What's new

2022 KoH; Attending for nOOBs: How / What / Where / Why

Harry Johnson

Hairy Member
CAL4
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
247
Messages
2,355
Loc
Spreckels, Ca
Someone did to the hike from the top of Jack Hammer to Kings Graveyard(?) and he said it was a long ass hike

Yep, that's a big ass hill. I bet you could jump in with some of the recovery crews if you want to head out that early in the morning. You'd also be on your own for getting back, since they're usually not off the trail until very late. I wonder if anyone has ever hit JT up for a ride when he's out roving around?
 

Harry Johnson

Hairy Member
CAL4
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
247
Messages
2,355
Loc
Spreckels, Ca
I have access to a lifted genuine golf cart.


Would that be helpful getting around while I'm there?

Any problems with it being swiped?

Golf cart would work for getting to/from hammer town. I leave my 250 just leaned up against the fence by the entry to hammer town for hours at a time with the helmet hanging off the bars and no one has ever messed with it. It's a beater though, so maybe most people figure it's not worth it. A golf cart would suck getting from camp out to the spectator areas. You'd want something faster that doesn't have issues with a little sand and whoops for that.
 

SurfnSnow

Moderator
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
37
Messages
180
Loc
Oakland, CA
Golf cart would work for getting to/from hammer town. I leave my 250 just leaned up against the fence by the entry to hammer town for hours at a time with the helmet hanging off the bars and no one has ever messed with it. It's a beater though, so maybe most people figure it's not worth it. A golf cart would suck getting from camp out to the spectator areas. You'd want something faster that doesn't have issues with a little sand and whoops for that.

yeah for getting around, I usually use my FJ or Jeep to get from point to point but most likely next year I'll be driving the Jeep around. Since it's a JKUR, what we usually do is that if I share a camper with some friends, then we'll use my rig to shuttle us around through out the event, which will hold 3 passengers. But if I'm sleeping in my rig, then I only have room for 1 passenger.
Another thing to think about is that last year with a huge ass crowd, there were many times when we almost got hit by some ATV or UTV jackass not paying attention
 

TreeClimber

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2020
Member Number
1772
Messages
212
Loc
Kitsap County, Washington
open carry of pistols is against the law in CA and i doubt anybody will believe you are actively target shooting or legally hunting during KOH week. while nobody will probably say anything, if you are even a little paranoid about it, i cannot recommend open carry.

concealed carry is legal with a CA permit and isn't always super rare to get. CA does not honor (any?) out of state permits, but if you are carrying concealed and somebody happens to notice, odds are extremely high that they will simply assume That it's none of their damn business and they should keep their mouth shut.

If you are concerned about traveling and being pulled over, then you should probably not have it on your person or somewhere that it will be noticed by somebody walking around your vehicle.

I have heard of people carrying concealed without a permit and if you look at CA arrest records, it isn't as uncommon as the man would like you to think. it is a misd. if you are not breaking any other laws at the time.

hell, the $500 fine is damn near the cost of getting the permit :laughing:

Fixed.
 

j20brett

I break things
Joined
May 21, 2020
Member Number
890
Messages
40
Loc
Katy, Tx
Depending on your access to a camper, we stayed in landers area in an airbnb this year. Worse part was the drive up and down boone road each day. We showed up Friday the 29th, wheeled saturday through wednesday, and watched the rest of the races. Doing it again, at least coming from texas and planning to wheel, we would show up for the races and stay a few days after to wheel. Trails get plugged up bad about mid afternoon. We hiked up the hill on jack and sledge for race days and really enjoyed the action.
 

Austin

Blame Canada
CAL4
Joined
May 1, 2020
Member Number
1
Messages
2,148
Loc
St.Louis, MO
Depending on your access to a camper, we stayed in landers area in an airbnb this year. Worse part was the drive up and down boone road each day.

That would suck.

This was my first year there, and I can't wait for next year. I used rvshare.com and rented an RV. The owners dropped it off and picked it up from KoH for an extra $150, well worth it and if I don't have a camper by KoH 2022 then I'll use them again.

