The Trailridge Runners began in 1985. In 1987 our ranks were reduced to three, which became the officers of the club. Since that time we have slowly built a core group of members and taken steps to become more involved with the umbrella organizations of four wheeling and the public land managing agencies. The Trailridge Runners 4WD club is composed of all types of vehicles; 4Runners, Jeeps, Pickups, Scouts, Pathfinders, and all types of people; single, married, families. The interests that draw us together are the history of Colorado, the scenery of the high country, the challenge of the trail, and the companionship of others with our interests. Our goal on the trail is to get everyone through all difficult areas. We like to run our trips with minimal breakdowns, but we come prepared for these instances.
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The Trailridge Runners explore the history and scenery of the west. We enjoy casual sight seeing trips, remote camping, challenging 4WD roads, and working together as a team. Our trips range from one day trips to week long excursions. Difficulty levels vary from fall color runs to the high Colorado passes.
Annual dues are $35. This includes membership in the Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs. A printed newsletter cost an extra $5 annually. Prospective members should attend a meeting to have any questions answered.
Annual dues are $80. This includes membership in the Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, and Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. A printed newsletter cost an extra $5 annually. Prospective members should attend a meeting to have any questions answered.
For those that live out of state or can't normally attend club meetings or events. Annual dues are $15. This includes subscription to the club newsletter and admittance to all club functions and events.
Articles and photos from members can be published in the newsletter. Preferred article media is CD, in any text format, but hand written or typed can be used. Photos can be Black and White, or Color print, or digital camera files less than 1Meg in size. Include a description of what, where, and when. All materials will be returned to the owner, with every effort taken to protect their original condition.
As a part of our 4WD trips to various places around the Rocky Mountains, we feel that documentation of these trips is important. Since our members have a wide range of technical skills, it is important to list our expectations.
- At the basic level the Trip Leaders are expected to do the following:
- After each trip, the trail leader has the responsibility to talk about the trip at the next club meeting. This is the minimum requirement. Depending upon his/her skills further documentation can be provided.
- Our club web site has a page of links to many trips taken in the past. Adding your trip requires very little work. Just simply forward text and pictures to the club secretary. Often this documentation can be used for an article in HighTrails. Our web site will continue to serve as the focal point for documentation, no matter what medium is chosen by the trail leader.
- In the past several years some trip leaders have chosen to use a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the trips at club meetings. Not all members have the knowledge of PowerPoint. The files can easily be shown with a Mac or PC computer. Some Mac users may wish to use Keynote to prepare their presentation. These types of presentations are enjoyed by the club. If you want to make such a presentation, just contact Don Lamprecht to make sure he brings his projector to the next meeting. These presentation files are very large and cannot be uploaded to the current web site because of storage limitations. These large files can be downsized in several different ways.
- Starting with a recent PowerPoint file containing 200 images (file size 331 mb) several options include:
- Saving it as a movie file reduces it to 214 mb.
- Saving it as a PDF reduces it to 304 mb.
- In PowerPoint>File>Reduce File Size>Select Best for sending in email (96 ppi). This reduces the file size to 81 mb.
- There are also ways to reduce PDF file sizes, but they involve owning a program like Adobe Acrobat or PDFPenPro or by hand editing some system files to use quartz size reduction filters. Using PDFPenPro (Mac software) and exporting to a tiff file (web, 72dpi) reduced the file size to 176 mb.
- If you don't have Powerpoint on your home computer, there is another low cost option where you can put together a presentation just using a web browser. It's called Google Drive. On Google Drive you can save many sorts of files like photos, text files, spreadsheet files and presentations. You can even show these presentations from a browser using an LCD projector. Best of all you can send the link of the file to Adam to include in the TRR web site using zero storage.
- Another form of documentation that we have developed over the past 1-2 years has been Yogile.com. This has been a convenient location to share pictures. Brian Gilgren has had a training session in the past. This is a skill that members who take photos are encouraged to learn. If you've led a trip and want to prepare a PowerPoint presentation, this is an excellent source of photos to fill in any "holes" you may have because you forgot your camera or its battery is dead. The club may also consider switching to Flickr in the future. Its advantage is that you can use geolocated photos and there is a map view that allows you to see where photos were taken. Geolocated photos contain the latitude and longitude information embedded in the EXIF data.
- Another good documentation method uses sites such as EveryTrail.com. These sites allow you to upload geolocated photos and GPS tracks from your GPS unit(s). Links to these trips can easily be listed on the TRR web site and requires almost zero storage. EveryTrail is a free web site. One needs to establish an account with a user name and password. Members can download the GPS tracks from the web site (much like traildamage.com). There is also a nice elevation profile to view. Labels can be included with the photos to add a narrative to the trip. There are Android and IOS versions of an EveryTrail app that can be left running during the trip. It will collect a track and it even geolocates pictures you take with your smart device. You don't need cell service to record the trip. When you get back home just upload the entire file to the web site where you can then add captions to the photos.
Club bylaws are available to members in the "Documents" section.
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Club bylaws are available to members in the "Documents" section.
Disclaimer: Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Inc. and or its members are not responsible for personal or property damage sustained on or in conjunction with club events. Please be careful.