Twice a year, Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT) and Axleboy team up to introduce new Jeep owners to the wonderful world of off-roading. In our opinion, participating in a course like this is one of the best ways to become familiar with Jeep lifestyle, off-road etiquette and the capabilities of your stock to moderately lifted Jeep Wrangler.
Here’s what you can expect:
An Early Morning!
The Intro to Off-Road starts promptly at 9:00 am in Potosi, MO. Depending on where you live, how long it takes to get going in the morning and how fast you drive, your day may start much earlier than usual. If you’re coming from the St. Louis area, like we are, it’s safe to plan on about two hours of travel time. The Axleboy crew typically leaves St. Peters around 6:30 am…but we’re also towing a trailer.
Class-room Type Instruction.
The first part of this course involves an interactive classroom style session where MWJT and Axleboy will discuss Tread Lightly guidelines, trail safety and a slew of information about “the modified Jeep.”
Immediately after the classroom portion, we’ll take a 30-45 minute lunch break. This typically includes a burger, some chips and a soft drink or water. Chow down and get ready to roll!
Towards the end of lunch, Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy demonstrates how and when to use an ARB tire deflator. For those who have quick disconnects, Scott will also talk about when to disconnect and show how it is done.
Afternoon Trail Riding.
Organized trail riding is just that…organized. Typically 3-4 experienced trail guides will be pre-selected to lead a group of 5-10 Jeeps on beginner trails with light to moderate obstacles. During this time, you can expect to go up and down hills, around trees and over rocks of various sizes. You may also hear a cacophony of creaks, clunks and other noises that are typical while traversing unpaved paths.
A Dirty Jeep.
Come rain or shine, this event doesn’t get cancelled. Come prepared to get dirty.
Organized Jeeping is slow and steady with plenty of opportunities to get out and take pictures of your Jeep and others going over obstacles. Bring a camera or use your smart phone and get to know some of the people in your group. You might be surprised how many awesome people are willing to exchange pictures after the event.
Need more information? See upcoming events on the MWJT Event Page.