, and 4Wheel Parts will give you a $25 Gift Card PLUS up to 15% off on all their goodies. AWESOME. This is a no-brainer. You can become a new member, or add to your existing membership for basically $4.00 for a year.

BlueRibbon is all sports -- all trails -- for all people. It is our only grassroots umbrella national organization. We all should belong.   And for existing members, with this deal, there's no reason not to extend your current membership out a year for $4.00.  4Wheel Parts is "in the game" helping us to save trails.  Wow.  And oh, when you get in on this deal, you'll see how BlueRibbon is now doing video-based web programs.  :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BFGoodrich Tires Supports Hump 'N Bump Event

In their on-going support of land use and access, BFGoodrich Tires has kicked in a set of five (5) BFG's, winner gets to choose up to 37" tire size, to the annual Vegas Valley 4Wheelers Hump 'N Bump event.  AWESOME!!!

The KM2 is my favorite but this lucky winner can choose size and tread design.

Hump 'N Bump is a great event conducted at Logandale OHV area, about an hour outside of Las Vegas.  This place as red rocks and sand dunes, with tons of rocky trails mixed in over a large beautiful area.  It's a BLAST.

Stacie and I will represent BlueRibbon Coalition and BFGoodrich Tires at Hump 'N Bump.  We'll present the tires (gift certificate) to the lucky winner during the drawing.

Check out this way cool event with some nice folks to boot:


Monday, October 12, 2009

BFGoodrich Tires Partnership with BlueRibbon Coalition

BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition Join Forces to Raise Money for Saving Trails

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Oct. 10, 2009 – BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition announced today a partnership that will benefit off-roaders and off-road trails alike. BFGoodrich Tires will make a $5 donation to the BlueRibbon Coalition for each of its new 10 sizes of BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tires sold between August 2009 and December 2009.

(Photo: Del Albright (center) thanks Joe Mazur (L) and Gary Enterline (R) for their partnership, donations and continuing support  of BlueRibbon Coalition and access to our trails.  Photo by Stacie Albright).

Due to consumer demand, BFGoodrich recently expanded its line of Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tire sizes, which are part of the 10 sizes eligible for the contribution. The tire sizes are as follows:

• LT345/75R16 LRD
• LT365/75R16 LRC
• 38X14.50R17 LRD
• 40X14.50R17 LRD
• 36X13.50R18 LRD
• 38X14.50R18 LRD
• 40X14.50R18 LRC
• 38X14.50R20 LRD
• 40X14.50R20 LRC
• 42X14.50R20 LRC

“The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tire has set the standard in the world of off-roading, both for competitive and recreational uses” said Gary Enterline, senior product category manager, light truck tires for BFGoodrich Tires. “What better way to give back to the community that made the tire what it is today than by teaming up with the BlueRibbon Coalition to help preserve our off-road trails.”

As a respected national recreation group that represents more than 600,000 recreationists nationwide, the BlueRibbon Coalition is dedicated to protecting responsible recreational access to public lands and waters.

“This generous donation from BFGoodrich Tires will help the BlueRibbon Coalition continue working to keep public land open for use, whether you recreate on a mountain bike, snowmobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, ATV, four-wheel drive, horse or your hiking boots,” said Greg Mumm, executive director of BlueRibbon Coalition.

Inspired by the BFGoodrich Tires Krawler™ T/AKX tire, which is the most successful tire in rock-crawling history, BFGoodrich Tires incorporates Krawler TEK® technology into the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 TriGard® sidewall. Krawler TEK technology consists of three main components: aggressive sidewall lugs, cut- and chip- resistant sidewall compounds and sidewall cords that are up to 33 percent stronger than the previous Mud-Terrain T/AKM tire. These advancements allow for more bite and sidewall protection along with increased strength and resistance to bruising caused by rocks and rough trails.

More information about the BlueRibbon Coalition is available at

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock-crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at

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Media Contacts: Lela Randall
(949) 223-2323

Monday, October 5, 2009

Access Army Calling All Fighters and Soldiers


It's not a game; it's about our access to public lands and waterways.  We're launching The Access Army, and we want you.  We're about wheeled access; nationally; for all of us.  We are FIGHTING BACK.

At this point there are no dues; few rules; and no meetings  -- just battle.  The Access Army is a non-partisan, non-violent, multi-organizational grassroots coalition led by a Joint Chiefs of Staff, comprised of soldiers from all walks of life and recreational pursuits, with the sole purpose of fighting back against unnecessary land and water closures, restrictions to access, and theft of our freedoms.

