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ATV Skool – July 2011

July 14th, 2011 No comments

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Last weekend I attended an ATV riding event know as ATV Skool. This was my first time at the event not to mention the first time I went out riding this year!  The event is held at a place officially known as the Southington Hunt Club, but is most commonly known as Jeep Skool.  On the first weekend of each month they have Jeeps out there and then on the second weekend they have ATVs.  The location is out in Garrettsville on 1500 acres, owned by an ex Marine who has been doing this for nearly two decades.  The land is pretty nice and offers a little of everything, from your standard mud pits and hill climbs to rock crawls and sand dunes.  A very cool piece of land!  It’s a good time and the owner is strict about keeping it family friendly and the place clean.  It’s a safe place to bring your kids and you won’t find trash all over the place.  The owner maintains it well.

I definitely recommend anyone in the area to attend one of the events.  They are a Saturday plus Sunday affair with a $25 price tag for the weekend.  Camping on the property Saturday night is allowed and there is what appeared to be a brand spanking new shower house in the camping area so you can clean off after riding all day.  For more information, checkout www.atvskool.com

Of course this wouldn’t be complete without at least one picture or video!  Below is a video of my friend riding his Yamaha Raptor 700 across the mud pit known as Mini Tank Trap!

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Bear Creek Ranch/Resort

December 6th, 2009 No comments

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Back in September 2009 a bunch of us went to Bear Creek Ranch/Resort to go ATV riding.  We picked this place for two reasons.  One, we hadn’t been there before and two, because this was the first time my girlfriend had gone quad riding and I heard the trails there were pretty tame.  A friend of mine at work had been there several times with his kids because it was easy but, he had also informed me there was some pretty good mud pits to play in so this would be a good chance to test out the Grizzly.  And test it out I did!  You can see some video of that below.

As expected the trails were pretty easy.  Actually it was quite surprising to find them in as good of shape as they were.  Instead of being the usual highly rutted trails I’m used to in this area, they were more smooth and had some similarities to the trails in Wayne National Forest.  Don’t get me wrong, this is no Wayne National, but the trail surface was similar.  Most of the trails are short loops, no longer than a mile and there isn’t a whole lot of them.  You could easily hit every trail in this place within an hour or two.  Even so, it is still fun.

This park does have one intriguing feature however and that comes in the form of a large groomed hill climb.  The park’s website claims it to be 200 feet and perhaps it is in pure length but, not in height.  Even though, it is certainly an ominous looking sight for newer riders.

The hill climbs surface is gravel and the angle is right around 45 degrees, perhaps slightly steeper.  It’s definitely steep enough that you don’t want to find yourself stopped on it.  Getting up it is pretty simple.  Rev out 2nd or 3rd before the approach and hold it down all the way to the top; there really isn’t any technique to it.  This is definitely a good hill to practice on to work on your fear of large hill climbs.  If you’re a newer rider, Bear Creek is definitely a good place to cut your teeth!