Events/Trails 10th Annual 100s in the Hills! *Silverton, Colorado July 22 - 27 2020*

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HIH Family.... Here we go!

We’re thrilled to invite you the 10th Annual 100s in the Hills event held in beautiful Silverton, Colorado!

Event Dates: July 22 - 27, 2020.
Registration Opens: SUNDAY March 15th at 6:00PM (MOUNTAIN TIME) (Colorado time) (MST~>MDT)


We will once again be headquartered at Kendall Mountain Ski and Rec Area. This area provides camping along the Animas River, on flat ground, with a 150+person dining hall, indoor bathrooms, a large deck, a ski/bike hill, a pond (no fish), hiking trails, etc. Everything at Kendall is within walking distance to town.

100s in the Hills was created for us to get together and put faces with forum names, learn proper wheeling techniques, meet some of the vendors, and generally hang out in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

EVENT INFO: As always, registration for this event is reserved exclusively for the 100 Series platform. This event was created to celebrate the 100 Series Land Cruiser and its owners. We've decided that HIHX will remain small and intimate, just like all other HIH events, rather than large and chaotic. For that reason, HIHX will remain limited to 100 registered vehicles. We will have a few non-100s sprinkled in, but all available registration spots will go to 100-series owners. Many of our sponsors/vendors have moved on from the 100, so you will see a few 200s, 4Runners, Tacomas and Chris' big white 80 mixed in. The Hooligans will be back in their 40s to help with camp and trail logistics as well. None of these folks count towards the registration numbers, so there will be well over 100 vehicles and that gets tough to manage. Unfortunately, not everyone will make registration and as much as this bums us out, it ensures a manageable and special event. Smaller than many other events, but manageable for the two doofuses putting this thing together.

About the Event and the Trails: Everything in this area is scenic and beautiful. If you've never been here before, prepare to be amazed by the views. We will have trail options that are completely stock-friendly, all the way to challenging trails that will test your sliders and bumpers. We strongly suggest every vehicle have an AT tire or better along with a matching spare. Stock road tires aren't ready for the sharp rocks found in the San Juans. If you plan on joining the Poughkeepsie Gulch runs, we recommend sliders and 33s. You will definitely bump and scrape things, even on the bypass run. Multiple trail options will be available from Wednesday through Sunday, so it's best to plan on arriving early and staying late to make the most of it. Wednesday will be a lighter day with more camp activities than trail runs so everyone acclimates to the area and the elevation. There are always impromptu trail runs on the first afternoon of the event, but we expect most folks will be registering, setting up camp, and generally taking it easy. Plus, the opening night party is not to be missed. We're kicking around the idea of a big softball or wiffle ball game at the softball field behind the Chamber of Commerce. Maybe Tuesday before the event or even one day during the event.

There are trails for everyone in your family or group. Our trail leaders understand the dynamic of leading a diverse group of drivers and abilities. They also understand that not everyone is familiar with offroad driving or even how to operate some of the equipment on their 100. This is the place to learn. NEVER be afraid to ask. First time in 4lo? Perfect. Everyone on the trail with us is, or has been, new to the 100 and trail driving. We've discussed tire pressure, locker use, CDL, seat position, and anything you can think of. If your trail leader doesn’t have the answer, someone in the group will. Hopefully you'll leave HIHX with better knowledge about your 100 series and increased confidence in traveling off-pavement.

Trails: All the standard trail options of the area (weather permitting) will be available. Stony Pass (Kite Lake and River Run options) will absolutely be back again. None of the trails in this area are terribly difficult, but they all can be dangerous. You and your passengers should be mentally prepared for exposure and drop-offs on many trails. We recommended that you discuss this with your group before choosing your trails. Fear of heights is very real and while we encourage everyone to run every trail, some trails are simply not good options for some people. When passengers are nervous, drivers get nervous. Everyone gets stressed. That's not fun. Ask to run directly behind your trail leader if you're anxious or nervous.

Poughkeepsie Gulch is the most difficult trail in the area and "the wall" can be fun and very challenging. ATRAC-only vehicles have made it up, but most have a difficult time and need to be winched. It can become time consuming to winch 6-7 vehicles up and we end up causing a log-jam at the bottom with other trail users. There is a Poughkeepsie Gulch run that bypasses the wall entirely (you never even see it), but it's still more difficult than the other trails in the area. The scenery is absolutely amazing but you may bump and scrape some stuff on either option.

Families: Families and kids are encouraged! Get them out to experience the great outdoors. HIH is a family event. It's incredibly important to us that kids can enjoy themselves. Feel free to bring bikes, games, outside toys, etc. The area around camp is flat and open and kids are encouraged to be kids! Please remember that there will be a lot of vehicles entering/exiting HIHX headquarters. There is a large area near the lodge that's used for ice skating in the winter. It's about the size of an ice rink with a gravel floor. There's room to run r/c trucks or play catch in there. It's blocked off and out of the way.

