No Words. That is my initial thought as I sit here trying to think of how to describe this years' 100s in the Hills. If I had to choose one, it would be the all to over stated EPIC! i am known to say that about most of my trips but this one actually was. Based once again in Ouray, Colorado, the gathering of 100 series enthusiasts has grown far beyond any of it's founders expectations. It all started three years ago with a couple of guys PMing about doing a trip in the mountains. We were mostly from Colorado and we just happened to all drive 100s. The First Year brought a handful of trucks and it was immediately realized that we were on to something. The red headed step child of the Land Cruiser marque was consistently under represented at other events, usually only appearing with one or two examples. The founders wanted an event that could showcase the platform and allow others to compare and contrast upgrades and modifications. Our original supporter, Slee Off-Road saw this as well as was immediately on board for the Second Annual event. The second annual event was a success and plans immediately began to grow things while still keeping the grass roots feel. Supporters were approached and selected based on their support for the IH8MUD community as well as responsible off-roading and outdoor recreation in general. From day one, we knew we wanted to provide a safe, environmentally friendly and fun atmosphere for families and individuals alike. Plans began in a thread that, as of this writing, has topped 30k page views. Along with a contingent of "Southern 100s", and carry over from previous years, page views are quickly approaching 100k! Among over 40 interested persons, 28 Individual drivers and 60-70 people ultimately attended the event from all over the USA for three solid days of wheeling, camp fires, great food and even better company! My hopes are that this thread will showcase their individual stories and experiences. I'd like to make a few very important thank yous to some people who really stepped up. First the Directors. Founders bluecruiser and MtnAddict and newcommer paflytyer. Thank you guys for stepping up huge! Most people have no idea how much time, energy, heartache and time, and time, it takes to organize even a small event like this one. This never would have happened without these guys calling in on late night conference calls, group texting, contacting supporters and monitoring the thread. Thank You! "haha nice" Second, all those who lent a hand, from the smallest thing to leading trails at the last minute, you all were vastly important. The gunners, the cleaning crews, the spotters, the recovery specialists, the campfire entertainment and the chefs, you all were really what made this thing special. Finally, the Supporters. Thank you for your monetary and product support. The Friday night giveaway was a big hit and nearly everyone went home with something. The mix of off-road and general outdoor industry professionals was exciting and we were excited to be able to share the products and services offered with the group. I'd like to encourage everyone to support the people who support this community. Please visit the links below and let them know we sent you. Camelback Toyota Campfire in a Can Cascadia Vehicle Tents Cruiser Outfitters Durango Mountain Resort Eagles Nest Outfitters Expedition Lighting Systems FJ Summit Fox Shocks Gamivitti IH8MUD Jonsey's Lab Rak Mountain Khakis Nitro Gear and Axle Overland Journal Restop Right Channel Radios Rising Sun Safari-Ltd Slee Off-Road Sticky Vinyl Graphics TJM USA Also, big thanks to Terry Holben and Mike Davidson for their design work and shirt printing. The event shirts turned out great! And finally, I'd like to thank the participants. The singles, couples, families and friends who made it happen. The people really were what made this event stand out. Thanks! Until next year!