ORP 024 - Trail Tips, Tricks and Tools

Welcome to the Off Road Podcast!!  I am your host Greg Bakken and joining me is my co host Jeff Bakken...This is the podcast for all things offroad.  Whether you're looking for Sunday jaunts on some fire roads or hard core rock crawling, we will cover it all. Episode 24!!!

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Enjoy the show even though I am not an offroader other than dealing w/ horses and cows which at times requires the use of my 03 Silverado 4x4.  As a result I am always having to keep the truck up and your podcast is always giving me ideas.

I'm also not a youngster (past 60) but did also run dirt bikes in my youth.

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You should do a podcast on the various tricks you have up your sleeve along with your brother.

Thanks for the shows and your effort.  When the podcast was introduced earlier on the FRN, I was a bit skeptical, however you have done a good job and it is very entertaining.



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Main Topic: Trail Tips, Tricks and Tools

Etiquette, AKA General Rules:

1) Never leave anyone behind.

2) Don't block the trail.

3) Move over whenever possible and let those behind you pass. Play through.

4) Don't leave your junk on the trail, in the way of traffic.


1) Don't let testosterone drive your decisions.

2) If you are using a spotter, listen to your spotter.

3) If someone is spotting, let them spot and don't help.


1) A very basic tool set is minimum.

2) Jumper cables, spare gas.

Recovery Gear:

1) Shackles or hooks front and rear.

2) Snatch Strap.


1) First aid kits.

2) Gloves for moving rocks and winching.

3) Carry clothing for an overnight even on a day trip.

4) Carry food and water for twice the time you plan to be out.

5) Excessive hot places require 1 gallon of water per person per day.


1) Make sure the lands are open and passable.


1) People, not on your trip, should know your route and when you will return.


1) Your vehicle should match the trail and your skill.

General Land Use Concerns:

1) Pick up any trash, leave the trail cleaner than you found it.

2) Don't blaze new trails.

3) Don't drive on trees and plants unless this IS the trail.

4) Carry trash bags.

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