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Brett Brogdon

Mapping Crew - New Mexico

My first vehicle was a 1987 Isuzu Trooper, as a sixteen year old that meant mudding behind the local lake. After cracking the transfer case in half I almost traded it for a 1970 El Camino, boy would my life had turned out differently! Instead I went down the rabbit hole of classic Chevrolet Blazers, until one night in Hot Springs, Arkansas I was introduced to rock crawling with Jeeps. As I sat there completely vertical, staring straight up the hood of an old CJ7 at the stars above, I knew I had to have a Jeep. So in the summer of 2001 I found "Goldie" sitting brand new on the local lot, no one wanted her because she was a four cylinder and therefore sat on the lot for a year. She took me all over Arkansas during college, and slowly grew as did my driving skills. When you are working with two (to four) cylinders less than the rest of the guys, it takes a little more gas pedal and finesse. I became a believer in driving my rig, wheeling it hard, which sometimes meant a trail side repair, but then driving it home. That little gold Jeep is still sitting in my garage, and still with a four cylinder engine, it has driven me all over the United States and created excitement for me and spectators for over 16 years now. There have been a few more Jeeps added to the roster, because sometimes you need a spare, but I am a firm believer that knowing your rig and your own skills will take you farther than most people believe.

In the summer of 2007 I moved to Telluride, Colorado. My friend needed a caretaker for his cabin for a month while he was working in Alaska, so it seemed like a great opportunity to experience the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, his soon to be ex-girlfriend decided she was going to move back into the cabin with her new boyfriend. I was left homeless with all my friends worldly possessions. Lucky for me he was a mountain guide with lots of cool camping gear. My new boss told me it was fairly common in mountain towns to have experiences like that and suggested that I just camp for a week until I could find a new place to live. Well that week turned into five months, as I went to work during the day and returned to my tent at night. I was the first one to make it into the ghost town of Alta that year, winching myself through the snow and pitching my tent next to the building that Nikola Tesla used for his first commercial use of electricity. It was a great summer, just me and my pet wolf experiencing Mother Nature at its finest. "Overlanding" wasn't a common term in the USA at that point, and my gear wasn't very fancy so I guess I was still officially camping, but it did instill a passion that grew into Overland Expedition Specialists LLC.

Maybe some day there will be a new phrase to describe it, but I think we can be both Rock Crawlers and Overlanders. If you are out there exploring, call yourself anything you want, just remember to always Tread Lightly!

My Builds

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2010 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon- 315/75R17 BFgoodrich KO2, Spidertrax 1.5 Spacer, Fox Shox Front, Old Man Emu rear shock, Notch Customs Fender Flares, Metal Cloak front bumper, Warn M8000 winch, Smittybilt Synthetic Line, Factor 55 Safety Thimble, Procomp LED bar, Superchips Flashcal converted to Flashpaq, Rezistent Gear Jeepurse, Safari Straps divider, Tuffy Underseat and rear box, Spidershades, AEV diff slider, Rubicon Express Engine and Evap skid, Custom rear bumper with HDPE skid for oversize tire, Rezistent gear backpack, RSE Ez Rack kit, Rotopax 2 gallon, Olympic 4x4 Safari door mirrors, Rezistent Gear mirror bag, Riddler Diff Cover, JCR C gussets, Rough Country 1.25 body lift, ACE Engineering and Fab inner fenders

Recent Trip Reports

4th of July Canyon 12-07-2017

Today a friend and I went up to check for signage and trail markers for the FR409a junction to FR409 that is shown in the 2017 MVUM. We also used the opportunity to find the FR488 alternate entrance for the Old Red River Pass and 4th of July Canyon. The alternate entrance is recommended by the Forest Service as Old Red River Pass switchbacks are closed for repair. The entrance starts at the parking lot for Enchanted Cross Country ski area. It is important to pay attention to the signage as the winter months have groomed skiing near to FR488 and sometimes intersecting FR488. The alternate entrance will take you through forest and then turn to a "funnel" through fenced private properties, it is approved access if you stay on the trail between the fences on each side of the trail. The snowpack was very low for this time of year, I would estimate 8 inches on the average. We did not find any signage of FR409a, so I have since contacted the Forest Service and they are looking into whether there could possibly be an error with the map or where the junction of the two trails needs to be located. The past entrance at the fire station is still marked "4 wheel drive only" and FR409. Ive included 3 photos at the firestation entrance marking FR409 and a photo of the FR488 alternate entrance at Enchanted Cross Country Skiing. The trail officially closes for the season 12/31/17 and I was told we could probably have a more definitive answer in January of 2018.

Old Red River Pass 10-20-2017

The Forest Service has issued a temporary but extended closure from October 2017 until October 31,2018. “Due to recent heavy rainfall, portions of the steep road have become eroded to the point where it is dangerous to drive on,” said Questa District Ranger Jack Lewis. “It is necessary to close this road to keep the public safe. According to a Forest Service press release, FR 488 is closed from its entrance at State Highway 578 to the top of the pass adjacent to McShan Ranch and Flying Horse Ranch private land boundaries and FR 490. An alternate access to the Old Red River Pass is available through the east side of FR 488 by the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area near Bobcat Pass. The Forest Service plans to repair the road sometime next year. The temporary road closure is effective Oct. 17, 2017, and will remain in effect until Oct. 31, 2018, or until rescinded. For information regarding the road closure contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.

Old Red River Pass 10-20-2017

The Forest Service has issued a temporary but long term closure from October 2017 until October 31,2018. “Due to recent heavy rainfall, portions of the steep road have become eroded to the point where it is dangerous to drive on,” said Questa District Ranger Jack Lewis. “It is necessary to close this road to keep the public safe. According to a Forest Service press release, FR 488 is closed from its entrance at State Highway 578 to the top of the pass adjacent to McShan Ranch and Flying Horse Ranch private land boundaries and FR 490. An alternate access to the Old Red River Pass is available through the east side of FR 488 by the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area near Bobcat Pass. The Forest Service plans to repair the road sometime next year. The temporary road closure is effective Oct. 17, 2017, and will remain in effect until Oct. 31, 2018, or until rescinded. For information regarding the road closure contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.

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