Jeep 4WD Means Living an Outdoor Lifestyle!
I am the author of
the Jeep® Owner's
and six other books. I've been a Tread Lightly 4x4 Clinic instructor and annual
presenter at the Camp Jeep® Mopar Tent workshops...My professional friends include
outdoor aboriginal survival expert Cody
Lundin and OHV writer and 4WD Mechanix Magazine columnist Tom Willis.—Moses
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guides this Jeep 4x4 across a fast-moving stream crossing. Cody Lundin occupies the passenger seat during this
segment of the survival workshop. Participant Dan Patterson steers his Wrangler Rubicon TJ into the swift,
springtime run-off at Desert Creek, Nevada.
demonstrates natural fire starting. The native fuel is a safe, consistent fire source. Ample oxygen keeps an ember
burning steadily. When it's time to grow the fire, you add more of this fuel.
Imagine getting stuck in a
blizzard—not your ordinary winter storm, something more like the fury of a
blinding, sub-zero whiteout in the Grand Teton Range. Or maybe your four-wheeling adventure, just
outside Death Valley National Park, has turned into a scorching July nightmare when a rock punches a hole in
your engine's oil pan—the engine chucked a connecting rod, and every water
sighting for the last fifty miles was a mirage. Wouldn’t this be a good time to have a
Paleolithic hunter or aboriginal survivalist as your wheelin’ buddy?
At the Branson, Missouri, Camp
Jeep 2003, my Mopar/Jeep Accessories workshops included a colorful guest. He was easy to spot, the only attendee at
the event who wore cut-offs, a tank top, braided pigtails and no shoes. For a Middle America crowd and corporate
sponsors from Detroit, this was an unusual sight. Given the cultural climate, Cody Lundin got a lot of
hit the 4WD trails, I explain a Full-Traction 4” Ultimate Suspension package. Participant Dan Patterson (standing
at left with his daughter) and I had just installed this system on his 2004 Rubicon TJ. In my workshops, I place
each participant's 4x4 on the hoist, describe its overall design and pinpoint the vehicle's vulnerable areas...Can
you spot Cody Lundin?
At my Mopar workshops, Cody asked
earnest questions about Jeep survival and how to keep his 300,000 mile CJ-7 running on its original engine and
geartrain. I recognized Cody Lundin as a genuine Jeep 4WD enthusiast, and we
hit it off immediately.
Soon thereafter, Cody's book,
98.6 Degrees: the Art of Keeping Your Ass
Alive!, earned rave
reviews and rocketed to the forefront of authoritative works on the art of aboriginal survival. Among its
many insights, the book addresses human physiology in the face of life-threatening stress. Recently released,
Cody's When All Hell Breaks
Loose has earned
Cody and I became fast friends, and he remained
busy with his Aboriginal Living
Skills School, LLC, located near Prescott, Arizona. Despite Cody’s ability to thrive
off the land in tranquil solitude—fishing by hand, grubbing or brain tanning—he has spent a good deal of time
either training hosts or hosting significant outdoor survival programs like Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival" as a co-star with Dan
out materials for his segment of our workshop. We’re about to head afield. Cody is ready for any challenge, sharing
details with workshop participant James Langan (at right). He knows we’ll survive; barring special dietary needs,
there are plenty of crawling and scurrying critters out there to feed the group! My angle:
I plan to get us home by meal time—driving the Jeep
Cody Lundin is
fully capable of entertaining himself, yet his public appearances and credits include the Today Show, PBS and Discovery
Channel specials on survival. For the History Channel’s "Digging for the Truth: The First Americans,” Cody spent a frigid January training host Matthew
Bogdanos at winter primitive skills in the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The training
included constructing snow shelters, primitive fire lighting and butchering a mule deer with a stone knife—all on
Cody Lundin has co-hosted the Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival" series with
military-trained Dave Canterbury. Cody
is the real aboriginal deal, and when we partner to conduct a workshop, my four-wheeling and vehicle
preservation skills dovetail with Cody’s ability to emulate a 40,000-year-old Paleolithic lifestyle. Cody could
easily survive a widescale drought, Global Warming or an Ice Age.
instructing reflects forty-five years of
rugged backcountry four-wheeling experience. Beginning with the Jeep CJ-5 I drove over the
Rubicon Trail in 1967 with stock, 30" diameter 7.00 X 15 tires, my aim has been safety and vehicle preservation. At
this stream crossing, I have each vehicle create a "bow wave" to keep water from reaching the engine-driven cooling
fan and becoming a propeller!
advantages of a four-inch suspension lift can be seen here. Avoiding sinkholes, the Rubicon made a simple task of
crossing this spring creek. I had drivers probe the deep, dark water with branches before plunging into the creek.
While we focused on driving technique and avoided the sinkholes, Cody contemplated fishing—without a pole, bait or
line. I’m reasonably good with a fly rod, while Cody catches trout by hand!
Langan's stock Rubicon TJ Unlimited did fine, avoiding ground clearance issues while staying away from the dark
water areas. The Wrangler underwent a 2-inch suspension boost just weeks after our workshop and stream crossing.
Trips like this help owners determine equipment needs for their Jeep 4WD.
discuss the virtues of a PullPal anchor and how to winch in the middle of a stark, treeless landscape. Cody prefers
building shelters and gathering food. The idea of four-wheelers scorching themselves while winching through desert
washes in broad daylight amused Cody. Air conditioning only works if you’re inside a running
more about Cody and me in this section of the magazine. Pick up travel tips and destination ideas from Tom
Willis' column. Tom is an avid OHV quad-rider, and he has written several books on Death Valley and other outdoor
settings. We each like the outdoors and encourage your family's involvement in a healthy and safe outdoor