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Old 12-11-2008, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Post How old is the Hammer trail system?

In writing my letter to the USMC, BLM, Dept. of Interior, Congressman, ect. I wanted to acknowledge the age of the Hammer trail system. I know that building the trail system has been a completely volunteer effort, but I do not know when the Hammer's began? This information would be helpful to address the historical factor within my letters.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Early to mid 1990's. The effort began with the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers. Sledge was the first. I've got the info at home but would feel safe in estimating 1993.

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Old 12-11-2008, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In looking at my event t-shirts, the first Rocktoberfest/Fun in the Desert would have been 1992. I know that VV4W is trying to put together a Hammer Trail history from Chuck Shaner, the Father of the Hammers.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Remember, if your comments are specifically on the Hammer trail system they need to go far beyond the fact that you think they are cool and you like to wheel there. Highlight midigating issues... Your vehicle has been modified specifically to drive the Hammer trails at a cost in the thousands. Your once street legal vehicle no longer passes California Vehicle Code as a result of modifications made to drive the Hammers. The off-road experiences available at the Hammers does not exist elsewhere in California. Many families do not possess either the time or income to travel to other states to recreate. A loss of the Hammers is a total loss for these families... totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Old 01-09-2009, 09:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i joined the vv4w in 95 and helped put on fun in the desert 5. at the time sledgehammer, jackhammer, aftershock, and fissure mountain trails were all we had. sun bonnet was added in 96 then came claw hammer, outer limits an wrecking ball. i think, i've slept since then
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