TJ Fest 2021
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Utah TJ Fest 2021 - Moab (April 24 – May 1, 2021)

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Dates: April 24 - May 1, 2021
Location: Moab, Utah


Resources:
TJ Fest Official Website
VRBO Home / Condo Rentals
Red Rock Wheelers Trail Ratings
Gaia GPS App
AllTrails APP (GPS)
Guide to Moab, UT Backroads (Highly Recommended)

Related Threads:
TJ Fest 2021 East Coast Caravan to Moab, Utah
TJ Fest 2021 Gear Recommendations
TJ Fest 2021 Accommodations Recommendations Thread

Details:
This will be the first annual Jeep Wrangler TJ Forum "TJ Fest". The plan is to get as many TJs as we can together for an event we can call our own.

During our time wheeling in Moab, we will have three groups to wheel with. A novice group, an intermediate group, and an advanced group. Each group will have a trail guide / leader (@TuffJeeper and @AgentLJ, this might be a good one for you guys!) who will guide each group as they wheel. The novice group will do very easy, basic trails, and the intermediate and advanced group will do more challenging trails. Each day we'll meet up in our respective groups, and then go wheel.

At some point we'll all plan a big shindig where all of us can get together and do some easier trails as a huge group.

The time frame talked about the most seems to be when the car show starts after Easter Jeep Safari. From what I've seen from past events they pick the last weekend of the month of April. This would put the tentative date range between April 24th - May 1st.

As the event gets closer, I will announce a daily schedule of events, more plans, and provide many more details.

Remember guys, this is still almost a year out, so nothing at all is set in stone (other than the dates), except for those of us who have made reservations.

Don't worry about trying to "keep up" with this thread. You can read it, but there is no need to read every page of it, as the important details will always be added to this first post.

Everything you read in this thread is all chatter until things are finalized, and that's not going to happen until we get a lot closer.

Trip Requirements
  • Recovery points (front and rear tied into the frame)
  • Factory tow hooks are adequate
  • Wheel at your own pace (I have no doubt that any trail you'd want to run is likely on someone else's list as well)
Trip Rules
  • No alcohol in the vehicle
    Alcohol will not be permitted in any vehicle that will be wheeling with us. If anyone is found drinking alcohol (including passengers), you will be removed from the group and not permitted to wheel with us for the remainder of the event.
  • No drug use
    Marijuana and other drugs need to stay off the trail. If you want to do something in the privacy of your own room, so be it, but don't do it on the trail. There will be kids around, and I don't want anyone impaired.
  • Be courteous and polite
    If you came with a bad attitude, you can just stay home.
  • Be patient
    Not everyone is on the same level as wheeling, some are experts and others are here to learn.
  • Clean up after yourself!
    You will be required to police your 100% of your own trash. If I see anyone throwing trash on the trail or making a mess and not cleaning it up, you'll be booted from this group / event.
  • No political or religious discussions on the trail
    I've had a few people bring this up to me, and I agree. These are polarizing topics, so let's keep the discussions of politics and religion off the trail. If you want to discuss these things amongst yourself over dinner, in your hotel room, etc., that's just fine.
2021 Trip Roster (updated 5-25-2020)

See the TJ Fest attendees page for a up-to-date list on members who have registered for the event:


Legal Disclaimer
We are a group of Jeep enthusiasts who are planning an event to get together and have fun. By joining us, you agree to not to hold any of us (or this forum) responsible for any damage that may occur to your Jeep during this trip. There is an inherent danger when wheeling off-road, and you agree by joining us on this trip that you yourself are solely responsible for any bodily injury you may incur, as well as any damage to your property. You also agree that this forum has permission to use any images we take during this trip for forum purposes, which may include marketing.
 
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Oh, I'll be there, and I'll have a Jeep, you can count on that ;)

The question is, what can I build in 12 months? I guess we'll find out soon enough :LOL:

I'm going to be about 7 hours from Moab where we are at in Arizona, versus a lot further in Oregon.

Going after EJS is a smart move too. Last thing I'd want to do is be at Moab with massive crowds. Doesn't sound like fun to me.

