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    ShutterBug's 2017 Freak Fest Group

    Hello group! I知 really looking forward to this year痴 Freak Fest and getting to know those of you I haven稚 met yet. This will be my 4th Freak Fest and my first as a guide. I have some ideas of what trails we will run, but your input is welcomed. There is a Jeep Badge of Honor trail that we can run. I知 also going to find some additional trails that should challenge you and your Jeep. The park is huge so we値l have lots of options.

    I知 also considering NOT using CB for communication, but using FRS radios instead. They池e pretty cheap, are clearer, and generally have a better range.

    In an effort to get to know each other before hand, please respond to this thread and include the following. This will also help me in planning our trails.

    Name: Greg
    Jeep: 2014, 2 Door
    Tires: 35
    Lift: 3.5
    Winch: Yes
    Rock sliders: Yes
    Other: Steel bumpers, full skid armor, diff covers, rocker armor, rear corner armor
    Likes: Rocks
    Dislikes: MUD
    Previous FFs: 3
    Two legged passengers: 0
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: Comfort Inn
    FRS Radio: Yes

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    Hi! I'm Kasi. I am also really looking forward to Freak Fest. This will be my first Freak Fest. With a new lift and tires I am looking forward to getting out there and seeing what I can get into! This will be my 4th time at Rausch.


    Name: Kasi
    Jeep: 2012, 4 doors
    Tires: 33”
    Lift: 2.5”
    Winch: No
    Rock sliders: No
    Other: Steel bumpers
    Likes: Mud! Not much experience on rocks
    Dislikes:
    Previous FFs: 0
    Two legged passengers: 0
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: Either drive up in the morning or find a dodgy motel Friday night
    FRS Radio: Yes

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    This will be my 1st Freak Fest. A newbie jeep owner, got this last June.

    Name: T.J.
    Jeep: 2016, 4 Door, Rubicon
    Tires: 32
    Lift: 2 Budget Boost
    Winch: No
    Rock sliders: Yes, Stock Rubicon
    Other: Steel bumpers, Engine skid armor, Evap Skid Armor, Exhaust Loop Skid Armor
    Likes: Smaller Rocks, trails, etc
    Dislikes: Mud is not my favorite
    Previous FFs: 0
    Two legged passengers: 2, my boys Joshua (15) and Andrew (13)
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: Comfort Inn
    FRS Radio: Yes

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    Hey, I'm Rick and this is my first Freak Fest.

    Name: Rick
    Jeep: 2011 Jk Sport
    Tires: 35"
    Lift: JKU Rubicon springs 2"
    Winch: No
    Rock sliders: No
    Other: Steel front bumper
    Likes: Rocks, mud
    Dislikes:
    Previous FF: 0
    Tow legged passengers: 0
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: camping at the park
    FRS: not sure what this is, but have a CB and a set of 2way radios


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    FRS = Family Radio Service. There is a commercial version of this called GMRS. They operate on higher frequencies than CB and use FM instead of CB's AM for the signal. Just like your radio in your Jeep, FM is much cleaner and clearer than the AM channels. Some would say that AM travels further, and in some circumstance it does, but generally, as it pertains to mobile use, it doesn't.

    Here's am example of a handheld FRS radio:

    https://www.amazon.com/Midland-GXT10...470955011&th=1

    Here's an example of a GMRS mobile rig:

    https://www.amazon.com/Midland-Consu...rds=gmrs+radio

    This is not necessary, however. I believe the FRS radios, even hand helds, will work great. Their only downside is the size of the small speaker can make it hard to hear in noisy environments. Some radios have an option to add an earpiece or lapel mike like these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Coodio-Remote...adio+lapel+mic

    You can also find these together as a package. This set looks pretty nice:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001WMFYH4..._t2_B01D2UNZCY

    Just be careful what you buy, if you don't have one already. There are some Chinese made ones that you have to program yourself with a PC and they aren't very intuitive.