We are virtual -- we are harnessing the power of the Internet and social networking to save trails, keep our motorsports alive and defend our freedoms.

We are responsible users of lands and waterways, and we intend to maintain our freedom of access with our stewardship and strength in numbers. We've had enough closures and restrictions, let alone unjust treatment from those that oppose our way of life. We are fighting back and combining forces with organizations, groups, clubs, and businesses from all across our great country.

We fully support and belong to all those organization recreation groups out there now -- national, regional, state and local.  We are not stealing members from anyone; we are building an Army combined of everyone.  We insist our soldiers be part of standing organized recreation groups.  But The Access Army takes down any organizational barriers and removes any turf battles by acting more like a "friends" group or informal coalition.   
We have titles/ranks/honors like "Warrior", "Vanquisher", "Legionnaire" and  Genghis Khan.
Join us here.  We welcome all new recruits:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wilderness Zombie -- the undead

My BlueRibbon Coalition partner, Don Amador, The General, writes about the Wilderness Zombie and how to get rid of them with a good dose of Pombo Doctrine.  You gotta see this.  Utah is the target of choice these days, but Wilderness and the Wilderness Zombie, the undead, are always out there, everywhere, and very hard to "manage."  Yet there are strategies in this war on access and ways to control the undead that just keep coming back.
Read Don's blog about this here:


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Article: Strategies to Win the War on Access

Strategies of the War on Access

The Simple Principles Needed for Motorized Recreation to Win

By Del Albright, Recreation Advocate

Let there be no doubt: We are at war over our access to public lands and waterways. Further, we are at war over our basic freedoms like gun ownership, political views, consumer monitoring, and vehicle ownership. The list goes on, but more importantly, there are strategies we can employ to preserve our freedoms, keep our access, and protect our way of life. Here I offer those strategies to win the war on our freedoms; the war on our access.

War is a strong word, yes, but by definition is means any active hostility, contention, struggle or conflict (Webster’s New World Dictionary). We are in a constant struggle by folks who are hostile to our way of life. To me, this is war. We must fight back or suffer the consequences of losing what we love to do.

Go here to read more or download the article:


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hump 'N Bump, Vegas Style, Logandale, NV

We are planning to be at this awesome four-wheeling event in November near Las Vegas, NV, and encourage folks to sign up and attend this one.  It's a blast, not to mention some beautiful scenery.  We're talking red rocks, sand dunes, and wild big horn sheep to boot.   It's called the Hump 'N Bump.

What is Hump N Bump?

Hump N Bump is the largest event of the year where you will get to experience terrain like no other. The Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers has been putting on this run for 29 years now and it keeps getting larger and larger with participants from all over the country.

Starting back in 2007, proceeds from the event go to the Southern Nevada Trail Fund who's purpose is to educate and maintain legal motorized access to all points of interest in public lands throughout Southern Nevada. The SNTF is a 100% volunteer organization. So come out and have a great time while helping keep our trails open!

When is Hump N Bump?
The 29th Annual Hump N Bump will take place November 6th and 7th 2009.

Read more and sign up here:
See ya there.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friends Groups -- saving trails together -- How to.

I get asked often about saving trails with a "friends" type group (or coalition).  It's easy to do and very powerful.  Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) is the most famous friends group in the country and the largest coalition ever formed to save just one trail -- the Rubicon Trail.  Here's why friends groups work so well.

Friends groups set aside club issues and bring everyone together under one banner.

Friends groups are usually multiple use (wheeling, dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, atv's, etc. and access in general).

Friends groups become the central point of contact for agency folks (USFS; BLM). It makes it easier for all of us to work together.

Friends groups become powerful proponents of public lands (quickly), recognized by the agencies as the folks to deal with!  Let alone that friends groups are the ones that get the work done.

Go here to learn more and see how (step by step) to start a friends group (or coalition) for your trail or riding area:


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Volunteer of the Year -- Friends of High Lakes

Friends of The High lakes received the Volunteer of the Year award for work in The High Lakes OHV area, for Region 5, California.

Friends of The High Lakes ( FOTHL ) has been organized since July 2007 as a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation, to assist Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District with the OHV area known as The High Lakes. The area holds 16 lakes, and more than 50 miles of trails, including over 40 camp sites. The web site is:

In that effort, an Adopt-a-Trail Program, A Trail Patrol, and various Educational materials, including a map of the area were created and put into effect under written agreement for a 5 year period with USFS.

The main efforts have been in mitigation and repair of many areas that were in need of a lot of rock ( over 100 tons ) to prevent tire to mud contact, better signage, elimination of instances of leaving the trail, installing fire rings, with major help from and work being done by members of 9 local clubs.

