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Easter Jeep Safari 2018

It's Easter Jeep Safari, and we're in Moab, Utah, soaking up the landscape and the wheelin'. Keep up with all the action here. We'll be updating this page with links to photos and recaps from this week's festivities.

March 26: Baja Designs Night Run

March 27: Ladies Offroad Experience

March 28: Area BFG Takeover | Grandpa's Garage

March 29: Ladies Offroad Fun Run

March 30: That's All, Folks

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If you're here — or coming here — welcome! Come visit us at the Garage. We've got tools and people to help if you break something on a trail. (PS — It's free!)

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If you're not, that's okay, too. Follow along on Instagram — we'll be posting stories from all around Moab, plus you'll likely see a few familiar faces: Travis Daines (@Jeepfreeks), @Charlene Bower@Del Albright@Lance Clifford, Gary Enterline (@Dr. Dirt).

While you're at it, make sure you check out their stories on the Garage:

Travis | Charlene | Del | Lance | Gary

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EJS 2018: That's All, Folks

Wheelin' and explorin' is a huge part of Easter Jeep Safari, but what makes it truly amazing is the people. Thanks to Travis of @Jeepfreeks@Charlene Bower@Del Albright@Lance Clifford, and all the folks we met in town, at Area BFE, and on the trails this year.

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And for those who couldn't join us, there's always 2019. In the meantime, we hope this whet your appetite for 4x4s,  slickrock, and a set of sticky BFGs. (We hear the KM3s are coming out pretty soon...)

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And if this wasn't enough, not to worry. We've got some more stories from the people we met that we'll be sharing soon. Happy Easter!

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EJS 2018: Ladies Offroad Fun Run

With Easter Jeep Safari winding down, we met up with @Charlene Bower and a small posse of women from her Ladies Offroad Network for an afternoon fun run. Led by Heidi Rowan of Outlaw Jeep Adventures in Moab, a mismatched group of vehicles — including a fully built crawler, a white Cherokee with a manual transmission, a nearly stock Tacoma, a Tacoma-turned-pre-runner, and Frankie the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep — set off to Sand Flats Recreation Area and tackled parts of the the Fins & Things trail. We capped off the afternoon with a quick detour to Baby Lion's Back before heading back to town.

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Read more about why Charlene is focusing on bringing women into the world of off-roading.

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EJS 2018: Grandpa's Garage

If you're in Moab, you've gotta make a stop at Grandpa's Garage. All the folks who participated in the Area BFG takeover earlier in the day got an invite to the Gathering in Moab at Danny Grimes' property. Tacos, drinks, fire pits, community, and raffle prizes — including Raceline Wheels, BFGoodrich tires, and more — helped ward off the cool evening weather.

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EJS 2018: Area BFG

Area BFE? More like Area BFG. 

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BFGoodrich Tires, Raceline Wheels, WARN Industries, AEV Conversions, and Mac's Tie Downs brought together a group of rigs and drivers for a day on the trails in Area BFE. 

Soon-to-be-released Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires also made appearances on industry Jeeps at this gathering, while tire engineers gave a quick overview of the new tires' development.

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EJS 2018: Ladies Offroad Experience

Charlene Bower and the Ladies Offroad Network hosted a meet-and-greet at the Garage with special guest and groundbreaking racer Jessi Combs. Along with product demos and hands-on instruction on Hi-Lift jacks, changing tires, Pull Pal, and Warn Industries winches, Bower announced the 3rd annual Ladies Offroad Challenge.

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EJS 2018: Baja Designs Night Run

If you're going to do an after dark trail ride, you could do a lot worse than partnering with the folks from Baja Designs.

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A small group gathered at Area BFE around sunset on March 26 — despite temps that dropped and some cold, insistent wind blowing in from the La Sal Mountains. The train of 4x4s went on a loop connecting the Lockjaw, Greenday, and Strike Ravine trails, including an admirable — but unsuccessful — attempt at Suicide Hill. (Sorry Jered — better luck next time, but also maybe some lockers?)

