Mild Moab in the Toyota's

Mild Moab in the Toyota's

After numerous trips to Moab over the years in the buggies and the rock crawlers, it was time to do things differently for once. Instead of spending an entire day to climb three miles up some crazy canyon, the idea for this trip was low-difficulty expedition-style wheeling. I was already in Cedar City, Utah shooting a rockcrawling event and drove up to Moab to meet with friends, get settled in and plan for the week. The group consisted of former 4wDrive editor Rich Walker, his wife Kelly, and their two-year-old twin daughters, Canadian Ultra4 driver Matt Nieman and friends Josh England and Eric Cresswell. Walker drove his 1998 Toyota 4Runner, almost stock with nothing more than a rear locker, a bit of body armour including front and rear bumpers, a winch and some 32” Duratracs. Nieman drove his 2006 Toyota FJ Cruiser, equipped with a winch, lockers and some body armour (which we quickly learned it needed as the FJ is a lot lower and a lot wider than the 4Runners). And Cresswell drove his 2002 Toyota 4Runner with only a winch bumper, stock e-locker (which we fought with all week) and 32” Duratracs. We got settled in to Moab Rim Village, our home base for the week located approximately a five-minute drive south of Moab, and with our handy Guide to Moab UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 3rd Edition, we set to work planning some appropriate trails...........Check out the full write up in an up coming issue of 4wDrive Magazine

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