Dear Colorado and Wrangler Owners,
AEV will be conducting its In-Field 4WD Training Tours being hosted at the spectacular Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on Oregon’s Central Coast. These 2-day training tours will be geared toward novice and intermediate-level 4WD enthusiasts and will provide a comprehensive, hands-on look at trip preparation, off-road driving, vehicle recovery and essential survival/emergency considerations.
Location: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a network of vast dune parks that span from Coos Bay, to Winchester Bay, to Florence, along the South-Central Oregon Coast. The parks feature towering dunes, lush forests, emerald-colored lakes and countless panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. This year’s Training Tours will feature full days on the dunes in both Florence and Winchester Bay, which are truly amazing places to explore and learn the finer points of off-road driving.
Degree of Difficulty: Safety is a prime consideration during the Training Tours, but students should be aware that driving on the dunes can be dangerous. Students will be traveling on soft surfaces and the terrain includes long, steep inclines and side-hills. Because of this, there is a risk of roll-over. That said, roll-overs are extremely rare.
Duration: Both days of the Training Tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will likely conclude around 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The Training Tours take place entirely on the dunes and it is not unusual to finish each day with a sunset on the beach!
Weather: The weather in Florence and Winchester Bay can be unpredictable in February. It can be clear and sunny one day and snowing the next. The key is to come well-prepared for both and think of the weather as part of the challenge – just as it can be on any 4WD adventure.
Colorado Training Tour: 2015+ Colorado / 32” or taller tires / Functional spare tire / Street legal and mechanically sound vehicle / Chassis-mounted recovery hooks or loops in the front / Proof of vehicle registration and insurance / Current Oregon OHV Sticker / Vehicle-mounted sand flag rising 9-feet above the ground.
Jeep Wrangler Training Tour: 2007+ Wrangler / 32” or taller tires / Functional spare tire / Street legal and mechanically sound vehicle / Chassis-mounted recovery hooks or loops in the front / Proof of vehicle registration and insurance / Current Oregon OHV Sticker / Vehicle-mounted sand flag rising 9-feet above the ground.
The Instructor: The seminar will be taught by AEV’s Chris Wood. Chris has a long and diverse background in 4WD including being an enthusiast for more than 30 years, an industry professional for 23 years and a Certified Master 4WD Trainer for 12 years. Through all of this, he has had the unique opportunity to explore the globe by 4WD, acquiring experience from places as varied as the Canadian Arctic, the Chilean Atacama Desert and most of the best-known 4WD trails located across the United States. His In-Field 4WD Training Tour is infused with the skills and insights he has gained from these and many other places.
Personal Considerations: 1) No pets or minors are allowed. 2) No firearms, drugs or alcohol are allowed, 3) All seminar exercises are optional. No pressure will be applied to participate in any exercise, 4) There will only be flush toilets available at the beginning and end of the day. If you need to use the restroom out on the dunes, solid human waste must be packed out, but liquids can be left behind. There are many wooded places on the dunes that offer privacy. 5) Cold-weather/rain clothing will be a must. 6) Lunch will be taken on the dunes and snacking/hydration will be encouraged throughout the day.