Now that I know whats there and how the place works .... we'll certainly rope off an irate campsite :smokin:
 

Bebop

Well-known member
Joined
May 26, 2020
Member Number
1458
Messages
659
Now that I know whats there and how the place works .... we'll certainly rope off an irate campsite :smokin:

That would be sick !

I need to make it back there !
 

SurfnSnow

Moderator
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
37
Messages
180
Loc
Oakland, CA
That would suck.

This was my first year there, and I can't wait for next year. I used rvshare.com and rented an RV. The owners dropped it off and picked it up from KoH for an extra $150, well worth it and if I don't have a camper by KoH 2022 then I'll use them again.

Now that I know whats there and how the place works .... we'll certainly rope off an irate campsite :smokin:

Depending on the size of the RV, getting a couple of people to chip in and share the RV wouldn't be a bad idea.
 

Seubs070

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 24, 2020
Member Number
2767
Messages
52
We didn't make it this year, but past years we flew into Vegas and rented an RV to drive from Vegas. Flights into vegas are dirt cheap and if you split the RV between a few people it is cheap too.
 

CDA 455 II

ANFAQUE2
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
25
Messages
2,054
Loc
No Country For Old Men
We didn't make it this year, but past years we flew into Vegas and rented an RV to drive from Vegas. Flights into vegas are dirt cheap and if you split the RV between a few people it is cheap too.

Logistics! Logistics! :flipoff2: :grinpimp:


What did it cost to rent the RV?
How did you fill the RV with food; grocery-run?
Did RV company pick you up from the airport?
Did they drop you off as well?
 

Seubs070

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 24, 2020
Member Number
2767
Messages
52
Logistics! Logistics! :flipoff2: :grinpimp:


What did it cost to rent the RV?
How did you fill the RV with food; grocery-run?
Did RV company pick you up from the airport?
Did they drop you off as well?


I think it was $500 - $600 for 4 nights, plus fuel. I think we spent about $200 in fuel. So $200/night, spilt between a couple of people.
Uber from the airport to RV rental company.
We usually stop at the wal mart in Barstow to fill up with groceries. It's right on the way.
its about a 4 hour drive from Vegas to the lake bed.

The hardest part is having a way to get around on the lake bed. We met up with friends out there and bum rides off them. Two years ago a buddy came along and rent a stock jeep in Vegas. That was enough to get us to backdoor, chocolate thunder, and sledge. A stock 1/2 ton or tahoe / suburban could get you to most of the viewing areas if you take it easy.
 

'84 Bronco II

El Chingón
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
293
Messages
1,034
Loc
NM
I think it was $500 - $600 for 4 nights, plus fuel. I think we spent about $200 in fuel. So $200/night, spilt between a couple of people.
Uber from the airport to RV rental company.
We usually stop at the wal mart in Barstow to fill up with groceries. It's right on the way.
its about a 4 hour drive from Vegas to the lake bed.

The hardest part is having a way to get around on the lake bed. We met up with friends out there and bum rides off them. Two years ago a buddy came along and rent a stock jeep in Vegas. That was enough to get us to backdoor, chocolate thunder, and sledge. A stock 1/2 ton or tahoe / suburban could get you to most of the viewing areas if you take it easy.

We were able to get to all the viewing areas just fine in a rented Nissan Versa and my buddies 2wd Avalanche another year :laughing:

IMG_2428.JPG
 

'84 Bronco II

El Chingón
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
293
Messages
1,034
Loc
NM

Honestly that year was the most fun I have ever had at KOH :laughing: We were passing Jeeps in the whoops and trying to make it up climbs in the Versa and it was a blast. We got stuck in the sand once and were able to self extract using the trunk mat (left a burnout mark across it :laughing:), and we ripped the rear bumper cover off trying to keep up speed in some soft whoops, but popped it back on and the rental agency didn't notice the big tear in it when we returned it :homer:
 
Last edited:

