NOVA New to Jeeping Run

April 13th, 2018 by

So you own a Jeep? Now what?

First, welcome you to the family! Here are three helpful tips to help ensure you don’t become the creepy uncle.

  1. Make the Jeep wave second nature.
    A simple friendly hand gesture can go a long way.
  2. Join a local Jeep club.
    If you’re in Northern Virginia, joining the NOVA Jeepers is a must. Ask questions, get answers and make friends.
  3. Hit the trail.
    Linking up with experienced Jeepers can be intimidating, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Keep your eyes open for runs for beginners. They’re the bunny slope for new Jeep owners.

Photo credit: Williams3152
NOVA Jeepers are hosting their annual New to Jeeping Run on Sunday, June 14, 2015. This run is planned specifically for new Jeep owners, NOVA members who haven’t spent much time on trails or your spouse who has yet to become addicted to Jeep life.

According to the Trail Ride Committee, the NOVA New to Jeeping Run is approved for stock or lightly modified Jeeps and will provide newbies with plenty of instruction and tips for general trail riding throughout the day on one of George Washington National Forest’s popular trails, Flagpole.  The scenic ride includes some moderate technical areas but can be traversed by stock vehicles. For added safety, each group will have an experienced leader and tail, and drivers will be spotted on the more technical parts of the trail as needed.

Bring along your family, sociable dog, a camera and a picnic basket. Drivers will be stopping at Meadow Knob for lunch with a gorgeous view, then finish the ride around 4:00pm.

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Who: NOVA members who are new to wheeling or NVJA.
Non-members are also welcome but must sign a waiver before participating. The waiver should be handed to the trail leader before leaving the rally location.

When: 9:00am on June 14, 2015

Rally location: Food MAXX (old Food Lion) parking lot
924 W Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA

Group 1
Trail: up Union Springs (green) and down Switzer (low green)
Departing time: 9:15am
Length: 5 – 6 hours
Number of rigs: 15

Group 2
Trail: up Switzer (low green) and down Union Springs (green)
Departing time: 9:30am
Length: 5 – 6 hours
Number of rigs: 15

Group 3
Trail path: up Briery Branch to Reddish Knob, one of the highest points in all of Western Virginia with breathtaking views in all directions (asphalt), then on to West Flagpole Road (low green) to Meadow and down Switzer (low green) then running Kephart (green)
Departing time: 10:00am
Length: 5 hours
Number of rigs: 8

Must drive a Jeep
Front or rear tow points rated for the rig
working 4-WD system with 4-LO
Full-sized spare
Working seat belts
Full tank of gas

Highly Recommended:
CB radio
Extra food and water
Camp chair
Cookies (because everything is better with cookies)

Stop by the NOVA Jeepers Forum to ask any questions you might have and sign up with trail master, nosigma. 

Photo credit: Williams3152

We’ll see you out there!

Cover photo credit: AngMaLa

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