Campbell’s Ledge: A Jeeper’s First Adventure

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Seeing this trail again for the first time might elicit the same reaction from me.  Excitement and anticipation, a lack of hesitation, all culminating in the echoing thought, “let’s go.”  It’s not a rough trail or even a challenging one, it’s just a great way to get your feet wet.

For a few months now since my friend John bought his new 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, JKR for those who own them, and all the parts he’s added to it, he’s wanted to go wheelin’.   Being home for a short while gives me a good opportunity to show him some the trails, dirt roads, and grass-covered paths I would venture down in my own JK.  But there was one in particular he kept talking about: Campbell’s Ledge.

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Growing up loving the outdoors it’s no surprise Matt is an off-road guy and more specifically a Jeep one. A creative at heart, he’s always looking for something to build and design whether it be from LEGOs, Photoshop, or code. Currently he spends most of his downtime working on and improving (read: repairing) his Jeep JK for the weekends and the next unpaved road he finds. One day he hopes to make the trek to Moab from his current state of Kansas with his own Jeep, to test his limits as an off-roader. And maybe one day, run King of the Hammers.

Jeep Wrangler JK: Death of a Driveshaft

2007 Jeep Wrangler JK

Looking back over the last 8 years, we’ve had some trying times.  From broken drive shafts to flooded differentials, electrical gremlins to broken clock springs and even the dreaded and sometimes scary “death wobble”. Honestly, some of these events shook my faith in what we had together.

But none of these dark days could compare to the satisfaction that goes with finally reaching the summit of a mountain pass after a long, rocky climb.  Even the mundane, daily on-road driving is better.  The latest of these semi-paved adventures was a cross-country trek from northeastern Pennsylvania to the great and flat state of Kansas with little more than tire wear and a good sunburn to show for it.

She’s gotten me out of more trouble than she has ever gotten me in and with a few more modifications, I expect her to continue to.

All of these experiences, good and bad, I will keep with me long after we have parted ways.  There are things I would do differently, of course.  Especially if I knew then what I do now.  But those challenges have given me an experience I would not want to give back.  If you don’t know me or haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about my beloved 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK. Continue reading “Jeep Wrangler JK: Death of a Driveshaft”

Growing up loving the outdoors it’s no surprise Matt is an off-road guy and more specifically a Jeep one. A creative at heart, he’s always looking for something to build and design whether it be from LEGOs, Photoshop, or code. Currently he spends most of his downtime working on and improving (read: repairing) his Jeep JK for the weekends and the next unpaved road he finds. One day he hopes to make the trek to Moab from his current state of Kansas with his own Jeep, to test his limits as an off-roader. And maybe one day, run King of the Hammers.

Winching 101: Choosing the Right Winch

Having the right winch is essential to keeping you and others on the trail and out of the deep stuff.No one likes getting stuck. Whether it’s in the snow or the mud, waiting for rescue puts a damper on your adventure and your spirits. Every time you head out on the trail, you should be aware of the dangers of getting stuck and be prepared if a situation arises. One of the most important pieces of equipment any off-roader can have in his or her arsenal is a good quality winch. Continue reading “Winching 101: Choosing the Right Winch”

Growing up loving the outdoors it’s no surprise Matt is an off-road guy and more specifically a Jeep one. A creative at heart, he’s always looking for something to build and design whether it be from LEGOs, Photoshop, or code. Currently he spends most of his downtime working on and improving (read: repairing) his Jeep JK for the weekends and the next unpaved road he finds. One day he hopes to make the trek to Moab from his current state of Kansas with his own Jeep, to test his limits as an off-roader. And maybe one day, run King of the Hammers.