After getting some professional instruction from Scott and Mike at the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center, they gave us a chance to put our newly learned skills to the test.
A big component of the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous is the ability for attendees to practice using their off-road skills and tools in a real world environment.
The classroom for the day would be the Big Creek property operated by the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center (UORTC). Big creek consists of 125 acres of custom cut trails designed to challenge even the most experienced drivers.
Big Creek is comprised of your typical east coast terrain with tight trails, lots of trees, and plenty of rocks to keep you thinking about your next line. Luckily for us there hadn’t been any rain recently because I could only imagine
a suck fest all the fun we would have had in some Carolina clay.
Our group consisted of a huge variety of rigs consisting of everything from a Ford Ranger all the way to the baddest Nissan X-Terra I had ever seen. We also had a wide range of experience levels, but everyone in our group was capable and willing to learn.
Scott and Mike guided us along the trails and we quickly started hitting the rocks, but with their expert guidance and a couple of good lines everyone was able to make it through. By the time we got to the first set of obstacles, all the drivers knew they would have to be on their A game.
The X-Terra had plenty of opportunities to show off its massive amounts of suspension travel, and Ben was able to get his money’s worth out of his skid plates.
There were definitely some pucker moments, but everyone finished the day without any body damage thanks to Scott and Mike’s expert guidance.
We’d like to give a big thank you to Scott and Mike of UORTC for all of the training they provided us and for letting us hit their awesome private trail network.