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2018 August Newsletter

Adam Mehlberg  | Published on 8/2/2018
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502

  August 2018 Newsletter

Club forum, email to, which will go to all TRR members
Club Business
Club Meeting
Wednesday August 8th, 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 Sts. John and SOB Hill trip.
  • Planning for the Pass Hoppers trip.
  • Planning for the Buena Vista trip.
  • Planning for the Red Cone and Radical Hill trip.
  • Review of the COA4WDCI 3rd Q meeting.
  • Review of the Not All-4-Fun.
  • TRR Trivia results.
  • Close meeting.
  • Presentation, part 2, of the Henry Mountains trip.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • Guests were John and Elaine Grays plus Mark Grayson.
  • Treasurers report was read. Fund report was read.
  • Club Express update. With the new Google policy on marking non https:// sites as “Not Secure” Club Express is offering SSL options to clubs. This has an annual cost of $45. More information will be coming from Club Express on this feature. Later this year we will need to consider what direction the club wants to take. To send emails to all TRR members who have signed up for forums email to
  • Passed around Jeep Jaunt event flyer. Will be August 18th.
  • 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.
  • 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 Gordon. (See article)
  • Planning for Buena Vista trip in September. Base at the KOA.
  • Review of the Drummond Island trip.
  • Review of the Middle St. Vrain Project.
  • Motion to close meeting by Wanda Comeau, second by Matt Schwall.
  • Presentation, part 1, of the Henry Mountains trip.
Club News


The TRR 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.
  • Aug - Matt & Carol Anne Schwall
  • Sep – Allen & Tammy Peterson
  • Oct – Linda & Roger Briden
  • Nov –
  • Dec - Vic Walter & Debbie Trever


Christy Howe, 6/26/18
Since the club is always adding new members I decided to do a write-up to make sure everyone knows about the TRR wall calendar. Gordy and I have been collaborating for a few years now to offer club members a wall calendar containing collages of trips, activities, and projects that the club has done the previous year.

We are always looking for high resolution photos for the calendar. It is not necessary to have a fancy DSLR camera; generally newer point and shoot cameras set at a relatively high resolution (file size ~ 1 Megabyte or greater), will work if we receive the photos without downsizing. Please note that social network sites like Facebook and Club Express generally don’t allow photos to be downloaded at the full original resolution (Note: when uploading photos to the club web site, make sure to check the “allow download of full resolution” box to resolve this). Much discussion has occurred on this topic. Our experience is that these sites are not the solution for distribution of high resolution photos.

What type of photos do we want? Well, most of all, photos of you and your fellow club members having fun in your 4x4s, of course! We also use good shots of people in the club out having fun together, even if they don’t have a vehicle in them. Scenery shots, interesting sites and things encountered, and the like, are good to have, but more interesting if people are in them.

What can’t we use? First and foremost we can’t use low resolution photos. This is often the case with phone photos, unfortunately. But if you have good ones on your (relatively) good phone, feel free to give them to us in their original resolution and we will see if they work when we pull them into a collage. Often only a portion of the photo is used, thus when cropped only a quarter of the original, if it’s low-medium resolution, it is unacceptable.

It’s difficult to use photos with a watermark, date or time stamp, etc., unless it can be easily cropped out. It’s preferable if you can give us a copy before adding that information to the photo. Some cameras allow this.

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of club members on the calendar on their birthdays. We would love to include everyone that wishes to be included. If you don’t see your photo on your birthday for this year, it’s simply because you didn’t give us permission. To get your photo added to your birthday in future years, please contact us and give permission. If you have a good photo to submit, preferably of you driving your 4x4, please give it to us. If you don’t have one, come out on a trail run and ask someone to take one of you.

We make a solid attempt to include everyone in the club in at least one photo. The best way for that to happen is for you to come out on a trail or a trip with the club and either give us pictures or be visible and around those with cameras. The more events you attend, the more photos you are likely to see of yourself and/or your vehicle in the calendar.

How can you get your photos to us for use in the calendar? You can lend us a thumb drive containing your photos, which we will return after copying to our computer. Or you can ask one of us for a thumb drive and we will loan you one, which you can return to us with your photos on it. If you still have CDs/DVDs and you want to use them, that’s fine too. If you have just a couple of photos, you can email them to either Gordy or me, but emailing a large number of photos can be pretty cumbersome, so that’s not preferred. One enterprising individual in our club has a very professional-looking website to which he sent me a link this year and (optimistically) suggests that this is what we should all be doing.

