CLUB NEWS: PRE­PARE FOR THE COALMONT IN­VA­SION

4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS COUR­TESY BRENT BOYCHUK

Af­ter The Black­top Ends (ATBE) and ATBE 4WD As­so­ci­a­tion for Recre­ation & Ex­pe­di­tion So­ci­ety (A.W.A.R.E.) have been hard at work the past cou­ple of years to get a 4x4 Jam­boree off the ground. The first an­nual 4x4 was slated for Au­gust of 2017 but was re­gret­fully can­celled due to the threat of for­est fires in the area. How­ever, the can­cel­la­tion in 2017 did not de­ter ATBE.

This year’s 2018 event is called “The Coalmont In­va­sion” and is be­ing hosted in; you guessed it, Coalmont, BC. Coalmont is the home of not only the Whip­saw Trail, but many other trails as well. The event will con­sist of a tradeshow with ven­dors com­ing from as far as Al­berta in­clud­ing -

4WD Mag­a­zine, Warn In­dus­tries, Wheel Spac­ers Canada, Bolder Trail­ers, and All Ter­rain Over­land to name a few; all sup­port­ers of the Coalmont In­va­sion.

There will be events all week­end such as the RTI Ramp, See­saw, Spot­ter events, Wa­ter chal­lenge, and more. Ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions will be of­fered for ev­ery­one, from the new off-road en­thu­si­ast to the most ad­vanced. There are even special games and events for chil­dren.

In­di­vid­u­als who have been in the of­froad in­dus­try for many years will host the train­ing sem­i­nars. Af­ter The Black­top Ends will also be pro­vid­ing meals and camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and let’s not for­get the live en­ter­tain­ment on Fri­day night. The gen­er­ous spon­sors are pro­vid­ing prizes and give­aways all week­end. Why Coalmont, BC you ask? Coalmont has a rich his­tory of both coal and gold min­ing and it is the home of his­toric trails that are part of the birth of Bri­tish Columbia. 4Wheel Drive As­so­ci­a­tion, Af­ter The Black­top Ends, A.W.A.R.E, and the BC Toy­ota group have been hard at work over the years main­tain­ing the trails in the Coalmont area. The Whip­saw Trail is the main trail that these clubs sup­port and ad­vo­cate for proper trail use. One of the key rea­sons be­hind the Coalmont In­va­sion Jam­boree it is to aide off-road en­thu­si­asts; to cre­ate aware­ness of how frag­ile our trail sys­tems are, and how we can all par­tic­i­pate in pre­serv­ing our BC trails to en­sure fu­ture en­joy­ment. Af­ter The Black­top Ends in­vites you to join in the fun! In­for­ma­tion is avail­able on their web­site at www.af­terthe­black­topends.com.

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