I'm definitely looking forward to it (y)
 

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Man this is overdue! I’ll be doubling down, wheelin’ hard. Hopefully the fam will come. I may take 2 weeks to fit in other stuff. I’m sure my boys will want to MTB. @Alex01 put up some great resources in the intro post! Check it out and consider making a trip out. Car weekend is cool because there’s just such a variety of vehicles cruising up and down the main drag. Really fun!
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Oh, I'll be there, and I'll have a Jeep, you can count on that ;)

The question is, what can I build in 12 months? I guess we'll find out soon enough :LOL:

I'm going to be about 7 hours from Moab where we are at in Arizona, versus a lot further in Oregon.

Going after EJS is a smart move too. Last thing I'd want to do is be at Moab with massive crowds. Doesn't sound like fun to me.

I'm definitely looking forward to it (y)
Since you'll more than likely be starting with a rubicon you shouldn't have much issue building in time.
Man this is overdue! I’ll be doubling down, wheelin’ hard. Hopefully the fam will come. I may take 2 weeks to fit in other stuff. I’m sure my boys will want to MTB. @Alex01 put up some great resources in the intro post! Check it out and consider making a trip out. Car weekend is cool because there’s just such a variety of vehicles cruising up and down the main drag. Really fun!
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We'll need to hit a few tougher trails this time. Hopefully one of the Moab vets like @DrDmoney will be able to join.

I still need to run hells!! I'll likely go straight to Fins to remind myself about Moab traction then shoot over to hells revenge day 1. Kaine Creek and Moab Rim are on my list as well.

Any trails in mind?
 
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It will be great to have some veterans. I found that 1 day with veterans is an exponential learning curve.

@Alex01 I definitely want to hit some tougher trails too. I’ll be posting a few soon
 

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I’ve never been there. I’ll do whatever trails the groups want to do.
I must have mixed the yellow Jeepers' stories around. Glad you'll be able to make it. Your experience and spotting skills were invaluable on the rubicon.
 
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By popular demand, let's start planning a Moab 2021 adventure. Last year a group of us, most of which had never met in person, gathered at the Off-roading Mecca which we call Moab. We went the week after Easter Jeep Safari and even though it rained a few times and was a bit chilly a few of the days, it really seemed like the perfect time to go.

The point of this thread isn't to plan a day by day schedule of trails to run but instead set a time when a group of us will be in the same area. People can choose to group up with others or go their own way. Of course, a complete group run would be nice to do.

The time frame talked about the most seems to be when the car show starts after Easter Jeep Safari. From what I've seen from past events they pick the last weekend of the month of April. This would put the tentative date range between April 24th - May 1st. (let's hammer this out)

That gives us all 12 months to get our rigs up to the task. @Chris I expect you to own a jeep by then and make the journey.

My goal is to spend a set aside a week for the trip which would likely involve 2 travel days. (roughly 14hrs for me)

Trip requirements: None. Wheel at your own pace. I have no doubt that any trail you'd want to run is likely on someone else's list as well.

Red jeeps took the crown last time so let's try to bring in some more colors.
Photo: From left to right TJ's only- @tomtaylz @Alex01 @JMT @lowranger @ac_
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2019 trip. Photos start around pg. 42

Resources I found useful last trip:
Red Rock Wheelers Trail Ratings: https://www.rr4w.com/trails.cfm
Gaia GPS App
Guide to Moab, UT Backroads: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Moab-B...jeep&qid=1587187963&sr=8-2&tag=wranglerorg-20
I’m in!
 

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I gotta make this happen. @JMT I might have to haul a couple bikes out with me too!

It's 22.5 hours of driving and 1550 miles from home. I'll probably need two weeks!
Might as well! You’re making the trip! An extended stay will make it worthwhile. It’s a bikers paradise too. My full suspension will come in handy!
 

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Since you'll more than likely be starting with a rubicon you shouldn't have much issue building in time.

We'll need to hit a few tougher trails this time. Hopefully one of the Moab vets like @DrDmoney will be able to join.

I still need to run hells!! I'll likely go straight to Fins to remind myself about Moab traction then shoot over to hells revenge day 1. Kaine Creek and Moab Rim are on my list as well.

Any trails in mind?
I think @JMT is going to be on a mission to do the Escalator on Hells Revenge Trail. I’ve never been to Top of the World, Dead Horse Point, or the trails in Arches National Monument.