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And for the finale after the run, Baja Designs showed off a few prototype lights.




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Six Questions with a JeepFreek

Editor’s note: Travis Daines is the man behind one of the largest online Jeeping communities around: Jeepfreeks.com. Here, he tells us a little about his love for Jeeps, wheelin’, and what it means to be a JeepFreek — just in time for Easter Jeep Safari 2018.

 


 

Why Jeeps?

I grew up in South Weber, Utah, and we owned a 1949 Willys CJ2A. One of the earliest photos I have of myself was taken at Sand Mountain, Utah. I was 4 months old, and I’m riding in that Jeep while being held by my mom. My childhood was centered around that Jeep.

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We went camping, hunting, and picnicking down by the Weber River, all in the Jeep. My dad was a great driver, and he was always pushing that Jeep to the edge. There was a watermark in the speedometer from him crossing the river behind our house. He was known for his crazy driving in the town we lived in, so learning to off road with him made us a little better than if we had found our own way. 

How did you start JeepFreeks?

Back on October 5, 2012, we were on a family trip to Moab. My nephew Rick trailered his Jeep down for the weekend. He wasn’t done with the build, and as he sat on the trailer installing a steering link, I snapped a photo. I thought to myself, These are  the stories I need to tell the world

The first mod you do is to yourself. 

On November 23, 2012, Jeepfreeks.com was born. The foundation of this community is passion, and I will always tell the everyman story, like a teenager building a YJ with every penny he can earn. That’s passion. We can all relate to the backyard or home garage-built Jeeps. That’s the foundation of the Jeep Life and that’s why I do this.

What does being a JeepFreek mean?

To be one of the JeepFreeks is easy. Just uphold the values that the Jeep community has in the real world: be positive, be helpful, be respectful.

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On the trail, you’ll have some problems. We just work through them to get everyone home safe. From the outside, you’ll see the best version of someone when they’re helping others get through the obstacles on the trail. Jeep people don’t compete like other off-road groups. We’re there to help others along. 

I love seeing someone having their first time on a difficult trail. At first, they are completely overwhelmed, but once everyone gets involved in helping, you see them growing right in front of you

What do you drive?

I have a slightly built TJ. It’s got a 2-inch lift, open diffs, a manual transmission, and 32-inch BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/A KM2s. I am challenged every time I go off road.

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To me, that’s the most over looked part of building any off-road vehicle. Too many times, people won’t even go wheeling until their build is complete. They have modified every component possible but haven’t built any driving skill first. The first mod you do is to yourself.

What does BFGoodrich mean to you?

In 2015, I got an email from Carrie Woodward [Global Brand Manager for BFGoodrich]. She invited me to Frozen Rush in Maine that winter. When we finally met her in person, it was like being welcomed into the family. My wife and I met so many of the BFGoodrich family on that trip, and it was an eye opener to see a company of this size be full of some of the best people I know.

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I’ve been to several events and gotten to know people from top-level corporate to the guys working at the Garage. Honestly, the BFG family has had a huge impact on my life. The principals and values I mentioned about the Jeep Life lives in the BFG Family. Hanging out with BFGoodrich is always the best part of the events we go to.

What is your favorite part about wheeling?

What I love the most is seeing someone new, or someone who is having their first time on a difficult trail. At first, they are completely overwhelmed by the obstacle in front of them. Once everyone gets involved in helping, you see them growing right in front of you, reaching a little deeper inside themselves for the courage to step a bit further outside the limits of their mind.

They see the cooperation needed to keep the team safe, and it really is a team. No one is left to make it on their own. No one. No matter what your background, your age, your gender, your economic status, wheeling outside your comfort zone with others who are willing to help you will teach you life lessons you won’t find elsewhere, and you’ll have fun doing it.

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Read up on Travis' Ultimate Off-Road Experience, and check in with BFGoodrich's social media next week for some ground-level Easter Jeep Safari experiences from this JeepFreek. Also make sure to follow @jeepfreeks on Instagram.

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