HIH is a family event. Some folks will stay up late and laugh and enjoy the campfire with friends. Enjoy, but be respectful. There will never be any alcohol consumed prior to, or during a trail run. This isn’t even an issue we’ve ever needed to address but we want families to feel comfortable and welcome. The great thing about HIH is that everyone is always on the same page. We all get it. Have a great time, help out those around you and make some new friends. The kids of HIH always have more fun than the adults. We event have camp space dedicated as "family friendly."

Pets: Good dogs are always welcome. Please bring the necessary tools to clean up after them and remember USFS guidelines require them to be on a leash. It's a little more laid back around camp but we still need to keep them under control and on a lead if necessary. There will be a lot of kids running around, screaming, yelling, and generally having fun. Please make sure your pet is very kid friendly and can handle the noise and excitement of strangers and little hands. Likewise, please make sure your kids are pet friendly and do not chase or scare dogs that are in an unfamiliar setting.

Wildlife: Although we're right at the edge of town, this is still a primitive mountainous area. There is wildlife around that your dog could tangle with. It's best to keep them close. We occasionally see a bear on the trail, but not in camp. We do not have grizzly bears in Colorado, only black bears. Fun Fact: Three-quarters of the bears in Colorado are a subspecies of black bear named Ursus americanus cinnamomum. They're light brown or cinnamon-colored. While any bear can be dangerous under the right conditions, the chances of a bear wandering into our camp are still pretty slim. Yes, they’re around and will sometimes wander into town, but it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see one in camp. It's still important to be Bear Aware. Do not leave food out overnight (this includes pet food) and do not bring food into your ground tent. Again, the chances of a bear in camp are slim, but seeing one on the trail is a real possibility. We did have a large moose in camp at HIH6. Although they look friendly and goofy, moose are dangerous animals. They're incredibly large and very fast. There is a good chance we'll see one during the event. They will not come looking for you and they will not stomp your tent at night. With that being said, they do not like dogs and do not like to be approached and they will absolutely defend themselves if they feel threatened. If you see a moose or a bear, enjoy them from a distance. Give them all the space they want and do not allow your dogs to go and investigate.

Weather and Elevation: Even though this will be summer on the calendar, it can get cold in Silverton. You should be prepared for the nights to dip into the 40s and even 30s. (It’s rare to see temps in the 30s that time of year, but it did happen at HIH4 and HIH6). We will be camping at 9,300 feet and driving above 13,000 feet every day. Almost everything that we do will occur above 9,000 feet. There is some good information about altitude sickness here. Altitude Sickness
A light headache is normal. Vomiting is not. Hydration is important. Start upping your water intake a few days prior to arriving. Driving into Ridgway, Montrose or Durango for a few hours is an option if you're really feeling rough. If you're coming from sea level, you WILL feel the mild symptoms. Headaches, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath. It has very little to do with how physically fit you are.

Rain: Colorado is one of the sunniest states in the country. However, HIH runs straight through the rainy season in the San Juans. HIH6 was amazing for weather and Silverton as a whole sees much less rain that Ouray just a few miles away. HIH7 started out great and ended with steady but light rain. HIH8 and HIH9 was on and off with rain. It's hit or miss and at that altitude, the forecast is less reliable. Please bring rain gear and be prepared to use it.

Campfires: We’ll have a dedicated community campfire spot, but many smaller campfire groups are popular as well. As long as there are no fire restrictions in place, we will have campfires each night. Please bring at least 1 bundle of firewood. It's best to buy your firewood as close to camp as possible. This prevents accidentally bringing harmful invasive species into the area. There are plenty of places to buy wood in Ouray, Durango, Telluride, Ridgway and Silverton.


Opening Night Ceremony:

HIHX’s opening night ceremony is still under construction. This has turned into an amazing event all its own. The party will be hosted by one of our sponsors at a local eatery. It will be walking distance from camp. More info to follow in a separate post.

Potluck Dinner: Possibly the most anticipated part of this event is the pot luck dinner and beer around the world night. Please bring a dish to share that represents where you're from or a favorite family recipe. This is truly a highlight of this event. We also have a beer around the world table/ice chest. Everyone is encouraged to bring at least one six pack (or more) from your local area or somewhere exotic to share. The potluck food is absolutely incredible. There is no way you can go to sleep hungry on Friday night! If you've never been to an HIH pot luck, it's unlike anything you've ever seen. The amount of food is crazy. It's not a can of beans warmed in a camp pot (although that would be fine), there are elaborate dishes created with care. Pot Luck Night is our favorite night. The Southern 100s crew is unrivaled in their cooking skills.

