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Event Details


Time: December 29, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: McDonalds
Street: 2891 Philadelphia Ave
City/Town: Chambersburg, PA 17201
Event Type: mountain, cruise
Organized By: Blue Ridge Jeepers
Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2013

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Event Description


Our official GPS of the PA mountain trails, Justin Wiley, has stepped up to lead yet another scenic mountain tour.  We'll be cruising the North Mountain region on state forest roads which includes breathtaking views and overlooks.

We had an absolute blast at our last snow wheeling event and as always, we welcome new faces to join us. Please make certain you have plenty of cold weather clothing, fuel, snacks, and drinks to get you through the evening.  If you have any recovery gear, please bring it along. We plan to travel only on the mountain trails designated for motor vehicles. You will need four wheel drive for this trip.


LOCATION: McDonalds (aka Norland McDonalds) 2891 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Comment Wall

Comment by Eric Patterson - BRJ Admin on January 3, 2013 at 10:43am

I can understand someone getting a little restless being trapped on the trail for a few hours.  Problem is there was no place to pass safely and we weren't going to jeopardize anyone's safety to let that happen. We've already been discussing behind the scenes how to better prepare ourselves for future events like this.  It will definitely be a point of discussion in an upcoming meeting that we hope to plan for February.  It was great meeting everyone who came out for this event and we hope to see you again soon.

Comment by Jacob on January 2, 2013 at 7:14am

Dan and I decided it would be good for a few of us to turn around and were in process of doing so when you guys came back, a few new to wheeling people came with us and I didn't want to give them a bad taste. It worked out though as we went to red robin had some dessert and some drinks and everyone had a good time. As Dana said the beginning was fun the end was fun  and the middle was ok. The snow we received that day packed up nice and tight once some pressure was applied, it makes for good sledding and snow balls but interesting driving.  

The only negative thing I have to say about the whole evening only pertains to a few specific people, but I will not call you out directly and if you read this I hope you know who you are.

When we go out in group events like this I do not care about your individual wants, I do not care if you are in a hurry, and I do not care about your ego. What I do care about the safety of the people and their Jeeps in the group. If you ask someone to do something unsafe and I know about it in time I will personally guide you to a clearer understanding of the groups safety versus your own desires. There was an instance that occurred saturday that had I heard about it when it happened and not from the 5 different people who told me about it later I would have stopped everyone on the trail and talked to you right then.  If you feel that your wants are more important than the safety of the group I will invite you right now to never come out with us again. I understand everyone has a bad or off day, I do as well and I don't expect people to be perfect but try to think of what others are thinking or feeling first. Does this make me an ass, maybe, but I know my conscience will be clear with my decisions at the end of the day when everyone goes home safe.

On a brighter note, if you are one of the people that went up with us and this is your first time going "off road" I would invite you to come and participate in the 2nd annual off roading 101 hosted by Black Rock Customs. It is held in early spring and is a good way to experience your Jeeps abilities.  It is held at rausch creek and we just ask for you to abide by their guide lines as far as rig readiness goes. This event is free instruction you just need to pay the fees for a normal day at Rausch. Dates are to be determined still so watch for an announcement or like the Black Rock Customs facebook page.

Also I would like to commend everyone who helped get people turned around. In normal BRJ style when stuff gets.. interesting you always come ready to make stuff happen. I even heard someones foot may have lost a battle with someone else's 37" tire.


Comment by Danny Henley on December 30, 2012 at 9:17pm

Had a nice time regardless of the outcome! Eric it was great meeting you and Nancy.  

Comment by Craig Hunter on December 30, 2012 at 9:14pm
I went south mountain was icy and slick but was able to go most of the way in 2 wd, hours of driving up their
Comment by Justin Wiley on December 30, 2012 at 7:56pm

I'd like to apologize as well. In the future we should consider smaller groups, lesser extreme roads, and may be even a good set of tire chains. Great turn out, just wish I could have predicted the out come better. Food for thought click on the link.

Comment by John Katsaros on December 30, 2012 at 10:59am

Last night was quite the adventure. Had a good time, besides getting stuck, and thanks to those who turned their rigs into tow units. I was part of the few in the front that proceeded with the cruise to find an alternate, safe route back to hard road. I would say that it gave me an adrenaline rush as road conditions worsen and the snow became deeper. But we all made it out safe, which is the important thing. Happy New Year to all. Be safe. 

Comment by Justin Wiley on December 30, 2012 at 9:39am

In all seriousness some members might have some ruffled feathers and I don't blame you, but just consider how you would have felt if you and your rig went off the side of the road. I made a call to wheel there, conditions were absolutely perfect for getting jeeps stuck, but we managed to got everyone home safe. Hope we can try this again sometime when the roads are more passable. May be even look at running south mountain. Thanks for coming out and thanks to everyone who helped.

Comment by Mike Baumgartner on December 30, 2012 at 1:38am
Well said Eric
Comment by Eric Patterson - BRJ Admin on December 30, 2012 at 12:44am

Loren, no apologies are required.  It could have been any one of us stuck on that hill. In fact, several others in the front group became stuck in several other spots throughout the trip.  Unfortunately, trail conditions were much worse than we expected.  With the snow two days ago that turned into ice, and with the few extra inches of snow rec'd today, it made the hills very difficult to negotiate, even with large tires and lockers. On behalf of BRJ, I would however like to apologize to all of the great Jeep Peeps (23 rigs total) who came out in force to have a great time this evening.  I sincerely regret that our evening was cut so short out on the trail. We ALWAYS do our best to make certain that safety is the number one priority above and beyond the potentially good times that are to be had.  Considering the conditions and terrain we were faced with I truly feel we made to correct decision to turn folks around and send them back down the mountain.  I realize many of you traveled a great distance to participate this evening and we hope that you'll join us again in the future. We have a lot of great people in this organization and we're always looking for more to join the group.  With that in mind, we appreciate your patience and understanding out on the trail tonight.

Comment by Mike Baumgartner on December 29, 2012 at 10:23pm
Interesting is the way to describe our adventure. Glad you didn't slide into me on the way back down.

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