SCENES FROM THE SUM­MIT

Clas­sic rigs and routes at the 2018 FJ Sum­mit

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By Jered Korfhage [email protected] Pho­tos: Jered Korfhage

Clas­sic rigs and routes at the 2018 FJ Sum­mit

RE­TURN­ING TO OU­RAY, COLORADO, FOR ITS 12th it­er­a­tion was the an­nual FJ Sum­mit. Five days of food, friends, and FJS could be found in what is known as the Switzer­land of Amer­ica. The town of Ou­ray is nes­tled in the San Juan Moun­tains of south­west­ern Colorado and takes its name from the Na­tive Amer­i­can Chief Ou­ray of the Ute tribe. Both the city and the sur­round­ing hills have a min­ing his­tory dat­ing back to the late 1800s, when it was said there were more horses and mules in the town than peo­ple.

Dur­ing the week of FJ Sum­mit, there might have been more 4x4s than peo­ple in Ou­ray, with a mas­sive turnout of folks ready to ex­pe­ri­ence what the area had to of­fer. Trail rides led pa­rades of ve­hi­cles over some of Colorado’s cel­e­brated routes, cross­ing Black Bear, Ophir, En­gi­neer, Cin­na­mon, and Imo­gene Pass, to name a few. Skills clin­ics were also avail­able to fa­mil­iar­ize new­com­ers to the wheel­ing life­style and help any­one else sharpen their ve­hi­cle han­dling or re­cov­ery tech­niques. When it was time to re­turn from the wild­flow­ers, crunch­ing gravel, and scenic vis­tas, Ou­ray turned into a four-by fair­ground with food ven­dors, gear sup­pli­ers, and en­ter­tain­ment for all ages.

For those who turned their backs on the pave­ment, shifted into 4-Lo, and avoided suc­cumb­ing to alti­tude sick­ness, the 2018 FJ Sum­mit was a mem­o­rable event, leav­ing its par­tic­i­pants with new friends and new sto­ries to tell. Un­til the next gath­er­ing, en­joy some of our fa­vorite scenes from the FJ Sum­mit. For more info on the event visit fj­sum­mit.org.

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