MWJT Trail Ride Information
General Information For Attending a Trail
There are two types of Trail Rides (or
Trail Runs) that the Club typically participates in. These are Club Sponsored Runs and
"Pop-Up" Runs. Club sponsored runs
are usually for paying members only (no Online members) and may be associated
with other Club events. We try to
have a Club Sponsored Run at least once every two months. Trail Leaders are usually picked
beforehand and have had prior experience.
Pop-Up Runs happen almost every weekend and are open to everyone. These are typically smaller and less
organized. Trail Leaders are
usually picked by the person posting or someone chosen that day. All rides, unless posted otherwise, are
open to, and geared towards family participation. We have runs in places such as Washita Offroad Park in Farmington, MO; Sayersbrook Bison Ranch, near Potosi, MO; The Badlands
in Attica IN; Flat Nasty Offroad Park near Salem, MO, and Hannibal Rocks near Hannibal, MO. While not required, we highly recommend
the use of a CB radio. This allows
everyone on the trail to communicate warnings, problems, chit-chat, etc. to the
rest of the group.
For Club sponsored Rides, your vehicle must meet all
of our vehicle requirements (see below) and you must follow the proper trail
etiquette during the ride.
Drinking and driving
do not mix. Alcohol is forbidden for driver and passengers while trail
Safety belts (one
for each occupant)
Tow strap (looped ends only NO
Roll Bar or Steel
Unitized Factory Roll Protection Structure
Spare tire, jack, and lug wrench - A full-size spare
is always recommended, and is required if the vehicle is equipped with any type of locking
or limited-slip axle
Front and Rear tow points (or suitable attaching point) - A
strap around a bumper is
NOT an adequate tow point
All vehicles must
have a functioning exhaust system
(1A10BC Dry Chemical)
Basic First Aid Kit
Citizens band (CB)
4. Front sway-bar
Toilet Paper and Baby Wipes
Tips & Etiquette
Give your Jeep a safety and mechanical
check before leaving for the trail ride.
If you plan on attending a ride let us
know so we know how many people to expect.
If you are expected on a trail ride
but decide not to go or you are running late call the trail leader (if
possible) or post early enough on the Forums so we know if we need to wait for
Keep an eye on the Jeep behind you. If
it falls out of sight or seems to need help, slow down or wait and inform the
Jeeps in front of you that they need to do the same. You can use the CB or if
you donít have one honk your horn. This applies for on the trail as well as on
the highway when traveling in a group.
If you are falling behind and need the Jeeps ahead
to slow down or wait give a holler on the CB or honk your horn if you do
not have a CB.
Feel uncomfortable about an obstacle?
Let someone know and we will get someone to spot you. If you are asked to spot
someone but are not sure what line they should take ask for help from the
trail leader. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a bypass or being
winched to get past an obstacle.
There should only be one person
spotting a vehicle over an obstacle. Different people giving the driver
different instructions while attempting an obstacle can be confusing and
dangerous. If you have ideas on how to get a vehicle over the obstacle, talk
to the person spotting the vehicle about
Give the vehicles around you plenty of
room to maneuver on the trail. Do not tailgate. If the vehicle in front of you
is going up/down a steep hill climb wait until they are at the top/bottom
before you start your turn.
Vehicles on our rides range from
highly modified with experienced drivers to completely stock with brand new
drivers. The amount of time and help different vehicles will need getting over
some of the obstacles will vary greatly. Always be helpful and patient.
Be courteous on the CB. Remember that
some people will have their kids with them who can hear the CB as well.
Use the CB to let the Jeeps in back of
you know when there is oncoming traffic on the trail. If there is not enough
room for them to pass let the Jeeps behind you know whether the other vehicles
are pulling over to let us by or if we need to pull over to let them by.
Do not litter. If you pack it in, pack
it out. This includes cigarette butts.
Dogs are welcome on the trail if they
are behaved and controllable. Be sure to bring a leash, food and water for
them. Does your dog not get along with other dogs? Check to see if anyone else
is bringing a dog with them first.
Be courteous to other riders on the
trail. If they need help, help them out if possible.
If someone in our group breaks down
the trail ride will stop until we get them repaired. We will never leave
someone behind. When you attend a ride be aware that it is always possible
that someone may have bad luck and break their Jeep and stop the ride. Please
be patient, it may be you next time!
Be aware that a trail ride may take
longer than planned due to breakage or unforeseen problems. Bring more food
and water than you think you will need and be prepared to get home late.
Safety always comes first. Please know
your vehicle limitations and think of your safety and the safety of others
before attempting that insane obstacle. We are on the trails to have a fun
time, not to get hurt or total our Jeeps.
When leaving the trail, make sure to
leave extra distance between you and the next Jeep as the tires will throw
rocks and mud, and have potential for damaging other Jeeps.
download a pdf version of this document, click here
Putting together a trail
ride of your own?? Download our trail leader guideline document, click here
review this spotting techniques document before you attempt to spot another
Jeeper on the trail, click here