HOW WE CONQUERED THE RUBICON TRAIL
RUBICON SPRINGS The final few hundred metres before camp are bewildering as you’re forced to plot a course over a severely sloping rock bed dotted with narrow sluices. It feels like putting an Aventador up an ancient NCP at times, but there’s a beer waiting at the other side, so we plough on.
OBSERVATION POINT It’s all about breakover and approach angles here because the final stint to the spectacular views of Observation Point is like something from Super Mario. Our Jeep’s short overhangs help endlessly.
CADILLAC HILL The toughest obstacle we’ll tackle on this trip. Hopelessly steep, with wet rocks, unexpected gullies and jutting tree roots – we’ve got both differentials locked. The order of the day is a blend of patience and knowing when to maintain momentum with the engine’s torque. The Wrangler feels close to rolling over at times, but maybe that’s just our nerves.
LAKE TAHOE ENTRANCE Wrangler barrels along these smoother, lakeflanked roads with a dust trail that must be visible from space. The lazy, indirect steering is at its most conspicuous here, but progress never feels unruly and the suspension easily mops up corrugations.