As we are fully into the summer season, we hope that if you like to take pictures you will keep all of this in mind and give us your good stuff for the calendar. And as soon as you have them is when we want them, not at the end of the year. This helps us avoid a last-minute crunch before our deadline. So to conclude: Wanted – Your photos – NOW!

TRR Trivia – August 2018

Last month’s trivia question was presented by Gordy H, who is still maintaining his first place lead with 10 points.

Question: Which past president was interviewed while driving his Jeep CJ6? The interviewer refers to it as the scroungiest Jeep.

Answer: Ronald Reagan. The interviewer was Barbra Walters.
Ronald Regan CJ6
After that, Nancy decided the President shouldn’t be driving such a beat up old Jeep, so she surprised him with a beautiful 1983 Jeep CJ-8. Several dignitaries got tours of the ranch in this vehicle.
Ronald Regan CJ8
Several people knew or correctly guessed the answer to this question. Congratulations to Adam M, Allen P, Erin B, Gary B, Greg B, James H, Jim C, Laddie H, Mike C, Paula K, and Richard H for each earning a point on this one.

The points total for 2018 now stands at Gordy H with 10, Vic W and Paula K with 9 each, Gary B and Mike M with 8, and several with 7 or less. This month’s trivia question will be brought to you by Allen P.

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

Coney Flats Project

by Adam Mehlberg


This year the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats seasonal opening went well with very few trees to clear, compared to last year. The majority of the work this year was at Coney Flats. After driving in from both the Middle St. Vrain trail head and the Coney Flats trail head, our two groups met at the big Coney Creek crossing. Some of our group headed back out, while others set up camp and began assessing our project.

Tree cutting

Tree removal


We began by retrieving the decking we had stashed last year and hauling it to the north side of the creek. Part of our group began pulling the old decking from the semi rotted logs of the first part of the walking bridge. The forest service guys went up the road a ways and began working on two trees to drop and limb for use as replacement supports for the bridge. After a little bit of time, Gordon hauled the first log out to our waiting group. We pealed the bark off of the log, which will help it last longer, and began prepping the two ends to support the log.
Making Steps

Making steps


The next log was from a dead standing tree, so we did not de-bark it. After getting the two logs positioned Matt, Forest Service sawyer, cut a notch out of the shore end of the two large logs to act as a step. Drilling pilot holes, we quickly decked the two logs with new boards and put in another short step. Not bad for an afternoon.
First Bridge

Repaired section


We hauled the remaining materials back across the creek and had dinner. During the evening it drizzled for a while, but the next morning we saw some patchy clearing in the clouds. After breakfast it was time to finish up our project.

To start the day we built an ugly fence. There is a shallow lake near the road that will dry up some times and a few have driven into it leaving a muddy mess. No Motorized signs have been placed here, but we needed to add a fence as added dissuasion. Using the remains of the buck and rails we hauled up last year (a few had been used as fire wood) we worked out a plan to run rails in a zig zag pattern with short sections of thick logs between them. We got about two coursed up with the materials we had. The Forest Service sawyers then cut us some small diameter trees to use as rails. We decided to just use them as is without removing the limbs. In the end we got about waist high with our ugly fence.
Ugly Fence

Ugly Fence


The day was turning out to be mostly cloudy as we set to work on the next section of walking bridge. This would be a section that would raise a low part of the bridge to the higher level we had repaired the day before. Two more logs would be needed, so the Forest Service sawyers set to work on finding two candidates. Gordon pulled the first one to us and be began stripping the bark. Once done, Gordon chained up one end of the log and pulled it into the creek with a few guys using a strap to guide it as it floated out to where it would be placed. Using man power the log was pulled up and onto the new supports.
Log Floating

Log floating
Log Fishing

Log fishing

As it turned out, the big end of the log was at the wrong end. Using a stack of decking under the center of the log our guys delicately spun the log around and lowered it back into position, with the big end in the right location.
Log Spinning

Log spinning


The second log was hauled to us and de-barked, then spun on the road, before it was also floated out to take its place next to the first log. As the two logs were being oriented and anchored in place the remainder of the crew began hauling some of the abundant gravel over to a section of the walking path that was soft. Using Gordon’s tire chain rock basket, a bunch of large boulders were pulled over to line the edge of the trail where the gravel was being placed.
Boulder Tug of War

Boulder tug of war (the boulder is winning)


The decking on the new section went down as fast as the day before. We even used the old decking to raise part of the remaining lower planks to help during high water.
New Bridge south

The new bridge section, south end


With the drizzle starting again, it was time to pack up and head out. We all took the Coney Flats road back to Beaver Reservoir with the rain chasing us out.


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