With so many events & trips being cancelled this year, the Camburg crew decided it was time to head north to escape the summer heat, but more importantly to go on an off-road adventure with friends. Their 4-day trip with 13 trucks, would embark up US Highway 395 to as far north as Mt. Patterson to some very remote camping locations and even higher elevations in Central California.
First thing Thursday morning with your typical Huntington Beach parking lot meet & greet with some tire kicking, they hit the road and headed north in a caravan of Ford Raptors, the Camburg Sig Sauer Jeeps Only Jeep Gladiator and a couple overland Toyota 4-Runners. They would be meeting up with the rest of the group in Olancha off the 395. With everyone topped off with fuel and ready to go, they all continued north for another 200+ mile journey. While having Camburg suspension with FOX shocks wasn’t a prerequisite to go on this adventure, coincidently 85% of the trucks did.
Traveling up the 395, it’s tradition to make a pit stop in Bishop at Mahogany Smoked Meats for some fresh jerky & snacks, so of course that was their next stop. The drive from Bishop up to Mono Lake does make for some awesome scenery. With a mix of asphalt, gravel roads and dirt trails, they headed into the historic town of Bodie, California. Bodie is a full-fledged gold mining ghost town that dates back to the 1850’s. To this day, it’s awesome to see these structures still standing giving us a snapshot back in time. From Bodie they continued north and setup camp outside of Bridgeport. Nothing better at camp than good tunes playing on Scosche’s Boom Bottle, ice cold beers & Monster Mango Loco’s in the Igloo cooler and grilling some beef on the BBQ to bring everyone together after a long day of driving and exploration.
Friday after a late breakfast and with camp broke down, they fired up the OnX Offroad GPS app and headed towards Mt Patterson. The roads and trails would traverse them up to 11,654 feet above sea level. The views up there are endless and crystal clear with the American flag at its peak. At this elevation & incline the added torque the Magnaflow exhaust systems add was a needed benefit. There was even quite a bit of snow still on the ground to play in, not that we’re gonna mention who got stuck in it and had to be towed out …. Tucker (cough cough) not on General Tires. They then headed back down the mountain and headed south for their next campsite for the night just northwest of Mono Lake. In a group this size, having communication with everyone out on the trail where cell phones are useless is key. Rugged Radios and Full Throttle batteries make that seamless and super reliable.
Now half way through the trip, Saturday morning they continued south towards Kennedy Meadows and ventured into the Sequoia National Forest. With all the elevation changes, you go from desert gravel to forest loam with everything in between. The General Tire Grabber X3 and ATX tires mounted on Method Race Wheels don’t discriminate and work well in all conditions. Setting up camp for the last night is always bitter sweet. It’s your last primitive meal for a while and you sit around camp talking about what you just experienced while starting to plan the next adventure. Some of the best conversations and friendships are made on these types of trips.
Sunday morning everyone packed up, made sure camp was cleaner than when they got there and hit the road home. With as busy as everyone is with their jobs and responsibilities, these trips bring everyone together and help you re-appreciate what’s truly important in the world during these tough times. Camburg is very thankful of their families, friends and sponsors that help put all this together.
Now onto the next adventure!