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2016 July Newsletter

Adam Mehlberg  | Published on 7/2/2016
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners
4WD Club

P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502 Newsletter
July 2016
Club Business
Club Meeting
Friday July 8th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm - Meeting, LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80504. Open to all members and guests.

The church is located 1/4 mile west of US 287 (Main Street) on the north side of Hwy66. Cross street is Gay. The main entrance is in the center of the building with two flags on each side of the main doors.
Next Meeting:
6:30pm to 6:59pm - Social Time
7:00pm to 9:00pm - Meeting
  • Statement on meeting etiquette.
  • Welcome guests.
  • Treasury amount and Fund amount.
  • Vote in any new members.
  • TRR Club Express update. (Details handled before or after meeting.)
  • Discuss options to pay our support organization dues in January or February each year to resolve late notices to members.
  • Discuss new club cooler purchase.
  • New/Other business.
  • Planning for the COA4WDCI Public Lands Day.
  • Planning for the COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting.
  • Planning for the Crescent Mackinaw trip.
  • Planning for the Mile Hi Jeep Club All-4-Fun event.
  • Planning for the Ladies Run.
  • Planning for the Horiuchi Mystery trip.
  • Planning for the Rocky Mountain High trip.
  • Planning for the T-33 Crash Site trip.
  • Review of the Miller Rock project/campout.
  • Review of the Middle St. Vrain project/campout.
  • Review of the 4th of July trip.
  • Update calendar of events. Leaders to inform club on changes made to the online calendar.
  • Close meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • Guests were Glenn Gilbert.
  • Treasurer and Fund reports were read.
  • The new Club Express TRR website is done. Conversion of the registrar and shut down of the old site will happen in July. The 2016 calendar of events is only on the new site. There is a link from the old site to the new calendar. The newsletter can also be found on the new web site in the News section.
  • When creating photo albums on Club Express, make sure to include the date in the title of your album for future reference when people view your photo album.
  • Planning for the June 18-19 Miller Rock campout and work project. Will camp in the meadow by the St. Vrain River. Project will be on the main obstacle to stabilize the side drop off of the road below the obstacle. Meet at the Longmont north Wal-Mart at 8:00am.
  • Planning for the June 25-26 Middle St. Vrain / Coney Flats seasonal review and campout. We will be doing our annual review of the road to see if it can be opened as well as other route control projects and installing the trail head sign at the end of the Middle St. Vrain road. Lunch will be provided in the meadow past the two water holes at 11:30am. This will also be where we will camp. Bring a can of Chili to throw in the pot for dinner.
  • Planning for the 4th of July trip. Will meet at Roy’s Last Shot on the Peak to Peak Highway at 11:30am for lunch.
  • Planning for the Crescent / Mackinaw Lakes camping trip.
  • July 10 will be the COA4WDCI Public Lands Day volunteer project event. For the Boulder Ranger District, the project will be at Gordon Gulch north of Nederland.
  • Need to purchase a new Club Cooler. Propose that Richard Harmon look into purchasing a new club cooler with wheels.
  • Motion to close meeting by Christy Howe. Second by Judy Turner. Meeting adjourned.
Club News


The TRRTalk forum is on our Club Express page. Go to TRR Main page and login. Click your member section in the upper right and then click on your profile. Select the Froum link at the bottom to set your preferences and forums you want to join.

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For questions on TRRTALK send an email to Gail Straty at WilyCoyot(at) or Brian Gilgren at bgilgren(at) with TRRTALK in the subject line

Club Refreshments

The following people are signed up to bring refreshments to the club meetings.
  • Jul - Bill and Linda Gilgren
  • Aug - Jeff and Jennifer Teebken
  • Sep - Wally and Pat Cleaveland
  • Oct - Larry and Paulette McGimsey
  • Nov - Gary and Tina Bogott, Greg Beery
  • Dec - Marc and Jennifer Dominguez

For Sale

Snow Tires and rims. Four BFGoodrich T/A LT-265/70 R17 $200, all four. Honda 4 bolt 13" rims $50 all four.
Contact Roger Briden (303)402-0682

