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All About Jeeps! 
Why should you join East Valley Rockers? There are lots of Jeep groups on Meetup, what is different about this one? Why are there fees? I've listened to the good and bad about other groups and made this one special. 
WE ARE NOT A CLUB! Anyone is allowed to join, for free.
Most of my runs are Jeep specific, but some are OK for other off road vehicles (but please no full size trucks,SXS's or UTV's etc). Jeeps Only allow for greater streamlining of vehicle requirements for various runs and make it more likely that others can help if someone has a breakdown because of vehicle compatibility. It also allows for more consistent progress through the trail greatly reducing downtime.
WE DON"T EXPECT YOU TO BE A MECHANIC! Many members have expertise, and that is always welcomed, but we'd like you to ask ALL the questions and learn from me and others. We'll teach you the basics or move you up in your skills, and have a great time doing it!
WE OFFER SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Expert guides are contracted on some runs, such as geologist Mitch. These are a great opportunity to learn about the rich Sonoran desert. We have some runs that combine Jeeping with hiking and offer passenger opportunities where appropriate. We offer trail stickers for most every run to show off your catalogue of trails. Tshirts are coming too!
OUR RUNS ARE 'RIGHT-SIZED"! We'll never have a caravan of 50 Jeeps clogging up the trail (as cool as that looks to have them all lined up it's no fun in the middle or the back!) Fees discourage the 'joiners' who never show up and keep the waitlist down. If a run is popular a second opportunity may be added the next day or weekend. 
WE OFFER SAFETY AND PREPARATION! Your leader carries a satellite phone for emergencies and a full complement of navigation gear, tire repair & recovery gear, tools, and first aid. Every run has recommended and required equipment to keep you and your rig safe for the trail and the drive home. 
OUR FOCUS IS YOU! Making sure you have a great time is our goal, whatever your skill level.
OUR RUNS ARE KID FRIENDLY AND PET FRIENDLY! No that doesn't mean we will be minding our P's and Q's like we're in church but your children or dog are welcome to come along (cats too!). Remember that your children and pet are YOUR responsibility! I have zero parenting skills or experience...fair warning!
MEET HEAVY METAL by EAST VALLEY ROCKERS! Have exceptional skills and a monster trail machine? Our invite-only group HEAVY METAL offers Extreme runs to challenge the best-built rig. Members of this group pay annual dues and can attend all runs posted in the regular EVRockers without paying a per-Jeep fee (Except runs with expert guides or other fees).

CB Radio is required on all trail rides. Need one? Ask for suggestions or a loaner!
Messages can get lost here so please email Robert @ EVRockers.com or call/text 602.492.3224
Technical assistance is also available.
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Pricing for 2022 runs going forward will be:
$25/Jeep runs with expert guides (Geologist,Herpetologist,Wildlife etc)
$20 general trail rides with large groups (16+)
$15 medium group and/or runs w/class such as Recovery 101
$10 small group Extreme runs,
TBD- runs or events that fall outside the normal focus of this group, such as the Hot Desert Singles run.
Fees are to improve attendance and discourage the "joiners" who never show up; pay for expert guides; design and purchase shirts & stickers for members; defer the costs associated with Meetup and related expenses. Fees will be non-refundable outside of Meetup required refunds such as if an event is canceled. 

For 2022 included in your per run fee is $100 towards Arizona 4x4 Off-Road Recovery should his services be needed on a run you do with East Valley Rockers. This helps get you unstuck and/or back to a paved highway only where you can arrange normal towing services. Typically Carl's services start at $400 and go up so this benefit will soften the blow if necessary. Of course, my full complement of recovery gear will be utilized prior to calling in the cavalry!

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Pyeatt Draw (moderate)

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We'll meet at the Maverick in Payson at 8 AM then travel up to the Houston Mesa Road turn off. Turn right (east) here and travel 4.8 miles to Pyeatt Draw Road (FR-198) which is a right turn off of Houston Mesa Road. The trailhead is located another 4.5 miles east on Pyeatt Draw Road (FR-198).

If you decide to camp or stay near the actual trail start point please let me know so we can look for you prior to starting the trail run. As always CB on channel 4.

We'll tackle the whole trail which has plenty of obstacles for built rigs and bypasses for Jeeps just coming of age. This is a great opportunity to learn and build confidence, and we will take our time with spotting and encouragement along the way. The last obstacle, The Filter, requires winching so we can take a break there and watch the show and perhaps a few will try it. Return will be via the parallel road from waypoint 6.

Please read the write up on Trailsoffroad and see if this run is right for you. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.


Required vehicle equipment:
off road tires, mud or All Terrain- no street tires
air compressor or on board air
CB radio
Hi Lift or bottle jack
Full size spare tire
any necessary tools such as lug nut sockets, locking lug nut sockets
recovery points front and rear, tow rope, synthetic or cast D ring(s)
Fire Extinguisher!!!

Recommended vehicle equipment:
suspension lift and/or body lift
rockers and skid plate protection
front and/or rear lockers
tire repair kit

Bring plenty of snacks, food and water
Sun hat, bugspray, & sunscreen

I will be staying in Strawberry through the 4th so if others are also staying the weekend we may plan other runs informally. Haigler Creek (if open), maybe Chevlon lake for fishing or kayaking. I'm open for suggestions.

Fire restrictions will be in full effect so please exercise extreme caution!

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