are many places that we drive through with our eyes on the terrain.
Perhaps you passed by a small ravine and you thought, "man,
I'll bet that would be some cool wheeling!" Rough Canyon
is exactly one of those places.
ago, the owner of The Shop Off-Road was out tooling around on
a deer lease between Del Rio, TX and Lake Amistad (an International
Lake on the Mexican Border) when he thought "This would be
a great place to bring some others out to wheel."
along with the help of a Houston Area 4 Wheel Drive Club (SUAW
4x4) gave birth to a new event. Rough Canyon held it's inaugural
event on March of 2001.
event was much larger, with over 100 rigs, a huge equipment raffle,
BBQ Dinner and a lot of wheeling. The areas around the ranch have
the potential to be some of the toughest wheeling around. In fact,
there appears to be vast untapped areas that could even lead to
things like rockcrawling competitions and some serious Las Cruces-type
Saturday we hooked up with all the participants and event workers
at 9:00 am for a drivers meeting and everyone got organized and
we headed out to the trails. We found the harder trails to be
fun and most of the participants had a good time. The only negatives
we heard in regards to the trails were from the hardcore crowd
used to extreme rockcrawling trails. They felt the trails needed
some more guidance and technique in the building and design. But
they all conceded that the potential is there and with some maturation
this could/would be an event to pull everyone from the stocker
to the super hardcore.
I was fortunate
enough to make this trip with David Jones who is a professional
photographer with Andrews Photography in Houston, TX. David
was available to give some photography advice as well as supply
some of the wonderful pictures for this gallery.
out the pictures and see what you think.
now, on to the
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