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BONNIE STEELE

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8120 36th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824
916-381-8300

8120 36th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824

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SINCE 1959

About Cal4Wheel

We're the California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. Since 1959, our non-profit organization has actively promoted the advancement of vehicle oriented outdoor recreation. Today, the association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. We are the largest organization of this type in California and represent owners of all makes and models of 4WD vehicles, as well as non-owners who support responsible vehicle-oriented recreation.

HELPING 4 WHEELERS

We maintain a full-time office in Sacramento. Our staff and volunteers work closely with legislators and land use managers to provide input, influence, expertise, and manpower to keep lands open to 4WD vehicle access. Many successful battles have been waged and won to keep trails open all over the state. We keep our members informed about important issues and changing laws through our bimonthly magazine, In Gear, and regular email updates.

HAVING FUN

Members enjoy association-sponsored events all year round. These events cover every type of terrain in every corner of the state. Whether you are interested in extremely challenging "hard rock" trails for the experienced enthusiast, or milder runs for the new four-wheeler, we have several events just for you. Many of our member clubs also sponsor monthly runs open to all.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our members are active in conservation projects throughout California. Projects, which are coordinated with local agencies, can range from tree planting to removing junk cars from remote areas, from closing off entrances of hazardous mine shafts to repairing trail damage. We have received national recognition by winning "Take Pride in California" awards, and "Volunteers For Public Lands" national awards. Many clubs also have Adopt-A-Trails that they maintain.

Meetings

The association conducts its business by holding quarterly board of directors and district meetings. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings, and clubs are asked to send a delegate to their district meetings.

The meeting schedules are as follows:

  • January - District Meetings
  • February - Board of Directors meeting held at annual Convention
  • April - District Meetings
  • May or June - Board of Directors meeting
  • July - District Meetings
  • August or September - Board of Directors Meeting
  • October - District Meetings
  • November - Board of Directors Meeting

For a complete list of the meeting dates and locations, please visit the event calendar

Board of Directors

The association is governed by a volunteer board of directors. These volunteers are tasked with monitoring the daily operation, managing finances, planning events, hiring employees and contractors, setting long-term goals for the organization, representing us at meetings, and raising funds.

The membership is divided into three districts along county lines: North, Central, and South. Each district is assigned three officers.

Every quarter, the board of directors holds a meeting to discuss association business. The meetings are usually held at the association office, but the location can vary. Check our calendar for meeting dates.

State Officers

President: Steve Egbert

Past President: Mark Cave

Treasurer: Don Spuhler

Recording Secretary: Sherry Stortroen

North District Officers

Vice-President: Peety Woll

Membership: Glenn Reynolds

Secretary/Treasurer: Marlys McKinney

Central District Officers

Vice-President: Mike McGarity

Membership: Bob Wagers

Secretary/Treasurer: Phil Moreno

South District Officers

Vice-President: Alan Bauer

Membership: Terry Dean

Secretary/Treasurer: Bonnie Ferguson

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Governing Documents

Documents and forms pertaining to the operation of the association.

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Set up your profile

When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.

Personal Info

  • Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized.
  • Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.
  • My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.

Forum Settings

  • Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.
  • My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.
  • My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.
  • My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.
  • My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favourite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.
  • Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.

Reply to an existing post

So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.

  • Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
  • Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.
  • Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
  • Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post (OP). This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the OP. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.

Create a new post of your own

Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.

Format your post

Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.

The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.

The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.

The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.

Lists

There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.

First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.

[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list

Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list

[li] [/li] = each list item.

So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:

[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]

Videos

Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.

It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqJE5TH5jhc. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:

[video type=] [/video]

If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:

[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]

for example

[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]

It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.

Edit your own post

There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!

Visibility and notification of your favorite posts

Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.

Subscribe

At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.

Favorite

Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.

The Karma System

The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.

Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.

Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.

The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.

The simplistic rule of thumb here is use common sense.

  1. Be nice, i.e., "golden rule" and no swear words that are over the top.
  2. Work hard to stay on topic without self-promoting.
  3. Only original comments here, do not post private emails, other people's work.
  4. No personal attacks or flaming will be tolerated.

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California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc.

