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2017 September newsletter

Adam Mehlberg  | Published on 9/10/2017
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502

  September 2017 Newsletter

Club forum, email to, which will go to all TRR members
Club Business
Club Meeting
Wednesday September 13th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm - Meeting, Moose Lodge #1548, 2200 Pratt Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Open to all members and guests.

The lodge is one street west of main, between 21st and 23rd on Pratt Street. We'll be in the north hall. Folks who arrive early will need to enter at the main entrance, take the 2nd left, off the lobby, enter the middle hall and continue north to the north hall. The front door is a key card door but there is a button for the bar tenders to open the door. Those that arrive early can prop the door open on east side of the north hall so folks can park on the east side of the building and enter through that door.

Next Meeting:
6:30pm to 7:00pm - Social Time
7:00pm to 8:30pm - Meeting
  • Welcome guests.
  • Treasury amount and Fund amount.
  • Vote in any new members.
  • TRR Club Express update.
  • New/Other business.
  • TRR Trivia.
  • Update calendar of events. Leaders to inform club on changes made to the online calendar.
  • Planning for the Miller Rock project.
  • Planning for the Buena Vista trip.
  • Panning for the Rollins Pass FS multi-club trip.
  • Review of the Morrison Jeep Trail trip in Wyoming.
  • Review of the Middle St. Vrain bog project.
  • Review of the solar eclipse trip to Nebraska.
  • Review of the Pass Hoppers trip.
  • TRR Trivia results.
  • Close meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • Welcomed new members James and Tonja Henneke.
  • Guest was Mike Cohan.
  • Treasurers report was read.
  • Fund report was read. Discussion on investment options. Motion by Matt Schwall, second by John Howell to invest in a 5 year CD. Motion passed. We have invested $15,000 into a 5 year CD at 2.3% interest.
  • Club Express update. Discussion on forums. Tom Crosman will be the admin for TRR Forums. Created as an email to quick send stuff to all of the members that have enabled getting forum emails. It will work just like
  • Invite for the Frederick/Firestone Miners Parade on September 16th. No interest.
  • Fourth TRR Trivia done at the meeting by Laddie Hanus. See article.
  • Planning for the Morrison trip to Wyoming in August.
  • Planning for the Solar Eclipse trip.
  • Planning for the Solar Eclipse/Gordon’s birthday party.
  • Planning for the Middle St. Vrain bog project.
  • Planning for the Pass Hoppers trip.
  • Review of the Mike (Mile) High II trip.
  • Review of the Peru Creek and Chihuahua Gulch trip.
  • Review of the COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting.
  • Review of the All-4-Fun event.
  • Motion to close meeting by Wanda Comeau and second by Vic Walter. Meeting adjourned.
Club News


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Club Refreshments

The following people are signed up to bring refreshments to the club meetings.
  • Sep – Allen and Tammy Peterson
  • Oct –
  • Nov – Paulette and Larry McGimsey (salad)
  • Dec - Marc and Jennifer Dominguez

TRR Trivia – September 2017

Last month’s TRR trivia was presented by Laddie Hanus, who has scored the most points so far.

Question: Which member of the Beatles recorded a song after the group’s breakup with the word “Jeep” in the title?

Answer: George Harrison.

The song is I remember Jeep, recorded on the triple album All Things Will Pass in 1970. Eric Clapton as well as many other rock stars of the time joined in this “jam session.” Jeep was the name of Eric’s dog.
Congratulations to Jim C, Karla H, Kerry B, Matt S, Mike M, and Vic and Debbie for getting this one right. As I mentioned to several people, most of those in the room had at least a 25% chance of getting this one right, and indeed all four members of the Beatles were listed as guesses, as well as the one lone guess of Alan Jackson.
In the ‘points’ total, Laddie H continues to hold his lead with 4 points. There is a tie for second place between Jim C, Mike M, and Vic and Debbie, with 3 points each. The September trivia question will be brought to you by Jim Campbell.

