Welcome to the New WOHVA website. For those that visit us regularly, you no doubt have noticed the change. If you are seeing this for the first time Welcome.
We will be continuing to update the site over the next few months as we finish our refined marketing strategy.
This is also a good opportunity to remind everyone of WOHVA's Great Northern Trail Ride commonly referred to as the GNTR. This year for the 10th Anniversary we are holding it at a new venue, Apple Valley Farms, New Auburn, WI (just north of Eau Claire, WI.). WOHVA has exclusive access to this Off-Highway trail riding area for this event.
We will have guided rides on Saturday, followed by a old fashioned pig roast & bonfire big enough for the space shuttle to see! Not to worry there will be plenty of prizes donated by our generous sponsors DelCity, Tom Woods, Drive Train Specialists & Toys for trucks. Sunday the park is open only to our participants to explore on your own. You can go hit your favorite spots, try the challenge you passed on Saturday or hit the pasture trail and pet the cows, yes pet cows!
Be sure to register soon. We are filling up quickly. Lodging outside of rough camping on site is limited. There is a link to local amenities on the itinerary.
The itinerary and registration can be found on the Home page and a registration button is in the upper right corner.
Hope to see you there
Recently WOHVA has been participating with a newly created Jeep enthusiast group in the Wrangler Riders. The Wrangler Riders is currently based in Sheboygan WI with the vision to go global utilizing local chapters across the US.
Wrangler Riders is an association formed by Ryan Harden. Ryan has a diverse background in OHV recreation with ATV, UTV, OHM and now 4WD’s. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge in social media outreach, promotional experience and a passion to expand our sport we’ve not seen for some time.
A couple weeks back the Wrangler Riders had their first “Meet & Greet” held at Randel’s Custard in Sheboygan. From there we enjoyed a beautiful ride through the Elkhart lake area in route to the Northern Kettle Moraine where we hit some off pavement roads through the woods. WOHVA was proud to be part of this event.
Thanks to Ryan, the Wrangler Riders has secured some trail riding opportunities in the Manitowoc WI area. This summer there will be some trail building and general trail riding opportunities. Please check us out at www.wranglerriders.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wranglerriders/
WOHVA’s Executive Director recently attended a 4 day training program designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to lead volunteers in building and maintaining sustainable trails for recreational use.
This training was provided by Trail Design Specialists based out of Georgia in partnership with the WI DNR. Milwaukee County Parks sponsored the training event which took place at Whitnall Park in Franklin, WI
The first 3 days consisted of 60% classroom instruction including a test on that day’s material, followed by a field training exercise. Below are bullet points of each days training and activities.
Day 1 Trail design techniques & mock trail layout.
Day 2 Trail construction techniques & begin trail development
Day 3 Trail Maintenance techniques & repair a section of trail
Day 4 Safety and Leadership techniques & field work.
Reflecting back on this, it was a rewarding experience sharing volunteer hours with other user groups and realizing we all CAN get along!
For a more in depth breakdown of each day’s activities see the Off Camber article in the Summer edition of Badger Tracks, soon to be released.
WISCONSIN OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE ASSOCIATION
10TH ANNUAL GREAT NORTHERN TRAIL RIDE
AUGUST 18TH – 20TH 2017
APPLE VALLEY FARMS OFF-ROAD PARK
FRIDAY AUGUST 18TH
5:00 pm -7:30 pm
Check-in, Safety Inspection and Trail Sign-Up
SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH
7:30 - 8:30 am Trail Line–Up
8:30 - 9:00 am Drivers meeting
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Guided trail rides
6:30 - Pig Roast dinner followed by door prizes and a bonfire
SUNDAY AUGUST 20TH
The park is open exclusively for GNTR participants to explore on your own.
Remember Sat. night dinner is the only provided meal. Sat. lunch will be on the trail, pack your coolers and lawn chairs.
Register on line in the WOHVA Store or download the Registration form below and mail in.
WOHVA recently hosted an event with SE WI Jeeples, sharing our knowledge & experiences concerning responsible off highway trail riding activities.
The day started out with an open discussion on extraction tools and techniques, do’s & don’ts and what’s new & cool. Following this discussion was a demonstration on up righting a vehicle using a winch vehicle(s) to both get it back on its wheels as well as a vehicle as a counter balance for a safe and soft landing.
Next up was a trail ride on 2 local private properties. The first property provided experience in mud with hands on training on how to properly use a recovery strap to extricate a vehicle when stuck. The second property offered more technical challenges with a small rock crawl which transitioned to a steep hill climb followed by an opportunity to test a driver’s skill in a controlled descent.
After a short lunch break we had a Treadlightly!® Awareness course and conversation on multiple user groups sharing trails and a Myth or Fact Q & A with real world scenarios.
This was an awesome event; weather was great and just a good time all around! WOHVA would like to thank the private land owners that allowed us to provide this educational opportunity!
In closing, participants and guides had a great time. Again WOHVA was pleased to provide this opportunity.