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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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I have talked to alot of people here at the shop about wheeling parks down south. Most of them have told me that they are affraid of getting into trails that are too hard and wrecking their Jeeps or getting physical harm to themselves. Alot of these people also treat the Badlands with the same regards.

At every park I have wheeled (Badlands, Flat Nasty, Windrock, Tellico, and Harlan) all have about 5x as many intermediate trails then hardcore trails. None of the trails in any of those parks just turn into gnarly trails that are impossible. A jeep on 33's with open diffs could run most of tellico and on stuff you have problems with, alot have bypasses or easy places to winch.

Everytime we go down south, I have more and more fun. The first time running in the Mountains of Tellico, I was in awe of the scernery. People talk about 200' drop offs here and 300' drop off there, but I have never felt that my life was in harms way while wheeling on trails in higher altitude. I wish I would have had a less capable wheeler for Tellico, as most of the trails were intermidate.

I just am getting tired of listening to everyone say they are scared of these trails. You are really missing out on great views, fun trails and really enjoying long trail rides. If your affraid that if you go, you might feel embarrassed for not finishing something, get OVER IT! I have come upon alot of trails that I have not tried, or didn't finish. I would hate to see people never take a trip south because of their misconceptions of what the trails are really like!

Alot of these trails may close in the future ahead, So go and run them while you still can! Trust me, you won't regret it!

Rosie out.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:47 PM   #2
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i love heading south, can't stand wheeling at attica anymore, strictly based on the fact that for 3 more hours of driving i can be in harlan on more trails than i could do in a weekend. scenery is no comparison, trail difficulty is as hard as you want, and the rocks don't seem to be nearly as sharp, and there's nothing better than driving over a rock bigger than your house.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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I'm wheeling Tellico the 2nd week of Dec.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #4
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LOL, I couldn't get off the SUV trails in Tellico with my old XJ and 31" BFG M/Ts,
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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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i have not had the chance to go anywhere more south than MI.
i know very few people with rigs and would not want to go on my own.

i dont think it would be that big of a deal, given that there is plenty of people around there and i would think cell phones work.

i have been up in canada in some nerve racking spots with noone around for miles with no cell phones.
and on top of that it was just me and my brother im my jeep alone.


so given the chance to go with people. i dont see not trying anything if you have people to help you.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #6
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Cell phones definatly dont work down south in the mountains lol. Stan's phone usually works, but we have stand on each others shoulders, 4 ppl high!
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Old November 14th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #7
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After wheeling down south, Michigan is alot less fun.

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Cell phones definatly dont work down south in the mountains lol. Stan's phone usually works, but we have stand on each others shoulders, 4 ppl high!
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Old November 14th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #9
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Cell phones definatly dont work down south in the mountains lol. Stan's phone usually works, but we have stand on each others shoulders, 4 ppl high!
When at tellico, I usually call my wife at the top of guardrail or helicopter pad. Other than that area, I pretty much haven't gotten a signal with verizon or nextel until we are headed home.
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I have not yet had a chance to wheel down south, i really want to though, It sounds like it would be a blast.
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Now I want another rig.......primarily to look up Stans shorts
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Now I want another rig.......primarily to look up Stans shorts
Take him on your boat, and then up his shorts. No undies!
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Old November 14th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #13
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Liked tellico a ton, harlan was fun, but, heh, the group I was with even there didn't want to run through some of the fun stuff and didn't even want me to run through can opener because they were worried on if I borke how they'd get me out

But I also enjoy trails in canada just as much, and brimy's comments could just as easily go for places like that, too.

I think its just hard to get people out of their comfort zone.


In general, though, this is why I scratched the buggy I had started this spring and am building a Jeep thats smaller than my old toyota. More fun with less vehicle.
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When at tellico, I usually call my wife at the top of guardrail or helicopter pad. Other than that area, I pretty much haven't gotten a signal with verizon or nextel until we are headed home.
Hehehehe, true story, top of helicopter pad was the only place I coudl get signal, but still couldn't make a call, so called home using Stan's phone. That guy is everywhere...
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When we made our Three park trip last April, it cost me $1000 to tow 1700 miles, admission into 3 parks for myself and my wife and cabin rentals. This last trip to Windrock, I spent less then $600 total.

I would really challenge people to take at least one trip 500+ miles away once a year. You do it once and you will count down the days to go back.
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The thing that gets me is, I could never be content only wheeling one state or one area... There are way too many places I want to see!


You're dead on with the intermediate trails too. We used to go to Moab every year and in the beginning it was all with one locker and 31s. Always had a blast no matter what. Plus, its a lot cheaper usually in fuel to get a few friends or family driven out of state for wheeling than it is to get those same people flown somewhere on "vacation".


Oh, and we did a lot of trips back in the day by ourselves and just met up with random people at the trail heads. Met some cool people that way. Especially now with the age of the internet, there shouldn't be any excuse for finding people to tag along with
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i'm scared of the trails at silver lake
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Other side of the coin, though.

Everywhere you go, really depends on a lot of factors, and how much its been ripped up. For example, just a simple rainstorm can take something from boring to an all day affair.


Tellico for sure gets ripped up and changed. I know I've heard, and seen video of people going up guardrail with 31-33s. When we were there, we had a group of about 8 on 35-38s, locked capable rigs, no one could do it without a string. Only saw one vehicle make it, he was on red labels. Likewise, we came down 12 at night when it was slick, just about everyone took some good body damage. Daytime, dry weather, going uphill, would have been a lot different.





Hell, I don't care where it is, getting out, camping on a nice crisp sept/oct day, good wheeling, good times.

Fawk I gotta finish my Jeep....
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I have been south once a year for the last 3 yrs, never been down there with anyone that has gone south before so it usually dont get interesting till we are about to leave, still the sights are worth the trip and we ALWAYS have a blast
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