For Sale

Manual Hoist for a TJ Hard Top $125.00.
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Middle St. Vrain bogs

By Adam Mehlberg

2002 Bog

2002 MDLSTVRN bog
Start of bog
2002 MDLSTVRN bog repair
Bog repair
2002 MDLSTVRN bog fixed
Bog fixed

2008 bog

2008 MDLSTVRN bog
Bog fixing
2008 MDLSTVRN bog fixed
Bog fixed

2010 bog

2010 MDLSTVRN bog
Bog hole
2010 MDLSTVRN bog repair
Bog fixing
2010 MDLSTVRN bog progress
Making progress
2010 MDLSTVRN bog fixed
Bog repaired

2012 bog

2012 MDLSTVRN bog
Small bog
2012 MDLSTVRN bog repair
Bog repair
2012 MDLSTVRN bog fixed
Bog fixed

Recent Trip Articles

Middle St. Vrain bog project

By Adam Mehlberg


On August 19th, 2017 our club members once again headed to the Middle St. Vrain to repair another mud bog. This one formed just before the two water hole crossings. Gary brought his skid steer to load up the five small trailers we had to haul the road base up to the mud bog.
2017 MDLSTVRN bog repair loading road base

After getting coordinated at the Middle St. Vrain parking lot we headed up the 4WD road with Jared (Boulder Ranger District), and Tim and Zach, the forest service sawyers.
MDLSTVRN bog at start, 2017

Bog before any work was done.

The five vehicles hauling the trailers, Gordon, Allen, Oakley, Matt, and Adam, came last after filling them up. By the time the trailer group drove the 1.4 miles to the bog, the geo-cloth had been placed in the hole. Logs had previously been cut to length from the blow down in the area. These were being drug up to the road to be hauled to the bog to serve as corduroy on top of the geo-cloth.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, placing logs

It took an hour to get organized and have the trailers turned around to dump the road base at the head of the hole. We used old chip board to dump the road base on to make it easier to shovel later. After the trailers left, the log group began hauling the logs and placing them in the bog hole. The bog was over 35 feet long and about 10 feet wide. The sawyers were limbing and cutting logs to length to keep up with the need at the hole. In the afternoon only about half of the first course had been laid in. Three trips with the trailers had been made, making a long pile of road base.

MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, pulling logs

MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, placing logs
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, finishing road base hauling
One more run of all the trailers finished out the hauling of road base for the day, which got most of the road base there, leaving some for later projects.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, unloading road base

Those that were not spending the night headed out, including the two sawyers from the Forest Service. The gate was locked and those of us that were camping set up just past the two water holes. We had a nice night with a small camp fire to share stories around.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, progress

MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, progressNext morning we broke camp after breakfast. Ray arrived early and we all walked over to the bog to review, and plan the day’s work. We needed to finish getting the rest of the first course of logs in so that we could start the second course which would allow some to start laying in the road base. We rounded up Greg’s jeep to winch in the logs, and Gordon’s jeep to fetch the logs from the woods. The Forest Service sawyers arrived and began cutting custom lengths for us.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, progress

Shortly, we were ready to begin shoveling road base over our corduroy. Finally the road began to look fixed, at least at the start. Matt headed to the entrance to bring back the two wheel barrows the Forest Service sawyers had brought, as well as letting in a few more members to help out. We quickly got into a rhythm and had three to four logs being hauled in by Gordon to be placed in the hole.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, laying road base

The shoveling crew would catch up to the end of the logs and get a break as we waited for more logs. Allen and Oakley took a few trips to the west along the road and collected rocks to augment the logs by filling in some smaller holes. We also placed a few rocks along the ends of the logs to strengthen the sides of the repair.

We took a lunch break at noon and then started back up again. As the repair reached the half way point of the 38 foot long bog we were sure we would finish Sunday. The road base we had hauled the day before was going to be enough so another run with the trailers would not be needed.
MDLSTVRN 2017 bog, tree for blockade

As a last touch a hazard tree was dropped by the sawyers and Gordon dragged the entire thing down to the edge of the repair to keep traffic off of the bypass that had formed. Loading up the tools we headed to the entrance to do a little more work.

Having five large boulders that we brought in with the road base to use at the obstacle, Greg guided Gary on where to place them to maintain the difficulty of the entrance obstacle. This was done after getting the trailers and the Forest Service Rubicon out.

This makes our fifth bog repair on the Middle St. Vrain. Thanks to everyone that helped out on all of the weekends it took to get this done.


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