A little about '4-Wheelin'
When off-highway driving, 4-wheelers still drive on
roads, but we look on public lands, for the worst roads we can find. We love
a challenge, and that challenge is to 'build' a rig (ie - modify a stock 4x4) that will overcome
seemingly impossible obstacles in very bad roads. Mountain climbers have the same attitude.
'Off-road' is a misnomer that, thankfully, is gradually going out of favor in the sport.
It implies actually driving 'off' the road and among the trees. This is not
Responsible 4-wheelers stay on the road, and go by the hiker's motto :
'Pack it in ... pack it out '. The proper term is 'off-highway'. There is a world-wide
non-profit organization called Tread Lightly
that exists solely to encourage and
support environmentally and socially responsible 4-wheeling. They have a set of rules to
follow and provide educational materials to promote the image of the sport.
4 wheelers have many different makes and styles of 4x4's to choose from, not just Jeeps.
There is no right or wrong choice, just whatever suits the 4-wheeling style of the hobbyist.
My vehicle of choice is a 1984 Toyota 4Runner
. It is NOT a competition
vehicle, with every modification known, but rather modestly built, but its an almost
unstoppable 4x4, and still a comfortable and affordable everyday driver. It needs to take
my wife and I down highway 395 each February to Death Valley in reliable comfort, as well
as tackle the un-maintained back-roads in the mountains around the valley.