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2018 July Newsletter

 | Published on 7/3/2018
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502

  July 2018 Newsletter

Club forum, email to, which will go to all TRR members
Club Business
Club Meeting
Wednesday July 11th, 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:
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Social Time
6:30pm to 9:00pm - 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 COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting.
  • Planning for the Mosquito Pass trip.
  • Planning for not All-4-Fun.
  • Planning for the Sts. John and SOB Hill trip.
  • Planning for the Pass Hoppers trip.
  • Review of the Drummond Island trip.
  • Review of the Middle St. Vrain project.
  • TRR Trivia results.
  • Close meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • We had no guests.
  • Treasurers report was read. Fund report was read.
  • Club Express update. To send emails to all TRR members who have signed up for forums email to
  • Pennant orders for All 4 Fun. Contact Greg or Wanda.
  • CB and Antenna for the COA4WDCI raffle vehicle was purchased.
  • Paula Kratzer is set up as the trusted contact for our Edward Jones account.
  • Don Lamprecht is set up as the backup person for the Edward Jones account.
  • Motion by Wanda Comeau, second by Greg Beery, to pay for the Memorial Day Picnic food and the Miller Rock Project food from the club funds. (No Porta-Potty was need for Memorial Day Picnic this year, which saved us $160.)
  • Christy and Gordon want your club trip pictures for the annual club wall calendar. Bring your high resolution pictures to the meeting on a memory device.
  • Planning for the COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting on the West Slope.
  • Mile Hi Jeep Club’s All-4-Fun event has been canceled in Silverton due to the San Juan National Forest being closed. The 416 fire near Durango is the reason. Club members are still planning on going to Silverton to explore the areas northwest of Silverton. This could change if other closures are put in place.
  • TRR Trivia question was asked by Gary. (See article)
  • Planning for Buena Vista trip in September. Base at the KOA.
  • Planning for the Middle St. Vrain Project.
  • Planning for the modified Silverton trip.
  • Review of the Henry Mountains trip in Utah. A photo album has been set up on our club web site.
  • Review of the Memorial Day picnic.
  • Review of the Rim Rocker Trail trip.
  • Review of the Miller Rock Project.
  • Motion to close meeting by Wanda Comeau, second by Greg Beery.
Club News


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Club Refreshments

The following people are signed up to bring refreshments to the club meetings.
  • Jul – Gary Bogott
  • Aug - Matt & Carol Anne Schwall
  • Sep – Allen & Tammy Peterson
  • Oct – Linda & Roger Briden
  • Nov –
  • Dec - Vic Walter & Debbie Trever

TRR Trivia – July 2018

Last month’s trivia question was presented by Gary B, who was in fourth place with 7 points. Question:
1. Jeep built the Model FC pickup during which years?
2. Jeep built the Gladiator during which years?

1. 1956-1965, for 10 years
2. 1962-1988, for 26 years
Forward Control
FC Pickup

This question proved to be impossible for the members present. No one knew or correctly guessed the correct years for either question. However, in good grace, one point was awarded to Allen P, who guessed 10 years for the first question.

This month saw no change in the points leaders since none of them received any points. So the points total for 2018 still stands at Gordy H with 10, Vic W with 9, Mike M and Paula K with 8 each, Gary B with 7, several with 6 or less. Allen P increased his score to 5 with his correct answer, so he graciously agreed to bring us this month’s trivia question. Maybe Allen will give us all a break and find an easier question(?).

2018 Fee Free Days on Public Lands

September 22 - National Public Lands Day – National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service
November 11 - Veterans Day - National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service (11th and 12th)

Recent Trip Articles

Miller Rock Project

by Adam Mehlberg

After over a year of reviewing and planning, we finally got to the work part of fixing the south obstacle on Miller Rock. The Motor Vehicle Use Map for the Boulder Ranger District shows FR252 and FR254 on the south side of the South St. Vrain River, but we have never been able to get there (since I have lived here anyway) due to a rock outcrop that had eroded to the point where you could not drive it safely. Motorcycles and ATVs had been able to make it across. In 2016 when we did repairs to the north obstacle I took pictures of the south obstacle and sent them to the Forest Service with a plan on fixing the obstacle. Through our monthly meetings with the Forest Service we worked out what would need to be done to fix the south obstacle. First we had to review the obstacle with a Forest Service Engineer. That happened June 7, 2017. Rick Kilton, Chris Bounds, and I took the Forest Service personnel over the north obstacle of Miller Rock and walked up to the south obstacle. We took measurements and worked out a solution with the engineer. Gabion wire rock baskets would be needed to hold the side of the road in place allowing the slope to be leveled. The Forest Service purchased the Gabions and we planned on a fall project to do the work. The Gabions did not arrive on time. We rescheduled later in the year, but got shut down by bad weather.
Miller Rock 1

The Start. Collecting rocks and jack-hammering.


The new project date moved out to June 9 and 10 of 2018. With our group of hard working club members we hauled in our club generator and all the materials for the project. After lunch we set to work on the rock outcrop with two jack hammers and two chippers. The first task was to flatten an area on the edge of the road for two 9’x3’x3’ gabions. Once these were anchored in we began filling them with rock we hauled from the surrounding area. This took the rest of the afternoon.
Miller Rock 2

More jack-hammering.


The next morning we placed a third gabion, 8’x1’x3’, uphill from the other two. After it was in place we began jack hammering the rock outcrop to level it, and improve the approach width. The material we removed was put into the gabions. Larger rocks were used to build up the side of the road in front of the gabions. Finally we had a gabion filled and started to wire it closed. The second and third followed shortly. Around noon Matt Schwall drove up and over the obstacle with one of the club trailers. Everyone was so beat from all the work that we decided to just pack up our tools and head home. I am sure the public will find these roads that have long been inaccessible.
Miller Rock 6

Moving a boulder.

Miller Rock 9

Pretty much done.

Miller Rock Crew

The crew.


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