Conceal Carry Training Offered

Here is a special offer for greatly reduced costs for CONCEAL CARRY training classes.
Rick Kilton is an experienced NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, teaching Concealed Carry and other firearms classes like NRA Basic Pistol.
The Concealed Carry class is 4 hours of classroom instruction with no live fire included. At the end of the class the students will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by a Certified NRA Firearms Instructor (required) that would be used to apply for the Concealed Carry permit at the local Sheriff's office, along with the application and proper fees.
The typical fee for this class is $75 but will be only $50 per person for TRR members, family, and friends. The class is held in Rick's home in Berthoud. Class times and dates are established based on the student desires and schedules. He would request at least 2 students per class, there is no maximum class size. Students do not need to own a gun to take this class. Rick uses various firearms to illustrate types of guns used in Concealed Carry. Students who own a gun may bring the gun to class for "Show and Tell' but all ammo must be left in the car. This class is very useful in starting to choose a Concealed Carry gun.

Colorado Concealed Carry Classes
Rick Kilton provides Concealed Handgun training to residents of Colorado. Classes are intended for new conceal carry applicants or to give current conceal carry holders the training they need to keep up with Colorado's firearm and deadly force laws. Class times are typically 4-5 hours and taught by this NRA Certified Instructor.

Classes Cover:
  • Choosing your carry weapon
  • Choosing your carry technique (Holsters and Handbags)
  • Choosing your Ammunition
  • Colorado Deadly Force Statutes and Laws (Extremely important for gun owners)
  • How to avoid a deadly force situation
  • Determining when you can use deadly force
  • The "Threat Triangle"
  • Exercises and role playing
  • What to say and do after a shooting incident
Future handguns owners and people who want basic pistol training with live fire exercises contact Rick for a custom program for you or your group.

Call or Text Rick at 303-619-9151 or email at for questions or class arrangements.
Recent Trip Articles

Trailridge Runners 4WD Club - Article
Miller Rock Project and Camp Out
by Adam Mehlberg
We had a good group of people show up for the Miller Rock project and camp out on June 18th. The main crew met at the north Wal-Mart in Longmont. We headed up to Riverside/Raymond and picked up the rest of the crew, including the Beth Liska from the Boulder Ranger District, at the Raymond Store. The whole group headed up to the public lands boundary where we aired down and planned for the day.

We all headed up to the top of the ridge where some of the group went to Miller Rock to check out the view. The rest of the group went down to the main obstacle and set up for the work project. First order of business was to find a tree to use as a support for the road edge. We found a candidate and pulled it down to the repair site.
Log moving Moving our support log into place

After trimming the limbs we drilled holes at each end and anchored the log with T-Bars. We decided to drag down another fallen tree to fill in the base better and placed it inside the first tree. With some extra anchoring to a large pine tree we began filling the supported area up with large and small rocks. Vic used Gordon’s trailer to haul in the rocks. He had to drive the obstacle up and down quite a few times. It took a few trailer loads to get the gaps filled in. Next we dug out the inside slope of the road and moved that dirt to fill in around the rocks. It took a few bucks to get the rocks filled in, which will help hold them together.
Filling in road Filling side hill support

As a side project, Beth had Gordon pulled a large downed tree up to block the ATV by pass that went around the main obstacle. Late in the afternoon we were finally done and collected up all the tools.

Most headed home after a long days work while Larry, Jim, Paula, Ray and I went down to camp in the meadow by the river. After setting up camp we all went to the swimming hole and cooled off in the upper pool as the water was running too fast in the lower pool.
Ray Comeau going down Miller Rock obstacle Ray going down the obstacle
Bob Byrd going down Miller Rock obstacle Bob going down the obstacle

That evening Gordon and Christy hiked down from their house and spend some time with us around the camp fire. The next morning I walked up and looked at the obstacle on the south side of the river that has blocked that section of road for years. Looks like another retaining wall project to me.

We all headed out in the morning and gave the few hikers that were on the road a show as we climbed up the main obstacle.
Paula on obstacle Paula on the obstacle
Larry on obstacle Larry on the obstacle

Look for more photos in the 2016 June, Miller Rock Project photo album

Trailridge Runners 4WD Club - Article
Middle St. Vrain/Coney Flats Project and Camp Out
by Adam Mehlberg
On June 25th our club was back to work on the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats 4WD roads. This was going to be a big logistics project this year. We gathered at the Middle St. Vrain parking lot early Saturday morning. As we waited for Kariann and Mary from the Boulder Ranger District to arrive with the rails for the buck and rail fencing we planned out the day. We would be running the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats roads to make sure all of the snow had melted and the road was ready for vehicle traffic. The group doing this would also haul up the new Middle St. Vrain trail head Wilderness sign and install it on the other side of the river. They would also install carsonite signs at the pond on the south side of the Coney Creek crossing to keep the public from driving into the pond. Last year someone decided that driving into the pond would be cool.