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    Hello! I'm Derek and this will be my first Freak Fest! Don't mind my parking lot poser shot lol I got a new phone and haven't transferred all my pics to my PC yet. I've had my jeep 6 years and this will be my first trip to Rausch. Pretty excited for the rocks. I just ordered a pair of FRS radios if someone wants to bum one off me while we're there.

    Name: Derek
    Jeep: 2010, 4 Door
    Tires: 35
    Lift: 2.5
    Winch: Yes
    Rock sliders: Yes, LOD sliders
    Other: Steel front bumper, jcr engine skid, diff covers, relocated evap
    Likes: Rocks
    Dislikes: MUD
    Previous FFs: 0
    Two legged passengers: 1, my Fianc, Kaitlyn
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: Holiday Inn Frackville (couldn't pass up using points for a free stay)
    FRS Radio: Yes
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    Nice looking Jeeps!

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    Things to Bring

    Here's a list of things you should be bringing to the event:

    • Cooler with ice
    • Water - Lots of it, especially if the weather is hot
    • Snacks for the trail
    • Something for lunch
    • Sun screen
    • Bug spray
    • First aid kit
    • Camera (GoPro, etc.)
    • Trash bag - pack out what you pack in!


    Some optional stuff that's always good to have when you want it:

    • Camp chair - something comfortable to sit in during lunch
    • Tow strap and tree saver
    • D ring shackles
    • Boots (if it's muddy)
    • Rain jacket (if it's raining)
    • Zip ties for sway bar disconnects
    • Trail tools (simple hand tools, wrenches, hammer, vice grips, etc.) - just in case
    • Spare parts (u joints, axle shafts, etc.) - just in case
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper - just in case


    Although dinner will be catered at the end of the day, Rausch Creek has no place to buy food. You need to pack something for lunch. MRE's are a decent option, but lunch meat or PB&J always work. You can always do some manifold grilling, too.

    The park has an onsite air compressor you can use to air up at the end of the day. You can bring your own compressor if you want. I always bring mine, but it's only capable of airing up one maybe two Jeeps before it gets too hot and shuts down.

    The onsite "facilities" are a couple rows of porta-potties. I would imagine being late June, they're going to get ripe pretty fast. You might want to have some hand sanitizer on you.

    NO ALCOHOL ON THE TRAIL. PERIOD. I'd prefer you don't even bring it with you during the day. Any open container is cause for dismissal from the event and will likely get you banned from the park for life. What we do in the parking lot AFTER the trail ride is up to each of us. Party on, Garth!

    If you're bringing a self defense weapon with you, please keep it secure and out of sight. No shooting at "garbage cans."

    And don't forget any prescription medications. If you have any medical conditions or allergies to bee stings, etc., please let me know privately so I can be a little better prepared should we need to help.

    I'll add more to this thread as I think of it.

    Thanks!

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    Thanks for all the detailed information! I always start a pre trip checklist to cover everything I'll need to pack/take for the whole trip. Makes forgetting something less likely and I know exactly where everything is when it's needed. I always skip over toilet paper, so I'll be taking that recommendation as an added reminder haha

    We've got a lot of nice jeeps in our group and I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a blast. Not too much longer


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    Larry here. Looking forward to my first Freak Fest! Relative new to offroading so I am hoping to learn what I can and can't do in a stock Jeep before deciding on my next upgrade. I attended the 101 & 201 Offroading Consulting classes last year at Rausch Creek so I have done Green and "easy" Blue.

    Name: Larry
    Jeep: 2015 Willys, 2 Door
    Tires: 32”
    Lift: no
    Winch: no
    Rock sliders: Yes (stock)
    Other: stock gas tank skid, upgraded transmission and transfer case skids, Solid diff cover (rear)
    Likes: calculated challenges
    Dislikes:
    Previous FFs: 0
    Two legged passengers: 0
    Four legged passengers: 0
    Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites, Frackville
    FRS Radio: Yes (picked-up the one Greg suggested)

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    Larry ... Running stock 2015 Willys for the season to see what she can do!

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