This is the 20th Ultimate Adventure since the original hardcore off-road event began in 1999 and this year the group kicks off from Kalispell, Montana and heads to the challenging Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Area which is one of the only off-road vehicle parks located inside a national forest. With a mix of natural and man-made off-road obstacles ranging from mild to wild, participants jumped into UA2020 driving a mix of unique and highly built Jeeps, vans, pickups, and 4×4 creations suffering only moderate carnage and relatively few field repairs.
The UA2020 group pulled out of Kalispell, Montana and the calamities started right away with a vehicle fire before reaching the incredible Miracle of America Museum in Polson, Montana. After getting a taste of the museum’s vast collection of automobile, weaponry, air and water craft we shifted into 4×4 and climbed through the woods to a mountain top to make camp at 8,500 feet elevation next to Montana’s beautiful Caruthers Lake.
Ultimate Adventure 2020 starts heating up as the group ‘wheels back down from Caruthers Lake goes overland through an abandoned ghost town, drives through a mile-long abandoned train tunnel full of water, and changes routes on the fly because of an unexpected wildfire. Then precariously ‘wheeled up the side of a mountain to do some high-elevation fishing and exploring before hitting the trail for more winching, rock crawling, and shenanigans.
UA2020 got the show on the (off) road early to check out evil looking abandoned mining equipment at the Missouri Mill and then pointed the bumpers towards Yellowstone. Old Faithful erupting, moose, elk, buffalo, and bear, and even some fossil exploration in the Wyoming badlands were on the bill in this episode before the final long road day claimed a few victims prior to arriving at Mt Rushmore after dark.
It’s not called the Average Adventure, so the final day of Ultimate Adventure 2020 really pulled out the stops in terms of trial difficulty. The group locked hubs and dropped into the Bikini Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but before half the group had made it through the first obstacle we had our first flop and it only got harder from there. But not to be deterred we still pushed over 20 vehicles through this serious trail in a single day. See why Ultimate Adventure lives up to the hype!