Trail Breaker (A Trail Hero Event)
Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:47 AM
Here's the full version http://www.pirate4x4...ible-trail.html and is definitely worth the read. Hand's down the best thing that's been on Pirate in a long time!
For those of you who don't follow links or refuse to go to Pirate here's the jist of it....Lil' Rich has a secret area picked out that's never been ran before. He's inviting 6 drivers (sounds like it might end up being closer to 10) to come break the trail at the Trail Hero event in October. Rich says it's extremely gnarly and he's not even completely sure if it's doable! There's several PNW and Canada guys with their names getting thrown in the hat for this one.
Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:49 AM
I am putting together an effort to break in this trail. I don't want more than 6 rigs on the trail, it gets too tight and would take too long with more. I am arranging Television and magazine coverage along with even putting together some Pirate Coverage. So With that being said, which 6 drivers are the best in North America?
I have driven portions of this trail but there are 4 waterfalls that are too difficult for me and my rig. The trail is a series of waterfalls in a boulder strewn slot canyon. The pics below do not show the hardest obstacles, intact they are the easiest. This week I will get more pics.
Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:51 AM
The reason for this event is to create a single event that hosts every form of our Rock Sports Industry, join it with a world class wheeling destination that is fairly un-used, make sure that we have the capability to cater to high end clients as well as make sure that there is something for everyone.
Trail Hero will be October 5th-8th 2016 and is located at Sand Hollow State Park just outside of Hurricane, Utah. We chose Sand Hollow for several reasons: close proximity to a decent sized town (Hurricane, Utah), the great network of experienced local clubs, the fact that this area is virtually untouched by our industry, the amenities which include onsite wet and dry camping, a lake, and 5-star resort.
This is being billed as the one true Rock Sports Industry Event due to the fact that we will have every form of our sport and that also features the Rock Sports Gala (Where we take over Sand Hollow Resort, home of a 5 Star golf course and clubhouse).
Now on to the Trail Breaker.
Our #1 goal when thinking of this event was to reach back into our roots of trail wheeling and find out what makes a great driver. To do this I asked a few very skilled drivers what their thoughts were. The number one answer was not just being able to drive the line, but see the line and feel it as you drive.
One thing that has displaced much of this process in Competitive Rock Crawling is the ability to watch the driver ahead of you, see what their line is and if it works. Once the line is figured out, it almost becomes a game of copy-cat driving and much of what separates teams are mistakes and vehicles.
Therefore, to find out who is the best, Drivers will not be allowed to watch one another on the course. Think old school early rock crawling days like Warn Nationals in Las Cruces. The canyon wound around and made it nearly impossible for teams to watch each other on course.
Next is how to score the event. A frustrating portion of Rock Crawling is the human element. Judging an event is literally one of the hardest things to do, and just like a football game, there is always an eventual error the interpretation of the rules, or something didn't get caught.
In the same sense, if it is based on time throughout the trail, it becomes a rock race, and takes a different type of skill. When this happens vehicles often break, clog up trails, lengthen the event, and usually it happens on the more flat ground rather than the real obstacle.
Both ways of scoring the event work well for their respective types of motorsports. Both KOH and W.E.ROCK have done well with their formats and I love the excitement each bring to their own version of our sport. I for one, never want to compete against either Dave or Big Rich. Instead what I want to do is Complement their efforts and focus on our roots as well as give the hidden talent somewhere in the trails an honest chance to show themselves.
To score this event we are using the element of time and points, but we will only score the vehicle while it is trying the actual obstacle. Each obstacle completed will reward the team the point value given to that obstacle based on difficulty. Overall Time from each course would be the tie breaker. Therefore time would start once the front tires touched the "Waterfall" and end when the vehicle has completely made the single Obstacle. If the vehicle cannot complete the obstacle in the allotted time, then they will receive a Zero points, max time and then be timed for their attempt at the bypass (Which is also not easy).
What confines the vehicle to the course is the obstacle itself, there is no boundary, cones, etc. With this we believe that this will not turn into a rock race as it will take definitive skill and slow movement to actually climb the obstacle. As much as these are waterfalls and obstacles, they will surely need to be driven with precision, which cannot be done with speed.
Drivers will be able to walk the trail for one hour prior to the start, and the order will be randomly drawn by teams the night prior at our Kickoff Party.
With all this, and the response that we have received for this feature, we will be expanding the event to 10 total positions. 9 of which will be hand selected by myself, and the last position to be voted on by the members of Pirate.
The group that Pirate votes on will be selected by the drivers of the event plus myself, 10 total candidates. The selection from the teams may not be related in any way (ie, this guy built the candidates car, they wheel all the time together, they have the same car, they are from the same portion of the country). I believe this will allow us to pick the correct individuals rather ran just have a "Southwest" event.
Lastly, Nominees listed in this thread MUST have pictures posted as a reference in order to qualify as a potential candidate. The more pics and Vids of the nominee, the better the chances of their selection, as it allows the drivers to accurately pick the best choice.
I look forward to hosting such a unique event with the help from the industry and the drivers and hope this allows us to reach into our past and create something that can be really fun to watch and partake in for the future.
Posted 24 December 2015 - 10:02 PM
Planning to hit sandhollow in the spring to check out some hard lines ,,, and then aim for this in the fall
Posted 31 December 2015 - 03:45 PM
Posted 01 January 2016 - 11:01 AM
Yeah, I hope that media coverage will be good then.
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 07:24 PM
There is so much more video and not just of those 2. Lots of live coverage and I saw plenty on media vests and drones.
Posted 12 October 2016 - 04:49 PM
What do you mean?