Harry Johnson

Hairy Member
CAL4
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
247
Messages
2,355
Loc
Spreckels, Ca
Honestly that year was the most fun I have ever had at KOH :lauging: We were passing Jeeps in the whoops and trying to make it up climbs in the Versa and it was a blast. We got stuck in the sand once and were able to self extract using the trunk mat (left a burnout mark across it :laughing:), and we ripped the rear bumper cover off trying to keep up speed in some soft whoops, but popped it back on and the rental agency didn't notice the big tear in it when we returned it :homer:

Ah yes, the rally car life. Cruised in the back seat of this thing to the top of chocolate thunder a few times. Did a lot of passing in the whoops on the way and it was surprisingly smooth except for feeling the occasional impact of the top of the whoop hitting the floorboard beneath my feet. :smokin:

xaGTiENh.jpg
 

Crawl

Active member
Joined
Apr 26, 2021
Member Number
3848
Messages
28
Loc
Ontario, Canada
I went alone from Toronto Canada for KOH 2019. Flew into Vegas and rented a 4x4 midsize thing. Loaded up on beer, a foam cooler, ice, water, steaks, potato’s, salt, butter, and wrapper snacks. Packed a sleeping bag, pillow, and clothes in a carry on. 5 days 4 nights. Went for the Shootout, and Power hour. I was back at home the next day for the big race. Best seat is online for that I think.
I just bought some fire wood, and cooked over a fire for dinner. Ate breakfast in hammer town. Beer and snacks all day.

The Nissan thing did fine. I was surprised the front fascia was so durable in the whoops. The sand climbs I had no idea what the thing was doing. I just floored it, all these dash lights sparkle, and I made it to the top of everything.

I just slept in the rental where ever I felt like it. I tried to pick places I wouldn’t get smacked by a hi-speed machine at night. Back door kept me entertained most evenings. I think I counted 5 blown motors, and countless axles over the 4 nights. Place is epic. I meet up with several People I knew, and everyone I meet, and partied with was really cool.

I caved on the last night and headed to a hotel for a shower. I just hit up the closet city about 1.5-2 hours on my way back to Vegas.

I almost ran out of fuel. I’d grab a jerry van if I do it again this way.

$1500 Canadian loonies total. Even bought some sandals at the airport instead of dumping the leftovers into the slots.

Can’t wait to do it again.
B59BC73A-0947-4063-BF31-A34120D6D5A6.jpeg
 

SurfnSnow

Moderator
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
37
Messages
180
Loc
Oakland, CA
That's awesome about the Nissan:laughing:
yeah, definitely have to set up a site for the Irate4x4 crew to meet up at. We were camped near the 3Wheeler shit-show and next to the Stonehedge area. Can't wait to do it again
 

SevenSlotSociety

New member
Joined
Mar 3, 2021
Member Number
3609
Messages
3
Loc
Fredericksburg, VA
How do you media guys get around out there? Do you have to hike in? I always thought it would be cool if they had some media transport that could safely take you guys out to some of the other trails without driving on the course. Would have be awesome to see content from deadblow for example.
I've been media for the past three years. My first year I had to walk/bum rides. The following two years, I had a rental. The course is so massive, it's impossible to see every point of interest. Most of the media guys I've worked/talked with try and hit the biggest obstacles in the shortest distance. If you get too into the weeds on the course, you'll never get back to the finish line in time. It's easier when you're following a single racer, but when you're trying to cover the field, it can be daunting.
 
Last edited:

SurfnSnow

Moderator
Joined
May 19, 2020
Member Number
37
Messages
180
Loc
Oakland, CA
alright, it's official, Jan 27th through Feb 5th. Looks like the main race is on Saturday again. I put in my time off request already so I'll be going again this year for sure. I'm pretty sure it's going to be huge
 

06h3

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 8, 2020
Member Number
2843
Messages
332
Yeah I saw they extended the week to a week and change now. I’m curious what else they have in store
 

RPS1030

Red Skull Member
Joined
May 20, 2020
Member Number
523
Messages
226
Loc
SW UT
Not saying or knowing if anything will get added (like Dave doesn’t want to). It’s been listed as 9-10 days for a bit I think. But I was thinking Thur/Fri was probably mostly tech/check-in for the desert racers this year. Then desert racing first weekend. Move into U4 tech/qualifying Monday.
 
Top