Mapping Crew - California
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Grant has commanded a 4x4 on just about every terrain imaginable and on three different continents. Growing up in Indiana, he drove 4x4 trucks through mud and snow covered fields. After getting a degree in TV/Radio Production from Ball State University, he joined the U.S. Army Airborne, where they let him drive HMMWVs through the forested backcountry around Fort Bragg and the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq. After the military, he bought his first Jeep while living and working in Italy. It was then that he discovered a true passion for 4x4 exploration.
"I drove all over Northern Italy to find long forgotten forts and bunkers of the Great War. The Alps are full of old WWI trails and tunnels built to defend Italy from invasion."
In California since 2009, Grant has continued exploring and can be found most weekends in Big Bear, the San Jacinto Mountains or the Anza Borrego State Desert. On long weekends, he and his wife like to get out and explore a bit further and will trek up to Northern California or Arizona in search of isolated camp sites and breathtaking vistas.
"I really enjoy leading groups of novice or intermediate Jeepers. I love the challenge and sense of accomplishment when everyone makes it through an obstacle safely. It's a big confidence builder... not only for them, but for me as well."
New to the California Mapping Crew, he's excited to bring new trails to the ever growing list here at TrailsOffroad.com
My Garage (1)
Only after building your first rig do you realize what you would've done differently if you had a new one... and that's what this is. This 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited started life as a Rubicon but was given the limited edition DSI "Commando" package which includes custom powder coated ProComp wheels, Smittybilt XRC corner and quarter panel guards, bumpers and rock sliders, Poison Spyder high clearance fenders, a 3.25" lift and 35" M/T's also by ProComp and a 9500 XRC winch round out the "Commando" build.
But since this rig is no mall crawler, Grant has added JPI and EVO control arm skids, a Poison Spyder heavy-duty crossmember and a full Rubicon Express 3/16" steel skid plate system. Performance is enhanced by an Airaid CAI, Jet Performance chip and a free flow Borla "Climber" exhaust system. It's heavy... and drinks like a paratrooper on a three day weekend... but fully capable and hasn't found a trail it couldn't conquer.