The focus of FOTHL is to ensure the area remains a viable OHV area for use by all genre of motorized and non-motorized users, and offers terrain suitable for most vehicle types, with mild to very minor wild challenges. In doing so, the emphasis has been on Management, Maintenance, and Education.

The Ranger District saw fit to nominate FOTHL for the National Volunteer of the Year award.

While the national award went to another group in the US, FOTHL was honored to receive the Volunteer of the Year award for Region 5, which includes all of California, and the off-shore islands.

This award will be presented to the crew that is instrumental in ensuring the success of FOTHL at the semi-annual work party / clean up, on Saturday, September 26, at 9:00 AM at Spring Valley Lake, in conjunction with the third participation in National Public Lands Day.

The award will be presented by District Ranger, Al Vazquez; Resources Officer, Jane Goodwin; Recreation Officer, Michelle Ahern, and several other staff from the District.

FOTHL is extremely proud to have been selected for this honor, and 100% of the credit goes to each individual, and each club that has done an awesome job in making it happen.

After a briefing, and awards ceremony the entire crews will head out to take care of each of their individual pieces of the area. They will return to Spring Valley Lake at 4:30 for a raffle, and dinner provided by two more clubs and yet more outstanding volunteers.

All are very welcome to join us for the all-day event.
For further information contact Chairman, Ken Knull at (530) 873-2430 or

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rubicon Trail Little Sluice (meeting)

I really enjoyed the public meeting tonight and I’m sure there will be a lot of posts about it. We filled up the room pretty much with about 25 folks speaking up. Tom Celio from Eldo County DOT said he had about 70 emails also (submitted testimony). I was very proud of everyone who was there.

Our passion and dedication to the trail shown through like a bright light, even if we all didn't agree on exactly what to with Little Sluice -- to blow or not to blow it.

However, the comment was made that it is turning out to be about 7 to 1 or so (unofficial) for leaving the box alone. Further, it was pretty unanimous that we need a plan before we do anything serious – a plan we are all part of. Co-Trail Boss Bebe did an awesome job presenting good stuff about what FOTR can do and has done.  She made it clear that FOTR fixes anything that is in need of attention on the Rubicon Trail, and has proven this for 9 years.
There was a lot of support for fixing the real problems at Little Sluice – and those are mostly people problems and bad behaviors. Things that need to be managed (fixed) still include petroleum issues and spills, erosion/sedimentation, and sanitation. FOTR can fix all these with a little help from our partners in the feds, the Rubicon Trail Foundation, and the County.  This is not rocket science -- this is commitment, persistence and common sense.

Several businesses (like ) and the "Save the Sluice" group made it clear that they are going to be on the trail, at Little Sluice, doing on-the-ground management of behaivour  and providing education on issues at the "box" to include cleaning up messes and spills.  Now THAT is dedication.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation supported having a solid, integrated plan in place to deal with the concentrated use at Little Sluice, and of course reaffirmed their commitment to support Friends of the Rubicon.

Tom Celio was impressed with our dedication, consideration and respect for each other, as well as our commitment to the trail.  He said the next step was for this info (and the email testimony) to be packaged up and given to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors who will make important decisions like this one about the Rubicon Trail.  I trust Tom to give a good view of our side/testimony to the Board.
You can still email in your comments if you want.

Wow, thanks to all who could be there and all who sent support (or email testimony) in their own way.

FOTR Rocks.
Just one man’s opinion and notes,


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Surplus City, Oroville, CA

If you've never been here, this is QUITE the place to see and shop.  Not only that, this place is where the next W.E. ROCK comp is going be held in October, and where other rock crawl and mud bog events are held.  Urban Assualt is the name of the rock courses, with names like Terminator, Mine Field, Wall of Shame, and more.  And it's all part of this intoxicating military and jeep surplus store.  Whew....Stac and I thought we were going to have to camp out there just to see it all.
Bob Frank runs the show as General Manager and Cal4wheel has held events here as well.  Great people; awesome surplus stuff to see; and wow, what a fantastic OHV park.
You can get more info on their website here:

Win the Cal4 Raffle Jeep for $2.00

PRESS RELEASE: September 15, 2009

Contact: Chris Collard
CA4WDC Publicity Chairman
Phone: 916-952-3630
Fax: 916-960-4929

Jeep Rubicon Stimulus Package

Win a Rubicon… for $2
Just when you thought the economic sky was falling, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) steps up to the plate with the $2 Jeep Rubicon Stimulus Package. Each year, CA4WDC tricks out a brand new Jeep with everything a you could dream of, then raffles it off at their February convention … for two bucks!!