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8120 36th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824
Bonnie Steele, Office Manager
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(800) 4x4-FUNN
Fax (916) 381-8726

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Escape from Death Valley

Panamint Info

Run Descriptions

Camp Map

Panamint Gallery

Panamint Run Reports

November 8-10, 2017

Death Valley Junction
Death Valley, CA

Registration available soon

Death Valley Junction
Death Valley, CA

Russ Chung
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Take a trek back in time

By Russ Chung

According to the Death Valley National Park website, in the Fall of 1849, a group of pioneers left Salt Lake City for the gold fields of California.  The disaster that befell the Donner Party a couple of years before were still fresh on everyone’s mind.  So instead of attempting to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains in winter, they intended to follow the Old Spanish Trail, which went around the south end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  On Christmas Eve of 1849, some of them arrived at Travertine Springs, the source of Furnace Creek in what is now known as Death Valley.

Their oxen were weak from lack of forage and their wagons were battered and in poor shape. They too were weary and discouraged but their worst problem was not the valley that lay before them. It was the towering Panamint Mountains that stood like an impenetrable wall as far as could be seen.

From Furnace Creek, the pioneers struggled across the salt flats and attempted to pass over the Panamint Range via Warm Springs Canyon, but were unable to do so. They retreated to the valley floor and sent two young men, William Lewis Manly and John Rogers, 'over the mountain' to get supplies.  Nearly a month went by as the men walked more than 300 miles to Mission San Fernando, got supplies at a ranch and trekked back.  When Manly and Rogers finally arrived to the camp of the Bennett-Arcan party they found many of the group had left to find their own way out of the valley. The two families with children had patiently remained, trusting the men to save them. Only one man had perished during their long wait, but as they made their way west over the mountains, someone is said to have proclaimed "Goodbye, Death Valley," giving the valley its morbid name.

On November 8, 9 and 10, 2017 twenty intrepid overland adventurers will retrace the path of these 49ers in Cal4Wheel's "Escape from Death Valley 2017" Run. This run will begin near Death Valley Junction on the morning of November 8, stay overnight in Warm Springs Canyon, continue via Butte Valley, Mengel Pass and Goler Wash to the 2017 Panamint Valley Days base camp on November 9, then explore the remainder of the Death Valley Escape Trail between the Panamint Valley and Trona on November 10. Due to permit restrictions, this run is limited to twenty vehicles. Any vehicle with high clearance and 4 wheel drive is OK. Once the run is filled, we will place up to ten vehicles on a wait list before closing registration for the run.  

PLEASE NOTE: There is a vehicle limit established for this run by Death Valley National Park. We will establish a waiting list once the limit is reached.

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Events

Registration Forms

Safety Requirements

Online Registrations

Calendar

Cal4Wheel Meetings

Cal4Wheel Events

Our family-oriented events are an important part of Cal4Wheel. Some of our events have been occurring for nearly 50 years, and are a perfect place for old friends to meet, newcomers to learn about four-wheeling, hard-core wheelers to find challenges, and for the kids to enjoy special activities just for them.

All of our events are run completely by volunteers, with all proceeds going back to Cal4Wheel. We guarantee that you will find our events to be extremely enjoyable.

Use the links below to find out more information about each event, and to register online where available.

Winter Fun Festival

Winter Fun Festival

January 12-14, 2018
Grass Valley, CA

Convention

Convention

February 15-18, 2018
Riverside, CA

Molina Ghost Run

Molina Ghost Run

May 12-14, 2017
Holllister Hills, CA

Hi Desert Round-Up

Hi Desert Round-Up

May 26-28, 2017
Near Barstow, CA

Sierra Trek

Sierra Trek

August 10-13, 2017
Near Truckee, CA

High Sierra Poker Run

High Sierra Poker Run

September 1-4, 2017
Near Shaver Lake, CA

Operation Desert Fun

Operation Desert Fun

October 20-21, 2017
Borrego Springs, CA

Panamint Valley Days

Panamint Valley Days

November 10-12, 2017
Near Trona, CA

Registration Forms

Safety Requirements

Online Registrations

Calendar

Cal4Wheel Meetings

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Sacramento, CA 95824

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