September 8-11 2011
CK5.com: Steve Fox started it all in 2002 and continues to host BlazerBash.com and the Blazer Bash open discussion forum on the
CK5.com website. We always appreciate everything he does to keep the event going.
Bill's Englewood Driveshaft: 3-$100 & 3-$50 gift certificates and 10-bolt axle shaft ujoint and 1310 yoke.
Big Horn Graphics: Donated all of the printed material used for the event including the vendor stickers in the registration packets, event stickers, BBQ banner, and trail run handouts.
DIY4x: Provided a large cash donation to help cover event costs. They also donated 5-$50, 2-$100, & 1-$250 gift certificates.
Offroad Design: The ORD crew prepared and served all the food at this year's BBQ including homemade brownies for dessert. In addition, they provided numerous door prize items and helped get people back to camp after a difficult day on the trail.
Off Road Ltd: Heavy Duty rear bumper outfitted for spare tire carrier
TRAIL RUN SPONSORS:
Colorado Canyon Crawlers: Provided large cash donation to help cover event costs.
Outkast Offroad: Provided large cash donation to help cover event costs.
Rockstar Kustomz: Provided large cash donation to help cover event costs. Also 3-$50 gift certificates.
DOOR PRIZE DONORS:
12voltguy.com: $88 gift certificate for in-cab winch controller with wiring harness and shipping
Advance Adapters: $200 gift certificate
AtoZ Fabrication: 10-koozies, 3-shirts, 2-$50 gift certificates
Barnes4wd: 2-$50 gift certificates
Battlement Fabrication: 2-Optima battery mounts
Corbeau Seats: 4-shirts
Fastenal: Large quantity of koozies
JB Custom Fabrication: Stainless steel NP205 twin-stick kit
Jeff (aka: munepit): $100 Visa gift card for Jason Payne Memorial Trophy winner
MasterPull: 2-$25 & 1-$75 gift certificates
Spidertrax Off-Road: 5-shirts
The Street Rod Manufacturing Company (TSM): 2-$50 gift certificates
Wade W: 10-bolt Draglink & Tie Rod ends
The first day of the event consisted of 1 trail run on Hell's Revenge. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone running through Hell's together.
The 2nd day of the event consisted of activities and trail runs at the private offroad park, Area BFE. Everyone gathered in the lower parking lot to start the day having some fun on the RTI ramp and participating in the safety inspections.
Most everyone then headed out to run a few of the trails throughout Area BFE.
Stephen Watson & Tom Cherry took a group out to Hell's Revenge for a driving clinic. It was a lot of fun and very enlightening for the drivers new to the Moab trails. There were also from very beautiful trucks from the Blue Water Blazer Club in Michigan along for the ride.
Friday evening was the Offroad Design BBQ at the Old City Park in Moab. Excellent food for over 100 people was prepared and served by Offroad Design, including a yummy dessert. Following dessert, the Jason Payne Memorial trophy was awarded to Willy Peart who drove all the way from Michigan with the Blue Water Blazer Club. He drove his outstanding 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer to Moab. Following that, the raffle drawing was held and numerous big smiles were witnessed around the gathering as the drawing was capped off with the give-away of a heavy duty rear bumper from Off Road Ltd.
A total of 4 trail runs were organized for Saturday. A couple of people opted to run the scenic trail system called 3-D.
Several more trucks headed out to Kane Creek to have some fun making several water crossings.
The largest trail run of the day was the Trifecta which consists of 3 trails; Poison Spider Mesa, Golden Spike, and Gold Bar Rim. All 3 trails are challenging when run independently, but running the 3 together makes it much more difficult and also makes for a very long day. Everyone made it off the trail safely including a couple in a UTV the Blazer Bash crew was kind enough to stop and help after a bad rollover.
Another group of Blazer Bash trucks ran the fun and challenging trail, Steel Bender.
There were 2 trail runs for the final day of Blazer Bash. One group headed out to run Poison Spider Mesa.
The other group chose the more difficult Pritchett Canyon trail. This trail has some notorious obstacles and it's a very popular run for those looking to be challenged. The group of well built trucks tackled the trail with just a couple of problems, but despite those everyone had a good time and made it off the trail safely.
It was a good event and it was a lot of fun to be there this year. We're looking forward to next year's 11th Annual event, September 6th – 9th, 2012.
Blazer Bash 2011 principle expenses: $1,746 apparel, $1,435.50 insurance premium, $605 BLM permit, $300 SITLA right of entry, $143 porta-potty, $130 Area BFE donation.