RCRocs Crawl Events
Behind the park’s office is an area we call the Comp Course. This area is partly natural rock terrain as well as spraycreted man-made obstacles. This area is open to our members to play on throughout the year (stay in a group of 2 here same as on the trails!). But 4 times a year the Comp Course is the home of the Rausch Creek Rock Crawl Series (or Rcrocs for short). Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance hosts a club comp in the spring followed by three series events.
The crawl events are all about the points. Teams with the lowest points wins. There are five vehicle classes (from stock to moonbuggy to “run what you brung”). Each course is marked with cones and boundary flagging tape. The idea is to make it through the course in the allotted 10 minutes without touching the tape, the cones, no backing up, no tugging on recovery ropes, and such. Some of the cones are placed so difficult there is nothing to be done to avoid the cone or you end up rolling over. Thankfully we have on hand a machine to quickly upright those who roll over.
The teams consist of a driver and spotter. They usually communicate through wireless headphones, but some teams just yell and holler at each other. The teams go through 3 different courses and then the final course is set up which is much more difficult than the first courses and offers bonus-land cones to up the ante on who will win.
For spectators, you can expect a lot of action going on all at once, followed by some down time as teams move from course to course or take a short break for repairs. There’s a bit of walking around but for the most part you can set up your lawnchair and enjoy the action that way, or feel free to walk around the various courses and check out the prep going on as teams prepare to tackle the next course.
Dogs are welcome, however, they must be kept under control and on a leash and cleaned up after. Kids are welcome too, age 15 and under are free. Adult admission is $10. At the pavilion there’s a food vendor set up offering pit bbq and other favorites.
The teams have a meeting at 9 AM and are walking the courses to decide their strategy prior to the 10 AM start time. The crawls usually wrap up around 2 to 3 PM. Crawls are held rain or shine with some delay for lightening storms.
The park is not closed to regular wheeling during these crawl events, just the comp course is closed.