|02-12-2019 04:22 PM|
Just as a follow up:
Tenting was OK but yes we probably would have died if there was any slight wind.
Key items to bring:
Something I missed... a foam seating pad for sitting on the rocks. Yes we could have bought a camping chair but you couldn't sit in good areas with a chair because you'd be off kilter.
I'd bring my own ass wipes fucking shit rolls in the shithouse
I would definitely rent from Happy Trails UTV again. BEN WAS AWESOME!
Chocolate Thunder was awesome on Thursday night until that POS toyota flopped the second time.
KOH definitely has a lot to offer and the night life is what makes it kick ass!
I'd consider volunteering to get the full experience next year if life doesn't get in the way!
|02-09-2019 04:43 PM|
I bought a shitty Walmart sleeping bag for $15 and an air mattress.
The bag was a cheapie rated for 30f
Thick socks, long johns, sweat pants, thermal shirt, sweat shirt and a toque and I was “okay” sleeping but my feet got cold. If there was any wind I would have been frozen for sure in my tent even with a full fly.
I think the best secret recommended within this thread was to bring rain gear. I wore a rain jacket all Thursday running the snot out of the UTV and wore it at chocolate thunder that night. It cut down on the majority of the wind and kept my warm since I was layered up
|02-09-2019 03:56 PM|
|2big bronco||I headed out at 4 PM yesterday and it took well over an hour to get 4 miles to the highway. Tented it for 3 nights and was cozy warm in my sleeping bag. I'm not sure there is enough clothes and whiskey combined to keep you warm while out participating in shenanigans though. Thermometer said 23, feels like 12 Thursday morning|
|02-09-2019 03:54 PM|
We bumped the UTV rental to 7 hours and burned up the day which was epic. I’d do it again in a heart beat. I got lost and ended up on the race course at 5pm and almost ran out of fuel
Spent Thursday night at Chocolate which was a riot.
Never made it to backdoor until race day and spent the majority of the day there. Had a great seat. Most of the advice was bang on and I’ll update that when I get home. One more day in Vegas
|02-09-2019 10:53 AM|
|02-08-2019 08:59 PM|
|RgdL||Did you make it out alive Memphis?|
|02-07-2019 06:06 PM|
|Roc Doc||Suppose they're stuck on Boone Road?|
|02-06-2019 07:34 PM|
Biggest problem you'll have on Thursday, depending on when your 5 hour window is, is that most of the place will be a restricted active race course. I imagine you'll be able to go out to Chocolate Thunder and hang out, but even though the TT's likely aren't running any of the rock canyons, I doubt they'll be open for rec wheeling or spectator access. Fissure Mountain is one of the most epic views there but that'll probably be off-limits. Likewise Backdoor will probably be a dead zone during the TT race.
If you just want to hit some whoops and cover a bit of ground, the area to the southeast of Hammertown is probably open (east beyond the road between 247, around where the test & tune wash is, sorta by the entrance gate). Not sure how far they'll let you get headed north towards the dunes and remote pit area until the course is done for the day. Just running between Hammertown and Chocolate Thunder is a fun 10-15 minute ride with a few different routes.
At least you should be able to hitch a ride (or worst case, walk) up to Backdoor Thursday night. Hang out by the fire and keep an ear open for any groups that sound like they're gonna head somewhere.
I jumped in with a few guys from Moab4x4Outpost one year to go check out Chocolate Thunder late one night...one rig ran out of propane halfway there, crammed into the other one, made it to the sand hills and blew the front driveshaft, turned around to go tow the other dead rig back to camp, got stuck with one-wheel drive in the rear when we looked and realized one of the 14FF axle shafts had lost all its bolts and exited the truck somewhere along the way (like the whole axle shaft was just missing ), dead rig had a dead battery as well when we got back to it, tried to jump with improvised jumper cables while being surrounded with no lights by a pack of coyotes, eventually made it back to Hammertown. Pretty typical night
|02-06-2019 02:11 PM|
Party Friday night at backdoor or choc thunder, leave sat AM. If you're in a rental car, you can hit all the whoops and side roads to get to avoid sitting in traffic (RVs, big rigs, truck/trailer)
|02-06-2019 11:50 AM|
|02-06-2019 10:43 AM|
Thursday UTV rental is 5hrs
We'll be there all day Friday... either leave Friday night or Saturday stupid early.
Am I going to miss a bunch? Sure... but at least I'll see some carnage Thursday night and the Friday race. I'd like to think I'd come back next year.
So Vette, in a 5 hours window, where would you rip around if you weren't going to spectate much on Thursday?
|02-06-2019 10:39 AM|
Are you still planning on doing that stupid hotel commute?
5 hrs is hardly enough time to see anything. You'll burn half of that just getting to places, especially if you don't know where you're going.
|02-06-2019 10:35 AM|
Also aware of drinking and driving and container laws.
Thanks for the reminder though!
|02-06-2019 10:27 AM|
|02-06-2019 10:20 AM|
Thanks for the advice assholes! Our flight is delayed by 30 mins so I'll be flying west at 9pm EST.
Then we go on the Walmart hunt to load up in Vegas and head down for Thursday AM. UTVs rented for Thursday to get around easier and have a blast on the lake bed to get to different portions of the race for 5hrs.
See you on the lakebed.
Ski gear is packed for the snow!
|01-21-2019 01:33 PM|
|Grronk||Not sure if anyone has already mentioned it, but bring chapstick! I find myself using a boat load of it.|
|01-21-2019 10:48 AM|
Rent an rv from rv share in Vegas. We got one that sleeps 6 and it will be about $550 for 4 nights including the extra mileage from Vegas. Split that between 4 guys and it will be cheaper than a hotel.
If you want something to get around at KOH in rent a full size truck. Or just find people to jump in with.
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|01-21-2019 09:50 AM|
Wish I could go 10 years later to see the changes, but doubt I would enjoy it as much with the massive crowds now
|01-21-2019 08:19 AM|
Don't half-ass it.
|01-21-2019 07:51 AM|
Just to restate, in case you missed it: your plan sucks.
You're going to come back and tell us that we're wrong, that you went and did it like you said you were going to, and that it was epic...but anyone who's done it properly will know you're full of shit.
I do not understand people who can't sacrifice a real bed or shower for a few days in order to experience something that you'll never find anywhere else.
|01-21-2019 07:41 AM|
BTT for the Canuks thinking of tenting it.
was a little breezy in Hammertown last night.
|01-14-2019 07:39 AM|
Did anyone mention that your best bet is to just sleep in the car?
you will NOT want to try and get to the lakebed friday morning. (unless you are talking like 3-4am) by 7 you'll be stuck in traffic for HOURS. My buddy who drives out from the coast every year to meet us on friday usually spends 2.5 hours on the dirt road.
|01-14-2019 07:31 AM|
|01-14-2019 06:10 AM|
|2big bronco||Thursday night at 2am you will want to be drunk watching the shenanigans at back door and be woken up by the start of 4400 at 6am Friday morning. This cant happen if your at a hotel.. either stay up all night or sleep on the lakebed Thursday night|
|01-14-2019 05:30 AM|
I think I said this earlier in the thread. Go to Vegas and stay there and watch the live feed if you can find a place that will stream it where you can still be social and have beers.
Your plan sounds utterly miserable. As big as KOH is now, you need to bring a lot of shit with you and getting anywhere to see any action will be next to impossible with a rental car.
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