Now that we have had time to decompress and start editing footage, we can officially say the first ever combination RC and Offroading adventure retreat, Scaled Up with ScaleFab, was a massive success! 16 enthusiasts came together from all over the county to join us on an all-inclusive getaway exploring Moab’s most iconic trails from behind the wheel of a real offroad Jeep!
The event kicked off with a welcome reception for our arriving guests, which included sandwiches and snacks, beverages, and of course…swag bags! Attendees were surprised with some fabulous items from our sponsors including their Scaled Up event T-shirts, Black Forest Gear Hoodies, Teraflex hats, Bartact keychains, Team KNK hardware packs, Pro-Line Racing Scale Accessories, CBE RC Fab link risers, FYT Wear multitools, and more! We got to know each other and enjoyed a pretty laid back evening before returning to our rooms to prepare our RCs for the days ahead.
After breakfast bright and early the next morning, our partners at Twisted Jeeps gave us the rundown on the Jeeps. Everyone picked their trustee steed for the day and caravanned over to the first trail, the scenic Fins ‘N Things. After completing the south loop, we then went straight over to Hell’s Revenge and started our tour on the slick rock. Note- the rock was actually very grippy, unlike the name would imply. Everyone even got a chance to put it in neutral and let loose on the rollercoaster, though some opted for a more reserved decent.
Our lunch break for the day included catered and personalized bag lunches along with a combination of RCing at The Overlook and riding down and up Hell’s Gate, a staple obstacle on the trail not normally accessible to those in rental Jeeps. In Guide, KL’s, capable hands, everyone who wanted to got a chance to ride-along for the adrenaline-pumping steep descents and inclines.
After lunch, attendees were lead to a preset RC course, sponsored by RC4WD, which provided a challenging fun run for our participants. After everyone had had their fill, we proceeded to another obstacle not for the faint of heart, the carwash. The car wash, for those who are not aware, is a deep gaping hole at the top of one of the overlooks. By the time you reach the apex of the hill and level out, you’re practically already going into the hot tub, so really our drivers just had to commit. With the help of our awesome guides at Twisted Jeeps, everyone got through safely and had a blast (there were only a few passengers who did anything but look!).
Finally, we headed towards Dragon’s Tail where we were greeted by a rather discomforting sight- a wrecked truck that had rolled down the very same obstacle we were approaching just a day earlier. Needless to say, we were extra careful down that incline!
To end our trek through Hells Revenge, we crossed through a beautiful pathway we called “Hell’s Kitchen” and got back out on to the slick rock where we climbed to a popular resting place to look at dinosaur tracks. After taking in the moment and envisioning what the horizon would have looked like back in prehistoric times, dinosaurs roaming in the distance, we piled back in the jeeps for the final trip back to town for a nice BBQ dinner, sponsored by Teraflex. After dinner, everyone was pretty much wiped, so it was back to the suites for hot tubbing and to charge batteries and prepare for another day of adventure!
Saturday morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and hopped right back into the jeeps to head to the Poison Spider Trail. It being the 2nd day, drivers were even more empowered behind the wheel as we climbed our way up the switch backs, over the stairs, and to the waterfall (a cascading rock obstacle). At the wedgie, a v-notch section of the trail, we released the drone and got some good overhead views of our drivers making their way up before crashing into a tree (all was ok- we had extra props). From there, we continued down the Poison Spider fork to our end point for the day, the arch. Here, drivers enjoyed top-of-the-world views of Moab and surrounding Canyon lands while eating their catered bag lunches.
After lunch, the TeraFlex-sponsored RC course cones were set and drivers got to explore through the sandy brush forest to a hidden cave, or continue up the rock face to the top overlook/arch. Out of 16 people, only one was brave enough to climb down and across the arch, risking a 7-800 foot cliff on the side (Way to go Kimi!). Once all had had their fun with their RC rigs, it was time to start the trip back out, which meant going down many of the obstacles we had climbed previously. Let me tell you! Going down is totally different than going up! Yes, you can actually see what’s in front of you (vs sky when climbing up), but you also then you have to watch and slip and slide your way down, holding on for dear life. Luckily, we had the expert guides from Twisted Jeeps to lead us down the right path!
When we got back in town, everyone had a few minutes to freshen up before the big Celebration Dinner at Moab Brewery, a local favorite with a full menu of delicious options! About a billion New York Strip Steaks and Prime Ribs later, we went back to the shop for dessert and door prizes! When I say door prizes, you don’t realize just how much product our 16 attendees stood to win! Each person won a prize bag full of goodies from Bartact, Pro-Line Racing, Jax RC Recycle and Repair, Teraflex and some Toyzuki’s Fabrication gift certs mixed in. Once everyone received a prize bag, we put all the names back in for the big ticket prizes, a fully upgrade RTR Axial Racing SCX10 II CRC Jeep with Flysky radio, Scale Milestar Patagonia Tires by RC4WD, and a full set of ScalerFab Trail armor, and 2 RC4WD Gelandes to name a few! We also had some trail gear from Teraflex and a Black Forest Gear Fridge/Freezer! The biggest prize of all was a full set of (5) Milestar Tires, up to 37’. To our delight, the winner of the tires was Sean Larmond, the first person to jump on board with the event as an attendee AND a sponsor! Sean was also gifted the event banner for his willingness to dive in for the adventure- he knew ScalerFab wouldn’t let him down, so we presented him with the banner as a thank you for believing in us and in this crazy event!
Overall, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of the event. Our goal was to show RC enthusiasts the excitement and exhilaration of getting behind the wheel and off-roading in one of the most iconic locations in the world without having to worry about the details. We took care of everything and we hope our dedication to making this truly a one-of-a-kind experience. We may hold future events, but none will be as epic as the time 16 folks traveled from all over the country to experience an event like no other, one that combined their love for RC with the thrill of real offroading!
Scaled Up – Moab Edition #missionaccomplished
Stay tuned for the full-length documentary film on WORC- World of Radio Control on Amazon Prime TV- coming soon!
Thanks, again to all of our insanely generous Sponsors:
Black Forest Gear by Webasto
Team KNK Hardware
Jax RC Recycle and Repair
CBE RC Fab