Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. Tracy's family moved to central Utah when he was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah. These family moves established a precedent, of sorts, as Tracy has lived in numerous states over the past three decades. Tracy is determined now, however, to settle down in Colorado Springs.

His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. This, too, is a precedent started many years ago in dad's pickup truck, followed by Tracy's first 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco.

Tracy aspires to climb some of Colorado's venerable 14'ers while traveling some of the notable and not-so-well-known 4x4 trails in the Centennial State. He's excited about contributing to Trails Offroad because the site and fellow contributors are committed to meet a critical 4-wheel drive enthusiast requirement--current and accurate trail data.

My Builds

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1994 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 285k miles on the 1FZFE inline six cylinder, four-speed automatic, and manual dual-range transfer case. OME 2" lift springs, ARB bumper with 8k winch, custom sliders and rear bumper. Camping Lab rooftop tent.

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1983 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 4.2l inline six cylinder carbureted 2F H42 4-speed manual transmission wheels and tires: 235/85/16 MT's on American Racing wheels other: 2" OME suspension lift, Trail Gear sliders, custom front / rear bumpers, 9k winch, Camping Labs rooftop tent

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1988 Isuzu Trooper II 4ZE1 2.6L fuel-injected 4-cylinder, MUA5 five-speed manual transmission, and manual dual-range transfer case. 4.56:1 ring and pinion in OE Isuzu 10-bolt front (IFS) and Isuzu 12-bolt rear axles. Aisin manual locking hubs.

This is a somewhat rare "transition" model between the early and later first generation Isuzu Troopers. It is the long wheelbase, 2-door model, but has the EFI engine (versus the earlier carbureted 4ZD1, 2.3L), the dual-A-arm IFS, and the heavier-duty (larger ring/pinion gear) rear axle.

My 17-year old son, TJ, is the primary operator. We named the truck "Deja Blue" due to the fact that I originally bought this truck used in 1994, and my wife, Lisa, drove it daily through 1999 when TJ was born. The 2-door configuration made life difficult with a child seat, so we sold it to my brother-in-law, who used it as a "bad weather drive to work truck" and "gone fishing" rig.

My two nieces and nephew all learned to drive in this truck. Of course, they all chose to move on to something more "cool" in their opinions, so the Trooper sat unused for a few years. After visiting my sister's family for Thanksgiving in 2014, TJ (then age 15) expressed interest in the Trooper as his first vehicle. By Thanksgiving, 2015, TJ and I were planning the necessary repairs and maintenance to make it drivable.

When I told my sister of TJ's interest and asked if they would sell it to him, she replied "yes, just come take it away!" So we spent many hours of Thanksgiving weekend replacing the fuel pump, clutch master cylinder, vacuum hoses, and other miscellaneous items plus all the requisite fluids and brake/suspension/steering/electrical checks. At the end of the weekend we drove it 300+ miles home to Kansas City.

Recent Trip Reports

Hotel Gulch 12-03-2017

Mostly clear and dry. I drove down 346/Hotel Gulch and back up as part of a patrol supporting the USFS Pikes Peak Ranger District tree-cutting event this weekend. There were patches of snow in areas that remain shaded, but since the most recent snowfall was November 17-18, there wasn't much left.

Ice Cave Road 12-02-2017

Ran Ice Cave Road (FS Road 323/324) Loop as part of a patrol on roads for the Forest Service's annual Christmas tree cutting event. Conditions are relatively dry, give the last snow was on November 17-18, 2017. The only place where there was significant snow remaining was in vicinity of Waypoint 8. This area remains in shadow this time of year, so the snow hasn't melted like elsewhere along the trail.

Mount Herman Road 12-02-2017

Drove down Mount Herman Road off of Rampart Range Road (FS Road 300) after patrolling roads for the USFS/Pike's Peak Ranger District (Christmas tree cutting event). The upper portion of the road is completely clear and dry. The portion between the balanced rock and the lower FS Gate has a few sections that are packed snow/ice. There are also numerous deep ruts (10 to 12 inches), particularly in some of the blind curves--use extra caution going around curves and proceed slowly over these ruts.


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