Day 1 Recap of Ultimate Adventure 2020 #UA2020 in Montana
Ultimate Adventure 2020 locks the hubs and hits the trail!
With the now-traditional, "Welcome to UA Day One" call to open the first morning driver's meeting, Ultimate Adventure 2020 is officially on! After having our first driver's meeting of the morning, the group fell in line out of the hotel parking lot and caravanned roughly 30 miles out of Kalispell, Montana, to Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Area for the first real 'wheeling many of us had done in months (stupid COVID). The Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Area is unique in that it's on National Forest land, but has many manmade obstacles. It was built and is maintained by the Big Sky 4Wheelers, which was founded in 1970. Two of the club's founding members, Steve Settle and Bob Thomson, greeted the UA group at the trailhead and gave us a bit of perspective on what the place is all about. Comprised of a mix of natural and manmade obstacles using both native and imported materials, the Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Area is a huge swath of interconnecting trails, each with optional obstacle offshoots that connect back to the main trail. That feature makes it a great destination for off-road enthusiasts of all types, from entry-level scenic off-roaders to the more hardcore like our group.
We found plenty of cool stuff that kept us entertained for the entire day. And although many of the obstacles were manmade, that isn't to say they were easy. In fact, more than a couple in our group used their VooDoo Recovery Ropes and Warn winches to get unstuck. And we even had several breaks and parts failures. UA Crony Skinny Kenny broke both motor mounts in his 1970 Blazer's 350 engine. The Offroad Design 1999 GMC K2500 melted a wire on its ARB pump, but the father-son team of Stephen and Jackson Watson had it up and working in no time. The UA2019 Ultimate International suffered another ARB issue, losing a pressure switch on the compressor, but UA Guide Trent McGee had it sorted in short order. The G10 van piloted by Travis Farmer almost completely peeled back the rear bumper, and Fred Williams, not to be outdone, ripped a rear flare off his Tube Sock TJ.
There were a few more breaks and fixes, but we'll leave some of those for the video and full UA coverage, which you'll be seeing in the coming weeks and months. But until then, be sure to check back at fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure for more daily updates, and keep following #UA2020 on social media for all the event coverage as it happens.