Thursday, July 4, 2013

Spice Up Your Summer with Off-Roading


Portland, Oregon's KATU media outlet has an outdoors adventure and exploration section of their website in which they explore a variety of topics.  Part of their "Spice Up Your Summer" series covers the offroading opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest.  The reporter rode along with Andy Lilienthal and Chad Schroll from Warn Industries, an Oregon company that makes the world's best electric winches - recall that I chose the Warn M8000-S winch for my own Jeep.  The reporter wrote about the sport from a beginner's perspective since this series of reports is intended to draw new people into the sport.

I was pleased to read how much good information on trail responsibility was included in the report.  This goes a long way toward debunking the myths that the anti-access folks perpetuate about OHV users tearing up the land and being poor stewards of the forest. A quote from Andy in the article:
"It's not just pedal to the metal, 'yee haw!' kind of stuff.  There are a lot of stereotypes, but the vast majority of people that are into this are courteous, respectful, they clean up after themselves and they realize that you stay on the trail - you leave minimal impact. We look at it as a way to get out to nature and see these places that are amazing."
The article even discusses the Tread Lightly rules of outdoor recreation - kudos to the reporter for writing an educational article instead of just a "fluff piece!"  Of course, the readers' comments at the end of the article include a number of ill-informed critics' malarkey, but anytime OHV access is discussed, the faux-environmentalists come out of the woodwork to disparage this form of recreation.

At any rate, this is a great article that's well worth reading.

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