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Dakota territory challenge 2009

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Well, fellow 4-Wheel enthusiasts and rock hounds it is time to start your preperations for the 27th Annual "Dakota Territory Challenge".

Get those wheelers ready and join us for a little "Rock Therapy".

27th Anniversary Event

Dear Four Wheeling Enthusiast:
The Black Hills 4-Wheelers are proud to present the 27th ANNUAL DAKOTA TERRITORY CHALLENGE.
The Challenge will be held September 3rd through September 7th, 2009.
The Dakota Territory Challenge offers a variety of trails with several levels of difficulty. We have trails that are
just for you whether you like scenic tours, moderate trails, or technical rock crawling. Trail ratings are assigned
so that you know the vehicle requirements for each trail. All vehicles will undergo a technical inspection and will
be ranked based on the vehicle requirements listed in the trail ratings. Please review the vehicle requirements and
come prepared.

After a great first event with the new owners of the campground last year we are proud to announce that the
headquarters will be at the Whispering Pines Campground again this year. The General Store has a full line of
groceries, snack bar and western style gift shop. With breakfast specials every morning, sack lunches available
for lunch on the trail and a supper special each night when you return you won’t go hungry! The campground is
located at the intersection of US Highway 385 and the Silver City junction. In addition to our normal camping,
Whispering Pines has four cabins and one house for rent. Call 605-341-3667 for reservations if you are interested
in the rentals or if you will be arriving early for the Challenge. You can also check their web site
www.blackhillswhisperingpines.com. Camping spots are on a first come first serve basis. Please check in
with the campground upon arrival. If arriving late you must park on the gravel road around the store. Do
not pull into a campsite without registering. Please make sure you put blocks under your jacks and use a
sewer stop.

The DTC 2009 fee for each vehicle, its driver, and four nights of camping is $200. Each additional passenger age
16 and older will be charged $60. Registration is due no later than May 15, 2009. The 2009 Challenge is
limited to 100-registered vehicles. Registrations will be processed using a lottery system. All registrations will be
assigned a number as they are received and a drawing will be held after the cutoff date of May 15th, 2009. If you
want to attend the event with friends, put all your registrations together in the same envelope. Multiple
registrations in one envelope will be drawn together during the lottery. Cancellations prior to July 1st, 2009 will
be refunded after the Challenge. Cancellations after July 1st, 2009 are non-refundable. Registration transfers will
be accepted if notification of the transfer is received by August 15th, 2009. Please make sure that you sign the
back of the application before you mail it in. A $35 NSF fee will be charged for any returned checks.
We offer sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs and pins imprinted with the Challenge logo. If you would like
any of this merchandise, please send your order and payment with your registration.



THURSDAY, September 3rd
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Check-in/technical inspection
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Social hour, complimentary soft drinks
8:00 p.m. Challenge Welcome and Driver’s Briefing
8:45 p.m. - ? Possible short night run

FRIDAY, September 4th
6:30 a.m. - Trail ride sign up
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Late check-in and technical inspection
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Trail rides depart camp
4:00 p.m. - ? Trail rides return to camp
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Door Prizes give-away (must be present to win)
9:00 p.m. - ?? Group Campfire, Tall Stories, Videos or fix your broken rig and/or ego!

SATURDAY, September 5th
6:30 a.m. Trail ride sign up
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Trail rides depart camp
4:00 p.m. - ? Trail rides return to camp
6:30 p.m. DTC Dinner – Bring your own plates, utensils and drinks
8:30 p.m. Group Campfire, Taller Stories, Videos or fix your broken rig and/or ego!

SUNDAY, September 6th
6:30 a.m. Trail ride sign up
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Trail rides depart camp
4:00 p.m. - ? Trail rides return to camp
8:00 p.m. - Special Awards, Campfire, Videos and totally unbelievable stories!!

MONDAY, September 7th
Any Time - Pack up, head home, and plan for next year’s Challenge.


1. Absolutely...No Alcohol or Illegal Substances allowed on trail rides.

2. NO PETS or firearms allowed in Challenge camp or on Challenge trail rides.

3. CB radios will be used by trail leaders to facilitate the trail ride. The trail leader is responsible for the conduct of the trail ride and his/her decisions are final. If you leave a trail ride before the conclusion, you must contact the trail leader before leaving.

4. Drive responsibly to protect the environment and only where motorized vehicles are permitted. All participants must abide by U.S. Forest Service rules and regulations. Do not take items from historic sites; leave history for all to enjoy.

5. Make sure you always maintain visual contact with the vehicles around you on trail rides. Stop and wait for the vehicle behind you if you lose sight.

6. Vehicle technical inspections will be conducted for required safety and trail equipment.

7. All vehicles must be street legal, registered, four-wheel drives. Please bring proof of liability insurance to the event. The BH4W’S are not responsible for accidents, damage, or injury to persons or vehicles. All drivers must be at least 18 years old and are responsible for the occupants of that vehicle. All occupants must be registered, paid for, and sign a waiver. No motorcycles, three wheelers, ATV's, etc., will be allowed at any time.

8. If you arrive before 8:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept 3rd, or stay past Sept 7th, you will be required to pay your own camping fees for each additional night you stay.

9. Absolutely no smoking outside your vehicle while on the trails. Due to dry conditions the Black Hills 4 Wheelers ask that you refrain from smoking at all while on the trails but, if you must it will only be allowed in a enclosed vehicle.

10. All trail repairs requiring cutting, grinding or welding will only be allowed at the discretion of trail leader and under direct supervision.

11. Failure to follow DTC rules could result in being asked to leave the event without a refund.


1. Fire Extinguisher 5. Seat Belts for All Occupants

2. Roll Bar on Soft-Tops 6. Complete Exhaust System (No Open Exhaust)

3. Spare Tire 7. Ash tray in all vehicles that smoke

4. First aid kit 8.Tow Hooks (Front and Rear)


Please be prepared to show registration, proof of insurance and license at technical inspection.


Difficulty 3: For novice & experienced alike; the most fun 4-wheeling you can expect to have in a stock vehicle; low range may be required often; vehicle damage is possible.

Difficulty 3+: At this rating you are starting to stretch the capabilities of a stock vehicle and the novice driver. Larger than stock tires helpful; low range used; vehicle damage possible.

Difficulty 4: Not advisable for novice drivers; potentially dangerous situations; maximum ground clearance, lowest gears, minimum 33-inch tires required; also lockers, limited slips, winches & jacks advised; vehicle damage likely. Full size vehicles limited to specific trails of this rating.

Difficulty 4+: All of 4, plus one locker or two limited slips required. Winches advised due to large boulders, steep inclines, etc... Full size vehicles limited to specific trails of this rating.

Difficulty 5: Not advisable for novice drivers; potentially dangerous situations; maximum ground clearance, lowest gears, minimum 35-inch tires, and two lockers required; jacks and winches indispensable; vehicle damage is very likely. Full size vehicles limited to specific trails of this rating.

Difficulty 5+: All of 5, plus a High Lift Jack and working winch is mandatory. Full size vehicles limited to specific trails of this rating.

Special requirements beyond the standard rating may be required on some trails due to the technical difficulty.

Width restrictions may be imposed on any trail due to the narrowness of many of the trails!

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