This year the 2016 Chili Challenge, hosted by the Las Cruces 4WD Club, was held at the Caballo Lake State Park just south of Truth or Consequences, new Mexico. The weather was absolutely perfect for the entire time, clear and mid 80s each day and low-mid 60s at night. The group campground had a large pavilion for the evening raffle and other activities. Each rig that arrived had to be pressure washed underneath before registering, in order to keep noxious weeds from being introduced to the environment. We pulled in quite late Tuesday evening after several travel delays, but there were people to greet us and get us signed up. We finally found spots for our campers and tents and settled in for the next day’s ride.
The staging area was in a large field adjacent to the campground. They had posted signs numbered 1-12, and participants lined up at their assigned staging area each day. Bob and Dave, Alex and Cole, myself, and Mike Van Zyl (Russ’s friend) lined up at 8:00am, ready to take on the day. Russ and his brother Randy did not arrive until late Wed. evening.
The Narrows is a tight trail that runs through a narrow wash with a bunch of small steps and ledges, close-in scrub and cactus, and a few very large, very tight obstacles with even larger boulders, made for a fun and challenging day. The red jeep punctured the jerry can that was mounted behind the right front fender when he leaned into a protruding rock. Mike Van Zyl in his Range Rover just sheared that protrusion off—along with some miscellaneous body parts. I apologize for the proliferation of short videos. Sometimes it’s better to stop a video than to let it go for many minutes while that yahoo in the yellow jeep makes a mess of things.