The second group would be working at the Middle St. Vrain entrance painting the kiosk and host site picnic table, doing maintenance on the road at the gate, and putting a rock back into the main obstacle that had been moved.

A third group would be hauling up the 200 feet of buck and rail fencing. Gordon and Josh made three trips from the entrance to the water holes with trailer full of fencing to get all 200 feet moved.
Kiosk plaques Kiosk with Darrel and John's plaques

I was with the group at the entrance and by noon we had most of the work done. Bob, Jana, and Laddie did all of the painting on the kiosk and picnic table. With lunch provided we all drove up to the water holes, where the buck and rail was going, and enjoyed a relaxing lunch in the shade. Thanks to Justin Kennymore and Liz Shires for providing us with a great lunch.
Entrance obstacle repair Working on the entrance obstacle repair

After lunch we used our radios to find out that the first group had installed the sign and were at Coney Flats. We headed back up to the entrance and finished up the work, loading the last of the buck and rail into Josh’s trailer and then Gordon, Steve, Karen and I worked on the re-planting of our obstacle rock. Using a rock bar and people power we dropped the first rock into the hole we made and then moved the second rock into place. We packed the dirt back in with hopes the rocks would stay put this time.

Kariann arrived back at the Middle St. Vrain parking lot with the crew that drove the road around 5pm. We re-shuffled tools and loaded up the stuff we no longer needed into the Forest Service truck. Kariann thanked us for our volunteer work and head back to the Forest Service center at Nederland.

With our work done we all headed back to the water holes and the shade trees to camp for the night. Dinner was cooked up by Matt and Carol Anne. We all donated a can of Chili to the pot. After dinner Jim and Paula headed back up to Coney Flats to retrieve a Fiskar saw that Tom, in the first group, had left unintentionally.

The next morning was the final project. We would be installing the buck and rail fencing along the first water hole where people had started driving into the marsh along the water hole crossings. We worked on the east side first, as it was a bit dryer, and build as we went, paying special attention to the power cord connections to make sure they stayed out of the water. It took 70 feet of buck and rail to reinforce the route on this side of the water hole. The west side would be a bit more difficult. We hauled the pieces across the water and mud by having Ray, Richard, and Jim who had boots, do the watery part of the relay. Ray almost lost a boot in one deep muddy area.
Buck and Rail construction Starting the buck and rail at the water hole

Once we got the first section in place it was just a matter of building sections through the mud and water where the edge of the road use to be. The section took about 80 feet.

We had a few sections left so we replaced some very old buck and rail, that had fallen down, along the second water hole. This section was done in short order. It was time to collect up all the tools and pack up the camping stuff to head out and unlock the gate. I left my black 100 foot extension cord by a section of buck and rail we had built last year intending to get it when I came across the second water hole. Of course I forgot it.
Buck and Rail completed Buck and rail completed

After a group picture we started back to the Middle St. Vrain parking lot. Ray picked a wrong line and got hung up on a rock just past the old corduroy road repair. Bob pulled him off the rock in short order. When we got to the gate, there were ATVs and Razors waiting to get in to run the road. We unlocked the gate and let the masses in. Our troubles were not over though. Jim had hit his emergency brake drum on his drive shaft (1970s style E-brake) and damaged it to the point he would need to be towed home. This is when I realized I had left my extension cord back at the water holes. Great.

So, Paula got hooked up to tow Jim home, Karla and Richard volunteered to go back to the water holes to look for my extension cord, and I headed over to the Beaver Reservoir to unlock the Coney Flats gate. By the time I got back to the Middle St. Vrain, Richard and Karla had made it back out, but did not find the extension cord. It seemed the ATVs and Razor guys must have picked it up. Of course they had to come back to the Middle St. Vrain because they are not street legal. We had taken enough time that we were there when they came out and they had pick up the extension cord. So in the end we retrieved all of the lost equipment.

Thanks to everyone that stepped up and helped make this complex project a success.

Look for more photos in the 2016 June, Middle St. Vrain Project photo album


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