This year’s rig, a 2009 Jeep Rubicon, is kitted out with a Teraflex Suspension, 35-inch BFGoodrich KM tires and a Warn 9.5ti winch on a Smittybilt bumper. The 2-buck Rubicon also sports Poison Spyder body armor, Finish Line West rear bumper, Tuffy Security consol and ProComp Lights. And because off roaders get stuck in the mud, the $2 Jeep Rubicon comes with a Hi-Lift Jack and recovery gear.

Runner up prizes aren't bad either: 2nd is an Atlas II transfer case, 3rd is a Premier Power Welder, and 4th is a Pull Pal. The winning ticket will be drawn February 20th, 2010 at the CA4WDC convention in Sacramento, CA and you need not be present to win. 1-800-4x4-FUNN or Surf the web to Happy Jeeping!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 911 and Our Lost Friends

We are taking a moment today to remember our lost friends and the abominable terrorist attack on our country -- our very home ground. 911 should never be forgotten; nor should our country ever let scumbag terrorists get away with such acts.

We hope you will remember as well, and teach the young people around you how important patriotism is; how precious our freedoms are; and how bullies and terrorists should NEVER be allowed to rule our actions. And let us not forgot the loss of so many innocent people and what that did to their families and loved ones.
Like many of you who have served or have had family members serve our country, I will never forget.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rubicon Trail Little Sluice (meeting)

Discussion: Little Sluice - to crack or not to crack

Rubicon Trail users are meeting with the El Dorado Board of Supervisors to discuss rumors and possibilities of cracking/resizing the big rocks in the Sluice Box (Little Sluice).  This contentious issue is up for debate with the Board (and other trail users).  Users are divided on the issue -- whether to "blow the box" or leave it alone.  Be there or send someone to represent you.  You can also send in comments (see below).

County Meeting - Board of Supervisors Chambers

Where: 330 Fair Lane. Placerville, California 95667
When: 6:30 PM - Wednesday Sep. 16th

The decision has NOT BEEN is up to us to form the decision to do anything if anything... Be HEARD!!!

If you can't make the meeting, e-mail Tom at

Monday, September 7, 2009

Vendor Showcase: Rubicon Express

Rubicon Express produces trail-tuff gear and equipment to make your rig do what you want it to do, on the trail and off.  We have had Rubicon Express kits, suspension gear, and long-arm components for many years on Red ('97 TJ) and we can't say enough good about them.  The folks at RE are very helpful when you call and need advice and which parts would best help you to get the most from your rig. 
Check out this JK adjustable track bar from Rubicon Express.
RE specializes in Jeep lift kits and suspension parts that are made to handle the toughest of trails -- like the Rubicon Trail which we do several times every summer.  This stuff holds up to abuse.  It's well made and strong as heck. 
Rubicon Express is one of our Premier Sponsors and we're proud to have this awesome product family on our Jeep.  Check them out at

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.

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years, BFGoodrich® Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock-crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Free Gift Card with BlueRibbon Membership Drive

Wow, join, renew or extend your membership for a year in BlueRibbon Coalition for the price of a couple energy drinks! $4.00 is your final cost for this awesome promotional membership drive. Plus you get to spend a $25 Gift Card at Rocky Mountain ATV -- one heck of an online store with tons of goodies. My hat is off to Rocky Mountai ATV (and motorcycles) store. These folks are helping us build an incredible off-road Army.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stacie Albright Wins W.E. ROCK Photo Contest

Stacie won a rock crawling photo contest (with me as Runner Up winner). She was on the course with the drivers and all the action of this very hard core rock buggy event. Very cool. No, she didn’t win any money, but she can claim some (more) fame now. Cute.

Check out the pics and see Stacie’s WAY COOL shot of a buggy doing a nose dive.
Visit her blog and website for more photos and stories.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tahoe 4x4 Shop Saves the Day for Del (Blazen Off Road)

Coming out of the Rubicon Trail this past weekend, right after a great time with Jeepers Jamboree, we broke. Yup. Broke, AND had a flat tire to change on Cadillac Hill (in the lineup to get home). ouch.

We tore some suspension components loose which allowed the axle to shift and my rear tire to get eaten alive by rubbing on the frame and coil spring basket. Yikes -- burning rubber.

But, alas, here they come to save the day, that means that Blazen is on the way. Yea, baby, for sure, Blazen Off Road has our jeep and are kicking in labor and some fabricating to help us get back on the trail. BFGoodrich Tires, one of our long standing sponsors, is coming up with two more KM2's to help us out and keep the Jeep safe. Awesome.

