BOAR 2017 began in the same spot as where we met back in 2013 for the first BOAR run, in the corner of the Saratoga springs Wal-Mart parking lot. 3 billboards, 2 north and 1 south of the meeting spot, were displaying a welcome message from 7-9 for our participants.
After a slight delay, we handed out the swag bags, signed waivers, history packets, went over rules, and then hit the road for Elberta.
After a quick stop to air down, the group proceeded up to, and through, the Elberta Slant train tunnel. We then headed up to Eureka, back down through the Allens Ranch area, and took a break at Little Moab. After completing some obstacles without incident, it was discovered that the t-case had cracked on Brians YJ, so the group carried on while he waited for a trailer to recover him.
The rest of the group continued past the nutty putty cave, and made a stop at the colored tailings pile area.
The next area, and lunch break stop, was on top of Lake mountain near the cell towers and other communications equipment. During this time down on the highway Brian passed by the group in the recovery vehicle/trailer and met up with everyone at the gas station stop in Lehi a short time later.
Following a short chat at the gas station regarding the next area, the group proceeded up American Fork canyon, ran BOARs adopted trail(North Fork FR085) over to Wasatch State park, passed Cascade Springs, and headed up over the mountain to Deer Creek Dam. On the final gnarly climb area, the t-case in Nicks ZJ locked up and the vehicle refused to move forward or backward. After some troubleshooting it was decided to remove both drivelines and pull the jeep to the parking lot. Due to the steep terrain, it required 2 jeeps strapped together in order to get to the top of the hill. By the time the rest of the group reached the parking lot it was getting late and was dark already.
Assistance was called in to get nick home and the rest of the group continued on through Wallsburgh, and up the final rocky climb to the camp area near strawberry. A fire was quickly made, BOAR provided stew was put on the burners, and camp was setup. Fun conversations took place around the fire while we had our hot meal, then it was off to bed in the somewhat chilly weather.