Event Meal and Raffle: Saturday night is equally as fun as Friday night. Dinner is catered by Thee Pits BBQ and will feature the tastiest meats and sides in all the lands. Chris and I will be manning the meat tongs once again! In the past, two meal tickets were included with every registered vehicle. It was costing us way more in food costs than we could cover and we were upside-down two years in a row. Going forward, one meal ticket will be included with every registration. Additional meal tickets for passengers will be $10. (We pay between $14-16 per plate of food). You will have the option of buying extra meal tickets once swag sales opens up (shirts/hoodies/etc.) It's important that we know in advance since we order the meat well in advance based on how many meals we need. This is legit beef brisket and pulled pork and it takes a long time to smoke and prepare. If you have passengers that are going to eat, please buy them a meal ticket. It's the only way we know how much food to order.

As always, we will prepare for a fantastic (and totally free) raffle courtesy of some of the best vendors in the Land Cruiser and adventure community. There is no buying raffle tickets at HIH, there are no gimmicks or extra tickets. Every registered vehicle gets one raffle ticket at check-in. On Saturday night, you’ll get to place that raffle ticket in a specific container for a VERY good chance at winning one of many incredible items. HIH raffles are different than any other event raffle. We value our sponsors and see them as more than just someone to get something from, for free. We want to make a vendor/consumer relationship that extends and continues beyond HIH. This concept has worked so well that we have participants that don’t even put their ticket into a large-item bucket. They’ve already won a bumper, or roof rack, or refrigerator. They’d rather try for a nice camp chair and leave the bumper for someone who really needs one. This concept allows vendors to continue to donate these larger items knowing that they’ll go to attendees that really appreciate them. Raffle prizes are not resold on MUD. That devalues the product and the vendor. This has become a successful model that helps everyone involved. When you make a purchasing decision for your 100 series or camping needs, please use HIH sponsors whenever possible. The sponsors at HIH are there as participants. They’ll be camped next to you and on the trail with us every day. You’ll see their products in use and are free to chat with them in a neutral setting instead of over the phone or over a counter. This creates long-lasting business/consumer relationships that benefit everyone involved.

Venue/Area Info: Kendall Mountain Ski and Rec area provides a perfect basecamp and headquarters for our event. There are no hotel rooms or showers on site, but there is plenty of indoor and outdoor space for us to host dinner and event activities. If camping at Kendall is not for you, there are a handful of hotels and rentals in town and throughout the area. Everything will sell out quickly, so if you’re interested in a hotel room in Silverton, booking early is essential. The next closest towns are Ouray (45 minutes) and Durango (60 minutes). Camping at Kendall is always the best bet though.

We have many things in the works that are not finalized yet. We're constantly working with local restaurants and businesses. We will update this post often but we knew it was important to get the basic info out there as soon as possible. As always, we promise to not disappoint. If you've never attended a HIH event before, it's unlike any other event. We're laid back, relaxed, family-friendly and easy going. We take great pride in knowing that you're traveling incredibly long distances, possibly with family, and making our event an important part of your summer vacation. We want you to enjoy your time in Colorado and we work hard at ensuring that this is one of the best trips you've ever taken.

Event Showers:
Molas Lake Campground, about 8 minutes from camp, offers nice showers for rent. Tokens are $5. There are also other shower options in town at the RV resorts. Ouray also has shower options available. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center is a great way to take a shower and swim for the day if your family needs a break before or after HIH.


Cost: This year's registration fee will be $275. All of our costs have risen from previous years. We've always tried to keep the cost as low as possible in order to accommodate everyone. We cover as many cost items as possible to ensure that attendees can not only afford to attend the event, but have a cushion to be able to eat a nice meal in town or purchase products from local business owners. Registration includes camping at Kendall, opening night party, one driver shirt, one catered meal ticket for Saturday night, raffle ticket, insurance, permitting, trails, and facility use.


Registration will open on SUNDAY March 15th at 6pm MDT. (That's Colorado time)

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See you in Silverton!

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Hoping to get in on this. I tried to sign up for the mailing list on the site and it gave me the following response.

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But I have both fields completed.
 

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Registration Opens: SUNDAY March 15th at 6:00PM (Mountain Standard Time)
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Registration will open on SUNDAY March 10th at 6pm MST. (That's Colorado time)

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I assume that Sunday 3/15/20 is the correct date, as 3/10/20 falls on Tuesday this year.
 

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One I rarely or never see mentioned, is a quick loop I've always enjoyed, ***, edited name {s} Gulch. It's super close to Silverton, as well as Ouray, is not technical but has remarkably views [ like most everything ]

right before the seasonal flowers explode!
 
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One I rarely or never see mentioned, is a quick loop I've always enjoyed, Brown{s} Gulch. It's super close to Silverton, as well as Ouray, is not technical but has remarkably views [ like most everything ]

right before the seasonal flowers explode!
Has another name that HIH folks know :) I LOVE that route. I do it every year.
 

paflytyer

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One I rarely or never see mentioned, is a quick loop I've always enjoyed, Brown{s} Gulch. It's super close to Silverton, as well as Ouray, is not technical but has remarkably views [ like most everything ]

right before the seasonal flowers explode!
One of the most popular trails on the HIH trail list. It’s called something more secret at HIH than its given map name....
 
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