We also would like to publicly thank Gary Lefler, Tahoe Hi Lo's, and hard-working member of Friends of the Rubicon, who picked us up, got us to a motel, got our Jeep safely delivered to South Lake Tahoe, and hooked us up with connections in town. Thank you, Gary, you ROCK.

And I might add, if you're looking for a clean, fairly priced, beautiful motel away from the casino crowd, yet still close to town, try the Tahoe Valley Lodge right on Hwy. 50 just past the "Y" (

We left the Jeep with Blazen Off Road and they will do all the repairs and upgrades over the next couple weeks.
Visit Blazen Off Road here:
More to come. Del

Friday, July 17, 2009

J&W Wreckers Sponsor Land Use Work

Thank goodness there are businesses around like J&W Wreckers ( who do not only a massive auto dismantling business, but also have an extensive repair facility, AND are supporters of land use and access! The great folks at J&W are active in many off-road associations and efforts, and have become Premier Sponsors of Del & Stacie Albright's Jeep -- keeping it repaired so it can stay on the trail, saving trails. THANK YOU, J&W.
With 10 acres of Jeep parts and jeeps ranging from 1941 to current, you can find about anything there, and these guys are pro's. They can help you on the phone, save time and save money. I've found things there that my local dealer could not produce -- still in new condition!
See my write up here and some cool pics:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Is There a Universal Symbol for Motorized Recreation?

A Symbol for Responsible Motorized Recreationists

By Del & Stacie Albright

Stacie and I are tired of seeing turtles on the back windows of cars and trucks. The turtle represents (in many cases) the anti‐access attitude and philosophy. We’re sure you’ve seen them (they’re everywhere). We feel it’s time for us, motorheads, to have a symbol – a symbol for access for all, for motors in the backcountry, for responsible access. We’re starting an initiative to find that symbol. We want your help.

The turtle's shell resembled a dome and was seen as a symbol of the dome of heaven ‐hence heavenly virtue. Generally the turtle is seen to represent: self‐containment, creative source, earthiness, being grounded, longevity, protection, shelter, and a steady approach to life. For us, it means closures and restrictions from what we've seen.

So we feel we need a symbol (that can live right along your favorite organization stickers) that the world will begin to recognize as responsible recreation – access for all. We may not agree on what organizations to belong to. We may not agree on what lawsuits to file or not file. We may not agree on who’s on first or who’s in charge. But can’t we agree on one symbol that says: Responsible Access; Access for All; Motors in the Backcountry; Freedom to travel and recreate; No More Gates; etc.

This will be organization indifferent and all encompassing. This will not be a particular rig or type of vehicle. This could be an animal that we PROMOTE as representing us. This could be about anything that we can all stand behind as OUR symbol of OUR access and freedom.

So in order to develop this idea, we want your help.We hope you will jump in with your best thoughts, even those of you with Mohawks, cold ones in hand, pool parties, and other priorities.

Read the whole concept and suggested steps here:
Thanks, Del & Stacie, Kickin' Access Team

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

NRA, BlueRibbon Coalition, and Access to Lands

National Rifle Association Fully Involved in Public Land Access Issues

The NRA has gotten heavily involved in helping to keep lands open to motorized and non-motorized access for hunters, very much like the BlueRibbon Coalition and other motorized recreation groups.

While this is certainly helpful, in my estimation, more NRA members need to join up with BlueRibbon Coalition because the myth that hunters are not OHVers has come to an end. If you use a quad, dirt bike, tote goat, jeep or 4x4 to get around in the back country, retrieve game and get to your favorite hunting spot, you ARE in fact an OHVer in the eyes of many.

We need to combine forces and build a bigger Army. See my write up here:

(hunting photo by Stacie Albright,

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 4th Parade in Rural Town America

It was a great day and awesome parade (for Mokelumne Hill, CA). We're a small, rural, northern CA town with a lot of spirit. My four-wheel drive club has the spirit and patriotism as well.

Never forget and never let freedom walk away...

Fun times were had by all (with some great 4x4 rigs with flags).

See pics here:

Friday, July 3, 2009

Independence Day, an American Celebration

Happy Independence Day, July 4th, to you and yours. I hope you will take a moment, like we will, and thank those who gave us (and continue to give us) our freedoms. Our great country was founded on freeing ourselves from socialistic tyranny and religious persecution. I for one, enjoy those freedoms, have fought for them, and still believe in the strength that makes America strong.
Enjoy a parade, wave an American flag, take a kid to see fireworks -- any and all those things we have the freedom to do in the good ole USA. Bless us and our great country.
Happy Independence Day!